Kang Crier
Sept. 4, 2013
Issue No. 1
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In This Issue
Quick Links
Upcoming Events

Last Day to Submit a Schedule Change
Monday, Sept. 9th
Curriculum Night

Wed. Sept. 18 - 6:30pm program starts in the Gym (pick up your student's schedule starting at 6pm)
Senior Party Ticket Discount Ends
Wed. Sept. 18th
England/Ireland Trip Info Session
Tues. Sept. 24th, 6:30pm, Mr. Palmer's room
PTSA General Meeting
Wed. Sept. 25th, 6:30pm, LWHS Library

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Letter from Principal Christina Thomas

Dear Parents:

Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year. We are very excited for another year and another group of incoming freshman. With this being our second year with freshman we are definitely more prepared. We have hired approximately fifteen new teachers this year, who also bring a level of excitement and anticipation. You will have an opportunity to meet our teachers at Curriculum Night on Wednesday, Sept. 18th, from 6:30 - 8:30pm.

This is an important year. We are implementing the Common Core Standards, which are national standards for learning. We are also using common assessments in classes, to ensure high levels of learning for all students. We will be providing more information around the Common Core, what it means, and how it will be assessed, at our first PTSA General Meeting on Wednesday, September 25th at 6:30pm, in the Library. I hope you will be able to join us.

We will be testing all sophomores on the PSAT on October 16th. Juniors should also register for this test, even if they took it as a sophomore, as this is the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship program.

This year we will be sharing a weekly bulletin on our webpage to keep parents better informed regarding school events and important dates. Our webpage is the "go to place" for information. Students will have announcements on Tuesdays and Fridays during tutorial and homeroom. We are continuing both our homeroom and tutorial periods this year. Homeroom is designed to assist students in developing relationships with upperclassmen and developing a sense of school unity. Tutorial is an opportunity for students to receive extra support in subject areas, by meeting with their teachers in smaller settings.

We are interested in hearing your thoughts regarding our school programs. We will be sending out a parent survey in October. Please respond to this survey.

Finally, thank you for your continued support of our students and school. We are fortunate to be in such a giving community.


Christina Thomas, Principal




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Counseling Office News

Important News from the Counseling Office

The 2013-2014 school year has finally arrived! The first few weeks of school are extremely busy, so I thank you for your patience, and I will return your email as soon as I can.


If you are curious about assigned classes, students received their final first semester schedules the first day of school, September 3rd. Please keep in mind that students must remain in assigned classes for the first 2 days of school.


If students would like to change an elective because they were placed in an elective that they did not select, they will be able to download a "Schedule Change Request" form from our school website starting after school, on Wednesday, September 4th. Please keep in mind that we are not able to adjust schedules to change a lunch, to request a different teacher or to rearrange the order of classes. The last day for students to submit a schedule change is Monday, September 9th.


As a reminder, this is simply a very busy time of year. While we would love to immediately accommodate and meet with every student, it isn't possible. We appreciate your following the process and being patient with us as we do our best to meet the needs of all students.


-Marilyn Hargraves, Counselor (Rf-Z)   


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Welcome Letter from PTSA President, Julie Peterson
Website, Kang Crier, Pass the Pouch, BBQ, General Meeting and more!

Welcome back to another exciting year at Lake Washington High School!  


Your PTSA had made lots of changes this summer. We are so excited to have launched our new website. We want this to be your "go to" place for information. One long anticipated benefit is that you can now sign up to be a member and donate to our Pass the Pouch fundraiser online! Yes, even with a credit card! Go to article on website. 


Another important change is that the Kang Crier will now arrive in your email twice per month. We hope this give parents more timely information, articles and news from LWHS. Please email us at kangcrier@gmail.com if you have ideas for articles or suggestions for content.


Pass the Pouch is the only fundraiser for LWHS PTSA and each year we depend on this fundraiser for our entire operating budget. This is your opportunity to help us meet our $17,000 goal. Please donate generously on September 18th during the LWHS Curriculum Night, or online anytime with a credit card. Read more about Pass the Pouch and what programs are supported by these donations.   


The PTSA supported the annual Back-to-School BBQ on August 28th and it was a fabulous success. We served around 450 plates of burgers and hotdogs and had a chance to greet old friends and meet some new ones. The PTSA supports this event with $1000 per year because we believe that getting families together, and providing a relaxed, fun venue for students to meet before the year starts directly supports our goal to promote a strong sense of school community and pride.


The best way to find out what the PTSA does for your school is to attend our general meetings the 3rd Wednesday of every other month. Join us on Wednesday, September 25th, at 6:30pm in the library for our first meeting.  


Thank you to those of you who have already joined the PTSA, donated to Pass the Pouch and filled out your volunteer form! Please check our website for these forms, or better yet, use the website to join and donate! Now more than ever, you belong in PTSA. Because no matter how big your kids get, you'll always care about making things better for them.


