May 2, 2021
May 31 Memorial Day

June 1-4 & 7-11 | AP Exams testing windows

June 3 | Spring Choir Concert, 7 p.m.

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

June 5 | Spring Band Concert, 7 p.m.

Teacher Appreciation Week | May 3-7
In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3-7, thank you BHS teachers and staff! You've moved mountains this year!

To thank our teachers and staff for all their efforts this school year, the BHS PTSA will be providing on-site Coffee Cart service on Friday morning! We look forward to treating you!

Students/parents, want to send a thank you to a special teacher? You can find emails on Schoology or the Online Staff Directory.
National Principal's ... Weekend?
Also Happy Principal's ... Weekend? (National Principal's Day was Saturday, May 1 so we extended the celebration.)

Much gratitude on behalf of the BHS PTSA to the Head Beaver, Principal Keven Wynkoop, for his tireless enthusiasm for BHS and all his efforts on behalf of our community. #AG2BB!
Nominees due by May 17
Time to nominate your outstanding BHS educator, volunteer and advocate!
Time to nominate an Outstanding Educator, Volunteer and/or Advocate By May 17!
Every year around this time, the BHS PTSA takes nominations for a BHS Educator who has provided outstanding educational opportunities for students beyond the scope of their job; a BHS Volunteer (or Golden Acorn honoree) 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.
We try to acknowledge people who have not been recognized in the recent past. Visit the PTSA Awards page for more information and a listing of prior winners. Email PTSA President Gloria Kruzner your 2020-21 nominees TODAY, along with a few details why you've chosen them, at Deadline is Monday, May 17.
Mark your calendars: June 10 PTSA Awards!
Outstanding Educator, Golden Acorn and Outstanding Advocate Awards winners will be announced and celebrated at our 7 p.m. June 10 BHS PTSA Awards General Meeting on Microsoft Teams.
In-Person Informed Consent Forms due to BHS!
Consent Forms are DUE to BHS! From Principal Wynkoop: "We only have about 1/3 of the In-Person Informed Consent Forms for students that are attending in-person. We don’t want to exclude any students from attending, but that appears to be what will happen next."

Please download and complete the Informed Consent Form and e-mail the form to Cindy Peterson TODAY.
Remote/In-Person Instruction Helpful Links
Beavers, do you have that Fourth Quarter schedule down?
BHS Bell Schedule graphic, created from an awesome template by @seaworldlibrary, adapted for BHS by @eaglestafflib (thank you!), and shared by @the_head_beaver!

More helpful links:
Want to make a difference in your school? Run for student government! Email all application materials by 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 12 to both ASB Vice President Min Jang and ASB Advisor Mr. Kevin Kendrick. Visit the ASB General Election Application page for more complete details.
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. The 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.
May 7 is School Lunch Hero Day, make sure to thank our awesome BHS Nutrition Staff, BHS Lunchroom Manager Lan Dang and assistant Doug Stowell, if you opt for a "Grab & Go" meal!
AP Digital Exams updates | June 1-4, 7-11
SPS Notice for Parents of Students taking AP Exams: Students who are signed up and wish to take an AP Exam will take the test during the CollegeBoard’s Window 3 (June 1-4, 7-11); and to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff, all exams will be administered digitally at home.
For the AP Exams that ONLY have the option for In-Person testing (World Languages & AP Music Theory), SPS will offer these exams to students at their high school.

Visit the SPS AP Exam Information & FAQ for more details. Visit the Ballard HS AP Exam Information page for current updates.
SBA and WCAS postponed until Fall 2021
The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has determined that Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) and the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) will not be administered to students this spring. Instead, the state summative assessment window for the 2020-21 school year will be this fall.

Visit the SPS Smarter Balanced Assessment Spring 2021 for more information. Refer to the OPSI announcement from Chris Reykadal, State Superintendent for more details.
National College Decision Day
Congratulations Seniors on May 1 College Decision Day!

Follow @bhseniors2021 on Instagram to see many student shout outs!
Cap and Gown order distribution May 17, 20
Seniors: Cap & Gown orders will be distributed May 17 and 20 from 3:50-5 p.m.

Students are allowed to come either distribution day (suggested days and cohorts below):
Monday, May 17: suggested Cohorts A & C
Thursday, May 20: suggested Cohorts B & C

Gently used red caps & gowns needed
The Counseling Department is in need of gently used, RED graduation caps & gowns. We are running very low, and need more to get us through graduation this year.

If you have extra RED graduation caps & gowns at home, please consider donating them to the Counseling Department at BHS.

Please email Counseling Secretary Carol Bristol at or Administrative Secretary Cindy Peterson at or drop off at the Bins located outside the Main Office. We would be grateful! (Photo c/o Steve Shimmelman.)
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
Parent volunteers: Help make SPREE a Success!
It's a tradition for parents/guardians of Freshmen, Sophomore, Juniors to chaperone and "pay it forward" so their students can enjoy the event the year they graduate.

