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

Kang Crier
June 4, 2014
Issue No. 18
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In This Issue
Quick Links

Senior Party Chaperone Meeting
Wednesday, June 4, 7pm, LWHS Library
Yearbook Distribution
Friday, June 6, 2:35 - 3pm, LWHS Commons
Car Wash - Freshman Class Fundraiser
Saturday, June 7, 11am - 3pm, Bridle Trails Dairy Queen
Cheer Club Fundraiser
Wednesday, June 11, All Day, Tres Hermanos
Senior Salute (formerly Baccalaureate)
Thursday, June 12, 7pm, LWHS Theatre
Netbook Check-In
Seniors - Friday, June 14
9th - 11th Grade - Monday, June 16
LWHS Graduation
Monday, June 16, 8pm, Key Arena, Seattle 
Senior All-Night Party
Immediately following graduation
Last Day of School (half day)
Wednesday, June 18


Picture Day/ASB Cards/Laptop Rollout 
Tuesday August 19th
9th Grade: 8-11am, 10th Grade: 12-3pm
Wednesday August 20th
11th Grade: 8-11am, 12th Grade: 12-3pm
LW Football Fundraiser - Auction
Friday, August 22, Kirkland F.O.E.
The 3rd Annual Drea's Dream: Friday Night Lights!  
Friday, August 22nd, 7pm, LWHS Football Field 
Freshman Orientation
Wednesday, August 27, 8:30-11am 
Back to School BBQ
Wednesday evening, August 27
First Day of School 
Tuesday, Sept. 2


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Congratulations and Good Luck
to the Class of 2014!


Letter from Principal Christina Thomas

Dear Parents,


This is it -- the last Kang Crier of the year! It is hard to believe how quickly the year has passed. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all the support you have given to me and the teachers at Lake Washington High School. It is a pleasure to partner with such caring and dedicated parents.


Our students have had a successful year overall. We have both our softball and baseball teams headed to the State playoffs, track has ten students going to State, and golf has three students competing at the State level. In addition, our music students returned with gold finishes in the Heritage Festival in Anaheim this past weekend. We have also had a host of different artists recognized for their work. In addition, we were awarded a Washington Achievement Award for the third straight year. It was a very successful year by any measure.


As we wind down the year, it is important to remember that finals are scheduled for June 10-12th. Although finals are earlier, students in 9th - 11th grades will continue with academically rigorous activities which will be a part of their final grade. Students will also be returning their laptops through their English classes. Seniors will be returning their laptops on June 13th. All senior fines need to be paid prior to receiving graduation tickets. It is a good idea to avoid the long lines on the 13th and pay fines early.


This is an exciting time of year for everyone but especially for our seniors. We are looking forward to the upcoming activities which will be the last for many of the seniors. I hope to see you at an upcoming event soon.



Christina Thomas, Principal 



2014 Senior Party Update seniorparty

Tickets are Still Available

Over 180 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. Don't miss out!

Scholarships are available. Hurry-space is now limited!


Bus Assignments and Paperwork

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. More importantly, seniors cannot get onto the buses on party night without having turned in the Hold Harmless form! 110 students have already

claimed their seats on their bus of choice.  


We will be taking forms and requests for bus assignments at lunch on the following days:


Friday, June 6th    

Friday, June 13th


Party Night Information

Specific information on what to bring (or what not to bring), what to wear, where to meet and when to pick up the next morning will be emailed to parents a week before the party.


Chaperone Meeting on June 4th at 7pm

If you have signed up to be a chaperone or to help at check-in, there will be a meeting to go over what you need to do on Wednesday, June 4th at 7pm in the LWHS Library.


We could still use junior parents to help us at check-in and to chaperone. Please come to this meeting if you can help!


Contact for more information or questions.


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Get Involved! LWHS PTSA Has Open Positions for 2014-2015

Are you interested in getting more involved in your student's school? Participating in PTSA is a great way to learn more about your child's school, get connected with like-minded parents, and do something positive for the school. The LWHS PTSA is on the lookout for volunteers to fill the following chair positions:

Membership - With the online membership capability with our new PTSA website, this job is becoming less about data entry and more about marketing. Fall is the busiest time for this chair. Membership chair attends monthly PTSA board meetings. This is a great position if you are interested in getting more familiar with LWHS PTSA, without taking on a huge commitment. Contact Co-VP of Communications Karen Tollefson for more information.

