April 11, 2021

BHS Office open for virtual contact, form drop-off in outdoor bin 8-3 p.m. M-F

April 29 | Curbside at the Library new time, 4-6 p.m.

May 6 | PTSA Board Meeting, 7 p.m.

May 13 | Curbside at the Library new time, 4-6 p.m.

May 17 & 20 | Cap & Gown Distribution, 3:50-5 p.m.

May 31 Memorial Day, no school

More updates on the School Bulletin!
BHS Families Returning to In-Person Info

COVID-19 Informed Consent Form
Required For Students Returning to In-Person Learning
Each student returning to in-person learning will need to provide a completed and signed COVID-19 Informed Consent Form (open, fillable PDF linked in image).
If you selected the in-person option on the Learning Preference Survey, please return completed form in one of these ways:

  • Email the form to Cindy Peterson, Administrative Secretary, 
  • Drop the form off at school in the collection bin outside the main doors between 9am-3pm.
  • The student may bring their completed/signed form on their first day back in the building.

Please visit the district website for translated versions of this form. 
In-Person vs Remote Preferences
If you want to change your entry or if you did not submit your preference, please contact BHS Registrar Kim Nickerson at or 206-252-1105. Please provide your student’s full name and indicate either in-person or remote learning as your preference.

After April 16, any requests to change a learning preference will need to go through an appeals process at the district level.
In-person students, remember your laptops!

Students returning to the building beginning April 19 should bring their charged SPS-issued laptops or a personal device with them for their in-person learning session.
Daily Health Screening/Attestation
A Daily Health Screening/Attestation will need to be completed every In-Person school day. In-Person families will receive an initial email and can request then if they would like a text message, on the days the student is expected to be at school with a link to a few questions to answer.

Students will not be allowed to enter the school, if an attestation is not completed and APPROVED.

Learn more about the Daily Health Screening/Attestation.
In addition, on April 19, the Daily Health Screening will include an extra question that will ask parents/guardians of 6-12 grade students if they consent to have their student complete their own daily health screening.
BHS Families BOTH In-Person and Remote Information
New Bell Schedule for ALL BHS students
Beginning on Monday, April 19 there is a new BHS Bell Schedule for ALL Students as explained in Principal Wynkoop’s letter to BHS families on April 7.

Please view the Proposed Bell Schedule on the school website for updated information.

Visit the In-Person and Remote Learning webpage for important updates.  
On-Campus Health and Safety Protocols
From a galaxy not so far away ...
check out this #AG2BB Productions' Safety Video
to see planned protocols and daily attestation practice.
Digital Testing App for AP Exams
AP Central is now offering a Digital Testing App. Please watch 2021 Digital AP Exams Preview video for the basics of AP digital testing this year.

Digital Testing App on SPS devices
The district will download the app on district-assigned student devices and will likely have the app ready for student use after Spring Break. Students will not be able to self-download the app on their SPS-assigned device.

Digital Testing on Personal Devices
See Digital Practice or the BHS Testing page for more information and details on downloading the app on a personal device. Students can begin practicing digitally on the app on April 12.
Get your BHS swag!
Athletic Booster Club Spring Bundle Sale continues
The Athletic Booster Club is excited to introduce a new clothing item to our Beaver Gear collection and our Spring Bundle sale too!

Spring Bundle Sale Includes
  • New! Athletic Shorts (w/pockets red & gray)
  • Baseball Style shirt, and
  • Ballard Beavers mask all for $40 ($50 when purchased separately).

This bundle will be available for a limited time so order now to get the best value! More info and cool new bleacher seats on the ABC Gear page.
Diversity Empowerment Council Meeting | April 22 at 7 p.m.
BALLARD FAMILIES OF STUDENTS OF COLOR: Meet up with our Diversity Empowerment Council and learn how to escalate your complaint beyond the school if you are not being listened to.
View Flyer and the DEC Meeting page for more info!
Earth Service Corps hosting climate refugees fundraiser
What are climate refugees? Climate refugees are people who have been forced to leave their homes as a result of the effects of climate change on their environment, and the BHS Earth Service Corps wants to help them!

The student club, Earth Service Corps, will be hosting a fundraiser from April 11-18! Donations will go through SchoolPay and to the Climate Refugee Organization, a sister organization to the International Refugee Rights Initiative. Contact if you have any questions.
Class of 2021 | Graduation Update – IN PERSON!
BHS has been cleared for an in-person graduation at Memorial Stadium for those who want to participate. Each graduate will be given a small number of tickets for their guests to attend.

