Lake Washington High School, Kirkland, WA

Kang Crier
Feb. 19, 2014
Issue No. 11
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In This Issue
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Parent Ed: College Services for Students with Disabilities
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 7pm, LWSD Resource Ctr, Redmond
Public Meetings to Discuss Possible Pool Locations
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 7pm, Kamiakin Middle School
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 7pm, North Kirkland Comm. Ctr.
Fear Free Practice ACT Test
Saturday, March 1, 9am, Juanita HS Library
Spring Sports Tryouts/Practices Begin
Monday, March 3
Freshman Class Fundraiser
Wednesday, March 5, 5-7pm, Tres Hermanos
Spring Sports Parent Night
Thursday, March 6, 6:30pm, LWHS Gym
Spring Sports Athletes Meeting
Friday, March 7, 3pm, Gym
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Thurs. - Sat., March 13, 14 and 15, LWHS Theater
Fear Free Practice SAT Test
Saturday, March 15, 9am, Juanita HS Library
PTSA General Meeting
Wednesday, March 19, 6:30pm, Library


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Letter from President Julie Peterson  


Spring is a busy time for the PTSA. We will elect a new board at the general meeting in March and we are beginning the process of preparing a budget for approval at the May general meeting. Please watch for a Kang Crier postcard with a link to a survey regarding your satisfaction with the PTSA program offerings, our communication and more. Please take just a few minutes to fill out the survey and help us determine the programs and budget for next year. We have not surveyed our membership for some time and your opinions are very important to us.


It is not too late to join your LWHS PTSA! We welcome new members all year long! Join online at


The senior party committee has been working all year to provide our seniors with an entertaining, yet safe, senior night. Ticket sales have gone well and they are limited! Buy your ticket now and make sure your senior does not miss out on the fun.


Our nominating committee is finishing up work on the slate of officers for next year. They will present the slate for vote at the general meeting on March 19th. If you are interested in helping the PTSA in a leadership position or chair position, please contact any board member as we are beginning to form our committees for next year. Being a part of the PTSA board is fun and rewarding - we encourage you to join us as we help make LWHS a better place for our children!


Please attend our general meeting on March 19th, which will feature Christina Thomas and a presentation on teenage drinking and drugs with our own Officer King. We hope you will join us at 6:30pm in the library.


We look forward to seeing you,


Julie Peterson

President, LWHS PTSA



Take a "Fear Free" Practice ACT or SAT Test!
Warm up for the ACT or SAT and find out how you would score. Get realistic practice and try your hand at the types of questions you'll face on the actual exam. You'll receive a personalized score report pinpointing your strengths and weaknesses. Score review and strategy session led by Princeton Review.

ACT Test
Where:     Juanita High School Library
When:      Saturday, March 1, 9am-1pm, Take test
                Thursday, March 13, evening - Score Review and Strategy Session
Cost:        $20
Bring:       Calculator, pencils, and water! 

SAT Test
Where:    Juanita High School Library
When:     Saturday, March 15, 9am-1pm, Take test
               Thursday, March 27, evening - Score Review and Strategy Session
Cost:       $20
Bring:      Calculator, pencils, and water!

To register for either test: 
-Register and pay on Juanita HS PTSA website
-Email and leave a $20 check in the JHS main office in an envelope labeled with "SAT or ACT, Attn: Aggie Stern". Make checks payable to JHS PTSA and include student's name on the subject line.

Space is limited. Reserve your seat today!

More info, see SAT flyer, or ACT flyer.

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Freshman Class Fundraiser
Tres Hermanos, Wednesday, March 5th, 5pm - 7pm

Hey all Kang parents! We need your support for a freshmen (class of 2017) fundraiser. If you and your student eat at Tres Hermanos, 12821 NE 85th St, Kirkland, on Wednesday, March 5th from 5pm to 7pm, 30% of the proceeds made that night will be given to the freshmen class for future events and, of course, PROM!!!


You must bring your flyer to dinner and present it to your waiter. Flyers will be distributed at LW to students and can be printed here


We sincerely appreciate your continued support of LW students. This fundraiser will help us accomplish many things during the next four very exciting years! Please consider helping the freshmen class no matter what grade your child is in.



