March 28, 2021

April 5 | BPA New Family Open House, 7 p.m.

April 8 | Third Quarter ends

AND PTSA Board Meeting, 7 p.m.
April 22 | Curbside at the Library, 3-5 p.m.

May 6 | PTSA Board Meeting, 7 p.m.

May 6-8 and 13-15 | Musical Spring Awakening

May 31 Memorial Day

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 at Memorial Stadium, 5 p.m. new time!

Keep track of events thru online School Bulletin!
Class of 2021 | Graduation Update – IN PERSON!
As a result of our move to Phase III, and with new guidance from Gov. Jay Inslee and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), we have been cleared for an in-person graduation at Memorial Stadium for those who want to participate. Each graduate will be given a small number of tickets for their guests to attend. The date is still, June 16 but please note the time has been moved up to 5 p.m.

Many details still need to be worked out so stay tuned for more information! Visit the school website Graduation | Class of 2021 for more information.
US History students compete in NHD Competition
This year, 24 BHS US History students competed in the National History Day (NHD) Regional Competition. These juniors not only created an amazing research project while school has been remote, but they did so in a scant three weeks! Of our 24 competitors, 14 are moving on to the STATE Competition!

Congrats to the following students:
INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITS: 1st - Allie Dowdy; 2nd - Ella Joseph; 3rd - Hope Onstad
GROUP EXHIBITS: 1st - Maya Gard & Stella Rogers; 2nd - Isa Wick & Mia Saunders; 3rd - Zach Aziz and Adriana Yoo
GROUP DOCUMENTARY: 1st - Amelia DeEulio & Charlie Pon; 2nd Lillian Petersen & Charlie Thee

This is the most students we have ever had compete at the regional and state level. Way to go Beavers! More contest details.
Sophs & juniors interested in 21-22 Running Start
BHS sophomores and juniors who missed the BHS Running Start sessions to learn more for the 21-22 school year, should thoroughly review the Running Start Info Session Recap and attend a North Seattle information session too, upcoming dates available March through May! Use the BHS Running Start Checklist as a guide.

Visit the Running Start Information page for session dates and more details.
ASB virtual 'Jam the Dam' T-shirt promotion
In celebration of Season One of athletics, Ballard ASB is sponsoring a "Jam the Dam" promotion. If any student watches five streamed games between now and the end of the season, on April 17, they will be eligible for a Jam The Dam T-Shirt. 

Students can direct message pictures of five game and/or meet livestreams to @ballardstudentlife; or if they aren’t on social media, email their five pictures by April 17 to

Ink Journal accepting creative works thru 4/21
Student artists, photographers and writers: There will still be a Ink Journal for this school year! Submit to the 2021 Ink Journal by April 21!

We accept all forms of art, including drawings, photography, poetry, and short stories. Email your work to Submission details.
AP Exam Update | Cancel by 4/1 to get quick refund
BHS AP Exam details: AP Exams will be offered remotely. Families will receive a full refund if you decide not to take exam. If you cancel before April 1 your refund will be processed within 2 business days. If you cancel after April 1 your refund could take up to 2 months to process. Contact Mike Broom at if you want to cancel an AP exam.

SPS AP Exam Update: CollegeBoard announced detailed information for preparation and testing options for this year’s full-length AP exams. An at-home testing option is available for many but not all exams (World Languages and AP Music Theory). SPS will be making a decision soon regarding in-person testing for exams that cannot be taken at home. Refer to the SPS AP Information page as well as the CollegeBoard 2021 AP Exam Timeline for more updates.

For current BHS Assessments information please visit the Assessments Overview page.
Washington Student Achievement Council
Test-Optional Admissions Info for Students & Families
Most Washington colleges are not requiring high school seniors to take standardized tests like the SAT or ACT for fall 2021 admission. While COVID-19 has led to this increased flexibility, many colleges are making their test-optional policies permanent.

Some colleges require an alternative in place of test scores, such as a letter of recommendation, participation in dual credit courses, or success in certain high school classes. Requirements vary by campus.

It’s not too late to decide on education after high school. Learn more and plan your future on the Washington Student Achievement Council website. More information here.
Season 2 Sports Registration Due April 9
Season 2 includes Baseball, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Boys Swim & Dive, Boys Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track & Field, Girls Wrestling, and Boys Wrestling.

If you have NOT already registered your student athlete by completing the online FinalForms, they must be filled out by April 9 in order for your student athlete to be cleared in time to participate in Season 2 sports.

