March, 2017
Important Dates

March 1   --   Juanita HS Rebuild Open House, 6:30p, JHS
March 2   --  LWPTSA General Meeting 9:30am, LWSD
March 2  --  Spring Sports parent meeting/potluck, 6:30  
March 8   --  JHS PTSA meeting 7pm  JHS library
March 8   --  WANIC Open House 5:30pm LWIT  
March 10 --  NO SCHOOL LEAP Day  
March 11 --  JHS Tolo 8pm  
March 15 --   Band & Choir Concert 7pm JHS 
March 16  -- JHS Principal's Tea 10am 
March 28  -- LWSF Spring for Learning Luncheon  
March 30  -- LWSF Spring for Learning Breakfast 

In This Issue
From the Principal
March 2017

Dear Juanita Parents and Families:
What wonderful news that a new Juanita High School is coming soon, and scheduled to open in the Fall of 2020!
Lots of care, attention and soliciting of ideas and feedback have been part of the new building's design

  • The new Juanita High School campus opens in the Fall of 2020
  • A 3-story structure located in the same footprint as our current building
  • Designed to house 1800 students (without portables!)
  • Construction begins this summer!
  • Designed in anticipation of enrollment growth based on current projections
  • Designed to be able to grow beyond 1800 should the need arise in the future
  • A tech-ready, "green" structure with windows, and sunlight (we are in the Pacific Northwest, so maybe not so much sunlight)
  • A beautiful double-story library, double story Commons, and outdoor courtyard
These are exciting times!
A construction transition plan, in which some classrooms will be located in a portable campus during construction, is readying completion, and will be shared within just a couple of months.
Many parents and community members have spoken to me about concerns of "low expectations" during the time of the temporary campus. Fear not ...... we are the Lake Washington School District and everything we do is of high quality and centered on high standards.
With all good wishes,
Gary Moed

From the Athletic Director 

Spring Sports tryouts and practices started Monday, February 27th.
March 2nd is Spring Sports Parent Night. Please make sure that at least one parent from your athlete's family attends. Come meet the coaches. This will include a pot luck Snack/Dessert, 6:30pm in the commons.

Counseling Center News

Registration for 2017-2018
Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors:  
Registration for next academic year started on 2/23/17 in homerooms. Students received a copy of their transcript, a Credit Checklist, a Course Catalog, and Course Selection Worksheets.
Registration dates
Thursday 2/23/17: First day of registration
Monday 2/27/17: Teacher signature day
Thursday 3/2/17 during homeroom: Course Registration Sheets are due and online registration will be completed
For important registration information, please watch the  2017-2018 Registration PowerPoint or the 2017-2018 Registration pdf.
As this is a very busy time of the year registering more than 1,500 students, counselors cannot have individual registration appointments.
Students and parents should do their best on registration using the course catalog and he information provided in the PowerPoint. After registration, if you feel there is an extenuating circumstance, please email your counselor and they will help you to make any changes determined necessary. In the meantime, counselors are available to answer questions in the lobby of the Counseling Office before and after school and at lunches throughout registration. Students should bring their transcript, Credit Check and Course Selection Worksheet to the consultation!

In March and April seniors will be beginning to look toward their next endeavor, 8thth grade students will be thinking about moving to the high school building, and 9th, 10th and 11th grade students will be preparing to move one step closer to graduation. All students should be concentrating on the options available to them and preparing to make some choices.


From the Career Resource Center

There are LOTS of exploration opportunities available to JHS students.  From a week-long flight course through Aviation Academy to a panel discussion with Boeing employees, and exploring careers including Firefighting, Video Game design, Nursing and Culinary Arts through WANIC volunteer opportunities at Vegfest, AND scholarship information too! The Expanding Your Horizons, Science, Math and Technology conference for girls will be on Friday, March 24th.  This conference fills fast, if interested, please sign up at the Career Resource Center as soon as possible.
The Next JHS blood drive will be on April 21, sign ups will begin April 10th.

Staff Appreciation

All You Need Is Love
And chocolate dipped strawberries, and strawberry chocolate chip cookies compliments of JHS staff appreciation! 
Sign ups coming soon for March. Contact Cassandra Sage to be included.

