Kang Crier
Sept. 18, 2013
Issue No. 2
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In This Issue
Quick Links
Upcoming Events

Curriculum Night (Read about it on LWHS website.)
Wed. Sept. 18 - 6:30pm program starts in the Gym (pick up your student's schedule starting at 6pm)
Senior Party Tickets - Lowest 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
Deadline for Senior Culminating Project Approval
Friday, Sept. 27th
Deadline for Custom Skins for Netbooks
Monday, Sept. 30th
WA State PTSA Online Survey Deadline
Monday, Sept. 30th
PSAT Given at LWHS - for Sophomores & Jrs.
Wednesday, Oct. 16th

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Donate Supplies at Curriculum Night
Reams of Copy Paper, Tissues, Hand Sanitizer Needed

copy paper

Please help stock LWHS classrooms by bringing boxes of tissue, hand sanitizer and reams of copy paper for use by students to Curriculum Night on September 18th.


Collection bins will be in the Commons. Thank you!


Letter from PTSA President, Julie Peterson

Thank you to our volunteers! The teachers and staff at LWHS are so grateful for the many parent volunteer hours that have been logged the last couple of weeks.1450 first day packets, ID photos, laptops and schedules have been packed, taken and handed out! Getting every student equipped and back in school takes a huge effort, and could not be done without our fantastic, faithful volunteers!

Please join your LWHS award winning PTSA! We provide grants to teachers, food for hungry kids, money for programs that otherwise wouldn't happen and we need your help and support! Go to our website to join and donate by credit card, or fill out a membership form at Curriculum Night on Wednesday, September 18th.

The best way to find out what the PTSA does for your school is to attend our General Membership meetings, the third Wednesday of every other month. Join us on September 25th (date changed due to the Curriculum Night) for our first meeting, at 6:30pm in the library.

We look forward to seeing you!

Julie Peterson,



President, LWHS PTSA 

Custom Skins for Netbooks - Order by Sept. 30th


Make your netbook YOURS for only $10!  Protect, identify, and personalize your Thinkpad netbook with a custom skin. There are 10 designs to choose from, including an exclusive "Kang Pride" design. Skins are easy to apply and remove at the end of the year.



To order:

Download the form, pick one up at the cashier's window, or print it from the LWHS PTSA website.  

Pay the bookkeeper at LWHS with check or cash, or use a credit card via Parent Access and turn in your receipt with your order form. Orders will be sent in on September 30th. Skins will be delivered to the school about mid-October for distribution.


Questions? Email Julie Peterson.


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Membership Report - Join Online with New Website

Online Payment for PTSA Membership, Donations

PTSA membership is off to a very strong start in the first few weeks of the year. Already there are over 300 members signed up, and more are coming in every day. We are looking forward to the usual "flood" of forms during and after Curriculum Night on September 18th. Curriculum Night is a great opportunity to learn more about the PTSA and to show your support through your dues and contribution to Pass the Pouch.


Why should I sign up online?

The advantage to your PTSA is less time spent on administrative duties and more on our programs. Over one-third of the members have joined on-line so far this year! You can also sign up for volunteer opportunities online, learn more about PTSA programs, get contact information, and see an upcoming events calendar.   


To join online, simply go to the website and click on the "Join PTSA/Pass the Pouch" tab on the left side of the screen. Thank you for joining the PTSA.


Donate to "Pass the Pouch" Tonight!
PTSA's Only Fundraiser of the YearPTP
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. 


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
  • Senior Party and Baccalaureate
  • Emergency Preparedness Program
  • Staff Appreciation Events 
  • Financial support for after-school programs, Reflections, students-in-need, 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 tonight!
Thank you for your generosity!

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Earn Cash Back for our School with eScrip

The eScrip program is a fundraising program that allows participating merchants to contribute a percentage of your grocery loyalty cards, credit card and debit/ATM card purchases. For answers to FAQ, click here.
Safeway Club Cards, Bartell's B-Caring Cards, and the eScrip "At The Online Mall" shopping portal (which includes Amazon, Nordstrom, REI, Home Depot, and over 700 more e-retailers), are a few ways that your current shopping habits can earn money for LWHS PTSA, or up to any three organizations you choose. 
Select only the fundraising options you prefer. Registering your credit cards is not needed for the "At The Online Mall" feature. For information on how to sign up, go to the LWHS PTSA website and click on the "passive fundraising" link on the left hand side.
Any questions, contact Susan McLung.
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.

