Lake Washington High School PTSA Newsletter    
           April 20, 2016 | Issue 16
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TODAY! PTSA Mini-Seminar: How to Prep for
a College Fair
Wednesday, April 20, 12:40pm, College & Career Center

Future of Senior Party Town Hall Discussion 
Thursday, April 21, 7-8pm, Library (note new date)

TOMORROW! Brown Bag Lunch: Career & College Readiness: Make Sure Your Child is Future-Ready
Thursday, April 21, 12-1pm, LWSD Resource Center 

AP Exam Packet Pick-Up
Friday, April 22, Lunchtime

Last Day to Vote for LWSD Bond
Tuesday, April 26

PTSA Mini-Seminar: 10 Great Reasons to Look at Community College
Wednesday, April 27, 12:40pm, College & Career Center

Senior Party Ticket Sales & Bus Signups
Monday, May 2 - Friday, May 6, during lunch

AP Exams
Monday, May 2 - Friday, May 15
Morning Exams - 7am; Afternoon Exams - 11:30am

Coffee with Christina 
Wednesday, May 4, 9-10am, College & Career Center

PTSA Outstanding Educator & Volunteer Awards Nominations Due
Friday, May 6

LWHS Musical: Little Shop of Horrors
May 6, 7, 13 & 14, 7pm, LWHS Theater


From the Principal
Recent events have led to questions about how the school addresses the needs of students with regards to drug and alcohol awareness and support. The school uses a multi-pronged approach in trying to meet the needs of students and families.

First, we utilize education. All students have drug and alcohol awareness education during their ninth grade health class. This unit involves understanding the effects of drugs and alcohol, as well as the consequences. Our SRO (School Resource Officer) provides information regarding the legal ramifications of drug and alcohol use as a component of this program. This year the school will also be hosting a school-wide mock crash scenario. This presentation is a collaboration with firefighters and police to simulate what happens when drugs or alcohol are present when students drive. We typically present this simulation at least every three years. Our PTSA has hosted parent education talks to inform parents of drug and alcohol warning signs and strategies; this topic is presented every two to three years. 

Second, we provide support. We have a drug and alcohol counselor at school three days a week. She provides additional education, provides counseling on an individual and group basis, and conducts assessments. We also have a part-time mental health counselor, who has started recently. She provides crisis support and referrals for families. Read more information about drug and alcohol awareness and prevention, including trends, warning signs and resources.

Preventing student drug use is an ongoing problem which needs a community approach. Parents play an important role. If you suspect your student has an issue, you can contact your student's counselor and they can assist with the resources you may need. We will continue to work with the PTSA to organize parent information around topics of interest to parents.

On another note, the LWSD Bond Measure is on the April 26 Ballot. Lake Washington School District has proposed a bond measure to reduce overcrowding and enhance student learning. This measure would raise funds to provide classroom space for 3,000 more students. Projects include two new elementary schools, one new middle school, and rebuilding and enlarging Juanita High School plus Kirk and Mead Elementary Schools. Because the district is paying off past bonds and construction levies, the tax rate would remain the same as the 2015 rate. Complete information on the measure is available at Please remember to vote by April 26.

Christina ThomasPrincipal

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Junior and Sophomore Parents - Let's Party!
Tomorrow! New Date! Discussion on Future of Senior Party
As quickly as this school year has gone, the ones to come will also fly by. Before we know it, our students will be graduating and we
are asking you, "What sort of official celebration, if any, do you want them to have?"
The Senior Party is an annual tradition planned and sponsored by the LWHS PTSA. For many years, nearly 200 of our graduating seniors have boarded buses after the ceremony and taken off for a fun-filled all-nighter with friends, surprises, food and entertainment. As parents who send our students off, we know they are in a safe, chaperoned, drug- and alcohol-free environment to celebrate their graduation.
The LWHS PTSA is hosting a "town hall" meeting to discuss future options for the Senior Party, and we'd especially like the parents of the Classes of 2017 and 2018 to attend. It will be held in the library on Thursday, April 21, from 7-8pm (note the date change...previously announced as tonight). Please join us to hear more about this annual tradition and talk about what it could be for our students in the years to come. 
If you can't make it but have comments or questions, please contact Mindy Lincicome, PTSA Co-VP of Programs.

