News for Juanita High School

JHS Town Crier

News for Juanita High School

December 2016

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

dates Important Dates

December 7  --  JHS Band & Choir Concert, 7pm

December 14  --JHS Orchestra Concert, 7pm 
December 14 --  PTSA meeting, 7pm JHS library
December 14 --  "Responding to (dis) Stress" JHS library
December 19 --  Winter Break--NO SCHOOL til January 3rd


Emergency Preparedness Tips

TIP #1:  Winter is here and wind storms become more common.  Should a power outage occur please be careful about the use of in-home heating that can cause carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.  Commonly seen problems include:  indoor use of cooking grills; use of wood burning fireplaces without proper ventilation and cars running in garages to heat the living space above the garage.
  • Install CO monitor; check CO monitor battery.
  • Don't use generators or grills indoors, even in the garage.
  • Check now to make sure gas and electric fire places are properly vented.
Carbon monoxide poisoning information can be found here:
TIP #2: The Lake Washington School District's Safety and Security webpage (linked under "For Parents") has details on school closures and other information.
Questions? Contact Juanita High School PTA Emergency Preparedness Co-Chairs Margaret Adams  and Carla Hedges

Legislative Update 

by Susan Baird-Joshi
The Washington State legislative session begins January 9, 2017. The regular session will end on or by April 23, 2017.

Tell Olympia to fully fund Basic Ed! Legislative Hotline, 1.800.562.6000
Find your Legislators and let them know what's important to you.  
Attend PTA Focus Day in Olympia on Monday, January 16. Register online.

Watch for League of Women Voters non-partisan Advocacy Training.

"Get the inside scoop on what to expect for the upcoming legislative session. Learn about critical issues facing our state, such as climate change, the challenge of raising revenue, education, and campaign finance. Discuss the issues of greatest interest to you with legislators and our lobby team. Gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be a more effective, powerful advocate for the issues you care about. Network with other advocates involved in the League. "

To be wait-listed for the December 10 event or register for the January 28 event, visit their registration page.  Both downtown Seattle events cost $25 and include lunch. 
Green News 
In an effort to maintain our status as a Level One Green School and further reduce our school's impact on the environment, the JHS Earth Corp will be running a  plastic bottle reduction campaign.  
Here's a mind-boggling fact:
*Americans throw away 2.5 MILLION plastic bottles every HOUR.   - Clean Air Council 
We have a much better option:  reusable water bottles.  The Earth Corp will be promoting reusable bottles, encouraging students to use our two new bottle refill stations (more to come at the new JHS).
Consider a challenge at home:  refuse purchasing single-use water bottles and use reusable water bottles instead.  Look for water bottles that are aluminum or stainless steel both inside and out or check out the green guide for better types of plastic bottles. Be sure to wash out regularly.
Taking care of our environment is part of our Rebel pride!

Christmas Tree Pickup and Recycling

As a community Service Project, Boy Scout Troop 570 will do curbside pickup of your natural Christmas trees within our service area in Kirkland, Washington on Saturday & Sunday January 7th & 8th 2017 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

principalMessage from the Principal
Dear Juanita Parents and Families:
Sending good wishes to our extended Juanita family for a wonderful holiday season and New Year.
As we look to happy times in the ahead, please remember that Spring semester will begin on January 30th which will be here in a flash!
Let's all continue to work together in order to ensure that in this current Fall semester, homework is being done, class assignments are being turned in, and that your kids are in good shape academically.
Please check Haiku/Power School and keep on top of classroom grades. And, never hesitate to email a teacher, or me, when you have a question or need support.
Have a great holiday season and great time with family and friends.
Best Regards,
Gary Moed

athleticFrom the Athletic Director
Referee Crisis

I am writing to make you all aware of a serious Basketball Referee shortage. I am hoping you take the time to open and read this great article.  To put it simply: Referees nationwide are not being treated as they should and as a result, there is a shortage- including here.  
As Athletic Director, it is important to me that we set a great example for  our kids:  we represent our Community in a great way both at home and on the road.  Without Officials, we have no game.
When officials get assigned to Juanita High School, we want them to continue to say out loud " Glad I get to go there -it's a great place to ref."

-Proud to be a part of Rebel Nation.
Rob Luckey
Athletic Director 

 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
Scholarship Opportunities
Early in December look for this year's first edition of the scholarship bulletin. Pick one up in the CRC or check out our Power School page.

Blood Drive
It's time again for the Juanita Blood Drive. This event will take place in the Fieldhouse on Friday, December 2 nd  from 6:30 am to 2:30 am.  Sign-ups start Monday, Nov. 21 st in the Commons during both lunches . YOU MUST SIGN UP IN ADVANCE, be 16 years of age, and have a signed permission slip to participate if you are under 18 years of age. Adults are also welcome to donate.