Reflections - Entry Deadline November 4
ReflectionsDo you have a child who likes Photography, Film Production, Visual Arts, Literature, Music Composition, or Dance Choreography? If so, the Reflections program might be the right thing.
No experience is required to participate in Reflections! 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, & Dawn Laurant

Congratulations to our 2013 LWHS PTSA Awards Winners!

Last June, the LWHS PTSA awarded the Golden Acorn and Outstanding Kang award to two exemplary individuals. These golden acorn awards are the highest honors LWHS PTSA presents. They are given based on nominations from parents, students, teachers and staff. The winners names are engraved on the plaques displayed in the LWHS office.

  • Willy Payne was this year's Golden Acorn recipient. Payne is described as the "ultimate volunteer" and exemplifies the Golden Acorn traits of service on the behalf of children both in school and in the community. A long time supporter of Kang sports, Payne is known for photographing every sporting event. He also volunteers daily in the classroom and coaches the JV tennis team. 
  • Chemistry teacher Gary Bristow was awarded the Outstanding Kang (also known as the Outstanding Educator) award for his love for science and his passion for sharing that love with his students - along with a generous dose of humor! He retired last year after a long career in education all over the world.
Watch for a nomination announcement next spring to nominate your candidates for the 2014 awards. If you would like to be part of the awards committee contact Julie Peterson.

Congratulations to LW's National Merit Scholar Semifinalists! 

As announced by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, 32 LWSD high school seniors 
qualified as semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. LWHS had two seminfinalists, Mark Hedreen and Hayden Stockwell.
Students qualified for these awards by completing the 2012 PSAT test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. 
Help Show Off Kang Student and Staff Accomplishments!
Articles for the Bulletin Board are welcomed
See an interesting news item about Lake Washington HS or its students or staff?  The PTSA displays a variety of Kang related articles on the Bulletin Board in the Attendance Office. If you haven't seen it before, you should check it out! Kangs are doing all kinds of great things!

For more information, or to submit a link, email LWHSPTSAvpcomm@gmail.com
Information for Seniors

College and Career Center News

Finding Scholarships scholarship money


Scholarships are awarded for academic excellence, community service, athletic or artistic talent, even writing and poetry. Whatever your special gifts, there is probably a scholarship to match. Scholarships do not have to be repaid, but you do have to apply for them!   


To see what kinds of scholarships are available, check the weekly scholarship bulletin, found in the College and Career Center. Download the form or pick up the application in the College and Career Center. The deadline date is November 15, 2013.

Let the College and Career Center help you begin your search. Complete the Senior Scholarship Application Today!


Upcoming College visits to LWHS
College Visits to be held in the College and Career Center, Room 180
To see if schools have been added to the schedule, and for specific times of visit for these colleges listed here, go to the Career Center page on the LWHS website


Sept 19     Northwest University

                 Grand Canyon University


Oct 17   University of Chicago

              Washington State U

Sept 20     Colgate University


Oct 22   University of Portland  

Sept 23     Oregon State University


Oct 23   University of Denver

Sept 27     Western Washington U


Oct 25   Westmont College

              U of British Columbia

Oct 8         Gonzaga University


Nov 5    Seattle University        

Oct 10       University of Arizona   


Nov 6    Whitworth College

Oct 11       University of Pacific

                  Seattle Pacific University


Nov 7     University of Redlands

              North Carolina State U

              Rochester Institute of Tech



National College Fair Comes to Seattle

Free and open to the public, National College Fairs allow students to interact college representatives from a wide range of post-secondary institutions.


Sunday, November, 8, 2013 - 12-4pm

Monday, November 9, 2013 - 9am-12pm


Washington State Convention & Trade Center, Seattle


Register before the fair to make the most of your time.