Reflections Chair(s) - Help coordinate national PTSA sponsored program which recognizes student entries in literature, visual arts, dance, film/video, photography and music. Duties include publicity and organizing reception at program end. Great job to share with a friend. This position is mostly finished by late fall.


Fear Free SAT/ACT Chair - This chair will coordinate with the Princeton Review company, school staff, and a few volunteers to put on several "Fear Free" practice SAT and ACT tests for students throughout the year. This is a new program for LWHS. Not a big time commitment.


Summer Volunteers - Like to help over the summer with First Day Packet stuffing, picture day, or first day of school? It's a fun way to mingle with the kids and help out at school, without a big commitment. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator Kathy Hunt ( to get your name on our volunteer list!


Other open positions include: Senior Salute chair, Emergency Prep chair, Parent Ed coordinator, Financial Review committee, Sheeley Scholarship committee, School Beautification chair, Special Needs Liaison, Latino Community Liaison, Awards chair, and One-Time volunteers. Read more about these positions. 


Contact Liz Hedreen or Anne Ryan for more information about these and other positions.

Congratulations Sheeley Scholarship Winners 

The Lake Washington High School PTSA is pleased to announce four winners of the 2014 Sheeley Scholarship Award: Chloe Burns, Ivyanne Smith, Manon Debuire, and Jiamin (Jamie) Wu. The scholars will each receive $1,000 to be applied towards their college tuition. The scholarships are named after the school's former counselor, Louise Sheeley. Ms. Sheeley was described by her past colleagues as an extraordinarily compassionate, giving, and accepting person.


Each of the recipients is an outstanding student, highly involved in school activities and community service. They have all participated in challenging coursework and are well thought of by their teachers.


Ms. Burns will be attending Western Washington University; Ms. Smith plans to study at the University of Washington. Ms. Debuire will be attending McGill University; Ms. Wu will pursue her education at the University of Southern California.

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This is the last issue of the Kang Crier for the school year. If, at this time (or at any time), you no longer wish to receive the Kang Crier, you must unsubscribe yourself. We don't automatically delete any emails from our database, even for senior parents. (The "Unsubscribe" link is in the footer of this email.)

Information about Privacy Issues & the Kang Crier to Consider Next Fall
Every August/September in the First Day packet parents/guardians receive a form from the District called "Directory Withhold Form - SS100", where you have the opportunity to check boxes labelled "Withhold [your child's name or image] From Public Release" and "Withhold [your child's name or image] From District Use". If you check those boxes, your child will not be listed in the Kang Crier, nor will any photos including their image be published. If your child is in a group photo, then that photo will not be used. The Kang Crier newsletter primarily goes out to LWHS families, but any member of the public can go to our LWHS PTSA website and sign up to receive the Crier, and we also archive our newsletter on that website, which is accessible to the public. 
If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact the Kang Crier editors Liz Hedreen or Jeanine Lewis at

Thank you for your support this year as we refine our new online format. Look for your first Kang Crier of the 2014-2015 school year sometime in August!

Your Kang Crier Editors,
Liz Hedreen & Jeanine Lewis

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LWHS News & Activities

Yearbook Distribution - Friday June 6th

Yearbook distribution is set for Friday, June 6th, from 2:35-3:00pm in the LW Commons.


Buy your copy while they last! 


We placed our order for 935 yearbooks based on the number pre-ordered books from February and our sales figures from last year (900 copies). We have a few remaining copies available for purchase for $70 through the ASB office and fully anticipate selling out again this year.  


There is no way to get additional copies when we run out (well, not unless you have $10,000 for a minimum press run). 
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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Cheer Booster Club Fundraiser
Tres Hermanos Restaurant, Wednesday June 11th, all day

The Cheer Booster Club is sponsoring a fundraiser at Tres Hermanos on Wednesday June 11th, all day, either dine-in or take-out. We want to invite all students, their families and friends, as well as staff to come help support our club and the LWHS Cheer Team. Be sure to bring the flyer and present it to your server.

