Lake Washington High School PTSA Newsletter     
            
 
           June 1, 2016 | Issue 19
     
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~ Upcoming Events ~
 
TODAY! Yearbook Distribution
Wednesday, June 1, after school in the Commons 

Biology EOC Exam
Thursday, June 2, 8am

Limited Yearbooks for Sale for $75
Friday, June 3, after school at the Cashier's Window
 
Senior Prom
Saturday, June 4, 8-11pm, Columbia Tower

Senior Salute
Tuesday, June 7, 7-9pm, Gym & Commons

Laptop Check-in for 12th Grade
Wednesday, June 8, Library 
 
Kangapalooza
Wednesday, June 8, 12:30-4:30pm

Senior Breakfast & Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal
Thursday, June 9 
Breakfast: 8am, Commons
Rehearsal: 9-11am, Gym  
 
Graduation*
Thursday, June 9, 5pm, Key Arena

Senior Party
Thursday, June 9, 10:30pm - Friday, June 10, 6am

Laptop Check-in for Grades 9-11
Monday, June 13 and Tuesday, June 14, Library 
 
Last Day of School - Half-Day
Wednesday, June 15

* See full list of events for seniors below in the Senior Info section   
 

From the Co-Presidents
June is here, and that means our seniors are gearing up for their big day and the PTSA is gearing up for the big celebrations! What a journey for these kids, and what exciting things they are embarking upon. But first - the parties! Senior Salute will be held on Tuesday, June 7, 7-9pm here at LW. It is a celebration for the kids and their families and gives everyone a chance to savor the moment in a relaxed way, with family and friends and neighbors. (See more details below.) Then on to Senior Party! Kids will gather at the school at 10pm on graduation night, Thursday, June 9, to be whisked away for all-night fun and games. Parents can go to bed knowing that their kids are safe and are having an unforgettable time with their friends and fellow graduates. It's a win-win!

Freshman, sophomores and juniors will all be a step closer to this exciting moment, and we parents will shake our head and wonder how they all got so big.

Enjoy your summer!
Liz Hedreen and Anne Ryan
LWHS PTSA Co-Presidents

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Thank You!
  • Thank you to our PTSA members - we cannot exist without you!
  • Thank you to the many, many volunteers and donors - we can't put on the programs without your time and efforts and your financial support.
  • Thank you to the teachers and staff - your partnership with us helps ensure that what we do is relevant and on target.
  • Thank you to the committee chairs and members - you make it happen!
  • Thank you PTSA Board of Directors - you rock!
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PTSA News

The Year in Review
What a Year! What did your PTSA do all year? So glad you asked! Below is what we provided for students, staff and parents this school year.

Opportunities to get informed: 
  • Five "Coffee with Christina" events, Five PTSA Membership meetings with principal Q&A (with food provided by the Hospitality committee)
  • Five Parent Education sessions on topics ranging from college prep information to how  parents should talk to their kids about drug use
  • 20 Kang Crier newsletters and many Kang Postcard reminders
  • Advocacy information about the bond and other legislative issues
  • Student directory
  • Informative PTSA Website
  • Kangs in the News bulletin board (in the attendance office)
Opportunities to come together and celebrate:
  • Back-to-School BBQ
  • Senior Salute
  • Senior Party
  • Awards for outstanding educator and outstanding volunteers
  • Staff appreciation activities throughout the year
Opportunities for students to get free and low-cost pre-college help:
  • Four "Fear-Free" practice SAT/ACT test opportunities, provided at low and no cost 
  • Free after school college application essay support, with lunch provided
  • Free after school "mini-seminars" on college and post-high school topics
  • Four $1,000 scholarships awarded to four deserving seniors
Grants:
  • $7,000 awarded to teachers and staff for things ranging from books to a kiln, from materials in the Culinary Arts program to support for Kangapalooza
  • $2,500 awarded to clubs and ASB activities
  • $2,000 granted to teachers, up to $50 apiece, for a variety of things that they would probably pay for out of their own pockets
  • $2,500 granted to the Counseling Department for students-in-need
For all students:
  • Reflections - a national PTA art competition (Did we mention we have a National winner in our midst?)
  • School Beautification - $1,000 and lots of hours spent making our grounds more attractive
  • Emergency Prep supplies
  • Miscellaneous supplies including: paper for student printers, hand sanitizer, snacks, bandages, kleenex, kleenex and more kleenex!

