May 30, 2021
Senior SPREE 2021 | Buy tickets thru June 9!
Senior families: 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 on the SPREE 2021 Information page. Questions? Contact Sarah Kopf at or Becky Moore at
Junior parents still needed as SPREE Chaperones
Junior Parents: We still need about 30 parent volunteers to help make this awesome event happen!

As Mr. Wynkoop notes: "Trust me on this, as the parent of a graduate, it is a big night for you as well and the last thing that you should be doing is hanging out with your Senior all night. That is where Junior parents come in. We ask Junior parents to be the ones to staff the event to allow Senior parents to do their own celebrations AND to learn about SPREE for your soon to be Seniors. I know that staying up all night sounds difficult, but I have gone to the last 15 SPREE's and it is always a lot of fun. Then next year, we will again find Junior parents to staff SPREE while you celebrate.

"Especially this year, in a year when the Seniors have lost so much of the normal senior experience, we need you to volunteer to make sure that SPREE can happen. It is less than three weeks to the event and they only have a handful of volunteers."

Please reach out to one of the parent organizers, Danielle Steele at for more information or you can just sign up here:
Ballard PTSA June year-end events
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 via Microsoft Teams!

It's always fun to celebrate the winners of the Outstanding Educator and Golden Acorn (volunteer) Awards! (In the photo, we honor last year's winners!) Our educators and volunteers have demonstrated exceptional creativity and resourcefulness during this year's building closure and seemingly quick reopening for student cohorts in April.

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 in the June 6 PTSA Newsletter, on the BHS website and through social media. 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.

10th & 11th Graders!
We need you on Link Crew | Applications due 6/2!
Attention Juniors and Sophomores! Do you want to be a Link Crew Leader to welcome 9th graders as we all head back to the Dam?

We are looking for students that represent each and every student at Ballard High School and we really hope that you apply! If you have questions, please direct them to Mr. Wynkoop via e-mail or in person.

What is Link Crew?
Link Crew is a national high school program that welcomes freshmen and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their high school experience. Link Crew trains members of the junior and senior class to be Link Leaders.
As positive role models, Link Leaders are motivators, leaders and teachers who guide the freshmen to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to high school.

More information on the Link Crew news page.
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Second dose Pfizer shots at BHS June 8, 10
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 on May 18 and 20. Gratitude also to the City of Seattle for organizing these clinics at Seattle Public Schools.

More information on the BHS Vaccination Clinic page.
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

Pre-order your 2020-21 Shingle starting June 1
Yearbooks are for sale for $50 starting June 1 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 1-4, 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.
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.
New! Audacity User Guide (PDF) for recording sections of exams and to practice prior to testing (for all in-person testing subjects except Japanese).

Class of 2021 Upcoming Dates At-A-Glance!
The Ballard HS Graduation Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, June 16 at 5:30 p.m. 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.
Grad items and yard signs in Main Office
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.

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.

Senior SPREE 2021 | Buy tickets thru June 9!
Senior families: If you missed the shout out above, 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 on the SPREE 2021 Information page. Questions? Contact Sarah Kopf at or Becky Moore at
Donate gift cards for SPREE prizes!
Senior parents! We need your help! 

Please consider donating a gift card to use for prizes at SPREE -- anywhere from $5-$20 each to businesses such as Starbucks, Amazon, AMC Theaters, Target, etc! Items such as portable speakers, earphones, college school supplies are a big hit too! Maybe you can procure a donation from your place of employment?

You can have your student drop the items off to Cindy Peterson in the Main Office, or you can mail the items to:

SPREE c/o BHS PTSA, P. O. Box 17912, Seattle WA 98127 

For questions, contact Becky Moore at
Curbside at the Library fun | June 10 after school!
Check out the next Curbside at the Library on Thursday, June 10 from 3:50-5 p.m. Place book holds at

Please help the BHS librarians and your fellow Beaver Readers by returning any borrowed titles promptly. You can use the bins outside of the school entries, or schedule a time to check out/return books on Wednesdays with Ms. Chambers at

Coming soon! Be on the lookout for Beaver Reader Book Lists (both for incoming ninth graders and 10-12th grade students)! More information at the Library Overview page.
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
Does your child have a plan for the summer?
The BHS Library has activities planned, book clubs in the works, and general fun to be had. Please set your calendars for July 22 and Aug. 19 noon to 2 p.m. to pick up books and meet new students.

If you have any time this summer and want to give back, consider helping process books, hyping our Beaver Reader Book List, and creating Makerspace kits.
Two more sessions for online library groups
The Ballard Library online groups meet for the final time on Wednesday, June 2:
Reading Buddies - 9:10 a.m.
Eager Beaver Readers - 10:30 a.m.
Library Leaders- 11:30 a.m.
PRIDE- 12:15 p.m.
Ballard Comic Book Club- 1 p.m.

