BHS PTSA News
Feb. 28, 2021
March 25 | Curbside at the Library, 3-5 p.m.

April 8 | Third Quarter Ends

AND PTSA Board Meeting, 7 p.m.


April 12-16 | Spring Break

April 19-June 12 | BHS Sports Season 2
May 6 | PTSA Board Meeting, 7 p.m.

May 31 Memorial Day

June 10 | PTSA Board (5:30 p.m.) and End of Year Awards (7 p.m.) meetings

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

Updated details about BHS events throughout the week is on School Bulletin!
ALL SCHOOL NEWS
Online Registration
BHS Course Signup for 2021-22 school year
Registration windows:
Grade 11 (Class of 22) | Window closed
Grade 10 (Class of 23) | Link on Source until March 1
Grade 9 (Class of 24) | Link on Source March 2-8
Grade 8 (Class of 25) | Details coming soon!

Students, please follow the instructions on Fall Registration webpage.
Subscribe and check out the Season One action!
Watch BHS Athletics on YouTube Channel!
School athletics kicked off last week. There are a number of safety measures in place to allow this to happen, but upcoming competitions will not be open to the public.

On Feb. 24, Principal Keven Wynkoop and Athletic Director Eric Ensign both put out the call to the community to sign up and therefore allow the games to be streamed live on YouTube. (While streaming on YouTube is free, accounts need at least 1,000 subscribers to qualify.)
Thanks to all the Beaver fans, we fulfilled this request that same day! Our account has more than 1,000 subscribers ready to view and cheer on our athletes! You can still subscribe here.

As of the newsletter deadline, our YouTube Channel has three games set to livestream. (Check the channel for updates throughout the week.):

Varsity Girls Soccer vs. Ingraham at 4:30 p.m. March 4
Varsity Football vs. Seattle Prep at 4:55 p.m. March 5

If you are a team parent and would be willing to film competitions, please contact your athlete's coach to see how you can help. (BHS Coach Directory here.) Literally all you need is a phone with video and the YouTube app.

More information on the Athletics Overview.
Cheer Cheer for Ballard High!
Ballard Performing Arts recently reposted a performance of our school fight song, Cheer Cheer! We're including it here too, in celebration of the approaching spring and a return to athletics.

Here are the lyrics, click on the video and sing it loud and proud, Beavers!

Cheer Cheer for Ballard High's name.
Let it be known we're winning the game.
Send that football down the field,
We'll make a touchdown, we'll make them yield.

Whether the odds be great or small,
Ballard is sure to win over all.
While our gallant team is fighting onward to victory.

B-H-S
Go! Fight! Win!
   
Whether the odds be great or small,
Ballard is sure to win over all.
While our gallant team is fighting onward to victory. 
What's Does the BHS PTSA Do?
It's been a busy year so far for the BHS PTSA -- all in the mission to support our awesome staff and students!

Check out the updated "What Does the PTSA Do?" on the Ballard High School website!

Our webpage offers ways you can get involved too! And our next Board Meeting is this Thursday, March 4 at 7 p.m. Board meetings are held monthly and are open to all, although only Board and Committee Chairs may actively vote. For a Teams meeting link, email Gloria Kruzner at bhs.ptsa.pres@gmail.com

We can't wait until we can celebrate our school community in-person one day. Until then, mask up and stay safe Beavers!
Upload by March 5!
Extended due date to submit yearbook photos
Students: We want your photo for the School Yearbook! Extended due date March 5.

The BHS Yearbook staff has a service called HJ eShare that allows you to submit a portrait of yourself from the comfort of your own home!

Please note:
  • If you already got your school photo taken at Rowland Studio you don't need to do anything, they will send your photo to the yearbook staff!

  • If you are in the Class of 2021 and did not send a Senior Portrait already, you can also upload your photo through HJ eShare.

Sale dates for the 20-21 school yearbook, The Shingle, to be posted soon!
Virtual Tutoring Information Sessions March 1, 3
Were you stressed last semester? Do you have a goal to improve your grades for Semester 2?
 
BHS offers FREE virtual tutoring from qualified student volunteers who can help in all levels of math, science, English, social studies, French, Spanish, and computer science. Go to http://bit.ly/BallardVirtualTutoring to sign up for a session. All you got to do is pick a person, time, and show up.
 
If you’re still not sure, then please come to an Information Session (link on Schoology) to learn more about these opportunities and ask any questions you may have: Monday, March 1 from 1-1:30 p.m. | Wednesday, March 3 from 1-1:30 p.m.
 
