May 16, 2021
More information and online updates: School Bulletin

May 16 | Jazz 1 performs at Serious Takeout, 10:30-noon

May 17 & 20 | Cap & Gown Distribution, 3:50-5 p.m.

First administration May 18 or 20 | 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Vaccination Clinics to be offered at BHS
Ballard High School, with Seattle Public Schools, is hosting Vaccine Clinics of the Pfizer COVID-19 to all eligible students who would like to receive it and have parent/guardian consent (for under 18).

The vaccine will be administered by employees from Swedish Hospital in partnership with the City of Seattle. Consent form available below.
Vaccines are for SPS students, 12 and older, and their family members. No pre-registration is required.

Clinics are from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants must be available for BOTH dates:
1st Vaccine on May 18 with 2nd Vaccine on June 8
- OR -
1st Vaccine May 20 with 2nd Vaccine on June 10

Ballard High School Auxiliary Gym | Students will be excused from their classes to get their 1st dose vaccines. They will need to enter the gym doors on the North side of the building.

More information on the BHS Vaccination Clinic page.
Nominees due by Monday, May 17!
Time to nominate your outstanding BHS educator, volunteer and advocate!
LAST CALL! The BHS PTSA is accepting nominations for:

  • BHS Educator who has provided outstanding educational opportunities for students beyond the scope of their job;

  • BHS Volunteer who can be recognized for going above and beyond;

  • and nominations for an BHS Advocate, who has demonstrated commitment to creating strong policies at BHS.

Email PTSA President Gloria Kruzner your 2020-21 nominees by 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 17, along with a few details why you've chosen them, at More information on the BHS PTSA Overview.
Mark your calendars for the June 10 PTSA Awards!
We will announce the Outstanding Educator, Golden Acorn and Outstanding Advocate Awards winners at our 7 p.m. June 10 BHS PTSA Awards General Meeting on Microsoft Teams. Link to come, mark your calendars!
Naramore Art Show features BHS artists
The Naramore Art Show celebrates more than 200 artworks by Seattle Public School’s middle and high school students.

Check out the Virtual Museum from May 12 through June 30, including BHS senior photographer Dylan Nicole Hansen's work, on the Naramore Art Show webpage. Congratulations to the 10 participating BHS student artists, listed below, as well as their painting/drawing teacher Matt Harkelroad and photography teacher Gina O'Neill!

Naramore is a partnership with Seattle Art Museum and this year, due to COVID-19, it will be a virtual museum on the SPS website with a celebration on SPS TV, and Instagram postings for students to show what they’ve been creating at home, using the hashtag #artistsofsps

Artists' work will be celebrated on SPS TV Channel 26: May 21 at 6 p.m.
AP Digital Exams | June 1-4, 7-11
Students who are signed up and wish to take an AP Exam will take the test during the CollegeBoard’s Window 3, and to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff, all exams will be administered digitally at home. LEARN MORE.
BHS AP Exams In-Person | June 4
For the AP Exams that ONLY have the option for In-Person testing, Japanese, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, French and Music Theory, These exams will be at Ballard HS on Friday, June 4. LEARN MORE. 
Important May calendar updates for Seniors!
Important dates coming up for the Class of 2021 commence with Cap & Gown pickups May 17 and 20 (times below).

Caps, Gowns, other Grad products will be distributed, and any senior t-shirts not picked up. Students can come either day if needed. Will be in the BHS Back Parking Lot.
Still want to order a Cap & Gown? You can place orders in-person with cash, cashAPP or Venmo (no cards). Or place on-line at National Achiever. Orders placed now will arrive before Graduation.

  • Monday, May 17: Cap & Gown distribution for Cohorts A & C, 3:50-5 p.m. (pickup days suggested to keep groups smaller)
  • Thursday, May 20: Cap & Gown distribution for Cohorts B & C | Senior Sign Distribution (new, details below!), 3:50-5 p.m.
  • Friday, May 21: Above and Beyond Service Learning Due
  • Sunday, May 23: Graduation Speech Auditions Due (new, details below!)
  • Tuesday, May 25: Academic Awards & Scholarship Survey

Graduation ceremony speakers sought
Attention students: Interested in taking on a bigger role in your graduation ceremony on June 16 for the Class of 2021? We have 2-4 speech spots available.

