Lake Washington High School PTSA Newsletter

October 1, 2014 | Issue 4
In This Issue
Kang Crier 

Co-editors: Jeanine Lewis & Karen Peters

Quick Links

~ Upcoming Events ~

Tonight! Parent Night: Career Planning/Post-High School Options
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 6:30pm, LW Theater

LWHS Beautification Day - Bring tools & gloves!
Saturday, Oct. 4, 8am-12pm, LWHS

Fear-Free ACT Practice Testing
Saturday, Oct. 4, check in 8:30am, test starts 9am, Library

PSAT Test Registration Deadline for Juniors
Monday, Oct. 6, Cashier's Window

LWSD Boundary Change Survey Closes
Tuesday, Oct. 7

Coffee with Christina, LWHS Principal
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 9-10am, LW College & Career Center

Parent Night: Four-Year College Application Process
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 6:30pm, LW Theater

Fear-Free SAT Review Session
Thursday, Oct. 9, 7pm, Library

Homecoming Football Game
Friday, Oct. 10, 7pm, LWHS

Homecoming Dance
Saturday, Oct. 11, 9-11pm, Commons

PSAT Testing for Sophomores and Juniors
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 8am

Last Day to Order Yearbook for $60
Wednesday, Oct. 15, Cashier's Window

Fear-Free ACT Review Session
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 7pm, Library

LWPTSA Council Brown Bag Lunch - Gun Legislation
Thursday, Oct. 16, 12-1pm, LWSD Resource Center

LEAP Day - No school
Friday, Oct. 17

PTSA Sounders Day - Sounders vs. LA Galaxy
Saturday, Oct. 25, 12pm, Seattle

Deadline for Nick Of Time Heart Screening Forms
Monday, Oct. 27

LWSD Special Needs Group Meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7-8:30pm, LWSD Resource Center

Last Day to Buy Senior Party Tickets for $125
Friday, Oct. 31,

Reflections Entry Deadline
Monday, Nov. 3, Main Office

Nick Of Time Heart Screening 
Wednesday, Nov. 5, Gym


Parents & kids! Bring gloves & landscape tools!
LWHS Beautification Day
Saturday, October 4, 8am-12pm
Student Government is planning a day for students, families, staff, community members, and friends to help "beautify" the school! We hope that you will be able to volunteer some gardening-items.jpg time to help with weeding, cleaning and renovating the grounds.


On Saturday, October 4, from 8:00am-12:00pm, we need as many people as possible to help out in our efforts. We understand that when people work at, or with something, they appreciate it more and it becomes theirs. This is what we are hoping for the students! We also need parents!  


Everyone needs work gloves and tools - especially shovels, rakes, and hand clippers. We'll also be spreading mulch, so if you can bring a wheelbarrow or heavy tarp, please do. 
Please mark your tools with your name. If you have any questions, please contact teacher Valerie Yob.
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Letter from the Principal

Fall is upon us! Thanks to all of you who were able to attend our Curriculum Night; the partnership between home and school is an important one.


We have a busy October planned. Students will be involved in many activities, in addition to Homecoming events planned for the week of October 6-11.


On October 13 sophomores and seniors will be taking the Healthy Youth Survey, a survey that students have been taking since 1988. For sophomores the survey will be distributed during their World History class, and for seniors it will be distributed through English classes. The survey asks questions about risk for injury, health outcomes, and alcohol and drug use. Students do not identify themselves on the survey. Schools, communities, and state and local health departments use survey results to support our youth and reduce their risk. The survey is voluntary - students can skip any questions or stop taking the survey at any time. If you do not want your student to take the survey, you can excuse your student from participating by calling the school. Students can also excuse themselves by telling their teacher that they do not want to take the survey. More information can be found on the LWHS website.


