Lake Washington High School, Kirkland, WA
PTSA Local Unit 2.8.95

Kang Crier
May 7, 2014
Issue No. 16
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Class of 2015 Fundraiser - Silent Auction, Food, Wine, and Fantasy Casino
Friday, May 9, 6pm, Kirkland Women's Club
Drama Dept. Fundraiser - Dinner Theater Student Cabaret and Silent Auction
Saturday, May 10, 6 - 9:30pm
Golden Acorn Award Nominations Due
Tuesday, May 13
Golden Kang Award Nominations Due
Tuesday, May 13
Seniors - College Form Due in Counseling Office
Friday, May 16
Parent Ed - What Parents Need to Know about Bullying, Harassment and Cyber-safety
Wednesday, May 21, 7-9pm, LWSD Resource Ctr.
LEAP Day & Memorial Day - No School
Friday, May 23 & Monday, May 26
Senior Salute Ticket RSVP Deadline
Sunday, May 25
Special Needs Group Parent Ed. Presentation
Tuesday, May 27, 7-8:30pm, LWSD Resource Ctr.


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Letter from Principal Christina Thomas  

Dear Parents,


As we begin to close out the school year I wanted to share some important information with you.

A bill that passed in the legislature this year (Senate bill 6552) is making two significant changes to state graduation requirements, which in turn will change Lake Washington School District graduation requirements. 


New Graduation Requirements 

Culminating project: This year's graduating class of 2014 still must complete a culminating project in order to graduate. Beginning with the Class of 2015, the culminating project is no longer a state graduation requirement. Lake Washington School District will also eliminate the culminating project as a graduation requirement, so beginning with the Class of 2015, students will not be required to complete the Culminating Project in order to graduate.


24 credits: One of the reasons that the state is eliminating the culminating project requirement is that other requirements are increasing. This same Senate Bill requires students in the class of 2019 and all subsequent classes to earn 24 credits to graduate. 


  • Current state requirement is 20 credits
  • Current Lake Washington requirement is 22 credits
  • LWSD students will need one more lab science credit and one more arts credit beginning with the class of 2019. 

2014 Culminating Projects

This year's seniors will be presenting their culminating projects on May 21st. Parents are encouraged and welcome to attend these presentations. Seniors will be checked off in their Homeroom classes on May 7th. Students not checked off, may not be presenting on May 21st. They will need to reschedule a time to present before June 1, 2014 in order to walk in graduation ceremonies. This would be a good time to check in with your senior.


Academic Achievement Award for LWHS

Additionally, Lake Washington High School was awarded its third academic achievement award for high progress. We are extremely proud of this award as only 418 schools state-wide received any recognition. A special thanks to all the dedicated teachers who, through diligent efforts and a focus on student learning, made this possible. 


LW Freshman in running for National Award

One of our very own freshmen, Renaise Kim won the State award for Doodle for Google. Her doodle represented how she would improve the world. Renaise is now in competition for the National award. If Renaise wins the National award, she will receive a $30,000.00 scholarship and LWHS will receive $50,000.00 for technology! Please vote by May 9th. See article below.


Christina Thomas, Principal

Seniors Need to Inform Counseling Office of Post-HS Plans
Please Return Form to Theresa Muro by May 16

Students need to provide Ms. Muro in the Counseling Office with the name and address of their chosen college so that their office can send the final transcripts in June. (Use this form, or email her the information requested on the form.) They will not send final transcripts to multiple colleges. 


Questions, contact Theresa Muro.


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Join The Fun This Friday, May 9 

The One and Only Class of 2015 Senior Party Fundraiser


You do not want to miss this party! 
The whole LW adult community is invited - 
it's not just for Junior parents!
Friday, May 9, 6-10pm, Kirkland Woman's Club


Enjoy "Fantasy Casino" blackjack fun with Junior parent-volunteer dealers. There will be prizes for top winners, food lovingly prepared by the LW culinary class and wine and beer, all included in the ticket price.
Over $5,000 worth of fabulous silent auction items - great local events, restaurant certificates, gifts, and services!
For faster check-in, click on the "Class of 2015 Auction Tix" icon on the left side of the LWHS PTSA website, or you can buy tickets at the door.
Kirkland Woman's Club - 407 First Street, Kirkland, Friday, May 9, 2014 6-10pm 
$30 single/$50 couple
This event will help pay for the 2015 Senior Party buses and scholarships. We are fundraising now so we know how much to charge for next year's Senior Party when tickets go on sale in September.  


