April 18, 2021

April 19-June 12 | BHS Sports Season 2

April 21 | Class of 2021 photo, 2:15 p.m. on field

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, 4-6 p.m.

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

May 27 | Curbside at the Library, 4-6 p.m.

May 31 Memorial Day, no school

June 3 | Spring Choir Concert, 7 p.m.

June 4 | Spring Orchestra Concert, 7 p.m.
June 5 | Spring Band Concert, 7 p.m.

June 10 | PTSA Board Meeting , 5:30 p.m.

June 16 Graduation, 5 p.m.

More info at the online School Bulletin!
All In-Person and Remote Students

"We really wanted to find a way to support our new students to help them to have early access to the building to find their classes and learn their way around. We have added a short rotation through classes next week. This is targeted at new students to Ballard, but all students are invited."

Bell Schedule, 4/19-23
"Starting at 11:55 each day, students will attend the three classes they have that day for five minutes and then rotate to the next class. Then the regular class periods will start at 12:25 for all students. For the purposes of safety protocols, students will not sit during the five minutes in class, but they will meet their teachers before moving to the next class."

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:

Ways to Return the Consent Form & any Re-Start of School Forms

  • Email the form to Cindy Peterson, Administrative Secretary, 
  • Drop the form off at school in the collection bin outside the main doors between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • 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 and restart of school forms. 
Check out BHS before in-person learning option starts 4/19
"I encourage you to watch the new video linked above with your student if they are new to BHS," said Principal Wynkoop in his April 16 family letter.
"The building is confusing for the first few times you try to find your way around and I am hoping that the video will help them to understand where they are going."

"Lastly, this will be a big week of transition for all of us. Teachers and school staff will need some time to work out the kinks. Students that are remote for part or all of their schedule will need to adjust to the additional synchronous requirements until 3:50 p.m. on four days a week and it will be a big adjustment for students returning to the building as well. We know that this will create additional anxiety for many and we are committed to supporting students as they go through it."

Refer to the BHS In-Person and Remote Information page for current updates and links and resources for families.
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 5 p.m. April 23, any requests to change a learning preference will need to go through an appeals process at the district level.
Cohort Assignments
Students may see which cohort they have been assigned by going to their Source account and looking at their schedule.
They will see a new Program Support course listed under their 10 period class with either Rm: A Mon/Tue or Rm B: Thu/Fri or Rm: C Remote.

A Cohort – In person school on Monday and Tuesday, remotely on Thursday and Friday
B Cohort – In person school on Thursday and Friday, remotely on Monday and Tuesday
C Cohort – Fully remote on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
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. 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.

Learn more about the Daily Health Screening/Attestation. Also, check out the On Campus Health and Safety Protocol video, linked here:
Visit the In-Person and Remote Learning webpage for important updates.
Transportation to school | Orca card for Metro
Students planning to take Metro transit to in-person classes on Monday are encouraged to start preparing now by locating your ORCA card, planning your route, and reviewing health and safety protocols. Need to request a new ORCA card? Want to map your route?

Check out Metro tips for students. More information also on the BHS website.
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 it 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. Visit the Four Steps to Take Digital Exams for a checklist. Learn more on the Digital Practice site.

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!
Talisman new issue now available online
The BHS award-winning student-produced newspaper has updated articles and its most recent April 9 edition online!

Visit the Talisman website ( for the most current updates and recent articles or through quick links to articles on the Ballard High School website.

Cover art by Sam Rainville.
Ballard Class of 2021 Senior Photo!
Calling All Seniors!

We will be using a drone to take a massive and socially distanced ‘2021’ Senior Picture over the Ballard Field on Wednesday, April 21.
Arrive to either entrance of the field at 2:15 p.m. and be sure to stay a safe distance from others as you enter the field and receive directions.

Wear as much red and black as you can, plus a mask!

Last day to order April 18
Cap and Gown order distribution May 17, 20
Seniors: April 18 is the final day to order your Cap & Gown! More info here.

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

Students are allowed to come either distribution day (suggested days and cohorts below):
Monday, May 17: suggested Cohorts A & C
Thursday, May 20: suggested Cohorts B & C

Senior SPREE 2021
The SPREE Committee is busy planning the Senior’s Graduation Night party for June 16.

