Lake Washington High School PTSA Newsletter       

 November 4, 2015 | Issue 6
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~ Upcoming Events ~
Last Day of First Quarter
Wednesday, Nov. 4

Winter Sports Registration
Now through Thursday, Nov. 12

Scholarship Fund Basket Silent Auction Begins
Thursday, Nov. 5, 12pm, LWSD Resource Center

Deadline to Sign Up for Poetry Slam
Friday, Nov. 6

Orders Due for Orchestra & Band Holiday Greens Fundraiser
Friday, Nov. 6, Main Office

Trivia Night - Class of 2016 Fundraiser
Tuesday, Nov. 10

Veterans' Day - No School
Wednesday, Nov. 11

LWHS Dance Competition
Saturday, Nov. 14, 1pm, Gym

"Fear-Free" ACT Practice Test
Saturday, Nov. 14, 1pm, Juanita High School

LWSD Special Needs Group Meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 7-8:30pm, LWSD Resource Center

LWHS PTSA General Membership Meeting with Parent Ed: College Planning for Parents
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 7-8:30pm, Library

Insights to Engineering & Manufacturing Night
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 6:30-8:30pm, LWHS 

LWHS Drama Production: Fall One-Act Plays
Thursday - Saturday, Nov. 19, 20 & 21, 7pm, Theater 

Deadline for Senior Scholarship Application
Friday, Nov. 20, College & Career Center

Poetry Slam
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 7pm, Theater

Thanksgiving Break - Half Day
Wednesday, Nov. 25

Thanksgiving Break - No School
Thursday, Nov. 26 & Friday, Nov. 27

Deadline to Request Transcripts & Common App School Report Form from Counselors
Tuesday, Dec. 1

Coffee with Christina
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 9-10am, College & Career Center

Letter from the Principal
As you enter our campus this week, you may notice how much cleaner and more beautiful it looks. This is due to our amazing students and parent volunteers who made it happen, including PTSA Beautification Day Chairs Karen Tollefsen and Lisa Brown. Our leadership students, athletes and service clubs all worked on a Saturday to pull weeds, plant bulbs and pick up trash. We thank all of these volunteers for helping make our campus beautiful.

With recent articles about student supervision at school, I wanted to address what is occurring at LW and throughout the district. Lake Washington School District is continuing to work to make school safe for every student. After the incident at Juanita High School in October 2014, a district-wide review regarding high school supervision was conducted. This review led to augmenting after-school supervision at all high schools in the district. District policies expect students to follow the rules and regulations governing student behavior, and expect students to be under assigned adult supervision in school, on school grounds or when engaging in school-sponsored activities. Read about the actions to enhance student safety at district high schools.

We are constantly reviewing our safety plans and processes. Please feel free to bring issues to our attention any time.

Christina Thomas, Principal

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2015-2016 Student Directory is Online
Free Access for All PTSA Members
One of the great perks of being a PTSA member is access to the online LWHS student directory. The directory, available only online, has everything you need to know about LWHS: alphabetical student listings (including grade, parent/guardian names, phone number and email), student names by grade, list of faculty, PTSA board members and class schedule. Access the directory on whenever you need it, wherever you are. 

Want access to the LWHS Student Directory? Become a PTSA member and get access to this valuable password-protected resource today. View additional local member benefits, and national member benefits, including discounts with FedEx Office, Great Wolf Lodge, Staples, Hertz, Key Arena and more. Contact PTSA Membership Chair Meredith Goldstein for more information.

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PTSA General Meeting with Parent Ed Talk:
College Planning for Parents
Wednesday, November 18, 7-8:30pm, LWHS Library
education_savings.jpgAll parents are invited to attend the PTSA General Membership meeting and parent ed presentation on Wednesday, November 18 in the library. There will be a short PTSA business meeting at 7pm which will include a report from Principal Christina Thomas. We will be voting on our 2015-2016 Standing Rules. These will be posted on the LWHS PTSA website prior to the meeting. At 7:30pm college planner Claudia Coté will present College Planning for Parents. This presentation will cover the following subjects:
  • College prep: What high school students should focus on both academically and through extra-curricular activities, and the importance of using this time to explore and develop interests and skills.
  • College planning: Emphasis on the wide variety of choices available, how to tone down the hype, and get to the best fit for your student.
  • Financial aid applications: A general discussion of what forms are required and tips for finding merit and scholarship money.
With over two decades of experience in the field of education, including twelve years leading a college and career center in a large pubic high school, Claudia Coté opened A College Plan in 2011 to work with individual clients. 