More information on the Athletic Paperwork Page.

DID YOU KNOW? SPS students can get a FREE physical in the Ballard Teen Health Center. For appointments, call Clinic Coordinator Sailau Tuitele at 206-390-3355 or email
Boys basketball team looking for players
Boys Basketball: The basketball season is scheduled to begin on April 19. Open gyms and Strength and Conditioning are currently being held and are open to any students interested in playing basketball this year.

Please reach out to Coach Broom if you are interested in playing basketball this season at
Club Lacrosse kicks off this spring too
Girls: BHS Girls Club Lacrosse tryouts and practices begin April 19. More info @bhs_girlslax. Signup on

Boys: BHS Boys Club Lacrosse practices are being held now; season starts April 19. Please contact Mary Scott Senan ( for more info.
Fantastic football finish and this week's streams
Congrats to the Ballard Football for a hard fought 28-27 win against Garfield Friday at Memorial Stadium.

For the first time this season, senior players were allowed to RSVP seats for a select few family members, who were treated to a gritty nail biter. (Shoutout to Special Teams for the blocked extra point in the closing seconds! @Metro League Athletics/Twitter linked to watch the dramatic ending/Beaver celebration.)

Watch more BHS football and Season One sports home games this week on our BHS Athletics YouTube Channel.

Here are events currently scheduled to stream this week. Streams may change throughout week:

Thursday, April 1

Friday, April 2

More information at the BHS Athletics Update.
BHS Girls Soccer next hosts Hale March 30
Ballard Girls Soccer took on Roosevelt last week, with JV topping the Riders 2-1 at Magnuson (photo) and Varsity losing 2-0 at home.

On Tuesday, March 30, Varsity hosts Nathan Hale at 7:30 p.m. at home while JV/Hale match up at 4:30 p.m. at Jane Addams Middle School Field.

Friday, April 2, JV gets home field in another campaign against the Roosevelt Riders at 4 p.m. Go Beavers!
XC takes to Hamlin Park hills at mid-season meet
The BHS Cross Country Team competed against Lakeside Tuesday March 23, on the hilly Hamlin Park Course in Shoreline.

"Ballard won both the boys and girls 3-mile races!" said Coach Neal Howard. "For many this was the first race students ran in masks, and the coaching staff are very proud of all the hard work, effort, and performances."

BHS next takes on Blanchet at 3:40 p.m. (Boys) and 4:40 p.m. (Girls) Tuesday, March 30 -- also at Hamlin Park. Follow @ballardhsxc on Instagram.
Gymnastics wins meet vs. Roosevelt, WS
Ballard Gymnastics took the win in its Meet last Friday against Roosevelt and West Seattle. Lilly Clarke's amazing 9.6 routine was one of seven stuck routines on the beam!

Follow the team @ballardgymnastics on Instagram.
Volleyball takes on Lakeside Tuesday, Hale Wednesday
While Roosevelt took three matches from the BHS Volleyball teams last week, Ballard is visiting Lakeside on Monday, March 29 (JV at 5;15 p.m., Varsity at 7 p.m. -- Lakeside streaming linked).

Then the three squads are heading to Nathan Hale for Wednesday, March 31 matches at 4:15 p.m. JVC; 5:30 p.m. JV and 7 p.m. Varsity. Follow the team on Instagram @bhsbeaversvolleyball.
BHS Golf takes on Prep at Jackson Monday
The BHS Golf Team tees off at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 29 against Seattle Prep at Jackson Park. Go Beavers!
Curbside sunshine and virtual library fun too
Thanks to all who came to the first Curbside at the Library of the spring, accompanied by blooming cherry trees and new books for Beaver Readers.

The next event is Thursday, April 8 from 3-5 p.m. Place books on hold at or browse the mini library Curbside!

Check out this week's online Library groups; meeting links are available on the Library Schoology page:

Monday, March 29 - Eager Beaver Readers, noon
Tuesday, March 30 - Library Leaders, noon
Wednesday, March 31 - Picture Book Pilot Reading Buddies, 10 a.m. | Art Therapy Draw a 3D Building, noon
Friday, April 2 - Ballard Comic Book Club, noon | Beaver Book Club Never Caught, 12:30 p.m.

Visit the BHS Library page for more reading inspiration and fun!
Book an appointment with your counselor
Students! It's easy to book an online Counseling Appointment.