Library Update from Librarian Susan Gregerson

Netbook Check-In

Our thinkpadskin students are scheduled to turn their netbooks in to the library on two separate days: Friday, June 13th for seniors and Monday, June 16th for 9th - 11th graders. Stay tuned for more information. 




Lit Circles   


I, along with Lis Christiansen (English Dept. Chair) and Nicole Massey-Byrne (English 10th Grade Content Team Leader), would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for the grant and donation provided by the Lake Washington High School PTSA this school year for our LW library and our students. For our Literature Circles, we were able to purchase 444 books that are multicultural and are Common Core choice books. These books are now housed in a special Literature Circle section in our library and many are already in the hands (and minds) of our students.  


Book Club


This year was the beginning of our LWHS Book Club. The KangaReaders meet weekly on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:00. We were able to purchase Nooks this year and are enjoying the eBook versions (though some of our members still enjoy the hard copies). This Spring, we read The Scorpio Races and we will be choosing a summer selection soon. Finally, I and the girls thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the PTSA bakers for providing us with yummy cookies for our meetings!


Thank you so much for your support of LWHS Library! 

Susan Gregerson


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Summer Reading Requirements

All incoming 9th and 10th graders have summer reading requirements to complete. Information can be found on the school website under Announcements, and also under the "For Students -- Summer Reading" site. Questions about summer reading expectations may be directed to Jill Berge.

Mrs. Kathy Hovis Retirement Celebration
A.G. Bell Elementary, Thursday, June 12,6:30 - 8:00pm

Mark your calendars, everyone! After 45 years of teaching Mrs. Kathy Hovis (Kathleen Cooper Hovis) is retiring from A.G. Bell Elementary. It's time to celebrate her amazing career as she gets set to retire. We're planning a "drop-in" celebration on Thursday, June 12th from 6:30 - 8:00pm at the "new" A.G. Bell Elementary (same old location). If you are unable to make this celebration and want to celebrate Mrs. Hovis with a written note or card, please drop that off at Mili's desk in the main office. These will be delivered to Mrs. Hovis on the day of the retirement party. We hope you can make it in person to give her a "high-five, handshake or hug."

Loyalty Club News

Lake Washington High School's Loyalty Club participated in the Relay For Life event on May 17-18 to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Relay For Life is a 24-hour-event where teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around a track or path at a local high school or park. Loyalty traveled to Juanita High School and took part in many activities, sold baked goods, and ended up raising more than $2,000. Funds go directly to the organization and invest in research and providing free information and services to cancer patients and their caregivers. Lake Washington seniors, Tarah Fekri and Chloe Burns lead their team and placed 2nd place in the most amount of miles walked, and 3rd place in games and activities.    



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LWHS Students Win District Culinary Competition
Sarah Rose Shuer and Hugo Pontes won the first annual LWSD Culinary Competition. Five teams from three schools participated (LWHS, Redmond HS, and Emerson HS). The Judges were chefs Wendy Jordan and Michael Jordan, formerly owners of Rosemary's Restaurant in Las Vegas, now chefs at Seattle Central Community College Culinary Arts Department. Congratulations Sarah and Hugo!
History Day Students Meet with Redmond City Council

As part of Redmond's proclamation of May as Preservation Month, History Day students met with the Redmond City Council on May 20th and shared their History Day projects. Katie Brandao, representing LWHS, showcased her third-place winning project on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Each student met with council members as well as Superintendent Traci Pierce, and were individually recognized by the Mayor.   


Check out the "Senior" edition of The Pouch. This is the last Pouch for the year. Look for it again in the fall!


News from the LWHS PE/Health Department

The following students have been selected by their Physical Education/Health teachers as Students of the Month for May 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. 