For more information contact LWHS PTSA Co-Presidents Liz Hedreen and Anne Ryan.
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$50 Teacher Fund Grants Appreciated
Thank you so much to the PTSA for the $50 teacher grants provided to us this year! In my class, the money went to purchase white board markers so we could do more map work in class. We appreciate the support the PTSA provides!  

Jill Berge
English 9, AP World History

Chloe Wozniak and Christina Brandao
Grace Hawkins and Annie Adams
Bryce Klinker and Hunter Toyoda
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LWHS is Looking Beautiful - Thank You!
Many hands made light work on October 24: our Beautification Day was a success! Thanks to all of the volunteers who worked hard to spruce up the grounds leading to LW's front door. Led by the ASB, over 117 students, parents and staff raked and pulled weeds, dug out dead plants, and covered several areas with over five yards of district-provided mulch. The PTSA purchased more than 500 purple and white spring bulbs, over 50 lavender plants and a dozen tools to help plant them. Thank you to teacher/ASB mentor Lindsay Roger and ASB student organizers Grace Hawkins, DJ Mann and Caleb Rickels. An additional thank you goes to PTSA Beautification Chairs Karen Tollefson & Lisa Brown, our master gardener volunteers who organized this productive event. We look forward to the purple and white blooms in the spring!

After: A freshly weeded and mulched bed.
Before: The weedy challenge that faced our volunteers.
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Coffee with Christina
Wednesday, December 2, 9-10am, College & Career Center
Have a question for Principal Christina Thomas? Come to the second Coffee with Christina on Wednesday, December 2 and ask away. Our first coffee of the year was standing room only! Christina gave us an update on school happenings, introduced the new associate principals and answered many questions. Stop in for coffee, tea, baked goods and plenty of conversation with the principal and fellow LWHS parents. Contact PTSA Co-Presidents Anne Ryan or Liz Hedreen for more information.

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2-4-6-8, Who Do We Appreciate? 
Our Amazing Kang Staff, That's Who!
Staff members enjoy the Caramel Apple Bar.
In high school, where your student has six or more instructors, it seems harder to give back to staff than it does in the younger grades... but I'm sure we all agree that it is still very important for the staff to know how much they are appreciated! The PTSA's Staff Appreciation committee, made up of six parent volunteers, strives to show staff our appreciation once a month. 

In August, the PTSA hosted a Welcome Back Breakfast for 110 staff members on their first day back to school with a beautiful spread of tasty breakfast foods and beverages. In September, all 150 staff members found a goody bag in their mailbox containing a few treats like protein bars, chocolate and purple pens with an enclosed note saying the PTSA supports and is thankful for their daily efforts. In October, the PTSA hosted a Caramel Apple Bar for the staff to enjoy. Plans for November include a Thankful Goody Bag tucked in their mailbox with a coffee card and a couple other items. The PTSA looks forward to hosting a Holiday Lunch buffet for the entire staff in December.

We are always open to ideas and suggestions of ways we can show our staff how much we appreciate them. And we always need volunteers throughout the year to help make or buy items - please email Jody Lallas if you can help.

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Students & Staff Benefit When You Shop & Dine
Passive fundraising is an effortless way to contribute to the LWHS PTSA and all the student and staff programs we support. After an initial sign up, the PTSA earns funds when you do your regular shopping and dining.

eScrip: You may be familiar with eScrip from your student's other schools. If you already use eScrip with your middle or elementary school, remember to add LWHS PTSA to your list of organizations you want to support. You can choose up to three organizations. Also remember to keep your registered credit, debit and loyalty cards updated (especially when they get new expiration dates). 

If you are new to eScrip, you can get more information and sign up at (or use the links under Passive Fundraising on Once you have registered your participating loyalty cards and or credit/debit cards, and selected LWHS PTSA, you automatically earn funds for LWHS PTSA when you shop or dine. You can also earn when you shop at Amazon by going through the eScrip website.

eScrip's new Forget Me Not feature allows you to earn at many online retailers without starting from the eScrip online store. Participating retailers will automatically be activated to contribute to your selected organizations.

Bartell Drugs: When you shop at Bartell Drugs and present a Bartell B Caring card, up to 4% will be donated to LWHS PTSA once you have selected us as one of your causes (you can choose up to three schools or nonprofits). To get a Bartell B Caring card simply pick up a card from a cashier and register it either with this form, by calling 800-931-6258 or online at

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Learn About Special Needs Accommodations in College and the Workplace
The LWSD Special Needs Group meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 7-8:30pm at the LWSD Resource Center. The meeting will feature Michael Richardson, Director of the Northwest ADA Center, who will present What is the Americans with Disabilities Act and How Do Accommodations Work in College and the Workplace? 