To help or donate contact Svea Dagel at
Senior Saluteseniorsalute
A Cordial Invitation to LWHS Seniors and Families
Reserve your seats by May 25th 
Join us in the LWHS Theatre for an inspirational and intimate celebration for graduating students and their families. There will be music performed by our orchestra, choir, and soloists; speeches by students; and a Keynote speech by Jeff Burnside, LWHS Class of '75 and KOMO News Senior Investigative Reporter.

Refreshments will be served immediately following, in the LWHS Commons.

When: Thursday, June 12th, 7-9 pm
Where: Lake Washington HS Theatre
Dress: Seniors wear caps and gowns
RSVP: Email name of student, name of parent, and number of tickets. Due to limited seating each student can get up to 4 complimentary tickets. (Do not include your senior in the count.) Tell us if you need more tickets and we will contact you if there are more available. Admission is free.

Tickets are available on a first-come-basis, so RSVP TODAY!
RSVP by email by MAY 25th.

It is a great opportunity to take pictures of your student with family and friends, while dressed in caps and gowns. Student art will be on display in the commons. 

If you have questions please email This event is sponsored by the LWHS PTSA.
View the flyer. 
Know a Volunteer Who Deserves Recognition?
PTSA Golden Acorn Award
Nominations due Tuesday, May 13
Each year the Lake Washington High School PTSA gives Golden Acorn Award(s) to honorees who have provided exemplary volunteer service to children and youth in our school community. The Golden Acorn is given for continued and dedicated service. This is an excellent way to honor PTSA members for their contributions on behalf of our children. 
Please turn in the nomination form to Mili Nelson in the front office or send your nomination in an email to Deadline for nominations is: Tuesday, May 13, 2014.
Is There a Teacher/Staff Member Who Really Made a Difference?
Golden Kang (Outstanding Educator) Award
Nominations due Tuesday, May 13

The Golden Kang (Outstanding Educator) Award is offered by the Washington State PTA to recognize individuals who go beyond the normal expectations of their jobs to make the learning environment fun, beneficial, and challenging. What constitutes an outstanding educator? It is someone who is innovative and effective - someone who brings enthusiasm and diversity to the classroom and a leader who directly influences the success of their students. 


Please return the nomination form to Mili Nelson in the front office or send your nomination in an email to Deadline for nominations is: Tuesday, May 13, 2014


The Golden Kang Award is offered by the Lake Washington High School PTSA.

2014 Senior Party Update seniorparty

Tickets on Sale 

Over 155 Seniors have purchased their tickets for this once in a lifetime event with great venues, entertainment and food! More importantly, this is a safe, alcohol- and drug-free event. 


Tickets are $180 and include transportation. Click here for more information and the form. 


Next Steps--Paperwork and Bus Assignments 

If your Senior has already purchased a ticket, you should have received a Hold Harmless agreement by email. Filling this form out is their ticket to signing up for one of 4 buses to be with their friends on party night. We will be taking forms and requests for bus assignments at Friday lunches beginning May 16th with the exception of Thursday, May 23rd, before Memorial Weekend. If your Senior has a life threatening food allergy and/or will need to bring medication to the party, please request an Allergy Awareness/ECP form. Please email


Contact for more information or questions.


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Kang Achievements
Congratulations LWHS!

googleLWHS Freshman Wins WA State Google 4 Doodle Contest
Competes for $30K College Scholarship & $50K Tech Grant for LWHS

Vote for Renaise's "Doodle" by May 9th!


LWHS freshman Renaise Kim has been selected as the Washington state representative for the Google 4 Doodle contest. Each year, Google offers students in grades K-12 an opportunity to design like a "Googler." Artists must create a design around the year's theme. This year, the theme was "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place..." Renaise titled her piece, "Brighter World through Binoculars," stating that: "I invented magical binoculars that would allow people to see the world more optimistically and be grateful for living in a bright and beautiful world. Wearing these binoculars would also enhance their attitude, resulting in happier and healthier lives and relationships with others."


As a state winner, Renaise will get to travel to Mountain View, CA at the end of May with the other 49 finalists. They will get to meet the Google team, and the national winner will be revealed at a special event. If Renaise were to win the national prize, she would win a $30,000 college scholarship, her design would appear on the Google homepage for a day, and her school (LWHS) would win a $50,000 tech grant from Google. 


Here's where to go to vote: Spread the word!


Good Luck Renaise!