October 15 is a required day of school: sophomores and juniors will be taking the PSAT exam as part of their High School and Beyond requirements. Juniors must pay for the test by Monday, October 6; the cost is $15. Students who elect not to take the exam will take the ASVAB test which is a career/vocational assessment. Freshmen will hear speakers on important topics such as Internet Safety by Seattle Police Victim Advocate Stefanie Thomas; Mental Health Clinician David Flack on Substance Use and Abuse; and motivational speaker Mamma Drill discussing the importance of school, graduation and motivation. Seniors will be involved in a college fair and workshops to help them prepare for college. Students not attending will be assigned make-up activities to meet the High School and Beyond requirement. Attendance will be taken and any absence will be counted toward the ten days a student can miss school without jeopardizing credit. See article below. 


On November 5 Lake Washington High School will partner with the Nick of Time Foundation to provide free youth heart screening. Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of sudden death in young people and is typically the result of undiagnosed structural or electrical heart disease. We are encouraging all athletes and youth aged 14-24 to take advantage of this screening. See article below.


Finally, congratulations to our National Merit Semifinalists: Megan LeGresley and Roland Munsil. Congratulations also to our National Merit Commended Scholars: Emily Dorsey, Allen Gear, Willia Gear, Odette Nsengimana and John Showalter. These students will be recognized and honored at an upcoming school board meeting.


Christina Thomas, Principal


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Why You Receive the Kang Crier
The PTSA receives a list of LWHS parent emails from Lake Washington School District. If you did not opt out of publication using the form in your First Day Packet, you are on this list which is used to send the Kang Crier. If would prefer not to receive the Kang Crier, you can unsubscribe at any time using the SafeUnsubscribe button at the bottom of this newsletter.

If you missed the first three issues of the Kang Crier, past newsletters can be viewed on the PTSA website.
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New Event! Coffee with Christina
Wednesday, October 8, 9-10am, College & Career Center
This new, quarterly event will provide an informal opportunity to chat with Principal Christina Thomas and your fellow parents over coffee and treats. Christina will talk about what's going on at school and answer questions. It's a great way to meet other LW parents (and other interested adults), and get connected with the LW community. It's a casual, drop-in event, so stop by any time and grab a cup of coffee and a baked treat made by our wonderful PTSA volunteer bakers! If you have any questions, contact PTSA Co-Presidents Anne Ryan or Liz Hedreen
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Grant a Wish

The PTSA manages a Wish List made up of requests from our wonderful Kang staff at LW. This is an opportunity for you to provide an item that staff members have requested for their classroom, department or office. View the list to see what wish you can fulfill. Check announcements on the school website for regular updates to the Wish List. Any questions, please contact Jody Lallas.


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Pass the Pouch Nearing Goal
Many thanks to everyone who has donated to the PTSA's single fundraiser of the year, Pass the Pouch. We have raised $15,227 from your donations! Our goal for this school year is $16,000. If you haven't donated yet, please consider helping us reach our goal so we can continue to provide support for students and staff. Donations can be made online on the
PTSA website

The PTSA also relies on employer matching funds to help fund our programs. Don't forget to check with your employer to see if they have a matching fund program. Thank you!

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What Kinds of Things Does the LWHS PTSA Do?
We supply funds for students-in-need through the Counseling Office:

"Counselors would like to thank the PTSA for their monetary donation to our Students-in-Need fund. One of the primary ways the money is spent is to help students pay their class fees. For instance, several years ago, one of our counselors was helping a student plan her schedule. Through the conversation, the student mentioned how much she loved art and how it helped her deal with some of the chaos in her home. When the counselor found out that the student avoided the class because of the cost, we were able to help with the class fee. The student enjoyed the class (and earned a fine arts credit) and a sample of her work was even showcased in the hallway. While not all problems can be solved with financial assistance, some problems can become just one less thing to be concerned about."Marilyn Hargraves, LWHS Counselor

We grant money to teachers:

"The PTSA Classroom Grant enabled students who wouldn't have been able to attend the Goldendale Observatory field trip to attend. Because we drove three hours to Goldendale, WA and had to stay overnight, the cost of the trip to the observatory was prohibitive for some families. Without the PTSA grant, about 15 students would not have been able to be a part of the real-world classroom extension."Ryan Palmer, LWHS science teacher

We organize low-cost, practice SAT and ACT tests to help students with college preparation:

Taking the SATs and ACTs is a nerve-wracking experience. Having the ability to take a test that feels real in every way, except that it won't count, is a great experience for the kids. It provides an opportunity to understand the process and get familiar with what the tests are like, and what it feels like to sit there for four-plus hours. It provides real feedback on exactly where their strengths and weaknesses lie, and gives students the chance to improve before they take the test for real.