The information presented at this meeting will be invaluable, especially if you have a student who is a junior or senior. The district sponsors this speaker and they don't know when the presentation can be repeated, so this will be a great night to attend. More information is available on the Lake Washington PTSA Council website.

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Buy a Basket to Benefit PTSA Scholarships
Many thanks to Irene Neumann and Joan Lindell Olsen for procuring items for the LWHS PTSA baskets.
Need a gift for the holidays? Check out the baskets at the Scholarship Fund Basket Auction - you'll find the perfect gift to give that also helps provide scholarships for graduating seniors and staff in the Lake Washington School District. This annual event, run by the Lake Washington PTSA Council (not to be confused with the LWHS PTSA), raises several thousand dollars for scholarships every year. There will be at least one scholarship awarded to applicants from each of the district's high schools. Last year four outstanding students from LWHS won scholarships!

Each PTSA in the district donates a themed 
basket which will be on display for silent bidding 
at the LWSD Resource Center in Redmond 
Town Center from Thursday, November 5, 12pm through Thursday, December 3 until after the brief LW PTSA Council meeting that takes place that day at 9:30am. All are welcome at the meeting. Stop by the LWSD Resource Center and place your bid! For more information contact Auction Chair Amy Lofquist at

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"Fear-Free" ACT Practice Test at Juanita HS
Saturday, November 14
Did your student miss the "Fear-Free" ACT practice test at LWHS last month? Students have another opportunity to take it, at Juanita High School on Saturday, November 14. Register online on the JHS PTSA's website at, or via the registration form. See the flyer for more information, or contact Lina Kramer at

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Kang Achievements

Congrats to National Honor Society Inductees
LWHS was proud to induct 56 students into the National Honor Society on October 28, 2015. Each of these students was evaluated by a faculty advisory council on the qualities of scholarship, leadership, character and service. Overall, this group had an average GPA of 3.95! Students in the NHS at LWHS have provided tutoring, mentoring to elementary and middle school students, and community service through park cleanups, food drives and many other activities. This year, the NHS is providing weekly hour-long tutoring in a variety of subjects during our Tuesday "Roo" tutorial time. Congratulations to all inductees!

Cheryl Aarnio
Erik Abramson
Mariana Aguilar
Alex Bartoletti
Nika Bayanbat
Sydney Bernardo
Christina Brandao
Casey Brine
Natalie Bromann
Courtney Brown
Emree Burkhalter
Sophie Campbell
Patil Clark
Claire Cocales
Colby Coco
Izzi Cooper
Isabel Day
Asher de Forest
Sam Dorsey
Aaron Ferguson
Spencer Goldstein
Christopher Gould
Kaia Grobstok
Grace Guerrero
Grace Hawkins
Dheven Kara
Millen Katyal
Bryce Klinker
Conor Knox
Anastasia Kotsakis
Kelly Lam
Kristy Le
Isaac Lee
Matthew Leviten
Brian Liao
Kiana Maadanian
Forrest Malcolm
Megan McCarthy
Eric McGaw
Anja McLain
Hailey Menssen
Finn Mercer
Yael Pasumansky
Lauren Peterson
Conor Quigley
Akemi Roberts
Rachel Schauer
Helen Serr
Chloe Soejima
Anna Stoneman
Gracie Sturdevant
Natalie Suvak
Hunter Toyoda
Michelle Um
Joey Wishart
JJ Wong

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Math is Cool Team Qualifies for State!
Front, L-R: Ethan Fisher, Matthew Maffeo and Michelle Um; Center: Efraim Grebnev; Back: Malcom Munsil, Samuel Dorsey, Amy East and Jamison Rames; Not pictured: Matthew Canin, Jonah Joughin and Bradley Aarnio.
On October 17, eleven students represented Lake Washington High School in the Math Is Cool competition at Redmond High School. Two 9-10th grade teams and one 11-12th grade team competed in a variety of events, including the mental math speed test and a college bowl team challenge. 
Congratulations to Matthew Maffeo who placed ninth out of 58 Algebra II students. Our 11-12th grade team, consisting of Bradley Aarnio, Matthew Canin, and Jonah Joughin, placed third in Division 1B and was invited to compete at the state level in December at Moses Lake High School. Good luck, Kangs!