Katie NellisMichael CarlsonZoe Henderson
Heidi AlemanCaroline RossNickolas Orlov
Megan GertmenianJoseph WishartAnna Sievers
Jacob Moody


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End of Year Clearance on Student Store and Graduation Sale!
You can purchase LWHS Lanyards for $6 and "We Bleed Purple and White" t-shirts for only $5!

Check out our flyer for more information and photos!

Student Store Contact Information E-mail:
Phone: 425

Kang Sports News

Congratulations to LWHS Varsity Fastpitch and Baseball!
The LWHS Varsity Fastpitch and Baseball teams both competed in the 2A State Championships this weekend. The Girls Varsity Fastpitch team won the State Championship! The Boys Varsity Baseball placed Second in the State! Way to go Kangs!


LWHS Varsity Fastpitch and Baseball Teams at the State Championships 
Lake Washington High School Varsity Baseball 2014 2A District Champs
Photo Credit Jodi Scheffler 
LWHS Girls and Boys Track at 2A State Championship
Katia Matora Wins 2 State Titles & Sets New LWHS Record in the 1600
Katia Matora


LWHS put in a great effort at the state track meet this past weekend. The girls finished in 6th place, led by 2 state championship performances by junior Katia Matora in the 800 and 1600. Katia's 1600 time of 5:00.18 is a new school record. The girl's 4X400 of Caroline Ross, Allie Wells, Lauren Curlanis and Megan McLaughlin took 3rd in state, with the 2nd best LW all time effort of 4:02.06. Megan McLaughlin placed 4th in the 300 hurdles and Lauren Curlanis 6th in the long jump. It was an exciting 3 days and an outstanding season for the girls team. 



The boys team also did well. Senior Devon Grove finished 3rd in the 3200 and 6th in the 1600 at state, and Dillon Maggard placed 7th in the 800. 


Congratulations on a great season, Kangs!

Kang Girls Golf

Sydney Majors and Emily Bunnell are on their way to the State tournament! Go Kangs!!!


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LWHS Dance Team


The LWHS Dance Team is excited to announce the ladies of the 2014-2015 Team:   


Marianne Albay, Maile Allan, Kayla Brodie, Caroline Donlon, Nicole Duenas, Venus Ghazimirsaeed, Kaia Grobstok, Sophia Jacques, Paris Johnson, Hannah Kayama, Connie Khauv, Kiersten Krumm, Katie Kwok, Helen Landon, Isabelle Lindheimer, Tiffany Nakamitsu, Jacki Navarre, Kimberly Nelson, Hannah Peacock, Scarleth Rojas, Penny Ryan, Ingrid Swanson, Kayla Torimoto, Madeleine Usher, and Sydney Wickman


Look for them in Kirkland's 4th of July Parade!


SAVE THE DATE:  Friday, August 22nd 

The 3rd Annual Drea's Dream: Friday Night Lights! will be held on the football field of LWHS at 7pm.  A fun night where several High School Dance Teams will perform, along with a DJ, food trucks and more. All proceeds go to the Andrea Rizzo Foundation   

LW Football Newsfootball
Summer Schedule and Fundraiser Auction


Welcome to LW Football! Come on out, meet the team and the coaches and see if Kang Football is for you! Remember Spring football is free, you just need to make sure you have athletic clearance to play. Note the calendar below for important dates like summer camp, camp clothing orders, gear handout and team meetings. No physical, no summer camp! Stay on top of the LW football details through our Facebook page and the Kang Football website to get forms, download the powerpoint, etc. Questions? Email


The football team has one big fundraiser this year so the players do not have to go and sell any items to family and friends throughout the season. We need all families to participate in the Auction on Aug 22 to meet our fundraising goal and have our 'one and done' fundraiser. Please continue to read Facebook and the website for updates. Start thinking of your item, basket, gift certificate, or activity to donate.


May 20: Order Spirit Pack clothing for camp (optional)

May 27: Seniors 2014 Gear Handout 3:00pm

May 28: Junior Gear Handout 3:00pm

May 29: Sophomore gear handout 3:00pm

June 2: Team Meeting and Event 2:45-4:30pm

June 3: Spring practice starts for 12/11/10 graders

June 9: Freshman gear handout 3:00pm

June 9: Spring practice starts for 9th graders

June 13: Alumni 7 on 7 football game 6:30pm-8:00pm

June 27-30: Summer camp @ Evergreen College

July 4: Kirkland Parade

Aug 18: Athletic office opens, eligibility paperwork due

Aug 20: First day of practice

Aug 22: #1 and only fundraiser Auction at Kirkland F.O.E.