Help us provide support to our students and staff by being a part of the LWHS PTSA. Become a member today! Go to and sign up now.

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Advocacy in the PTSA
You're Invited to a Brown Bag Lunch Session
Topic: Universal Background Checks for Gun Purchases, I-594 vs. I-591


When & Where: Thursday, October 16, 12-1pm, LWSD Resource Center


Why This is Important: The Washington State PTA has endorsed Initiative 594, and opposes Initiative 591. Meredith Goldstein (LWHS PTSA) and Linda Leste (Kirkland Middle/Peter Kirk PTSA) will make a presentation on Initiative 594 in support of universal background checks for gun purchases, and discuss why this is important to PTSA members. There will also be a representative from the competing initiative, I-591, to present their views. Both of these initiatives are on the November 4 election ballots.


The Brown Bag Lunches are a series of monthly information sessions on issues that are important to LWSD PTSAs and community. Held on the third Thursdays of the month, they are organized by your Lake Washinton PTSA Council. Watch the Kang Crier for future topics.


Advocacy is a central part of your PTSA. We join with other local PTSAs around the state to set legislative priorities for the Washington State PTA. We are a strong voice for children, engaging in grass roots advocacy at the local and state level. Visit the WA State PTA website for more information on the advocacy program.


Questions? Email Advocacy Chair Meredith Goldstein.


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Reflections Entry Deadline November 3

Reflect: Reflections is an opportunity for students to showcase their creative expression and/or gain creative experience in the field of arts. This year's theme is "The world would be a better place if..."


Create: Based on the theme, students in all grades can express themselves through Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts, Film Production and/or Choreography/Dance. The category is their choice and they may enter in more than one category.


Be Recognized: The entry deadline is Monday, November 3 by 2:45pm in the Main Office. Lake Washington PTSA Council winners will be announced in January. A great highlight for the resume!


Visit the WA State PTA website for rules and entry form. Contact Reflections Chair Amanda Maggiora with questions.


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Sounders Day to Benefit the PTSA
Sounders vs. LA Galaxy, Saturday, October 25
What's more fun than going to a Sounders game? How about going to a Sounders game with thousands of other LWSD kids and families! The Lake Washington PTSA Council (not to be confused with the LWHS PTSA!) has reserved 5,000 tickets to be sold to LWSD families at a discount. 
What: A district-wide event with the Seattle Sounders as they battle the Los Angeles Galaxy in the final home game of the regular season. This match is sure to sell out, so the Sounders have blocked out a limited number of seats at a reduced price of $18 per ticket. 
When & Where: Saturday, October 25 at 12pm at Century Link Field, Seattle
Why: This event will welcome back and bring together the families of the Lake Washington School District as we get settled into another fantastic school year! Also, these tickets are reduced from $25 to $18, and a portion of all sales will go our PTSA.
How: Go to this link, enter the promo code for LWHS: ptalwhs, and make your purchase. 

For questions contact PTSA Co-President Liz Hedreen, or see the Q&A document.
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Help Us Celebrate Kang Accomplishments!
See an interesting news item about LW or its students or staff? Please let us know! The PTSA displays a variety of Kang-related articles on the bulletin board in the Attendance Office. If you haven't seen it yet, you should check it out - Kangs are doing all kinds of great things!

To notify us of a news article, email PTSA Co-VP of Communications Karen Peters

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Kang Achievements

Congratulations to LW's National Merit Scholar Commended Scholars!
In addition to the LW National Merit Semifinalists featured last month, five LW students were named National Merit Commended Scholars. Congratulations to Emily Dorsey, Allen Gear, Willia Gear, Odette Nsengimana and John Showalter. These students receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise and will be recognized and honored at an upcoming school board meeting. 
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LW Student Named National Achievement Scholarship Program Semifinalist

Congratulations to Odette Nsengimana, one of 1,600 outstanding Black American high school seniors designated as a semifinalist in the 51st annual National Achievement Scholarship Program. 