Congratulations to LWHS Reflections Award Winners!
Three LW students received awards and were chosen by Lake Washington PTA Council competition to represent our district in the State competition. There is only one entry per category in the High School Division. Congratulations to these students!
  • Emma Shipman, "The Girl in the Mirror", received the Outstanding Interpretation Award in Literature
  • Karen Lee, "Freedom" received the Outstanding Interpretation Award in Photography
  • Zoe Guckenheimer, "A Spirited Soul" received the Outstanding Interpretation Award in Visual Arts  

Our LWHS competition received fantastic entries and our judges selected several to represent our school in the District level of competition at the Lake Washington PTA Council. These students are among those whose works were exhibited at the district center and in our library exhibition:


LITERATURE: Emma Shipman


PHOTOGRAPHY: Karen Lee, Sarah Rose Shuer*   


VISUAL ARTS: Emily Brown, Nicole McKinney, Hannah Linsky, Zoe Guckenheimer, Emma Calvert, Zhane Claus, Siri Hedreen, Regan Colburn, Amanda Levine, Bhavya Jain, Cori Meyers, Tony Nguyen, Ban Ruo Yang.


Reflections art on display in the LWHS Library. 



Thank you to additional students who also entered the competition:  Blake Smith Patterson, Ploy Hemrathiran, Ari Cooper, Melinda Grover, Ivy Zeiler, Hannah Simmermon.


The LWHS PTSA would also like to thank Mili Nelson and Prato Barone for help with promoting the program and the LW library staff for hosting our exhibition.


 * Sarah Rose Shuer was omitted in error in the February 5 issue.   



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February eScrip News
Earn Money for LWHS PTSA
February is American Heart Month: if your heart isn't as healthy as you'd like, you aren't as healthy as you could be - so show your physical heart some love!

We love that you shop at Bartell's and participate in Lake Washington High School PTSA eScrip program - this makes every time you shop a not-so-random act of kindness for our communities! How sweet is that?  


Is your Bartell's card linked to LWHS PTSA? Did you know a portion of your purchases at Bartell Drugs can be donated to LWHS PTSA? Find out more here.  


Please remember to use the eScrip portal here each time you shop at  participating merchants such as Amazon, Macy's, Nordstrom, 1-800-Flowers, Home Depot, Lowes, Levi's, Apple/Apple iTunes, etc. You can also earn monies through purchasing eyewear, travel, driving instruction and much, much more! Check out the list of merchants here.  


Happy February!  



LWHS News & Activities

Spring Sports Signups have begun
Tryouts/practices begin Monday, March 3 
Please plan ahead and do not wait to the last minute! Missing forms, signatures, payment, and/or sports physical not valid for the entire season will result in clearance not being issued and the athlete missing the first day of practice or tryouts.

Important Information about clearances: 
  • Clearance will only be issued during student lunches and after school.
  • Clearance will not be issued if there is missing information, such as signatures, insurance info, forms, or physicals not valid for the season.
  • Physicals are valid for 24 months and need to be current for the ENTIRE SEASON. An athlete that has a physical expiring mid-season will not be eligible to participate/tryout until a new physical is submitted.
  • The Sports Physical Examination/Clearance form is required to be filled out, even if a current physical is on file at LWHS. Leave the physical box blank, but fill out the top and bottom sections.
  • Running Start, Choice Schools or Home School students need to submit a copy of their previous semester grades.

For more information about how to apply for clearance, go to the school webpage for instructions and payment options, plus specific forms for:  girl's badminton, baseball, girl's golf, boy's soccer, fastpitch, girl's tennis, and track & field.  

Spring Sports Parent Night & Athlete's Meeting
LWHS Spring Sports Parent Night
Who:       Parents for all spring sport athletes
Where:    Gym
Date:       Thursday, March 6
Time:       6:30pm General Meeting
                7-8pm Break into sport-specific meetings 

LWHS Spring Athlete's Meeting
Who:       Athletes
Where:    Gym
Date:       Friday, March 7
Time:       3pm

Drama Department News
"The Mystery of Edwin Drood" - March 13, 14 and 15
"The Mystery of Edwin Drood" will be performed Thursday, March 13 at 7:00pm (cast A), Friday, March 14 at 7:00pm (cast A), Saturday, March 15 at 1:00pm Matinee (cast B) and Saturday, March 15 at 7:00pm (cast A) in the LWHS Performing Arts Center. Tickets will be for sale at lunch on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, March 10, 11 and 13, and also at the door: $10 for adults; $5 for children and students with ID.

Save the Date: LWHS Drama Department Dinner Theater/Silent Auction

The LWHS Drama department Dinner Theater/Silent Auction will be held on Saturday May 10th at  7:00pm in the Commons. All LWHS students are invited to audition to perform a short act in the cabaret and all parents, friends and students are invited to attend.

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LW Dance Team Qualified for Districts 

The Lake Washington High School Dance Team is having an outstanding competition season. They have been competing in both the Pom and Military categories and continue to have great success earning a top three placement at every competition so far! Their foundation is based off  of the following standards: GET IT! - Grateful, Efficient, Trust, Infinite, Tough. The team lives by these standards both on and off the performance floor.


