June 20, 2021
July 6-29 | BHS Summer Program (T/W/R)

July 22 | Curbside at the Library, noon to 2 p.m.

AND Book Club, 2:30 p.m.

Aug. 19 | Curbside at the Library, noon to 2 p.m.

AND Beaver Book Club, 2:30 p.m.

Aug. 23 | Fall Sports FinalForms Registrations due (except Football)

Aug. 30 | 21st Annual BHS Foundation Golf Classic, Plateau Club

Summer Office Hours:
Building will remain locked, Main Office staffed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.
Report Cards will be available on The Source during the first week of July.
Congratulations to our Class of 2021 Graduates!
Congratulations to the BHS Graduating Class of 2021!

Watch the Ballard HS Graduation Ceremony (linked above) and listen to inspirational speeches - the Message from the Principal, Seniors Broden Crotty "Learning How To Learn" and Isabella Crone-Baron "Don't Stop Now" (Speeches begin at 20:21:00).

Find all the highlights from your special day on the Graduation 2021 page!
Another highlight of the day was the Ballard Concert Choir performing "I’ll Be On My Way" by Shawn Kirchner. Baritone Soloist: Gavin Bradler, Fiddlers: Hadley Mollman and Evan Mount. Director: Courtney Rowley.

Congrats to our graduating Beavers as they're on their way too!
It's Not Too Late To Get Your 20-21 Yearbook!
The Yearbooks Are Here! The 2020-21 Shingle | Yearbooks are for sale for $50 on Parents SchoolPay on the Source. GRADUATES Don't Miss Out!

Yearbook Distribution Details
Need to coordinate a pick up? Not sure if you already bought one? View previous transactions on the Parent Source account and SchoolPay. Still not sure?
Email the BHS Fiscal Specialist Karen Kazanjian at More info on the Yearbook Sales page.
Laptops/chargers check-in continues
All students need to return their district-issued laptops/charger cords so that the district can update them and have them ready for Fall.
Students who are enrolling in an SPS summer school program may keep their device until the end of summer school on July 30.

More info on BHS laptop check-in page.
News, notes for graduates
GRAD PICTURES | Rowland Studio photographed each graduate after they receive their diploma on stage. The photos will be available to view and purchase online at Select ‘Order Photos’ and enter the Student’s ID number to access your photo.  

DIPLOMAS | Diplomas will be available to pick up at Ballard HS in September.

NAVIANCE | Graduates: To continue using Naviance please change your username and password in Naviance before Aug 1. If you have any questions, please email or visit SPS NavianceStep-by-step instructions.

RECYCLE CAPS & GOWNS | Graduates, if you would like to share your gently used Cap & Gown with next year's graduating seniors, feel free to recycle in the bin outside of the south Main Office doors.

More information on the Graduation 2021 page.
Senior Academic Awards Night
Our annual event to celebrate the academic accomplishments of our Seniors was shown online last Thursday. Check out the event and our honorees, linked below. It is always a special night to hear about all of the awards and scholarships that our Seniors have received.

More information on the Graduation 2021 page.
Graduates! Stay in the know as BHS alums!
The caps have been tossed and you're riding off into the sunset! But wait, Class of 2021 students and parents: Please do not unsubscribe to PTSA newsletters.

You will automatically stop receiving the PTSA Newsletter but will remain on file for important alumni info. Thank you!

Photo c/o Noam Gundle, Science Teacher.
🐾 Curbside at the Library | July 22 & Aug. 19 | noon to 2 p.m.
'Paws' and Read All About It this Summer!
Summer Curbside at the Library events are already in the works!

Mark your calendars for noon to 2 p.m. July 22 and Aug. 19! Beaver Book Club will also meet at 2:30 p.m. on July 22 and Aug. 19.

More details on these events will come via a SPECIAL library mailing later this summer!

Can't wait that long for library love? Make sure to check out the Library homepage and follow @BeaverReaders on Instagram and check out the to get all the latest news, information and summer reading inspiration!
Summer Reading Book Lists are here!
Our BHS Library Book Lists are your tickets to awesome! Place your holds now on these hot titles at

Keep track of your books read to compete for prizes in the fall! Also, share your faves with Ms. Chambers at!

More details on these Summer Reading List pages: 9th grade | 10th-12th grade
BHS Library Photo Gallery
Students, check out a year of Curbside Pickups and library fun on the Library Photo Gallery!

