Lake Washington High School PTSA Newsletter     
            
 
           June 8, 2016 | Issue 20
     
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~ Upcoming Events ~
 
TODAY! 
12th Grade Laptop Check-in &
Senior Check-out Form Deadline
Wednesday, June 8, Library 

TODAY! Return Borrowed Calculators 
Wednesday, June 8, Library 
 
TODAY! Moving Up Ceremony
Wednesday, June 8, 11:30-12:30pm, Gym

TODAY! Kangapalooza
Wednesday, June 8, 12:30-4:30pm

TONIGHT! Band Concert
Wednesday, June 8, 7pm, Theater

TONIGHT! Senior Sunset 
Wednesday, June 8, 8pm, Baseball field
 
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, Surprise Venues
Drop off by 9:45pm at LWHS
Pick up Friday, June 10 about 5:45am at LWHS

Diploma Pick Up
Friday, June 10, starting at 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 details of events for seniors in Kang Crier #18


~ Important Summer Dates ~

Picture Day/ASB Cards and Fees
11th & 12th Grades - Thursday, August 25
9th & 10th Grades - Friday, August, 26

Freshman/New Student Orientation
Wednesday, August 31, 9am

Back-to-School BBQ
Wednesday, August 31, 5:30-7:30pm, front of school

First Day of School
Tuesday, September 6

 

From the Principal
Thank you for a wonderful school year! As we wind down this year, we are already planning for next year. We will be making small adjustments to our schedule based on student and staff feedback: We will move our intervention period to Thursdays instead of Tuesdays; our block days next year will be on Wednesday and Thursday instead of Tuesday and Wednesday; and we will also move Friday's tutorial time to Mondays. I am sure this will be more clear when you actually see it, but just be aware that there will be an adjustment for next year. The new schedule will be published on our website sometime after school is out.

For your planning purposes, our Picture/ASB Cards & Fees Days will be Thursday, August 25 and Friday, August 26. This is the time to get everything ready for the new school year - school pictures are taken, ORCA cards are distributed, and fees can be paid for ASB cards, parking passes, yearbooks and more. These items can also be purchased online on the school website. New this year, we will have athletic registration online as well.

Have a wonderful summer! See you in August.

Christina Thomas, Principal

 

PTSA News

The Award Goes to...
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At the Volunteer Tea on June 1, the LWHS PTSA presented two awards, the Golden Acorn and the Outstanding Educator/Golden Kang. Along with their award pin and certificate, each winner received a handmade wooden pen engraved with their name made especially for them by our Materials Science students. A donation to the Washington State PTA Scholarship Program will be made on behalf of the recipients of these awards.

Golden Acorn Award
The Golden Acorn Award is presented to a volunteer who goes above and beyond what's expected and makes a difference for our students and our school. 
At Lake Washington High School we are lucky to have many parents who are extremely generous with their time and energy. So, a big thank you to all of our nominees: Deborah Cossey, Tony East, Liz Hedreen, Jody Lallas, Karen Peters, Judy Shedd and Gordon Walsh.

And an enormous thank you to our winner: Liz HedreenLiz is warm and welcoming, an extremely hard worker, the consummate professional and good at dealing with conflict. She is always willing to hear other's opinions. She works hard to understand what needs the school has and how the PTSA can help to fill them. She helped establish the College Workshop programs, the $50 Teacher Fund, the popular "Coffee with Christina" and was instrumental in reviving the Kang Crier and turning it into a superb newsletter that is widely read and valued by our parents. She is leaving the PTSA Board in excellent shape because she has treated her volunteer positions as a paid job. She is a tireless volunteer and because of her, our students and staff are much better off.

Outstanding Educator/Golden Kang Award
An Outstanding Educator is someone who goes beyond the normal expectations of their job to make the learning environment fun, beneficial and challenging. This year's nominees all deserve recognition and thanks for all they do for our students: Jeremy Cromer, Michael Dawson, Lynette Larson, Julie Madsen, Terry Terich, Christina Thomas and Josh Tuggle.

And the winner of the Golden Kang award is: Jeremy CromerJeremy embodies every characteristic an excellent educator should possess: enthusiasm, firsthand knowledge of his subject, class management skills, and the desire to provide ongoing opportunities for his students to use critical thinking to learn and problem solve. 

His engineering class exposes students to a wide range of concepts including science applications and standard engineering software programs. He has adapted an accredited 5-year program to fit the needs of the LWHS students, reducing it to three years of classes. Mr. Cromer's passion for engineering is rivaled only by his passion to teach engineering to the students at LWHS.

With the robotics team, Jeremy inspired a group of technically minded kids to push the boundaries of their talent by creating a safe environment for exploration, socialization, and teamwork. In St. Louis, he put in long hours (often 18-hour days) dealing with a ton of tricky logistics to ensure that everyone was safe, fed, and content - yet somehow remained composed and patient through it all.

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Staff Appreciated Around the World
Last month parents and students showed our wonderful Kang staff how much we appreciate them! The Leadership class made great posters to hang out front and in the Commons. The PTSA Staff Appreciation committee, with the help of many parent donations, took staff on travels around the world with each day of the week being represented with food and decor from a different country.

In addition to snacks and treats, PTSA volunteers and Leadership students joined forces to visit all homeroom classes, administration offices and the kitchen to give staff a lei and a round of applause. They also passed out blank notecards for students to write thank you notes - hundreds were turned in and placed in staff mailboxes which was a very meaningful way to communicate to the staff about what a difference they make! 

