Feb. 21, 2021

Feb. 22-April 17 | BHS Sports Season 1

Feb. 25 | Curbside at the Library, 3-5 p.m.

March 1 | WSPTA Essay, Scholarship & Game Development contest deadlines

March 4 | PTSA Board Meeting, 7 p.m.

March 11 | Curbside at the Library, 3-5 p.m.

May 6 | PTSA Board Meeting, 7 p.m.

May 31 | Memorial Day, no school

June 16 | Class of 2021 Graduation, 5:30 p.m.

Check School Bulletin on BHS Website for events and updates!
Online Registration
BHS Course Signup for 2021-22 school year
Online Course Registration details are offered here and online:

Registration windows | links on Source:
Grade 11 (Class of 22) | Sign up ends Feb. 22
Grade 10 (Class of 23) | Feb. 23 to March 1
Grade 9 (Class of 24) | March 2-8

Students, please follow the instructions below to register online via the Source. Consult with your current teachers if you have questions regarding a specific subject area's course sequence. Students with IEPs should work directly with their IEP case manager to select their courses for 2021-22.

PLEASE NOTE! Your 2021-22 class schedule is built completely on which courses and alternates you SUBMIT ONLINE. If you do not complete this CRITICAL step within your registration window posted above, it could result in not getting the courses you wanted.

Visit the Fall Registration page for more information and Course Catalog.
New class offerings for the 2021-22 school year
The following new courses will be offered for the 2021-22 school year. Check the Course Catalog for details on these and all offered courses.

  • Antiracism & Civic Engagement (Social Studies Semester Elective)
  • Business Math 130 (Formerly Financial Algebra)
  • Math 107 | Math in Society [through Edmonds College in the High School program ($ - application fee applies)]
  • Business Management (Replacing Ethics in Business)
  • French 4 A/4 B
Metro League Athletics Season 1 kicks off Feb. 22
Season 1 starts up Monday, Feb. 22. BHS football (schedule infographic above), girls soccer, girls swim & dive, volleyball, gymnastics, cross country and golf will be competing in the First Season.

All athletes must be registered and cleared in FinalForms before any participation can begin.
Diversity Empowerment Council forming
We have a new group for families of color at BHS called the Diversity Empowerment Council. Any family member or student of color can join. The group's goal is building relationships with and centering the voices and ideas of the families of color at Ballard.

The group typically will meet at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month via Teams, but due to Mid-Winter Break, this month the meeting will be 7 p.m. on Feb. 25.

Anyone interested in joining can contact history teacher Robin Dowdy at
Explore new interests by trying an online club
Check out the myriad of options on the Clubs and Organizations page and reach out to the student leader or club advisor to get more details.

You can also follow @ballardstudentlife on Instagram and find out more ongoing information about Clubs, Activities, and Student Life! Reach out to with any questions.
WSPTA essay, game contest entries due March 1
BHS Students: Use your words or strategic creativity to win a WSPTA essay or game-development contest!

These WSPTA opportunities both have a March 1 deadline and details are linked below:

Ballard High PTSA's Council number is 6.15.460 for application purposes. More information on these offerings on WSPTA Events & Programs page's tabbed side column.
AP Exam update!
AP tests will be offered remotely. More specific details for BHS students coming in March!

Visit the CollegeBoard 2021 Updates for more information about AP exams from CollegeBoard.  
SAT School-Day Assessment cancelled
The March 2021 school day SAT for Juniors has been cancelled. The plan is to provide the school day SAT to all Seniors in Fall 2021.

Students are still able to register and take the PSAT and SAT but will need to register on their own through the CollegeBoard. Please visit CollegeBoard for additional information and resources. More info on Assessments Overview.
Curbside at the Library | Don’t Miss Feb. 25 from 3-5 p.m.
The next Curbside at the Library event is 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. Check out the Library Catalog at and make a favorites list and put books on hold.

Beaver Book Club will next be reading Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas, while Pride Book Club's next title is Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. Don't forget to reserve and pick these books up Curbside too!

When you're done reading, please promptly return these popular titles during Curbside events or on any school day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the bins outside of the south (Main Office) building entrance.

Visit the BHS Library page to stay current on what's happening in the BHS Library!
Attention BHS Parents!
We Need Parent Volunteers 3-5 p.m. Feb. 25
Help get books in students' hands, while enjoying seeing our BHS Community!

The Library needs 5-10 parent volunteers to help make the 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 and March 11 Curbside at the Library events happen.