Select an option (Counselor Support | Running Start | New Students | Senior Meetings) and your Counselor's name (assignment list available on the Counseling Center Dashboard).
Scholarship opportunities on SPS/BHS bulletins
Students! Did you know we have a designated Scholarship Bulletin page with current scholarship opportunities as well as a Seattle Public School Bulletin that is updated monthly. Be sure to check the page often for more opportunities!
Freestone Future Leaders Scholarship
The Freestone Future Leaders scholarship is open to all graduating high school seniors, or college students enrolled full-time in an accredited two or four-year university or college. Each year, five students will be awarded with a $5,000 tuition reimbursement, totaling $100,000 in financial support for 20 students over four years. Deadline April 16, more information here.
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.
Virtual College Planning Day
The Washington Council’s College Planning Day on Thursday, April 22 provides a one-stop opportunity from 9-11:15 a.m. for high school juniors and undecided seniors to learn about Washington State’s higher education options. Participating Colleges Posted April 1
Upcoming College Visits
Wednesday, March 31 | 9 a.m. Willamette University | 9:45 a.m. University of Connecticut

Thursday, April 1 | 1:10 p.m. Delaware 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 are some options below:
Launch 206 Paid Internship | Summer CTE program
LAUNCH206 is an instructional internship program that works with local companies to support meaningful worksite learning experiences while having regular classroom check-ins.

Student-interns will gain insight into a career pathway of their choice and work with local industry experts through this Seattle Public Schools program. Upon program completion, each student intern will be awarded $1,000 stipend, and 0.5 CTE credit. Application form, deadline: April 19 | Orientation: June 17-18 and internship: June 21 to July 16.
BHS staff cares about you
In his March 23 announcement, Principal Keven Wynkoop reminded students: "We know that many of you have been dealing with a lot of anxiety, isolation, stress and depression over the last year. We want you to know that you are all loved and appreciated parts of our classrooms and our community."

The BHS staff also provided this list of helpful wellness resources:
New! Updated vaccine eligibility
Review the list below, many students and families may now qualify for the COVID vaccine and not be aware of it.

Here are the new guidelines:
People 16 and over with the following conditions:
Cancer, Chronic Kidney Disease, COPD, Down Syndrome, Certain Heart Conditions, People who have had a solid organ transplant, Obesity (BMI over 30), Pregnancy, Smoking, Sickle Cell Disease, Type 2 Diabetes mellitus.

If students or families have questions about their eligibility, reach out to Karen Boudour, ARNP via email

The Teen Health Center does not currently have vaccine available.
BPA New Family Open House April 5
Ballard Performing Arts (BPA) is hosting a New Family Open House for incoming students and their parents in the band, choir, orchestra, and theater programs on Monday, April 5, at 7 p.m.

The virtual meeting will be held via Zoom, and is a chance for parents and guardians to learn about the program, meet the directors and members of the Ballard Performing Arts Boosters Club. 
Get involved!
Join our BHS PTSA
We need a PTSA Treasurer and Secretary for 21-22!

BHS relies heavily on parent volunteers to help provide the best possible experience and opportunities for all students ... even more so now!

To learn more about these integral positions and other open roles, contact the BHS PTSA Nominating Chairs Michelle Renn, Sarah Visser and Carol Cheyne at
Online Fall Registration 21-22
Current Ballard High School students in grades 9-11, your online registration windows have closed. Please contact your counselor to submit your requests for next year.

Grade 8 (Class of 2025) and Students Transferring to Ballard for 2021-2022 School Year - Stay Tuned! More information to come in late March/early April 2021.

The district will be sending ALL new student assignments in early April. Once we receive our official list of students from the district, we will reach out to newly assigned BHS students to complete registration. Please stay tuned for more information. We will be holding information sessions and counselor drop-in sessions the week of April 19th to answer all of your questions.

Please visit our 8th Grade webpage for more information about Ballard HS!
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 or Asst./Athletics Secretary Rayna Bauer at with any questions at all.

New School Website Redesign | District & School Websites
BHS Families, please take a moment and look at the new website design of both draft websites. Your participation and ideas are important!

Note: The Website Feedback Link closes March 28 at 10 p.m.
The redesigned district and school websites will go live this summer!
Thank you for sharing your ideas on how we can improve our websites! Your feedback is essential to the success of this project.