They are looking forward to their final competitions before the district championship. With their latest success, the Dance Team has qualified for the district competition, to be held at Redmond High School on March 15th, at which they hope to qualify for State.


The Dance Team has also enjoyed performing during the halftimes of the boys and girls basketball games. If you haven't had a chance to see a performance, they are hosting a Friends and Family Night showcasing their Pom and Military routines at Lake Washington High School Gym, on Monday, March 24th at 7pm. All are welcome and admission is free!


LWHS American Sign Language Program
Spring Show "Signing in the Rain"

"The ASL Spring Show, "Signing in the Rain" has begun rehearsing. We need your help. 

 Can you donate any of the following items?    


1.  Clothing Racks - Sturdy/Gently used for costumes.

2.  Umbrellas - We will sign, sing, dance and decorate the theater with them.

3.  Glow-in-the-Dark gloves, shirts, glow sticks, etc. 

4.  Boxes of Tissues - keep our signers healthy.


If you would like to help or have questions, please contact Ms. Carin Storch - ASL, LWHS. Thank you for supporting ASL - a world of communication.

LWHS Poetry Slam
Hannah Linsky's Senior Project: To plan and execute an evening of poetry
Associate Principal DeAnna Kilga reports: As I told Lis Christiansen on my way out last night, "that was probably one of the coolest things I've seen in the last nine years"...and I've seen some amazing student work.


Hannah Linsky organized the Poetry Slam as her senior project. It included ten author/competitors who all performed original works in two rounds with the four finalists competing in a third round. John Lyon took the top honors and in the spirit of encouraging others, quickly invited Court Osbourne to the stage for an impromptu freestyle performance - and "wow" was all I could muster.


All of our performers put their heart and soul into their work, whether it was a brief demonstration of how to do "improv", or a gut-wrenching plea to burn bright with your passion, or to be kind to other,s or to notice a lion, or to appreciate the risk of a fellow poet.


I was inspired and even hopeful that another slam could find its way onto our master calendar before the end of the year - just so more people could see this work.


Shout-outs to: Jill Berge (Hannah's senior project advisor), Terry Terich (Hannah's favorite teacher that she never had - who was the MC for the evening), Lis Christianson (one of the distinguished judges), as well as Lindsay Roger, Josh Tuggle and all other teachers who were there to support this student-led event. And, of course, our authors:


Amy Gulley

Axel Rivera

Braden Barnard

Bryden Robertson

Hannah Linsky

John Lyon

Lars Henrikson

Mark Routon

Miller Crowley

Nick Orlov


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Counseling Center

Registration for 2014/15 School Year is Now Complete

Students who have not yet registered for 2014-2015 classes need to bring their completed registration form to one of our make-up sessions. Online registration will be available after school on February 19th in the Career Center. 


Build Skills for Success in College ... and Beyond

College is a time for students to explore new worlds, ignite interests, and develop talents - and it's also a time for developing skills that they will need for the rest of their lives. According to surveys from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers in every field want to hire people who possess 10 important assets:  

  • Communication Skills
  • Work Experience
  • Motivation/Initiative
  • Teamwork Skills
  • Leadership Abilities
  • GPA/Academic Credentials
  • Technical Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Analytical Skills
  • Ethics

How can a student develop these skills? Seek out opportunities within the academic curriculum and engage in extracurricular activities. Clubs and activities offer a kind of 'invisible' or 'hidden' curriculum that complements what a student learns in the classroom.


Whether it's joining an athletic team, running for class president, or volunteering in the community, students will build leadership skills that involve knowing how to be a team player as well as a star, how to collaborate as well as compromise, and how to demonstrate initiative and develop people skills. Not only will these skills be valuable in college, but by beginning to develop them now, these activities will also be a wonderful addition to any college application!


Adapted from Jumpstart Your Career in College, by Adele Scheele


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Pre-College Tests for Juniors

ACT and SAT I: They sound more like alphabet soup than acronyms for pre-college tests. Colleges usually require one of these tests, and testing is normally done during the spring of the junior year and in the fall of the senior year.


The American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I) is required by in-state and out-of-state 4 year schools. Most colleges accept either one. The SAT I or ACT is also required of those planning to participate in NCAA Division 1 athletics, for those applying to military academies, and for those applying for most scholarships. SAT II subject tests are required for some of the more selective colleges; usually these colleges require two or three SAT II's. It's a good idea to take one of these at the end of the junior year.  


Students are strongly encouraged to prepare for these tests by reviewing directions, reading sample questions, and taking a sample test. All of these, including helpful tips, are available online at and Test dates and registration deadlines are listed below.  


