September 20, 2020
Sept. 20 | Goodwill truck at BHS for BPA, 9-noon

Sept. 26 | BPA Student Virtual Camp, 10-4 p.m.
Wednesdays in October | Senior College Application Support Sessions, 11:15-12:15, link on Counselor Schoology pages soon

Oct. 1 | Virtual Curriculum Night, more info coming!

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.

Oct. 13 | Financial Aid Night virtual presentation, details coming soon

More info on BHS website.
BHS Communication Overview
In this year's virtual learning environment, communication is key. Your students have already been introduced to Schoology to access their Microsoft Teams classes. But how would a student or parent check grades and attendance? Or contact their teacher outside of class time? How does Principal Keven Wynkoop relay important updates to our home email addresses? Is there a way for students to get reminders via text?

The Communication Overview offers a helpful glimpse into how the school provides information to the community. (In addition to the chart below, we've attached a printable PDF for your convenience.)
Complete Start of School Forms by 9/30
Just a reminder to please review and complete the Start of School Forms. All forms are available to download and can be returned in a number of ways. If you need paper copies of any of the forms mailed to your home please call the Main Office at 206-252-1000 or email

Refer to this Start of School Checklist to use as an overview to the required forms that need to be completed. More info here.

NOTE: The SPS Online Student Verification Form is available to update via the Source through Sept. 30 ONLY. Please update this important online emergency and medical information form for your student as soon as possible.

Visit the District Student Verification Form page for complete details and FAQ.
Ballard High School on Instagram

Students/families, check out just a few of the many cool Instagram accounts from our BHS Community!
@ballardhighasb | The student-run account includes a nice welcome post to new Assistant Principal Dr. Joseph Williams III (pictured), who greeted students during the School Materials Pickup Days. Also, kudos for their epic Beaver Announcements , which debuted via Instagram Stories Sept. 14!

@Ballard Strength | BHS Strength Coach Colin Matthiesen offers helpful exercises for students to try during online school day breaks (and parents and staff too for all those sit-still online meeting days). @ballardathletics is just kicking off its new page too with open season practice sign up details.

@ballardstudentlife | Stay tuned for more information on student clubs being offered this year! In addition to the BHS website, this is the Instagram page that'll track and promote the school's student clubs and organizations.

@beaverreadersbhs | Teacher-Librarian TuesD Chambers shares all the new reads that are available for checkout, even during building closure! Keeping us cheered and informed during the pandemic? No proba llama for the BHS Library Instagram page!

@ballardperformingarts | BPA news updates and snapshots of their award-winning musicality, concerts and marching band memories, and theatric creativity.

@the_head_beaver | For when you need "liquid smoke" weather forecasts and more Mr. Wynkoop musings! #AG2BB!

@bhs.ptsa | This week we offered the all-important bell schedule -- decked out in Beaver buffalo plaid -- helpful for when you need to figure out what class you need to be in and on what day! (Say that three times!) Our new Instagram page also includes meeting dates and colorful peeks at all things PTSA!
Stay connected with BHS via Remind!
Students, don't miss anything at BHS by signing up today for Remind!

To Sign Up: Choose a code with your graduation year, and text it to 81010.
Select the code ending with ‘a’ if your family last name begins with A-K and the code ending with ‘b’ if last name begins with L-Z. Include the @ symbol in the text. Because of limits on class sizes we request only students sign up for Remind. Thank you!
Seniors: @ballard21a or @ballard21b
Juniors: @ballard22a or @ballard22b
Sophomores: @ballard23a or @ballard23b
Freshmen: @ballard24a or @ballard24b
BHS Library: @BHS98117
Counseling Center news for all grade levels
Students, check out the BHS Counseling Center Webpage! Important information for upcoming events and opportunities. Don’t miss out and stay in the know!

While you're there, also look into:
NEW Virtual college visits via Naviance!
Breaking news! BHS will be hosting virtual college visits this year via Naviance.

Please log onto your Naviance account to sign up. Go to “What’s New” to see the list, and click on “more info” to sign up for the visits you are interested in attending. You will get a link prior to the meeting start time.

More information on the College Visits and Events webpage.
More virtual college events
Virtual College Fair 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.

Latino College Expo | Sept. 25
Mark your calendars for the 7th Annual Latino College Expo, 1-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25 online.

The National College Resources Foundation is presenting the virtual event, featuring 50 institutions.
Applying to College information webpage

Hey Class of 2021, the BHS Counseling Center Applying to College webpage contains the answers to commonly asked questions about applying to four-year and two-year colleges. Check back regularly, as new content is being added daily, including the following linked Senior resources and more!

Post-high school talk for seniors | Sept. 30
Graduation Cap
BHS counselors will be sharing important information with Seniors about the final year of high school and preparing for the future on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

This presentation will include details about graduation requirements, post-high school options (four-year, two-year, military, gap year, apprenticeships, etc.); college application nuts and bolts; and financial aid. There will be information applicable to EVERY Senior, regardless of post-high school plans.

