Lake Washington High School PTSA Newsletter
 
March 4, 2015 | Issue 13   
 
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~ Upcoming Events ~
 
Today! Registration Make-up
Wednesday, March 4, 12:30-1pm, College & Career Center and Friday, March 6, during homeroom 
 
LWHS Drama Presents Grease
March 5-7 and March 13-14, LWHS Theater
 
Parent Ed Film: The Mask You Live In
Thursday, March 5, 7pm, Mercer Island High School

Deadline to Sign-up for Career Exploration Conference for Girls

Friday, March 13

LEAP Day - No School
Friday, March 13

AP Exam Registration
March 16-20

PTSA General Membership Meeting with Parent Ed: How your Student Can Make Summer Count
Wednesday, March 18, LWHS Library,
7-8pm PTSA meeting, 8-8:30pm Parent Ed

Lunch with Dr. Traci Pierce - Brown Bag Lunch
Thursday, March 19, 12-1pm, LWSD Resource Center

TOLO
Saturday, March 21, 9-11pm, LWHS Commons

LWSD Special Needs Meeting
Tuesday, March 24, 7-8:30pm, LWSD Resource Center

Parent Ed: Counseling Center Presents "Two Year/Technical/Vocational/Transfer Options"
Wednesday, March 25, 6:30-7:30pm, Library

Parent Ed: Parenting the Anxious Child
Thursday, March 26, 7-8:30pm, LWSD Resource Center

Career Exploration Conference for Girls
Friday, March 27, 7:45am-1pm, Bellevue College
 

 

From your PTSA Co-Presidents

 

Dear Kang Families,

 

Last February, a minority of voters was able to kill the LWSD school bond measure. Because of the requirement that the bond pass by a "super-majority," 42% of the voters voted "no" and were able to prevail over the 58% that voted "yes." That meant no new elementary schools, no new Juanita High School, no new wing for Lake Washington High School. And as we have learned this year, what that really means is that approximately 800 (according to the LWSD website) elementary school kids will be leaving behind their friends and familiar school community and starting over at a different school; Juanita High School will have to continue to contend with their aging building; and for many Lake Washington High School students, it will mean going to class in portables next year.

 

The state requires school districts to fund their own capital projects, maintenance, and repairs, yet they make it very hard for school districts to actually raise those funds. This is not a problem specific to LWSD - schools across the state are bursting at the seams and are having the same difficulties passing bonds. According to Rep. Mia Gregerson (D-SeaTac), quoted recently in the The Seattle Times, about 30 to 35 school-bond measures are proposed each year in WA, but fewer than one-third pass. The majority of those that fail garnered more than 50% of the vote.

 

What is the solution? The WA state legislature currently has before it a bill (HB1941) that would lower the approval threshold to a simple majority in general elections while keeping the 60% super-majority for special elections not held in November. The Seattle Times has recently written an editorial calling upon the state to remove this 60% requirement. What can parents do about it? Keep yourself informed, avail yourself of the opportunity to tell your legislators what you think, and vote!

 

Liz Hedreen and Anne Ryan

LWHS PTSA Co-Presidents

 

 

   

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PTSA News

PTSA General Meeting with Parent Ed Talk:
"How your Student Can Make Summer Count"
 
Wednesday, March 18, LWHS Library,

7-8pm PTSA Meeting, 8-8:30pm Parent Ed 
Please join us for our General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, March 18, at 7pm in the LWHS library. Business will include election of next year's officers, our financial report and more. Principal Christina Thomas will give a report on what's going on at school. At 8pm LWHS College & Career counselor Julie Madsen will talk about how your student can make their summer count. 

If you have any questions, contact LWHS PTSA Co-Presidents Liz Hedreen and Anne Ryan
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2015-2016 Lake Washington High School PTSA
Slate of Elected Board Positions

The 2015 LWHS PTSA Nominating Committee places the following names in nomination:

 

Elected Officers: 

For the office of Co-President: Liz Hedreen

For the office of Co-President: Anne Ryan

For the office of Co-Vice President I - Communications: Karen Peters

For the office of Co-Vice President I - Communications: Debbie Ohman

For the office of Co-Vice President 2 - Programs: Mindy Lincicome

For the office of Co-Vice President 2 - Programs: Susan McCarron

For the office of Co-Vice President 3 - Ways and Means: Irene Neumann

For the office of Co-Vice President 3 - Ways and Means: Susan McClung

For the office of Co-Treasurer: Julia Ednie   

For the office of Co-Treasurer: Sarah Borthwick   

For the office of Co-Secretary: Karen Tipp

For the office of Co-Secretary: Valerie Horvath

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Nominating Committee

Julie Peterson, Wendy Macomber, Debbie Ohman

January 26, 2015

 

Click here to see the signed version of this document.  

