June 6, 2021
June 6 | 5-1/2 Cats string quartet performance, Serious TakeOut Ballard, 10:30 a.m.-noon

June 8 or June 10 | 2nd dose of Pfizer shots at BHS

June 8 | BPA Booster Meeting, 6 p.m.

AND Class of 2021 Graduation, 5:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium

Quick link to ALL Graduation updates here.

Check out the School Bulletin for news & info too.
Come to the Final BHS PTSA Meeting of the Year!
June 10 PTSA Awards | Honor our awesome teachers & volunteers
We can't wait to see you at our Spring General Meeting and virtual PTSA Awards event at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 10 on Microsoft Teams! It's always fun to celebrate the winners of the Outstanding Educator and Golden Acorn (volunteer) Awards!
Our educators and volunteers have demonstrated exceptional creativity and resourcefulness this year!

We'll celebrate all the ways our staff moved beyond the classroom walls to try and reach all students. We'll also learn about the great ways the BHS PTSA has contributed to our school this year. The meeting will include the presentation of the Executive Board slate for the 2021-22 school year.

Look for the Teams link coming Wednesday via a special PTSA email meeting invitation, on the BHS website, and through our social media updates (Friends of Ballard/Facebook and @ballard.ptsa/Instagram). Please encourage your BHS family and friends to join in too, we have a lot of appreciation to spread around.

More info on the PTSA Overview. The PTSA Board meeting precedes the 7 p.m. awards presentation/General Meeting at 5:30 p.m., also via Teams. Please email Gloria Kruzner at if you would like to join the 5:30 Board discussion.
June 8 | Erin Jones' Diversity, Equity & Inclusion online talk
The Ballard High School PTSA is teaming with the Lincoln High School PTSA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, as well as the Hamilton International Middle School and Eckstein Middle School PTSAs, to host an online talk with acclaimed speaker Erin Jones at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8.
Jones will discuss how lower-diversity schools in Seattle's North End can create a more equitable and inclusive environment for students of color.

Erin Jones is recognized in Washington State as a leader on issues related to equity and social justice, funding and galvanizing community leaders and partners. She has 26 years of experience in education, both as a teacher and administrator, was the first black woman to run for Superintendent in the state of Washington, and most recently led a diversity training program led by the Seattle Council PTSA.

We look forward to seeing you at this discussion! Advanced registration is required. Text "TABLETALKS" to 41444. After filling out the form, look for a reply email with the subject: "You're signed up for A Conversation with Erin Jones!" This contains the Zoom link. (Note: This verification email may arrive in your SPAM or Promotions folder.)

If you would prefer to signup via email, send your name and "Ballard High School" to Questions? Contact Gloria Kruzner at More info also on the PTSA Overview.
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Second dose Pfizer shots at BHS June 8, 10
Don't forget to bring your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card! Second doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination will be offered June 8 or June 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., again in the Auxiliary Gym. Vaccines are for SPS students, 12 and older, and their family members.

Students will be excused from their classes to get their vaccines. No pre-registration is required, enter clinic via north gym doors.

Thank you Swedish Hospital employees for helping with administration of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at BHS. Gratitude also to the City of Seattle for organizing these clinics at Seattle Public Schools.

More information on the BHS Vaccination Clinic page.
Check out Talisman's new June 4 edition!
The BHS award-winning student-produced newspaper, Talisman, has a new June 4 issue! Students can pick up this year's only printed edition outside of the Main Office!

Issue 3 Cover art and editorial cartoon by Sam Rainville. Editor in Chiefs are Tess Petrillo and Paige Anderson.

Visit the Talisman website for the most current updates and recent articles.
2020-21 Ink Journal on sale
Time to get your BHS literary & arts journal
Ink, Ballard High School's Annual Literary & Arts Journal 20-21, is almost HERE!

Don't miss out! The 20-21 Ink Journal is available to purchase now. More details coming on pick up location and distribution! Suggested price is $10 (or pay what you can).

Ink Journal is published by the Ink Staff: Presidents Aiden Wilkson and Iris Worrall. Editors Antonette Rice, Sean Semick, Rowan Saunders, Henry Tweed, Grace Wesche, Aiden Wilkson and Iris Worrall.

Ink Club Advisor is Mr. Gordon Macdougall. Cover art "Golden Gardens Railways" by Gabriel Sico. Ink Journal is made possible by the support of Principal Keven Wynkoop and a generous grant this year from the Ballard High School PTSA.