We look forward to seeing you!


Julie Peterson

President, LWHS PTSA



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New LWHS PTSA Websitewebsite2
Online Payment for PTSA Membership, Donations
No more filling out forms and writing checks! The LWHS PTSA has a new website that automates the process of joining PTSA and donating to our Pass the Pouch fundraiser. You can also sign up for volunteer opportunities online, learn more about PTSA programs, get contact information, and see an upcoming events calendar.

There's lots of great information, so check it out!
PTSA's Only Fundraiser of the Year - Pass the PouchPTP
Why should you donate to the PTSA's Pass The Pouch fundraiser?

Pass The Pouch is the only fundraiser for LWHS PTSA. Your donation helps support essential programs and provides teacher grants to enrich our students' education. The award-winning LWHS PTSA has developed a foundation of excellence and strives to make every dollar count, but we can not do it without your help. This is your opportunity to help us meet our $17,000 goal this year that will provide:

  • Teacher Grants and Wish Lists - Last year we gave away over $7,000 in grants
  • $4,000 in Sheeley Scholarships to graduating seniors
  • Senior Party and Baccalaureate
  • Emergency Preparedness Program
  • Staff Appreciation Events 
  • Financial support for after-school programs, Reflections, students-in-need, back to school Bar-b-que and more!

Your gift is tax deductible and eligible for employer matching.   


How Can I Donate?
  • Credit Card - To donate online anytime with a credit card, go to the LWHS PTSA website and select the Join/Donate icon.  
  • Or, click here for the downloadable form and bring it and your checkbook (or cash) to Curriculum Night, Sept. 18th.  

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PTSA General Meeting - Everybody is Welcome!
Wednesday, September 25th, 6:30pm, LWHS Library
Want more information about what goes on at LWHS? PTSA General Meetings are a great way to get informed and meet other involved parents. Principal Christina Thomas will be there to talk about the new Common Core, what it means and how it will be assessed at LWHS. You do not need to be a PTSA member to attend.

Volunteer Help Needed, Thursday, Sept. 5th
The school needs parent volunteers to assist with laptop distribution to students on Thursday, September 5.  There are two shifts: 7:45am - 11:15am and 11:00am - 2:30pm. We need 6 parents for each shift. If you can help, please sign up at:


Contact LWHS PTSA Volunteer Coordinator Kathy Hunt with any questions.
No experience is required to participate in Reflections! Students who participate in the Reflections Program have an opportunity to explore the arts and culture, develop creative thinking and problem-solving skills and recognize themselves as artists.

Categories are:  Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts. A highlight for the resume!

Click here for more information and the downloadable Form.

LWHS Entry Deadline:  Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 (Council winners will be announced in early January.)

For more information, contact our LWHS PTSA Reflections Co-chairs:
Eva Johansson
Sheila Edwards

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Senior Party Tickets Discounted until Sept. 18th
Senior Party was created to provide a safe and fun way for seniors to celebrate their graduation. It takes place the evening of graduation. Tickets are on sale throughout the year

Payment Options:
  • $130 each if purchased before September 18, 2013 (paid in full only)
  • $155 each if purchased before December 1, 2013
  • $180 each if purchased by December 2, 2013 through April 30, 2014
  • $195 each if purchased May 1 through June 14, 2014
Tickets are non-refundable. Payments may be made in 2 installments (except as noted).
For more information and the downloadable form, click here.
LWHS News & Activities

PalmerEngland, Ireland & Science
Interested in traveling to England & Ireland next summer? Mr. Palmer is leading a science-themed trip to the UK in July of 2014. Come to the informational meeting Tuesday, September 24th at 6:30pm in Mr. Palmer's room at LW. For more information, check out the trip website.

Sports Punch Card Available
Avoid the lines and save time! This year we will offer punch cards for parents for 10 punches to any regular season HOME game. Cards cost $70. Use as many punches as you want for an event, it can be used by multiple people. Must be used in the specific season for which it was purchased.

Passes available at the ASB window during school hours.



  • Football
  • Girls Soccer 
  • Volleyball
Contact Cheryl Ronbeck, LWHS Bookkeeper, for more information.
Parent Volunteers Needed in Health Room
If you are a parent who is interested in being involved with our school, likes to interact with students and has an uplifting personality, then have we got a job for you! We are looking for LWSD approved volunteers to help us out in the health room a few hours per week. If interested,

please email Suzie Connor or call 425-936-1701.  


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Lake Washington Schools Foundation News

The purpose of the Lake Washington Schools Foundation Ambassador is to be a link between the Foundation and the Ambassador's school community. LWSF raises funds to support academic excellence and success for all students in the Lake Washington School District.

Click here for more information.


The Lake Washington School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, gender, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran, military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.