Lake Washington High School PTSA Newsletter     
            
 
           May 4, 2016 | Issue 17
     
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~ Upcoming Events ~
 
TODAY! Coffee with Christina
Wednesday, May 4, 9-10am, College & Career Center
   
Senior Party Ticket Sales & Bus Signups
Today - Friday, May 6, during lunch

AP Exams
Monday, May 2 - Friday, May 13
Morning Exams - 7am; Afternoon Exams - 11:30am

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

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

LWHS Beautification Day
Saturday, May 14, 9am-noon

Prom Tickets on Sale
Monday, May 16 - Wednesday, June 1, Cashier's Window

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

College Prep Mini-Seminar: Enjoy Your Summer AND Plan for College Wednesday, May 18, 12:40pm, College & Career Center

PTSA General Membership Meeting

Wednesday, May 18, 7pm, Library

Brown Bag Lunch: Legislative Wrap-Up
Thursday, May 19, 12-1pm, LWSD Resource Center
 
  
 

From the Co-Presidents
We are so happy to be able to report on the passage of the LWSD bond! This is great news for the district in general, and great news for LWHS as this paves the way for the 2018 bond that is slated to include a new wing for our school.  Many people worked long and extremely hard to make this bond pass, a gigantic thank you to them! Thank you as well to all those who voted in favor of the bond.

The LWHS PTSA is busy gearing up for our end of year senior celebrations, and looking ahead to next year's. If you are the parent of a junior this year, we need parents to get involved now in the Senior Party 2017. See article below.

This week is Staff Appreciation Week and our staff appreciation committee is pulling out the stops to let our teachers and staff know how much we appreciate everything they do for our children. We are fortunate to live in a community that has such great educational opportunities for our kids, and the time, care, and effort that our teachers and LWHS staff put in is a huge factor in those opportunities. Thank you to the army of parents who are donating food and time to make this celebration special!

Still lots of events and activities to come in the remaining weeks... stay informed!

LWHS PTSA Co-Presidents


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PTSA News

Today! This Year's Final 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. Come 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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Last Chance to Nominate an Outstanding Volunteer or Educator
Nominations Due Friday, May 6
If you know of an amazing volunteer or fantastic teacher or staff member and you would like to see  them recognized, please take a moment now to nominate them. The PTSA awards the Golden Acorn to a deserving volunteer and the Golden Kang to an outstanding teacher or staff member who goes beyond expectations in their work at LWHS.

You can turn in Golden Acorn nomination forms and Golden Kang nomination forms to Mili Nelson in the Main Office or email them to sarah@munsil.com. Feel free to nominate more than one volunteer and staff member for these awards, use multiple forms if needed. Encourage your student to nominate their favorite teachers or staff. 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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Ticket Sales and Bus Signups Now at Lunch
Senior Party Just Five Weeks Away!
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Senior Party is an LWHS tradition, and it's a once-in-a-lifetime evening where graduates celebrate with their classmates in a fun, safe way: alcohol- and drug-free, and well-chaperoned. For more information, check out the LWHS PTSA website.
Ticket Sales - Tickets are on sale during lunch through Friday, May 6; cash and checks made payable to LWHS PTSA are accepted. Tickets can also be purchased anytime online at lwhsptsa.org. The online registration form
has more information about scholarship assistance. Tickets are currently $165; prices rise to $180 on Friday, May 20. 

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 are happening during lunch this week.

Any questions, contact 2016LWSeniorParty@gmail.com.

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We Need You for LW Beautification Day
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Bring your gloves and garden tools, it's time for another LW Beautification Day!  On Saturday, May 14, 9am-noon, all students, staff and parents are encouraged to come and help clean up the school grounds to make LW as beautiful as it can be. We'll be weeding, pruning, spreading mulch, and picking up trash. Be sure to bring gloves, hand pruners, heavy rakes and shovels - we'll mark all tools to make sure they are returned. Come when you can, stay as long as you can. 

