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 Westside Weekly - Sunday, January 12, 2014
 Contact:  bacorey@seattleschools.org

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In this issue:

Events This Week
Additional News
Counseling Office
Activities and Clubs
Community Partners
Just For Seniors
Sports News
PTSA Announcements

This week at a glance:

Monday, Jan 13

Tuesday, Jan 14

  • After school study hall MASH

  • PTSA meeting 7pm

Wednesday, Jan 15

  • 2 hour early dismissal

Thursday, Jan 16

  • After school study hall MASH

Friday, Jan 17

Saturday, Jan 18

Events Happening This Week

PTSA Meeting Tuesday, January 14 at 7pm

Click HERE to view meeting agenda

SAT Class for Juniors

Juniors interested in taking an SAT Prep class should see Ms. Filippelli in Room 109 to sign up starting Monday, January 13th. The class will be held on February 4th, 11th and 25th and students must attend all three sessions. The cost will be $75 or $35 if you are on free and reduced lunch.

2 Hour Early Dismissal Wednesday, January 15th

Additional News

Early Registration is now open for the West Seattle 5K

Looking for a great way to keep that New Year’s fitness resolution and help West Seattle High School? Register for the 2014 West Seattle 5K Run/Walk! This years’ race will take place Sunday, May 18th at Alki Beach. Take advantage of early discount registration fees! The first 100 participants are automatically entered in a drawing to win a new pair of running shoes from West Seattle Runner.  Go to www.westseattle5k.com to register

Changes To Transportation

Dear Seattle Public Schools family,  

We are writing to you today with an update on transportation provided by Seattle Public Schools.  

In an effort to save money and preserve funding that directly affects our classrooms, the District was tasked with cutting the transportation budget. We are proposing several cost-saving measures, which will be voted on by the School Board on Wednesday, Jan. 22.  

The District is proposing to:

  • End yellow bus transportation to option school students who live outside that school’s middle school attendance area
  • Eliminate transportation to elementary school students who live outside that school’s attendance area
  • Sunset any previous “grandfathering” of transportation that was allowed when the New Student Assignment Plan took effect in 2010-11.
  • Standardize all yellow bus arrival times: 7:35 a.m., 8:25 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. Please note these are not start times for schools, but the arrival times for buses. Next fall’s school bell times will be set later this winter.

If approved, these measures will save the District more than $3.4 million next year, helping preserve money for our teachers and classrooms.  

Families should be on the lookout for more information in the next few weeks.

  • If your student’s transportation eligibility will change for next year, you will get an individualized letter with that information.
  • Every student will receive a letter prior to Open Enrollment with specific information on next year’s assignment, as well as on Open Enrollment, in case you want to apply for a different school.

Open Enrollment is February 24 - March 7 and families have the option to request assignment to a different school, and a guarantee to enroll in their designated attendance area school, if desired. Enrollment information can be found atwww.seattleschools.org/enrollment, by visiting the John Stanford Center or calling 206-252-0760.  

Bob Westgard
Director of Logistics Seattle Public Schools


Counseling Office

Counseling Staff:

Susan Nyman 206-252-8775 - 9th grade

Tia Filippelli 206-252-8819 - 10th -12th grade, last names A-L

Tara Vanselow 206-252-8814 - 10th - 12th grade, last names M-Z

Important Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, January 23rd - FAFSA Filing Support Night
  • Tuesday, February 4th, 11th & 25th - SAT Prep Class 
  • Thursday, Feb. 6th – Our annual Post High School Planning Event. Open to all students but primarily aimed at preparing 10th and 11th grade students for life after high school.  We will have a variety of workshops/topics. More information to follow.

Many Juniors take the ACT or SAT now as well as early Fall to be able to get an idea of where they can improve before they submit their final test scores to colleges.  For more information on what's coming up for your Junior click HERE to be directed to a "Getting Started" list for college application steps for Senior year.

ACT Test Dates, go to www.actstudent.org to register

  • Feb 8th
  • April 12th
  • June 14th

SAT Test Dates, go to www.sat.collegeboard.org/home to register

  • March 8th
  • May 3rd
  • June 7th


Activities and Clubs

Winter Ball – Saturday, February 1, 2014 At Tukwila Community Center

Details to be announced.


Community Partners

WS Athletic Booster Club

Looking for great WSHS gear that doesn't look like you stole it out of your kids closet?