You too can check out all the Curbside fun from noon to 2 p.m. Thursdays, July 22 and Aug. 19!
Get help completing your incomplete!
BHS Summer Program | Starts July 6!
Do you want help completing your incomplete? The BHS Summer Program will provide 1 on 1 and small group support so you can finish your incomplete as stress-free as possible! BHS Summer Program runs 12:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, July 6-29, in-person at Ballard High School. If interested, email or

More information on the BHS Summer Program page.
Summer service learning opportunities
One of the graduation requirements for SPS is 60 hours of Service Learning. Service learning is giving time, without pay, to a non-profit or government agency and allows students to learn and apply academic, social and personal skills through activities. Students make a difference and address authentic community needs. We encourage students to continuing to volunteering if in a safe place and provides much needed support in our local community, and can open the doors to career connections, scholarships and provide valuable work experience. Visit the Ballard HS Service Learning page for more details and information.
Freshman Note: Summer Hours
Summer hours that students complete that meet the service-learning requirement can be counted toward the 60-hour graduation requirement, except for incoming freshmen who can claim only 15 service learning hours in the summer before they start at Ballard HS.
Jay Gillespie hired as permanent band director
We are thrilled to welcome Jay Gillespie as Ballard High School’s permanent director of bands. Parents and students have been inspired by his enthusiasm and creativity this year. We appreciate everything Mr. Gillespie did to keep students engaged and look forward to more to come!

From principal Keven Wynkoop: “When we brought in Mr. Gillespie to be Ballard’s Interim Band Director this year, we were looking for someone who would be dependable and provide consistency for the rest of the school year. It quickly became apparent that he was far more than a caretaker for the position and that he had the passion, skill, knowledge, flexibility and interest in students that we were looking for in a permanent Band Director.

"When we recently learned from Mr. Gillespie that he was so excited about the position, that he and his family had decided that he was interested in continuing, we started to get feedback from students and parents in the program. What we heard confirmed that others were as excited about Mr. Gillespie as we were. Therefore, I am thrilled to officially announce that Mr. Jay Gillespie will be continuing as the permanent Ballard High School Band Director for 21-22 and beyond. I can’t wait to watch the Band Program flourish and evolve under his leadership!

Say congrats to Mr. Gillespie at
Register for school-year, summer sports now!
Summer athletics signup information

If you are planning on having your student athlete participate in any summer sports, their athletics paperwork should be completed in Final Forms by June 25.

Find all sports registration information about registering for sports on the Athletic Paperwork Page.

Athletics registration needs to be completed BEFORE students can participate in tryouts and/or practices during the regular 2021-22 Season so get them done early! Pay ASB fee and/or any additional team fees or fines on SchoolPay via the Source.

Questions? Email Rayna Bauer ( through June 28 or Cindy Peterson thereafter (
Contact coaches for summer practice details!
Summer athletics are almost here! Most summer practices are scheduled to start on or after June 28. (Details on filling out required paperwork here.)

Contact coaches for more info!
Athletic registration deadlines: Fall Sports
Online FinalForms Registration DUE Aug. 16 | Football (Football practice starts Aug. 18)

All Other Fall Registration Forms DUE Aug. 23 | Golf, Cross Country, Girls Soccer, Girls Swim & Dive, Volleyball, and NEW Slow-Pitch Softball (coming this Fall, Contact Coach Dale Griffith at for more info on slow-pitch)

More information on the Athletics Overview page.

Questions? Email Rayna Bauer ( through June 28 or Cindy Peterson thereafter (
Beaver Gear school-year wrap up
Thank you Ballard High School Families:

By supporting the Ballard Athletic Boosters Club through your purchases of Beaver Gear we exceeded our sales goal for the year enabling us to support our Coaches and Athletes by fulfilling Team Grants for equipment and uniforms. Sales from our Beaver Gear store are closed for the year.

We look forward to resuming in-person sales for 2021-2022 in August. Look to the BHS PTSA Newsletter, Friends of Ballard Facebook page, and the BHS ABC newsletter for Back to School bundles, duffle bag sales, and a new and improved online store for all your Beaver Gear needs.
A summer send-off and a hello!
Congratulations to the Class of 2021! We are so glad you had a gorgeous send-off for your graduation last Thursday!

A big thank you to all who helped at the Senior SPREE celebration as well, what a fun night!
And welcome to our Class of 2025!
For many of you, this is your first edition of our PTSA Newsletter! We're taking a little summer break after this edition, but this newsletter has important info about upcoming Library events, summer book reading list, service learning options, and summer athletics practice signups!

Also, find out what BHS is all about on our Incoming Students page!

We can't wait to meet you at Summer Curbside Events and on campus this fall!

Photo c/o Vanesa López-Madrid, Spanish Teacher
PTSA Award winners honored
We recently honored our 2020-21 PTSA award winners with certificates, pins and yard signs celebrating their efforts.
Our 2020-21 Outstanding Educators:
Joe Bushek
Special Education-XG Teacher
Jan Drabek
Math Teacher 
TuesD Chambers
Vanesa López Madrid
Spanish Teacher
Sonja Petersen

Honorary PTA Life Membership (Volunteer Who Made Lasting Impact)
Carolyn Stalter
PTSA Treasurer (including two terms at BHS!)
Golden Acorn honoree (Outstanding Volunteer)
Linda Jweinat
Library volunteer extraordinaire, pictured below with the multiple bags of books that she covered!