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Nominate an Outstanding Volunteer or Educator
Nominations Due May 6
golden acornPTSA Golden Acorn Award for Deserving Volunteers
LWHS students, parents, and staff - do you know of an outstanding volunteer? Someone that goes beyond what's expected and is making a major difference for our students and our school? Now is the time to nominate them for a PTSA Golden Acorn Award!

PTSA Golden Kang Award for Outstanding Educators
Do you know of an outstanding teacher or staff member who goes beyond what's expected to make the LWHS learning environment fun, beneficial, and challenging? Someone who brings enthusiasm and diversity to the classroom and a leader who directly influences the success of their students? Nominate them for the PTSA Golden Kang/Outstanding Educator Award!
You can turn in Golden Acorn nomination forms and Golden Kang nomination forms to Mili Nelson in the Main Office or email them to Feel free to nominate more than one volunteer and staff member for these awards, use multiple forms if needed. Deadline for nominations is Friday, May 6. The Golden Acorn and Golden Kang/Outstanding Educator Awards will be presented at the Volunteer Tea in June.

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Seniors: Don't Miss the Best Party of the Year!
Ticket Sales and Bus Signups - May 2-6 at LunchSeniorParty
All 2016 LWHS seniors are invited to the annual all-night Senior Party scheduled for Thursday, June 9 - the night of graduation, Senior Party is a way for graduates to celebrate with their classmates in a fun, safe way: alcohol- and drug-free, and well-chaperoned. This is an LWHS tradition, and it's a once-in-a-lifetime evening for our students. For more information, check out the LWHS PTSA website.

Ticket Sales - Tickets will be on sale during lunch on Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 6; cash and checks made payable to LWHS PTSA will be accepted. Tickets can also be purchased anytime online at The online registration form has more information about scholarship assistance.

Bus Signups - Seniors who have already paid for their Senior Party ticket must turn in the release form to sign up for the bus. Per the venue requirements, a parent or guardian and the student must sign the release form regardless of whether the senior is 18 or under, now or at the time of graduation. This is also the time to turn in the food allergy form, if applicable. Bus signups will be available during lunch the week of May 2.

Any questions, contact

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Staff Appreciation Week at LW !
Help Us Honor our Fantastic Staff
Let's all take this opportunity to thank a staff member at LWHS! From teachers, administrative staff and custodians to library and kitchen staff, we have 155 staff members that are working hard every day to help provide a positive learning environment. During Staff Appreciation Week, May 2-6, the PTSA is planning to spoil the staff with daily treats and a lunch on Wednesday! We are also collaborating with students from the Leadership class in hanging posters and inviting students to write "thank you" notes to a staff member during their Homeroom class. If you would like to provide an item for Staff Appreciation Week, view our SignUpGenius page to sign up

Any questions or suggestions, please contact Jody Lallas at

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Don't Forget to Vote Yes for the LWSD Bond!
Ballot Must be Postmarked by Tuesday, April 26
Sixty percent voter approval is needed to pass the LWSD Bond. The bond addresses overcrowding in our schools without raising tax rates. It provides a fiscally responsible way to add more classroom space and relieve overcrowding by prioritizing our schools' most urgent needs. Mail your ballot today!

Here are some district numbers that illustrate the need for this bond.
  • 4th  LWSD has leaped from the sixth largest district in the state to the fourth largest in one year.
  • 5  Number of new elementary schools LWSD could fill just with students housed in portables.  
  • 168  Number of portables in use in the district by next school year.  
  • 3,240  Students added to LWSD since 2011.