Thank you, BHS Tutoring Team
ASSESSMENTS & TESTING
AP Exams to be offered remotely
AP Exams will be offered remotely. Ballard families will receive a full refund if you decide not to take an AP exam. If you cancel before April 1 your refund will be processed within 2 business days. If you cancel after April 1 then your refund could take up to 2 months to process.

Contact Mike Broom if you want to cancel an AP exam at mrbroom@seattleschools.org. Please visit the BHS AP Info page for updates.

SPS AP Testing Update:
The CollegeBoard recently announced detailed information and testing options for this year’s full-length AP exams. An at-home testing option is available for many but not all exams. We are closely reviewing all the released information, as well as public health guidelines, and will be making a decision soon regarding in-person testing for exams that cannot be taken at home.

We appreciate your patience, please refer to the SPS AP Information page for more information in the coming weeks.
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.
LIBRARY
Beaver Readers March on into spring books
The Ballard High School Library is offering a variety of online activities the first week of March. Here are the daily activities; meeting links are available on the Library Schoology page:

Monday, March 1 - Eager Beaver Readers, noon
Tuesday, March 2 - Library Leaders, noon
Wednesday, March 3 - Picture Book Pilot Reading Buddies, 10 a.m.
Friday, March 5 - Ballard Comic Book Club (Gideon Falls by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino), noon

Check out the Library Catalog at bit.ly/BHSHolds and make a favorites list and put books on hold for the next Curbside at the Library on March 11.

Visit the BHS Library page to stay current on what's happening in the BHS Library!
Help next Curbside at Library event
Parent Volunteers needed 3-5 p.m. March 11
Teacher-Librarian TuesD Chambers needs 5-10 parent volunteers to help make the 3-5 p.m. Thursday, March 11 Curbside at the Library event happen.

Meet teachers, share books and puzzles with students, and have all the feels of a fun BHS community event.

Also thanks to the parent volunteers who helped Curbside at the Library on Feb. 25!

Email the PTSA Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Visser at Volunteers.ballardhs@gmail.com if you can help out.
SENIORS
Senior updates: T-shirts now on sale!
Senior T-shirts are on sale through March 19 on SchoolPay.

The 60-hour Service Learning requirement has been removed by the School Board for seniors graduating this year. More info: Lindsay Squires at lesquires@seattleschools.org
Seniors who need a midyear transcript sent to a college (that you have not applied to through Common or Coalition App) should update your request on Naviance.
COUNSELING CENTER
Applying to College page offers wealth of resources
The BHS Counseling Center's Applying to College resource guide has answers to commonly asked questions about applying to college and helpful links. Additional details for the following virtual visits are on College Visits and Events webpage:
2:05 p.m. Thursday, March 11 | Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 12 | San Diego State University
Explore California Schools with ARROW
The 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 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 chbristol@seattleschools.org. More info on the Scholarship Information Page.
Ballard Rotary Vocational Scholarship opportunity
Rotary Club of Ballard is offering scholarships, in an amount between $1,000 and $2,500, to BHS Seniors planning to enroll in vocational training at an accredited college in Washington. Vocational studies can include but not limited to maritime vessel operations, nursing, health services, and automotive technology.
 
People of color, women, LGBTQIA+ individuals and others who may contribute to a rich diversity of perspectives and ideas are especially welcome and encouraged to apply. More info: www.rotaryclubofballard.org.
Seahawks Players’ Equality & Justice for All Scholarships
The Seahawks Players’ Equality & Justice for All Scholarship Fund aims to build a more compassionate and inclusive society by supporting career opportunities for students who have overcome significant adversity. Preference will be given to students of color and first-generation college students.

The scholarships of $10,000/year will be renewable for a total of 2-years or 4-years, depending on the certification or degree the student pursues. In addition to providing financial assistance for school, this scholarship program lays the groundwork for professional opportunities through mentorship and more.

Details at https://seattlefoundation.smapply.org/prog/seahawks_scholarship/. Application deadline: March 15.
Bellevue College Foundation Scholarship
Applications for the Bellevue College Foundation Scholarship are now being accepted! Applicants will complete one application to be considered for more than 175 scholarship opportunities. Approximately 190 scholarships were awarded to BC students for the 2020-21 academic year, totaling over $400,000.

The online scholarship application along with transcript and recommender materials must be submitted by the March 8 deadline. Learn more and apply here!
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Note from the Nurse: Journaling
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Is there a writer, artist or musician in you? Journaling is a proven coping mechanism that helps one reflect on thoughts and feelings. If done regularly, this helps process feelings, decrease anxiety, increase self-reflection and build well-being. In effect, the act of journaling allows subconscious thoughts to bubble up.

