October 4, 2020
Wednesdays in Oct. | Sr. College Application Support Sessions, 11:15-12:15

Oct. 5 | Last day to pick up student ORCA cards, 8-9 a.m. or 1-2 p.m. north lot
Oct. 8 | BHS PTSA October Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m. via Microsoft Teams

AND BHS PTSA Fall General Meeting, Virtual Learning Q & A, 7 p.m.
PTSA Fall General Meeting | 7 p.m. Oct. 8
Teachers answer your online learning questions
Hey Ballard Families, we'd love to welcome you to our Teams Live PTSA Meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8! With a month of "synchronous" and "asynchronous" school under our belts, there may be questions about remote learning and how we as parents can best support our students. In response to this need, we will host a panel of BHS teachers available to answer parents' preselected questions.

The evening's format will include a short PTSA business meeting beforehand, then Principal Keven Wynkoop will welcome the audience and teacher panel.

We are looking for questions to be submitted ahead of time, so that the teachers can be prepared. Since these will not necessarily be your students' teachers please keep questions generic and not targeted to a specific class.
Typically we kick off the school year with our meeting in the colorful comfort of our school library. This year, however -- just like our teachers and students -- we are adapting for a changed virtual school experience. We look forward to when we can one day be safely on campus once again.

Board Meeting precedes at 5:30 p.m.
(Email Gloria Kruzner for the separate Board Meeting link.)

Curriculum Night videos | Available through October
While you may not have gotten many steps on your activity tracker at last week's asynchronous Curriculum Night (like past events in our vast school building), you will be able to revisit the occasion and watch your student's teacher videos throughout the month, as the class introductions are posted on Schoology.

Make sure you are watching with your student, or at least logged in through their Schoology account, to have the best results with the teacher presentations. For more information about viewing the teacher presentations as well as helpful BHS administrative/ASB/library videos from the evening, go to the Virtual Curriculum Night page.
Flu shot offered by appt. at Teen Health Center
The flu shot is now available by appointment at the BHS Teen Health Center for SPS students. There is no cost.

Contact Clinic Coordinator Say Tuitele at or call/text 206-390-3355 to schedule.

Flu shots are also available through Seattle Visiting Nurse Association (SVNA) drive-thru at North Seattle College weekdays through Oct 9. Must pre-register and sign up for SVNA drive-thru here.

More information is available through the BHS Nurse homepage or the SPS Flu Clinics page.
Start of school forms deadline extended to Oct. 8
Please complete the Start of School Forms by 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. Forms and submission details are listed on the BHS website. Refer to the Start of School Checklist as an overview to the required forms that need to be completed.

For more info or paper copy of forms, contact Administrative Secretary Cindy Peterson at 206-252-1000 or
Last day for ORCA Card Pick-Up, Oct. 5
Student ORCA Cards must be picked up by 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct 5. Pick up times are 8-9 a.m. or 1-2 p.m. at the north entrance to the school off N.W. 67th St. Please call the office at 206-252-1000 if you have any questions.
Clubs help make connections during remote learning
Clubs are a great way to sustain and create new connections during Remote Learning. Most clubs meet weekly during the Enrichment Period 12:30-1:05 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday.

Students, please look at the active clubs; new club options; as well as how to form your own club on the BHS Clubs and Organizations webpage.

Also, follow @ballardstudentlife on Instagram for ongoing information about clubs, activities, and student life! Email with any questions.
Grades 10-12 Yearbook Pickup
Students in grades 10-12 who have pre-purchased a 2019-20 BHS yearbook may pick it up Nov. 24-25.

Pick up schedule:
2-3 p.m. – Last Names A-L
3-4 p.m. Last Names M-Z

More info on the school website.
Learn about assessments offered during high school
The BHS Assessments and Testing Overview has helpful dates and detailed information about the different kinds of testing that happen for students over the course of their four years at Ballard as well as additional testing opportunities.
AP Exam Registration Has Started | Closes Nov. 2
AP Exam Registration has started. BHS Students must register and pay for their exams by Nov. 2. Students must be currently enrolled in an AP class at Ballard High School to register for the corresponding AP test. More information on the AP Exam Registration Page.
SPS School Day PSAT | Rescheduled to Jan. 26
Visit the Seattle Public Schools PSAT page for the most up-to-date information. The PSAT is offered to all sophomores and juniors free of charge. This year it has been rescheduled until Jan. 26. Note: This date could change. More info: BHS Assessments and Testing Overview
Counseling Center offers myriad of helpful resources
The BHS Counseling Center dashboard page has featured news, student assignment information, as well as links to targeted topical pages: Featured News, Applying to College, College Visits and Events, Scholarship Bulletins, Service Learning and Running Start.
New! Now you can schedule and manage appointments using the Counseling Center's online booking page. (Make sure to use a correct email address that you check regularly.)

