February, 2017
Important Dates

January 31    --  Inspiring Girls  Application Deadline
February 4    --  Garage Sale Fundraiser, KaMS   
February 8    --  PTSA meeting, JHS library, 7pm  
February 9    --  Principal's tea, 10-11am 
February 11  --  Regional HS solo & ensemble LWHS 
February 16  --  NO SCHOOL--Mid-winter Break
February 20  --  NO SCHOOL--President's DAy
February 22  --  JHS Information Night, 7-8:30pm
February 27  --  Spring Sports First Day practice/tryouts  

In This Issue
PTSA President Message

Parents, we are very much in need of more community involvement to make our school run properly. It takes more hands than we have. The PTSA is searching for more volunteers to attend monthly meetings, run small programs and fundraise. We have more ideas than people to run them. We need you.
We are still $3000 short of our goal of $13000 to fund currently slated programs for this school year. We need your help to reach this goal, otherwise we will have no choice but to cut some of the programs we have supported in the past.

Here is the list of the programs in danger of being cut:
-Shakespeare Play
-SAT/ACT prep
-Music grant
-Scholarship for students
-Classroom grants for teacher and staff needs, books, printers etc.
-Art support program
-Parent development classes

Please consider   joining and supporting PTSA, and encourage others to do the same. We are a very small group making decisions for this whole community. We value and appreciate your thoughts, attendance and support. Please contact me if you have questions.
Thank You,
Dr. Samsavar

JHS Rebuild Update
Susan Baird-Joshi

 Now that the 2016 bond passed for a new JHS, the district is in the design phase for a new campus. Brian Buck, in his fourth year in Facility Services, said the district will be having another community meeting tied to the design phase to receive input about the new building and the transition campus. 

Counseling Center News
Parents, report cards with final first semester grades will be mailed before mid winter break.
Students attending a 2 or 4 year school next year should be well along in the financial aid application process. 
2017-18 class scheduling will begin on February 23rd. 
Explore all of the educational opportunities available to JHS students.


From the Career Resource Center

During registration in February, students should consider enrolling in WANIC and Tech Prep College Connection classes. More info in link below.

Free Summer Opportunity for Girls
Inspiring Girls is a program designed to explore science, art and wilderness. Spend 12 days with a team of girls exploring and learning about glaciers in the North Cascades or kayaking in Alaska.
Girls must be 16 or 17 by June 1st. Registration deadline is Jan. 31st. Stop by the CRC for a flyer or check out the website

There are lots of scholarship opportunities and summer programs available to JHS students, please swing by the Career Resource Center for details.
Message from the Principal

During the next month, we will be beginning student registration for the 2017-2018 school year, as we simultaneous get ready for the Class of 2021! You will be seeing course information and registration forms coming home with your son or daughter for you to review and sign.
This is a great opportunity for you to sit down with your son or daughter and discuss their academic plan for the next school year and in the years after high school. Registering for an Advanced Placement, Honors, or extra year of Math, Science, Art, Technology, or Language is a definite commitment of the additional time and effort necessary for success in these courses. It is also a good investment in the future and sets a foundation for advanced options and choices in the years ahead. We have a great tradition in our school of students setting sights on lofty goals, taking these commitments seriously and doing what it takes to extend themselves academically. These attributes are the very selfsame ones that both colleges and companies are looking for when they make their selections for candidates.
Please contact your student's counselor if you have questions regarding the choices your students would be able to make in the coming school year.
Registration is also an opportunity to discuss your student's extracurricular plans. Are they going to get involved with Athletics, Student Government, DECA, TSA, MUN, FBLA, Drama, Coding, Music, or one of our many other co-curricular and extra-curricular activities? As there is a high correlation between students' involvement in co/extra-curricular activities and their academic success, let's encourage them to get involved in at least one sport or activity during each school year.
Thanks as always for your continued support and partnership.
Best Regards,
Gary Moed

From the Athletic Director 
Spring sports season starting soon

We are offering 7 opportunities for student athletes, listed below.
Here is the Head Coach  contact list for each sport for questions SPECIFIC to that sport:
Baseball - Please welcome Brian Shannon
Softball - Traci Odegard  
Track -  Neil Kells   
Badminton Peter Cheng 
Girl's Golf  Steve Juzeler    
Boy's Soccer- Michael Duncan 
Girl's Tennis Justin Ochsner 
First day of Tryout / Practice is MONDAY- FEB 27TH. ALL STUDENT ATHLETES must be cleared and eligible to participate before stepping on to field/court or course. Please see the attached flyer for very important registration information, especially if this is your son or daughter's first sport this school year.

Staff Appreciation

Gung Hay Faht Choy!
Happy Lunar New Year. January 28 begins the year of the Rooster. The staff appreciation committee received donations of fortune cookies and "good luck" oranges to set out for the faculty.
Next month our theme is: "All You Need is Love."
Sign ups coming soon. Contact Cassandra Sage to be included.

Senior Celebration
The Senior Celebration is trying to finalize the head count so please be sure to purchase tickets ASAP through the PTSA website.  A few chaperones are still needed.  Please contact Susie Shavey with any questions. It would be useful if a parent/s of a junior (class of 2018) would shadow the current Senior Celebration volunteers, to ensure a smooth event for next year's grads. 

Emergency Preparedness
February Tips

Experts tell us we are 'overdue' for a major earthquake, but no one can predict whether it will happen in our lifetime.  Even so, home preparedness can help.
Before An Earthquake:
Seismically safe guard your home, which includes anchoring bookcases and other tall items.  Keep shoes and gloves near your bed to use if a quake starts while you're asleep.  Have emergency kits ready.

During an earthquake: Duck-cover-hold on!  Protect your neck and torso. Stay away from windows (flying glass shards). 
Booster Club Auction
 The JHS Booster club provides financial support to many programs including; performing arts, athletics, transportation, instruments, music scores, equipment, additional coaching staff, specialized camps, uniforms, sports gear, ten higher education scholarships and so much more. Click here for more info on our annual fundraiser.Tickets are selling quickly, get yours soon!
green tips
Green Tips
To continue with their campaign to reduce single-use water bottles, the JHS Earth Corp will be selling JHS reusable water bottles for $5 during lunch the week of Feb 6. Buy one and fill it up again and again.
The Earth Corp recently watched this short documentary to help them understand why bottled water isn't the best choice.
LWPTSA Council
LWPTSA Scholarships
The Lake Washington Counsel PTSA is offering fifteen $1000 scholarships to seniors.
Fear-Free SAT/ACT
There are still dates available for practice standardized tests.  Sign up here

Lake Washington Schools Foundation
Spring Fundraisers
Celebrate and support education in our community by attending your choice of the Spring for Learning luncheon on March 28th or breakfast on March 30th . Click to register. Pick a date or come to both! 
Valentine's Day Campaign 
Send your teacher some love this Valentine's Day!
Let everyone know how amazing your teacher is this Valentine's Day with a donation to Lake Washington Schools Foundation! Reaching for Success Grants
Reaching For Success Grant Applications for school year 2017-18 are now available. Check our programs page for more information.