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Halfway There on Senior Salute Donations
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Thank you very much to those who have already offered to bring food to this year's Senior Salute celebration - we're about halfway there on what we need. Senior Salute is on Tuesday, June 7, less than a week away.  The organizers are still looking for volunteers to provide decaffeinated and regular coffee, strawberries and cookies. All donations should be dropped off at the school on June 7 at the times given here. The coffee should be taken to the Commons between 7:15 and 7:45pm; the reception begins at 8pm. Cookies and fruit can be dropped off in the Commons anytime from 2:30 to 6:30pm. Sign up and get details on the Senior Salute Donations page
 
Email questions or comments to LWHS2016SeniorSalute@gmail.com.
Thank you, from the Senior Salute Committee!
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A Successful First Year for College Application Workshop
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LWHS PTSA launched a new program this year, providing college application essay support to seniors after school each Wednesday throughout the application season. Based on the successful Bellevue School District model, our trained volunteers assisted students with editing college application essays and personal statements and held mock interview sessions. In the spring, we presented mini-seminars for sophomores and juniors covering 11 topics. These seminars were attended by over 200 students! It might have been the pizza we served, but we like to think they learned a bit as well.
 
Call for Volunteers for 2016-2017 School Year
To meet growing demand, next year we've added a time slot during the school day to be accessible to even more students. Many thanks to LW administration and staff for their continued support of this valuable program. Please encourage your student to take advantage of our time and willingness to help when we start next yeain September. 
 
If volunteering for this program is of interest to you, we'd love to have you join us. Volunteers are especially 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. The PTSA provides training. View more details here or contact Judy Shedd to volunteer. 
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LWHS PTSA Sheeley Scholarship Recipients
Loann Nguyen, McKenzie Granston, Sarah Rose Shuer, Hugo Pontes
The Lake Washington High School PTSA is proud to announce the four recipients of the 2016 Sheeley Scholarship Award. The recipients are: Loann Nguyen, McKenzie Granston, Sarah Rose Shuer, and Hugo Pontes. The PTSA scholarship is named in honor of a beloved former school counselor, Louise Sheeley, and recognizes students for outstanding achievements in school and the community. The scholars each receive $1000 toward their college tuition. All four are bound for the University of Washington, and Granston will attend the Foster School of Business there. Congratulations, Scholars!

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Kang Crier Information
Unsubscribing after the last issue
There will be one last issue of the Kang Crier on June 8. If you no longer wish to receive the Kang Crier, you must unsubscribe yourself. We don't automatically delete any emails from our database, even for senior parents. (The "Unsubscribe" link is in the footer of every issue.)

Privacy issues & the Kang Crier
Each fall in the First Day packet, parents and guardians receive a form from the district called "Directory Withhold Form - SS100". This form has check boxes labelled "Withhold [your child's name or image] From Public Release" and "Withhold [your child's name or image] From District Use". If you check those boxes, your child will not be listed in the Kang Crier, nor will any photos including their image be published. If your child is in a group photo, they will be deleted from that photo. The Kang Crier newsletter primarily goes out to LWHS families, but any member of the public can go to our LWHS PTSA website and sign up to receive it; we also archive our newsletter on the PTSA website, which is accessible to the public. 
 
If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact the Kang Crier editors Karen Peters or Debbie Ohman at kangcrier@gmail.com.

