Lake Washington High School PTSA Newsletter 
          

 November 18, 2015 | Issue 7
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~ Upcoming Events ~

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

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

Tomorrow! LWHS Drama: 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 Early Dismissal 
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 11am

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

Choir Concert
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 7-9pm, Theater

Orchestra Concert
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 7-9pm, Theater

Trivia Night
Thursday, Dec. 10, 7-9pm, Commons 
  
 

From your PTSA Co-Presidents
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As Thanksgiving approaches, Anne and I would like to extend our thanks to:
  • Our fellow PTSA board members for their dedication and energy;
  • Our PTSA committee chairs, committee members and volunteers for their time and efforts to make the PTSA programs actually run;
  • Everybody who has joined the LWHS PTSA - we are working together to advocate for our schools;
  • All of our generous "Pass the Pouch" donors who fund our programs;
  • The LWHS administration for their unfailing support and partnership;
  • The teachers and staff for bringing it everyday for the students;
  • Julie Madsen for letting us overrun her beautiful College and Career Center for our coffees and college application workshops;
  • AND, last but not least, a big thank you to the students of LWHS! It is a pleasure to spend time with these kids, they give us hope for a bright future!
Liz Hedreen and Anne Ryan
LWHS PTSA Co-Presidents
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PTSA News
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Tonight! PTSA General Meeting with Parent Ed
College Planning for Parents
7-8:30pm, LWHS Library
All parents are invited to attend the PTSA General Membership meeting and parent ed presentation tonight in the library. First is a short PTSA business meeting, including a report from Principal Christina Thomas on the Safe School Ambassador Program and a vote on the 2015-2016 Standing Rules (only PTSA members can vote ). Then college planner Claudia Coté presents College Planning for Parents. This presentation covers 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.
For more information contact LWHS PTSA Co-Presidents Liz Hedreen and Anne Ryan.
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Thirty-two Entries in Reflections Arts Competition
A big thank you to parents and teachers who encouraged their students to enter the National PTA Reflections Arts competition. We are happy to report that LWHS students turned in a total of 32 entries: 20 visual arts, three photography, two literature, one music and six special artists. A special thank you goes to art teacher Ms. Wyatt whose work with her classes yielded 19 visual art entries. A big thank you also to special education teacher Ms. McCreary. These teachers' encouragement and support for student success in the arts is very much appreciated.

Reflection Chairs Pam Hay, Irene Neumann and Amanda Maggiora
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Coffee with Christina
Wednesday, December 2, 9-10am, College & Career Center
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Put the second Coffee with Christina on your calendars for the morning of December 2. 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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Great Gifts and Sales Benefit Students
Silent Bidding Open Until Thursday, December 3
Many thanks to Irene Neumann and Joan Lindell Olsen for procuring items for the LWHS PTSA baskets.
Need a gift for the holidays? The baskets at the Scholarship Fund Basket Auction provide both the perfect gift and money for scholarships for graduating seniors and staff in the Lake Washington School District. Last year four students from LWHS won scholarships!

Baskets are on display for silent bidding 
at the LWSD Resource Center in Redmond 
Town Center through the morning of Thursday, December 3. Stop by the LWSD Resource Center and place your bid! For more information contact Auction Chair Amy Lofquist at auction@lwptsa.net.

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Kang Sports

Every Fall Sports Team Competes in Post-Season
All of LWHS' fall sports teams competed in the post-season! Volleyball, cross country, golf, swimming and football each participated in the district playoffs after advancing from the league playoffs. Swimming had ten girls compete in the state championships at the King County Aquatics Center. The football team played hard but had a tough loss in double overtime to Wilson High School in the district playoffs. Girls soccer finished 3rd in the league and just missed out on going to state. See the soccer summary below. Golf advanced three boys to state (see the last Kang Crier for details). Volleyball lost a tough match at the district tournament, preventing them from going to state. Claire Cocales qualified to compete at the state cross country championship. Several freshmen on the cross country team were honored with the "Seven Fastest Freshmen in KingCo" Award including for girls: Emily Rogers, 4th; Malia Lakman 5th; Aase Fogarty 6th; Emily Stoneman, 7th; and for boys: John Hentges, 2nd; Oliver Norred, 7th. According to Athletic Director Rick O'Leary, "All our teams had positive, successful seasons." Great job Kangs!

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Girls Soccer Season Summary
LW had a great season. We are a very young team, which is exciting because the majority of our starting line up will be returning next season. We ended the season 9-7-1 over all and 6-6-0 in KingCo which is one of the best leagues in the state. Beating Bellevue, the KingCo champions, 2-0 was one of the highlights of our season. That game gave us a lot of momentum heading into the second half of the season and the team continued to grow as a unit. It showed in their confidence on the field. After a lopsided loss to rival Juanita Rebels in our last league game, we were fired up to turn around and play them two days later in the first game of the KingCo tournament. That game was our most dominating performance all season, winning 3-0. Unfortunately we then lost a tough game to Mercer Island, but the girls fought hard for the whole 80 minutes. We ended the KingCo season in 3rd place.

LW Head Girls Soccer Coach, Ashton Griffen
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LWHS News & Activities

Six More Days Until the Poetry Slam
Tuesday, November 24, 7pm, LWHS Theater
Come one, come all to the first Poetry Slam this year. Donating two food items gets you in the door. All the information you need is on this beautiful flyer.

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. 

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Tonight! 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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Opening Night is Tomorrow for Fall One-Act Plays
Support the hard-working thespians of LWHS when they present three one-act plays: Rosie the Riveter, Get Real, Barbie and All I Need to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Play. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, November 19, 20 and 21 at 7pm in the LWHS Theater. Doors open at 6:30pm.
 
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AP World History Halloween Pumpkin Art
Students in AP World History were inspired by their studies of ancient civilizations when carving Halloween pumpkins. How many cultures can you identify?

Michael Mar, Eric McGaw, Tatem Lattellier, Andrew McGaw, Isabella Cooper, Kerry Malone, Nathan Moore, Jack Bennett, Anna Basnaw

Sydney Fanning

Lauren Peterson, Bryce Klinker, Alyssa Mattler
Helen Serr, Gavin Robertson, Aubri Baskin, Sam Dorsey, Sophie Campbell
Evan Shahkarami
Abby Croson
Abby Croson
Claire Cocales

Kiana Maadanian

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English 9 Biographers at LWHS
Derek Giovacchini, Patrick Abboud, Julianne Suvak, Alice Fuller, Sofia Brekkan, Rhys Heenan
Ninth graders at LWHS completed their first
quarterly book report by presenting as the subject of their book! Next quarter they're reading historical fiction.






Tanner Hollodorf 
Sophie Crane 
 

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Attendance Policy Changes
In the last issue of the Kang Crier we noted that for absences to be excused, parents had to notify attendance within 24 hours; this was incorrect - the policy has changed this year. Parents or legal guardians of any student who is absent should leave a message with the school Attendance Officer at (425) 936-1701 within 48 hours to have the absence be excused. Parents or guardians of students with more than ten excused absences are expected to contact the school's BECCA Specialist at (425) 936-1738.
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Counseling Center

Registration for the SAT 
There is one more official test date for the SAT which requires registration during 2015. Students who plan to take this test need to register online at collegeboard.org using the LWHS code, 480545.  

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


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Info for Seniors & Senior Parents

Deadlines for College-Bound Students
Remember, Tuesday, 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.
For more information, read the last issue of the Kang Crier.

The deadline for senior scholarship applications is this Friday, November 20. More information is also in the November 4 Kang Crier
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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.
Ergon Student Exchange
Host an Italian student 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 satprep.org or view our flyer.

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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.
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