Also learn more about your BHS Counselors on their new Instagram page:
All the info you'll need for applying to college!
Welcome to the Counseling Center's Applying to College resource section! Here you'll find the answers to commonly asked questions about applying to college as well as upcoming events and opportunities. Check the corresponding Counseling Center Applying to College webpage regularly, as new content is being added daily.

If you missed the BHS Counselors' Post High School Meeting you can refer to the comprehensive recap, Ballard HS Counselors College Admissions Overview here, and on the Students' Schoology BHS Counseling page.
BHS Families are invited to attend the BHS Virtual Financial Aid Night presentation from 7-8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13. Families can start to join the meeting at 6:45 p.m. and will be able to watch the event in Microsoft Teams. More information on the Applying to College page.
College Visits & Events, a ticket to campus life!
BHS college visits are now available online! Students can get information about admission processes, financial aid and campus life in a virtual setting, while speaking with a rep from their school of interest.

Upcoming colleges for this week include:
Monday, Oct. 5
1:10-2 p.m | Allegheny College, Meadville PA
2:05-3 p.m. | Whitworth University, Spokane

Tuesday, Oct. 6
1:10-2 p.m. | Oregon State University
2:05-3 p.m. | Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott AZ

Wed, Oct 7
9-9:45 a.m. | Arizona State University
9:45-10:30 a.m. | Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA
10:30-11:15 a.m. | Willamette University, Salem OR
Visit times and additional details on the College Visits and Events webpage.
Virtual College Fair on Oct. 19-23
Students in all grades! Sign up now for the Fall 2020 Virtual College Fair (Oct 19-23). It's free but you must register in advance.

There will be colleges/universities from all over Washington state, but also from across the US, and internationally.

October Scholarship Bulletin listings
WSU Regents Scholar Awards (for seniors with 3.6 GPA or higher) | Deadline for school nominations Oct. 14; student applications Nov. 4

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards (volunteer service) | Deadline Nov. 10

Huggable Super Mom Scholarship (for students from single-mom households) | Deadline Dec. 31

More info: BHS Scholarship News.
Scholarship application help: BHS Scholarship Bulletin page.
October Service Learning opportunities
One of Seattle Public Schools' graduation requirements is 60 hours of Service Learning. Service learning is giving time, without pay, to a nonprofit or government agency.

Service learning allows students to make a difference and address community needs. As part of service learning, students are asked to reflect and report on their experiences. Due to the pandemic, students are finding ways to serve as volunteers virtually, like the "Get Out the Vote" opportunity below.

Get Out The Vote | Websites:
These organizations are aimed at increasing voter turnout. You can complete tasks on your computer from home. Note: For "Get Out the Vote" opportunities ONLY, it is acceptable for a parent/guardian to sign off on volunteer hours.
2021 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
Are you making a difference through volunteering? Apply for a scholarship and national recognition! The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honor students for making contributions through volunteer service. Deadline: Nov. 10, more details on the Prudential website
Senior news and resources online
Class of 2021! Have you checked out the Senior page on the BHS Website?

Some other great online resources are Counseling Center and its Applying to College page, as well as the running All School News webpages.
Senior photos, Grad Ads due 11/13

Senior yearbook photos are due by Friday, Nov. 13. Digital photos should be sent to:

You may be contacted by Rowland Photo Studio to have your portrait taken as they have been in partnership with BHS for many years. However, you may use any photographer you choose, as long as the portrait meets the requirements listed on the button link below.
College Application Support Sessions
Every Wednesday in October from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. BHS counselors will host a drop-in session to answer questions about college applications.

In these sessions they will be answering general questions about applying to college. Drop in anytime during this hour to ask a BHS counselor your college application questions. Links to join these meetings will be posted on BHS Counselor Schoology pages each week. Also check out the Applying to College BHS resource page.
Library Book Clubs: Read, respond, be heard
Beaver Book Club has launched, and we are starting with the book, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. We meet every other week on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. We have lots of copies of the book for students and they can be placed on hold at Please join Ms. Chambers and Mr. Wynkoop and bring a friend!