Because so many students take these tests in the spring, students need to sign up early! Registering close to the registration deadline may mean testing as far away as Tacoma.


Upcoming SAT and ACT Test Dates for 2014

LWHS Code is 480545  


SAT (see complete list of registration dates)

Test Date                                                                Regular Registration Deadlines


March 8, 2014                                                          Feb. 7, 2014

May 3, 2014                                                             April 4, 2014

June 7, 2014                                                            May 9, 2014 



ACT (see complete list of registration dates)

Test Date                                                                Regular Registration Deadlines


April 12, 2014                                                          March 7, 2014
June 14, 2014                                                          May 9, 2014 


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SAT Prep at LWHS

The SAT Prep Course provides classroom-based practice testing and instruction in preparation for the SAT test. Areas covered include essay writing, grammar, geometry and algebra topics. Practice tests provide immediate feedback -- after the test students leave with a marked essay, a better understanding of SAT scoring, and their score from the practice test.  


An upcoming course will be offered at LWHS on Mondays from 5:00 - 7:45 p.m., March 17th through April 28th. Register by March 12th. Practice tests are scheduled at other area high schools.   


To register for the upcoming classes, and for more information and additional locations, see the current flyer here or visit  

Information for Seniors & Senior ParentsSeniorInfo 

Last Semester for Seniors

If your senior failed a first semester class, or is unsure if she/he has completed the three Advanced Literacies papers and the QSR/Formal Lab Report and Math Data Analysis, your senior needs to contact his/her counselor as soon as possible. Second semester will fly by and this is the last opportunity for seniors to complete all graduation requirements.

Senior Countdown
The Senior Countdown is a list of important dates and events for seniors to look forward to, such as prom, when senior projects are due, and other fun and important dates. It is available on our website, and hardcopies will be available in the reception area and counseling office. Students can watch the monitors throughout the building for updates.

Lake Washington PTSA Council News

Parent Education Presentations
Presented by LWPTSA Council Special Needs Group


College Services for Students with Disabilities - February 25, 2014 - Kim Thompson, Assoc. Dean of Student Affairs at Shoreline Community College, on the difference between services provided in high school versus in college for students with disabilities.

IEP's and 504s - March 25, 2014 -An Ombuds from The Governor's Office of the Education Ombuds will present on IEPs and 504s


All meetings are held on Tuesdays at the Lake Washington School District Resource Center, from 7 - 8:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.  


These Community Announcements are provided as a service to the community: Lake Washington School District (LWSD) does not sponsor, endorse or recommend any of the organizations, services, or activities described in these materials.

Public Meetings on Possible Pool Locations
Monday and Tuesday, February 25 and 26, 7pm
Input wanted on proposed sites and uses for possible pool in Kirkland to replace Juanita High School pool at Feb. 25 & 26 public meetings.


Since September 2013, the City of Kirkland has been evaluating possible alternative sites to replace the pool at Juanita High School. The Juanita High School pool, also known as the Juanita Aquatic Center, has been deemed by the Lake Washington School District (LWSD) as nearing its useful life. In January 2014, the City Council approved further study of Juanita Beach Park (north side), North Kirkland Community Center and South Norway Hill Park as possible locations. Public input on these sites is wanted at two public meetings to be held on February 25 and 26 at 7pm. The first meeting will be held at Kamiakin Middle School, Cafeteria, 14111 132nd Avenue NE, Kirkland; the second meeting will be held at the North Kirkland Community Center, Community Room, 12421 103rd Avenue NE, Kirkland. An overview of the preliminary siting process, including the evaluation criteria, will be presented.


The Kirkland City Council and LWSD Board of Directors adopted resolutions last fall affirming their commitment to seek partnerships to explore options to find a replacement facility for the Juanita Aquatic Center.


Input gathered at the February public meetings will be shared with the City's Park Board at its March 19 meeting. The Park Board will forward its recommendation to the City Council by April 1.  In addition to the public meetings, the City will conduct a random telephone survey of Kirkland residents.   


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College Sorority Information Forum
Bellevue Regional Library, Tuesday, March 4, 7pm 

On Tuesday, March 4, Overlake Alumnae Panhellenic will host its annual College Sorority Information Forum at 7pm in Meeting Room #1 at the Bellevue Regional Library, 1111-110th Avenue NE. This is an opportunity to learn everything you ever wanted to know about sorority life.

The event is free and open to high school girls of all grade levels and their parents. Registration is not required. Forum speakers will highlight the benefits of sorority membership as well as explain how to navigate sorority recruitment. Information about the OAPH scholarship program will also be available.

For further information, visit:


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