Support the Bond - Help Spread the Word
You can help support the bond by voting yes and encouraging others to do so as well. Two ways to help: Doorbell with teachers on Saturday, April 23, 9:30am-12:30pm; Phone banking on Thursday, April 21 or Monday, April 25, 3:15-6:30pm.
Complete information on the measure is available at Visit for more information about this critical issue and how you can help support our schools.

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College Workshop: Call for Volunteers 
Successful Program Expanding in 2016-17 School Year
PTSA's College Workshop provides our seniors with college application essay and personal statement support. We also answer questions about the college process and steer students in the right direction for any additional support they may need. Volunteers are needed for the 2016-17 school year as we expand this successful program. Workshops will meet Tuesdays at 9:31am and Wednesdays at 12:40pm, we ask for a once a week commitment from September through January. PTSA provides training. View more details or contact Judy Shedd to volunteer.

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LWHS PTSA Board Notes

Welcome New PTSA Executive Board!
Congratulations to our newly elected PTSA executive board for 2016-17, and thank you for your leadership and stewardship: 

Mindy Lincicome
Vice-Presidents, Programs: Valerie Horvath & Colette Ulloa 
Vice-President, Ways & Means: Irene Neumann 
Secretary: Karen Tipp 
Co-Treasurers: Julia Ednie & Tere Kaulfus

Thank You, Nominating Committee!
Many thanks go to our 2016 Nominating Committee of Hae Sue Park, Martha Rames, and Mindy Lincicome. They put together a high quality slate of candidates for next year's board, which was voted in at the March PTSA General Membership Meeting. Nominating Committee is a crucial task, and we thank this year's committee for their care and diligence.

VP of Communications Position Open
If you are interested in learning more about being on the PTSA Board of Directors, the VP of Communications position is open. Being on the PTSA board is an incredible opportunity to get involved, learn what is going on at school, and get to know a great group of people.
This position is responsible for overseeing communications-related programs, including the Kang Crier newsletter, PTSA website, membership, family & community engagement, special needs, advocacy, bulletin board, volunteer coordinator and parent education. It is not your responsibility to DO these jobs, it is to communicate often with the people who are in charge of these programs, and make sure they have the information and resources they need. Attendance is expected at monthly evening board meetings, five PTSA General Membership meetings a year, and the occasional other commitment. This can be a shared position. Please contact PTSA Co-President Liz Hedreen or PTSA President-elect Mindy Lincicome for more information!

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PTSA College Prep Mini-Seminars
Don't let your student miss the last few College Prep Mini-Seminars! These Wednesday talks in the College & Career Center start promptly at 12:40pm and last about 30 minutes. Students can enjoy a slice of pizza on us while they learn about the college process.
How to Prep for a College Fair
- April 20
The Spring National College Fair takes place at Seattle University Connolly Center on Saturday, April 23 from 12-3pm. This is one of four major college fairs that take place in Seattle and it presents a wonderful opportunity for students and families to have their questions answered by admission reps and alums (and sometimes, current students). At today's College Prep Mini-Seminar we will discuss the purpose of attending college fairs, questions to ask and how to make the most of your time. A list of participating colleges at the Spring College Fair will be available, as well as a link to the site for registration.

Ten Great Reasons to Look at Community College - April 27
Chances are, you didn't grow up wearing T-shirts and hats adorned with the mascot or logo of your local community college. However, when the time comes to graduate from high school, many college-bound students realize that community college is a better alternative for all kinds of reasons. Send your student to hear ten reasons why community college might be the perfect choice for them on Wednesday, April 27 in the College & Career Center. 
For more information contact Judy Shedd. All students are welcome, but talks are geared towards sophomores and juniors. Sponsored by the LWHS PTSA.