One of only eighteen students from Washington state to be recognized, Odette now has an opportunity to continue in the competition for one of approximately 800 Achievement Scholarship awards that will be offered next spring. 


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LWHS News & Activities

LW's After Hours is Back!

If your kids would benefit from homework help or simply a supportive study environment, encourage them to come to After Hours. Peer tutors and community volunteers will be available to give individual assistance.


When:  Every Tuesday from 2:45-3:45pm beginning Tuesday, October 7

Where: Room 172


Contact teacher Ellen Flores at for more information.


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"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
 Benjamin Franklin
If your student is sick, please notify the Attendance Office at 425-936-1700; follow the prompts to attendance. You must call within 24 hours for your student's absence to be excused; after 24 hours the unexcused absence will count towards the ten days a student can miss before risking loss of credit.

With flu season just around the corner, the Attendance Office would also like to remind you to consider getting a flu shot for your student. They are available now at most local pharmacies and Costco, as well as from your physician.

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NickofTimeNick Of Time Heart Screening
Forms Due Monday, October 27

Every three days, a teenage athlete dies of sudden cardiac arrest. Through a partnership with the Nick of Time Foundation, LWHS is hosting a heart screening to detect abnormalities that could lead to sudden cardiac arrest. The screening will take place during and after school on Wednesday, November 5, in the gym. The screening process includes blood pressure taken by local fire-fighters, a 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG), a private consultation with a doctor, and CPR and AED training. The ECG screening process is separate for each gender. There is a recommended tax-deductable donation of $25 for the Nick of Time Foundation (NoTF) to cover the screening costs.


The Seahawks' and Huskies' team doctor, Jonathan Drezner, MD, is the Medical Director of NoTF. Many doctors who attend are cardiac specialists and/or are affiliated with Seattle Children's Hospital. This is an amazing event that many schools wait years to host, and it could even save a kid's life. There was an NoTF event at Juanita High School last fall.


The screening application forms are available in the Main Office and will also be available at starting, Thursday, October 2. Screening application forms are due Monday, October 27, and can be turned into Julie Madsen in the College & Career Center.


More information is available in the flyer, at the NoTF website, or by emailing LW student organizer Bryden Robertson or


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Help Out with Homecoming
The Junior Class is organizing the Homecoming Dance, which will be held Saturday, October 11, from 9-11pm in the Commons. With the theme, "Kang Karnival," there will be colorful decorations and carnival-type activities. The Class of 2016 needs donations and help with this fun event - you don't need to have a junior to volunteer or donate. Everyone's help is needed!

Volunteers are needed to man booths and operate popcorn and cotton candy machines. Various supplies, food and decorations (from streamers to chips to bean bags) are needed. See the full list.

If you would like to volunteer or make a donation, contact one of the Junior Class officers:

Lindsay BaileyEmily LaFramboiseDJ Mann, or Dylan Bacher. For more information about how you can contribute to homecoming, click here.

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ASB Update

As the leaves fall and the pumpkin spice lattes sell out, the main event on our minds is the pinnacle of fall ASB effort: the 2014 Homecoming events! The week before Homecoming will be a spirit week, with each day having a unique and exciting theme. Friday of that week, October 10, will be themed purple-and-white day to show Kang spirit and pride; at that afternoon's assembly there will be a sea of purple and white in the bleachers. The assembly will be energetic and spirited in order to get the student body excited and enthused for the Homecoming football game that night. Before the Homecoming game there will be an event totally new to LW - a parade with a "float" competition. Each class will decorate a truck or golf cart for a friendly competition to be judged by a selection of LW's fine teachers. During halftime the Homecoming Royalty Court will be crowned - an event no one should miss! The following day, the 11th of October, the Homecoming dance will be held. With a "carnival" theme, this dance should be one for the books!


To show appreciation to LW and to help improve its already gorgeous campus, LWHS Beautification Day will be held on Saturday, October 4 from 8am-12pm. This day of service is open to everyone in the LW community, so please come by and help out! In the meantime, enjoy your pumpkin spice latte, and be excited about the fun-packed fall ASB has planned for the school and community.


