Message from the President
Welcome back to our returning families! To our new families, welcome to the Juanita High school community! I hope you all enjoyed the fun-filled summer days, and it is with great enthusiasm that I invite you to get ready for another exciting and successful 2016-2017 school year.
Like many of you this is also our family's first year at Juanita high school. As a father of a freshman, I realize there is so much to learn about the high school process. The PTSA volunteers have been on the front line, getting first day packets ready and helping to hand out class schedules. I want to thank the great PTSA members who volunteered their times to get ready for all of us.
Our general membership meetings are held every second Wednesday of the month at 7pm in the library. The first meeting is Wednesday, September 14th at 7pm. These meetings are a great source of information about what's going on at school. principal Gary Moed always updates us on what is new and is happy to answer questions. New this year is to have a speaker covering a parent education topic during most of our general meetings. For our October 12th meeting we are going to have Katie Moore from Collegewise. Everybody is welcome and encouraged to attend - you do not need to be a PTSA member (membership is required only to vote).
With your support, we can continue to make Juanita a great school for our children. Your contribution, whether it is your time, knowledge, or resources make a difference. We invite you to become an involved member at our High school. We currently are seeking chairpersons for Reflections and PTSA Ways and Means, more information in the
Thank you for helping in any way you can, and showing your children the importance you place on their education. "A strong PTA represents parent involvement and parent involvement represents student success." Aalam Samsavar
Emergency Preparedness Tips
TIP #1: Emergency Contacts - Not just for medical issues
Most of us parents would only trust a few close family members or friends to be called when we cannot be reached with a medical issue, but we would easily expand the network when asking others to pick up our child in a District wide emergency (such an early release snow day or earthquake).
SUGGESTION: Give your school a longer list of emergency contacts for District wide emergencies. For example, neighbors and parents of school friends. Be sure your contacts know how to reach you (phone/text/email).
TIP #2: District wide student release procedures
District policy is to release your student only to persons you have listed as an emergency contact (See Tip #1). However, the reality is that high school students, particularly those with cars, are likely to self-evacuate and simply leave school campus. The school is doing its best to educate students that the procedures are there to protect them.
SUGGESTION: Please help educate your student that if they simply cannot wait to be properly released, you want to know when they left the school and where they planned to go; so they should at least tell school personnel of their plans.
Questions? Contact Juanita High School PTA Emergency Preparedness Co-Chairs Margaret Adams (
) and Carla Hedges (
Green Tip NEW!
King County green schools save the district an average of $40,000 every year. Watch for monthly green tips from the JHS Earth Corps. Call
with questions about recycling and disposal of challenging items.
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.