Lake Washington High School PTSA Newsletter
June 10, 2015 | Issue 20      
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~ Upcoming Events ~
Tomorrow! Netbook Check-in for Grades 10-12
Thursday, June 11, 8am-1:30pm, LW Library
Tomorrow! Senior Salute
Thursday, June 11, 7-9pm, LW Theater & Commons
Senior Breakfast & Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal
Friday, June 12 
Breakfast: 7-8am, Commons
Rehearsal: 8-10am, Gym 

Netbook Check-in for 9th Grade

Friday, June 12, 8-11am, LW Library
Last Day for Schedule Requests
Friday, June 12, Counseling Office
Tech Prep Registration & Payment Deadline
Friday, June 12
Early Dismissal for Graduation
Friday, June 12, 11am
Friday, June 12, 2pm, Key Arena 

Class of 2015 Senior All-Night Party
Friday, June 12, 9:30pm

Class of 2016 Senior Party Fundraiser
Sunday, June 14, 3pm-close, Lucia at Kirkland Parkplace 
Last Day of School - Half-Day
Wednesday, June 17

~ Important Summer Dates ~

Picture Day/ASB Cards and Fees
9th &10th Grades - Tuesday, August 18, 9am-2pm
11th &12th Grades - Wednesday, August 19, 9am-12pm

Freshman Orientation
Wednesday, August 26, 9-11am

Back-to-School BBQ
Wednesday evening, August 26, 5:30-7:30pm

First Day of School 
Tuesday, September 1  

9th & 10th Grade Summer Reading Assignment Due
Tuesday, September 1


From the Principal

What a year it has been! If you are like me, it has flown by. As I reflect on the year, there were many successes. Our first ever Lip Dub was a huge success, bringing our students together in a positive manner. We have implemented our Safe Schools Ambassador Program which helps support a positive learning environment for all of our students by decreasing bullying and harassment. Our academic program received a Washington Achievement Award for the fourth year.


Next year we will be larger than ever! We will be installing six portables this summer next to the gym. These portables will change the traffic flow for next year. As we get closer to the start of school we will communicate the changes. We will also have a full-time SRO (School Resource Officer) next year. This will provide additional safety and security.


For next year, our photo and fee days will be August 18 and 19. Freshman Orientation and the Back-to-School BBQ are scheduled for August 26. We will be mailing specific information in August, as well as a reminder postcard in July.


Congratulations and good luck to the Class of 2015! I hope you all have a restful, safe summer. 


Christina Thomas, Principal


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PTSA Awards Presented at Volunteer Tea
golden acorn

At the Volunteer Tea on June 3, the LWHS PTSA presented two awards, the Golden Acorn and the Outstanding Educator/Golden Kang. Along with their award pin and certificate, each winner received a handmade wooden pen engraved with their name made especially for them by our Materials Science students using an Epilog laser engraver. A donation to the Washington State PTA Scholarship Program will be made on behalf of the recipients of these awards.


Golden Acorn Award

The Golden Acorn Award is presented to a volunteer who has goes above and beyond what's expected and makes a difference for our students and our school. And while finding volunteers at the high school level can sometimes be a bit of struggle, we are lucky to have many parents who are incredibly generous with their time and energy. So, a big thank you to all our nominees: Leslie Holle, Jeanine Lewis, Lisa McIntyre, Sandy Roberts, Karen Tollefson and Happy Tsantilas.


And an enormous thank you to our winners: Leslie Holle and Sandy Roberts! Leslie and Sandy have been volunteering as yearbook proofreaders since 2012, and are still at it even though Sandy's daughter graduated in 2013 and Leslie's son graduates this year! Editing the yearbook involves checking every student name, making sure that every student is tagged, the writing makes sense, the numbers add up, and all elements of the page conform to the established style guides; it is tedious and time consuming work. Our student yearbook editors are fabulously conscientious, but these women take meticulous to a whole new level, returning detailed notes and suggestions for each page. We are fortunate to have these women in our school community!


Outstanding Educator/Golden Kang Award 

An Outstanding Educator is someone who goes beyond the normal expectations of their job to make the learning environment fun, beneficial and challenging! This year we received 14 heartfelt nominations for six different nominees - and while that made the Award Committee's job difficult, it also means our kids are in good hands here at LW. Each of the nominees deserves recognition and thanks for all they do for our students: Kaylee Bunn, John Logan, Chris Moe, Lindsay Roger, Terry Terich and Josh Tuggle


And the winners of the Golden Kang award are John Logan and Chris Moe!