Your 2014/2015 ASB Team


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ASL Club - Students Learn and Practice

American Sign Language is the fastest growing World Language in the Lake Washington School District. Is your child thinking about choosing this as their foreign language? Students can come to a meeting and give it a try; they'll learn to fingerspell "A-B-C," play silent games and learn a few signs. They'll come back for the fun of signing with friends. ASL Club meets Thursdays after school - students should look for the posters for our meeting time and location.


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LWSD Boundary Change
Give Your Input in a Quick Survey

LWSD announced last spring that a boundary change process would take place this fall so that all classroom space in the district could be used to house its growing enrollment. The process will begin with a survey to gather input on the criteria that will be used to develop new boundaries. You can offer your input with this link to the surveyThe survey will close on Tuesday, October 7.


The results of the survey will go to a committee which will also review and analyze enrollment projections, planned housing developments and more, in order to develop possible boundary scenarios. This group will then get feedback on those scenarios from parent representatives (PTSA officers) and others.


In early December, the committee will hold four open house sessions in schools around the district to enable parents to weigh in on the scenarios. An online feedback alternative will be available for those who cannot attend these sessions. The committee will then revise the scenarios using that feedback, and develop a recommendation to present to the superintendent. The superintendent will determine the final recommendation to take to the school board in January for approval.


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Counseling Center

Parent Nights Start Tonight!
Sponsored by the Counseling Center
Parent Nights, open to all parents, are informational sessions sponsored by the Counseling Center. Unless otherwise noted, Parent Nights are held in the LWHS Theater and begin at 6:30pm. All PowerPoint presentations used will be available on the counseling page on the LWHS website, and the Counseling Haiku page.


Tonight! October 1 - Career Planning/Post-High School Options: Information on post-high school options and opportunities. Best for parents whose student is undecided about life after high school.


October 8 - Four-Year College Application Process: Detailed information on the college application process for seniors. Best for parents of current seniors and ambitious juniors.


View the dates and topics of upcoming Parent Nights. For more information, contact the Counseling Office at 425-936-1702.


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PSATPSAT Registration for Juniors
Deadline: Monday, October 6

The PSAT is given once a year - this year it is on Wednesday, October 15 at 8am at LW. Juniors can sign up to take the PSAT until Monday, October 6 by paying $15 to Ms. Ronbeck, our bookkeeper, at the cashier's window. Scholarships are available through student counselors. When they sign up, students will be given a booklet that will give them information about the test. Students are encouraged to review the booklet so they feel better prepared.


Remember that all sophomores are automatically signed up to take the PSAT and there is no fee for them; counselors will distribute prep booklets to sophomores during one of their classes. Those juniors who are not taking the PSAT will take the ASVAB (a career/vocational assessment) instead. Juniors will be reminded to register through homeroom and on the LWHS website.


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SAT and ACT Test Dates for 2014

LWHS Code is 480545

SAT (Register at   


Test Date
Registration Deadline
November 8, 2014
October 9, 2014
December 6, 2014
November 6, 2014
January 24, 2015
December 29, 2014



ACT (Register at   


Test Date
Registration Deadline
October 25, 2014
October 3, 2014 (late registration)
December 13, 2014
November 7, 2014


See the registration and test dates for 2015. For more information contact the Counseling Office at 425-936-1702.  

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SAT Prep at LW
The SAT Prep Course provides classroom-based practice testing and instructions in preparation for the SAT test. Areas covered include essay writing, grammar, geometry and algebra. Immediate feedback is provided - students will leave with a marked essay, their score from the practice test and a better understanding of SAT scoring. View the flyer for more information on dates, fees and additional locations, or visit

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College & Career Center

Upcoming College Visits to LW
Admission representatives from in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities visit LWHS throughout the school year. Visits are held during school hours in the College & Career Center, Room 180. Students may sign up with Mrs. Madsen for a specific college visit and receive a pass to attend. Review upcoming college visits on the LWHS website. 