 

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PTSA Spring Grant Recipients
The Lake Washington High School PTSA is pleased to announce the following spring grant recipients:

LWHS Teacher Grants:
  • Library - granted $499 to purchase TumblebookCloud online Books for teens, including graphic novels, classics, audio books, and National Geographic videos.
  • Transition Classroom - granted $200 to purchase used exercise bike for special needs students. 
  • Physics Department - granted $424 to purchase eight Economy Hooked Mass Sets. 
  • Culinary Arts - granted $300 to purchase aprons for the Culinary Competition.
  • English Department - granted $59 to purchase microphone for poetry podcasts.
Total:  $1,482 

LWHS ASB Club Grants:
  • Key Club - granted $200 to supply snacks for the upcoming Blood Drive. 
  • Poetry Club - granted $300 to produce Poetry Chapbooks for the Poetry Slams.
  • The Pouch - granted $500 to support production of the Pouch Student Newspaper  

Total:  $1,000   

 

The PTSA has also been shopping to support our students! We have purchased over $500 of copier paper, boxes of tissues and health room supplies

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Staff Wish List - Grant a Wish
Hey parents! Looking for a great way to give back to our amazing Kang staff and show your support and appreciation? Please check out the Staff Wish List and consider granting a wish! Please email Jody Lallas to coordinate granting a wish. Thank you.
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Keep Up on Education Issues
Want to stay up-to-date on issues in Olympia impacting education? Sign up for the Grassroots Connection newsletter at http://wsptagrassroots.blogspot.com/. This newsletter provides legislative news and will help you stay informed on WSPTA's advocacy.
 
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LW After Hours Tutoring is Ready to Help
Homework Help on Tuesdays After School
Does your student need help in a certain class? Maybe they have a question about one assignment, or just need a supportive place to study. After Hours is the place for LW students to receive as much or as little help as they need. Peer tutors are on hand to provide assistance in any subject. Students can drop in any Tuesday from 2:45-3:45pm in room 172. 

Most kids are hungry after school and After Hours has that covered as well. A healthy snack is provided by PTSA volunteers for all participants. Contact teacher Ellen Flores for more information about After Hours.
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Class of 2016 Senior Party Fundraiser

Fundraising efforts for the Class of 2016 Senior Party have begun. For more information, or to donate, see our fundraising site or the article in the February 18 issue of the Kang Crier.

 

Contact the 2016 Senior Party Fundraising Committee with questions. Thanks so much for your support!

 
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LWHS News & Activities

LWHS Presents GREASE!
Come watch as our cast transforms LWHS into Rydell High! You'll have a great time singing along with all the classic music from this beloved show. Dates and times are below, and all performances will be held at the LWHS Theater. Tickets can be purchased for $10 at the door.
  • Thursday, March 5 at 7pm
  • Friday, March 6 at 7pm
  • Saturday, March 7 at 7pm
  • Friday, March 13 at 7pm
  • Saturday, March 14 at 1pm & 7pm
See the poster here.

Performed with permission from Samuel French Inc.

 

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LW Musicians Go to State!

Congratulations to the LWHS musicians in choir and orchestra who recently earned superior ratings in Northlake Regional Division of the WMEA Solo and Ensemble Competition. Well done Kangs! 

 

Orchestra:

Chamber Orchestra

Phoebe Borthwick

 

Lyrica - Vocal Ensembles:

Ladies of Lyrica

Women of Lyrica

Men of Lyrica, 2nd alternate for state

Mixed Lyrica, 2nd alternate for state

 

Lyrica - Individuals:

Jonas Rutledge - 1st place in tenor category, will compete in the state Solo and Ensemble Competition in April   

Kaitlyn Chan - 2nd alternate for state in Mezzo Soprano division

Sara Anderson - 2nd alternate for state in Soprano division

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LWHS Holds Fourth Poetry Slam 
Lake Washington High School held its fourth Poetry Slam event on February 10. This senior class fundraiser featured 20 poets in competition, and seven poets performing in our Open Mic portion. The accompanying video was captured to highlight the event. Our next slam event will be on Tuesday, June 2! 
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TOLO - Parent Help Needed
Saturday, March 21, 9-11pm, LWHS Commons 

Lake Washington's TOLO Dance is right around the corner and the Class of 2017 is thrilled to be in charge of planning it! With less than a month left until the dance on Saturday, March 21, a lot of preparation still needs to be done. TOLO is a fun and interactive night that is a part of the high school experience, and will be a lasting memory for everyone attending. To truly make this dance a night to remember, we need your help!