If interested, please read the attached flyer and send an email of interest to Mr. Kendrick: by May 23!
Deadline May 25!
Sr Academic Awards & Scholarship Info Survey
The Class of 2021 BHS Senior Academic Awards & Scholarship Information Survey is due on May 25. For details on what can be included, check out the Survey webpage.

Students, please sign in using your district email and complete the survey no later than Tuesday, May 25 so you might be listed in the Senior Academic Awards Night program.

In addition on the survey please enter your name EXACTLY the way that you want it printed on your diploma.

Senior Class of 2021 Yard Signs Have Arrived!
The Class of 2021 Senior Graduation Yard Signs have arrived for our BHS Seniors and their families! 

Our amazing PTSA Volunteers will be at the Senior Cap and Gown Distribution in the back BHS Parking Lot on Thursday, May 20 from 3:50-5:30 p.m. for any Senior who can pick one up that day!

Stay tuned for more Senior Yard Sign Pickup and delivery options!  

Questions? Contact PTSA Volunteer Marcie Guthrie at
Senior SPREE 2021 | Buy tickets now!
The SPREE Committee is busy planning the Seniors' Graduation Night Party for June 16.

Senior SPREE is an all-night party 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 on the SPREE 2021 Information page. Questions? Contact Sarah Kopf at or Becky Moore at
Junior parents: Help make SPREE a success!
SPREE is back! But we need your support as chaperones to help the celebration happen!

Class of 2022: It's a BHS tradition for Junior parents/guardians to chaperone at SPREE and "pay it forward" so senior parents can rest easy, knowing their newly graduated Beavers are having a safe and fun evening. It's also a great way for Junior parents to preview what the party will be like for their teens next June!
We are currently in need of a group of about 20 parents/guardians to help with chaperone duties from 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 16 until 8 a.m. Thursday, June 17. (If enough people sign up to help, the evening can be broken up into two shifts.)

We can't do it with you! Want to learn more? Contact Danielle Steele at
Curbside at the Library fun | May 27 after school!
Thanks for those who joined us at the last sunny Thursday for Curbside at the Library pickup.

Check out the next event on Thursday, May 27 from 3:50-5 p.m., and get some great books before the Memorial Day holiday weekend! Place holds on books, games and resources at

Check out all the different ways you can now get books on the Library News page. Remember to return your titles promptly in the outdoor bins so other students can have a turn with popular titles too.
Counseling Center offers virtual/in-person visits
Students can use the Bookings link online (see Counselor Schoology pages) to schedule any appointment with their Counselor.

Check out the Counseling Center news page for information on booking appointments, virtual jobs/internships board, online college visit details, scholarship offerings and more!
Register now for SPS Career Celebration May 19
Students: You have the opportunity to attend TWO different sessions to learn from companies and professionals at Seattle Public Schools' virtual High School Career Celebration on Wednesday, May 19! Don't miss out! Register now and you'll receive a calendar invite with the link to join!

Preview of session topics: Technology, Software Engineering, Gaming | Engineering (including green jobs) | Healthcare (Doctor, Nurse, Mental Health) | Architecture, Design, Interior Design | Arts and Fashion | Construction, Trades | Culinary, Tourism | Business, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Social Media | Police, Fire, Safety, Public Service, Law | Sciences: Astronomy, Chemistry, Marine Biology, Environmental Planning

Questions? Contact the Career Connected Learning Coordinator Brent Martin at or Catherine Smith at More info/registration on BHS website.
Scholarship Bulletin still has spring offerings
The Counseling Center's Scholarship Bulletin is updated throughout the year with new timely offerings, including the one featured below. For more information, check out the Scholarship Bulletin!
Scholarship for Korean American students
A scholarship opportunity for Korean American Juniors and Seniors living in Washington State is now available. The Korean Community Service Center (KCSC) and YouthKAN have created a scholarship fund to support youth who are working toward social change and (re)defining what it means to be a Korean American youth today.

They will be awarding three (3) $2000 scholarships and all applicants will also receive a small award for their submission. Applications will close on May 31st at 11:59 p.m.

More information about the scholarship and the application can be found on the YouthKan Storytelling Scholarship site.
Service Learning opportunities thru BHS
Athletics Opportunity from Athletic Director Eric Ensign“I am looking for any students interested in earning volunteer service hours for helping out. What a fun way to help support athletics and earn hours while getting to watch our athletes compete at the same time! “ Send an email to Mr. Ensign at

Performing Arts Opportunity from BPA Boosters:
Students are needed to:
  • Update BPA Alumni News archive page on website.
  • Video help with senior videos.

