BHS PTSA News
March 7, 2021
B H S C A L E N D A R
March 7-27 | Yearbook sale

March 9 | BPA Booster Club Meeting, 6 p.m.

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


March 15 | SPS Board District IV Candidate Forum, 5:30-8:30 p.m.


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 3 | Spring Choir Concert, 7 p.m.

June 4 | Spring Orchestra Concert, 7 p.m.

June 5 | Spring Band Concert, 7 p.m.
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) | Window closed
Grade 9 (Class of 24) | Link on Source until March 8
Grade 8 (Class of 25) | Stay Tuned! More information to come in late March/early April 2021
Pre-order your 2020-21 Shingle thru March 27!
Hurrah, yearbook production is underway and now you have a chance to order your own copy of the Shingle! Yearbooks are for sale for $50 through March 27 via SchoolPay on the Source.

Questions? Contact BallardShingle@gmail.com. Follow the Shingle Yearbook Committee and meet the editors on Instagram @bhs_shingle.
Ballard Auction Update
What happened to the BASH this year?
Greetings from your Auction Committee! It’s been quite a ride and our super enthusiastic auction team, along with our PTSA, made the very challenging decision to forego the auction for the 2020-2021 school year.

In spring 2020 we all thought our kids would be back in school by the fall of 2020 and we had no doubt that live events would be happening again in spring 2021. Yet the way the pandemic unfolded we soon realized that we had to pivot to a virtual event and at the same time we considered the many individuals and companies impacted by the economic downturn. Somehow it felt "wrong" to procure this year and we came to the conclusion that it is not the time to ask for donations from our neighborhood businesses nor our school community, knowing many are struggling.

There is good news though: Vaccines are out! Numbers are dropping! And we are hopeful that by spring 2022 we can throw Ballard’s biggest post-COVID soiree. Stay tuned for the biggest BASH ever!

Want to join the auction team and help with next year's event? Email info@bhsauction.com and look for more updates in the Fall PTSA newsletter.

If you had funds ear-marked for the auction this year, we encourage you to make your intended donation to the PTSA to allow us to continue our efforts in supporting staff and students during the 2020-2021 school year.
History of Ballard Auction
The BASH was the brainchild of Dick Lee, Class of 1961 and became an annual event beginning in 1990 sponsored by the Ballard HS Foundation. The BHS PTSA became involved in the BASH in 1999 and began sole sponsorship in 2002. The funds raised, along with other PTSA fundraising activities, have enabled the BHS PTSA to grant more than a million dollars to support academics and enrichment at Ballard High School.
Help support Mary's Place
Earth Service Corps club clothing drive March 11
Got any old clothes that need a new home? Ballard High School's Earth Service Corps will be hosting a clothing drive with all proceeds going to Mary's Place, a local nonprofit organization in Seattle that provides safe, inclusive shelter and services for women, children and families on their journey out of homelessness

The drive will take place on Thursday, March 11 from 3-5 p.m. in the Ballard High School parking lot. Tell your friends and family and set aside some clothes!

For more information, contact the Earth Service Corps Leadership Team at escballard@gmail.com. Follow the club on Instagram @bhsearthservicecorps.

Visit the BHS Clubs page too to learn about all the Clubs at Ballard High School and ways to get involved.
ATHLETICS
Season One competitions kick off ... Go Beavers!
Congrats to all our BHS athletes on a first week of competition! #BeaverPride. Above our Football Team celebrates the final minute of its opening season 15-7 win against Seattle Prep under the lights on Friday Night at Memorial Stadium.

Although spectators are not allowed at sporting events, you can watch more games this week on our BHS Athletics YouTube Channel. Metro football game broadcasts, with sideline commentary, are also available through Rainier Avenue Radio's YouTube Channel. (Photo still above from this broadcast.)
If you are a team parent and would be willing to film future competitions like for the Varsity Volleyball game featured here, 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. (Also, feel free to share photos with the newsletter editor at ballardhighnews@gmail.com.) More information on all Season One sports through the Athletics Overview.
BHS Cross Country team has first meet at Magnuson
The Cross Country team had a great first meet against Seattle Prep after only 7 days of practice! A lot of runners ran their first 5k races with great results and the individual work put in over the winter paid off with many returning runners producing life time best times.

