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News for Juanita High School

November 2016

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In This Issue
Important Dates
Message From the President
Fear Free SAT & ACT Testing
Staff Appreciation 
Emergency Tips
Legislative Update 
Green News 

dates Important Dates

November 2  --  Reflections Art Competition DEADLINE
November 2  --  JHS College Fair 6-8pm Commons
November 3  --  LWSD College & Career Readiness Task Force 6:30 Redmond HS November 8  --  Election Day--Ballots Due!!!   
November 9  --  PTSA meeting, 7pm JHS library
November 9  --  "Transforming Relationships with Teens" JHS library
November 10 -- JHS "A Wrinkle In Time" production  7:30pm
November 11 -- Veteran's Day NO SCHOOL
November 17 -- JHS Coffee or Tea with the Principal  10am
November 19 -- Fear free SAT practice test 8:30-11am
November 23 -- Thanksgiving Break HALF DAY
November 24 -- Thanksgiving Break NO SCHOOL 
November 25 -- Thanksgiving Break NO SCHOOL



Emergency Preparedness Tips

Winter is fast approaching and the District newsletter will soon communicate the inclement weather procedures.  School late-starts or closures are determined on a District-wide basis. As part of that system, a red alert "flag" will appear on the home page by 5:30 a.m. to notify everyone whether school is on a late start schedule, or closed. Phone calls are also made to phone numbers families have provided to the District. For an explanation of the procedures see 
 SUGGESTION: For students with cars, winter items to store in the car are:
  • Warms shoes, clothes, gloves.
  • Ice scraper/snow brush
  • Tire chains
Year round items for the car are:
  • Flashlight
  • Flares
  • First Aid Kit
  • Cellphone charger
  • Water and snacks
  • Jumper cables
  • Music/games
  • Keep gas tank at half a tank of gas 
Questions? Contact Juanita High School PTA Emergency Preparedness Co-Chairs Margaret Adams   Carla Hedges 

Legislative Update 

by Susan Baird-Joshi

For the ninth consecutive year, Washington State PTA delegates to Legislative Assembly voted to make funding basic education a Top 5 issue. "Amply Fund Basic Education" joined four other issues as the primary advocacy platform for the 2017 and 2018 legislative sessions. The 2017 session is the longer budget decision session for the two-year Washington process and a key decision and policy year for fully funding basic education as required by the McCleary decision and the Washington State Supreme Court. WA State PTA will direct its primary energy on these issues, but the entire platform includes 10 issues plus legislative principles.

The ample funding issue requires WSPTA to support legislation or policies that "fulfill Washington state's paramount duty to amply fund basic education. Funding solutions must be progressive revenue sources that are sufficient, sustainable and equitable, and must not cut services that support the whole child, or rely only on redistributing existing education funds." I and my 25 co-submitters are members of PTAs in many Washington cities, including Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Mercer Island, Puyallup, Renton, Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver.
According to my records, WSPTA has voted to have studies for or funding of Washington State's K-12 education system as a legislative issue since at least 2004.

The top five issues for 2017-2018, in order of highest to lowest number of votes, require the WSPTA to support legislation or policies on their positions. All but issue #4 have appeared on previous PTA Top 5 lists:

1) Social Emotional Learning--integrate practices and provide instruction to educators
2) Amply Fund Basic Education (received one less vote than issue #1)--fulfill Washington's paramount duty
3) Closing the Opportunity Gap--implement Washington Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and
Accountability Committee (EOGOAC) recommendations and HB 1541
4) Standards for Paraeducators--implement statewide standards, training, and career development
5) Breakfast after the Bell--fund program in high needs schools and encourage district-wide adoption
Other supported platform issues, in alphabetical order, include the following:
* Improving Educational Outcomes for Foster Children
* Engaging Families in Student Success
* Post-Secondary Higher Education
* Removing Barriers to Implementing ECEAP
* Restorative Justice and School Safety
Links to all the supported issue statements plus legislative principles are on WSPTA's advocacy page.
Green News 
Block styrofoam can't be recycled curbside but there is a great recycling option provided by City of Kirkland.  Bring your styrofoam to the monthly Styrofest event.   Sat, Nov 12 is the next one.  You can recycle block styrofoam, plastic bags, and more.  Check out the flyer for details.

principalMessage from the Principal
Dear Juanita Parents and Families:
As we are heading toward the end of the first academic quarter on November 8th, I wanted to write about the quality of our faculty and staff and the ways in which they express their duty of commitment and care for students.
We are fortunate to have over 20 teachers with National Board certification, the highest credential a teacher can attain, and, an extremely high percentage of faculty who have earned their Master's Degree credential. Our faculty is constantly learning, and we spend much time on Wednesday afternoons learning together and from one another.
Please know that your students are being well taken care of during the school day!
I would like to specifically highlight the accomplishment of Ms. Genevieve Menino ... please see the happy information below:

