Lake Washington High School PTSA Newsletter

August 27, 2014 | Issue 1

In This Issue
Kang Crier 

Co-editors: Jeanine Lewis & Karen Peters

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~ Upcoming Events ~

Freshman Orientation - TODAY
Wednesday, August 27, 8:30-11am

Back-to-School BBQ - TONIGHT
Wednesday, August 27, 5:30-7:30pm, front of LWHS

New Student Registration - TOMORROW
Thursday, August 28, 1-2pm and
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 1-2pm

First Day of School  apple-sm.jpg
Tuesday, Sept. 2
Freshmen: Pick up schedules 7:45am
Sophomores-Seniors: Pick up schedules 9:30am

Lyrica Auditions
Tuesday, Sept. 2 - 5 (see article below)

Curriculum Night
Wednesday, Sept. 17, time TBD


Welcome Kang Families! 
This is the August edition of our bi-monthly Kang Crier newsletter. We have a few reminders for upcoming events that we wanted you to be aware of as we enter the school year. Our first regular edition will be emailed out on Wednesday, September 3. (New to LW? Don't forget to subscribe using the link on the left.) Once the school year is under way, the Kang Crier will have news from teachers, clubs, the counseling office, the administration, the PTSA and more. It's where to go to know what's going on!

Enjoy the last beautiful days of summer, and see you all at Curriculum Night on September 17!

Liz Hedreen
PTSA Co-President
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Annual Back-to-School BBQ Tonight!
Weds., August 27, 5:30-7:30pm, front of LWHS
Kangs, come grab a free burger and catch up with your friends and their families! Tours of the school will be available. The barbecue will be held right in front of the school - you cannot miss it. All LWHS students and families are welcome! Co-sponsored by the LWHS PTSA.
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Sign Up to Receive the Next Kang Crier

If you did not receive the Kang Crier last year, or are new to LW, and would like to receive it you need to subscribe. The Kang Crier is the twice-monthly PTSA newsletter that communicates what is happening at LWHS - events, activities, sports, clubs, senior year information and more. You can subscribe (or unsubscribe) to the Kang Crier through the links in the sidebar. If you received the Kang Crier last year there is no need to subscribe, you will continue to receive it. Past issues may be viewed at or through the link in the sidebar.

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Volunteers Needed for Smooth Start of School 
LWHS needs volunteers for a variety of jobs during the first few days of school. Your help will get the new school year off to a smooth start. Volunteers are needed during the first three days:

Tuesday, September 2Volunteers are needed to hand out schedules on the first day of school in two shifts - 7:30 - 8:15am and 9:15 - 10:30am. You can sign up for a shift at SignUp Genius.

Wednesday, September 3The school needs volunteers  to help with ASB cards, photos and fees for students who did not make it to registration last week. This will take place after early release. Sign up to help at Signup Genius.

Thursday, September 4: Volunteers are needed to help with laptop rollout. You will find the shifts listed at SignUp Genius.lyrica

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Lyrica Auditions
Auditions for Lyrica will be held the first week of class. Have your student see Ms. Menzenberg-Zvilna as soon as possible for the audition materials, instructions and rubric. She will add your child to the class Haiku site where they will upload their audition no later than Friday, September 5. This year's agenda includes a trip to New York City and a performance at Carnegie Hall! All are welcome to audition!
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Join LWHS PTSA Today
Becoming a LWHS PTSA member is an easy way to participate in your student's education! A robust membership tells the school and community that we are an engaged school, committed to the future of our students. Benefits of joining PTSA include access to the password-protected online student directory and voting rights at our five General Membership Meetings. Additional benefits include discounts at the Great Wolf Lodge, FedEx/Kinkos, Hertz and more.

You can join online on the PTSA website - look for the orange "Become a Member" button on the upper left. Any questions, contact Co-President Liz Hedreen at
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Donate to Pass the Pouch
Pass the Pouch is the LWHS PTSA's only fundraiser of the year, and we depend on this money to operate our many programs. PTSA programs include Students-in-Need, teacher and club grants, Senior Salute, emergency prep, Kang Crier newsletter, senior scholarships, Reflections, and many more! We appreciate every financial gift, whether small or large. Donate online at the PTSA website - click on the "join ptsa/pass the pouch" link on the upper left - or during curriculum night. Thank you!
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New! Fear-Free SAT/ACT Practice Testing

Do you wonder how your student will score on the SAT or ACT? Want them to know what it's like to get up early on Saturday morning and sit in a real test environment for several hours? LWHS PTSA is partnering with Juanita Hign School PTSA to give students the opportunity to take a low-cost ($20) practice SAT or ACT in a real test environment at school. These are actual SAT and ACT tests from previous years, administered and scored by Princeton Review, but not recorded. Tests will be returned to students within 1-2 weeks, in a free review session. Scholarships are available - contact Cheryl Ronbeck at for more information. Tickets will be on sale soon, online via the PTSA website ( or by check. Watch the next Kang Crier for more details.


Dates of Fear-Free Testing:

Saturday, Sept. 27 - Practice SAT test, LWHS library, time TBD

Thursday, Oct. 9 - SAT Follow-up Review Session, LWHS Library, 7pm


Saturday, Oct. 4 - Practice ACT test, LWHS library, time TBD

Wednesday, Oct. 15 - ACT Follow-up Review Session, LWHS Library, 7pm


November dates will be at Juanita High School - Dates and times to be announced.


Saturday, Jan. 17 - Practice SAT test, LWHS Library, time TBD

Wednesday, Jan. 28 - SAT Follow-up Review Session, LWHS Library, 7pm


Saturday, Jan. 31 - Practice ACT test - LWHS Library, time TBD

Tuesday, Feb. 10 - ACT Follow-up Review Session, LWHS 7pm


March dates will be at Juanita High School - Dates and times to be announced.


Note: The same version of the tests will be given at LWHS and JHS. There is one version of the SAT and ACT given at both schools in the fall, and a second version of the tests given at both schools in the spring.

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2014 Reflections Art Competition
Reflections is a national PTA art program that encourages students to explore and be involved in the arts. The theme for the 2014-2015 school year is: "The world would be a better place if..." 

Students will reflect on the theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, music composition, literature, photography and visual arts. Watch the next Kang Crier for information on how your student can participate.


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Privacy & the Kang Crier
In the First Day packet parents/guardians received a form from the District called "Directory Withhold Form - SS100." This form provides you with 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 published. The Kang Crier primarily goes out to LWHS families, but any member of the public can go to our LWHS PTSA website and sign up to receive it. We also archive our newsletter on that website which is then accessible to the public. 
If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact the Kang Crier editors Jeanine Lewis or Karen Peters at

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