Congratulations to all the freshmen and first-time runners with their first 5K race. Junior Avery Jenkins and Sophomore Jack Rousseau lead the boys team with a photo finish! Freshman Emme Rousseau lead the girls team with Senior Dori Buttleman 2 seconds behind. The team will be back at Magnuson on March 10 against Nathan Hale - Go Beavers!
Ballard Golf tees off against Roosevelt
Ballard Boys Golf played Roosevelt in their first match of the season last Tuesday at Jackson Park. A tough contest with Roosevelt emerging victorious 116 to 95. Senior Bronson Scott was low man for Ballard carding a 42.
Soccer teams hang tough in rainy openers
Girls Soccer kicked off their season this past week. JV played Ingraham at home to a 0-0 tie at home in the rain. It was a great effort and battle with both teams creating opportunities to score. Madi Guthrie and Addyson Wynkoop each played a half in goal and both recorded shut-outs.

Varsity played at IHS in an afternoon match in the heavy rain. It was their first game in over 16 months! Ingraham scored in the first half and lead 1-0 at half. Your Beavers rallied to equalize it in the second half on a goal by freshman Peyton Nakagawara. The match ended in a 1-1 tie.

This week your Beavers take on Lakeside on Thursday. Varsity plays at home with a 7:30 p.m. kick-off and JV is at Lakeside with a 4 p.m. kick-off. JVC is looking at their first match on Friday.
BHS Club Lacrosse tryouts in April
Girls: BHS Girls Club Lacrosse tryouts and practices begin April 19. Practices will be 6:45-8:15 p.m. Monday through Friday at the BHS Field. Players must register with the team to tryout due to COVID-19 contact tracing protocols.

This year, the registration deposit is $50 and the balance of $350 won't be charged until the season starts the week of April 19. It will be an eight-game season and players are responsible for their own equipment. More info @bhs_girlslax. Signup on https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/253462
Boys: BHS Boys Lacrosse is actively recruiting new players for the Spring 2021 season. Practices are being held now and the season starts April 19. Please contact Mary Scott Senan (maryscotts@gmail.com) for more information.
ASSESSMENTS & TESTING
AP Exams to be offered remotely
BHS AP Exam Update! AP Exams will be offered remotely. Families will receive a full refund if you decide not to take exam. If you cancel before April 1st your refund will be processed within 2 business days. If you cancel after April 1st your refund could take up to 2 months to process. Contact Mike Broom at mrbroom@seattleschools.org 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. 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.
LIBRARY
Beaver Readers March on into spring books
March showers lead to April flowers? No matter the weather, grab a book at the Curbside at the Library event this Thursday, March 11. Check out the Library Catalog at bit.ly/BHSHolds and make a favorites list and put books on hold.

Also, here are the library's daily activities; meeting links are available on the Library Schoology page:

Monday, March 8 - Eager Beaver Readers, noon
Tuesday, March 9 - Library Leaders, noon
Wednesday, March 10 - Picture Book Pilot Reading Buddies, 10 a.m.
Thursday, March 11 - Curbside at Library event, 3-5 p.m.
Friday, March 5 - Ballard Comic Book Club (Gideon Falls Vol. 2 by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino), noon | Beaver Readers Book Club (Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas), 12:30 p.m.

Visit the BHS Library page to check out a gallery of all our Curbside fun!
SENIORS
Senior updates: T-shirt sales end March 19
Senior T-shirts are on sale through March 19 on SchoolPay.

