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"There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind."
- C.S. Lewis

JHS Town Crier

News for Juanita High School

January 2017

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In This Issue
Important Dates
Message From the President
Reflections Art Competition
Fear Free SAT & ACT Testing
Staff Appreciation 
Emergency Tips
Legislative Update 
Green News 

dates Important Dates

January  6   --  Reflections Open House 6-8pm LWSD Resource Center
January  6   --  TeenCeo Competition Deadline 
January  7   --  Fear-free practice ACT, 8:30am JHS library
January 11  --  Cambridge Info Night, 7pm JHS Auditorium
January 12  --  JHS Principal's Tea 10-11am
January 16  -- NO SCHOOL--Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 16  -- WA State PTSA Focus Day in Olympia
January 18  -- PTSA meeting, 7pm JHS library
January 19  -- Practice ACT follow up review session, 7-9:30pm JHS library 
January26  --  I "heart" Strings Event, 7pm JHS Fieldhouse
Reflections Art Competition

Thank you to all of the talented JHS artists who submitted entries for this year's competions! 
Congratulations to the following 14 artists who are representing Juanita High School this year with 16 outstanding submissions:  
Dance Choreography
Jenna Everard


Madelyn Colantes (11th)
Kallie Nguyen (10th) 
Rowan Villanueva (10th)
Visual Arts
Brynn Baker (10th) 
Jessica Campbell (11th)
Adam Chen (11th) 
Sadie Cimino (10th)
Amanda Edwards (11th) 
Dylan King (12th) 
Payton Nagle (12th) 
Patrick Ngo (12th)
Kassi Peppes (12th) 
David Weatherford (10th)

Family and Friends are welcome and encouraged to attend the Open House and art walk at the LWSD Resource Center in Redmond Town Center Friday evening from 6-8pm.  

 It is not too early to reflect creatively and start planning your entries for next year--the theme will be "Within Reach."  Learn more

Fear Free Practice ACT &  SAT Tests

Take a risk-free test drive of the standardized test of your choice.  For $20 students can take either the SAT (new format) or ACT, receive their UNRECORDED scores in two weeks and also receive a study session to help improve their performance. Spots are still available for 2017 practice tests online registration will continue until all spots are filled.  More info and registration form  or contact Leslie McGovern with questions or to volunteer on test days. 

December Staff
Staff Appreciation

Emergency Preparedness Tips

TIP #1: Emergency information in student's wallet or backpack
For security reasons we teach our children to lock their cell phones, and so what happens if they are injured, are not responsive and cannot communicate?  The next step for emergency responders will be to check their wallets or backpack for contact and medical information.
SUGGESTION:  Prepare a simple emergency card for your student that includes: Their name, month/year of birth (for medication dispensing), address, parent's name/phone (home/cell), allergies, medical conditions, wears contact lens.  For the student's own benefit, you may wish to include your out-of-state contact person's name/phone.
TIP #2: Sample emergency preparedness kit for student backpack
For students without a car, students can carry a small emergency kit in their backpack.
SUGGESTION: In a Ziplock baggie include:  protein bar, hand wipes, band aids, nitrile gloves, mylar blanket, female sanitary supplies, and the out-of-area contact card.

Questions? Contact Juanita High School PTA Emergency Preparedness Co-Chairs Margaret Adams  and  Carla Hedges 

Legislative Update 

by Susan Baird-Joshi

Save the date for Focus Day in Olympia!
January 16th school's out and kids are welcome!

Check it out and register to attend.  

The Lake Washington PTSA Council is providing a free bus to and from Olympia for the annual WA State PTA Focus Day. Make the day stress-free and fun - join us on the bus! 
Register to ride the bus for free (must register for both attendance at focus day AND bus ride)

Watch our LWPTSA Council website ADVOCACY PAGE for more details about our legislator meetings and times - COMING SOON! 
Green News

Did any of your lights lose their sparkle this holiday season?  Take broken and non-functional light strings to McLendon's Hardware in Woodinville or Lowe's in Bellevue for free recycling.

Kirkland Repair Café
Bring your small household items and clothing and our expert "fixers" will try to repair and mend them.
Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
LWTech - Lake Washington Institute of Technology
East Building, Design Innovation Research Technology (DIRT) Lab
11605 132nd Avenue NE, Kirkland, WA
- Use NE 20th St. North Campus entrance / Park free in north lot / Use East Building's NW entrance  
Sign up in advance:

principalMessage from the Principal
Dear Juanita Parents and Families:
Welcome to 2017, a brand New Year filled no doubt, with much hope and optimism.
Schools run in their own time-line and cycle. As a new calendar year begins we always find ourselves just a few weeks away from final examinations, followed by a new semester.
I hope that our students had a chance to rest and get some "down time" and catch up on sleep, during the long Winter Break.
As these last few weeks of the semester complete, students will have many assessments and exams in which lots of points toward semester grades may be earned.
New Year is also a time for resolutions and calls to action. My hope is that each student can set a routine for completing required reading and school related work. Students who struggle often tell me that they have no time to complete their school work. When I ask how the time is spent, many tell me about hours spent on social media, listening to music, watching videos, playing video games and other pursuits.
As parents we all know that setting priorities and knowing the things that should be paid attention to - 1st, 2nd 3rd, etc. ... is important if our goals are to be achieved. Students are in the process of learning and figuring these things out, and we can definitely help by engaging our kids in conversations about how to make best use of their time relative to their goals.
Thank you for your continued support and partnership.
Happy New Year to our extended Juanita Family!
Gary Moed

