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    Mark your Calendar

    Wed, Oct 18
    • College Bound Info Session - 2:30-3:30 PM, Theatre

    Fri, Oct 27

    • School Picture Retake Day
    Wed, Nov 1
    • Winter Sports Packet Deadline

    Thurs, Nov 2

      • LGBT Family Dinner - 6-8 PM, Meany Middle School
      Tues, Nov 7
      • Winter Athletics Parent Meeting, 6:30-8 PM

      Tues, Nov 8

      • PTSA Meeting - 7 PM, Library
      Thurs, Nov 16
      • Mental Health Panel - 6:30-8:30 PM, Library

      This Week and Next

      College Bound Info Session

      info sessionStudents who prequalified in middle school are invited to learn about this state-funded 4-year scholarship which covers tuition for college and other post-secondary education. A student info session will be held this Wednesday, October 18th from 2:30-3:30 PM.

      Discover U - Next Week

      FutureDiscover U is a fun week of classroom activities for students that will support them in their exploration of career and college options. Discover U puts student interests at the center and helps connect their aspirations with the many pathways to get there. Discover U will take place the week of October 23 - 27 and is brought to you by the College and Career Readiness Team and the West Seattle Counseling Department.


      Sign Up for Text Reminders

      Ms. Ferda has had great success with a new form of student and parent communication. If you would like to sign up for text reminders, please follow these simple steps.

      • Open a web browser on your smart phone.
      • Enter the address of your student's class (,, or
      • Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. You'll be prompted to download the mobile app.

      This service is used as an alternative to paper fliers.

      Fall Mental Health Panel Discussion Announced

      Mental HealthAre you an important adult in the life of an adolescent? Our Student Health Council invites you to their Fall Mental Health Panel, in the WSHS Library on Thursday, November 16th, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Learn more about how to effectively approach and support teens struggling with anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and other mental health issues. The panel will be facilitated by Ben Berger, one of our School-Based Health Center’s Mental Health Therapists. Please contact School Nurse Kari Lombard ( or Clinic Coordinator Sumaya Mohamed ( with any questions.

      Looking for a Halloween Costume???

      witchTwelfth Night Productions is thinning out their collection of costumes, props, furniture, and set pieces. To do that we will be selling our surplus this Saturday, Oct 21, from 10 AM – 4 PM. The sale will take place at 1005 6th Ave S in the building currently occupied by Staged by Design. Enter around the north side of the building (right side as you look at it from the street). Who knows, you might find something good for Halloween!

      From the Principal's Desk

      From the Desk ofIt has been an eventful first month of the school year.  Mr. Vance has prepared a few words for the school community. Read his "From the Principal's Desk" letter here

      Annual LGBT Families Dinner Scheduled

      LGBT FamiliesThe annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Families Dinner will be held 6-8 PM. Thursday, Nov. 2 at Meany Middle School. Members of the school board will be there to welcome LGBT families and their friends. All SPS students, families and staff are welcome to attend! This this donation-funded event is brought to you by the Health Education Office. Dinner and entertainment will be provided. To reserve space at this popular event, please RSVP with the number of people in your party to Lisa Love in the Health Education Office at 252-0982 or

      Upcoming College Fairs/Events

      CollegeMark your calendars for two college events coming up. Friday and Saturday October 27th - 28th, the NACAC National College Fair will be held at the Washington State Convention Center. Students can meet with admissions reps from colleges and universities from across the US. Students in grades 10-12 are encouraged register online to attend. On Saturday, November 11th from 9 AM to 4 PM, the UW Admission Workshop Weekend will take place for seniors applying to UW. Register online and learn more about the event.

      PTSA Fall Fundraiser

      glass pumpkinsThe gorgeous glass pumpkins are available for sale again this year! A parent donates them at low cost to allow the PTSA to benefit from all sales. Pumpkins are on display in the office and may be purchased with cash or checks made payable to the WSHS PTSA. Pumpkins are $40 each. Come in and pick out a good one!