John Logan demonstrates great leadership, patience and has a tremendous influence on his students. He goes out of his way to stay late so kids can practice and often returns to the school at night for concerts or other musical experiences he's found for our students. This is on top of teaching a zero period class, so he often has very long days. Last year he took on extra hours to teach at International Community School a couple of days a week because they couldn't fill the music teacher position and he hated the idea of them not having a program - just another example of his dedication to music and student opportunities.


Chris Moe has dedicated her life to educating students for 41 years. She has been the Health/Fitness Department Chair at LWHS for many years and made the department what it is! She goes above and beyond in all phases of her job from helping lead the department, taking care of equipment, working with all students, developing her badminton team and the list goes on. She has a wonderful sense of humor and creates an environment for kids where they feel safe, can express themselves, and look forward to going to her class or being able to sign up for one when the opportunity arises. She is kind, compassionate, intelligent, innovative, hilarious, generous, creative, athletic, determined, forgiving, and full of love. 


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Thank You, PTSA Volunteers and Supporters
The LWHS PTSA would like to extend a huge thank you to the many people who have financially supported and/or volunteered their time to the PTSA this year. Thousands of dollars and hundreds, if not thousands, of hours were donated to provide the best experience possible for the students, staff and families of LW. See the article below for what the PTSA was able to provide for the LW community this year.


We would also like to recognize and thank the many people who make the LWHS PTSA work. Your dedication makes a positive difference to the LW community!


LWHS PTSA Board of Directors 2014-2015

  • Co-Presidents: Liz Hedreen and Anne Ryan
  • Co-VPs of Communications: Karen Peters and Karen Tollefson
  • Co-VPs of Programs: Anne Anderson and Nicole Camp
  • VP of Ways and Means: Sue Amorosi
  • Treaurer: Lia Yagelowich
  • Co-secretaries: Donna Blinn and Valerie Horvath
  • Advocacy Chair: Meredith Goldstein
  • Senior Party Chair: Svea Dagel
  • Membership Chair: Laurie Anna Kaplan

Thank you to these committee chairs and to the many committee members who do the real work of making these programs happen!



  • Kang Crier Co-Editors: Jeanine Lewis and Karen Peters
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Kathy Hunt
  • Webmaster: Susie Arnold
  • Parent Ed Coordinator: Judy Shedd
  • Bulletin Board: Karen Peters
  • Family and Community Engagement: Maureen Boctor

Ways and Means

  • Emergency Prep: Kelli Mayer
  • Teacher Wish List: Jody Lallas
  • Fundraising: Susan McClung
  • Sheeley Scholarships: Joann Leng
  • Grants: Anne Ryan


  • Senior Salute: Patty Hansen
  • Senior Party: Svea Dagel
  • Class of 2016 Fundraising committee
  • Staff Appreciation: Happy Tsantilas
  • Hospitality: Jody Lallas
  • Reflections: Amanda Maggiora
  • Fear-Free Practice SAT and ACT Exams: Cheryl Ronbeck
  • School Beautification: Lisa Brown and Karen Tollefson

Ad Hoc Committees

  • Financial Review: Sarah Stone
  • PTSA Awards: Sarah Stone
  • Nominating Committee: Julie Peterson

Last but not least, we would like to thank all of the willing volunteers who answer the call to bake brownies, hand out schedules, stuff First Day packets on hot summer days and all of the other tasks it takes to take care of 1500 students each year. We are grateful for every pair of hands!

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ProvidedProvided by the PTSA this Year

These programs were made possible by your support - thank you!



  • Grants to teachers for equipment and other needs, totaling $6,650
  • Grants to ASB clubs worth $1,550


  • Twice a month Kang Crier newsletter
  • Kang Card postcards throughout year
  • Bulletin board (in attendance office) highlighting student achievements
  • PTSA website offering online payment to PTSA events

For Seniors

  • Senior Party for graduation night
  • Senior Salute 
  • Scholarships for seniors

For Parents

  • Parent Education speakers throughout year
  • Coffees with Christina

For All Students

  • Students-in-need funding, totaling $2,400
  • Back-to-School BBQ
  • School Beautification - landscaping, flowers, the restored "LW"
  • Fear-Free practice SAT & ACT exams
  • Endless amounts of Kleenex, health room supplies, printer paper
  • Reflections art program
  • Emergency preparation supplies
  • ASB club grants (see above)
  • Advocacy for all students

