Happy 2019! 
Welcome back to school! 

3rd Annual BHS Foundation  Running of the Beavers on March 30, 2019  The Running of the Beavers 5K Fun Run/Walk is a fun community event sponsored by the Ballard High School Foundation. The run starts and ends at Golden Gardens Park in Ballard. You'll enjoy beautiful views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains on this fast, flat course, and the finish will take you right by the famous Beaver Pond at Golden Gardens.  When you register or donate, use the drop down menu to choose which Ballard High School Athletic Team you want to support. When you select this option, 70% of your fee goes directly to your favorite team! Can't make it to the run this year?  You can also make a direct donation at  www.runningofthebeavers.com , with 100% of your donation going to the team of your choice. Register HERE


NE W! Last Day for Seniors is now Thursday, June 13, 2019  Finals Wed, June 12 & Thurs, June 13, 2019

Visit the  Important Dates for Seniors often to stay up to date!

Counselor's letters for COLLEGE APPLICATIONS | Those of you applying to colleges with upcoming due dates in January need to turn in your Counselor Letter of Recommendation information ASAP and be sure to add us to your online applications! The Counseling Center will be closed over Winter Break so please don't wait! If you need an "Official Transcript," you MUST to come to the counseling center NOW to order it.

Yearbook sales will resume on 1/7 and continue through 1/25. Yearbooks are sold during lunch and after school in the Activity Center at the Fiscal Office. Yearbooks may be purchased by check (payable to BHS) or exact cash or paid online on THE SOURCE via SchoolPay.
  • $55.00 if your student has already purchased an Activity Card
  • $90.00 Combo, includes a yearbook and an Activity Card.
WINTER BALL | Winter Ball Ticket Sales Start 1/7-1/22 | Winter Ball is January 26 at Bell Harbor.  More details to follow!

Students ! Have you picked up your Student ID yet? There are still many ID cards waiting to be picked up in the front office. Remember--your ID is good for student discounts at the school and community so be sure you have yours.

Planners still available : Don't wait until New Years to get your life in order! Buy your 2018-19 BHS planner now!  They are $10 and available in the Main Office. Proceeds support the Senior Spree.

Communities Levies Meeting  | Community meeting to share information about the February 12, 2019 Special Election and the two SPS levies being submitted to Seattle Voters - the Educational Programs and Operations Levy and the Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy.  Seattle Public Schools is hosting three January 2019 Levies Community Meetings:
  • Tues., Jan. 8, John Rogers Elementary cafeteria
  • Thurs, Jan. 10, Montlake Elementary gymnasium
  • Tues., Jan. 22, Rainier Beach High School library
SPS and BHS Scholarship Bulletins |  BHS Families check out the  SPS & BHS Scholarship postings on the  BHS Website > Resources and Services > Counseling Center >  Scholarships  often for scholarship opportunities. The November bulletin can be found HERE

Teens in Public Service  TIPS | TIPS hires teens (ages 15-19) and provides them with paid summer internships working at a selection of nonprofit organizations in the Greater Seattle area. In addition to their nonprofit work, TIPS interns participate in leadership trainings, service activities, and public speaking events led by our organization to help develop these teens into young leaders who understand the need for service, compassion and civic engagement within their community. Application is available online HERE. To be selected for a TIPS internship, you must complete the following: 
  • Fill out and submit an application. 
  • Have 2 letters of recommendation submitted on his/her behalf. 
  • Have a high interest in serving their community. 
  • Complete an interview (if application is accepted).
All applications are due Monday, 2/25/19 at 5:00 p.m. along with TWO letters of recommendation.
Ewing C. Kelly ScholarshipThe Ewing C. Kelly Scholarship is designed to reward students who demonstrate good citizenship while striving to attain their academic goals. Applicants judged on their academic merit and extracurricular achievements--both scholastically and in their community. Awarded to students applying to either 4- year and 2- year schools.  DEADLINE:  March 10, 2019. For more information, click HERE.


PSAT Info, Score Reporting, and Preparing for the SAT
PARENTS AND STUDENTS |  Refer to the following information on how to understand your student's PSAT scores and how students can use them to prepare for the SAT. The SAT will be offered to all Juniors on March 6th at Ballard High School. 

PSAT Results will be released online on 12/12 .  Students who took the PSAT at BHS in October will need to log onto their College Board Account in order to view their scores. If you would like to learn more about how to understand your scores, get tips for preparing for the SAT or need assistance with your College Board account, come to the BHS Counseling Center. Ballard HS counselors are there to help.