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LW Students are Poetry Scholarship Winners


I am more than pleased to announce that three of our young poets are now scholarship winners! An awards ceremony for the poetry contest was held on April 28 by the New Poets Society, and Lake Washington excelled! John Lyon, and his poem "The Modern Apostle," placed in 7th and he walked away with a $500 scholarship. Hannah Linsky, and her poem, "My Father Does Not Speak in Whispers," placed in 5th overall and also got a $500 scholarship! Finally, Haley Neal, whose poem, "Girls Are Told," which is a reversal poem, was awarded a special scholarship created by the founder of the New Poets' Society due to the creative nature of the poem! She also went home with a $500 scholarship.


Be sure to congratulate them if you see them! Stay tuned for information about the next Poetry Slam!


Terrance Terich

Poetry Club Advisor


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LWHS News & Activities

Reminder on Dress Code from Assoc. Principal DeAnne Kilga  

Dear Parents,


Spring has sprung and as the weather continues to improve, we are seeing more students comingnull to school in questionable attire. As a reminder, students must abide by the dress code; clothing must cover students complete stomach, back, shoulders, chests and undergarments. Shorts, skirts and dresses must be longer than mid-thigh. Any shorts worn for sports or as part of a team uniform are acceptable. 


In addition, wearing tops or bottoms that are made from sheer fabric requires that an undershirt/shorts are also worn. Clothing that promotes drugs or alcohol, tobacco, violence, is sexually suggestive, or displays inappropriate pictures, writing or innuendo is prohibited. Innuendo includes a logo that looks like a known brand, but does not include actual names of products.


Appropriate Workplace Attire - What to Wear to Your Workplace


DeAnna Kilga

Associate Principal

Kang Parents - The Freshman Class Needs Car Wash Supplies
Car Wash Fundraiser - Bridle Trails DQ
Saturday, June 7th, 11am-3pm

The freshmen (Class of 2017) are putting on a Car Wash fundraiser on Saturday, June 7th, from 11am-3pm at the Bridle Trails Dairy Queen. 


In order to make this the best fundraiser ever, we need car wash supplies. If able, please donate a brush, clean rag, sponges, buckets or car washing soap by dropping it off at the Main Office of LWHS by Friday June 6th.


Then, on the 7th, come get your car all sparkly clean!  We'll be taking cash donations for the freshman class!

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End of Year Clearance on Student Store and Graduation Sale!
Lanyards - $6
"We Bleed Purple and White" t-shirts - Only $5

Check out our flyer for more information and photos!

Student Store Contact Information E-mail:
Phone: 425

News from the LWHS PE/Health Dept


The following students have been selected by their Physical Education/Health teachers as Students of the Month for April  2014. During this time these students have excelled in their participation in unit/class activities, displayed pride in their fitness and skill development, and have served as role models for others in their physical education/health class.  




Alex HarrAlina NguyenOlivia LopezSela Chin
Trey KilburnPhoenix SokolanJillian NordnessDakota Butler
Madison InmanAmy Wyrick


Open Gym

Open Gym is open to all LWHS students that are interested in recreational activities. Students have the opportunity to choose an activity. There is no coaching of the students. LWHS staff is on-site supervising.     


May 19th - May 31st


Monday - Thursday:
MAIN GYM: 3 - 5pm
AUX GYM: 5 - 7pm 

MAIN & AUX GYM: 10am - 12pm


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LWHS Beautification Day

Congratulations to Spanish teacher & Student Activity Coordinator Valerie Yob for organizing an 

Mili Nelson, always smiling.

amazing Beautification Day on Saturday April 26. She coordinated the entire project, recruiting over 100 kids, including those from leadership, sports, clubs, cheer & dance. Adding in coaches, parents, administrative staff, and teachers, these volunteers pulled and raked weeds, dug out invasive weeds, transplanted plants, trimmed up ferns and removed dead plants. A few learned how to propagate plants and design the landscape! Many picked up trash throughout the grounds. All realized how much work it takes to keep our High School grounds beautiful. 


Come check out the front entrance of the school for the spring display of purple and white that will grace the landscape for years to come!


Thanks to: 
LWHS parents Karen Tollefson, Kelly Lawson, Susie Arnold
REACH church volunteers Tomoe Dunning, Bob Dunning, Jason Chuduofsky & sons



Stay tuned for Beautification Day #2 next fall:  MULCH DAY!
Members of the LW football team with Coach Parnell

AP Government Classes Get Tour of State Capitol
Participated in Mock Debate
Ms. Roger's 2nd period class


On April 23, Ms. Roger and Mr. Dawson took their AP Government classes to Olympia for a tour of the state capitol. Students were able to visit the House of Representatives, Senate, Temple of Justice and Governor's office. They also spent time participating in a mock committee session in which they debated the merits of the new state law banning the use of tanning beds to those under the age of 18. 