Spilled Ink Sidewalk Art Gallery | Coming Soon
A Spilled Ink Sidewalk Art Gallery with the Ballard Branch Public Library is in the works! Stand by for more details when we have the newest Ink Journal, and the enlarged prints for windows, fresh off the presses at Nikko Media of Magnolia (our long-time expert printers)!

Pre-order your 2020-21 Shingle
Yearbooks are for sale for $50 via Parents SchoolPay on the Source. Don't miss out on another amazing edition of the Shingle!

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 information on the Yearbook Sales page.
AP Exam Updates!
AP Digital Exams | June 7-11
Students: If you have not downloaded the AP Exam Digital App please do so TODAY, following the instructions for either the SPS District Assigned Laptop or the instructions for a Personal Device (please see device requirements) as the process to download may take longer than you think.

Visit the AP Information page for details on Installing, Practicing, Setting Up and Checking In for AP Exams. More information on the AP Exam Prep page.
Class of 2021 Grad details & important dates
The Ballard HS Graduation Ceremony, will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16 at Memorial Stadium for those who want to participate. Each student will be allowed four ticketed guests.

Graduating seniors who choose not to attend graduation in person, or whose family members are unable to attend due to ticket limits or COVID concerns, will be able to watch a LIVE STREAM on SPSTV.

  • June 11 | Seniors Last Day, Book Return, Laptop Check-In (6/11 & 6/14) | Details to follow

  • June 14 | Senior Checkout Last Names A-K | Details to follow

  • June 15 | Senior Checkout Last Names L-Z | Details to follow
  • June 15 | Virtual Academic Awards Night | Details to follow!

Visit Graduation 2021 for the most current information.
Grad items and yard signs in Main Office
Caps & Gowns
The Main Office has pre-ordered grad gear (Caps & Gowns) orders.
Cohort A & B students may stop by the Main Office on the days they are in the building to pick up these items. Cohort C students, please call the Main Office at (206) 252-1000 to arrange a pickup day and time.

If students have not ordered a cap & gown yet it is not too late, but they will need to pick it up at the Everett Office of National Achiever.
Graduation Yard Signs
All seniors also get one free graduation yard sign courtesy of the PTSA, no need to pre-order. If you haven't received one yet, you can pick one up in the Main Office.

Efforts are also being made to deliver signs to students. If you need a sign delivered or would like to help deliver signs to students who are participating in remote learning, please email Gloria Kruzner at

Photo c/o @ScienceMcGinty/Instagram: "So happy to see these around the neighborhood! Almost there, Seniors! #ag2bb"

Final Days to Buy Your Ticket this week!
Senior SPREE 2021 | Sales end June 9
Time is running out to buy your student's SPREE tickets! Our June 9 ticket purchase deadline will be here before you know it!

Senior SPREE is a safe, all-night Graduation Party on June 16-17, hosted and chaperoned by BHS PTSA parents and staff, in collaboration with the professional graduation party company, Grad Nights. Tickets are $180, check with your Counselor if you are interested in a scholarship.
More details, forms, and ways to help the event, on the SPREE 2021 Information page. Questions? Contact Sarah Kopf at or Becky Moore at
Curbside at the Library fun | June 10 after school!
From the BHS PTSA: Come say thank you to Teacher-Librarian TuesD Chambers, Assistant Librarian Lindi Wood, and the Curbside volunteer and staff helpers for a year of awesome BHS Library events after school this Thursday, June 10 from 3:50-5 p.m.!

The Curbside Library events and our library staff's consistent cheer have been the glue during this discombobulated school year.
Return unneeded text books and library materials
Make our librarians' day even better and return any remaining library materials at your home at this final Curbside at the Library event.

All books not being read or used for class need to be returned IMMEDIATELY so we can start class in the fall with textbooks. Books can always be returned to BHS in the bins on both 65th and 67th M-F 9-3 pm.

Bring some extra dollars to Curbside -- Full Tilt Ice Cream bars will be available for sale for $3, as a fundraiser for Ballard Performing Arts!
One more chance for school year online library fun
This week's online library events on Wednesday, June 9 are available via Schoology:
Beaver Book Club - 12:15 p.m.- reading No Exit
PRIDE Book Club- 12:15 p.m.- reading Ziggy Stardust and Me with author James Brandon
Ballard Comic Book Club- 1:00 pm- reading Loki

More information on the Library Overview page.
Summer Reading Book Lists are here!
These BHS Library Book Lists are your tickets to awesome! 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
Time to get titles turned in, accounts settled
As we finalize the school year, please go to our 4-minute video, Clear Up Library and School Accounts, to see how to look up what is currently on your child’s school account. Ms. Chambers will walk you through how to check for overdue library books, textbooks, and anything else that you may not be aware of. If you have questions, please email her at
Career Connected Learning Opportunities
We are a career awareness program for rising Seattle students to explore careers, meet a variety of industry professionals, and build an initial career and education plan. Business partners and students can become involved through service-learning projects, work experience, and internships.