For Staff

  • Staff appreciation
  • Teacher wish list
  • Grants (see above)
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Nominate an Art Teacher for State Award

Do you know an outstanding art teacher at LW? Advocate for the arts and honor high standards by nominating them for a state art award. The Washington Art Education Association (WAEA) is the state professional organization for art teachers. Their mission is to promote excellence in visual arts education in Washington. At their fall conference, WAEA will recognize the "Art Teacher of the Year," along with the best art teachers at each grade level. You are invited to recommend art teachers or those that teach and advocate for the arts. Read about the categories and the awards on the WAEA website. August 30 is the deadline to submit your online recommendation for outstanding art educator. 


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Support the Class of 2016 Senior Party  

Sunday, June 14, 3pm to close, Lucia at Kirkland Parkplace  


Please join us for dinner to celebrate the end of the school year and support the Class of 2016. Lucia is generously donating 10% of proceeds to the Class of 2016 Senior Party fundraiser. Thanks to Michael Halter and the Lucia team for their support.


Make your reservations now at www.iloveluciakirkland.comFor more information, see the flyer or contact Joan Lindell at joanlouise@outlook.comWe hope to see you there! 

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Kang Crier Wins Award
The LW PTSA newsletter, the Kang Crier, won a silver award for outstanding newsletter from the Washington State PTSA. The editors would like to thank LW teachers, staff, students, volunteers and other community members who submitted articles and provided information and photos that make it possible to produce a newsletter. Special thanks to LW data processor Kim Denning who checks each and every student name submitted to make sure they can be published.

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Kang Crier Information

Unsubscribing after the last issue
This is the last issue of the Kang Crier for this school year. If 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 can be found at the bottom of this email.

Privacy issues
Every fall parents/guardians receive a First Day packet containing a form from the district called "Directory Withhold Form - SS100." This form provides 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 either of 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, they will be deleted from that photo. 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 it; 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 Karen Peters or Jeanine Lewis at

Look for your first Kang Crier of the 2015-2016 school year sometime in August!

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Kang Achievements

Kudos to LW's National Honor Society Members

Congratulations to this year's National Honor Society inductees at LW! National Honor Society recognizes those students who exemplify scholarship (achieving at least a 3.5 GPA by their senior year), leadership, character and service.  


NHS Seniors for 2014-15


Ian Bernardo

Katie Brandao

Trevor Brown

Kevin Chau

Amanda Dagel

Emily Dorsey

Will Gear

Robert Gilliam

Ada Gok

Kathryn Mansfield-Gustafson

Eun Hye Kim

Brooks Klinker

Chelsea Le

Christopher Leavitt

Megan LeGresley

Kristine Ly

Kristi Lynch

Grace Muenz

Maeve O'Connor

Jessica Page

Caroline Ross

Angelica Runstadler

Emma Shipman

Helen Simecek

Erica Stewart

Andrew Vetto

Katrina Weber

Laura Willits



NHS Sophmores & Juniors for 2014-15


Meltem Akdeniz

Sara Anderson

Clara Andrews

Henry Arnold

Dylan Bacher

Brendan Ball

Elizabeth Bensussen

Maya Bhowmik

Caroline Brekkan

Hanna Brender

Kristen Buckingham

Jonathan Chau

Alexis Enstrom

Megan Gertmenian

Brandon Gockel

Ada Gok

Zena Halaweh

Judah Huffman

Tracy Huynh

Kelly Lam

Kaden Leavitt

Nate Lewis

Kathryn Lopez

Olivia Lopez

Eliza Ludlam

Alexander Lundin

Megan Lynch

Alexander Lyon

DJ Mann

Connor Macomber

Gabryelle Matz-Carter

Molly McLeod

Madison Miller

Alexis Mirza

Eric Newman

Alina Nguyen

Olivia Nguyen

Sofi Olliver

Lisa Oshiro

Hugo Pontes

Lindsey Peterson

Angelica Runstadler

Robert Smith

Justin Soto

Aria Tabatabai

Anna Thomas

Alice Tran

Hunter Trewin

Abbad Vakil

Natalie Vetto

Julius Wang

Emma Wehrman

Taylor Wolf

Amy Wyrick

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Yearbook Wins Again (and Again)

