Lake Washington High School PTSA Newsletter

August 26, 2015 | Issue 1      
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~ Upcoming Events ~
Today! Freshman orientation
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 9-11am

Today! Back-to-School BBQ
Wednesday evening, Aug. 26, 5:30-7:30pm, front of LW
Drop off Kleenex, hand sanitizer, paper donations

Tomorrow! New student registration
Thursday, Aug. 27, 8am - 2:30pm
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1-2pm

First day of school 
Tuesday, Sept. 1
Freshmen: Pick up schedules 7:30am; school starts 8am
Grades 10-12: Pick up schedules 9:30am; 10am late start
Drop off Kleenex, hand sanitizer, paper donations

9th & 10th grade summer reading assignment due
Tuesday, Sept. 1

Laptop Agreement forms due
Wednesday, Sept. 2

Lyrica auditions
First two weeks of school

No school - Labor Day
Monday, Sept. 7

Curriculum Night 
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 6:30-8:30pm
Drop off Kleenex, hand sanitizer, paper donations

Junior class fundraiser at Très Hermanos
Thursday, Sept. 24


Welcome Kang families!

This is the August edition of our bi-monthly Kang Crier newsletter. You'll find upcoming events and deadlines for the start of the school year. Our first full edition will be emailed on Wednesday, September 9. 

First Day Packets are no longer mailed out - everything is online. You can find PTSA forms for membership, Pass the Pouch donations and volunteering at

New to LW? Don't forget to subscribe to the Kang Crier using the link in the left sidebar. You will also find a link to update your email address if that has changed.

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From the Principal
Welcome, or welcome back, to Lake Washington High School! One of the things you can count on in life is change. At LWHS we continually work at improving our practices through reflection and feedback, which often leads to change.

Staff changes: This year, my fifth year as principal at Lake Washington High School, I will be joined by a new administrative team. Lloyd Higgins is joining me as an associate principal. Lloyd has previously been an administrator at Redmond High School. Lloyd will be working with our incoming freshmen. Another new associate principal, Kia duNann, is also joining us from Redmond High School where she completed her administrative internship last year. Kia will be working with our sophomore class. Finally, Brian Story will be our third associate principal. Brian also just completed his administrative internship, at Hazen High School. Brian will work with our junior class. I will continue to work with the senior class. We have also added approximately twenty teachers to our teaching staff. You can meet them at our upcoming Curriculum Night which is Wednesday, September 16 from 6:30- 8:30 pm.

Parking lot changes: As you know, the district and Lake Washington High School are growing. You can see evidence of our growth in the parking lot where we have added six portables for classroom space. Due to this addition, the parking lot closest to the stadium will be closed. All students and parents will need to park on the west side. We will be moving visitor and disabled parking. This growth also requires we secure the back gate closest to the ball fields. We will keep the west gate open for traffic flow purposes.

Campus safety changes: In the interest of safety, I am pleased to announce that we will have a full-time School Resource Officer. Officer Hardsty will be on campus daily to ensure we have a safe learning environment. We are also adding an additional campus security officer who is yet to be hired.

Schedule changes: Our daily schedule has also changed for the upcoming year. This was communicated in the May Kang Crier and has been on the LWHS website all summer. Please refer to it for specifics. I will be talking more about this during Curriculum Night.

Our first day of school is Tuesday, September 1. On the first day freshmen will attend from 8am- 2:30pm. They should arrive prior to 8am to pick up their schedules. Freshmen will report directly to the gym at 8am for a short assembly and welcome. All other students will start school on September 1 at 10am. They should also plan to arrive early (prior to 10am) to pick up their schedules. They will report directly to first period.

Please refer to the Back-to-School Information posted on the LWHS website for further questions. I look forward to meeting you at an upcoming event soon. 


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Tonight! Back-to-School BBQ
Wednesday, August 26, 5:30-7:30pm, front of LW
Stop by LW and enjoy a free BBQ dinner while you catch up with friends and neighbors and meet fellow Kang students and families. Take a tour of the school with student guides who will gladly answer your questions about what LW is really like. All LW students and families are welcome! Co-sponsored by LWHS PTSA and LWHS.

Drop off your Kleenex and other supplies
Collection boxes will be set up to accept your donations of tissues, hand sanitizer and printer paper. See the article below for more information.

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LW Needs tissues, hand sanitizer & printer paper
Here's a math problem for you: If each of 1600 LWHS student uses one tissue a day throughout the school year, how many boxes of Kleenex will need to be purchased to accommodate all of those teenage nose blows?

a)   200
b)   800
c)   1600
d)   2400
Given 1600 students, 180 days in a school year, and 120 tissues a box - that is a mind-blowing 2400 boxes! The LWHS PTSA purchases boxes of tissue throughout the year but teachers always need and appreciate additional donations.
Also wanted: Reams of printer paper and hand sanitizer (think about all that nose blowing...).
Collection boxes will be outside the school tonight at the Back-to-School BBQ, on the first day of school and at Curriculum Night on September 16. The LWHS PTSA, teachers and staff thank you for your donations!