  • We need 10 volunteers to help check in Seniors on Wednesday, June 16 from ~9:45-10:45 pm. in the BHS parking lot.
  • We need 20 chaperones on Wednesday, June 16 from 10 p.m. until Thursday, June 17 at 6 a.m. If enough people volunteer we can break the night into two shifts.

We can't do it with you! Past chaperones have enjoyed this event and thought the time went by fast so please consider volunteering. Want to learn more? Contact Danielle Steele at
Library continues to support all Beaver Readers
Check out that BHS Library love!
Thanks to @eaglestafflib for the awesome Instagram shoutouts for the BHS Librarians, TuesD Chambers and Lindi Wood (below), in honor of April's School Library Month!

The library is open and excited to support all Beaver Readers. Cohorts A and B can schedule time to be in the library with their classes and place holds on books, games, and resources at Book deliveries are made at least twice a week to classes. ALL cohorts can place holds and pick up books and materials at Curbside Pickup every other Thursday from 4-6 p.m., with the next one happening May 13.
Online library programming updates
For Fourth Quarter, almost all library programming has moved to Wednesdays including Reading Buddies, Eager Beaver Readers, Library Leaders, and PRIDE and Beaver Book Clubs.

Please check the Schoology calendar for times. The Ballard Comic Book Club is still on Fridays but at 4:30 p.m. to ring in the weekend!

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.

Appointments will continue to be offered virtual, however, students who are doing in-person school can see their Counselor in person. They will only be able to do this on the days they are assigned to be in the building.

Check out the Counseling Center news page for information on booking appointments, virtual jobs/internships board, online college visit details, scholarship offerings and more!
Virtual College Visits & College Fairs
Visit the College Visits and Events webpage often for additional school visit dates and more details.
Wednesday, May 5 | 10:30 a.m. FIDM - Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising - Los Angeles

Wednesday, May 12 | 10:30 a.m. San Diego State University | 12:30 p.m. Bates College, Lewiston ME
May Service Learning opportunities available
Students should only participate in a Service Learning opportunity they feel is safe to them.

Seniors: The 60 hour service-learning graduation requirement the Class of 2021 has been waived. Service Learning paperwork for Above and Beyond Service Hours is due May 21.

Questions? contact Lindsay Squires at
Please visit the BHS Service Learning Information page for forms and updates.
Nurse Notes: The Secret Benefits of Reading
Ever read a fiction book and become so involved the time just gets away? The outside world recedes within the pages of the book and the story becomes your world?

When you read a book, you become emotionally involved with the characters. In essence, you share their struggles and triumphs. You become empathetic to the characters in the book, to their humanity. Fiction can help us understand our own experience in life.

There are many obvious benefits to reading, but the less obvious ones include reducing stress and helping us wind down prior to sleep. Regular reading can fight depressive symptoms. Reading helps teenagers develop a deeper appreciation into becoming an adult. Regular reading also helps older adults fight cognitive decline. Books are an invaluable resource. Check out your favorite library! What will you choose to read next? The possibilities are endless.

Notes from the Nurse are provided by BHS School Nurse Laurie Tirtanadi.
Spring Awakening | BPA Musical Spring Production
The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable.
Show Dates! May 6-8 and May 13-15 | 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $25. Parental Guidance Advisory for explicit language and content. Order at and you will be sent a link to watch it on the evening you select. More information.

Make it Dinner and a Show
Alison’s Coastal Kitchen Takeout has put together a spring-themed, takeout dinner box ($55 for two) to enjoy with the show. Preorder now (with 24-hour notice):
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 begin
The following Metro and Club sports are competing this spring. Home contests are streamed via the BHS Athletics YouTube Channel:

Metro: Baseball, Softball, Basketball (girls/boys), Track & Field, Tennis, Boys Soccer, and Wrestling (girls/boys);

Clubs: Lacrosse (girls/boys) and Corinthian Yacht Club Sailing Team

This week's varsity contests include:
Monday, May 3
Baseball vs Roosevelt @ Whitman | 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 4
Girls Basketball hosts Garfield | 5:45 p.m. and Boys Basketball hosts Garfield | 7:30 p.m.
Boys Wrestling vs. Franklin @ Garfield | 6 p.m.
Softball vs Seattle Prep @ Magnuson | 4 p.m.
Tennis vs Ingraham @ Lower Woodland | 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 6
Baseball vs West Seattle @ Whitman | 3:30 p.m. Track vs Lincoln @ Ingraham | 2:45 p.m.
Soccer hosts Lakeside | 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 6
Baseball vs O'Dea @ Bannerwood Field | 7 p.m.

Friday, May 7
Girls Basketball @ Lakeside | 5:45 p.m.
Boys Basketball @ Lakeside | 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 8
Girls Wrestling vs West Seattle @ Chief Sealth | 10 a.m.

May 8-9
Ballard HS CYC's Varsity Race Team Club participates in two-day Fleet Racing
Congrats BHS Sail Team Club | 2nd Place Finish
The BHS/Corinthian Yacht Club's Varsity Race Team Club placed second in the two-day Team Sailing North West Interscholastic Sailing Association (NWISA) District Championship Regatta this past weekend in Olympia.