 

This year, the theme chosen for our dance is GLOWLO. To make it the best it can really be, we are planning on having colorful and exciting decorations, along with entertaining, radiant activities. Parents' help and contributions are a huge part of ensuring this dance runs smoothly - any willingness to donate would be fantastic! From decorations and snacks, to manning the GLOWLO-themed games, there will be a wide array of ways to help! Most importantly, parent volunteers are needed to run/supervise activities. There will be indoor and outdoor activities, along with both a cotton candy and popcorn machine.

 

If you are able to help us out with donations or volunteering, please sign up here. If you have any questions, please contact any of the sophomore class officers below or one of our advisors.


Thank you for your help!

 

Sophomore Class Officers:           

Gabryelle Matz-Carter  

Zachary Whitson  

Hannah Madgett     

Alexis Mirza 

 

Advisors: 

Sara Ray

Ashley Zydel  

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Senior Class Reserved Parking  
The senior class officers have been working hard all year - Tiffany, Courtney, Carson, Nicole, and Torsten have implemented great fundraisers to help raise money for Senior Prom! The latest one that has just come to a close is the Senior Class Reserved Parking Spots. 84 parking spots in total, near the front of the school in the student parking lot, have been sold for $25 a piece. Each of those spots is reserved for the senior who purchased it and it will be his or her spot until the end of the school year (Parents, please do not park in these numbered spaces.) Seniors will get to decorate the curb in their parking spots to personalize them! Though they only get to use the reserved parking for the remainder of the year, the seniors are hoping for more in the sense that they are aiming to build a new tradition. Along with overalls, the front rows in the bleachers, and off campus lunch, we are hoping this becomes part of the rich tradition of Senior Kang History!

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Congratulations Sam Dorsey 
Sam Dorsey, a freshman at LWHS, was selected to be a page for the Washington State Legislature in February! He attended "Page School" for two hours a day, and spent the rest of his time assisting legislators. In his reflection, he wrote that "successful democracies rely on responsible citizens."  He witnessed a number of different groups that came to the Capitol to speak to important issues, including anti-death penalty groups, Moms Demand Action, Washington farmers, potato farmers, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and small businesses. As he wrote, "each person came to Olympia because they wanted to help make a difference in the state. Although some might not succeed, the dedication they had to make our state better was inspiring." 

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PE/Health Students of the Month


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

 Darya Shafapay   Jacqueline Castro Carlin Wong
 Jared Ebbighausen Synthia Dunbar Evan Gipe
 Caleb Rickels Kelly Matthee Heather Mathews
 
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Reminder for Work-Based Learning Students

Students who are currently employed, and who are enrolled in the Work-Based Learning program have the opportunity to earn .5 CTE credit for each 180 hours worked at their place of employment. In order to earn this credit, the student-employee must complete an hours log each month and submit it to Mrs. Madsen in the Career Center, or to Mrs. Luckey. It is important to get this turned in at the end of each month, as the state requires this paperwork.

 

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Counseling Center

Advanced Placement Exams
Registration March 16-20 

Advanced Placement exams are scheduled for May 4 through May 15. Registration will run from March 16 through March 20, at the end of "C" lunch. Students can pick up a registration packet from their AP teacher or from the Counseling Center. Included in this packet are the registration envelope, information handout, and AP Bulletin. The cost is $94 per exam; checks are made payable to Lake Washington School District. The completed registration envelope with check inside is then given to our bookkeeper. Students need their school ID card with them when they pay for their exams. Students have been preparing all year for their exams. If they are unsure whether or not they should test, students should check with their individual subject teachers.  

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Make-up Registration for 2015-2016

At this point, counselors have visited all freshman, sophomore, and junior classes; each student received a copy of his/her transcript and completed a credit check. Students were encouraged to check the course catalog (online) as well as speak to their teachers if they were unsure whether to sign up for regular, honors or AP classes. All students registered online on March 3 during tutorial. Once students entered their classes online, they turned in their registration forms to their teachers. Hopefully, students selected their classes carefully; they needed to select classes that fulfill graduation requirements and that they are interested in. Schedule changes in the fall are extremely difficult. To avoid that frustration, students always need to be very thoughtful and purposeful in their course selections.

 

Make-up registration will be held in the College & Career Center after school on Wednesday, March 4 and during homeroom on Friday, March 6. 

   

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Juniors and College Entrance Exams

Typically, spring of the junior year is when many juniors take the SAT/ACT and any relevant SAT II Subject Tests. Once students receive their scores, they can use the summer to review and work on their weaker skills and retake the test in the fall. Another excellent reason to take the SAT/ACT in the spring is that students can now start to look at their target schools. College bound students want to make sure that they have a realistic balance of dream, match and safety schools on their list, based on their test scores and GPA.     