Presentations will be at 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1:55 p.m. ALL Seniors should plan to attend one of the presentations. (They will all be the same.) Links to join the meetings will be posted on BHS Counselor Schoology pages prior to the event.
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.
September BeaverReader Book Club
#BeaverReaders, Thanks for coming to Curbside Pickup last week.

The BeaverReader Book Club September read is Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson! Email Ms. Chambers if you want to join the Book Club. Visit the BHS Library page to stay current on what's happening in the BHS Library.
Put BHS Library books on hold!
If you want to put some books on hold for curbside pickup or home delivery, click on the graphic or go to! Remember! There is a bin is outside the Main Office every Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for returns so keep those books coming back too!

Follow Teacher-Librarian TuesD Chambers on Twitter @BeaverReaders | Instagram @beaverreadersbhs | or REMIND: Text @BHS98117 to 81010

And don't forget to check out all the fun on the Ballard Library Photo Gallery webpage!
Sign up now for BHS open season practices
Ballard High School now uses FinalForms, so families can complete and sign athletics forms online. FinalForms also saves data from season-to-season and year-to-year, meaning that you will never need to enter the same information twice! You may login any time to update information, including emergency medical contacts and information.
BHS open season practices

In lieu of WIAA Season 1 sports, which were postponed due to the pandemic, our Football, Track, Tennis, Cheer, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Boys Soccer and Girls Soccer coaches will be hosting open seasons consisting of practices only.

In order for a Student Athlete to participate in the open season practices, they must be registered through the FinalForms Registration before Sept. 21. Check out the Athletics Overview for more information.
Interested in BHS Boys Hoops?
The first potential competitive season will be the traditional Winter Sports (Basketball, Swim, and Wrestling) and is set to begin on Dec. 28. There is also an open season from Sept. 28 until Nov. 28 where basketball specific workouts and/or practices may be offered.

Please email Coach Mike Broom ( if you are interested in playing basketball this season so you can receive important announcements and updates regarding workouts, open season, tryouts, etc.
Back To School Beaver Gear Bundle Sale ends Sept. 30!

Stay cozy in the virtual classroom this fall with the BHS Athletic Booster Club special Back to School Beaver Gear Bundle – a Ballard hoodie, tee, pair of pajama pants, and one of our new logo face masks, all for just $75 (regularly $90).

Because we no longer have regular access to our Beaver Gear Locker in the building during virtual learning, we appreciate your patience fulfilling your order requests. When your order is complete, you will be contacted by a member of the Beaver Gear team to make arrangements to receive your gear.

Wondering about BHS duffel bags? Order period opens late October!
While you’re at, please consider clicking over to Membership and joining us this year. When sports open back up, we will be focusing on providing safe access to play to as many student athletes as possible, and your financial support makes it happen. Thank you!
BHS Coach garners WA Cheer Coaches' Association Coach of Year honors
Congratulations to BHS Coach Samantha Nieto on being named the 2020 Washington State Cheerleading Coaches Association Coach of the Year!

Follow @ballardcheer on Instagram
Goodwill Truck at BHS for BPA Sept. 20
Are you still holding onto items you want to donate due to the long lines at our local Goodwill? Bring your donations from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Sept. 20 to the BHS north parking lot and support Ballard Performing Arts -- the more we collect, the more funds we raise.

Note: No furniture or large TVs will be accepted at this pickup site due to space limitations (Flat screen TVs ok!)

** Bring your Ballard Market receipts! ** Gather those receipts from Ballard Market and bring them to the volunteer collecting them near the Goodwill Truck. Ballard Market donates a percentage of purchase proceeds to Ballard Performing Arts.
Combined Ballard Performing Arts Online Camp | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 26

The Combined Performing Arts Online Camp will allow for collaboration amongst all performing arts students while also carving out time for the individual disciplines within the program. Check out the BPA Newsletter for more information but for now, SAVE THE DATE for the camp, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26!
Support BHS through our PTSA
Save the date for the BHS PTSA Virtual General Meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8! Teachers answer your online learning questions! More details and question submission form coming soon.

Please 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!

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.
Main Office staffed during closure
While the BHS building is closed, 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. 

Start of school hard copy forms (if necessary) 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.
NEW! Introducing the School Bulletin
Check out the Ballard High School's new School Bulletin webpage. This daily update shares news and events for students and parents at a quick glance! And, as always, keep track of all things BHS on the school website.
BHS Bell Schedule
Ballard High's Bell Schedule and details are posted below. All links will be on Schoology for the respective classes.

Students need to access classes through Student Portal > Office 365 > Microsoft Teams.
District computer weekly upkeep
SPS computers should be restarted every weekend:
Please restart the device, reconnect to wifi, and login.
Leave the computer on for at least an hour to make sure new software updates have been completed.

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.
Student meals distribution sites
SPS offers student meal distribution 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. FareStart also provides reheatable prepared meals for families to pick up at these school sites. 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.
Reopening Plan Task Force
SPS is recruiting members for Superintendent Denise Juneau's Reopening Plan Task Force for the 2020-21 school year. The task force will monitor the progress, implementation, and effectiveness of the remote learning model and advise the Board and superintendent on possible revisions and continuous improvement. The deadline for nominations or applications is Oct. 7.
Flu shot drive thru clinic
This fall, SPS health services are offering “drive-through” flu clinics via the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association (SVNA) at specific outdoor sites. SPS students, staff and families (ages four and older) can get a flu shot at the “drive-through” flu clinics at 16 school locations in September and October.