Visit the SPS Website Redesign page for more details.
Dury appointed
District IV School Board Director
On March 24, the Seattle School Board unanimously appointed Erin Dury school board director for District IV (4) representing Northwest and Central Seattle including Magnolia, Queen Anne, and southern neighborhoods in Ballard.

SPS In-Person Learning updates
On March 16, SPS and the Seattle Education Association (SEA) came to a tentative agreement that supports a safe return to school buildings for all preschool, K-12 Special Education Intensive Service Pathways, and all K-5 grade students on a hybrid (in-person part-time and remote part-time) instructional model.

The tentative agreement must be approved by SEA and the SPS School Board. It will be brought to the SEA membership to be ratified and to the SPS Board of Directors for a vote.

Return dates for in-person learning:  
March 29: All preschool students and elementary students enrolled in Special Education Intensive Services 
April 5: All other kindergarten to 5th grade students. 
April 5: Students enrolled in middle and high school Special Education Intensive Pathways. 

Bargaining continues as SEA and SPS work to come to an agreement to bring middle and high school students back to classrooms, including 6-8th grade students attending K-8 schools.

School readiness charts
SPS staff have been working for months to prepare our schools for a safe reopening. The work to reorganize classrooms, set up plexiglass barriers, check and update HVAC systems, and deliver PPE continues.

View what steps have been taken in school buildings to prepare for a return to in-person learning. School readiness charts
BHS PTSA offers these Community Activities for informational purposes & does not necessarily support activities or views presented therein.
Learn about BHS neighboring Ballard Crossing housing
Learn more about the Ballard Crossing (Plymouth Housing) development planned for 6400 15th Ave. N.W., the lot just south of the former Zesto's/El Camion lot. The online Community Meeting will be 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 29.

Meeting registration:
Seartle Ultimate Youth Clinics
Seattle Ultimate (formerly Cascades Academy) is excited to be hosting multiple clinics this spring, taught by a rotating cast of Seattle Tempest WOMEN'S & Seattle Cascades OPEN rosters.

Available to students grades 3rd-12th; clinics are hosted around the Seattle area at a variety of playfields and welcome all abilities and genders. Scholarships are available via a short online form.

Parenting to Embrace Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Join Monique Marshall for the fifth installment of Bush School's virtual Parent University series, Parenting to Embrace Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, on Wednesday, April 21 at 5:30 p.m.

This interactive workshop is designed to invite dialogue and offer a framework for equity and inclusion work at home and in school. 

Due to online platform capacity, advanced registration is required, but there is no cost associated with your ticket.

Click here to learn more about Parent University and watch previous installments from this year's talks.
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!
Revenue forecast up, budgets to be released this week
Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant

As anticipated, the March 17 revenue forecast presented by state chief economist Steve Lerch was positive – for the 2019-21 biennium, the forecast was increased by $1.34 billion and for the 2021-23 biennium it increased by nearly $1.95 billion. This is a dramatic turnaround from the June 2020 forecast, which projected a $9 billion deficit for fiscal years 2021, 2022, and 2023. 

According to Lerch, the positives include two stimulus bills passed; faster than expected vaccine distribution; stronger than expected retail sales; and a super-hot housing market. To the negative, however, Lerch shared that employment growth has been slower than expected; business remains weak for restaurants, bars, arts and entertainment, and travel-related businesses; and rising oil and gas prices may hamper growth.
Community Resources
The BHS PTSA offers Community Resources for informational purposes & does not necessarily support activities or views presented therein.
Food bank services
Summer Activities
Summer Registration is Open!
UW Summer Youth Programs is excited to announce a variety of remote enrichment courses
for students who want to keep learning over summer break.

Algorithmic Thinking: Programming Logic Fundamentals
Architectural Studies
Coding in Java / Coding in Python
Esports, Gaming and Broadcasting
Make It! Innovation Design Lab
Visit our website for registration information and course details!
Summer STEM Institute
The Summer STEM Institute (SSI) is a 6-week virtual summer program for high school students from June 20 to Aug. 1.

SSI consists of three main parts
1. Data Science and Research Bootcamp  |SSI will equip students with the skills to conduct computational research. Students will learn how to apply data science to interdisciplinary projects.

2. Masterclass Lecture Series  | Students will be connected with highly accomplished speakers from Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and other top institutions.

3. Mentored Research Project  | Students will have the opportunity to conduct a research project in a scientific field of interest. Students will work closely with mentors in a virtual lab.

Here's an SSI Application, application deadline April 16. More info.
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.