Please visit the SPREE 2021 Information page for current updates on this event. If you have any
questions please contact Sarah Kopf at or Becky Moore at
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.
Library fun continues after Spring Break
Check out this week's online Library groups; meeting links are available on the Library Schoology page:
Monday, April 19 - Eager Beaver Readers, Check Schoology for time
Tuesday, April 20 - Library Leaders, Check Schoology for time
Wednesday, April 21 - Picture Book Pilot Reading Buddies, 10 a.m. | Art Therapy, Check Schoology for time
Thursday, April 22 - Check out the Library Catalog ( and put something on hold for next week's Curbside event!
Friday, April 23 - Ballard on Comic Book Club, 4:30 p.m. Check Schoology for time
Also, another shout out for Teacher-Librarian TuesD Chambers and Assistant Librarian Lindi Wood (Photo from @ the_head_beaver), as April is School Library Month!

Visit the BHS Library page for more reading inspiration and fun!
Curbside at the Library | 4-6 p.m. 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!
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
Virtual Job/Internship Board
Students, check out the virtual Job Board located on the Counseling Center page! Be sure to check the page often for current updates and opportunities! Here's one option:
Columbia Lutheran Home
Openings for 2 Full Time & 3 PT Dietary Aides | Duties include dishwashing, cleaning, and transporting food and dishes to our dining areas. Hours are 4 - 7:30 pm. Apply online at the Columbia Lutheran Home or in person at 4700 Phinney Ave. N.
Vaccine eligibility now open to all in WA
As of April 15, all people in Washington age 16 and older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.
To search for open appointments, use the WA Vaccine Locator tool or check "how to get vaccinated information" on King County's COVID-19 website.

If students or families have questions about vaccines, they can contact Karen Boudour through the Ballard Teen Health Center at (Note: The Teen Health Center does not currently have vaccine available.)
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. 

Spring Awakening follows three teenagers in a small German village who experience the dawn of their own sexuality. They inevitably awaken to both joy and pain, with little direction from the adults around them.

The original play from 1891 was so scandalous for addressing sex violence and suicide that it was not staged until 1906. This contemporary production was first staged on Broadway in 2006, with a rock soundtrack by Duncan Sheik. The cast features 21 BHS students and the play is directed by Shawn M. Riley.
Show Dates! May 6-8 and May 13-15 | 7:30 p.m.
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 at and you will be sent a link to watch it on the evening you select. More information.

Make it Dinner and a Show
Alison’s Coastal Kitchen Takeout has put together a spring-themed, takeout dinner box ($55 for two) to enjoy with the show. Preorder now (with 24-hour notice):
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 at
  2. Complete 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 BHS PTSA as our 21-22 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
National Volunteer Week April 18-24
There's no end to your giving!
In celebration of National Volunteer Week, thank you to all of our amazing volunteers who have stepped up to answer calls for curbside pick-up, material distribution, library projects, tutoring and the senior SPREE celebration.

We could not do it without you! Your patience and can-do attitude have been so generous during this interesting year. Thank you for your unwavering support!

Want to learn how to help this spring? Current Volunteer Needs.
Thank you Administrative Professionals!
In honor of the upcoming April 21 Administrative Professionals Day, thank you to all the Administrative Professionals in the building who have helped us stay afloat during this historic school year, including:

Cindy Peterson, Administrative Secretary
Rayna Bauer, Athletics Secretary
Carol Bristol, Counseling Center Secretary
Alice March, Attendance Secretary
Karen Kazanjian, Fiscal Specialist
Kim Nickerson, Registrar

On behalf of the BHS PTSA, you rock!
Have questions while in-person learning starts again? While parents/guardians cannot come into the building, the office staff is available to answer questions via email and telephone.

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

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!
Langston online poetry workshop
The Henry is hosting an intergenerational but youth-focused online poetry and performance workshop series in collaboration with LANGSTON, inspired by Gary Simmons: The Engine Room, currently on view at the Henry.

This is a free event but space is limited. Register by April 20 to receive the free workshop kit by mail. The workshop series is taking place on Sunday, May 2 and 9 (1-2:30 p.m. each day). 
For more information and to register, please visit the Henry's website: 
Trades & Apprenticeship Night
Join the Lincoln High School PTSA for its Trades and Apprenticeship Night, a part of its virtual Post-Secondary Planning Series on Thursday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m.

Participants include: apprenticeship training program ANEW; Tracey Turcotte, Youth Apprenticeship Manager, Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC); and
To register for this event, text TABLETALKS to 41444.
Neighbor Day nominees sought
As the Department of Neighborhoods prepares for the city's annual Neighbor Day celebration, scheduled for Saturday, May 8, organizers want to amplify acts of kindness and honor the people across the city who have gone above and beyond to help their community. If there is someone whom you believe deserves to be recognized, nominate them here. More information.
Penguin Productions The Tempest
Penguin Productions is casting for its summer teen (14-19) production of The Tempest.