Please contact Carol Cheyne if you can help at Check the BPA site for additional details. Visit the Service Learning page for more opportunities.
Nurse Notes: Volunteering
Want to know a secret? The secret to higher levels of happiness, more contacts with people and lower levels of depression and loneliness? The key is volunteering. Volunteering can give a teen a chance to try out an interest in a possible career. Volunteering with a vulnerable population can be the highlight of their day and yours. Certainly, volunteering during COVID-19 is challenging but brainstorming for ideas is always on the table. Committing even one to two hours per week benefits you and the organization. Volunteering with an organization you support benefits the community and you will get back more than ever imagined. So which organization will you pick?

Notes from the Nurse are provided by BHS School Nurse Laurie Tirtanadi. For student volunteer opportunities, check out the BHS Service Learning page. Parents/guardians? We'd love your help as a SPREE chaperone, contact Danielle Steele at with your interest!
Spring Awakening | BPA Musical Spring Production
Congratulations to the Ballard Performing Arts on the staging of the acclaimed musical Spring Awakening. Ballard’s virtual production was directed by Shawn M. Riley with musical direction by BHS choir teacher Courtney Rowley. Eia Waltzer choreographed the show and BHS alumnus Gustavo Gutierrez was director of photography and editing.
A round of applause for the talented cast:
Melchior Gabor --- Milo Palmer; Wendla Bergman --- Tova Goedert; Hanschen Rilow --- Vee Ashmun; Ernst Robel --- Hadley Mollman; Martha Bessell --- Lili Reigart; Georg Zirschnitz --- Andrei Whyte; Adult Man --- Will Shepard; Ilse Neumann --- Lydia VanKley; Adult Woman --- Rose Shipley; Moritz Steifel --- Sebastian Varriano; Otto Lammermeier --- Elijah Graham; Anna --- Mercedes Tucker; Thea --- Ella Papineau

Ensemble: Maylie Gardner, Hope Onstad, Emma VanSteenis, Bridget Donnelly, Gabby Bandy, Ainslee Workman, Eliot Jamet and Will Shepard 
Also, check out the just released 2020-21 BPA Theatrical Season!
Spring BPA Coffee Sale Fundraiser!
Caffe Appassionato Coffee Sales are back! Order your favorite coffee ONLINE and directly support a BPA student. Just specify their name on the order! For every bag purchased, the student named will earn $6 in credits that can be used towards future trips, camps, and program fees. Otherwise, proceeds with no student named will go into the BPA general fund. 

Order now, the deadline is May 31 and your coffee can be picked up curbside at BHS on Saturday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Questions? Please contact Lori Day. Thank you for supporting our students!
Enjoy brunch & live BPA music at Serious Takeout
Jazz 1 students will be performing from 10:30 to noon Sunday May 16 outside of Serious Takeout, 5118 14th Ave. N.W.

Listen for a few minutes while you grab and go, or sit and enjoy the show at one of their outside tables. More information in the BPA Newsletter.
BHS summer practices require registration
New! Summer Registration begins on June 7 on FinalForms. Please register in order to be ready for any summer practices or tryouts that may begin for football, dance and cheerleading.

Visit the Athletics Overview and Paperwork pages for more updates.
Season 2 sports streamed on YouTube
Season 2 home contests are streamed via the BHS Athletics YouTube Channel and you can check the Metro Athletics page for this week's contests!
Helpful BHS Instruction Links
Contact staff in Main Office w/ ?'s
Have questions about remote or in-person learning? While parents/guardians cannot come into the building, the office staff is available to answer questions via email and telephone.

Please 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.
Superintendent May 14 family update
Dear Families,

It is an honor to be leading this great organization made up of inspiring students and talented educators and staff. I am committed to making sure we finish this school year strong and set plans in motion for returning in-person, full-time this coming fall. In-person school is what we do best and is best for our students. You can learn more about our fall priorities and upcoming student vaccination clinics by reading today’s School Beat e-newsletter or visiting the district website

I look forward to sharing more information about our fall return and engaging with you and our students in the coming weeks. I am full of optimism and excitement for next school year – I hope you are too.