Please congratulate the following sailors for a job well done: Sam Airhart, Erik Anderson, Caroline Lockner, Holly Peterson, Meimei Peterson, Catie Vandervort and Johnny Vaughey.

The team is looking forward to Fleet Racing Districts coming up on May 8-9.
Main Office staff can help with your BHS questions!
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

Interim SPS Superintendent Brent Jones Starts Monday, May 3
Dr. Brent Jones will start his position as interim superintendent of SPS on Monday, May 3.

As the former SPS chief equity, partnerships, and engagement officer and assistant superintendent of human resources, Dr. Jones is returning to the district from King County Metro where he served as the assistant general manager.

“Dr. Jones' brings critical stability and clarity to Seattle Public Schools during this time of uncertainty and transition. He is an experienced district leader with a proven track record supporting student outcomes, community, and staff of color while remaining deeply committed to operational excellence and systems improvement. This is a new day for SPS and I couldn’t be more excited to begin working together toward bright futures for our students,” said Board President Chandra Hampson.
SPS updates also on BHS website
Seattle Public Schools' updates are also featured on the home page of the BHS website
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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.
Interested in STEM or Community/Civic Leadership?
Interested in STEM or community/civic leadership? The 2021 Leaders of Today Competition, hosted by the Leaders of Today action team of the City of Bellevue’s Youth Council, is perfect for you.

The entire process can take no more than an hour to complete — we accept either a 500 word response or a 1-2 minute video from participants.

Winners will get the opportunity to collaborate directly and meet life long mentors with one of our six Adult Ambassadors, who range from an MIT professor to the Mayor of the City of Bellevue to renowned CEOs.

The competition closes on May 2. Check out @leadersoftodayn, sign up at Leaders of Today website!
Looking for a new adventure/hobby?
Try multihull sailing
Multihull Youth SAIL Foundation (MY SAIL) offers week long camps in the summer through Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle. Learn how to sail fast on catamarans.

Sail out of Shilshole Marina. During COVID sailing is a great way to participate in a social distancing sport.

Make new friends. Get out on the water. And have fun! Go to or call (360) 660-7087 for more information. Space is limited.
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!
HistoryLink online volunteer opportunity
Would you like to help HistoryLink’s Digital Media Editor find new images, videos, and audio recordings? is the online encyclopedia of WA state history.

Our digital media editor has identified the 200 most-accessed articles and needs help searching online archives for images, videos, and audio recordings that can be added to the articles to make them more engaging.

This project can be done remotely and training provided. Email to get involved.
Parent U: How Sports Can Transform Our Kids
Please join Clinical Psychologist and Sport Psychology Consultant Dr. Richard Ginsburg for The Bush School's no-cost Parent University event, "How Sports Can Transform Our Children," at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4.

In this hour-long discussion, the Three-Step-Approach ("Know Your Child, Know Yourself, and Know Your Child’s Environment") will be reviewed as a means to help parents navigate this unpredictable and demanding sports environment in the service of helping their children achieve to their best ability while developing strong and lasting character.

This discussion is pertinent for parents/guardians of athletes of all ages.

Camp Erin helps grieving children
Camp Erin is a free camp for children and teens ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of a significant person. The week is a traditional, high energy, fun camp coupled with grief support and education.
CAMP ERIN King County will be virtual for 2021. The camp is facilitated by professional staff and trained volunteers of Providence Hospice of Seattle. Campers are provided a safe environment to explore their grief, learn essential coping skills, and make friends with peers who are also grieving. 
Please consider if any children you know who could benefit from this camp.

Camp will be held Aug. 15-19. More info and application here. Spots fill up quickly, apply now to reserve your spot!
WSPTA Focus on Advocacy
And ... that's a wrap!
Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant 

The Legislature adjourned “sine die” April 25 around 6:30 p.m. Over the past week, there was a lot of action, including the release of the compromise, agreed-to two-year operating, capital, and transportation budgets. Once released from a conference committee, the only vote a legislator can take is Yes or No.

ESSB 5092 is the 2021-23 operating budget and includes the 2021 supplemental operating budget. The bill was released at noon on April 24; of the six conferees, only the four Democrats signed the report; the two Republicans voted to not recommend. That isn’t a huge surprise, since Republicans reportedly were excluded from the negotiations, even up to the end. In addition, the operating budget relies on the transfer of $1.8 billion from the state’s rainy day fund, and a capital gains tax (as well as about a dozen other revenue increases) to balance the four-year outlook. Democrats have the majority votes to pass the bill, which will likely happen before the final gavel falls.
WSPTA Hosts "Back to School" Webinar w/ OSPI, DOH & Gov's Office
State Superintendent Chris Reykdal, Deputy Secretary for COVID Response Lacy Fehrenbach, and Governor’s K12 Policy Advisor Maddy Thompson joined WSPTA members on April 22 to discuss school under COVID, including what the current situation is and what to expect for next fall.

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.