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Help Us Welcome Incoming LW Parents
Join Us for Coffee with Christina
croissant2.jpg Parents of incoming LWHS students are invited to our casual drop-in coffee with Principal Christina Thomas and current LW parents on Wednesday, May 4 from 9-10am in the College & Career Center. They will have a chance to see what the school looks like during the day, ask the principal questions, meet other incoming parents, and talk to current LW parents. Coffee, tea and delicious baked goods will be provided by the PTSA hospitality volunteers. 

If you have any questions, contact LWHS PTSA Co-President Liz Hedreen. Everyone is welcome. Hope to see you there!

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LWPTSA Council Brown Bag Lunch 
Career & College Readiness: Make Sure Your Child is Future-Ready
The Lake Washington PTSA Council will hold a Brown Bag Lunch presentation, Career and College Readiness: Make Sure Your Child is Future-Ready, on Thursday, April 21, 12-1pm at the LWSD Resource Center in Redmond. This talk will present a common-sense approach to understanding the occasionally confusing path to college. Topics will include planning for each child's journey, including academics, extracurriculars, and testing, plus a quick peek into the application process. View the flyer.

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Showing of Screenagers
Documentary about Growing Up in the Digital Age
Kirkland Middle School PTSA will present a special screening of Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age on Monday, April 25, 7-8:45pm in the LWHS Theater. Screenagers, a documentary about one of the biggest parenting issues of our time, reveals how tech time impacts kids' development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance.

Tickets are $10 per adult and $5 per student. Tickets can be purchased at The 70-minute movie will be followed by a post-screening discussion.

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Kang Achievements

Robotics Team Heads to Nationals
After winning the Rookie All-Star award at the PNW District Championship in Portland, the LWHS Robotics team will travel to St. Louis to compete at the end of April. Congratulations and good luck, Kangs!

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Success at Math Competitions
Ethan Fisher displays his trophy at the Washington State Mu Alpha Theta competition.

Congratulations to Samuel Dorsey, Ethan Fisher, Joleen Lawson, Matthew Maffeo, and Malcolm Munsil who represented LWHS at the Washington State Mu Alpha Theta competition on March 28. 

The Theta division placed 5th and the Alpha division placed 12th out of 20 teams competing. Matthew Maffeo had the 10th highest score in the Theta Geometry category with a score of 131, and Ethan Fisher earned 3rd place in the Theta Logs/Functions category with a score of 119.
Locally, 17 students participated in the American Math Contest on February 17. The top scoring participants on the AMC 12 were juniors Daichi Tamai, Joseph Wishart, and Michael Phung, with Daichi being the winner in his division. Competing in the AMC 10 were freshman Matthew Maffeo, freshman Malcolm Munsil, and sophomore Gavin Robertson. Matthew was the winner in his division as well as the overall school winner with a score of 121.5 out of 150. Matthew's top score advanced him to the next round of competition called the American Invitational Math Exam. Matthew is the youngest participant LWHS has ever sent on to the AIME! We will soon know if Matthew's AIME score qualifies him for the USA Math Junior Olympiad. Congratulations to all of our participants on their success!

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Kangs Honored with STEM Awards
Three LWHS juniors were among 20 girls from LWSD honored by the Kirkland-Redmond branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) on March 16 during its STEM Scholar Recognition event. The selected honorees have excelled in math, science or technology. Congratulations to Megan Gertmenian, honored for science; Kaitlyn Colbert, honored for technology; and Daria Sharifi, honored for math.

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LWHS News & Activities

Miss the Poetry Slam at LWHS? There's Now a Podcast! 
The Lake Washington Poetry Club has posted its own podcasts of the Poetry Slam at LWHS on iTunes and Soundcloud. The Poetry Slam was held on February 9. Future podcasts will be made from the next slam on Tuesday, May 31. To hear student poetry and student music directly from the source, for free, click here, or search "LW Poetry" on iTunes or Soundcloud. Click on the LW Poetry Podcast icon, and then click the "Subscribe" button, or download the podcasts individually. 

