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    Mark your Calendar

    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
    Wed, Nov 8
    • SPS Special Ed Regional Meeting - 6-7:30 PM, Chief Sealth Library

    Tues, Nov 8

    • PTSA Meeting - 7 PM, Library
    Thurs, Nov 16
    • Mental Health Panel - 6:30-8:30 PM, Library
    Thurs, Nov 30
    • Senior Pictures Due for Yearbook

    This Week and Next

    Discover U - This 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 takes over WSHS this week and is brought to you by the College and Career Readiness Team and the West Seattle Counseling Department.

    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

    Three Upcoming College Fairs/Events

    CollegeFriday 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.

    The 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.


    Holocaust Survivor Speaks to Students

    Special GuestThe 10th Grade World 3 classes are pleased to announce that on Monday, October 30, 11:25 AM - 12:55 PM a Holocaust survivor will be coming to speak to this semester’s students. His name is Pete Metzelaar, and he survived the Holocaust as a child in hiding in Holland. If parents would like to join, please feel free to email Ms. Dahms at

    Get Prepared to Volunteer at WSHS

    Volunteers NeededLooking to volunteer a few hours to support the different school activities at WSHS? It's a great way to become more involved with your students school/teachers/friends. In order to ensure safety for our students, all volunteers must submit a form. Follow this link to the district's website page on how to become a volunteer. We welcome all - even if you just have a little time. Please consider joining us.

    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.

    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!

    Focus: Special Education

    Welcome Special Ed PTSA Liaison

    Special EducationThe WSHS PTSA is welcoming new parent Anne Sheeran as our liaison to the Seattle Special Education PTSA. The Seattle Special Ed PTSA is for students, parents, and staff who support differently-abled learners. As liaison for WSHS, Anne will collaborate with the PTSA and the administration on activities to further the WSHS climate of inclusion and understandings of special education. Anne invites parents of students receiving special education services to contact her about broadening our sped parent networks here at WSHS, to foster communication and support with one another and to strengthen communications between families and the administration. Contact Anne if you would like to hear more about this, your privacy is guaranteed:

    SPS Special Education SW Regional Meeting - Nov 8

    The Special Education Department of Seattle Public Schools is hosting Regional Meetings for staff, families and the community. We will provide information about changes in special education in the department and in schools. We also want to hear from you! Join the meeting on Wednesday, November 8, 6-7:30 PM at Chief Sealth High School Library.

    Special Education Parent Partners Program

    Attention ParentsSeattle Public Schools has established a “parent partners” program to support parents and guardians of students with IEPs (Individual Education Plan) to navigate SPS, the IEP process, and to access community resources. It is the goal of this program to foster an atmosphere of family/professional collaboration in special education in Seattle Public Schools. The Special Education Parent Partners represent our culturally and linguistically diverse families who speak, English as well as Spanish, Somali, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Toishanese. The program is looking for Vietnamese speakers. The program represents students and families from African American, Native American, and many other cultures. For more information contact Margo Siegenthaler, Special Education Ombudsperson at or 206-252-0794.

    Sports News

    Golf Team Soars

    Golf TeamCongratulations to the WSHS Girls Golf Team on their 3rd place finish in the overall-team standings at this week’s 3A Metro League Tournament held at Jefferson Park Golf Course. Senior, Berit Syltebo and Freshman, Lauryn Nguyen qualified for the 3A Metro/King County District tournament to be held in the Spring. Nguyen fired a commanding 4-under-par round to win the individual Medalist Honors, beating the field by 7 strokes in the 18-hole Metro League Tournament. She also captured 1st place during all of the regular season matches. Her dominating performance earned her the WIAA Metro League Player of the Year title! 

    The Boys team also had success - Senior, Alex Nguyen and Junior Cameron Smith of the WSHS Varsity boys’ golf team qualified for the 3A Metro/King Co District tournament after competing in the Metro League Golf Championship this week. Way to go Wildcat Golfers!

    Senior News

    College Application Completion Workshop Returns!

    College ApplicationsAttention Seniors: Back by popular demand! WSHS will host another College Application Completion Workshop during early release Wednesday, November 15th from 2:30-4:30 in Lab 101. Receive help completing and submitting your college applications, and revising your essays/personal statements. Just in time for the UW deadline! See WSHS counselors or CAN staff with questions.

    Senior Pictures Due for Yearbook

    You may submit a senior portrait for the yearbook. Digital copies must be submitted byDeadline November 30th or the default school picture will be used in the yearbook. There are guidelines for acceptable submissions:

    • Vertical orientation, simple backgrounds
    • Head, shoulders and waist shots only - no full body or images with props - one inch minimum head size
    • Images must be digitally submitted and the image must be at least 300 dpi - JPG or GIF files
    • No iPhone images or passport photos will be published
    • No costumes, other people or pets
    • Color images only, no B/W

    Submit images via email to with a subject line: Senior Picture - [student name].

    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

    Green Seattle Partnership Service Hours

    Service LearningStudents looking for service hours can work right here in West Seattle at the Fairmount Park Playfield. Seattle Parks is delivering 400+ native plants to the park and lots of non-native plants need to be removed in preparation. There are weekly work parties scheduled on alternating Sundays and Fridays through December. The next event is this Friday but check out the GSP website for more options and the waiver (if under 18 and not accompanied by and adult). Remember that service hours are required for graduation so get started now!

    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 23, 2017