~Superintendent Brent Jones
Skills Center Summer Courses
The Seattle Skills Center will be offering remote and in-person career-connected classes this summer for incoming 9-12 grade students.

The usual range of course offerings like Construction, Careers in Education, Maritime, Medical Careers, and many more will be available.

In-person classroom and remote courses will be offered from July 6 to July 30, and other courses, such as “Sailing the Salish Sea” aboard the schooner, Adventuress, and at the Center for Wooden Boats will be offered at the end of June and beginning of August.

The BHS PTSA offers Community Resources for informational purposes & does not necessarily support activities or views presented therein.
WSAC Resources for Graduating Seniors
Post graduation tips from the Washington State Achievement Council to Graduating Seniors:

Prepare a budget and know how to access health care.

Need help? Have questions? Identify supportive people and places on your college campus or in your community.

Check out Washington GEAR UP’s Graduate Handbook, which provides next steps for recent high school graduates. The handbook includes a to-do list, info about college course types, financial aid tips, and more.

Parents and families can help! Ask the adults in your life to review the Family Guide: Supporting Your Child After High School, which helps family members support graduates as they prepare for and complete their first year in college. The family guide is available in eight languages.

Stay on track and plan your future on the Washington Student Achievement Council website.

Abridged from the WSAC's "Resources for Graduating Seniors". Full message here.
Check out Penguin Productions' summer play
Hello! My name is Stellan Rude I'm a Penguin Advisory Council member, BHS senior, and an actor for a theater program called Penguin Productions.

For more information and questions email Check it out if you like theater! We have kids who assistant direct, assist with stage management, set design and act!

Penguin Productions is a free program which encourages donations and welcomes all students of all ability levels for ages 14-18.
Penguin Virtual 5/16 performance includes BHS actors too!
Also catch BHS actors Stellan Rude and Harriet Cohen in Penguin Production's "One Act @ a Time: Halcyon and Happenstance
A Devised Theater Piece" at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 16!

This performance of co-created short one pieces looks to the future of theater, one act at a time!

Directed by: Aishé Keita, with support from Anna Klein.

Ensemble: Sam Doherty, Stellan Rude, Jonas Dodge, Ella Meulen (who also created the poster), Harriet Cohen and Anna Martin

UW Summer registration is open
UW Summer Youth Programs is excited to announce a variety of remote enrichment courses
for high school 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 website for registration information and course details!
Jazzed Virtual Summer Playbook
In JazzED's virtual summer camp, PLAYBOOK, you’ll learn a new jazz standard or melody each week. You’ll get tips and tricks to better memorize songs and pointers on performing more expressive solos. You’ll learn to practice with a backing track. Each week the JazzED teacher will explain the history of the song and walk you through the most important recordings of it.

Summer Playbook is open to all instruments (including voice) and all ages. You can pick the class level that's right for you.
Sliding scale tuition codes available to any family.

The boys lacrosse team is 3-2 after losing to crosstown rival Roosevelt in a Friday night lights showdown 7-4. On Saturday, May 8, they beat Redmond High School 8-7 in a very exciting nail-biter. Go Beavs!

Follow the team at ballard_lacrosse.
Beaver Varsity Softball beat Lincoln 12-1 last Tuesday, catch the action here. Here's the JV squad (below) facing Roosevelt Friday, too in a 10-7 loss.

Follow the teams on their MaxPreps page.
The wrestling team hosted and topped Cleveland, Garfield, Roosevelt and West Seattle last Tuesday.

The Varsity Tennis teams split matches Tuesday, with the boys team beating O'Dea 4-1 while Holy Names Academy topped the girls team 5-0.
Congratulations to BHS quarterback Ryan Blokker who has committed to College of Idaho Football to play for the Yotes! #BeaverPride
Boys Varsity Basketball hosted Roosevelt Friday, with the Riders topping the Beavers 51-35.

On Wednesday, the team travels to the SWAC to take on Chief Sealth at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, Varsity hosts Ingraham at home at 7:30 p.m.

Here is the livestream link so fans can watch from this week's schedule from home.
The Boys Swim and Dive team are grateful to be back in the pool! Though numbers are down from 45 boys last year to 15 participants this year, they are working hard and being flexible with this strange season.