For more information contact PTSA Beautification Chairs Karen Tollefson and Lisa Brown.
 

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SeniorParty20172017 Senior Party Chair Needed!
Other PTSA Volunteer Positions Available
While this school year is winding down, the wheels are already in motion for the year to come. The PTSA has an opening for a Vice-President of Communications, and there will be some committees in need of a chair to continue the support and enrichment PTSA brings to our students and school. One critical need is for a committee of "Class of 2017" parents to chair and plan the Senior Party - planning for this event begins this month. If you are interested in getting involved, find more information on our website or contact Mindy Lincicome. Watch for a Senior Party 2017 planning meeting the week of May 23!
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Final PTSA College Prep Mini-Seminar - 
Especially for Juniors
The final mini-seminar of the year, Enjoy Your Summer AND Plan for College, will be held Wednesday, May 18, 12:40pm in the College & Career Center. This talk is designed especially for juniors so they will be ready when college applications open this summer.
 
As we head into summer, we want students to have fun but also be aware of the applications and essays that open during the summer. These include the Common Application; the new Coalition College Application, which UW will be using; the Universal College Application; and other applications that individual schools have.
 
Students will learn how to make an account for these applications, what is included in each one and what the essay topics are. Even if your student is not sure where they are applying, send them to the talk to get an early look at the work ahead and ask any questions that they may have. Pizza and dessert is provided!
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Brown Bag Lunch: Legislative Wrap-Up
Please join us for a lively and bipartisan discussion about education policy and funding on Thursday, May 19, 12-1pm at the LWSD Resource Center. Come hear from all of our 45th District legislators about policy successes from the last session in Olympia, and get a first glimpse of the challenges and hopes for policy and funding progress in next fall's session. Learn what you can do as parents and community members to make a difference and influence education at the state level. Don't miss this opportunity to ask questions and get to know some of our elected officials.
Speakers:
Senator Andy Hill, 45th District
Rep. Larry Springer, 45th District
Rep. Roger Goodman,  45th District

From lwptsa.net
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PTSA Membership Meeting
Wednesday, May 18, 7pm, Library
Please join us for our final PTSA Membership Meeting on Wednesday, May 18, at 7pm in the Library. Business will include approval of our budget and standing rules, our financial report and more. Principal Christina Thomas will give a report on what's going on at school and will answer questions from parents. We are working to get a speaker to talk to parents about drug awareness, but haven't finalized details yet. Please check back on the LWHS PTSA website for more updated information. We will send out a reminder on Monday, May 16 with a final agenda.

If you have any questions, contact LWHS PTSA Co-Presidents Liz Hedreen and Anne Ryan.  

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LWHS News & Activities

Little Shop of Horrors Opens Friday! 
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.

Performances are Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7; and Friday, May 13
and Saturday, May 14 at the LWHS Theater. Doors open at 6:30pm and the performance begins at 7pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. Come see our talented students!

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Berlin, Prague, Krakow and Budapest
Spring Break 2017
Join other LWHS students on a trip to Berlin, Prague, Krakow and Budapest - Spring Break 2017!
Travel through the Iron Curtain and World War II to Gothic cathedrals and ancient cities that are now more vibrant than ever. Berlin mixes historical significance, rich culture and an exciting cosmopolitan energy. Prague, which escaped the bombs of World War II, woos you with old-world charm. And in Krakow and Budapest, two of Europe's most underrated cities, architectural gems await around every corner. This tour 
will explore the culture and history of these amazing locations. School credit is available. You can enroll online or by calling 1 (800) 665-5364. Our tour number is 1844179UY. If you have any questions about the trip please do not hesitate to contact the trip leaders: Erin Day in Room 232, Sara Ray in the Counseling Office or Jared Greenwood in Room 332.