Please visit the BHS Career Connected Learning page for posted updated opportunities.

New update: Worksite Learning Applications are being accepted now for fall 2021 from students who will be 16-21 years old in September.

Students can earn 0.5 CTE credit by completing 180 hours of Worksite Learning per semester through a paid job experience. Having already completed a qualifying CTE class or taking it concurrently (Must have a C or better).

For more information, contact BHS Career Connected Learning Coordinator Brent Martin at
'Hope Lingers On' | BHS Choir Collaboration
The combined choirs from Ballard High School, Kamiak High School, Franklin Pierce High School, and Steilacoom High School collaboratively present "Hope Lingers On" by Lissa Schneckenburger, arranged by Andrea Ramsey. Learned, recorded, and produced entirely online. More Performing Arts Choir videos >
BPA Spring Virtual Orchestra Concert | 7 p.m. June 10
We’re closing out this year celebrating our students' resilience, strength and commitment with a year-end virtual orchestra concert. The show will air at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 10.

The free concert (donations welcome!) will also include a salute to orchestra seniors and awards. The link will be available June 10 on the Spring Concert webpage.
Wintergrass Youth Orchestra performance premieres too!
The program's deep-dive into fiddle repertoire and technique culminated in a collaborative project with two other high schools plus Seattle Pacific University as the Wintergrass Youth Orchestra and will air as part of the Wintergrass 2021 festival's Pocketgrass series. The WGYO performance is part of Pocketgrass Episode 10, which premieres at the same time as the orchestra concert (and will be available after June 10) on the Wintergrass Youtube Channel.
Make it Dinner and a Show
Pre-orders are available for the Tom Douglas takeout to enjoy with the show. The $55 dinners feed 2, and $5 from each sale benefits the performing arts program at Ballard High School.

See the Tom Douglas events page for more info: Tom Douglas Seattle Kitchen | Al Pastor Dinner for Two
Encore for our BPA Musicians!
Check out the Band and Choir Spring Concerts!
Did you miss last week's Band and Choir Spring Concerts? Check out the recordings here! More information and programs on the Spring Concert page.
String quartet performs at Serious Takeout | 6/6 10:30-noon
5-1/2 Cats are playing at Serious Takeout Ballard (5118 14th Ave. N.W.) from 10:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, June 6. Enjoy this refined string quartet while you indulge in Tom Douglas' gourmet brunch fare. No purchase necessary, picnic tables available.
BPA ice cream bar benefit at Curbside | June 10
BPA is hosting an ice cream fundraiser, featuring Full Tilt Ice Cream bars, at the June 10 Curbside at the Library event. Bars cost $3. Limited sizes of BPA Unity T-shirts will also be on sale for $10. All sales are cash only.

Also, feel free to drop off your Ballard Market receipts, which also help raise money for BPA!
BPA Caffe Appassionato Coffee Pick-up Details
All Spring Coffee Orders can be picked up Curbside at Ballard High School (north parking lot off of 67th) from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 12. ALL ORDERS ARE CURBSIDE PICKUP. No orders will be delivered unless prior arrangements were made with the student named on the order. Students picking up for friends and family who ordered online should make sure that they coordinate with them in advance regarding the delivery of their order.

Questions? Contact Lori Day at Thank you for supporting our students! 
Athletic registration and paperwork due dates
Registration/Paperwork Due Dates
TRYOUTS 21-22| Registration Begins June 7, 2021 Dance & Cheerleading

Open to All Students Beginning June 7, 2021

Registration DUE Aug 16 | Football Start August 18
All Others August 23 | Golf, Cross Country, Girls Soccer, Girls Swim & Dive, Volleyball, and Slow-Pitch Softball

Visit the BHS Registration/Paperwork for more complete details.
Ballard HS Foundation Golf Classic | 8/30
Come support the Ballard HS Athletics, Cheer, Dance and Band at the
21st Annual BHS Foundation Golf Classic on Monday, Aug 30.

Online auction the week before the Golf Classic, culminating in a Live Online Auction on Sunday, Aug. 29!