Look for your first Kang Crier of the 2016-2017 school year in late August!
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Reflections 2016-2017
What's Your Story?
Is your student looking for an activity this summer? He or she can start working on an art project for Reflections, the national PTA arts competition. Next year's theme is What's Your Story? - judging gets underway in early fall, so why not get your student started now?  With one LWHS student's entry receiving an Award of Merit in the national round of judging this year, we know that anything is possible! For more information about art categories and rules of entry, and for details on this year's Reflections winners, visit www.lwptsa.net/reflections/.
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Kang Crier Wins Award
The LWHS PTSA newsletter, the Kang Crier, won a silver award for outstanding newsletter from the Washington State PTSA. The editors would like to thank LW teachers, staff, students, volunteers and other community members who submitted articles and provided information and photos that make it possible to produce a newsletter. Special thanks to LW data processor Kim Denning who checks each and every student name submitted to make sure they can be published.
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Teen Drug Use Presentation Well Attended and Informative
On May 18 we heard a powerful presentation from Suzanne Peterson, prevention interventionist at LWHS, on drug use in our school community. School Resource Officer Rob King and Principal Thomas also participated in the extensive question and answer session following the presentation.  For those who couldn't make it on May 18, you can read the detailed notes from the meeting here.  Further information, including details about the Good Samaritan law regarding overdoses, can be found at stopoverdose.org
 
The school is putting together a community forum on September 28 with a panel of speakers to address alcohol and drug use in our community. Watch for details in the Kang Crier next fall.
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Kang Achievements

Kang Awarded Scholarship

LWHS senior Spencer Burmester was selected winner of the Kirkland Heritage Society $2,000 Christine J. Neir Memorial Scholarship for his essay "The Lakeside Paradise." Students were asked to submit an essay about their personal experience growing up in Kirkland. Congratulations to Spencer, who will attend Chapman University next year.

From The Kirkland Reporter
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Kang Sports

Three Kangs are Seattle Times All-Area Athletes
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Three of this year's 36 Seattle Times spring all-area athletes are Kangs. Congratulations to softball utility player Tori Bivens, baseball outfielder Paul Falco and soccer defender Justin Soto. 

Go Kangs!
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LW Baseball State Champions!
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Kangs baseball parlayed a second place finish at district into a championship run for the state 3A title where they beat Lakeside 2 to 1. Our Kangs are best in the state for 2016!

Fantastic job Kangs!
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Kangs Softball Compete at State
The LW softball team played hard all season, earning a trip to the state softball championships after finishing second in the district. The girls finished in the top eight and were the highest finishing team from District 2. Well done Kangs!
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LW Athletes Place in State Track & Field Championships
Congratulations to our Kang state qualifiers:
  • Scout Callens - 200 meters
  • Alex Guerrero - discus
  • Brandon Gockel - javelin
  • Scout Callens, Ryan Clifford, DJ Mann, Chet Atuanya 4 X 100 relay, district champions
  • Thayer Davis - 400 meters
  • Georgia Romine-Black - shot put
  • Natalie Vetto - javelin, district champion
  • Brittany Blaskovich - pole vault
We're proud to announce that Natalie Vetto finished 3rd in girls javelin at the state 3A championship. The boys  4 X 100 relay team of Scout Callens, Ryan Clifford, DJ Mann, and Chet Atuanya also finished in 3rd place. In girls shot put, Georgia Romine-Black finished 6th. Way to go, Kangs! 
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LWHS News & Activities

Today! Yearbook Distribution After School
Limited Number Available for Purchase Friday
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Yearbook distribution take place today after school in the Commons. Students cannot pick up their yearbook if they have any fines. You can check the status of your student's account online through your Parent Access account.
 
If your student didn't purchase a yearbook and would like one, there are a limited number of extras that will be sold on a first come, first serve basis after school on Friday, June 3 at the Cashier's Window. The cost is $75, cash or check only, and in order to purchase, students may not have any fines. If you have any questions, please contact LWHS bookkeeper Mrs. McChesney.