The date is still June 16 but please note the time has been moved up to 5 p.m.

Stay tuned for more information!

Visit the school website Graduation | Class of 2021 for more information.
Cap and Gown order deadline extended to April 18
Ballard HS Cap & Gown Orders + Senior Products

Order your Cap & Gown for Graduation! Visit and follow the steps on the National Achiever website. Order deadline has been extended to April 18 in order to get all the cap and gowns delivered on time!

New update! Cap & Gown orders will be distributed May 17 and 20 from 3:50-5 p.m.

NEW! Senior SPREE event in works
The SPREE Committee is busy planning the Senior's Graduation Night party! Stay tuned for details and ticket information.
Facebook Group for Class of 21 parents

This non-PTSA affiliated group is for families of 2021 students. Share helpful information and ideas to facilitate a fabulous senior year. Sign up for Parent Page here.
National Poetry Month | Hmm ... what rhymes with April?
April is NATIONAL POETRY MONTH, when we celebrate the POWER OF WORDS! There are lots of ways for you to get involved this month (URLs linked below):

Visit the BHS Library page for more reading inspiration and fun!
Curbside at the Library | April 29
The next Curbside at the Library event is 4-6 p.m. Thursday, April 29. (Note the new time, due to the amended Bell Schedule.) Remember put books/games on hold and look over the Library Catalog at!

More information on the Library page.
Counseling Center running news page
Check out the Counseling Center news page for information on jobs, internships, college visits, scholarships and more!
Scholarship opportunities on SPS/BHS bulletins
The Counseling Center offers a helpful Scholarship Bulletin page with current opportunities as well as a Seattle Public School Bulletin that is updated monthly. Check the page often for new opportunities!
Ballard Rotary Vocational Scholarship opportunity
The Rotary Club of Ballard is offering scholarships in an amount between $1,000 and $2,500 to seniors planning to enroll in vocational training at an accredited Washington college. Vocational studies can include but is not limited to maritime vessel operations, nursing, health services, and automotive technology. Deadline extended to April 15.
Labor and Social Justice Scholarships at the UW
Up to $6,000 in funding for students committed to principles of Social Justice, Equality and Diversity through the UW Labor and Social Justice Scholarships:
Awards include:
  • Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes Scholarship in Labor Studies: BHS graduate Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes were two inspiring Filipino American leaders of the Seattle labor movement. Advocates for racial equity and solidarity in the workplace, they were killed in 1980 for their opposition to the Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines.
  • Frank Jenkins, Jr. Fellowship in Labor Studies: Frank Jenkins Jr. was the grandson of a runaway slave, the first son of a Buffalo Soldier and a native Filipina, and a member of the first known Filipino family in the Puget Sound region. A lifelong civil rights and union rights activist, Jenkins was one of the first African American leaders within the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

Visit to learn more about the application process.  The deadline to apply is Monday, April 19.
Virtual College Visits & College Fairs
Students! Did you know that there are still upcoming College Visits? Visit the College Visits and Events webpage often for additional school visit dates and more details.
Wednesday, April 21 | 9 a.m. University of Colorado Boulder

Thursday, April 22 | 9-11:15 a.m. The Washington Council’s College Planning Day provides a one-stop opportunity to learn about Washington State’s higher education options. Learn more.

Wednesday, May 5 | 10:30 a.m. FIDM - Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising - Los Angeles

Wednesday, May 12 | 10:30 a.m. San Diego State University
Nurse Notes: Resilience
Resilience. What a cool word! It’s like a shiny coat of armor wrapped around you. Resilience helps us easily bounce back from challenges. Who wouldn’t want more resilience? Here are some ways to build resilience. Choose to believe in yourself. Recognize life doesn’t always go as planned, so be creative and go for Plan B. Choose to look for the good in every situation, on purpose. Choose to make good sleep and exercise part of your daily life. Choose to be compassionate with yourself. It is ok to feel whatever you feel. Choose to draw strength from close friends and family. Finally, look in the mirror and laugh with the person looking at you.      

Thank you to BHS Nurse Laurie Tirtanadi, RN, MS, ARNP for providing Nurse Notes this school year. If you've missed any, feel free to check them out on the School Nurse page.
Spring Awakening | BPA Musical Spring Production
The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. 
Show Dates! May 6-8 and May 13-15
Tickets are $25 and good for the day and time of the show only, and work only on one device. Parental Guidance Advisory for explicit language and content.