Reminder: Seniors who need a mid-year transcript sent to a college (that you have not applied to through Common or Coalition App) should update your request on Naviance.
COUNSELING CENTER
Scholarship opportunities | BHS & SPS
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 (March now available!) Be sure to check the page often for current opportunities!
Apply now! Due date March 12
BHS Foundation Golden Beavers Scholarship
The Ballard HS Foundation Golden Beavers Scholarship is a one-time grant given by BHS alumni graduates of 50 or more years. Awards can range from $500 to $5,000.

The Foundation is offering scholarships for students going to 4-year, 2-year, and technical colleges/universities. Refer to the application for more details and information.

Email your application to Carol Bristol at chbristol@seattleschools.org or see additional options listed below. Due date is March 12.
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. Application deadline: March 15.
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 more details.
10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 10 | Salve Regina University, Newport RI

2:05 p.m. Thursday, March 11 | Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
2:05 p.m. Tuesday, March 16 | Seattle Pacific University

7-8 p.m. Thursday, March 18 | Explore California Schools with ARROW (Online college fair featuring admissions counselors from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, San Diego State, University of the Pacific, University of Redlands, and University of San Francisco) Visit ARROW website for more information.

2:05 p.m. Monday, March 22 | University of Colorado Boulder
Virtual Job/Internship Board
Students! Did you know we have a virtual Job Board located on the Counseling Center page? Be sure to check the page often for current updates and opportunities!
Full Stack Web Developer Program
T-Mobile Paid Internship for Juniors
T-Mobile, in partnership with Seattle Colleges and the SPS District, is offering a paid internship and fast-track training in its Full Stack Web Developer program for current Seattle Public Schools high school juniors.

It is forecasted that that there are 1.4 million unfilled jobs for Full Stack Web Developers in the USA, with an average starting salary around $58,000 in our region.

To apply, attend the info event on Thursday, March 11 starting at 6 p.m. Bring your parents/guardians! Complete the Online Event Registration Form.
Service Learning information for all class levels
The 60 hours service learning graduation requirement for Grade 12, Class of 2021 has been waived by the Seattle School Board. If seniors have not accumulated 60 hours of volunteer service work by the graduation deadline, you will still be able to graduate.

Seniors currently volunteering in a safe place are encouraged to continue service and turn in those hours. Volunteering provides much needed support in your community, and can open the doors to career connections and provide valuable work experience.

Grade 9 - 11 BHS students please continue to turn in your hours if you are able to find safe ways to volunteer. One way to get involved and accrue service hours is by keeping up with our monthly Service Learning opportunities, listed below.

More information on the Service Learning Web Page
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Note from the Nurse: Sleep is Essential
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Sleep is essential to our life. Along with regular exercise, nutritious food and social connection, sleep is one of the building blocks for awesome physical and mental health. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Soak up the sun for 15 minutes in the morning. Exercise most days of the week. Have your favorite caffeinated beverage before 5 p.m. Keep your bedroom between 65 and 75 degrees. Take a warm relaxing bath before bed. Turn off all screens an hour prior to bedtime. We spend a third of our life in sleep and tending proactively to our sleep habits can bring great benefits.

~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.
For more information about Ballard Performing Arts visit the BPA website.
Bradler honored in Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards
BPA Concert Choir and Vocal Jazz senior Gavin Bradler has received the Gold Award in the Regional Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards, for the Media & Entertainment segment.

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation awards these grants to honor students' efforts, determination and leadership. Each awardee receives grant funds for either their future education or to support their community project.

PTSA UPDATES
Join the 2021-22 BHS PTSA team!
BHS relies heavily on parent volunteers to help provide the best possible experience and opportunities for all students. One easy and fun way for parents to get involved at Ballard is by joining the PTSA Executive Board or its various committees. 

We are actively seeking BHS parents for a variety of positions listed below. Many of the available roles require little to no PTSA experience and take a few hours each month.