 careerCareer Resource Center News
Career Resource Center

Teen CEO 
Does your student have a business? The Lake Washington School District is looking for student entrepreneurs for the fourth annual Teen CEO Business Competition. Any high school student that currently has their own business is eligible for this competition. Cash prizes will be awarded. Deadline is January 6th, 2017. Stop by the CRC for additional information, or go to   www.teenceowa.com to fill out the paperwork.

Now that college applications are being processed its time to turn your attention towards scholarships for seniors. Check out opportunitiesthrough the weekly bulletin, JHS website or our Power School page. Students may also visit the CRC for application forms.

Rotary Students  
Each month one student is chosen to represent Juanita High School at the Rotary Club of Kirkland Downtown. The following students have attended so far this year:
Teyona McNairy - September
Dante Ludlow - October
Lucy Gordon - November
Michael Gengo - December

Camp Counselors Wanted 
Students are needed for Carl Sandburg's annual camp. This year the camp runs from March 20-23rd. Contact Mr. Navalinski in the CRC for an application or additional information.

Washington Business Week 
This a week-long summer program that places high school students ( grades 9-12) in a dynamic simulation where they compete as industry professionals, sharpen communication skills, and face real-world challenges. With the guidance of a mentor from the business community, students gain a competitive edge on college preparation, workplace readiness, and overall life success.  More

We are planning a field trip to McKinstry to learn more about apprenticeships. Apprenticeships are considered the original four-year degree. Students earn a wage while learning a skill. Interested students should see Mrs. Johnson in the CRC.
College Goal Cascadia
If your student is interested in attending Cascadia College they might want to consider this. Students are given help with FAFSA (parents are encouraged to attend), help with their college application, and early class registration. Register here.
CounselingFrom the Counseling Office
  LWSFLake Washington Schools Foundation 

Happy New Year!

Save A Date-
Celebrate and support education in our community by attending your choice of the Spring for Learning luncheon on March 28th or breakfast on March 30th. Pick a date or come to both! Are you interested in helping the foundation make these events a huge success? Please visit our Volunteer section on our web page if you are interested in learning more. Volunteers are needed to:
  • Serve as a table captain, a corporate partner or help recruit corporate partners
  • Volunteer on the spring events committee
  • Help recruit table captains or community members to the event
Reaching for Success Grant Application Information. The LWPTSA will be hosting a Brown Bag Lunch at the Lake Washington Resource Center on January 19st from 12n-1p to learn about the grant making process and to answer questions. For more information, please visit www.lwsf.org and click on Programs and Classroom Grants.
Thank you for partnering with the Lake Washington Schools Foundation in support of our students!
Learn more about LWSF , better yet, get involved! 
 seniorcelSenior Celebration
2017 Senior Celebration

Planning and ticket sales have already begun for the senior celebration!  Please complete the following forms to register or reserve your spot.
Please contact chairperson Susie Shavey with any questions.

Also seeking parent volunteers for 2018 senior celebration! 
volunteerHelp Wanted
2018 Senior Celebration Volunteers Needed
Attention Junior parents!  
Looking for a few parents to take on the planning of Senior Celebration in 2018.  This is a JHS tradition. A fun (and safe) way for your graduating senior to spend the night with their fellow graduates.  If you are interested, now would be a great time to shadow the current parent who is leading this year's Celebration. Please contact Susan Vossler

Join PTSA Donate to JHS!
Please consider joining the JHS PTSA.  Joining the PTSA does not commit you to volunteer for functions, it's simply a donation to your school community that is greatly appreciated and re-invested in the school, students and staff.  Thank you if you've already donated to our Pass the Hat fundraiser!  If not, while you're online, please give what you can to our Pass the Hat campaign.  It's our major fundraiser of the year. Unfortunately, we are far from our goal.  If we reach $13,000, we won't need to spend additional time and resources on more fundraisers. No magazines, candy, cookie dough, etc. Also, if you work for a company that matches donations, please indicate so with your tax deductible gift.  Paper form

Donate Athletic Equipment 
Clearing out the garage?  Please consider donating athletic equipment to the PE department. Rackets and balls will be appreciated, no clothing or gear please.  Contact Dawn Maurer for more info.


JobOpStudent Job Opportunities and Activities
Boys and Girls Club Athletic Department
The Boys and Girls Club of Kirkland is looking for mainly referees for youth sports leagues. Right now there is a need for winter youth basketball leagues. All officials are trained before they ref one of our youth games and the pay is $13 per game. They can also continue to work as we have referee positions available throughout the school year. Games are on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. If interested, please contact Alec Hinn.
Boys and Girls Clubs job listings

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