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Save the Dates for Next Year's Homecoming
Put these dates on your calendars, Kangs. Next year's Homecoming football game will be on Friday, October 14 and the dance will be Saturday, October 15. More information and details will come, but now you can set these days aside for this fun and exciting high school tradition. 
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Counseling Center

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

SAT Test 
 
 Test Date Registration Deadline
 June 4
 May 5





ACT Test

 
 Test Date Registration Deadline
 June 11
 May 6

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Advanced Placement Examinations
Advanced Placement exams are scheduled for Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 15. Students picked up their AP Packets on April 22 which lists their exams and test locations. They will need their AP number (from the AP Packet) and photo ID in order to check in. Check in begins at 7am for morning exams, 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. Students are strongly encouraged to read the Bulletin for Parents and Students for a list of what to do and what to take to the exams. Having a good night's sleep and nutritional breakfast and being aware of the time and location, what materials to bring, and the testing procedures will help reduce test anxiety. These students have worked hard all year to prepare for their exams. Good luck to each of them!

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Info for Seniors & Senior Parents

Upcoming Senior Activities
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The end of the year is fast approaching and June is especially busy for seniors. Here are some important dates for your calendar.

Prom is Saturday, June 4 at the Columbia Tower Club from 8:30-11pm. Prom tickets will be on sale at the cashier's window starting Monday, May 16 for $45 each. Prices go up to $55 each starting on Monday, May 23 and will only be sold until Wednesday, June 1. ALL student fines must be paid before tickets can be purchased. If you're buying for your date, make sure to have them pay off their fines! If you want to bring a date from another school, make sure to have them complete the Dance Guest Pass form and have it with you to purchase the tickets. This form can also be found on Haiku.

Senior Salute is the evening of Tuesday, June 7 from 7-8:30pm in the Commons. This celebration  includes student performances, refreshments and plenty of photo ops featuring graduating seniors in cap-and-gown splendor.
 
Senior Sunset is Wednesday, June 8 at 8pm on the baseball field. This tradition is open to all LW seniors as a time to hang out and watch the sunset together. There will be time to sign yearbooks, as well as play games such as Bocce, Spike Ball, Twister, Corn Hole and Ladder Golf. It is encouraged that students bring blankets and sweatshirts.
 
Senior Breakfast is Thursday, June 9 starting at 8am in the Commons. This is a free breakfast and celebration to honor the seniors. All seniors are encouraged to attend! Graduation rehearsal is immediately following the breakfast. Parent volunteers would be greatly appreciated for set up and serving; we'll need about ten volunteers from 7-10am. Please contact Senior President Dylan Bacher if you are interested in helping.
 
Graduation Rehearsal is Thursday, June 9, directly following Senior Breakfast, from 9-11am in the Gym. This rehearsal is mandatory for all seniors walking in graduation.
 
Graduation Tickets will be given out immediately after rehearsal (see above). Students will each be given ten tickets for graduation upon completion of rehearsal. If students need more tickets, extras will be distributed after each graduate has received their initial ten tickets.

Graduation is Thursday, June 9 at 5pm at Key Arena in Seattle. Congratulations, Kangs!

Senior Party is Thursday, June 9 after graduation - students will leave LWHS on buses around 10:30pm and return Friday, June 10 at 6am. The Senior Party is a safe and fun-filled all-night party - and an LWHS tradition! See the Senior Party article in this issue.
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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 2016LWSeniorParty@gmail.com 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 School District

$398 Million LWSD Bond Passing!
Thank you for supporting your schools! The LWSD bond measure passed on April 26 with over 65.4% voting to approve the measure - surpassing the required 60% super-majority.

The first projects scheduled for work with bond funding will be new modular buildings for Explorer Community School, to be completed by fall 2017, and two new elementary schools - including Peter Kirk Elementary, which will open in the fall of 2018.

"We are truly grateful for the support for education from our communities," said Dr. Traci Pierce,
superintendent. "It has been a true community effort. I want to recognize the efforts of the Lake
Washington Citizens Levy Committee, a group of parents, staff and community members who have
worked tirelessly on behalf of students and this measure. They are amazing advocates for students,
families and our community."
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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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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 satprep.org.

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