Openings include:
Treasurer 
Secretary 
Membership 
Direct Appeal 
SPREE Graduation Party
PTSA Website Editor
Weekly Newsletter Co-Editor (shared role)
Social Media support (shared role)

If you have questions or would like to learn more about the open roles for the upcoming school year, please contact the BHS PTSA Nominating Committee at join.bhs.ptsa@gmail.com.
OFFICE UPDATES
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.


More current school updates here: 
BHS quick links
BHS ATHLETICS
BHS Athletics Booster Club Newsletter
If you are interested in learning more about Ballard Athletics, consider signing up for the Athletic Booster Club Newsletter. Details and signup info in the March edition.
First gymnastics meet March 12
Spring football schedule
Tentatively, all BHS football games will be played at Memorial Stadium except for the Week 5 game which will be at Eastside Catholic High School.
The times may change as well.

  • March 12 vs. O'Dea | 5 p.m.
  • March 19 @ Rainier Beach | 8 p.m.
  • March 26 vs. Garfield | 8 p.m.
  • April 1 @ Eastside Catholic | 7 p.m.
SPS UPDATES
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.

The public is invited to join the District IV Candidate Forum 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 15 planned and moderated by the NAACP Youth Council. All candidates will have the opportunity to share why they are interested in serving on the Seattle School Board and answer questions from students.

Members of the public can watch the forum by YouTube streaming or SPSTV broadcast or listen by phone (dial +1 206-800-4125 and use phone conference ID: 385 686 682#).
It is planned that public feedback will be collected through an online form following the forum, and that these responses will be provided to Board Directors.

Candidates are:

Interim SPS Superintendent named
At the Feb. 24 regular school board meeting, the Seattle School Board approved the interim superintendent contract for Dr. Brent Jones. SPS welcomes Dr. Jones, whose official start date is no later than July 1, 2021. The interim contract ends June 30, 2022.

COMMUNITY ARTS, CULTURE, ACTION
BHS PTSA offers these Community Activities for informational purposes & does not necessarily support activities or views presented therein.
Youth Philanthropy Workshop
The Seattle Foundation is hosting its Youth Philanthropy Workshop on Sunday, March 21. This FREE three-hour workshop that examines philanthropy's role in our democracy. This opportunity is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Due to the ongoing pandemic, this workshop is in place of the five-month program that usually runs in-person.
 
Students will still have the opportunity to engage in deep-level conversations with their peers, learn grantmaking best practices, review proposals, and select organizations to receive $10,000 in funding.
 
Registration deadline is Friday, March 12, and space is limited. Please be aware that a parent/guardian must be present when completing the online registration form to sign and complete the registration process. If you have any questions, please email ygb@seattlefoundation.org.
 
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.
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.
Penguin Productions One Act @ a Time
Work with renowned theater artist Aishé Keita to co-create performance pieces exploring how theater shapes our lives -- and how our lives can shape the future of theater through Penguin Productions' One Act @ A Time.

The performance is open to teens ages 14-18. Rehearsals are 6-8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, March 22-May 5. Performance is May 8-9.

BHS PTSA on social media

You can also follow BHS PTSA on Instagram page @bhs.ptsa and Twitter!
SHOP AND SUPPORT PTSA
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 you link your card, all you have to do is shop at Fred Meyer and swipe your Shopper’s Card.
More information about Community Rewards here.
LEGISLATIVE CORNER
Call to Action:
Ask to preserve funding at pre-COVID levels
Seattle Public Schools, as well as other Washington state school districts, are experiencing declines in enrollment. This means less funding and fewer teachers -- Ballard is projected to lose 6 teachers next year.

Please email your legislators, and those in charge of crafting the budget, and tell them that they need to preserve school funding at pre-COVID levels.

SCPTSA has drafted a sample letter that you can use, which includes legislator email addresses, but personalized appeals are also very helpful.

Using the linked messaging or your own personal appeal, you can also call the Legislative Hotline: 1.800.562.6000 and leave a message for your Legislators. You can do this in your preferred language and your message will be translated for your Legislators.
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.