SVNA accepts insurance and cash. Children who are uninsured may qualify for a no-cost flu vaccination. To utilize SVNA's drive-thru flu shot service, parents must sign up for an appointment time and complete the SVNA form -- both of which can be done on the SPS Flu Clinic webpage

NEW Local drive-thru flu shot locations include:
Wednesday, Sept. 23 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 28 - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 21 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 1 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 24 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 29 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sign up NOW and find the full list of locations on the District Flu Clinic page.

Flu shots also offered by appt. at Teen Health Center
Alternatively to the area SVNA drive-thru clinic, students may schedule a separate Flu Shot appointment with the BHS Teen Health Center if that is more convenient.

Contact the Clinic Coordinator Say Tuitele at or the BHS School Nurse at to schedule the appointment.

Protection from influenza with the flu vaccine is important. Plan for your flu shot!

Check out Laurie Tirtanadi, RN, MS, ARNP's BHS Nurse webpage often for important health updates!
BHS Teen Health Services
BHS Parents: Did you know that your student can get health care at the Teen Health Center? Students: did you know that you can come to the Teen Health Center to receive confidential mental health therapy? Some medical services are also available to all SPS Students.

Nurse practitioner Karen Boudour, ARNP is available for all SPS Students in clinic or in-person visits and Telehealth. Chelsea Clark, MSW and Soriah Mitchell (MSW candidate) provide in-person intake sessions in clinic and ongoing Telehealth sessions.

To schedule with Karen, Chelsea or Soriah, please call or text clinic coordinator Say Tuitele at 206-390-3355. You may also reach Say at

Eddie Medina, BS, CDPT, AAC will be available for all SPS Students in clinic for in-person visits and Telehealth. Please contact Eddie directly at or call/text: 206-488-2795.
"We should learn ... to do our best for the sake of our communities and for the sake of those for whom we pave the way." ~ Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice
SPS Volunteer applications online process now open
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.

More info: Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Visser at
Save the date for PTSA General Meeting | Oct. 8, Teacher Q & A
BHS teachers will answer your virtual learning questions!
Here's what's on tap for the Virtual Fall General Meeting! Ask representatives from the BHS teaching staff their tips for optimizing your student's online learning experience at our BHS PTSA General Virtual Meeting and Teacher Q&A. The meeting will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8!

We'll post the Q & A fillable form soon in our newsletter and on the BHS website so you can share your family's online learning questions!

The General Meeting link will also be posted shortly on the school website and in the newsletter. For more information, contact PTSA Vice President Gloria Kruzner.
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 (2019-20 memberships are still good through Oct. 31), can attend this year’s virtual legislative assembly.

The cost to participate is $25. Student participation is $10. This includes access to caucusing and classes, but not to actual voting on legislative platform (WSPTA advocacy positions on timely topics such as state funding of public schools, immunization policies, sex education, gun violence prevention laws, curriculum reform, special education policies, standardized testing, etc).

Only those members designated as delegates (by BHS PTSA VP Gloria Kruzner) will be able to actively debate, and then VOTE at the general sessions on Oct. 24-25. If you have opinions, and want to make them count, become a BHS delegate; democracy in action!

Well ahead of the Assembly, legislative caucusing (issue education/discussion and amendment negotiation and markup ahead of voting) will span Sept. 29 through Oct. 25. Visit the Schedule of Events page for details.

Registration is now open and will close on Oct. 8. Students are especially encouraged to participate! Students wishing to participate should contact to walk through registration.

If you are interested in representing BHS as a delegate, contact PTSA Legislative Liaison Brian Duncan for more information. BHS has four voting delegate slots available.
Community resources
Seattle Public Schools
SPS info in multiple languages: AmharicChineseSomaliSpanishTagalog, and Vietnamese
Community support
Food bank services
Arts, culture, action
BHS PTSA provides Community Resources for informational purposes and does not necessarily support the activities or views presented therein.
UW Enrichment online courses
The University of Washington is offering online evening enrichment courses for high school students starting Oct. 6. Topics range from “Writing for College Readiness” and “Sharpen Your Writing Skills,” to “Architectural Studies” and “Coding in Java.” For details on these evening classes visit the program website. The registration deadline is Sept. 28.  
College Experience Panel
Seattle Advocates for Education, a student-run nonprofit, is organizing a College Experience Panel (Sunday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. via Zoom), bringing in students from Stanford, Harvard, Penn, and more to talk about their specific college, internships, classes, etc.
OneWorld Now
Afterschool Program
OneWorld Now (OWN) is offering an Afterschool Language Program. OWN has three tracks to choose from: World Language (study Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, or Russian two days a week); Leadership (develop personal, societal, cultural, and global awareness and build skills to enact positive social change); or BOTH, the Global Citizen Track. Registration deadline is Sept. 27. Sliding scale tuition.
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.