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Kang Sports

Congratulations to LW Golf Team!
The Lake Washington High School golf team finished fourth in the 2A/3A Boys' KingCo Medalist Tournament last month with a team score of 403. Liberty won the tournament, with a score of 384 strokes.

Sophomore Eric Jessen tied for 8th place, finishing in the top 10. Sophomore Riley Pluth tied for 13th overall and teammate sophomore Matt Uhrich tied for 15th. All three students move on to play in the district tournament. Go Kangs!

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Winter Sports Registration is Open
Gymnasts need to register by Thursday, November 5; practices start Monday, November 9. Girls and boys basketball, wrestling, and boys swim & dive must register by Thursday, November 12 with tryouts or practices starting Monday, November 19. 

Registration packets can be picked up in the Athletics Office, or can be downloaded from the LWHS Athletics webpage. Athletic eligibility forms and participation forms for the specific sport are required. You may submit your completed registration packet for clearance to the Athletics Office during lunch and after school until 2:45pm. Get cleared early - don't risk missing the first day of practice or tryouts! Please note that the Athletics Office will be closed Monday, November 19.

Participation Fee 
Basketball is a cut sport so the participation fee cannot be paid until your child is placed on a team.
For gymnastics, wrestling and boys swim & dive, the participation fee must be paid before processing in the Athletics Office. The fee may be paid online through Parent Access or at the cashier's window before school and during lunch.

For questions, contact Susan Hanson in the Athletics Office.

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LWHS News & Activities

Don't Miss the First Slam of the Season
Tuesday, November 24, 7pm, LWHS Theater
Executive Team member Lana Wagner created the Poetry Club's coat of arms. The other members of the Executive Team are Ari Ashton, Abby Stapleton and Rileigh Thompson. 

With the turn of the season comes the return of one of LW's most beloved occasions: the Poetry Slam. This will be the first slam organized by the 2015-2016 Poetry Club, and from what we've seen so far, there are a lot of talented performances to be expected. 

Following with tradition, the price of admission to the upcoming slam will be two food donation items. The food bank especially needs the following (glass containers cannot be accepted):
  • Meals in a can/carton (soup, stews, chili)
  • Tuna
  • Canned vegetables (low-sodium)
  • Canned fruit, applesauce, juice boxes
  • Trail mix, granola bars
  • Graham crackers, low sugar cereal
  • Instant foods (cup of noodles, ramen, mac and cheese)
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Socks in varying sizes
  • Fred Meyer gift cards
Food donations will be taken at the door, but if you're not able to 
make it to the slam, food donations are always welcome and will be accepted in the Main Office. 

In preparation for the slam, the club may be holding a preliminary round a week or two prior, depending on how many people sign up to perform in the slam. If you are interested or want to sign up, please email Hannah Ashton at by Friday, November 6. Anyone interested in poetry is always encouraged to join the club, which meets on Tuesdays at 2:40pm in room 271.

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Introducing our Prevention Interventionist
Hello LWHS parents and staff! My name is Suzanne Peterson and I am the new Prevention Interventionist (PI) from Youth Eastside Services. This is my first year in the Lake Washington School District where I will be offering a variety of services to students, staff, and families two days a week. I provide individual and group sessions with students and families, complete drug/alcohol assessments and referrals, facilitate drug/alcohol awareness activities, and lead staff trainings on drug abuse trends and how to help support a student in need of substance use services. 

I will be in the Counseling Office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7:30am-12:30pm. If you are concerned about your student who may be using drugs/alcohol OR if they are being impacted by someone else's use, please refer them to me. Feel free to email me at, or talk to a counselor about setting up an appointment with me. I look forward to joining the Kang team and to a safe and fun school year!

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LWHS Celebrates Unity Day
On October 21 LWHS celebrated Unity Day! Unity Day is a day in which everyone can come together - in schools, communities, and online - to send one large message that we are all united against bullying and for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Students came to school dressed in orange (the national anti-bullying color), and were greeted by Leadership and Loyalty students who passed out orange necklaces, cookies and purple bracelets labeled "aLWays kind." Thank you to Principal Thomas for purchasing the anti-bullying t-shirts sold that week, ASB for buying the necklaces, Reach Church for donating the bracelets, and Loyalty for making the cookies - it takes a village! An additional big thanks to everyone who came to school ready to unite against bullying!

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If Your Student is Sick...
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. Remember, your child must be fever-free for 24 hours before they return to school. Bottom line - if your child is sick please keep them home so they don't pass it on to their classmates. 