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LWHS Drama Presents Little Shop of Horrors
Don't miss the spring musical presented by LWHS Drama! Little Shop of Horrors is the story of a nerdy florist who finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.

Four performances will be given over two weekends: Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7; and Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14. The shows will be at 7pm in the LWHS Theater. Tickets are $10 at the door. Come see our talented students!

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Class of 2018 Shirts on Sale
Hey Kang Families,

The Class of 2018 fundraiser is still going on! T-shirts are on sale for only $16 (reduced from $20). The shirts can be purchased on Fridays at the cashier's window during all three lunches for the rest of the year (while supplies last). Remind your kids to purchase their shirt soon because they are going fast!

Thank you for your support,
Sophomore Class Officers

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View the Lip Dub 2016
The LWHS 2016 Lip Dub, "Shut Up and Dance" was filmed just before spring break. Have a look!

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Ataturk on Trial
AP World History students put Mustafa Kemal (Ataturk) on trial for destroying traditional culture in trying to westernize Turkey.

Alexis Burgon, Sophia Jacques, Anna Hubard, Emma Waldroup, Haley Kubik, Darya Shafapay, Blake Knowlton, Isabel Day and Jaimie Lankerovich.

Alex Wilder, Torrey Armstrong, Crystal Runstadler, Michelle Um, Finn Mercer, Casey Brine and Conor Knox.

Avery Lashley, Julian Oelsner, Kate East, Isaac Lee, Carolina Valdez, Erin Glynn, Elizabeth Merritt and Patil Clark.

Annie Adams, Ashley Putzke and Bushrod Rames.

Will Pliska, Hunter Toyoda, Bryce Klinker and Cody Wilson.

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School is Still in Session!
As we head in to the spring season, with only two months of school left, please remember the rules still apply:
  • All absences must be called in within a 48 hour period in order for them to be considered excused. Students are not allowed to call themselves out.
  • Parents, please remind your students that they must always sign in or out at the attendance office. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action. 
Thank you for your support!

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Counseling Center

AP Exams Coming Up
Advanced Placement exams are scheduled for Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 13. Students will pick up their AP Packets on Friday, April 22 during their lunch; they will need their photo ID and may not pick up a packet for another student. 

Inside the AP Packet envelope students will find a letter that lists their exams and test location, and their AP labels that they'll need for each exam they take. Students need the AP labels (from the AP Packet) and their photo ID in order to check in for each exam. Check-in for morning exams begins at 7am, doors close at 7:30am. Check-in for afternoon exams begins between 11:30am and noon (when morning exams are done), doors close at 12:30pm. Students are reminded that they can not leave any test early. The College Board has very strict rules regarding testing procedures, including no cell phones. 

Having a good night's sleep and nutritional breakfast, being aware of the exam time and location, what materials to bring, and the testing procedures will help reduce test anxiety. If students wish to bring a snack for break time, they need to put food in a paper bag labeled with their name; College Board does not allow food or drink in the testing area. Students should dress in layers because sometimes it's cold in the gym; students are not allowed to wear hoodies or bring in blankets. 

These students have worked hard all year to prepare for their exams. Good luck to each of them!

