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 Westside Weekly - Friday, May 17, 2013
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In this issue:

News This Week
Counseling Office
Activities and Clubs
Just for Seniors

This week at a glance:

Saturday, May 18th

  • Prom 8:30 - 11:30pm

  • Grounds cleanup @ noon

Sunday, May 19th

  • 5K Race

Tuesday, May 21st

  • After School Study Hall

Wednesday, May 22nd

  • PTSA meeting 7pm

Thursday, May 23rd

  • After School Study Hall

Friday. May 24th

  • No School

Exciting News This Week

Final and Most Important PTSA Meeting Of The Year

Please come to the last PTSA meeting of the year on Wednesday, May 22nd at 7:00 pm in the school library.  Come to recognize the wonderful volunteers and educators who've won Golden Acorn awards.  And, we'll be adopting next year's budget and voting for officers.  We'll have important updates on the West Seattle 5K and auction.  And some other good stuff too.  
The proposed nominations and budget are attached.  We're still looking for a Building Leadership Team (BLT) representative and a Vice-President for next year, so email me if you are interested in volunteering for either of these positions.

Board Nominations 2013-2014

Proposed 2013-2014 budget
Tracy Burrows
PTSA President

No School Friday May 24th and Monday May 27th in Observance of Memorial Day

Seattle Works Day @ West Seattle High School!

Saturday, May 18th
12:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Meet at the west parking lot courtyard entrance at West Seattle High School.  20 to 30 volunteers will beautify the grounds by weeding and mulching. 
West side -- landscape and raised beds along the building face, and at school’s street-side sign.
North side -- landscape around historic main entrance.
East side -- Students will focus on the demonstration rain garden and school gardens.
School students, staff and parents are welcome to join in.  Please RSVP to Janet Jones, ws_janet@msn.com.
Around the Seattle area, over 1,300 volunteers will pitch in at over 30 sites performing a wide array of projects.

Seattle Schools has participated in Seattle Works Day since the first Seattle Works Day over 20 years ago! Seattle Works Day is a major fundraiser for Seattle Works – SW volunteers actually pay to volunteer! And they receive a nice t-shirt as part of the event. However, we do not expect school-based volunteers to pay to volunteer at WSHS (and consequently, you also do not get a t-shirt.)
Seattle Works’ mission and vision: Seattle Works connects volunteers, develops emerging leaders and inspired dialogue. It is an organization that promotes volunteerism and community participation.

Don’t Drip and Drive. Fix That Leak! Last Class!

Are you nervous when you take your car into the mechanic? Want your car inspected for free?Learn more about your car, including if it has an oil or other fluid leak at a FREE Auto Leaks Class. It’s a $125 value.
To register go to http://www.ecy.wa.gov/fixcarleaks.html.
The Department of Ecology and Seattle Public Utilities has teamed up with West Seattle High School’s Automotive Program to offer free monthly auto leaks workshops to help Puget Sound residents learn more about their cars and make sound choices for Puget Sound.
Join the experts at West Seattle High School’s Automotive Center for our next class on Saturday, May 18. The class is from 9 am to 1 pm.
All class participants will have their cars put on a lift and receive an inspection. You’ll see if you have any leaks and where they might happen. You’ll leave the workshop with a car maintenance check  kit and the confidence to talk to your mechanic about any repairs you need to make and their cost.
Watch our video and hear what past participants have to say:www.youtube.com/FixOilLeaks.
Hurry now! Space is limited. To register go to http://www.ecy.wa.gov/fixcarleaks.html.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Justine  Asohmbom
Stormwater & Shorelines Education Manager for Puget Sound
WA Department of Ecology
Cell: 425-495-1569
Fax: 425-649-7098

Annual Family Symposium: Building Bridges for Summer Learning

We at Seattle Public Schools are committed to preparing all of our students to graduate ready for college, careers and life. A component of this commitment is strengthening School Family and Community Partnerships Districtwide. We would like to invite you to participate at our Annual Building Bridges for Summer Learning Family Symposium scheduled for Saturday, May 18 at Garfield High School.

The goal of our Building Bridges for Summer Learning Family Symposium is to support our families in helping their children avoid summer learning loss. At this important event, we will provide workshops for families on Literacy, Math, Early Learning, Brain Development, Special Education, Advanced Learning, College and Careers, Career and Technical Education and much more. There will also be a resource fair where students can learn about free programs provided by community based organizations to support student learning during the summer.  