There are different ways of journaling. Visual journaling uses mixed media in their journaling. For example, artists putting paint to a canvas. Musical journaling is for musicians. Most are familiar with the written journaling. Whatever form of journaling one uses can help you make lemonade out of lemons life has been throwing lately. So pull out your pen or paintbrush or violin!

~BHS School Nurse Laurie Tirtanadi, RN, MS, ARNP| email ljtirtanadi@seattleschools.org or phone 206-252-1007. Please do not hesitate to email or call if you have questions or concerns.
BALLARD PERFORMING ARTS
Share your love of music!
Add your voice to the 2021-22 BHS choirs
Are you interested in joining Ballard’s award-winning choir program? Next year’s Concert Choir and Advanced Chorale will hopefully be traveling to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall! Placement auditions for next year’s choirs will happen in the spring, but if you are interested, sign up now when you fill out your schedule request form!

No experience necessary; a love of music is all you need. For more information, contact Choirs Director Courtney Rowley at chrowley@seattleschools.org. Find out more by watching this video put together by current and former choir students.
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.

For more information about Ballard Performing Arts visit the BPA website.
OFFICE UPDATES
BHS grad also new GAINS Specialist
A familiar face is back at Ballard High School! Malik Prince has been hired as BHS's new GAINS Specialist.

Mr. Prince is a 2011 graduate of Ballard. He has been coaching with the football team the last couple of years and he was set to join the softball staff this past year until COVID cancelled the season. He has been working at Salmon Bay K-8 the last few years, but working at Ballard has been a goal of his for a number of years.
 
"I have been proud to see Malik grow up and mature over the last 13 years and I feel a lot of pride seeing the young man that he has become after a difficult start to his high school career," Mr. Wynkoop noted upon his hiring. "He has a natural, calming way of connecting with teenagers, but his gregarious personality and his smile quickly pull adults in as well."

The GAINS Program is a partnership between Ballard High School and the Ballard High School Foundation. GAINS is short for Graduation Assistance Impacting the Needs of Students. It aims to help students who are most at risk by providing the support and motivation to help these students graduate on time and prepare for success in college and career.
Have a BHS question? Here's who to contact!
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 crpeterson@seattleschools.org or Asst./Athletics Secretary Rayna Bauer at rcbauer@seattleschools.org with any questions at all.

BHS quick links
BHS ATHLETICS
Beaver Football season opener March 5
Beaver Football takes on Seattle Prep at 5 p.m. Friday, March 5. No spectators allowed at Memorial Stadium, game coverage on Ballard Athletics YouTube page.
BHS Gymnastics looks to defend its Metro title
BHS Gymnastics was one of the teams to kick off its Season One sports practices last week.

Follow last year's Metro champs on Instagram @ballardgymnastics and Go Beavers!
BHS XC kicks off season with Tuesday meet
BHS Cross Country starts its Season One campaign with a meet against Seattle Prep at Magnuson Park on Tuesday, March 2. Follow Ballard XC @ballardhsxc.
SPS UPDATES
District news on BHS website
Check out not only the latest BHS news but the latest District Announcements on the BHS website!
SPS District IV Director appointment 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 parent Eric Souza is among four candidates being considered for the position. (Another BHS parent, E Tyler Crone, withdrew from consideration.)

The District IV Candidate Forum will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. March 15. More details 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.

Here's a map/PDF of course offerings around the city, including the Seattle Maritime Academy in Ballard.
COMMUNITY ARTS, CULTURE, ACTION
BHS PTSA offers these Community Activities for informational purposes & does not necessarily support activities or views presented therein.
UW 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:
 
 
Registration deadline is March 15; courses begin week of March 22. Details on website.
College application & admission info
The Phinney Neighborhood Association is offering a free 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. 

Contact Mark at mark@yourcollegematters.com for webinar link and password.
Smart but Scattered author speaks at Parent U event
At Bush School's virtual Parent University event at 5 p.m. March 17, Dr. Peg Dawson, co-author of the books Smart but Scattered and Smart but Scattered Teens, will describe how executive-functioning skills develop throughout childhood and how parents can help children acquire the critical skills they need to be successful students.

Due to online platform capacity, advance registration is required, but there is no cost associated with your ticket. Learn more about Parent University.
BHS PTSA on social media

You can also follow BHS PTSA on Instagram page @bhs.ptsa and Twitter!
LEGISLATIVE CORNER
Stay on top of Legislative Session with WSPTA's Action Network
Subscribe to the WSPTA's 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.
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 ballardhighnews@gmail.com. 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.