Need to reach staff in the Main Office?
If you have any questions for the Main Office staff, call (206-252-1000) or email BHS Administrative Secretary Cindy Peterson at or Asst./Athletics Secretary Rayna Bauer at

Grab & Go meals offered at BHS
Grab & Go breakfast and lunch meals are available during in-person learning days. Meals may be picked up at the entrance by the gym doors only.

Food is available and free for all students, and while students are not able to eat in the classroom, they may save it and snack on it during the day by stepping into the hall during class for a short time.
NEW! End of School Year Device Return
At the end of school, all students will need to return the SPS Technology they are using. These will be refurbished and re-imaged over the summer for new Check-Outs in the fall. More specific details to follow!
Student Meals During Summer
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.

SPS Skills Center Applications & Summer of Learning
Applications for the Seattle Skills Center’s 2021-22 School Year courses are now available online on the Skills Center website. Applications for the Summer of Learning is also open now!

The Seattle Skills Center prepares Seattle Public Schools high school students for college, career, and life through advanced Career and Technical Education courses. Classes are available in a wide range of career pathways at several locations around the city. Courses are both offered for the school year and summer sessions.

More information on the Skills Center page. Check out other summer internship, employment and enrichment opportunities on the Counseling Center's Virtual Job & Internship Board!
SPS Vaccination Clinic details
SPS is partnering with the City of Seattle, the Seattle Fire Department, and Public Health – Seattle & King County to offer vaccine clinics for its students and families across the district (in addition to the ones that have been held at BHS).

Please see the list of clinic dates here if any of these dates work better for your family members:
The BHS PTSA offers Community Resources for informational purposes & does not necessarily support activities or views presented therein.
Penguin Productions summer run includes Tempest & improv!
Penguin Productions has exciting summer theatre and learning opportunities. All programs are offered pay-what-you-can. This summer, the group is based in Green Lake Park.

Summer Programs Include:
Summer Improv with Annika Pritchard, on Tuesdays, July 6 – 27th from 4:30-6 p.m. 
The Tempest, directed by Anna Klein, rehearsals June 28 – July 23 on Mon-Fri from 1-4 p.m., performances July 24-25 at 2 p.m.

A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Eileen MacDonald, rehearsals July 12-30 on Mon – Fri from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., performance Friday, July 30th at noon

For information and questions check out the Penguin Productions website or email
Hugo House summer writing classes
Hugo House is offering more than 90 brand-new summer classes in fictionnonfictionpoetrythe writing lifereading, and more.

Plus, three free classes: Session topics include writing family stories and writing medical narratives. Plus, a Spanish-language workshop presented in partnership with Seattle Escribe.

More information on the Hugo House website. Register before May 31 to get our early bird pricing discount.
JazzED Summer Camp
JazzED wants to know if you're coming to Sammy Miller's PLAYBOOK virtual summer camp.

You can choose from Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced Level. You can even do more than one level if you're up for it!

Participate for 4 weeks OR 8 weeks -- You'll learn from an an awesome lineup of celebrity guest musicians!

Full tuition waiver, don't hesitate to use it
Pick your own sliding scale tuition. If you can't pay anything, it's OKAY. We get that times are really tough right now and will likely continue to be so. You can simply choose the full tuition waiver, no questions asked. That code is WAIVER at check-out

P.S. This camp will mostly be virtual, but there are plans in the works for a couple in-person camp events throughout the summer. Stay tuned for more details!

Free summer learning resources at the SPL
If your student needs extra help with math, science or writing this summer; wants to learn a new skill; or simply wants to read some new books, The Seattle Public Library is here for you!

The Library offers many free educational resources that continue all summer, including Library Link (, which offers instant access to the Library using your SPS ID); (, free one-on-one tutoring in many subjects); instant access to e-books and e-audiobooks (; and much more. Go to to get started.

More information on the SPL Summer Learning Resources page.
Ballard Target employment opportunities
Several jobs are available for students immediately at Target-Ballard with more at the Northgate Target Store.

Season 2 Athletics
This was a very exciting week for the BHS Boys Lacrosse teamThe boys lacrosse team won two more games at home this past week, pushing their overall record to 9-2.

This Thursday, they will have their much anticipated rematch against Bainbridge at home at 7 p.m. It will be their last game of the season, as well as senior night. Go Beavs!
Softball beat West Seattle 13-3 on Wednesday and are in second place at 8-3 in the Metro 3A standings. Watch their effort on the Ballard Athletics YouTube page.