Senior Celebration
Senior celebration tickets MUST be purchased by March 31 to be eligible to sign up for busses in April. Tickets are available on the PTSA website. Parent reps will be at lunches on March 28th and 30th for seniors to turn in forms and payments.  Please contact Susie Shavey with any questions.

The Senior Celebration flower basket fundraiser is underway.  These are full, beautiful baskets to enjoy throughout the spring and summer.  Orders will arrive before mother's day, making them a perfect mother's day gift.  Funds raised will be used toward scholarships and additional activities for our seniors at the senior celebration following graduation.  Questions, please contact Amy Lofquist or at 425 941 8519.  ORDER FORM

Juanita Drama
High Honors for Juanita Drama

The results are in from this year's Washington Thespian Northwest Drama Regionals. U nder  the direction of Juanita Drama Teacher, Elizabeth McMurray-Hauk, Juanita Drama students received 20 National and 2 State Rankings in Monologues, Solo Songs, Group Scene, Group Musical, Scenic Design, Sound Design AND Production Management for our recent show, A Wrinkle in Time. These are truly stellar results.   (*National Qualifier means the ranking met or exceeded the Educational Theatre Association's National standard for excellence)
Production Management: *Sarah Baker
Scenic Design: *Amber Gebert-Goldsmith
Sound Design: *Griffin Hart
Monologues (two contrasting pieces each): *Claire Bechtel, *Matthew Triplett, Shelby Lubow, Rachel Nwakamma, *Christa Ullery
Solo Song: *Isabella Adad, *Rachel Hinnant, *Shelby Lubow, *Rahul Sista, *Jadyn Muralt
Group Scene, A Wrinkle in Time: *Sophie Larson, *Grace Harrington, *Griffin Hart
Group Musical, Climbing Over Rocky Mountains, from The Pirates of Penance: *Claire Bechtel, *Christa Ullery, *Shelby Lubow, *Grace Harrington, *Sophie Larson, *Geeta Iyer

Come see your award winning Rebels in the Juanita Spring Play production of   More information at JHS Drama

Emergency Preparedness
March Tips

Talk to your students about: (i) evacuating the house in a fire or earthquake and (ii) where to meet outside the home in both situations.  Remind them about feeling door handles for heat before entering a room or opening a door (don't open it if it's hot and they have another exit route!) And also remind them to stay low to the ground to best avoid smoke inhalation.  A wet cloth over their nose would be great if they have liquid in the room they can use.
SUGGESTION: Teenagers may feel they don't need to plan ahead for a fire, but ask them to humor you and tell you their exit plan if they were in each room in the house.  Then ask them to do the same and tell you how they'd react in an earthquake.  A meeting location example: designating a neighbor's lawn. The purpose of a meeting location is so that you can quickly confirm everyone is out of the house, and it prevents emergency responders from needlessly entering a burning home.

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! Together, we can help every student succeed, from pre-K to high school, from Juanita to Sammamish. The foundation is still in need of Table Captains for our breakfast event. Please visit our Volunteer section on our web page if you are interested in learning more.

Reaching for Success Grants
Reaching For Success Grant Applications for school year 2017-18 are now available. Check our programs page for more information. The grant application deadline has been extended to March 13, 2017. 

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

Spring brings thoughts of flowers and breaths of fresh, fragrant air.
Exhaust from idling cars just doesn't fit well into that lovely scenario. The Earth Corp would like to remind parents waiting for their students for more than a few minutes to turn off their engines.  Not only are exhaust emissions (pollution)  bad for our health they are contributing to a changing climate, and idling increases engine wear.  Thank you for making JHS a healthier place for us to be.  Thank you for not idling!
PSE Air Quality   
Scholarship Committee
Seeking Help!

Volunteers needed - looking for parent volunteers to join the 2017 JHS scholarship committee.  Duties include reading scholarship applications and meeting in May with committee members to select this year's recipients.  We are looking for parents of freshmen or sophomores.  Anyone interested or have question can email scholarship chair Cindy Poon

LWPTSA Council
LWPTSA Scholarships
The Lake Washington Counsel PTSA is offering fifteen $1000 scholarships to seniors.
Reminder to graduating seniors that the 2017 JHS PTSA Scholarship application deadline is  April 27th.  Completed form can be dropped off at the Career Resource Center with Mr. Navalinski.  Contact Cindy Poon  if you have any question regarding the scholarship application.