With flu season just around the corner, the Attendance Office would also like to remind you to get your student a flu shot now to avoid prolonged absences. And remember that good hand washing can prevent sickness too.

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

Nestor Hernandez Melgor
Evan Vangorder
Kylissa Hull
Gabriel Bivens
Roslynn Rux
Ryan Singh
Jaden Goodgion

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Tutorial Time at LW!

LW's new tutorial period has gotten off to a great start! Tutorial is a block of time used to provide targeted interventions for those in need, as well as enrichment and study time for those already performing at standard. Starting in October, students could work in their classrooms, visit another teacher for extra help, or meet with students for study groups. Above are photos from various study groups that met during tutorial last month.

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Last Chance to Order Holiday Greens
The Orchestra and Band Booster Clubs are selling high quality poinsettias, wreaths and garland to provide enrichment for all students in the orchestra and band programs. This is your chance to support LWHS music by purchasing something you may be planning to buy anyway.  

To order your holiday greens, simply print the order form or pick one up in the Main Office. Return your order form with payment to the Main Office marked: Attention Orchestra and Band Boosters. Orders and full payment are due by Friday, November 6. Distribution is Friday, December 4, 4-7pm, in the Band Room. Questions? Contact Christine Harmon, Treasurer, Orchestra Boosters. Thank you!

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Be Entertained by LWHS's Fall One-Act Plays
The thespians of Lake Washington High School are pleased to present our fall one-act plays: Rosie the Riveter, Get Real, Barbie and All I Need to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Play. These plays will be performed Thursday through Saturday, November 19, 20 and 21 at 7pm in the LWHS Theater. Doors open at 6:30pm. Please come enjoy a night of entertainment and support these hard-working thespians!

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Explore Engineering & Manufacturing
See the Kang Crier #4  to read about this event or view the flyer on PeachJar for more information. 

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LWHS Students Design Roller Coasters
During October the physical science students worked on a science and engineering project designing roller coasters. The students were given the task to design a roller coaster for an amusement park company that met several requirements, including length of the ride and low cost/budget. Students then applied their knowledge of kinetic and potential energy to design and build their roller coasters. For each class, one group "won" the bid for the amusement park company to use their design. 

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Counseling Center

PSAT Results and Senior Update
On October 14 all sophomores and many juniors took the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Typically, College Board sends the results in early January. Counselors will meet with students in the theater to quickly review and interpret their Score Reports. Students are encouraged to log on to the website given with their results to review test questions and even try some challenge questions. Students can also go to their math and English teachers with PSAT questions, and/or read their interpretation booklets for additional explanation on the variables that can affect scores. 

This is the first pre-college type of test for most of our sophomores and our goal is to have students look at their results with that in mind. They may be disappointed in their results, but they can take consolation in the fact that much learning can take place between now and the spring of their junior year when they will be taking the SAT I or the ACT. And, if their scores are high now, it can be a good boost to their self-confidence.

Senior Update
While the freshmen, sophomores, and juniors were listening to speakers or taking the PSAT or the ASVAB, seniors were managing their own busy schedules. Seniors chose from seven different workshops, including the college fair in the gym. Because they chose the workshops that were important to them, students were mostly attentive and asked good questions. If seniors still have questions or wish to further discuss their post high school options, please encourage them to meet with their counselor. The power point presentations that were given by the counselors are available on the LWHS website.

College Application Information
See the article below, in the Info for Seniors & Senior Parents section, for tips and advice about college applications and upcoming deadlines.
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Registration for SAT & ACT Tests
Below are the official test dates for the SAT and ACT tests which require registration before or during winter break. Students who plan to take a test need to register online as listed below, using the LWHS code, 480545. 

SAT Test (register at

Test Date
Registration Deadline
December 5, 2015
November 5, 2015
January 23, 2016
December 28, 2015

ACT test (register at

Test Date
Registration Deadline
December 12, 2015
November 6, 2015
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Info for Seniors & Senior Parents

Early Action/Decision College Application Deadline is Near
The deadline for early action/early decision for many colleges is fast approaching. Sunday, November 15 is the last day to turn in applications for early action or early decision at many schools. If your student needs a hand with their application, there are two more College Application Workshops before the early action/early decision deadline. We'll be in the College & Career Center today and next Wednesday, November 11 at 12:35pm, ready to answer questions and read essays. For essay review, please have your student bring a printed copy of their essay. As always, free lunch is provided.