The 2015 LWHS Yearbook has received The National Yearbook Program of Excellence Award! This award recognizes those who excel in coverage (90% of students are in yearbook three or more times), overall sales (1,002 books sold), and exceptional project management. Congratulations to the Yearbook editors and staff for winning this prestigious award for the second consecutive year: Editors - Grace Kim, Karen Lee, Kristi Lynch and Jessie Page; Staff - Melissa Arnold, Caroline Brekkan, Taylor Burch, Lily Cortes, Zhane Claus, Peyton Cuddeback, Amanda Dagel, Trina Dao, McKenna Davies, Jane Flegel, Yris Fnu, Sierra Halpin, Linnie Jensen, Angelica Runstadler, Kalista Schultz and Elisa Truong.


Congratulations also to Yearbook advisor Dawn Wyatt for helping the students produce such well done, prize-winning yearbooks. Good luck to Dawn as she steps down from Yearbook advisor to pursue her graduate school studies.


LW Student Among Winners of YearTech Online Design Contest

Eleven outstanding designs were recently named as winners in the 2015 Jostens YearTech Online Design Contest. The judges carefully analyzed approximately 4,280 designs from yearbooks around the country for entries that presented verbal and visual content in a reader-friendly way, while also demonstrating a creative and contemporary style. In another win for the LW yearbook,

senior Amanda Dagel earned Honorable Mention! View Amanda's winning design which honors LW's 50th anniversary


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Kangs Nominated for 5th Avenue Theatre Awards

The 5th Avenue Theatre has announced the nominees for their Annual High School Musical Theatre awards. Two students from LW have been nominated. (The awards were to be presented after our deadline.) Bravo to the LW nominees!


Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Featured Ensemble Role: 

Asher de Forest as Teen Angel, Grease - Honorable Mention


Outstanding Performance by an Actor or Actress in a Non-Singing Role:

Julian Thompson as Vince Fontaine, Grease

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Four LWHS Students Win LW PTSA Council Scholarships
Congratulations to four LWHS seniors for winning $1,000 scholarships from the Lake Washington PTSA Council! (Not to be confused with the LWHS PTSA, which awards the Sheeley scholarships, LW PTSA Council is the PTSA group for the entire school district.) This year Council awarded 16 scholarships. Each of the LWSD high schools is allotted one guaranteed scholarship to the top applicant. Additional at-large scholarships and scholarships for students participating in particular programs are also awarded. LWHS seniors did a great job of scooping up four scholarships!

Our winners are:

Sarah Wingard - Lake Washington High School Award

Robert Gilliam - LWPTSA Council Award At-Large

Helen Simecek -  LWPTSA Council Award At-Large

Brooke Robertson - Dr. L.E. Scarr Scholarship (awarded to a student who will attend a vocational or technical school)


Each LWSD PSTA makes an annual donation to the Council's scholarship fund, and additional funds are raised at the annual Council Basket Auction held in December each year at the district office in Redmond. 

Way to go, Kangs!

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LW Student Awarded Paul Pigott Scholarship

Congratulations to senior Angelica Runstadler who was awarded the $10,000 Paul Pigott Scholarship for academics and volunteer activities. Anjelica will attend the University of Washington this fall, where she plans to study history.


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Kang Sports


LW Track Gets Results at State

The track and field state championship meet was held recently in Mount Tahoma Stadium in Tacoma. On the boys' side, Coulsen Wright finished 13th overall in the high jump with a height of 5-feet, 10-inches. Alex Guerrero finished 13th in the discus with a distance of 122-feet, 10-inches. Coulsen also finished 10th in the javelin with a distance of 160-feet, 11-inches, while teammate Brandon Gockel was 14th with a distance of 143-feet, 2-inches.


On the girls' side, Natalie Vetto finished fourth in the javelin with a distance of 124-feet, 8-inches. Lauren Curlanis finished eighth in the triple jump with a distance of 35-feet, 2-inches, and then finished 10th in the long jump with a distance of 16-feet, 5.75-inches. Way to go, Kangs!  

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Boys' Lacrosse Wins State

Lake Washington varsity lacrosse team celebrates after winning the state title.