10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 18
Garfield High School
400 23rd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122

  • Interpretation Services will be available in our top eight languages
  • Supervised child activities for ages 4 and up
  • Light breakfast and lunch will be provided
  • Community Resource Fair Interpretation services will be provided in Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, Chinese, Tagalog, Oromo, Amharic and Tigrigna.
  • Please call me or email if you have any questions or need further information about this important event.

Respectfully, Bernardo  

Bernardo Ruiz Director of School-Family Partnerships and Equity & Race Relations Office of the Superintendent  Seattle Public Schools Tel:   206.252.0693 Fax:  206.252.0957 “For these are all of our children.  We will either profit by, or pay for, whatever they become.” ~James Baldwin


ProStart Cooking Competition

Students Elliette Kee and Emily Austin created a slideshow with music of the pictures they took at our recent Cutting Edge cooking competition. Enjoy!



Seattle Skills Center Summer School 2013

Seattle Skills Center Summer School – now taking applications. Skills Center summer school is open to 9-12th graders and is free. Most programs run from June 17th – July 8th. For details and specifics see application: http://skillscenter.seattleschools.org/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/3679205/File/Summer%20Program%2012-13%20Application.pdf?sessionid=f68437362bca8681265e047d3ce3c0e9

or go to Seattle Skills Center site in High Schools on the SeattleSchools.org pages.

Questions: Deanna Gallichan: dmgallichan@seattleschools.org  


Have Something School Related You'd Like to See Added to The Westside Weekly?

We've added a new email address and set up a link to it on West Seattle High School's main web page!  This is exciting because now YOU have the ability to submit information about what our amazing students are doing as well as let the community know of a sport or school club community event, fundraiser or ???  We hope you will use this email to send us some great news stories but also input on things you'd like to see in the Westside Weekly.  Your contributions, suggestions and comments are always appreciated.

Go to www.westseattlehs.seattleschools.org and click on the link "click here to contact WSHS Webmaster" or send an email directly to wshswebmaster@seattleschools.org



Links to Learning

Be ready for the required graduation exams!  Practice, study, and practice some more!

Here is a link to an online preparation program for the High School Proficiency Exam for Reading and the End of Course Exams in Math and Science.
User name: wseattlehs
Password: 9532

Updates from the Counselors

Progress Reports Were Sent Home Last Week

Juniors, It's Time To Start Planning Your Next Steps After High School

The counselors are planning their annual College Series for the Class of 2014.  This year they are really excited to team with College Access Now staff to entice students with the many possibliities of college and beyond.  They will discuss 2 year, 4 year and tech school options.

Week of May 20th:  Connecting to Connect.edu.  Students will be re-introduced to the many possibilities available on the college search engine, connect.edu

Week of May 27th:  College Admissions Game.  Students will take on the role of college admission personnel in deciding what students they would admit to their particular college

June 6th:  Late Arrival Day.  True/false questions will be posted arount the school regarding financial aid.  School will be decorated with information gathered from staff regarding where they graduated from college, advice offered etc.  Presentation/discussion with recent WSHS alumni regarding their experience in 2yr/4yr college/tech school. 

Click HERE For a List of Summer Camps and Classes

Mark Your Calendar for the Following Family Evening Events

Prepping for the PSAT/ACT/SAT                 Cancelled. New time TBA


College Access Now

Are you a junior or senior thinking about going to college? Are you worried about how you are going to pay for college? What about the ACT or SAT? If you’ve thought about any of these things, College Access Now can help!

We are currently enrolling juniors and seniors in the program and would love for you to join us. We will guide you through the ENTIRE college application process and will provide you with support even after graduation. Stop by Room 123G in the Library to pick up an application.

How to Contact Your Students' Counselor

Susan Nyman, smnyman@seattleschools.org, 206-252-8775

Grades 10-12 (by last name):
A – L: Marcia Berenter, mberenter@seattleschools.org, 206-252-8819
M – Z: Tara Vanselow, thvanselow@seattleschools.org, 206-252-8814

Come to your counselor before school, at lunch or after school to make an appointment.

Every student a learner; every parent a partner; every staff member a leader; every community member a mentor.