They won their first dual meet against Ingraham last week ... by two points! Way to go Beaver Swim and Dive!
This week, the Varsity Girls Lacrosse team got their first win of the season, inching out NSI (Newport Sammamish Issaquah) 10-8. Great play all around by the Beavers, coming off of a tough week against Seattle Prep and Lakeside.

Our JV team played a strong game against Roosevelt, where they were challenged out in the midfield and met with a strong Riders goalie. The team played the entire game, with some girls scoring their first goals of the season in the 8-3 loss. The Girls Lacrosse program is hosting a double header on Monday, May 17, with JV playing Mercer Island at 6:45 p.m. and Varsity playing Bishop Blanchet at 8:15 p.m. 

Follow the team on Instagram @bhs_girlslax
The boys soccer teams dropped games to Lincoln Thursday, with Varsity losing 2-0 on the road, while JV lost 2-1 at home.

The Freshman team lost to Lincoln 4-0 at Lower Woodland Friday, while JV beat Cleveland High School 6-0

At 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 20 Varsity will host crosstown rival Roosevelt.

Follow the team on its MaxPreps page or on Instagram @ballardsoccer
The Ballard Varsity Baseball squad split its games last week, losing to Lakeside 2-0 Monday and topping Garfield 2-1 Thursday. The squad is 2-5 on the season.

JV bats came alive at home against Lakeside 21-4 Monday. The squad is 5-2 on the season. The Frosh team put up five runs in its 11-5 loss to Lincoln Thursday. Go Beavers Baseball!

Follow the team on their MaxPreps page. Photo c/o Ballard Beavers Baseball/Facebook.
Welcome to new Ballard Strength Coach Mackenzie Nevares! She is an intern from the Seattle Pacific University Exercise Science Department.

Follow @ballardstrength on Instagram.
The Ballard Girls Basketball teams took care of Lakeside last week, with the JV team topping the Lions 66-41 at home Monday and Varsity winning 54-37 away on Tuesday.

The team also beat rival Roosevelt Friday 38-31 in the Dam.

Follow the team on Instagram @ballardhs_gbb
Ballard’s Track & Field competed Thursday against Bishop Blanchet, Nathan Hale and West Seattle at the Nathan Hale Track.

Beaver highlights: Liane Kistler topped in Pole Vault (13-00.00); Eric Souza-Ponce won the 3200m (9:52.29a); Peter Golden dominated discus (119-00); Tova Goedert won the 33" 100m Hurdles (18.37a); the relay team of Anna SimpsonRyan MurphyElla Tipping and Jill Sousley won the 4x200m (1.54.50a); Sophie Carolyn Pratt tied a West Seattle athlete for first in the High Jump (4-08.00); and Kat Moen topped in Triple Jump (31-02.00).

DiscNW is sponsoring a spring HS practice league and summer HS team leagues for rising 9th graders thru graduating 12th graders.

If you are interested in joining Ballard Ultimate Frisbee and participating in these events, send an email to

More information is available on the DiscNW website.
The Ballard High Sail Team competed in the NW District Fleet Racing Championships in Bellingham this past week-end against teams across Western Washington and Northern Oregon.

They placed 2nd and have qualified for the Interscholastic Sailing Association (ISSA) Mallory Doublehanded National Championship to be held in Cleveland, Ohio in June 2021. 
The team is super excited for this opportunity.

Congratulate the following sailors for their achievements: 
Catie Vandervort, Meimei Peterson, Erik Anderson, Johnny Vaughey, and Sam Airhart. On to Ohio! Go Beavers!
Season 2 highlights are culled from a variety of sources, including Metro Athletics, team websites and social media, as well as parent reporters and coach shout outs!

If you want to share a photo or highlight, send to Deadline for sports writeups by noon Saturdays. Thanks!
WSPTA advocacy submission process is now open!
Any PTA member is encouraged to submit an issueor a resolution, or learn more about the legislative principles that address concerns that affect children on a statewide level to the WSPTA. (See the group's Platform History below.)

The WSPTA relies on its members to provide the priorities that we will advocate for at the state level and within our communities. The submission window is open through June 1. View WSPTA videos to help you with this process.
Contribute to BHS PTSA while you shop at Fred Meyer stores
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!
Community Resources
The BHS PTSA offers Community Resources for informational purposes & does not necessarily support activities or views presented therein.
Community support
Food bank services
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.