In a back-and-forth match, Lake Washington lacrosse won the Division II state championship against Juanita, 8-7. The Kangs were led by All-Conference first-team senior defender Spencer Mueller, a two-time honoree. Goals were scored by Sasha Oelsner, Devin Brickzin, Eli Singstad and Quang DoSpecial congratulations are in order for two seniors who were recognized - Mueller was honored for receiving both All-American and Academic All American, while Olesner was named player of the game for his three goal performance, including the game winner. Congratulations to the boys on a great season!
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LW Girls' Golf Participates at State
Congratulations to Isabel Aschbacher and Emily Bunnell who qualified to compete at the girls' state golf meet held at Horn Rapids Golf Course in Richland, WA. Isabel and Emily competed during the first day but did not qualify for the second day. Isabel shot a 95 on the par 72, while Emily finished with a 96.


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Boys' Soccer to Hold Lil' Kangs Soccer Camp
LW boys' soccer will hold its first Lil' Kangs soccer camp this summer. The camp is for boys ages 7-12 and will take place Wednesday, July 22 - Friday, July 24 from 2-5pm at LW. Members of the boys' soccer team will assist in teaching skills (such as passing and receiving, dribbling, fun moves, shooting, agility and more) and organizing mini-tournaments. Get more information and the registration form.
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LW Rower Helps Sammamish Club Win Title

LW junior Geiger Swanson raced for Sammamish Rowing in the Men's Lightweight 8+ that took gold at Vancouver Lake during US Rowing's Northwest Regional Youth Championships on May 15-17 in Vancouver, WA. The Lightweight Men's 8+ crossed the finish line of the 2,000-meter course in 6:26.975, more than two seconds in front of their nearest competitor, Everett Rowing Club.
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LWHS News & Activities


Summer Reading Assignment for Incoming Freshmen and Sophomores 

Incoming freshmen and sophomores are required to read one book and complete an assignment over summer. Freshmen can choose from a list of ten books, while sophomores have a choice of six titles. Students should be prepared to discuss their book during the first week of school. The book lists and assignment details can be found on the LW website.

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Yearbook Deadlines for Class of 2016


If your student will be a senior next year, make a note of these yearbook deadlines. The 2015-16 yearbook editors would hate for anyone to miss out on these opportunities. 


Yearbook Deadlines:

Senior Baby Ads
Friday, October 2
Senior Quotes
Friday, October 2
Senior Photos
Friday, January 15


Senior Portrait Photo Requirements

*  Gestures and poses must be school appropriate

*  Dress conforms to LW dress code standards

*  Orientation: portrait, not landscape

*  Acceptable file types: jpg or tiff

*  Pixel file sizes: 600 x 900, 1800 x 2400, 2400 x 3600 (the bigger the file size the better)

*  Resolution: 300 DPI minimum


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Change Your Contact/Emergency Info Online!  

New - Starting in August

Are you tired of filling out your contact information on the emergency form every year? Wouldn't it be nice to just review your students' information and submit changes online, at your convenience? This August, you will get your chance to do just that. You will be able to log in to Parent Access, click on Family Access, and verify your student's information. Make any needed changes, then click submit and be done. More information on the Online Student Information Verification process will be posted on the district website in July. 


If you don't have a Parent Access account, now would be a good time to set one up. Just go to the Parent Access page on the district website to get started. Once your account is set up, you will be ready to take care of your emergency information online in August.


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End of Year Clearance Sale at Student Store
Need a LW souvenir for your grad? Or maybe something for your incoming freshman? Kang gear makes a perfect gift! For information on how to purchase from the student store, email or call the student store at (425) 936-1700.

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Summer School Registration is Open

Summer school will be held July 6-31. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Mail-in registration is May 8 - June 19. Walk-in registration will be held at Redmond High School, June 24 - 26 from 9am-2pm. Late registration at RHS will be held on Saturday, June 27 from 9:30am-1:30pm. Summer School offices will be closed June 29 - July 3. There will be NO REGISTRATION AFTER JUNE 27. View the course catalog and find more information on the LWSD website.  


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Information for Seniors & Senior ParentsSeniorInfo

Congratulations to the Class of 2015!
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Community News

Kirkland Arts Center Summer Camps
Scholarships Available
Kirkland Arts Center is offering scholarships for their summer camps, including Teen Intensives, programs in print, clay, and 2D mediums. For more information about the programs, see the Kirkland Arts Center website or the flyer. The scholarship application is available here.
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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