      The Sports Desk

      Not Too Early for Baseball!

      baseballPlayers and Parents are you ready for some WSHS Wildcats baseball? We are looking for you! Let’s not wait until the spring… but instead, email and we will get you in the WSHS Baseball group where you will receive information regarding all things baseball. Also, please let us know about you and your player with this short survey. Off-season training opportunities are happening now.

      Senior News

      Senior Projects Begin!

      SeniorsAt WSHS we have a culminating research project senior year that is part of their English Language Arts class, a tradition for over twenty years. At this point, seniors have proposed their “senior project” topics and action steps, so be on the lookout for students who may want to interview or survey folks about their topic, or make contacts with adults in the field of their research. If you have a senior, you can ask them about their project topic and encourage them with ideas and resources. Also keep in mind that we are always in need of senior project judges, so look for that opportunity in June.

      UNCF Black College Fair Oct 29

      College FairThe 2017-18 UNCF Black College Fair takes place 12:30-4 PM on Sunday, Oct. 29, at Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave. The event gives students and parents the opportunity to meet with recruiters and alumni groups from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs); Pacific Northwest colleges and universities; and local community educational organizations. Speaker panels will include HBCU alumni and S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) panels. The event is free for students. To register visit the UNCF website.

      College Visits Continue at WSHS

      Colleges and universities will be visiting WSHS throughout this month. This is a greatDon't Miss opportunity for students to learn more about these schools, their admissions requirements, and to meet face to face with admissions representatives. If your student is interested in attending any of the sessions, have them sign up with their counselor. Signup sheets are posted outside counselors’ offices.

      • University of Washington - Oct 19, 2:15 in Lab 101
      • Rensselaer Polytechnic - Oct 20, 8:00 in CAN office
      • University of Vermont - Oct 20, 12:55 in Lab 131
      • Northwest University - Oct 23, 12:55 in Lab 131

      Student Activities and Opportunities

      Community Service Opportunity - Oct 21

      VolunteersLast year, through a neighborhood grant from the city, about 50 goats from Vashon came over to clear out blackberry and ivy from an overgrown area by the stairs at 22nd and SW Henderson Street. The next phase of the clean up will be held this Saturday from 10-4. The organizing team needs YOU (and your toes protected in sturdy shoes and hands protected by gloves if possible) to help lay geo-textile and spread mulch. They have a tool trailer with shovels and wheel barrows for the day to support the work. A certified Seattle Public School Teacher will be on hand to help students earn their community service hours. Contact for more info.

      Westside Community Unity Choir is forming!

      MusicDoes your student like to sing? Would they want to express themselves musically along with other folks in our learning community, and perform at our MLK and Equity Day assemblies? If so, please encourage them to come to our first choir creation meeting at 4:30 PM, Thursday, October 26! The group will meet in the Commons, and then head for a classroom. Students can get more info or offer suggestions to Ms. Amber Donaldson in the Y office, and/or Ms. Hall. Sing OUT, Westside!

      Garden Work Parties = Service Learning!

      EnvironmentCome out and get your hands dirty putting our school garden to bed for the winter! The Earth Club is holding garden work parties at school on Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29 from 10AM-12PM. The club is meeting regularly after school on early release days, Wednesdays, at 2:30 PM in room 141. Encourage interested students to stop by and get involved! Call Ms. Hall for more info at 206-941-2225.

      Claim Your Student's Spot for Brazil

      BelizeThere is a unique opportunity for your student to earn high school and college credit while gaining lifetime experiences on an educational trip this summer to Belize. Mr. Rose and Mr. Marzofka will be leading an exclusive group of students on a trip that focuses on eco-travel through the diverse ecosystems of Belize. There are only a couple spots still available and it will be first come first serve to fill the last spots. If you are interested or would like more information email Mr. Rose at or Mr. Marzofka at

      Student Service at Genessee Hill ES

      Genesee Hill Elementary is looking for 8 High School students to volunteer at their Monster Mash dance. We need high school students to run the photo booth and food/refreshments stand. The time commitment is 3 hours on October 27th, 6-9 PM. Volunteers will need to meet in the main lobby at Genesee Hill Elementary (5013 SW Dakota St.). Contact Molly Schoeb at by October 10th.


      Westside Weekly - Monday, October 17, 2017