Students will receive their original PSAT test booklets and PSAT Score Print out in their LA class before winter break, and Juniors will also receive a SAT Student Guide. Running Start students need to pick up their info from the Counseling Office. Visit the HS website PSAT & SAT pages for helpful info and links to resources.

AP Exams Registration Info: Registration and payment for AP exams begins January 7th. Click HERE for more information.

Come and support the upcoming Winter Sports Teams! V isit  MetroLeagueWA for current athletic schedules.  

Back this 
year - Ballard High School Gymnastics Kids Camps!!  The Ballard High School gymnastics team--4th place winners at the 2018 WA State  Gymnastics Championships--welcomes your K-5-aged child to join our 2019 kids camps!  BHS gymnasts will teach campers on bars, beam, vault, and floor for hours of fun and instruction.  Tickets are $45 per date, per camper (additional campers from the same family are $40) per date. No gymnastics experience is needed! 
Contact Kimball Mullins (Kids Camp coordinator) at  kimball.mullins@gmail.com  with questions.  This event is always a community favorite, secure your spot at the camps today!  Makes a great holiday gift!

Extreme Beaver Reader Season is here! We encourage all parents, staff, students, and community members to read harder in the new  year. Snap a photo, send it to  tschambers@seattleschools.org  and see if you are the most Extreme Beaver Reader. The contest ends January 15th. There is still plenty of time to stop by the Ballard High School library and stock up on books for this winter season. Remember all you need to do is READ!

Stay connected with Ballard HS Library events and check out the Library  What's New  page, online Calendar and the  Photo Gallery  too!

Future Lincoln High School parents and supporters are invited join us at our inaugural Lincoln PTSA event! The Lincoln PTSA Charter Meeting & Parent Social will be held Wednesday, Jan. 9, 6:30-9pm at Stone Way Cafe (3510 Stone Way N.) just seven blocks from Lincoln High School.

At this event, we will launch our Charter Membership Drive, where YOU will have the opportunity to be one of the founding members of our Lincoln PTSA!  ** Plus, all who sign up for Charter Membership that night will receive a "Lincoln PTSA Charter Member" vinyl sticker to affix anywhere you want people to know how awesome you are, AND donors will have the chance to grab a spot on an early-bird tour of Lincoln High School ** So please bring your checkbook!

We'll also present drafts of our Standing Rules and budget, and elect officers to our Lincoln PTSA Board (Only those who sign up for membership can vote, so sign up!)

And we'll top the night off with a Parent Social, to meet and greet your fellow Lincoln parents and supporters (food and drinks will be available for purchase).

Questions? Please contact Lincoln PTSA Steering Committee Chair, Lisa Rivera Smith, at  lisarsmith@live.com.

We look forward to seeing you on January 9th at Stone Way Cafe! 

1. BHS PTSA General Membership Mtg 1/31/18, 7:00 pm, Library (SPS Levies endorsement vote)
2. WSPTA Lobby day at State Capitol in Olympia Feb 11, 2019
3. Seattle Public Schools Capital and Operating Levies Election, Feb 12, 2019
4. WSPTA Annual Convention, SeaTac Hilton, April 26-28, 2019

LEAH = Leadership in Adolescent Health |  We are recruiting a diverse group of teens and young adults interested in leadership opportunities and improving adolescent health care. 
LEAH is a Fellowship Program, that trains leaders in adolescent health. We are recruiting youth and young adults for our Advisory Board, which will meet six times a year and:
  • Evaluate curriculum for training Fellows seeking to become leaders in adolescent health care
  • Invite Board Members to share their perspectives of adolescent health
  • Develop educational materials for other teens and young adults
  • Participate in two Teen and Young Adult panels.  
We would like any interested teen to contact us at UWLEAH@seattlechildrens.org by January 11 for an application.  The applications are due January 16 at 6:00 p.m. 

Need Service Learning Hours?  Ballard Students check out December  service learning opportunities  on the Service Learning page  HERE .

Attention Parent/Guardians Ballard HS appreciates every family's contribution to the school and volunteering is a great way to support your student, teachers and directors and allow them to continue to have the great opportunities that having volunteers like you provide.  Please consider volunteering and completing your SPS Online Paperwork today. Visit the BHS Website Volunteer Needs page often to see how you can help out.   THANK YOU BHS FAMILIES!

ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE Are you ready to spread your wings to France, Germany, Italy, or Spain?  We offer a unique, two-way exchange program that gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new language and new culture AND to host your carefully matched exchange partner in turn.  At ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE we will match you with a student about your own age in France, Germany, Italy, or Spain (your choice), you will decide exactly WHEN (whatever's best for your schedule), and for HOW LONG (between 6 to 12 weeks) you want to go on exchange (and then to host) as part of our flexible and affordable nonprofit language immersion and cultural exchange program for qualifying students between ages 9 and 18.  Please join us for an INFO MEETING on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 from 1 to 3 PM at the Capitol Hill Branch Library, Meeting Room (425 Harvard Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98102). RSVP marie@adolesco.org, and see www.Adolesco.org for more info. The application deadline is March 15, 2019, and matches will be announced by late April 2019. YOU can now learn French, German, Italian, or Spanish while living IN a new culture AND gain a great friend... for life!

UW STARS Program  | Seniors who are applying to U of W and are interested in engineering may want to consider the STARS program.

Why? U of W's engineering program is now "Direct to College." Students who have identified engineering and are accepted are admitted "freshman direct" to that program, as well. However, sometimes a student's transcript may not show their aptitude for STEM coursework coming in as a freshman.  They may be accepted to UW but not accepted "freshman direct" to the College of Engineering.

What? The STARS program offers an alternative route to receiving a degree in engineering.  This program puts them into a cohort of classes that would allow them to get into their engineering program of choice after they finish the 2 year program.  Note - student must be eligible for financial aid (preference for Husky Promise, Pell Grant, and State Need Grant recipients).

The deadline is 3/31, which is right after our decision letters will be going out (3/1-15). Click  HERE for more information. 

Crystal Clear College Planning | January 3, 7 p.m., Redmond Library. No Matter How Much Money You Make or How Good Your Student Is, This Class Is For YOU! Classes are free, but reservations are necessary. Register online at HERE or watch our video. Information-packed classes focus on high school juniors and address the following:
  • How to pick a college that is a good Academic, Social and Financial Fit.
  • Why procrastination may cost a family thousands of dollars.
  • Why standardized tests are important and which one to take SAT/ACT. 
  • How to maximize your student's potential to receive scholarships, grants, and other forms of gift-aid.
  • Illustrate to families how to attend a PRIVATE COLLEGE for a Public College Price.
Penguin Productions | Want a complete holiday theater experience, without the lengthy rehearsal process? Is being a part of an awesome community-building theater event on your wish list? Join us as an actor, writer, stage manager, designer, or general production support! We'll get together, talk a little about what the holidays mean to us, generate some themes and ideas. Then we'll form some groups to collaborate on performance pieces, which we'll share with family and friends. Create the holiday play you've always wanted to see/star in, make new friends, and re-discover the magic of community theater. All ages are invited to participate! Never worked with Penguin before? No problem! We welcome newcomers to get to know us in a friendly, relaxed, and inclusive environment. There is no financial obligation for any Penguin opportunities. Voluntary donations ensure access for all. More information at www.penguinproductionsseattle.org, on Facebook, or email Producing Artistic Director Shana Bestock.
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1/8: Boys' Basketball - Ingrahan @ BHS, 7:30 p.m.

1/9: Girls' Basketball - Ingraham @ BHS, 7:30 p.m.

1/10: Boys' Wrestling - BHS @ Rainier Beach, @ Cleveland HS, 6:30 (RBHS) and 7:30 (CHS) p.m.

- Boys' Swimming - Seattle Prep @ BHS, 4:00 p.m.
- Girls' Basketball - @Bainbridge, Paski Gym, 7:00 p.m.
Boys' Basketball - @ Bainbridge, Paski Gym, 
8:30 p.m.

1/12: Boys' Swimming - State Qualifier @ Juanita, 12:00 p.m. warm up / 1:30 p.m. start

1/15: BPA General Meeting

3/9/19 : Ballard Blast 

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Order forms are available in front of the main office, HERE, or you can pick one up at our holiday sales table that will be set up on the 2nd floor atrium during these days/times:

We're offering our normal awesome selection of Beaver Gear items plus a couple of holiday specials.
  • Scarf/socks combo at a discount
  • NEW! metal water bottle
  • Limited availability - Plaid pants

Get your duffel bag for the rest of the month  HERE

The BHS 2018-19 Club List is now posted  on the BHS Website Clubs page. For more information on BHS clubs in general, click here.

Participation in student-oriented activities is a vital part of every student's education. BHS provides a wide range of activities for your student to thrive at school, make new friends, and engage with staff. 

Interested in starting a club? W e have many clubs on campus and we are always looking to find more ways for students to get involved! If you have an idea for a new club, email Clubs Coordinator Clara Propst.   
Read the latest edition of the  Ballard Talisman .