Beaver Book Club, meanwhile, wraps at 12:15 p.m. on June 9. Meeting links on Schoology.
Counseling Center offers virtual/in-person visits
Check out the Counseling Center news page for information on booking appointments, virtual jobs/internships board, online college visit details, Scholarship Bulletin and more!
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!
College Event
Seattle Central’s Student Success Panel
Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society students will be giving advice and insight to college life over Zoom at the Seattle Central Student Success Panel Q & A from 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 1. Come and see what Seattle Central College has to offer and hear from some of its most involved students.

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
Nurse Notes: The Emotional Connection to Music
Music is essential to so many people in their daily lives. We listen to music at home, in the car, at work, with friends and with family. Listening to music resonates on a different emotional level for each individual person. People smile, laugh, shed tears and express a variety of emotions when listening to music. Music can help to decrease stress, enhance creativity and ease depression and anxiety. Do you have a favorite song when you need cheering up? Or do you like to sing in the shower when you are in a stupendously happy mood? Emotion is an integral part in experiencing music in any of its myriad forms.

Notes from the Nurse are provided by BHS School Nurse Laurie Tirtanadi.
BPA Spring Virtual Concerts | 7 p.m. June 3, 5 & 10
We’re closing out this year celebrating our students' resilience, strength and commitment with a year-end virtual concert.

June 3 | Spring Choir Concert 7 p.m.
June 5 | Spring Band Concert 7 p.m.
June 10 | Spring Orchestra Concert 7 p.m.

Featuring all Bands, Choirs, Orchestras and Jazz Bands. Concerts are free (donations welcome!), look for the link soon. More information.
Spring BPA Coffee Sale Fundraiser!
Only a few more days for Caffe Appassionato Coffee Sales!

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!
Band audition info for 2021-22 school year
Symphonic, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Bands audition information is due by June 11. Audition music and forms and more information is available on the BHS website.
Buy the spring musical to watch anytime!
The video performance of the “Spring Awakening” musical is now available for presale for parents, students and anyone who wants to own a viewing copy to watch any time. Cost is $25. Viewers are able to pre-order the show before June 4 and after the June 4 release. More information coming to the BPA webpage.
Athletic registration and paperwork due dates
TRYOUTS 21-22 | Registration Begins June 7
Dance & Cheerleading
FALL REGISTRATION 21-22 | Open to All Students Beginning June 20
Registration DUE Aug. 16 | Football Start Aug. 18 | All Others Aug. 23 
Football, Golf, Cross Country, Slow-Pitch Softball, Girls Soccer, Girls Swim and Dive, and Volleyball.

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!

Want to play another round for a good cause?
Golfers, if you are looking for another worthy cause to add to your summer tournament play, check out the Gary Seefried Memorial Golf Tournament on Aug. 9 at the Nile Shrine Golf Course.

While this is not a Ballard High School Foundation event, Gary Seefried was a Beaver alum, and a great supporter of the Foundation, being a co-founder of the BHSF Golf Classic.

Gary died Dec. 3 at age 75 in Post Falls, Idaho, shortly after moving there from Seattle. His co-founders of the Golf Classic, Victor Salvino and Don Prindle, are sponsoring a golf tournament to benefit Gary’s widow Vicki, the Lets Sack Cancer(LSC)/Gary Seefried Memorial Tournament.
For more information about the LSC/Gary Seefried Memorial Tournament, contact Corky Frady at

Photo of Gary Seefried, right, Class of '64, with Victor Salvino, Class of '51.
Helpful BHS Instruction Links
Contact staff in Main Office w/ ?'s
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.
Fall 2021 Planning
Check out the recent SPS Town Hall with Superintendent Brent Jones related to Fall 2021 Back to School planning
Dr. Jones noted in the recent School Beat newsletter:

"In the upcoming 2021-22 school year, we will be focused on supporting growth for each student in collaboration with parents and caregivers. As we return, we will build on the innovations created by our staff. We will be investing in additional mental health supports for students and staff, and working with families and staff to create a culture of care. It is important that our entire SPS community is healthy – mentally, spiritually, and physically.

Most importantly, the needs and perspectives of our students will drive our fall return and guide the priorities of next school year. Students and families should expect follow up and follow through whenever called for.

This fall, students will enter classrooms that reflect the very best of what we have to offer --a public education that empowers students to realize their dreams and build the future they deserve."
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:
Welcome new SPS Special Education & Inclusion director
Dr. Rocky Torres is Seattle Public Schools new Executive Director of Special Education & Inclusion.

In a letter introducing himself to the community, he noted, "I come to you all committed to engage in the work necessary for us to have authentic conversations around all aspects of special education, especially inclusion. It is important for us all to remember that students who receive special education services are general education students first.

"My commitment to this has not waivered, and I know that my experience and passion will work to advance not only inclusion and equity for our students receiving special education services, but also other marginalized student populations to include students of different races and cultural backgrounds. I look forward to embarking on the next step of this journey with you all."