Julie Madsen, Career Specialist




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Senior Culminating Projects
Letter from Ms. Lis Christiansen, Culminating Project Coordinator

Dear Parents of Class of 2014 Seniors,


We welcome your Seniors back to LWHS!  I hope you have all had a wonderful summer and that you are ready to tackle the challenges and embrace the joys of senior year. I have a couple announcements regarding the Culminating Project. 


Spring Presenters:
If your student's Senior Project Proposal was NOT approved last spring, they have three (3) weeks to complete and submit it to Ms. Christiansen! The deadline for this portion of the project is Friday, September 27. They should not delay; this is important. 

The next step is their Knowledge of Topic research paper, which they will complete in their senior English class during 1st quarter. This portion of the project requires an interview with an expert in the field, so students should start searching for their interviewee. Additionally, students will begin
logging hours; they can find a sample of how to log hours here. The first log check requires 20 hours and will be due on November 13.

Fall Presenters:

If your student's Senior Project Proposal WAS approved last spring, and he/she still plans to present in the fall, students will also complete their Knowledge of Topic Research Paper in English classes during 1st Quarter. The complete log of hours (minimum 60) is due by October 2nd.  The Portfolio is due on November 6. The Project Presentations will take place on November 13th. 


What if your student changed their mind about their project, or need more time, or can't figure out what to do? The answers to many commonly asked questions can be found here.

On the LWHS website, under the Academics tab, Culminating Projects, there are many sample documents, guidelines for proposals, requirements, and useful handouts.

If you have more questions, make an appointment to see Ms. C in 237A on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays.


Thank you!


Ms. Lis Christiansen


Culminating Project Coordinator

English Department Chairperson


Senior Party Tickets - Biggest Discounts End Today, Sept. 18th!
graduation partySenior 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.
Counseling Center

Who's Who in the Counseling Center

If students wish to see their counselor, they sign up on a clipboard in the Counseling Center. Students are assigned alphabetically by their last name.

  • Lori White                    A - El
  • Taylor Reuhl                Em - K
  • Sara Ray                     L - Re
  • Marilyn Hargraves        Rf - Z

Allison Henry is our school psychologist. Teresa Muro is our Counseling Secretary and can be reached at 425-936-1702. To update addresses or phone numbers, e-mail Diane Wing, our Data Processor, at dwing@lwsd.org. Also, our BECCA Specialist Sandy Hearn is in our office. And, finally, we are pleased that Andrea Frost, our Youth Eastside Services Prevention Interventionist, is back with us this year.


PSAT Testing for Sophomores and Juniors - Wed. Oct. 16th, 8am

Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test

Thpsate PSAT is given once a year; this year it is on Wednesday, October 16th at 8am here at LWHS. This junior-level pre-college test measures critical reading, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills. It focuses on critical thinking skills that are important for college success.  


What are the benefits of taking the PTSA?  

It introduces students to college entrance tests like the SAT and ACT, and the detailed score report will help them focus on what they need to improve. It also helps them begin their college search process. If juniors perform exceptionally well on the test, it could mean scholarship and academic recognition. College bound juniors are encouraged to take the PSAT.



Sophomores -  are required by the district to take the PSAT as practice. There is no test fee. 

Juniors - Registration will begin in early October, and students will pay through the ASB window.

The test fee has not yet been determined, it usually runs between $14 and $16.    


Students will be reminded through homeroom and on the LWHS web page.

Test Dates for 2013-2014

LWHS Code is 480545


SAT (register here)


Test Date                                                    Registration Deadline

October 5, 2013                                          September 6, 2013

November 2, 2013                                      October 3, 2013

December 7, 2013                                      November 8, 2013

January 25, 2014                                        December 27, 2013

March 8, 2014                                             February 7, 2014

May 3, 2014                                                April 4, 2014

June 7, 2014                                               May 9, 2014



ACT (register here)


Test Date                                                     Registration Deadline 

October 26, 2013                                         September 27, 2013

December 14, 2013                                     November 8, 2013

February 8, 2014                                         January 10, 2014            

April 12, 2014                                              March 7, 2014

June 14, 2014                                              May 9, 2014

SAT Prep, Inc. Offers SAT Classes at LWHS
SAT Prep, Inc., offers an excellent opportunity for students to prepare for the SAT. The SAT PREP COURSE provides dynamic classroom-based instruction at the high schools and is taught by experienced high school teachers. For more information about the course, and practice tests, click here.
The SAT Prep Course - 6 sessions including textbook and all materials: $329 


Services Available through the Counseling Center

One of the Counseling Center's main goals is to facilitate your student's high school years to make the experience as successful as possible. Students meet with their counselor by parent, teacher, administrator or self-referral. Your student's counselor is available to help on many different fronts.