starJHS Star Educator

Genevieve Menino , a Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher at Juanita High School was selected as the Washington State Family and Consumer Science Educators (WA-FACSE) Teacher of the Year. Menino was recognized at a luncheon at the WA-ACTE summer conference located in Spokane, Washington.
The WA-FACSE Teacher of the Year award recognizes teachers who are providing outstanding Career and Technical Education programs for youth in Family and Consumer Sciences. Recipients of this award must have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique, and novel programs that are serving to improve family and consumer skills.
 careerCareer Resource Center News
Career Resource Center 
The Career Resource Center is a place where students may come to find out about college visits, scholarships, job openings, field trips, or how to earn credit while working. We also have many resource books - ACT/SAT, The Book of Majors, Four Year Colleges, along with books on different careers, including the newest Green Jobs. Check out our Power School page (formerly called Haiku) as we are constantly updating events.  More Information
ACE Mentoring Program
Interested in Architecture, Construction or Engineering?  ACE Mentors is a mentorship program for motivated students who want to learn about a career in the building industry. The program runs from end of October through May and is open to students in grades 9-12. Sign up for ACE today at Please submit applications online, the Eastside programs fill fast.
Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS)
is seeking high school juniors who wish to kick start their STEM careers and earn college credit!  Applications for the 2016-17 session of WAS are available now at: and due by November 4, 2016. 
Engineering & Manufacturing Night
Learn about courses and opportunities within the school district. Meet the instructors who will be teaching the classes.Local industry professionals will be one had to answer questions about this well-paying, fast growing field. Come to Lake Washington HS on November 9th from 6:30 - 8:30pm.  

CounselingFrom the Counseling Office
dramaJHS Drama Production
Rebel Drama's
A Wrinkle in Time

Juanita Rebel Drama is currently producing Madeleine L'Engle's classic sci-fi adventure, A Wrinkle in Time, Directed by Elizabeth McMurray-Hauk, with Student Assistants: Sarah Baker and Park Lytle, Tech Assistants: Gary Hauk and Lars Myren. We would like to invite you to our time traveling adventure November 10 - 19 at 7:30pm!
Meg Murry (Sophie Larson) is the typical misfit: a middle-school math whiz with glasses and a short temper. But when she and her oddly gifted little brother (Grace Harrington) set off to find their missing father (Matthew Triplett), they're propelled across time to a world where being different isn't just an aggravation-it can cost you your life! The children are helped by an other-worldy trio (Christa Ullery, Hannah Jones, Jocelyn Sauze), but it will be up to Meg to discover on her own the power she possesses to bring her family home (spoil alert: it has to do with LOVE!).
A Wrinkle in Time
had its world premiere in 2014 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and was released to be performed by other Theatre groups this year. Juanita Rebel Drama is proud to join a handful of schools across the country to be the first to produce Tracy Young's adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time! Juanita Drama's production will feature an ensemble cast playing a variety of roles, still and video projections as scenic elements, and the quirky intelligence of Madeleine L'Engle's beloved characters.   
November 10, 11, 12 * 17, 18, 19, 2016 at 7:30pm

$5 First Weekend - $10 Second Weekend  Tickets go on sale at 6:30 the nights of the show in the Theatre Foyer
More information can be found at 
The show is suitable for ages 6+

  LWSFLake Washington Schools Foundation 
All in For Kids!

Thank you to our generous school community! This fall, with matching dollars, you are helping us reach our goal of raising $80,000 to support students in learning in the Lake Washington School district. Your donations make a difference--they fund K-12 STEM programs such as IXL online math and robotics, new teacher training and classroom grants. There is still time to help! Please give to the foundation during our Fall Campaign to support student success. Interested in learning how your donation impacts students, teachers and schools? Click here to see the investments the foundation is making in schools this year.
Please consider a gift through your employer to benefit all students in the Lake Washington School District. Thank you for your support!
Learn more about LWSF , better yet, get involved! 
 seniorcelSenior Celebration
2017 Senior Celebration

Planning and ticket sales have already begun for the senior celebration!  Please complete the following forms to register or reserve your spot.
Please contact chairperson Susie Shavey with any questions.
volunteerHelp Wanted
Join PTSA Donate to JHS!
Please consider joining the JHS PTSA.  Joining the PTSA does not commit you to volunteer for functions, it's simply a donation to your school community that is greatly appreciated and re-invested in the school, students and staff.  Thank you if you've already donated to our Pass the Hat fundraiser!  If not, while you're online, please give what you can to our Pass the Hat campaign.  It's our major fundraiser of the year. Unfortunately, we are far from our goal.  If we reach $13,000, we won't need to spend additional time and resources on more fundraisers. No magazines, candy, cookie dough, etc. Also, if you work for a company that matches donations, please indicate so with your tax deductible gift.  Paper form

PTSA Ways and Means Chair Needed  
The ways and means chair works with the president and treasurer marketing and coordinating fundraisers to meet the PTSA annual budget. Also oversees Community Partnership Program, generating funds from community businesses. Can delegate committees for various projects. 
Contact Aalam Samsavar 

Donate Athletic Equipment 
Clearing out the garage?  Please consider donating athletic equipment to the PE department. Rackets and balls will be appreciated, no clothing or gear please.  Contact Dawn Maurer for more info.


JobOpStudent Job Opportunities and Activities
Boys and Girls Club Athletic Department
The Boys and Girls Club of Kirkland is looking for mainly referees for youth sports leagues. Right now there is a need for winter youth basketball leagues. All officials are trained before they ref one of our youth games and the pay is $13 per game. They can also continue to work as we have referee positions available throughout the school year. Games are on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. If interested, please contact Alec Hinn.
Boys and Girls Clubs job listings

Seattle JazzED Opportunity 
Seattle JazzED is a  non-profit music education organization with a commitment to cultural and economic diversity. JazzED offers scholarships to all students who need them, including full scholarships. No family is ever turned away. As an aside, JazzED exist to support school music programs, not to compete. As such as we always defer to students' school music commitments. Information on two upcoming exciting events for musicians can be found here.  
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