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Career Center

Tech Prep

Students have the opportunity to get a jump start earning college credit through selected Career and Technical classes offered at LWHS. If a student is currently enrolled in a Tech Prep class, they may be eligible to earn college credit right now, in addition to their high school credit.  


Tech Prep payments are due Friday, June 6. 


How Does Tech Prep Work?

The following classes offer college credit:


American Sign Language 1 & 2Digital DesignMarketing 1
Child Psychology 1 & 2Engineering I & IIMaterial Science 1
Computer ScienceEntrepreneurship 1 & 2Microsoft IT Academy/Computer Applications
Culinary Arts 1 & 2Life and Finance


Colleges transcribe all TECH PREP students in August. Each student will receive a notification to their email and/or home address when they have been transcribed.


Counseling Center

Moving Over the Summer?
If your student does not plan to return to LWHS in the fall, she/he must withdraw from LWHS before we break for summer.

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Summer Counseling Center Hours
Ms. Muro's last day is Friday, June 27th; she will return Tuesday, August 19th.

Looking for Something to do Over the Summer?

Ah, the lazy days of summer. A few spattered here and there are great. You've worked hard all year and deserve some of these 'no list' days. But too many can get boring! Here are some great ways to stay busy and get ahead of the busy upcoming school year.

    • Class of 2018 and 2017: Begin thinking about your post high school plans (apprenticeships, gap year, military, private career schools, technical colleges, two and four year colleges). If you already know you plan to apply to two and/or four year colleges, begin exploring and investigating details about colleges of interest. Enrolled in an honors class next year? Make sure you have completed your required readings. Check out potential scholarships.
    • Class of 2016: Continue to explore your interests and options. If you are four year college bound, check out college websites or visit campuses. Make a list of colleges that are of interest to you. If you have already taken the SAT or ACT, review your strengths and weaknesses and take some timed practice tests. Check out potential scholarships.
    • Class of 2015: Continue to refine your list of post high school options and narrow down your choices. Plan to retake the SAT or ACT if you need to improve your scores; register online for these tests and for SAT II Subject Tests if needed. Narrow your college choices to four to six schools; determine if you will apply for early admission. Polish your resume. Create a master calendar of due dates that honor deadlines. Check out potential scholarships. 
    • Class of 2015: Going on a college road trip? Here are things to keep in mind. Juniors, get ahead of the curve - check out this list of things you can do this summer.

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Information for Seniors & Senior ParentsSeniorInfo 

Graduation Tickets

Each senior will receive 10 tickets during graduation rehearsal on Monday, June 16th. If you are expecting more than 10 guests, extra tickets are available. Have your senior stop by the Counseling Center after rehearsal for extra tickets.

Final Must-Do for Seniors: Transcript Request

Each senior must complete a "Final Transcript Request" form that is available from Ms. Muro in the Counseling Center. Regardless of where the student is headed after graduation, each senior must notify us of his/her plans. Even if students are unclear regarding their fall commitment, they should have a final transcript sent to their home address. Final transcripts will be mailed to colleges or wherever requested by July 1st.

Seniors: You're Not Done Yet!

Culminating Project presentation, Level V requirements, subject requirements, finals - there's lots to do in order to pass classes and graduate! Remember, if required classes are not passed and all the Advanced Literacies met (including the Culminating Project), seniors will not be allowed to participate in the walk through graduation ceremony.

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.
Lake Washington Schools Foundation News

LWSF Needs an Ambassador from LWHS
Want to be involved in your students school but don't have much time in the day?


Well, have we got a job for you! The Lake Washington Schools Foundation is looking for a new Ambassador representing Lake Washington High School. The role of the 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 within the Lake Washington School District.


For a complete job description and questions, please contact Suzie Connor (


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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