More information about the department on the Special Education webpage.
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MOHAI Youth Advisors | Deadline June 30
Museum of History and Industry Youth Advisors (MYA) make the museum more welcoming for their peers by finding fun and creative ways to connect teens with MOHAI, and providing input on the development of museum programming and exhibits.
MYA is teen-driven; youth advisors work together to choose and build their own projects and activities. This team of 12 high school students meet regularly from Sept.-June and are offered a monthly stipend.
More information here, application deadline June 30.
Insight 2021
UW Online Summer Program
The Insight 2021 UW Online Summer Program is a unique program features an intensive four-week online program designed to introduce high school students to public health, biomedical research, & medicine.

Students will take a deep dive into injury prevention research through various activities. The program is open to high school students entering grades 10-12 or recently graduated.
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:
"Everything You Wanted to Know About Theater Tech" with a panel of professional stage managers and designers on June 5, 4-5:30 p.m. (virtual)

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.
Season 2 Athletics
This was a very exciting week for the BHS Boys Lacrosse team! On Tuesday, they won their game against Lincoln 13-9. Thursday night was their highly anticipated rematch against Roosevelt and our athletes were really firing on all cylinders as they routed the Roughriders, 8-6.

Tim Gaston was a superstar middie in this week's rematch against Roosevelt -- he scored 4 beautiful goals and picked up 7 ground balls.

Goalie Shoutout: Sophomore Goalie Cody Lavin is saving everything this year. Only letting in 7 goals a game and racking up 135 saves in nine games, with a season high 20 saves against both Roosevelt and SAAS!

Go, Beavs!
Softball beat Eastside Catholic 21-6 Monday with HR’s from Peyton Nakagawara, Sarah Tripp and Olivia Henderson. They also beat Nathan Hale 11-8 Tuesday and dropped a close one to Blanchet Friday 11-9.

Follow the team on its MaxPreps page.
Check out the May 25 meet on the team's Facebook page, which includes Coach Jared Daniels honoring the Boys and Girls Wrestling Teams graduation seniors Hugo Swangstu and Ava Olson.
Amazing team win by JV Wednesday, coming back from being down 2-5 at halftime, to winning 10-8. Big shout outs to Kaiya for 7 GBs, Ella for six draw controls, and Zoe and Bridget for leading the attack with four and three goals respectively. Well done girls! From @bhs_girlslax

The Varsity team will be celebrating its 2021 graduating seniors (pictured below) at its home double header on Friday, June 4.

From L-R, the Seniors are: Anna Wilk, Mollie Buchinger, Saniya Busam, Elise Cziesla (Captain), Kristen Seeley (Captain), Cameron Donnelly (Captain), and Anya Blissett. 
Great victory against Hale 7-2 Tuesday!

The team also honored its Seniors on Friday night against Ingraham (a 1-0 loss). 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
The Beaver Varsity Baseball team had a big day on the diamond Monday for the Beavers!
@BaseballBallard swept a double header over Ingraham including Coach Doug Montgomery’s 100th win.

Follow the team on their @BaseballBallard Twitter page or MaxPreps page.
The Ballard Girls Varsity Basketball team had a rematch against Blanchet on Wednesday which they dropped 50-24.

Check out the Senior shout outs on the team's Instagram page: @ballardhs_gbb
Boys Varsity Basketball dropped one to Blanchet Wednesday, 55-44.

Here is the livestream link so fans can watch from this week's schedule from home.
Ballard Track & Field competed against Ingraham, Lakeside, O'Dea, and Holy Names at the NWAC (Ingraham).

Among the amazing performances: Hayden King won the 800m (2.09.26a); Eric Souza-Ponce cruised to the front in the 3200m (9:39.54a); Caleb Pook won the 39" 110m Hurdles (17.66a) and the 36" 300m Hurdles (44.89a); Peter Golden won discus (133-11.50); Coen Stuart and Madeline Koenig both topped in Pole Vault (7-0.00); Lianne Kistler bested the 200m field (27.70a) and won with the 4x100 Relay Team that also included Isabella Angelos, Anna Simpson and Jill Sousley (53.63a). The relay team of Katherine MoenAnna SimpsonElla Tipping and Jill Sousley won the 4x200m (1:53.22a); Ella Hudson hurled the shot put the longest at 26-08.00; and Kathryn Dutton and Sophie Carolyn Pratt tied for first in the High Jump (4-06.00).

The Boys and Girls Varsity Tennis teams both dropped their matches against Roosevelt 5-0 on Monday. We will report the results of their Friday matches against Seattle Prep next week.
Coaches and Beaver fans: Send BHS Athletics news and photos to Deadline for sports writeups by noon Saturdays.
WSPTA advocacy submission process open thru June 1!
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.

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.
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.