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Kangapalooza 2016!
Wednesday, June 8, 12:30-4:30pm
All LWHS students are invited to the football field directly following the Moving Up assembly for some good, old-fashioned fun: carnival games, a photo booth, inflatable toys, face paint, food trucks and more! Admission and all activities and games are free. Students should bring money for food trucks.
 
Any student wishing to play on any inflatable game MUST be wearing a wristband obtained by bringing in a completed permission slip. These games include a 30-foot slide, 65-foot obstacle course, and twister extreme! Permission slips are available online, from the Main Office, or from 2nd period teachers on Thursday, June 2 and Friday, June 3. Permission slips should be returned to 2nd period teachers for a wristband on Tuesday, June 7. Wristbands will also be available at the event (with a signed permission form), but students may have to wait in line.
 
Younger students in our learning community are welcome to attend from 2:30-4:30pm, but must have an adult chaperone for every three students and have an additional permission slip completed since it is not their home school. This information was given to all middle school and elementary principals in the LWHS learning community.

 
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Is Your Student's Laptop Ready for Check-in?
Volunteers Needed!
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Here is one more item for that end-of-school to do list. With laptop check-in coming up in June, now is the time to have your student check their computer to see if there are any hardware issues such as broken or missing keys. If there are any problems, have them bring their computer to the library.
 
Seniors turn in laptops on Wednesday, June 8 while freshman, sophomores and juniors return laptops on Monday, June 13 and Tuesday, June 14. We need many volunteers to make this process go smoothly;  it's a fun opportunity to help out at school. Please sign up here to help.
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LWHS Student Trip to Europe
Spring Break 2017
Join other LWHS students on a trip to Berlin, Prague, Krakow and Budapest next year during spring break. 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. 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. You can enroll online or call 1(800) 665-5364 for tour number 1844179UY.
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Thank You for Making LW Beautiful
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Thanks to ASB leadership and Lindsay Vander Pol, nee Roger, for coordinating all the participants for LW Beautification Day on May 14. Lots of weed digging, trash picking and mulch hauling was done by over 75 kids. One student, holding a wheelbarrow heavy with mulch, said, "This is fun!". Making a place you see every day more beautiful and working with friends is fun. Great work everyone!

Karen Tollefson & Lisa Brown
PTSA School Beautification chairs

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Summer Reading for Incoming Freshmen
Incoming freshmen are required to read one book and complete an assignment over summer. Freshmen can choose from a list of ten books. Students should be prepared to discuss their book during the first week of school. See the book lists and assignment details here. 
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Counseling Center

Fall Schedule Adjustments
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Students will receive their 2016 first semester schedule on the first day of school. Every effort will be made to provide students with a schedule that includes both their required core classes as well as their requested electives. We offer courses and staff our building according to student requests. Usually we are able to schedule the majority of students into most of their requested classes. In some cases though, non-requested courses will be assigned because a particular class is full or a requested class conflicts with another class.
 
Traditionally, we are able to accommodate very few schedule changes in the fall. Additionally, all schedule changes require administrative approval. Please keep in mind that students must remain in assigned classes for the first two days of school unless the student's schedule meets one of the criteria below. We will see those students when school begins.
  • Student has a definite error or schedule conflict (i.e., two classes are scheduled during the same period or a core requirement is missing.)
  • Student failed a world language or math course second semester 2016 and needs to repeat it.
  • Student has fewer than six classes first semester. All juniors, sophomores, and freshmen must have six classes each semester. Only seniors may have early dismissal or late arrival.
If students would like to change an elective because they were placed in a class that they did not select, they will be able to download a Schedule Change Request Form after school during the first week of classes.
 
Just a reminder, the beginning of school is a very busy time of year. While we would love to immediately accommodate every student, it simply isn't possible. Following the above process and being patient will make the beginning of school less frustrating and more enjoyable.

