Lake Washington High School PTSA Newsletter

Feb. 15 , 2017 | #12     
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~ Upcoming Events ~

TODAY! Bridging the Gap: College Application Workshop series
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 12:40 pm, library

Mid-Winter Break, no school
Feb. 16-20

20 Ways to Choose Your College: College Application Workshop series
Wednesday, February 22, 12:40 pm, in the Library

Spring sports registration deadline
Feb. 23

Fear Free SAT test
Feb. 25, library  (registrations due Feb. 21)
Majors of the Future: College Application Workshop series
Wednesday, March 2, 12:40 pm, in the Library
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We Need You: Join the PTSA Board for 2017-2018
Hey, Kang Families!  We are looking for volunteers to join the LWHS PTSA board for the next school year, 2017-2018. If you are interested in helping to serve our school and community, please contact one of the Nominating Committee members for more details. Have a look at the  job description  for each board position and email  Martha Rames , Dan Olson or Colette Ulloa  with questions.
A big thank you to all the board members who have served this past year. We appreciate your contribution to our kids.
--The LWHS PTSA Nominating Committee 
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Fear Free practice SAT test deadline is Feb. 21

Sign up for the Fear Free SAT Practice Test scheduled for February 25. This is our last practice test of the year, so don't miss this opportunity to prepare for the SAT in a stress-free environment!  Cost is $20; scholarships available. Tuesday, February 21 is the registration deadline. Please sign up online or submit the registration form to the PTSA box in the school office. 
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College Application Workshop presents new seminars
Weekly help with choosing a college

The College Application Workshop continues its series of mini-seminars on Wednesdays after school. Free pizza will be provided and no registration is required, so send your student along!


TODAY! Wednesday, February 15: Bridging the Gap

So you're what? Believe it or not, you don't have to attend college right after graduation to be successful. In fact, many colleges encourage students to defer schooling for up to a year to explore their interests and gain real life experience. Whether you decided to study abroad at a wildlife sanctuary in South Africa, or stay local and provide service to inner city schools, a Gap year can help you realize your interests. Come hear Ms. Kristjanson on February 15 in the College & Career Center at 12:40 pm to see if Gap Year is an option for you.


Mark Your Calendars for

  • Wednesday, February 22:  20 Ways to Choose Your College
  • Wednesday, March 2:  Majors of the Future

View the full list of mini-seminar topics. For more information contact Judy Shedd or Debby Cossey. All students are welcome. Sponsored by the LWHS PTSA.

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Wanted: Senior Party 2018 volunteers

Do you have a Senior next year? We are looking for 2-3 parents to chair the 2018 Senior Party. Please contact for more information.
The Senior Party is an annual tradition planned and sponsored by the LWHS PTSA. For many years, nearly 200 of our graduating seniors have boarded buses after the ceremony, and spent a fun-filled all-nighter with friends, surprises, food and entertainment. As parents who send our students off, we know they are in a safe, chaperoned, drug- and alcohol-free environment to celebrate their graduation.
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LWHS News & Activities
Attendance reminders
Vacations and illness
With the mid-winter holiday break, don't forget that if your student is going to be out three or more days, a pre-arranged absence form must be filled out in advance and turned in to the attendance office before the first day of the absence, in order to ensure that your students absences will be excused. The pre-arranged absence forms can be found on the LWHS website or in the attendance office.
Also, with the cold and flu season upon us, please remember students should be fever-free for 24 hours before they return to school. 
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UK trip opportunity

Does your son or daughter have the travel bug? If so, we are taking a group of students to Scotland and Ireland through Education First during Spring Break 2018. This is not only a great opportunity for your student to see the world, but it is also a great way for them to make memories with friends and learn about other cultures. The best part is that this trip is not only for LW students. Friends from other schools, other states and even family can also join in. We currently still have room for more travelers and are excited to share this experience! Visit the trip website for more information. Please contact Erin Day, LW ceramics teacher, with any questions.
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Kang Sports
Spring sports registration has begun
Registration deadline is Feb. 23
Spring sports begin on Monday, February 27.The deadline for registering for spring sports is Thursday, February 23. Sign up now; don't wait until the last minute and miss out. Sign-up information is on the LWHS Athletics webpage. As is the case each season, we have several offerings where no cuts are made; this spring that includes Badminton, Girls Tennis, and Track/Field. See all sports active this season on the website. Please encourage your student to participate in a spring sport and compete for the Kangs.
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Senior Class News
2017 LWHS PTSA Louise Sheeley Scholarship 
Applications Available

Annually, the LWHS PTSA awards the Louise Sheeley Scholarship to graduating Seniors in honor of Ms. Sheeley, a former counselor. This year, the LWHS PTSA will offer four $1,000 scholarships to LWHS Seniors who exemplify the characteristics of academic excellence, service to the school and community, perseverance, and motivation toward their future goals. Students are required to submit a response that details their qualifications, along with two letters of recommendation and an accurate completion of the application. Scholarships can be used for books, tuition, or room and board at a vocational, 2-year, or 4-year college or university. If you are 
scholarship money
a graduating LWHS Senior and plan to pursue further education after high school, we encourage you to apply.  The selection process is blind. All applications are due in the Career Center by Monday, April 10, 2017 (this is the Monday after Spring Break). Seniors can pick up an application in the Career Center or on the LWHS PTSA website.
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Additional scholarships available in district

Fifteen $1,000 scholarships are available through the Lake Washington Council PTSA.   In addition to merit scholarships, they offer one 2-year or  technical/vocational award, two education awards, a perseverance award and a turnaround award. Students may  apply for more than one scholarship. Learn more and download the applications!
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Career & Counseling Center
WANIC applications now available
2017-18 full year school program
Washington Network for Innovative Careers (WANIC), based at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, is a regional skill center in King County that provides advanced Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs to high school students. These programs are built around rigorous academic and industry standards to better prepare students for career and college readiness. The various skill center programs are delivered through branch campuses from participating districts and provide dual credit opportunities to students. To learn about WANIC's various courses and see if WANIC skill center programs may be a good fit for your child, visit the WANIC website or contact a  LW College and Career Specialist.
Important notes:  Only students enrolled in grades 11 or 12 are eligible to take full-year WANIC courses. WANIC's Summer Academy i s available for students entering grades 9 - 12. Summer Academy applications and courses will be available in the spring.
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