Check out the booster club online store.  All proceeds benefit WSHS Athletics.  http://teamstore.gtmsportswear.com/westseattleboosterclub



After School Study Help (MASH)

West Seattle High School is offering homework support and tutoring!  MASH is open to the entire population of WSHS every Tuesday & Thursday in the School Library from 2:30 – 4:00. The staff is prepared to work on any subject for ALL students looking to improve their grades or pass their classes or just get help with current workload. Teachers are encouraged to assign students that are struggling to pass, and parents are also encouraged to send their students for assistance.  We offer help in all areas of study, whether it’s for catching up, keeping up, or getting ahead.

Additional study support available to all West Seattle H.S. Students

The PTSA has purchased a program to prepare Students for end of course exams Links to Learning and has practice tests accessible from any computer.
Enter linkstolearning.com
Username: wseattlehs
Password: 9532

Just For Seniors

College Financial Aid Information Night for Seniors and Families

Seattle Public Schools would like to invite all seniors to attend one of the many College Goal Washington Financial Aid Nights happening in January.  Financial aid experts and trained volunteers will be on hand at each event to walk students through the FAFSA process. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is an essential first step in accessing college financial aid.  It is required for most scholarships, grants and loans. College Bound Scholarship seniors must file the  FAFSA to receive their scholarship.  The priority filing date for College Bound is February 1st.

College Goal Washington dates and locations are listed below:
Monday, January 13th (2:30-6pm) @ Franklin HS
Thursday, January 16th (2:30-6pm) @ Cleveland HS
Wednesday, January 22nd (6:30-8:30pm) @ Roosevelt HS
Wednesday, January 22nd (5-8pm @ Rainier Beach HS
Thursday, January 23rd (6:00-7:30pm) @ West Seattle HS

The Seattle Public Libraries will also be hosting 3 College Goal Washington events at the following locations:
Saturday, January 25th (2-6pm) @ SPL Rainier Beach Branch
Saturday, February 1st (1-6pm) @ SPL West Seattle Branch

The library events are open to all SPS students.

For additional details and a list of the things students and parents need when completing the FAFSA visitwww.roadmaptocollege.org.

Did you Order Cap and Gown?

Go to www.nationalachiever.com

Attention All Seniors - Credit Recovery Available

If you need to make up classes in time for graduation, sign up now with Ms. Carr in room 226.
Stop by and pick up a registration form from your counselor or Ms. Carr in room 226.  Don't wait until second semester. Get started right away on credit recovery!


News From the Wildcats Sports Desk

This Week At A Glance

Monday, Jan 13, 2014
6:30pm  Wrestling: Varsity Match Nathan Hale @ Nathan Hale High School

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014
5:45pm  Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Rainier Beach @ West Seattle High School
6:30pm  Wrestling: Varsity Match Lakeside @ Lakeside High School
7:30pm  Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Rainier Beach @ West Seattle High School

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014
5:45pm  Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. Rainier Beach @ West Seattle High School
7:30pm  Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Rainier Beach @ West Seattle High School

Thursday, Jan 16, 2014
6:30pm  Wrestling: Varsity Match Franklin/Rainier Beach @ Franklin High School

Friday, Jan 17, 2014
3:30pm  Swimming: Varsity Meet Ingraham @ Helene Madison Pool
5:45pm  Basketball: Girls JV Game Holy Names Academy @ Holy Names Academy
5:45pm  Basketball: Boys JV Game O'Dea @ O'Dea High School
7:00pm  Gymnastics: Girls Varsity Meet Bainbridge vs. Holy Names Academy @ Holy Names Academy
7:30pm  Basketball: Girls Varsity Game Holy Names Academy @ Holy Names Academy
7:30pm  Basketball: Boys Varsity Game O'Dea @ O'Dea High School

Saturday, Jan 18, 2014
1:00pm  Basketball: Boys C/Frosh Game vs. John F Kennedy Memorial @ West Seattle High School - WSHS Gym
3:15pm  Basketball: Girls JV Game Bainbridge @ Bainbridge High School
4:45pm  Basketball: Boys JV Game Bainbridge @ Bainbridge High School
6:15pm  Basketball: Girls Varsity Game Bainbridge @ Bainbridge High School
8:00pm  Basketball: Boys Varsity Game Bainbridge @ Bainbridge High School


From The Westside PTSA

Connect to Westside PTSA Website

Get involved with the PTSA!  Click here to find out how.

Meeting Schedule – September 2013 through June 2014

PTSA meetings are 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.

  • January 14, 2014 7:00 pm
  • March 20, 2014 7:00pm
  • May 21, 2014 7:00pm
Last Updated: 6/19/14

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