 


                         



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Kang Crier Will Resume in August
This is the last issue of the Kang Crier for this school year. 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 and the Kang Crier
Each fall in the link to 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 of their image be published. If your child is in a group photo, they will be deleted from that photo. The Kang Crier newsletter goes out primarily to LWHS families, but any member of the public may 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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Kang Sports

Boys Golf Competed at State
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Congratulations to sophomores Eric Jessen, Riley Pluth and Matt Uhrich. All three qualified last fall to play in the state golf tournament in Spokane May 24 and 25. The boys finished strong on the first day, making the cut to play the second day, and finished 9th as a team. Well done, Kangs!

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LWHS News & Activities

Kangapalooza is Today!
Wednesday, June 8, 12:30-4:30pm
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All LWHS students are invited to the football field directly following the Moving Up Ceremony 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 toy MUST be wearing a wristband obtained by bringing in a completed permission slip. Permission slips are available online and in the Main Office. Wristbands will be available at the event (with a signed permission form), but there may be a 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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Two LWHS Teachers Honored by UW
The University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering (UW CSE) program recognized six LWSD teachers, two of them from LWHS. UW CSE undergraduate students nominate their most inspirational high school or community college teachers from any discipline. Congratulations to Milo Dullum and Lisa Martinez!

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Get Your Kang Gear Before it's Gone
The Sale is on Now!
Need a gift for a grad? How about something for your senior to remember good times at LW? Maybe Kang gear for your 8th grader, so they're ready for high school? Whatever the occasion, you'll find something special at the student store sale

To arrange a time to make a purchase, or for more information, please contact Lynnette Larson or 
Lindsay Haney

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Today! Return Day for Borrowed Calculators
Students who borrowed an LWHS graphing calculator for the school year should return them to the Library today, Wednesday, June 8. Students who do not return their borrowed calculators will be fined $120. 

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Laptop Check-in Today and Next Week
Volunteers Still Needed to Help
Now is the time to have your student check their laptop 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 today, while freshmen, 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. Sign up to help.
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Yearbook Deadlines for Class of 2017
If your student will be a senior next year, make a note of these important yearbook deadlines. 
The 2016-17 yearbook editors would hate for anyone to miss out on these opportunities. 

Yearbook Item

Senior Baby Ads
Deadline

Wednesday, October 5 
Method of Submission

Hand deliver to the ASB office
Senior Quotes
Friday, October 7
Submit on Haiku in the fall
Senior Portraits
Friday, January 6
Upload 1 file to Josten's (watch for details on the school website starting around June 16)


2016-17 yearbooks will be available for purchase for $65 from fall through January 20, 2017. Watch for more details in the Kang Crier next fall.
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Counseling Center

Fall Schedules
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Incoming freshmen will pick up their schedules on the first day of school either outside the main entry or in the Commons. All other students will be able to view and print their schedules from Skyward (through Parent Access on the school website) the day before school begins. 

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Farewell, Seniors
Our seniors leave behind four years of academics, involvement in extra-curricular activities and athletics, and special friendships. This is a lot to leave behind! Most seniors feel this "loss" at the Moving Up Ceremony or at Graduation. The upside of this is that the majority of our seniors have plans for the fall - they are continuing their academic and social growth.

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
Any direction you choose.

You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.

from Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

It's been a pleasure working with the seniors this year. We're happy for their successes at Lake Washington High School, and we look forward to hearing about their continued successes in the years to come. Parents should feel equally proud of all their effort to provide encouragement and support. I know we could not have been as effective without help from parents. Congratulations to all!

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Info for Seniors & Senior Parents

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!
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2016 Senior Party - All You Need to Know
We're looking forward to a fun and safe, all-night celebration tomorrow night after Graduation! It is imperative that both parents and graduates read and understand our guidelines and rules before the party. (Partygoers must have a previously purchased ticket.) 

Contact the Senior Party Committee at 2016LWSeniorParty@gmail.com 
for more information. 

Enjoy the party!
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Last Child Graduating from LW?
Unsubscribe from the Kang Crier
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If your senior is your last student at LWHS, you may wish to unsubscribe from the Kang Crier. Because we do not know whether parents of seniors have more kids at LWHS, we do not automatically unsubscribe parents of seniors from our email list. You will find the SafeUnsubscribe link at the very bottom of this newsletter.
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Senior Countdown Calendar
See the full details in the May 18 issue of the Kang Crier and on the school website.

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LW Tech Info Session for Grads
Lake Washington Institute of Technology will be holding an information session for fall admissions on Wednesday, June 22, 6pm on their campus. This session is for high school graduates and will cover scholarships, financial aid, hands-on technical programs and more. For more information view the info session flyer, the scholarship flyer and LWtech.edu.
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Lake Washington Schools Foundation

Letter from Executive Director
As the school year draws to a close, I'd like to take a moment to thank everyone for supporting the Foundation this year. With your help we were able to support programs - such as the New Teacher Support Program, AVID, and LINKS Mentoring - that help students succeed in school and in life. We're excited about working with you again next year. Be sure to check back in the fall for our 2016-17 program announcements. 

Thank you for making a difference. Have a great summer. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Larry Wright 
Executive Director 
Lake Washington Schools Foundation 

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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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