Activities and Clubs

Upcoming Events

  • Prom At Sea, May 18th, 8:30-11:30 on the Spirit of Seattle Argosy Cruise Ship
  • Spring Fling, June 1 @ WSHS Courtyard

Yearbook Purchase

For online purchases any time: https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/

  • $55 w/o ASB card
  • $50 with an ASB card
  • $35 Free/reduced lunch



Parent Social May 29th 7-8:30pm

The PTSA is hosting a parent social and auction kick off party on Wednesday May 29th from 7-8:30pm at the Alki Arts Gallery.  We will have light refreshments and beverages.  We hope to see you there!

School Road Safety Initiative

Seattle Public Schools is partnering with the City of Seattle on its School Road Safety Initiative, announced by Mayor Mike McGinn earlier in May. Our goal is to increase safety on streets near schools and make it easier for children to get to and from school safely, however families choose to travel.
This initiative will include a School Road Safety Plan, which will look at the environment on streets near schools as well as the other things that involve safety, like education, enforcement, encouragement, and more.
Please help by filling out this survey of questions related to road safety by clicking one of the links below. This survey should take between 6-10 minutes and will close on June 30.
Click the link to take the survey:
Spanish - Español


Vietnamese - Tiếng Việt

- 한국의
Somali - Af Soomaliga (Luqadda af Soomaliga)


If you have questions about the survey, please contact SchoolRoadSafety@seattle.gov.

Just For Seniors

Senior Checklist and Important Dates

Important Letter Mailed Home to Seniors

Scholarships, Scholarships, Scholarships!

If your senior is planning on attending college next year, please check out the College Scholarship page at www.westseattlehs.seattleschools.org.  There are thousands of dollars out there waiting for you! 

Sign Up For Grad Night

Senior Graduation Night Party - We have a need for 2-3 chaperones, ideally junior parents to help chaperone this senior event on June 12th, after graduation ceremony.  Please contact Jen Shaughnessy 206-399-6586 for details.  

Senior Parents - Ticket Price reduced to $100.00.  Get your student signed up now for this safe, drug/alcohol free and chaperoned celebration.  A ticket to WSHS Grad Night Party would make a great graduation gift.

Want to help support a grad who might not be able to afford to go?  Click here to donate to the PTSA Grad Night Fund.  Any amount is welcome and greatly appreciated!

Click HERE for more information.


News From the Wildcats Sports Desk

Cheer Team Tryouts – May 28-June 1

Cheer Team Tryouts May 28th thru June 1st - No Experience Required!

Tuesday and Wednesday May 28th & 29th, 3pm - 5:30pm: Students will be invited to attend open gym where they will practice cheer fundamentals.

Thursday and Friday May 30th & 31st, 3pm - 5:30pm: Students will be learning a cheer, jumps, how to be spirited and rally, a hip hop routine, and prepped for an interview.

Saturday June 1 from 10am-2pm is the actual tryout.

Athletic forms are required to tryout; please get them from Shelley Yeigh. If you have any questions
regarding costs and time commitment, please contact coach Christina Posten at caruzzine@seattleschools.org

Other information from the Athletic Department...

Baseball competing in State Playoffs!  First game this Saturday May 18th in Mount Vernon at 1pm.

WSHS day at the Mariner’s Game – June 3rd (Sunday), 7:10pm vs White Sox

Contact Gina Coats, 206-779-9793 for tickets.  Proceeds go towards helping WSHS students participate in the Safeco Classic Baseball Game at the Safe.   Please come out and support the students and have a fun day at the ball game.


From The Westside PTSA

Connect to Westside PTSA Website

Attend a PTSA meeting and learn what’s happening at school from the parent, student and administrative perspective and provide your input.

General PTSA Meetings occur during the school year. Our Principal, Ruth Medsker, and her Assistant Principals are providing strong leadership and exciting energy. Your PTSA intends to support them and make West Seattle High School the best school in the district! We urge you to be a part of our school’s transformation.

PTSA meetings

Held from 7-8:30 PM in the West Seattle High School library. To access the library, enter the building through the side door in front of the visitor parking stalls.

  • May 22, 2013 7:00pm

Board Meetings

WSHS PTSA Board meetings are held every first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm in the WSHS library and are open to the public.



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