Email Teacher-Librarian TuesD Chambers at if you're interested in helping.
Upcoming online fun for Beaver Readers & gamers
The Ballard High School Library is offering a variety of online activities this week after our Mid Winter Break snow play and re-charge.

Here are the daily activities; meeting links are available on the Library Schoology page:

Monday, Feb. 22 - Eager Beaver Readers, noon | Library Game Club, 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 23 - Library Leaders, noon | DIY Makerspace (this week using discarded books to make arts and crafts), 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 24 - Picture Book Pilot Reading Buddies, 10 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 25 - Pride Book Club (Sissy by Jacob Tobia), 12:45 p.m. | Curbside at the Library, 3-5 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 26 - Ballard Comic Book Club (Bitter Root by David Walker and Chuck Brown), noon | Beaver Book Club (Internment by Samira Ahmed), 12:30 p.m.
Students: Need a book recommendation, a minute to decompress about online learning and/or info about BHS Library activities?
Senior Resources page offers helpful updates for '21
Class of 2021, don't forget to check out the Senior Resources page for timely news and information.

The School Board has approved a motion to remove the 60-hour Service Learning requirement for seniors graduating this year. More info:Lindsay Squires at
Seniors who need a midyear transcript sent to a college (that you have not applied to through Common or Coalition App), update your request on Naviance. Check out the Applying to College resource guide for more information.
Senior Parents check out the BHS Class of 2021 Parent Facebook Page for community and updates.
College Visits and Events, a ticket to campus life!
The BHS Counseling Center offers online college visits this year! Get information about admission processes, financial aid and campus life in a virtual setting, while speaking with a live college representative. Also, the Applying to College resource guide has answers to commonly asked questions about applying to college and helpful links.
Upcoming visits include:

9 a.m. Wednesday. Feb. 24 | University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland

2:05 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 | Pacific University, Forest Grove OR
2:05 p.m. Thursday, March 11 | Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Additional details on College Visits and Events webpage.
Explore California Schools with ARROW
The Pacific Northwest regional admission counselors from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, San Diego State, University of the Pacific, University of Redlands, and University of San Francisco are excited to invite you and your students to a virtual event to explore colleges in California.

Explore California Schools with ARROW: Thursday, March 18 from 7-8 p.m.

Visit the ARROW website for more information.
BHS Foundation offering three scholarships
The Ballard HS Foundation is currently offering three Scholarship opportunities for Ballard students: The Ballard Nineteen Scholarship, the Daniel Chavez Scholarship and the BHS Foundation Golden Beavers Scholarship. Please read the information below and view the attached applications for each of these wonderful scholarship opportunities.

The Ballard Nineteen Scholarship was established to remember the 19 men from BHS who died serving in Vietnam. A $1,000 award to any graduating senior at BHS for college or accredited trade school who meet the criteria listed on the application.

The Daniel Chavez Scholarship is a one-time $1,000 scholarship in honor of fallen Marine Daniel Chavez who graduated from BHS in 2003. Refer to the application for more details and information regarding the scholarship.

The Ballard HS Foundation Golden Beavers Scholarship is a one-time grant given by BHS alumni graduates of 50 or more years. The Foundation is offering scholarships for students going to four-year, two-year, and technical colleges/universities. Refer to the application for more details and information.

Due date for these scholarships is March 12. Email application(s) to Carol Bristol at or see additional options listed and full details on the Scholarship Information Page.
WSPTA Scholarship signup deadline March 1
Washington State PTA offers four $2,500 scholarships to graduating seniors from Washington state public high schools with an active PTA, who will be starting college (either two-year or four-year) in the fall.

Ballard High PTSA's Council number is 6.15.460 for application purposes.
Sports physicals, mental health resources at BTHC
The Ballard Teen Health Center (BTHC), a collaboration between BHS and Swedish Medical Center, offers both remote and scheduled, in-person visits to students for medical and mental health purposes.​ The BTHC offers free sports physicals. It also has a substance-use Prevention/Intervention Specialist on staff. BTHC is funded through the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Plan levy.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, please send an email or call/text to BTHC Clinic Coordinator Say Tuitele at | 206-390-3355. If you are not yet registered, you can complete a Consent for Care Services here
Jazz Band part of Hot Java Cool Jazz video tribute
Although Starbuck's Hot Java Cool Jazz live event was cancelled last year and again this year, Ballard High School's Jazz Band has been invited to submit a recording for a video tribute to the event. More information on where to find the videos coming soon.
Office staffed during building closure
Ballard High School Office Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, although the building is closed for visitors.