Black Panther Book Club meets every week on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. and we are currently reading the 12-issue run written by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Students can find the books on Hoopla with their SPL Library Link account. Mr. Lee and Ms. Chambers look forward to everyone attending! Wakanda Forever!
Pride Book Club is set in motion! All LGBTQ students and allies are invited to join. We meet every other week on Thursday at 12:30 p.m.. Our first Pride book is Generations by Flavia Biondi and available on Hoopla with your SPL Library Link account.

The Picture Book Pilot has started picking out books for their reading buddies at Magnolia Elementary. We are thrilled to be paired up with Ms. Meck's class and look forward to reading with them.

We meet every week on Wednesday to talk about picture books and plan for our time with our buddies. Join us as we continue to add reading buddies from around the district!

Visit the BHS Library page to stay current on what's happening in the BHS Library. To sign up for the Book Clubs, email TuesD Chambers, Follow the BHS Library on Twitter @BeaverReaders or on Instagram @beaverreadersbhs.
Optional open season practices
Our Football, Cross Country, Track, Tennis, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Boys Soccer and Girls Soccer coaches are hosting optional open seasons consisting of practices only through Nov. 30.
If your student has decided they want to participate in the practices, they can still sign up via FinalForms (our school's new online athletics registration system), but they won't be able to join the sessions until they've been cleared by the BHS Athletic Department. For more information on the practice sessions, contact coaches of teams participating. (Emails linked by teams above.)
BHS Athletics quick links
New Long-Term Band Sub Mr. Jay Gillespie
Please welcome Jay Gillespie, the new long-term sub for Ballard High School who will start later this week or next. The directors are very excited about Jay who is highly recommended from the University of Washington.

Jay graduated in June and even student-taught during this spring, adding online teaching experience. Jay is very excited to join the team, provide some leadership, and get started. Learn more about Mr. Gillespie by visiting the Band Program page.
Thanks Principal Wynkoop!
October is National Principal's Month, and while we couldn't jam the Dam to shout it loud and proud, we wanted to extend our thanks to the Head Beaver!

The Ballard PTSA is indebted to Keven Wynkoop for his leadership, both in and out of the BHS building! #AG2BB!
Support BHS through our PTSA
Become a member of the BHS PTSA here and help drive our mission of supporting our school through fundraising, volunteerism, grant support, holiday gifting to families in need and more!

Learn about our FACE Committee and the Grant Committee's efforts to give back to our school community.

Want to share your talents with the BHS Community? Take our PTSA Volunteer Survey today! Sign-up process now updated on PTSA Volunteer Needs webpage too.
What legislative issues are important to you?
Your voice matters!
Please take a few minutes and complete the BHS PTSA Legislative Assembly e-survey.

We need your input when the BHS delegates vote at the upcoming Washington State PTA Legislative Assembly.

Take a few moments to review the WSPTA Voters’ Guide, and don’t delay, the e-survey closes on Oct. 9.

The BHS PTSA is seeking one more delegate voice to represent us at the virtual WPTA Virtual Legislative Assembly.

Check out the write-up below in the PTSA Legislative for information!
Main Office staffed during closure
The Main Office is staffed 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays by Cindy Peterson and Rayna Bauer who are only available via their linked emails or phone at 206-252-1000. 

School forms and library book returns may be left from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the bin outside of the school's south entry doors, off of Northwest 65th Street.

Other helpful quick links:

Daily School Bulletin. update, news and info at a glance!

There are many resources to stay connected with Ballard High School news and events.

Sign up for PTSA, BPA and BHS athletics newsletters on the Stay Connected page!

Need to contact a teacher? Here's the staff email list.
Stay connected with BHS via Remind!
Students: Don't miss anything at BHS by signing up today for Remind!

Learn how to sign up on the Ballard High School website. (Because of limits on class sizes we request only students sign up for Remind.)
District computer weekly upkeep
SPS computers still should be restarted every weekend: Please restart the device, reconnect to Wi-Fi, and login. Leave it on for at least an hour to make sure new software updates have been completed.

NEW! Tech tip: Team chat pop-ups and sound notifications can be adjusted or turned off. For info on how to adjust chat notifications, visit SPS's frequently asked tech questions page.