Special thanks go out to Ms. Christiansen, Mrs. Reuhl, Janice Lyon, Christine Baker, Maureen Baskin, and Lars Johansson; we could not have done it without these wonderful chaperones!

Mr. Dawson's 6th period class
Counseling Center

Advanced Placement Exams
May 5 through May 16

All students taking AP Exams should have picked up their AP Packets on April 29th. The packet includes their bar-coded number labels (which they will need for their exams) and a letter that lists all their exams and their assigned testing locations.


In the Bulletin for Students and Parents (part of their registration packet), there is a list of "What to Bring" and "What Not to Bring" to the exams. Students should read this carefully. And, please remind your student to leave the cell phone in the car. Good luck to each of these ambitious students!


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Second Semester Progress

By now, students and parents have received third quarter report cards. Finals will be here before students know it.  


If students are not doing well: 

  • They need to meet with their teacher to see how they can improve. 
  • They should take advantage of Tutorial (every Tuesday) and/or After Hours (free tutoring here on campus). 
  • Students can also form informal study groups to review lecture notes or prepare for tests.
  • Counselors have a list of tutors if students are really behind or confused. 
  • For freshmen, sophomores and juniors, this may be a good opportunity to assess progress and perhaps take a summer school course to make up deficiencies; we have summer school booklets in the Counseling Center. 

Seniors need to make one solid push to the end; if required classes are not passed and all the Advanced Literacies met (including the Senior Project), seniors will not be allowed to participate in the walk through graduation ceremony.

Next Year's Schedules

If students are having second thoughts on their course selections that they made earlier this spring, they need to stop by the Counseling Center. We would like all schedule requests to be final by June 13th. Schedules will be available in the fall. Students are reminded that it is extremely difficult to change their classes once they are set by periods and teachers.  


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Especially for Juniors
Plan for Senior Year

The upcoming senior year is packed with long lists of things to do. Not only do students need to stay current on their six courses, but they also want to continue their extracurricular, athletic, employment, or volunteer commitments. Now add to that the no small task of preparing for life after high school, and it is easy to see why a senior's stress level can hit overload by the end of September.  


The key to managing the senior year is plan-organize-implement. Your student's counselor is here to help every step of the way. Here is a short list of things that your junior can do this summer to get ahead of the busy senior year.  


Planning a Summer Road Trip - College Visits
Summer is the perfect time for juniors and their parents to pack their bags and head off to college campuses. For many students, these visits are the deciding factor in where applications will be sent in the fall. Here are some things to keep in mind .


Upcoming SAT and ACT Test Dates for 2014

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. To learn more about what these pre-colleges tests are about, click here


LWHS Code is 480545  


SAT (see complete list of registration dates)

Test Date                                                                Regular Registration Deadlines


June 7, 2014                                                            May 9, 2014 


ACT (see complete list of registration dates)

Test Date                                                                Regular Registration Deadlines


June 14, 2014                                                          May 9, 2014 


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.  


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 

Level 5 Essays

The Level 5 Compare/Contrast, Persuasive, and Literary Analysis essays are district graduation requirements, and seniors must complete and pass all three in order to graduate with their class.


If students are not completing these papers in their classes, they will need to contact Ms. Christiansen for the specific type of essay prompt they need. Once an essay is complete and ready to submit, students will need to enroll in the Level 5 "class."  It is up to students to move forward and complete this task. This is the last opportunity the LWHS writing program is offering to help students meet this graduation requirement.


Please email Ms. Christiansen for more information:
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. 

Go to article on Senior Party.

Go to article on Senior Salute.

Lake Washington PTSA Council News

Parent Education 

What Parents Need to Know about Bullying, Harassment, and Cyber Safety

Wednesday, May 21st, 7-9pm

LWSD Resource Center

16250 NE 74th Street, Redmond


See the poster to learn about the speakers and for more information.


This program is supported by Lake Washington School District and sponsored by LWPTSA Council 2.8.  No pre-registration is required. For questions, please contact

Special Needs Parent Education Presentations
Presented by LWPTSA Council Special Needs Group

Dyslexic Advantage

Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 7-8:30pm

Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide will present on their book Dyslexic Advantage.


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

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