Order your tickets through Showtix4U.comMore information.
Boys soccer tryouts kick start on April 19
Boys soccer tryouts are April 19-21. Freshmen/sophomores are 4:10-5:20 p.m. and juniors/seniors are 5:30-6:40. Wear a mask, stay home if you are sick.

Follow the team on Instagram @ballardsoccer
Boys basketball tryout details | April 19-20
Boys Basketball: Tryouts will be held April 19-20. If anyone is interested in trying out then complete these four steps:

  1. Email Coach Broom for more information at if you have not been receiving basketball specific information.
  2. Complete all sports paperwork and upload updated physical now at
  3. Fill out this form by April 16. 
  4. Attend the mandatory meeting at April 18 at 6 p.m. on Microsoft Teams.
Get involved!
Join our BHS PTSA as our 2021-22 Treasurer
Good with numbers? We’ve got the job for you! The Ballard PTSA Treasurer role is open for the 2021-2022 school year. This role is responsible for a complete and accurate accounting of PTSA Revenue and Expenses. Never fear, we have a fantastic certified accountant in place to help with the heavy lifting!

To learn more about this role and other open positions, please contact the BHS PTSA Nominating Chairs Michelle Renn, Sarah Visser and Carol Cheyne at
Ready to volunteer?
Now that our students will be re-entering the school, it is a great time to get your paperwork
updated through the SPS online volunteer process.

Once you have completed this step, you
are cleared for up to two years of volunteer work.

Are You a Future Beaver?

Online Registration Timeline: 
April 9 - BHS welcome email sent to new families; new Families can review the Course Registration Information online.

Please visit our Online Fall Registration for more details and information!
Have a BHS question? Here's who to contact!
For Spring Break, office staff will be available to answer questions from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Please call (206-252-1000) or email BHS Administrative Secretary Cindy Peterson at or Asst./Athletics Secretary Rayna Bauer at

Non SPS Adults Not Permitted in School Buildings 
As we gear up for welcoming back more students into our buildings, we want to ensure that health
and safety protocols are being strictly followed and adhered to, especially as it pertains to volunteers and/or non-SPS adults.
Please Note:
~Volunteers are NOT permitted in schools, both during and outside of school hours.

~Parents/family members/caregivers can be on-site outside to pick-up/drop-off students.

The district is following the recommendations from DOH and Public Health-Seattle & King County to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in schools.
Looking for SPS updates?
Seattle Public Schools' updates are also featured on the home page of the BHS website
The BHS PTSA offers Community Resources for informational purposes & does not necessarily support activities or views presented therein.
Assistance League Summer program
The Summer Enrichment Scholarship Program with Assistance League of Seattle is awarding scholarships of up to $500 to Seattle middle and high school students currently in grades 6-11 for summer enrichment programs such as overnight camp, music, science, art and more.

Scholarship information and application can be found on Assistance League website. 
Deadline May 1.
OneWorld Now summer language program
This summer OneWorld Now will be offering two 3-week online sessions of our Summer World Languages & Leadership Program in Arabic, Korean, and Mandarin Chinese. 

Students can earn 0.5 World Language credits for each session; therefore, if they complete 6 weeks (Level 1A and Level 1B), they will get 1.0 credits, which is a year's worth of language study.

The deadline to register is June 6, but classes are first-come, first served.

Thanks to our generous sponsor STARTALK, cost is just $25 per session, but if this is a barrier for a family, OneWorld Now is happy to work with them.

Students can visit to learn more.
Leaders of Today Competition
Interested in STEM or Community/Civic Leadership? The 2021 Leaders of Today Competition, hosted by the Leaders of Today action team of the City of Bellevue’s Youth Council, is perfect for you. The entire process can take no more than an hour to complete — we accept either a 500 word response or a 1-2 minute video from participants. 
Winners will get the opportunity to collaborate directly and meet life long mentors with one of our six Adult Ambassadors, who range from an MIT professor to the Mayor of the City of Bellevue to renowned CEOs.
The competition closes on May 2. Check out @leadersoftodaynw, sign up at website!
Learn about DigiPen
DigiPen Institute of Technology teaches its students many of the skills and techniques used by modern professionals, but that’s not all there is to know about working in the real world.

