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 Westside Weekly - Sunday, January 19, 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 20

  • No School - MLK Day

Tuesday, Jan 21

  • After school study hall MASH

  • Coach vs. Cancer: Boys Basketball @ WSHS 7:30pm

Wednesday, Jan 22

  • Incoming 9th Grade Parent Tour: 8am in the WSHS Theater

  • Coach vs. Cancer: Girls Basketball @ WSHS 7:30pm

Thursday, Jan 23

  • After school study hall MASH

  • FAFSA Filing Event

Friday, Jan 24

Saturday, Jan 25

Events Happening This Week

Attn: Senior Parents

Attend a FREE College Goal Washington event to get expert help filing your FAFSA.

Date: January 23, 2014
Time: 6:00-7:30 PM
Location: West Seattle High School Library

College Goal Washington is all about helping you file your FAFSA and better understand the steps you need to take to get cash for college. At this event, you will receive one-on-one support from trained volunteers and financial aid questions. To take full advantage of the events, come prepared with your questions about FAFSA and financial aid as well as your important information.


  • Your Social Security card/number or Alien registration card (you will not be able to start the FAFSA process without one of these)
  • Your driver’s license or state-issued identification card
  • Your income information (bank statements; a W-2 or pay stub, if you have a job; past tax return, if you filed)
  • Your parent, if you are under the age of 24
  • Your parent’s financial information (bank statements; W-2 or pay stub; last year’s tax return)
  • Your parent’s social security number, if they have one. If they don't its okay.
  • Any additional financial information (such as child support statements, TANF or welfare information; real estate, stock or bonds investments; family business or farm info)

For more information, you can visit http://www.collegegoalsundaywa.org/students-parents/

We look forward to seeing you there!!

Counseling Department
West Seattle High School


Coaches vs. Cancer

The West Seattle High School Boys and Girls Basketball teams are participating in the nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches by hosting a Coaches vs. Cancer Night.

The Boys Team on Tuesday January 21st, and the Girls Team on Wednesday January 22nd will be asking each of you to join us to fight cancer.

To help them win the fight against cancer, please make a donation in the bucket at the concession stand during the basketball game OR text Coach to 20222.

You can also visit the website coachesvscancer.org/youth and search for West Seattle High School to make a donation. Each donation will be given a support banner which we will post in the High School lobby.


WSHS Coaching Positions Open

West Seattle High School is looking for coaches for the following positions:

  • Head Softball Coach
  • Assistant Softball Coach
  • Head Boys Track Coach
  • Assistant Boys Track Coach
  • Head Girls Track Coach
  • Assistant Girls Track Coach

If interested, please contact Trevor Leopold at tjleopold@seattleschools.org


Open House For Parents of Incoming 9th Graders

Parent Information tours for incoming 9th grade students will be held on Wednesday, January 22nd from 8am - 9:30am.  All tours will begin in the Theater. Students must be accompanied by an adult.


Additional News

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.


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


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


Steps At Stevens - Volunteer Opportunities

Steps at Stevens will create safe pedestrian routes and wayfaring to our school entrance.  Students and parents are invited to attend upcoming steering committee meetings to learn more:

  • Tuesday, Jan 21, 3:00 - 4:00pm, C&P Coffee, 5612 California Ave SW
  • Monday, Feb  3,  2:30 - 3:30pm, West Seattle PCC Natural Market  

All attendees' time contributes to the grant's Volunteer Match.  

Students earn community service hours!   

Steering committee - Share your skills, ideas and teamwork. (1-4 positions)  
Review panel - Hire landscape architect; requires strong commitment to the review qualifications and to the City and SPS hiring process, 4-5 weeks. (2-4 positions)  

Please direct questions, enthusiasm and interest to Janet Jones, ws_janet@msn.com.  Thank you!

"This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from the City of Seattle, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods."



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:
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!


Tuition Only Scholarship Offered by WSHS Alumni Assoc.

“Tuition Only” Scholarship applications are available for the graduating class of 2014 from the WSHS Alumni Association.

Applications can be picked up in the School Library, Room 129 or by printing the form from the WSHS Alumni Association website at www.wshsalumniassociation.org.

All completed applications must be postmarked no later than April 11, 2014.


News From the Wildcats Sports Desk

This Week At A Glance

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014
5:45pm  Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Cleveland @ West Seattle High School 
7:30pm  Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Cleveland @ West Seattle High School 

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014
5:45pm  Basketball: Girls JV Game vs. Cleveland @ West Seattle High School 
7:30pm  Basketball: Girls Varsity Game vs. Cleveland @ West Seattle High School 

Thursday, Jan 23, 2014
6:30pm  Wrestling: Varsity Match Bishop Blanchet @ Bishop Blanchet High School 

Friday, Jan 24, 2014
3:15pm  Basketball: Girls JV Game Ingraham @ Ingraham High School 
3:30pm  Swimming: Varsity Meet vs. Bainbridge @ Southwest Athletic Complex 
4:45pm  Basketball: Boys JV Game Ingraham @ Ingraham High School 
6:15pm  Basketball: Girls Varsity Game Ingraham @ Ingraham High School 
8:00pm  Basketball: Boys Varsity Game Ingraham @ Ingraham High School 

Saturday, Jan 25, 2014
4:00pm  Basketball: Boys C/Frosh Game vs. Chief Sealth @ West Seattle 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.

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

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