Rehearsal dates: June 28-July 23 (1-4 p.m.), with performances on July 24-25 at 2 p.m.

“O brave new world, that has such people in it!”
Live and in-person, join us as we re-enter a brave new world of connection, magic, and reconciliation. Refuel your artistic sensibilities as we come together to explore the magic of outdoor theatre!

If you have any questions about this project or COVID-19 regulations, email

BHS Athletics streams
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped record the Season One sports sports streams on the BHS Athletics YouTube Channel.

Did you miss any of the action? Check it out on the channel and Go Beavers! More info: BHS Athletics Update.
Season One sports action continues through Spring Break
Congrats to Girls Swim and Dive graduating seniors Caleigh, Corinne, Helen, Maggie, Wendy, Sydney, Issabella, and Saniya for competing and showing leadership in the pool and on the deck too!

The BHS Golf Team ended its season 3-3 and participated in the Metro League Championships on April 5.

Photo of Senior Milo Ophoven courtesy of Skye McDonald/Talisman.

The Ballard Gymnastics team hosted the Metro championships, taking second to Ingraham, and honored their senior athletes (shown in the photo collage) on Saturday. More via @ballardgymnastics on Instagram.

Also congrats to Lilly Clarke for receiving WIAA Week 7 Athlete of the Week honors!
The Ballard Girls Soccer team played their final game of the season at home in a glorious golden twilight against Ingraham last Thursday, losing 3-1 and ending League Play with a 3-3-1 record (3-4-1 overall). The game was streamed on the BHS Athletics YouTube page.

On Friday, BHS topped Eastside Catholic 21-13 for 3rd place in Metro at Memorial Stadium, competing in one of the hardest divisions in the state. The day before, the team hosted a Senior NIght Celebration event at its practice Thursday for graduating players.

"Seniors, thank you for the gifts and lessons you have shared with our program," wrote Coach Ross Humphries following Friday's win. "You leave Ballard as one of the most winning classes in our long history."

"Thank you to our amazing community for the love and support we receive from so many of you," he continued. "Our hearts are filled with Ballard Pride!"

Top photo c/o @SBLive/Twitter

The BHS Volleyball team busied itself over Spring Break, playing against three different Metro opponents.

All three teams hosted Bishop Blanchet in the Dam on Monday. Varsity hosted Ingraham on Wednesday and then traveled to Cleveland High School Saturday.

The Ingraham and Blanchet games were streamed on the BHS Athletics YouTube page.

The BHS Cross Country Metro culminating meets are in the books! The warmer weather brought a new challenge for both the girls and boys teams, which were both used to practicing and competing in cooler temperatures. The boys team placed fourth out of the 13 Metro schools participating!

"There were larger waves and more individuals to maneuver, this is difficult for students who are not used to these crowds. The team performed admirably and placed higher than they were ranked going into the meet!" said Coach Neal Howard.

The Ballard girls battled through a sun-soaked race, along with being down a couple members from the normally expected varsity group, and placed 7th.

"We have seen a lot of improvement and dedication pay off as the season has come to a close," Howard said of the team. Follow @ballardhsxc on Instagram. Photos by Yuriko Brunelle.
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 12 WSPTA Focus on Advocacy
Act Now: write your legislators and preserve K-12 funding
Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant 

This is the week that budget negotiators will begin working what is called the “differences list,” which is exactly what it sounds like – a list of differences between the House and Senate budget proposals. Negotiators will start with the easy stuff first and move to the areas where there is more disagreement or lack of alignment.

The proposed Senate and House budgets both contain critical strategies so that our K-12 system can fully support academic success and address the mental health needs of our students as they return fully to in-person instruction. These shared priorities are:
  • Provide budget stability across enrollment and transportation for the 2020-21 school year.
  • Ensure learning recovery funding allows targeted supports for students most in need of academic and social-emotional support in each district.
  • Increase the number of school counselors for high-poverty schools (vetoed in 2020).

By combining state and federal funds in the supplemental and biennial budgets, the Legislature can fund these priorities and put students in a position to thrive. Last week’s report asked Washington State PTA members to write to their legislators to avoid mid-year cuts to this school year and stabilize funding for the 2021-22 school year. Read the full report for this week’s ask including bill and priority information and the specific email addresses to direct your requests and stories to.
Community Resources
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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.