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WOIS Program for Students' and Parents' Use

WOIS (Washington Occupation Information System) is an Internet-based site that offers comprehensive, accurate, and up-to-date information about occupations; education and training options; student assessments; resume support; and financial aid/scholarships. This system is LWSD-approved and purchased for LWHS students and parents to use with a school site key code. Contact Julie Madsen for this information. 

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College & Career Center vs. Counseling Center

What Is the Difference?
The important thing to know is that these offices work effectively together! The primary objective of both centers is to assist students in planning a program of high school studies which best meets their individual needs, abilities and plans for the future. Counselors also help students re-evaluate their goals based on their motivation, success in their courses and changing interests. Each counselor assists students with personal issues, post-high school academic planning and college options.


Students may find support and services in the following areas: 

  • Advanced Placement Courses
  • College Applications
  • College Requirements
  • Credit Evaluation
  • High School Transcript
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • On-line Coursework
  • Running Start, TECH PREP, WaNIC
  • Testing Information (ACT, PSAT, SAT)

Each counselor is assigned students within sections of the alphabet and are available during regular school hours, Monday - Friday. When a student wishes to meet with a counselor, they schedule an appointment in the Counseling Center lobby.


Lori White
Vaudery Brown
Taylor Reuhl
Sara Ray
Marilyn Hargraves

Counseling Secretary
Angela Wooden
Student Last Name
A - C
D - Ho
Hp - McD
McE - Sa
Sb - Z




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Seattle National College Fair

Friday, October 31, 9am-12pm

Saturday, November 1, 2pm-4pm

Washington State Convention & Trade Center, Seattle


Parents and students participating in National College Fairs meet one-on-one with representatives from colleges and universities to discuss admission and financial aid opportunities at their respective institutions.


Register before the fair to make the most of your time onsite and ensure that colleges can follow up with you. Upon arrival at the fair, pick up a map to find your best-fitting colleges. Counselors will be available onsite to help you determine the colleges that meet your requirements regarding major, location, and other areas of interest.


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Information for Seniors and Senior ParentsSeniorInfo

Finding Scholarships - We Can Help
scholarship money

Scholarships are awarded for academic excellence, community service, athletic or artistic talent, even writing and poetry. Whatever your child's special gifts, there is probably a scholarship to match. Scholarships do not have to be repaid, but you do have to apply for them. Let the College & Career Center help your student begin their search now. Complete the senior scholarship application today! Pick up the application in the College & Career Center, or go to the College & Career Center website for additional information.  

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Lake Washington Schools Foundation

Our Kids, Our Future - It's Up to Us! 
This year, your donations to Lake Washington Schools Foundation are giving students exciting resources such as: IXL online math, 3-D printers, classroom mentors, and anti-bullying training. For 2014-15, you helped us award nearly $230,000 in grants to schools across the district to support academic excellence for ALL students.


Visit our website to see how your school was impacted. Check out this link to see how you can help your school apply for a Foundation grant. To benefit your own student, and because not all schools or families can provide the same learning opportunities, please give to the Foundation during our Fall Campaign and consider donating during your fall workplace giving campaign. 


If you are interested in learning more about the Foundation, or would like to get involved, please contact Executive Director Kristina Williams at or 425-936-1317. Thanks for your support.


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Community News

Audubon Area Transport for LWHS
If you live in the Audubon Elementary area and your kids go to LW, we invite you to join our Facebook group, Audubon Area Transport for LWHS. The Lake Washington School District has not arranged dedicated transport for our kids to LWHS, as was assured when the realignment was announced. This means that commutes are two+ hours each day for our kids. We are working to get all parents in the area identified so we can communicate as a group with one another, and ensure that LWSD understands this issue needs to be addressed. Please join our Facebook group. If you are not a Facebook member, you can email
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Life Sciences Research Weekend
November 7-9, Pacific Science Center
Pacific Science Center is excited to present three days of live demonstrations, interactive exhibits and talks for students, families and citizen scientists interested in learning more about the exciting world of life sciences and the key role research plays in our daily lives.

The eighth annual Life Sciences Research Weekend promises hands-on science and face-to-face time with the nation's top research scientists from companies and research institutions across Washington state. 

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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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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.bottomofpage

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