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SAT and ACT Test Dates
LWHS Code: 480545
SAT (register at collegeboard.com)
Test DateRegistration Deadline
May 2
April 6
June 6
May 8

ACT (register at actstudent.org)
Test Date
Registration Deadline
April 18
March 13
June 13
May 8
 If you have any questions, contact the counseling office.
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College & Career Center 

A Career Exploration Conference for Girls  

Friday, March 27, Bellevue College, 7:45am-1pm
Sign-up Deadline - Friday, March 13
The Expanding Your Horizons conference is a half-day seminar featuring a choice of three hands-on workshops presented by women who have careers in areas based on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). LWHS will take 40 girls to this conference as a school related field trip. If interested in attending, sign up in the College & Career Center by Friday, March 13. More information is available online here.

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Information for Seniors & Senior ParentsSeniorInfo
 
2015 Louise Sheeley Scholarship
Applications due Monday, April 13
bills_coins.jpgIt's time for seniors to pick up the Sheeley Scholarship application at the College & Career Center. The Sheeley Scholarship is a LWHS PTSA-sponsored scholarship named after a former LWHS counselor. Based on last year's submissions, your student will have about a 1-in-5 chance of being awarded if they meet the requirements. This year, four college-bound seniors will be awarded $1,000 each toward their tuition. The blind selection process includes consideration of community service, school involvement, leadership, work, and academic achievements, as well as overcoming challenges. The applications are due back to the College & Career Center by Monday, April 13, which is the Monday after spring break.   
 

If you have any questions, please contact Sheeley Chair Joann Leng at ztleng@frontier.com or (425) 941-7973.  

 

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Kirkland Kiwanis Foundation Scholarships for Graduating Seniors

The Kirkland Kiwanis Foundation will award up to nine scholarships to graduating seniors on the Eastside. The awards range from $500-2,500. Students, or their parents, must live or work within the attendance boundaries of Lake Washington High School or Juanita High School. Applications for general college scholarships are due Wednesday, April 15. The scholarships are based on a variety of factors, including academic performance, financial need and community service.

 

The Kirkland Kiwanis Foundation also sponsors the Bill Petter Memorial Scholarships, $2,100 in awards, for graduating seniors who will pursue automotive-related studies at Lake Washington Technical College. Applications for this scholarship are due on Tuesday, April 21.

 

For additional information, or to obtain a scholarship application for either program, interested persons should contact John White, the Scholarship Committee Chairman, at white@livengoodlaw.com. Additional information about the scholarships may also be obtained at www.kirkland.kiwanis.org.

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Reminder for Seniors Completing Graduation Requirements Outside of LWHS

If your senior is currently completing a graduation requirement outside of LWHS (for instance, taking an online course), remember that we must receive the final grade/transcript documenting the credit earned by early June. The final proctored exam at LWHS is Wednesday, May 27.

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Lake Washington School District

Parent Ed: Parenting the Anxious Child

Thursday, March 26, 7-8:30pm, LWSD Resource Center

Lake Washington PTSA Council and the Lake Washington School District invite you to their next lecture: Parenting the Anxious Child, presented by Dr. Chris McCurry, on Thursday March 26, 7-8:30pm, LWSD Resource Center.

 

Increasing numbers of children are dealing with anxiety, which diminishes their ability to thrive in and outside of school. Join Dr. McCurry as he demystifies anxiety and more importantly, gives parents strategies to enable their children to overcome it. Appropriate for parents/caregivers of children grades K-12. No preregistration required. 

 

For more information, please contact Denise Campbell and Jennifer Kennett, Council Parent Education Co-Chairs.

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Lake Washington Schools Foundation

Legacy for Learning Luncheon
Save the Date! Lake Washington Schools Foundation is celebrating 10 years of investing in kids! Please join us Wednesday, April 29 at Juanita High School to be inspired by LWSD students and teachers and learn how you can be part of their success!
 "A Million Squares" by Priti Godhuly Das,        Inglewood Middle School

 

This year's luncheon is a celebration of the nearly $2 million invested over the past 10 years and will raise funds to continue investing in core academic, intervention and enrichment programs for our students. Interested in being a table captain or volunteering at the event? Do you have a student who needs volunteer hours? Do you know someone interested in corporate partnership? Please visit our website for more information.

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Community News

Parent Ed Film: The Mask You Live In
Thursday, March 5, 7pm, Mercer Island High School

From the producers of Miss Representation comes a film that explores masculinity in America. Our society's failure to recognize and care for the social and emotional well-being of boys contributes to a nation of young men who navigate adversity and conflict with an incomplete emotional skill set. For parents of kids of all ages & students in grades 9-12. See the flyer.

 

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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. View the flyer for more information on dates, fees and additional locations, or visit SATPrep.org.
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