For tech support for any SPS laptop issues, email, call 206-252-0100, or you can get in-person support at one of eight Family Technology Centers.
Want to help? SPS is recruiting volunteers to help at its Tech Centers. Sign up here.
Time to reapply for meal benefits
Families are strongly encouraged to complete the Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application.

While the U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended its flexible free school meals program through December, allowing SPS to provide free meals at 40 meal sites and eight bus routes through the end of 2020, families must still re-apply for meal benefits each year. More info.
Student meals distribution sites
SPS offers meal distribution for students, parents and guardians at schools and bus routes around the city.

Check out the neighborhood locations on the Student Meals information page.

Free meals are available from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. weekdays. On Fridays, families can also pick up a bag of food for the weekend!
Ballard Food Bank also offers a Weekend Food for Kids service. Check out the Food Bank web page here for more details.
Deadline to report student health issues is Oct. 8
Please report any health issue your child has that could impact safety and learning at school to the school nurse.

To report an issue, you can contact the nurse directly by phone or email, fill out the online student verification form on The Source extended to Oct. 8, or fill out the Annual Student Health Update paper form.

Examples include: Seizures, diabetes, asthma, life-threatening allergic reaction, cancer treatment, and anemia.
Check BHS School Nurse Laurie Tirtanadi's webpage often for updated Health & Wellness news and information throughout the school year!
in-person therapy available
Did you know that your student can receive confidential mental-health therapy and substance-use disorder treatment services from the Teen Health Center (THC)?
Eddie Medina, BS, CDPT, AAC is available for limited in-person office appointments on Fridays (with social distancing and added safety measures) at the THC, as well as Telehealth and phone-call sessions Mondays through Thursdays.

More info: Eddie Medina 
Phone: 206-488-2795 or via email at
Students: Want to register to vote?
Students, ages 16 and 17, can pre-register to vote online! A ballot will automatically be sent in time the next election after they turn 18.

Seniors, or anyone turning 18 by the next election (Nov. 3) can register online up to 8 days before the election, or in person up to and including the day of the election by 8 p.m.

For more info, visit the King County Register to Vote site. All details on how to vote and eligibility are available at the official King County Elections website.
Tell us your interests, we'll find you a fun role as a BHS volunteer!
Volunteers are an important part of the BHS Community, even with remote learning! Check out the updated sign-up process on the BHS PTSA Volunteer Needs page! Also, don’t forget to complete the volunteer questionnaire to let us know your interests.

Email Sarah Visser at
BHS PTSA social media links
Ballard High School PTSA is on Instagram! Follow us @bhs.ptsa!

We are also on Twitter and Facebook!
PTSA Legislative Update
WSPTA Legislative Assembly Oct. 24-25
The 42nd Annual WSPTA Legislative Assembly will take place in a virtual format Oct. 24-25. WSPTA members, with a paid PTSA membership, can attend this year’s assembly.

Only members designated as BHS delegates will be able to debate and vote at the general sessions. If you have opinions, and want to make them count, become a BHS delegate; democracy in action! The cost to participate is $25. Student participation is $10.

Registration will close on Oct. 8. If you are interested in representing BHS as a delegate, contact PTSA Legislative Liaison Brian Duncan or PTSA Vice President Gloria Kruzner for more information.
Community Resources
BHS PTSA offers Community Resources for informational purposes & does not necessarily support activities or views presented therein.
Expert FAFSA advice
Seattle Promise is offering workshops for students and families to complete the FAFSA/WASFA with step-by-step guidance online. You must register in advance at the Washington Student Achievement Council website.
SHAPING leadership conference
NACAC Virtual College Fairs
Black College Expo
The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World
Pacific Science Center Livestream 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6. Join UW’s Carl Bergstrom, Professor of Biology, and Jevin West, Associate Professor at the Information School and Director of the Center for an Informed Public, as they provide a set of tools to cut through the most intimidating data. Click image for more info.
Youth Transportation Open House

Learn how public transportation is
changing for students due to COVID-19. Join the Seattle Department of Transportation to find what resources are available at its virtual Open House at 4: 30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6. Registration link.
Girls Jazz Day Oct. 18
Save the Date: Sunday, Oct. 18, for one awesome day. 100% dedicated to girls who are dedicated to music.
Celebrity Teaching Artists: Lakecia Benjamin, Grace Kelly & more!
Presented by Seattle JazzED.
Hugo House Writing Workshops
Penguin Productions' virtual Romeo & Juliet
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.