Follow the team on its MaxPreps page.
The tryouts for next year's Dance Team will be June 14-15 from 5-7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to audition, the team has dancers with a broad range of experience, so it is totally ok if you've never danced before, they'd love to see you there. For more updates or questions, follow/dm @ballardhsdanceteam.

Also congratulations to this year's graduating Dance Team seniors!
Good luck to cheer athletes as they begin their tryouts this week!

Also, congratulations to this year's awesome cheer seniors who got a shout out at the Ballard/Lincoln basketball game last Wednesday!
The Varsity team celebrated its 2021 graduating seniors (pictured below) at its home double-header on Friday, June 4.

From @bhs_girlslax: "Thank you all for the work you’ve put in over the past 4 years, and good luck in your next adventures in college!"

From L-R, the Seniors are: Anna Wilk, Mollie Buchinger, Saniya Busam, Elise Cziesla (Captain), Kristen Seeley (Captain), Cameron Donnelly (Captain), and Anya Blissett. 
On Thursday, the Varsity Soccer Team tied its game against Bishop Blanchet 2-2 and on Tuesday, the boys beat Seattle Prep 1-0.

Congrats to the @ballardsoccer's graduating seniors:

Baker Nothdurft, Benjamin Finkelstein, Cesar Garcia, Ethan Barnes, George Ford, Grant Luce, Javier Martinez, Kiernan Smith, Krisna LaFrance, Min Jang and Oliver Orkand.

Follow the team on its MaxPreps page
Check out all of the Boys Wrestling and Girls Wrestling Teams' individual highlights from last week on the Ballard Wrestling Facebook page, including senior Ava Olson finishing her high school career on the top of the medal stand! Way to go and congrats to all our wrestlers!
The Varsity Baseball team (@BaseballBallard) won 7 in a row through May 27, before dropping a 2-1 loss Memorial Day/Senior Day against Seattle Prep and another 4-3 nail biter against Lincoln on June 3.

The team hosts crosstown rival Roosevelt 3:30 p.m. on Monday.

Congrats to this year's seniors:
1 Tam Bellefuil, C
4 Ryan Blokker, INF, P, OF
5 Nik Greb, OF
10 Nate Leibold, P, INF
14 Henry Holt, C, INF
15 Charlie Wilton, INF, P
20 Ben Murray, INF, P
21 Nolan Pittman, INF
24 Adrian Cruz, INF

Follow the team on their @BaseballBallard Twitter page or MaxPreps page.
Boys Tennis took on Lakeside on Wednesday, losing 4-1, while the Girls Tennis team lost 5-0 against the Lions.
The Ballard Girls Varsity Basketball team routed their opponents Lincoln 61-21 on Wednesday and Cleveland 61-37 on Friday.

Shout out to the 5 seniors: Bella, Sidney, Ryann, Macy and Olivia! Check out the Senior Night game and celebration here. Follow the team @ballardhs_gbb
Boys Varsity Basketball won last week in two great efforts: 65-57 against Cleveland on Friday and a resounding 63-30 win over Lincoln on Wednesday.

Here is the livestream link so fans can watch these exciting matchups.

Congrats to our Senior players on another great season!
Ballard Track & Field competed against Chief Sealth, Eastside Catholic and Lincoln at a June 3 Meet at the Southwest Athletic Complex.

Among the top performers: Eric Anthony Souza-Ponce topped the 1600m (4:28.74a) and Jack Rousseau won the 3200m (10:35.14a); while Caleb Pook won the 39" 110m Hurdles (17.66a) and the 36" 300m Hurdles (45.19a).

Jill Sousley PR'd and topped the 200m (28.29a); while Katherine Moen PR'd and won the 33" 100m Hurdles (18.03a).

The Relay Team of Isabella Angelos, Ella Tipping, Kathryn Dutton and Callie Bradshaw topped the the 4x100m (54.29a). Ella Tipping returned to the track to win the 4x400m Relay with Frances Magnuson, Claire Junkins and Amelia DeEulio (4:23.15a). Ella Hudson PR'd and won both shotput (29-05.00). and discus (81-05); while Lianne Kistler skied for tops in the pole vault (13-06.00).

BUF girls team needs players for summer league
The Ballard Ultimate Frisbee (BUF) girls team needs players for summer league. The league runs June 21 through Aug. 14. This league is for rising BHS 9th graders thru graduated 12th graders. You don't need to commit to all practices/games. If you're new to the sport, it's a great opportunity to learn the game and make connections with other BHS classmates. To learn more or to register, email Georgette Semroc at

Find general info about Ballard Ultimate boys, coed and girls teams on the Ballard Ultimate website.
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!
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.