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Planning a College Road Trip!
Summer is the perfect time for juniors and their parents to pack their bags and head off to college campuses. For many students, these visits are the deciding factor for where they will send applications in the fall. Here are some things to keep in mind:
  1. Colleges go to great lengths to impress students and parents (those who pay the bills). Expect perky, engaging tour guides to show you the very prettiest parts of the campus. If you know this from the beginning, you will not be (as easily) swept off your feet.
  2. One of the best ways to get a feel for any college campus is to break free of structured tours and hang out - in the student union building or a local coffee shop near the campus.
  3. If possible, stay the night at one of the dorms, eat in the cafeteria, take a jog through the campus, and/or attend a sporting event. Keep in mind that it is summer and some of the buildings will be closed and, more importantly, the campus won't be nearly as crowded as it will be in the fall.
  4. Take an unofficial copy of your high school transcript and know your test scores. Make an appointment to meet with an admissions person and sit down with your list of questions. Do your homework - go prepared with comments and questions that reflect your interest and knowledge about the school.
  5. Talk. Talk to students and adults on campus. Talk to the barista at the coffee bar or the salesperson at the book store. Just talk.
  6. Take pictures of each college and log where the picture was taken. You will be surprised at how all college dorms, buildings and rec centers start to all look alike.
And if you're not planning a road trip? No problem. Get online and take a virtual tour of the campus. (Be sure to reread #1 above.) Read the campus newspaper and student-run blogs. This is a great way to learn about the issues the planned tours don't mention (issues with the administration and budget cuts, for example). Take a look at the list of clubs available; clubs grow out of student interests.
Remember, it is all about fit. While one student will see the gym as paradise, another will look to the library. And that's what makes this search an adventure - and extremely personal. Keep in mind that if you aren't admitted to your 'perfect fit' school, there will be your second choice, and even third. And if statistics are correct, you will love the school you end up attending!

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Registration for the SAT and ACT
LWHS code: 480545 
Below are the official test dates for the SAT and ACT tests. Register online at for the SAT or for the ACT, using the LWHS code: 480545.

SAT Test 
 Test Date Registration Deadline
 May 7 April 26 (late registration)
 June 4
 May 5

ACT Test

 Test Date Registration Deadline
 June 11
 May 6

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Info for Seniors & Senior Parents

Updated Senior Countdown Calendar
There is much to do before graduation day. Need help keeping track? Check out the new Senior Graduation Events Calendar for everything you need to know. You can also view details about the graduation rehearsal and ceremony, tickets, parking and more.

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Senior Party Donations Welcome
Senior Party is still looking for donations to help make the night extra special. Gift cards or movie tickets to give away as prizes for the activities and games are welcome. Or you can donate water bottles or grocery gift cards for bus snacks. The less we have to spend on these items, the more money is available to spend on fun activities for the kids! Donated items can be dropped off in the Main Office. Please label them "Senior Party." Contact for more information.

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Senior Party Tickets on Sale During Lunch
Read the Senior Party article above in the PTSA News section.
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Lake Washington Schools Foundation

Support our Schools at Spring Fundraising Event 
Seattle Sounders Coach Sigi Schmid will speak at the Spring for Learning Breakfast scheduled for Wednesday, April 27. Sigi is the winningest coach in MLS history. Since 1999, Schmid's teams have won 11 major titles, including two MLS Cups. Schmid is a member of both the National Soccer and UCLA Hall of Fame. Schmid's niece graduated from a LWSD high school in 2013 and he has a nephew in the district. 

The Lake Washington Schools Foundation will host the 11th annual fundraising event at the Marriott Hotel at Redmond Town Center. Please join us to support a beyond-basic education for all students in LWSD. Register to attend or donate to support the event at or call (425) 936-1414 to be a table captain, corporate partner or volunteer to help make the event a success. 

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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.
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Fight the Fear Campaign
Sexual Assault Awareness Event
The Fight the Fear Campaign, founded in 2010 by local musician Brandi Carlile, is excited to announce a Sexual Assault Awareness Evening for western Washington high school girls. This free event will take place on Thursday, April 28 from 7-9pm in Roosevelt High School's Performing Arts Center. Girls will learn to recognize the red flags that often precede assault, as well as the assertive communication, self-defense, de-escalation, and boundary setting skills that are a proven deterrent to violence. Guests will hear from survivors, including Jennifer Hopper, whose story is the subject of Eli Sanders's new book While the City Slept. To get tickets for this free event, please visit our News/Events page at

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Summer SAT and ACT Prep Courses
ACT and SAT prep courses will be taught over summer at local high Schools. Find out more  and register at
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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.bottomofpage