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

District news on BHS website
Check out not only the latest BHS news but the latest District Announcements on the BHS website!
SPS website redesign feedback sought by Feb. 28
BHS Families, please take a moment and participate in the SPS Website Navigation request by Feb 28.
SPS is collecting feedback and recommendations for improving website navigation and search functionality. You can help by participating in a 10-minute navigation study.

More information on the study (which is linked below) here.
SPS District IV Director appt update
On March 24, the Seattle School Board will appoint a school board director for District IV (4) representing Northwest and Central Seattle including Magnolia, Queen Anne, and southern neighborhoods in Ballard.
BHS parents E Tyler Crone and Eric Souza are among five candidates being considered for the position.
SCPTSA hosts Feb. 25 Zoom meeting on SPS budget shortfall
Next year the district is facing a budget shortfall. Seattle Council PTSA is partnering with SPS leadership to co-host a budget update on Thursday, Feb. 25, 7- 8:30 p.m.

Attendees will receive an overview of the district's budget landscape, the projected budget gap for next year and beyond, and what this means for our schools.

After the district's presentation and Q&A, SCPTSA Legislative Chair Eddie Lin and SCPTSA District 3 Area Director Sam Fogg will share information on how and where to advocate for funding at the legislative level. 
Pre-registration is required. Language interpretation will be available.

Register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you'll receive a confirmation email containing info about joining the meeting. Please check your spam folder in case the confirmation code ends up there.
21-22 school year dates released
At the regular School Board meeting on Feb. 10, the School Board voted to approve the district calendars for the 2021-22 school year. Check it out here!
SPS Skills Center Applications open
Applications for the Seattle Skills Center’s 2021-22 school year courses are now available online on the Skills Center website.

The Seattle Skills Center prepares Seattle Public Schools high school students for college, career, and life through advanced Career and Technical Education courses. Courses are both offered for the school year and summer sessions.

The Seattle Skills Center programs are 1.5 credits per semester, full year programs (3.0 credits) and meet daily. More info here.
SPS explains in-person learning phases
The SPS recently launched a new webpage to share its proposed phased approach to bringing back prek-1 and students enrolled in Special Education Intensive Service Pathways to buildings starting March 1.

Also, this "Return to In-Person Learning" video describes the in-person methodology for these students.
Finally, here's the SPS Return to In-Person FAQ.
BHS PTSA offers these Community Activities for informational purposes & does not necessarily support activities or views presented therein.
UW Spring evening enrichment courses
The University of Washington is excited to announce its spring evening enrichment courses (not for credit) for high school students. Classes starting in late March include:
> Sharpen Your Writing Skills (filling fast!)
The registration deadline is March 15 and courses begin the week of March 22. For details visit website.
College application & admission info
The Phinney Neighborhood Association is offering a College Application/Admission Webinar, featuring Dr. Mark Hofer
Thursday, March 4 from 7-8:30 p.m.

Dr. Mark Hofer helps students find great colleges and universities that will best serve their academic, social, financial, and personal needs. He guides students and their families through the application and admissions process while maintaining a focus on graduating with as little debt as possible. Join Dr. Hofer at this free online talk for parents and college-bound high school juniors and seniors. Contact Mark at for webinar link and password.
It's not too late to become a BHS PTSA Member!
PTSA membership is open to anyone concerned about the education, health, and welfare of our youth and is a way to show your commitment to working with teachers and the school administration to build a better future for the next generation.

  • We help families stay informed and connected to the school community.
  • We plan school-wide celebrations, parent education and staff appreciation events.
  • We raise much needed grant money for academic, enrichment and extracurricular activities.

To learn more about your Ballard HS PTSA visit the PTSA Overview page. For any membership questions, contact PTSA Membership Chair Lisa Vanderford-Anderson at
BHS PTSA on social media

You can also follow BHS PTSA on Instagram page @bhs.ptsa and Twitter!
Brian Duncan testifies on behalf WSPTA
Given only one minute to testify, WSPTA member (and BHS Legislative Liaison) Brian Duncan asked House Education Committee members to carefully consider HB 1396, which would limit student choice regarding social studies courses on Feb. 9.

"HB1396 would limit third-year required social studies to only an additional year of US history and/or civics, foreclosing other social studies options for that third year," Duncan explained later.
"The downside is narrowing options, thus excluding relevant and engaging options such as geography, specialized world history, newly developed ethnic studies, coming soon from SPS and OSPI."

The bill is dead for this session as it did not make it out of the Education Committee.

Thanks for your advocacy, Brian!
Community Resources
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