More information on the PTSA Overview page.
Announcing the 2021-22 BHS PTSA Board
Executive Board:
President Gloria Kruzner
Vice President Michelle Renn
Treasurer Shelley Rousseau
Secretary Gena Mason Frank

Committee Chairs:
Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Visser
Membership Coordinator Lisa Vanderford Anderson
Legislative Liaison Brian Duncan (co-liaison sought)
Building Leadership Team Glory Frodesen
Family and Community Engagement Brenda Savage
BASH (Auction) Co-Chairs: Carol Cheyne and Debra Fitzpatrick
Direct Appeal Erika Goodmanson
Staff Appreciation Co-Chairs: Lisa Vanderford Anderson and Michelle Peters
Grants Committee: Lori Wilbur
SPREE (Grad Night Party): Becky Moore

Social Media: Erika Goodmanson
BHS Website: Diane Taylor
PTSA Newsletter: Gloria Kruzner
(co-editor sought)
PTSA Website/Standalone Emails: Chuck Fuller

New to BHS, or want to give back to our school?

We'd love to have you on our team! We have plenty of ways you can PTSA too and support our students, teachers and staff, from short one-day activities, to ongoing committee support and more!

Email Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Visser for more information at
A nice note!
And time for a break!
Thank you to all the staff and parents who helped keep us informed with all the doings at BHS this school year!

A special thanks to the Communications Team: Diane Taylor (BHS website/newsletter proofer); Kimball Mullins (social media); and Chuck Fuller (promotional emails).

And this warmed our hearts the other day, in our newsletter inbox:

"Thanks for keeping me informed, especially when I can’t enter the building.
I really liked the story about the beavers and how beneficial they are. But it didn’t mention anything about what great football players they are. ETC
Enjoy the summer!"
-Shelagh Bradley

It truly is #AG2BB! Signing off for about a month,

~Gloria Kruzner
PTSA Newsletter Editor
Need to reach staff in the Main Office?
While the school building is still closed this summer, the Main Office will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

If you have any questions not covered on the Ballard High School website, call the Main Office at 206-252-1000.

Alternatively, you can email your questions to BHS Administrative Secretary Cindy Peterson (weekdays all summer long) at or Asst./Athletics Secretary Rayna Bauer (through June 28 only) at

Spring 21 Golden Beavers Log
Check out the Spring 2021 Issue of The Golden Beaver Log, featuring the 2021 Golden Beaver Scholarship recipients, Principal Keven Wynkoop's year-end update and more!

Contribute to BHS PTSA while you shop at Fred Meyer stores
Thank you to those who contribute to the BHS PTSA while they shop at Fred Meyer. To participate, 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 purchases. More info: Community Rewards.
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!
Community Resources
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SPS Summer Meal Service options
Seattle Public Schools provides meal service for SPS students. Many meals sites will be open this summer, however all meals by bus and Amazon home delivery will discontinue after June 18.

Queen Anne and Magnolia
Louisa Boren K-8, 2550 34th Ave. W.,
Northwest Seattle
Broadview Thomson K-8, 13052 Greenwood Ave. N.,

BF Day Elementary, 3921 Linden Ave. N.

Learn more about SPS Virtual Learning option
For Fall 2021, there will be a limited number of students in grades K-12 who can participate in SPS's virtual learning pilot. Students with existing, documented health issues, including mental and emotional health concerns, will be prioritized for this virtual pilot.

If you or your child is interested in being considered for SPS's 100% virtual pilot for the 2021-22 school year, please email SPS will share updates on this plan in the coming weeks, including which schools will offer the virtual option and how to enroll your student, and will reach out directly to those students and families who expressed interest in the pilot.

More information on the Virtual Learning Option page.
Summer Books for Seattle Super Readers
Attention, Seattle Super Readers! As we enter the summer, don't forget the importance of reading every day. Reading at least 20 minutes each day can help build your reading superpowers, and the summertime is perfect for reading whatever you would like — books, magazines, newspapers, graphic novels, comic books, audio books — it all counts! SPS ideas for reading resources here.
Letter from the Superintendent
Dear Families:
As the 2020-21 school year comes to a close, I want to thank you for your commitment and collaboration. We have learned a lot about ourselves, our students, and the strength of our community this year. This week, 3,702 SPS scholars received their diplomas. A big congratulations to the Class of 2021. You are Seattle Excellence.
In 76 days, we will kick off the 2021-22 school year -- 180 Days of Excellence -- with full-time, in-person learning at Seattle Public Schools. As we re-open our buildings, we have a once in a generation opportunity to reimagine how public education can best serve our students. We will be focused on providing high-quality learning, creating a culture of care for students and staff, and responding to the needs of our students and school communities. On September 1 when we welcome students back, they will enter classrooms that reflect the very best of what we have to offer -- a public education that empowers students to realize their dreams and build the future they deserve.

I hope you have a restful summer break, and we can’t wait to kick off 180 Days of Excellence with you this fall.

Be well,
Superintendent Brent Jones
Summer Social Emotional Supports
Even though the school year is wrapping up, SPS knows families may still need to access social emotional supports in the community during the summer months. Be sure to check out the list of community based mental health supports that families can contact even when schools are closed.
Links to Summer Fun!
There are plenty of opportunities for teens to explore their interests this summer.
Here's just a taste of summer activities going on for area teens.
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