Rotary Student of the Month
Each fall Kirkland Rotary Club picks 3 students to represent Juanita.  Students were nominated by staff members and interviewed by Rotary members.  The following students were chosen:

Jorge Azpeitia - October
Varenna Knowles - November
Isabella Forcino - January
Lucy Gordon - alternate

Teen CEO
The Lake Washington School District is looking for student entrepreneurs for the fourth annual Teen CEO Business Competition. Any high school student that currently has their own business is eligible for this competition. Cash prizes will be awarded . Deadline is January 6 th , 2017. Stop by the CRC for additional information, or go to:   the teen CEO WA website to fill out the paperwork.

CounselingFrom the Counseling Office
dramaJHS Drama News
Congratulations to the Juanita Rebel Drama Company of Wrinkle for an amazing couple of months together working to bring L'Engle's beloved story to life!
THANK YOU to our supportive and fun community who showed up to fill the house and be a part of this live theatre experience. We are so grateful we had the opportunity to share A Wrinkle in Time with so many people, of all ages, and from far and wide.  A standing ovation to Sarah Baker and Park Lytle, Student Assistants to the Director; Geeta Iyer, Alek Milovanovic, Light Board Operator and Lighting Tech; Isaac Chwojko-Frank, Amber Gebert-Goldsmith, Sound Board Operator and Sound Tech; Kylie Minzel, Liam Bray, House Managers, and all the creative, hardworking Wrinkle Tech Crew who helped to bring the show to life! For information about upcoming events with Juanita Drama visit the  JHS drama pages.
See you at the Theatre! Elizabeth McMurray-Hauk, Juanita Theatre Director   

  LWSFLake Washington Schools Foundation 
All in For Kids! 
Thank you! We are on our way to reaching our Fall/Workplace Giving goal of $80,000 thanks to our generous community. Consider making a year end gift to support students.

Save A Date-Join us at one of our two spring fundraising events, the Spring for Learning Luncheon, March 28th or Breakfast on March 30th at the Redmond Town Center Marriott hotel. Be sure to mark your calendar to support our school community. Interested in joining the team to help make these events a huge success?
  • Serve as a table captain, a corporate partner or help recruit corporate partners
  • Volunteer for the spring events committee
  • Help recruit community members to the event
Please visit our Volunteer page on our website to sign up for these opportunities.
Reaching for Success Grant Application Information - The Lake Washington PTSA Council will be having a Brown Bag Lunch on February 2, 2017 from 12-1pm at the LWSD Resource Center to learn about the grant making process and to answer questions. Be on the lookout for more information about the RFS Grant application schedule on our website in January.
Thank you for partnering with the Lake Washington Schools Foundation in support of our kids!  Happy Holidays!
Learn more about LWSF , better yet, get involved! 
 seniorcelSenior Celebration
2017 Senior Celebration

Ticket sales are well underway for our senior celebration! Don't let your graduating senior miss out on all of the fun, complete the following forms and reserve your spot today!
Please contact chairperson Susie Shavey with any questions.
BOOSTERBooster Club Auction

2017 Booster Club Auction:  March 24th "Spring Fling"

Please join us for Juanita High School Booster Club's 15th Annual Dinner and Auction to benefit Juanita High School students. Our Auction provides financial support to many programs including; performing arts, athletics, and higher education scholarships. Transportation, instruments, music scores, equipment, additional coaching staff, specialized camps, uniforms, sports gear, and so much more. Again this year, the auction will fund ten higher education scholarships!  For more information or to reserve your seat now, please go to the booster club website.

volunteerHelp Wanted
Join PTSA Donate to JHS Now for Year End Tax Deductions!
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. And if you join now, you'll be entered to win a prize package to Great Wolf Lodge. 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. Luckily, we are getting closer to 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 gift.  Don't forget to make your year-end tax deductions before the end of December! 
 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 

Lake Washington PTSA Council
The LWPTSA Council Spring Resource Fair  Committee is looking for a Social Media Marketing Campaign coordinator for our   Spring Resource Fair,
 "Community Connect". The goal is to ensure the event gets good social media coverage.  No experience necessary.
Time Commitment:
1st January - March 18th (2 hours per week)
You shall work with a team to execute campaigns. We need more self directed parent volunteers to pick up several other threads of this event, connect with us to know how you can get involved. Contact Anika Sinha for more information. 

Donate Athletic Equipment 
Need to clear out some room for new holiday gifts? 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

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