Academic Counseling 
Counselors meet with students during spring registration to help them select courses that meet both graduation requirements and expand on their personal interests.
  We also work with students who are struggling in academics by reviewing more efficient study habits and organizational skills. For students whose academic life is sometimes a little too hectic, we are happy to share some stress and time management techniques.  


It isn't always easy to balance courses, activities, leadership roles, athletics, employment, and family commitments!


Personal Counseling 

Counselors also work with students who are dealing with relationship issues, personal concerns, academic or behavioral difficulties, and normal developmental challenges. Counseling is short term, skill based, and goal oriented. Of course, counseling and support are provided to students and their families facing emergency situations. Upon request from parents, we provide referrals to other professional resources such as mental health professionals, social services, special school programs, or juvenile services.


Post High School Planning

Most students take advantage of the wealth of information that is available from the Counseling Center and the Career Center. We offer college advising, testing, scholarship and financial aid information. We support students in their entire application process from completing applications and securing recommendations to writing their personal statements and resumes.  


Together with the Career Center, we also have information on two year community colleges, apprenticeship programs, vocational and specialty colleges as well as the military.  



And We're Off!

Students are now all settled (and happy!) in their classes and, hopefully, have found a routine that works well for them. Whether students are in three or more Advanced Placement classes or none at all, students need to study every night. By using the daily planner and not falling behind, students will be better prepared for both daily class discussion and those frustrating pop quizzes or bigger unit tests.  


With homework, extracurricular commitments like athletic practice or club/organization duties, community volunteering, family obligations, or employment responsibilities, students can easily become overwhelmed and stressed. If they encounter difficulties in their classes, students need to meet with their teachers as soon as possible. Students can also join or form a study group to help their understanding.  


If students find themselves over-committed, they need to scale back on their out of school commitments. It's better to do well in fewer commitments than mediocre in many. One of the many valuable lessons students have an opportunity to learn in high school is how to problem solve: how to figure out what to do to make their situation work, how to use self-discipline and a strong work ethic to be successful, how to access resources. This helps build the resilience necessary in their road to becoming independent.

LWHS News & Activities

Yearbook Information
yearbookOur goal is to create a book that represents all aspects of the LW experience and we need everybody's help. If you would like to be quoted or featured, share your photos, or participate in weekly polls, get more information here.

Cost is $60 when you pre-order by January 16th, 2014. Price rises to $70 after that date.

The deadline for Senior Photos and Senior Quotes is October 30th. Senior Baby Ads are due by December 11th.

Visit our yearbook page on the LWHS website for more information and uploading instructions.
Work Credit for Your Student!
If your student has completed, or is currently enrolled in an Occupational Ed. class, and has a job, they may earn an additional .5 credit with an A grade for every 180 hours they work during the school year. They can do this up to 2 credits during their high school years; that's a potential of four As towards their GPA!  If your student qualifies, have them contact Mrs. Madsen, in the Career Center. 
PalmerEngland, Ireland & Science - Meeting September 24
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.  If you have questions, email Mr. Palmer.

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.


FALL SPORTS INCLUDE:purple volleyball

  • 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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Washington State PTSA News

HELP Washington State PTSA Speak Up For Kids!
We want to hear from you! In October the Washington State PTSA will debate and vote on its policy priorities at Legislative Assembly. Hearing from you is an integral part of the process. Take the survey below so that we know your views on the proposed issues.

The survey closes on September 30, 2013.
Take the survey herePaper version of survey is here.

Want more background information about the proposed issues?  Read the Issues Guide here.


Got questions about the survey or legislative assembly? Contact our Lake Washington Council VP for Advocacy, Beth Sigall.


Community News

LWSD Volunteer Application 

Parents can fill out the application to volunteer at their student's school online. All volunteers must be approved before volunteering in the schools. 


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