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Moving Over the Summer?
If your student does not plan to return to LW in the fall, she or he must withdraw from LWHS before we break for summer. Please contact Amie Weaver in the Counseling Center for more information.
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Info for Seniors & Senior Parents

Six Days Until Senior Salute!  
Seniors, Wear Your Cap and Gown 
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SeniorSaluteJoin us Tuesday, June 7 at 7pm in the Gym for the 2016 Senior Salute! This traditional celebration of the graduating class includes a program from 7-8pm with musical performances, poems, student reflections and a brief speech by teacher Joshua Tuggle. A reception and refreshments follow in the Commons from 8-9pm. Be sure to bring your camera as this is your best chance to take pictures of your graduate in cap and gown at LWHS. Seniors should check-in from 6:30-6:40pm in the Choir room. They will stay there until it's time to process into the Gym to music played by the LWHS Orchestra.  
 
RSVP: Please let us know how many people will be in your party; email the graduate's name, parent's name, and number of guests - not counting the graduate - to LWHS2016SeniorSalute@gmail.com.

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Final Transcript Request Reminder
All seniors must submit the purple "Final Transcript Request" form that they have already received. Regardless of where the student is headed after graduation, each senior must notify us of their plans. If students are unclear regarding their fall commitment, they should have a final transcript sent to their home address. Please check with your senior to make sure that this form has been submitted to the Counseling Center. Final transcripts will be mailed to colleges, or wherever requested, by Friday, July 1. 
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Senior Countdown Calendar
Below is a list of important dates for seniors. See the full details in the May 4 issue of the Kang Crier and on the school website.
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Senior Prom - Saturday, June 4 at the Columbia Tower Club from 8-11pm  graduate_students_diplomas.jpg
 
Senior Check-out Form Pickup - Monday, June 6 from 7:30-8:10am

Senior Finals - Monday, June 6 and Tuesday, June 7 at 8:15am

Senior Salute - Tuesday, June 7 from 7-9pm in the Commons
 
Laptop Turn-in/ Check-in Form Deadline - Wednesday, June 8

Moving Up Ceremony - Wednesday, June 8 from 11:30am-12:30pm in the Gym

Kangapalooza - Wednesday, June 8, 12:30-4:30pm, LWHS
 
Senior Sunset - Wednesday, June 8 at 8pm on the baseball field
 
Senior Breakfast - Thursday, June 9 from 8-9am in the Commons
 
Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal - Thursday, June 9, from 9-11am in the Gym

Graduation Tickets - distributed immediately after rehearsal (see below)

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

Senior Party - Thursday, June 9 after graduation - students will leave LWHS on buses around 10:30pm and return Friday, June 10 at 6am

Diploma Pick Up - Friday, June 10, starting at 6am at LWHS

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Graduation Tickets
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Each senior will receive 10 tickets during graduation rehearsal on Thursday, June 9. If you are expecting more than 10 guests, extra tickets can be picked up at that time from the counselors.  
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Lake Washington School District

LWSD Summer School Art Offerings
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Art 1: We are offering an Art 1 class at summer school. It's a fun way for students to earn .5 credits of their 2.0 Fine Arts credits required for graduation, and a far more meaningful experience than your typical art summer camp. No experience necessary, but experienced students will be taught at their level. It's also a great way to retrieve a generic credit if  that is holding a student back from graduating.

AP Jumpstart: Future AP students or any experienced art students can get a head start on their portfolio in an AP Jumpstart class that is also offered this summer.
 
Please visit the LWSD Summer School webpage for a full schedule of course offerings, pricing and other important information. Email Steve Okun if you have questions about the art classes.
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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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Free Test Prep & Tutoring Online
Need help preparing for the SAT or Subject Tests? Need help with math, chemistry, physics or other subjects? You can get help for free online at kahnacademy.org
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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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