Since 1988, DigiPen Institute of Technology has been preparing students to succeed as skilled engineers, artists, and designers in the growing technology industries. Many DigiPen courses are taught by industry veterans.
To hear from one of these experienced faculty members, come to a live, online Professor Q&A, Wednesday, April 14 at 3 p.m.
BHS Athletics streams
Catch some more BHS volleyball and soccer this week as the teams face Bishop Blanchet. Season One sports home games are streamed on our BHS Athletics YouTube Channel.

All three volleyball matches against Blanchet will be featured on Monday, April 12, starting with JVC at 4 p.m.; JV at 5:30 p.m. and Varsity at 7 p.m.

Girls Soccer also takes on Bishop Blanchet this week, with the Varsity stream kicking off at 7 p.m. Thursday April 15 and the JV game viewing at 7:30 p.m.

More information at the BHS Athletics Update.
Season One, just some of the Week Six fun!

Last regular season meet on Friday night and the team killed it, taking a season high score to win versus Ingraham and Nathan Hale. Cosette LaChance was first on bars; second on vault, floor and all-around; and third on beam. Lilly Clarke won beam and was third all-around.

Metro championships are Saturday, April 17. Follow @ballardgymnastics on Instagram.

On Friday, BHS lost a hard fought game 25-30 against Seattle Prep at Nathan Hale Field. Congratulations to our senior players for all their efforts this year: Aidan O'Leary, Alex Gonzalez, Caelin Johnson, Chauncey Cox, Connor Dynes, Damein Johnson, Davyn Waters, Dylan Gibb, Hayden McPherson, Michael Grant, Nick Toll, Nowlin Ewaliko, Owen Kroontje, Robert Struthers, Ryan Blokker, Tim Gaston, Tre'Von Pellem, Tristen Townsend and Zak Luke.

Beavers play Friday, time TBD (but could be 5 p.m.) against Eastside Catholic at Memorial Stadium to decide third and fourth place for Metro League.


The BHS Cross Country Team had a strong final team meet with the boys' team topping Lincoln under glorious spring skies at Magnuson Park and the girls' team getting a close second place.

"It was a great last meet for the team, 27 more PRs and another 9 season records," said Coach Neal Howard. "We have seen a lot of improvement and dedication pay off as the season has come to a close."

Good luck to those top-seven runners participating in the boys' culminating meet on Wednesday, April 14 and the girls' culminating meet on Thursday, April 15. Follow @ballardhsxc on Instagram.
Contribute to PTSA while you shop
Thank you to BHS families who contribute to our PTSA while they shop at Fred Meyer. A digital account is needed to participate. To help contribute, link your Shoppers Card card to the BHS PTSA (code MJ933).

Once your card is linked, all you have to do is swipe your Shopper's Card while paying for your Fred Meyer purchases.
More info about Community Rewards here.
AmazonSmile purchases benefit PTSA
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to BHS PTSA. Check out the AmazonSmile information page to learn about using AmazonSmile and select “Ballard High School PTSA, Seattle, WA.” Thank you!
April Legislative Update
Legislative Update complied by BHS PTSA Legislative Liaison and SCPTSA High School Area Director Brian Duncan, 
Stay connected to WSPTA advocacy
Ways to stay connected to WSPTA advocacy efforts:

  • Each week a new newsletter, “Focus on Advocacy,” will be sent each Monday to subscribers to keep you informed on what is happening during the legislative session and how it aligns with WSPTA priorities. To subscribe simply click on the “Update your Profile” link at the bottom of any newsletter to select this newsletter.
  • Subscribe to the Action Network to participate in timely action alerts through the session. As a bonus, subscribers to the Action Network receive the new “Focus on Advocacy” newsletter.
  • Advocacy questions can be directed to WSPTA Advocacy Director Sherry Rudolph.
Community Resources
The BHS PTSA offers Community Resources for informational purposes & does not necessarily support activities or views presented therein.
Do You Have an Announcement for the BHS PTSA Newsletter?
Submit content (appropriate and relevant to Ballard High School or Community) by 5 p.m. Thursday (1 or 2 weeks before your event ) to the BHS Newsletter Editor email at Please submit posts no more than 100 words and include relevant URLs, contact info and a small graphic (if available). Editor has full discretion over what is published. The BHS PTSA provides Community News for purely informational purposes and does not necessarily support the activities or views presented therein.