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Please join LWHS PTSA
Supporting students every day
Parents and staff, we really want you as members of the Lake Washington High School PTSA. Yes, there is still a PTSA at the high school level and yes, it still really matters! Your student benefits from a strong PTSA and becoming a member is the simplest way to participate. When you join the high school PTSA not only do you demonstrate support for student enrichment, but you also become part of the largest child advocacy organization in the state. And you also gain access to the online student/parent directory (password protected), and receive discounts to Wild Waves, FedEx Office, Hertz, and much more.

Fill out the simple membership form or join online and make our motto a reality: 
Lake Washington High School PTSA - Supporting Students Every Day 

Thank you for your support!

Attention teachers - have you joined LWHS PTSA?
We value your membership as it demonstrates the strong support between parents and staff at Lake Washington High School. And it's only $10. Please join LWHS PTSA today, either online or by using the membership form. Thank you for supporting  our students every day!

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New! College Application Workshops
LWHS PTSA is launching a new after-school program, College Application Workshops, to help students with their college application process. Staffed with trained volunteers, we'll provide support, answer questions and feed them lunch. More information to come, stay tuned!

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Show your support for LW!
Please give to Pass the Pouch
It's time to go back to school already! That means the LWHS PTSA is back in the swing of things again, too. Find out how and why to give during our once-a-year fundraiser, affectionately known as Pass the Pouch.

Your Pass the Pouch donations provide direct support to LW through student programs such as SAT/ACT practice testing, teacher grants, students-in-need funding, ASB club grants, and much, much more... Make an online donation today! Or donate by check using the donation form.

Thank you for your support of LW students and staff!

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Register for "Fear-free" practice SAT & ACT tests
Check out the new SAT test on September 26
LWHS PTSA is partnering with Princeton Review to give students an opportunity to take practice SAT and ACT tests. These tests are practice only, so although they will be scored, they will not go on students' permanent record. This is a great way for kids to find out how prepared they are, and also a great opportunity to practice taking the test in a real test environment. The September SAT will be modeled on the new format that the College Board will be implementing in March 2016, so this will give kids a sneak preview of what's in store. Tests will be returned within 1-2 weeks at an evening review session for both parents and students, held at LWHS. 

Cost: $20 per test; free to students who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program

Location: LWHS Library


Fear-free SAT 
Fear-free ACT
Practice test: 
Saturday, Sept. 26, 8:30am-1:15pm
Saturday, Oct. 10, 8:30am-1pm
Review session: 
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 7pm, LWHS Library
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 7pm, LWHS Library
Tuesday, Sept. 22
Tuesday, Oct. 6

Register and pay online on the website, or download this form and turn in to Mili in the Main Office. For more information, contact PTSA Co-President Liz Hedreen.

Note: This is not the PSAT, which will be administered during school in mid-October. See for more information about the PSAT.

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Reflections arts competition
2015 theme - Let your imagination fly 
Do you have an artistic and creative student? Here is an opportunity for them to showcase their talents in any of six categories: visual arts, music composition, photography, literature, film production or dance choreography.

The deadline for entries is Monday, November 2. All grades and abilities are encouraged to participate.The rules and guidelines on how to enter are coming soon...

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Kang Sports

Fall sports start now
In order to participate in fall sports, the athletic eligibility forms must be filled out and returned to the Athletics Office, along with proof of payment of the $200 participation fee, current $50 ASB card and any outstanding fines. Fees and fines can be paid online or at the ASB cashier's window. Each sport also has sport specific forms which also need to be filled out and turned in.

Read more about fall sports, including tryout and practice information, on the LW website.
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LWHS News & Activities

Have you filled out the laptop agreement form?
Students need form to get laptop on September 2 & 4
Don't forget to download and fill out the Laptop Agreement form so your student can get their laptop during the rollout on Wednesday, September 2 and Friday, September 4. Without this form, the laptop cannot be released to your student. See article below if you can help with the laptop rollout.

All of the First Day Packet forms can be found in the August Back to School Packeton the LWHS website. All First Day Packet forms are online this year -they have not been mailed. Forms include the Nurse Alert Form, Directory Information Withhold form and more. Forms must be downloaded, printed and returned to school,or filled in online in some cases.

Additional First Day Packet forms include LWHS PTSA forms for membership, Pass the Pouch donations and volunteer opportunities.
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Volunteers needed for laptop rollout
Friday, September 4
LW still needs a few more volunteers to help hand out laptops on Friday, September 4. There are four shifts to choose from. View the times available and sign up to help. Thank you for supporting LW!

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Lyrica auditions start next week
Lyrica auditions will be held the first two weeks of school - stop by and see Ms. M. in room 110 for information! All students are welcome to audition.

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Hey, sophomore parents!
We are going to be selling Class of 2018 shirts for all sophomores. This will start at the beginning of the school year and take place during lunches at the ASB cashier's window! They will be $12 each. We will keep you posted for more spirit gear and information.
Go, Kangs!
- Your Sophomore Team 

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