The PTSA-sponsored College Application Workshops will continue each Wednesday after school throughout the application season. Contact Liz Hedreen for more information.

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Senior Party - Graduation Night, Thursday, June 9
Tickets Discounted until November 30
The all-night Senior Party is a great LWHS tradition. This year's event will be memorable, safe, affordable, and a lot of fun. It is the last all-senior event for the Class of 2016, and a terrific way to celebrate this important milestone.  
The night of graduation is potentially one of the most dangerous nights for a grad. With the PTSA-sponsored all-night party, teens are not driving tired, and there is no pressure to drink or do drugs. Bus transportation is included and is parent chaperoned.
Great food, entertainment, and a variety of exciting activities are all included - there's something for every grad to enjoy at each location! The details are secret to add to the excitement.
Tickets are currently $145 each if paid in full and purchased by December 31. They can be purchased online at To pay by check, download the registration form. Prices increase to $155 on January 1. Tickets are non-refundable. For scholarship information or any questions, contact Joan Lindell Olsen.
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CollegeAppsCollege Applications - Get Ready for Deadlines
Students are encouraged to submit their applications early and not wait until deadlines. Remember, December 1 is the cutoff date to request transcripts and to request the counselor to complete the Common Application School Report Form for January 1 due dates. Directions for transcript submission are printed on the request form (also available in the Counseling Center) and are also explained on the school website. Students are responsible for providing addressed envelopes for transcripts. Test scores must be requested directly from the College Board or ACT

Please note: the Counseling Center will be closed for winter break from 3pm on Friday, December 18 until 7:30am on Monday, January 4, 2016. During this period we are unable to respond to emails or phone calls, so please advise your senior student to have his/her college application questions answered prior to the winter closure.

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November 20 Deadline for Senior Scholarship 
financial_service_flat.jpg The deadline for the senior scholarship application is Friday, November 20. Applications should be turned into Julie Madsen in the College & Career Center. Applications can be picked up in the College & Career Center; view the College & Career Center webpage for additional information.
Scholarships are awarded for academic excellence, community service, athletic or artistic talent, including 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. 

Don't forget to look at the amazing variety of scholarships available to all grades of students at LWHS. Begin your search with Julie Madsen's College & Career Scholarship BulletinPick up a copy in the College & Career Center or go to the LWHS website and click on Career Center in the left sidebar.
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Calculating the Cost of College
accounts_man.jpgColleges that wish to continue distributing federal grants or loans are required to post a net price calculator (NPC) on their websites. By plugging in your financial numbers, you can see an approximate cost to attend a particular college. 

Net price is the difference between the "sticker" price (full cost) to attend a specific college, minus any grants and scholarships for which students may be eligible. Sticker price includes direct charges (tuition and fees, room and board) and indirect costs (books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses). You can find net price calculators for many schools on, as well as more information on how to pay for college.

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Lake Washington Schools Foundation

All in for Kids!
Thank you to our generous school community! This fall, with matching dollars, you have donated over $20,000 to support student learning in the Lake Washington School District. Your donations make a difference - they fund Safe School Ambassador (anti-bullying) programs in our high schools, math and literacy programs in our elementary schools, and new teacher training. There is still time to help! Please give to the Foundation during our Fall Campaign and consider donating during your fall workplace giving campaign. Interested in learning how your donation impacts students, teachers and schools? Please visit to see the investments the Foundation is making in schools this year. Because of your generosity, the Foundation granted $300,700 to our schools, a 30% increase over last year! Finally, the 2016-17 Reaching for Success grant information and guidelines are now available on our website.

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Community News

Lake Washington School District-approved flyers to keep you informed about upcoming activities, programs and events are listed on PeachJar.
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Below are links provided as a service to the community - LWSD and the LWHS PTSA do not sponsor, endorse or recommend any of the organizations, services, or activities described in these materials.
Host an Italian student a for a semester or school year and your child will be invited to Italy through Ergon Student Exchange, a cross-cultural exchange program. Read a testimonial by a LWHS family who hosted a student at LW last year.

SAT Prep now offers preparation for the ACT test as well.  Performing well on the ACT exam is essential.  We've applied our formula that brought so much success to students for the SAT test and developed an ACT course that will help students identify with the questions on the ACT and improve their testing skills. We are currently running an ACT Prep course which includes six classes and all materials at Lake Washington High School in December & January after school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30pm to 7:15pm. The dates are December 2, 10, 16, and January 6, 12 and 20. For registration and more information please visit us online at or view our flyer.

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

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.