Lake Washington High School PTSA Newsletter

March 29 , 2017 | #15  

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~ Upcoming Events ~

TODAY! 
How to Make the Most of College Visits--Local & Out-of-State | College Application Workshop series
Wednesday, March 29, 12:40 pm, College & Career Center

TONIGHT! LWPTSA General Membership meeting, elections and parent education
Wednesday, March 29, 7 pm, library

TONIGHT! Counseling Center's " Focus on Fit: Selecting a School That's Right for You" session
Wednesday, March 29, 6:30 pm, theater

Spring Break -- No School
April 1-9

PTSA scholarship application deadlines
LW Sheeley Scholarship app due April 10
Council scholarship app due April 12

Senior Party ticket lunchtime sales
April 11 & 12 during lunches

10 Great Reasons to Look at Community College | College Application Workshop series
Wednesday, April 12, 9:31 am during ROO period in the College & Career Center

Extended Wednesdays due to snow days
Wednesdays April 12, May 3 and 31

LWHS Spring Bazaar
Saturday, April 15, 10 am - 4 pm in the Commons

A+ Schools for a B Student | College Application Workshop series
Wednesday, April 19, 12:40 pm

Computer Security Network Technology Program presentation
Friday, April 28 at 10 am in the Career Center
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Join us tonight!
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Our PTSA General Membership meeting is tonight at 7 pm in the library.  We will be electing officers for our 2017-18 Board of Directors, and we have an inspiring speaker joining us for the Parent Education portion of our evening.  

Parenting & the Teenage Brain - Jennifer S. Kennet, MA, MBA, LMHCA
 
Have you ever wondered why teenagers seem so alien? There's new research showing that the answer lies in the brain. Come learn how the teenage brain differs from an adult brain, and what you as a parent can do differently to communicate with a brain that's still under construction.
 
You'll come away from this class understanding:
  • The five key parts of the brain responsible for thinking and feeling, and what happens when your brain is 'emotionally hijacked' during highly stressful situations.
  • Three reasons why the brain transforms between ages 11 and 25, and the implications for parenting.
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PTSA News
Elections tonight for next year's board
The 2017-18 LWPTSA Nominating Committee has been hard at work searching for excellent new leaders for next school year, and now announces the complete  slate of nominees for 2017-18 PTSA Board of Directors. The elections will be held at the PTSA General Membership meeting tonight, March 29 at 7 pm in the LWHS library. Per our bylaws, nominees will also be accepted from the floor at the meeting during the election process.
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Make the Most of Your College Visits seminar
Weekly help with choosing a college
TODAY! How to Make the Most of Your College Visits: Local and Out-of-State

Are you taking your student on college visits over spring break or the summer? What does your child need to know to arrange, prepare for and get the most out of a campus visit? Encourage your child to attend the College Application Workshop presentation in the College & Career Center today at 12:40 pm for pizza and college visit information!

All talks start right on time and last about half an hour. Students are free to leave whenever they need -- we know how busy they are. Free pizza and snacks are provided.
 
Mark Your Calendars:
  • Wednesday, April 12: 10 Great Reasons to Look at Community College
  • Wednesday, April 19: A+ Schools for a B Student  
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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Attention parents of juniors...

We still need 2-3 parents to chair the 2018 Senior Party Committee; sign up and ask your friends to work on it with you for even more fun. Email  Colette Ulloa 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 taken off for 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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Seeking Kang Crier editor for next year
Be the first in the know!
The PTSA is seeking an editor for the Kang Crier for the 2017-18 school year. The Kang Crier is a twice-monthly email newsletter formatted on a Constant Contact platform. The editor is connected with school personnel, PTSA members, students and teachers throughout the year.  No experience is necessary; l ight editing ability and comfort in picking up basic online skills is a plus.  T he current editor will provide training, organization features and help in transition. Contact Janice Vache at kangcrier@gmail.com for more information. 
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LWHS News & Activities
Spring break plans? 
Better arrange for excused absences in advance
With spring break in our near future, don't forget that if your student is going to be out three or more days, their absence will not be excused unless you have submitted a pre-arranged absence form to the attendance office. The form must be submitted before the first day of the absence for the absence to be excused. Pre-arranged absence forms can be found on the LWHS website or in the attendance office.
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LWHS Spring Bazaar
Food, friends and fun

Parents, join the ASB at the LWHS Spring Bazaar on Saturday, April 15 from 10 am to 4 pm in the LW Commons. Tons of vendors from around our community will be selling goods at this Saturday market-style event. Help kick off the spring season by bringing family and friends to enjoy this community event filled with food trucks and good music all day. All proceeds benefit the LWHS Associated Student Body organization.
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Lost & Found overflows
HELP!  We've lost Mili in the Lost & Found basket and we need your help to find her!!!  Not really, but we do have lots of coats and t-shirts and even a single shoe waiting in the Lost & Found. If your student has lost items, please check for them in the main office. Items remaining will be donated after spring break.
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LW artists displayed at regional competition
The LW Visual Arts program is proud to announce that AP Studio Art students Mack Welshans and Patrick Roller were selected to have their artistic achievements honored in the 2017 Regional High School Art Exhibition showcasing 197 students from 44 high schools.
 
Each of these artists demonstrated tremendous technical and creative skill, and we are proud to announce Patrick's graphite drawing, Unknown Potential, received an award of media excellence.  

 
Unknown Potential by Patrick Roller


Like Father_ Like Daughter by Mack Welshans
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For Seniors and Senior Parents
Scholarship deadline April 10
Apply for the  2017 Louise Sheeley Scholarship
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Graduating seniors: do you have plans to attend either a technical school, a two-year or four-year academic institution this fall? You are eligible to apply for a Sheeley Scholarship from the LWHS PTSA. Pick up an application in the Career Center or on the PTSA website.  All applications are due by Monday, April 10 -- right after spring break. Don't delay, apply today!
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Lake Washington PTSA Council 2017 Scholarships

Attention all Seniors (and parents of seniors): There are j ust a few weeks left before the deadline to submit your  scholarship application for the Lake Washington PTSA Council scholarship program! (Please note that this is a different scholarship program than the Louise Sheeley Scholarships offered by the Lake Washington High School PTSA.)
 
There are fifteen $1,000 scholarships available,  including two new scholarships: Hardship and Perseverance. Click here to download the application. You m ust apply by April 12.
 
Things to consider:
  • You may apply for more than one scholarship.
  • You must be a graduating senior of the class of 2017.
For questions, contact Scholarship Chair Irene Neumann at scholarships@lwptsa.net.
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Senior Party: tickets on sale now
Price increases May 1
All 2017 LWHS seniors are invited to the annual all-night Senior Party. Scheduled for the night of graduation, Senior Party is a way for graduates to celebrate with their classmates in a fun, safe way: alcohol-free, tobacco-free, drug-free and well-chaperoned. This is an LWHS tradition, and it's a once-in-a-lifetime evening for our seniors.
 
Tickets are on sale during lunch on April 11 and 12  -- cash and checks made payable to LWHS PTSA will be accepted. Tickets can also be purchased anytime online at lwhsptsa.org. Tickets include transportation, food, activities and entertainment all night long. Ticket prices are $180 thru April 30 and then increase to $200 on Saturday, May 1. Bus signups will begin April 27; a release form is needed before your students can get a bus assignment. If students have any life threatening allergies they must fill out the allergy release form.The online registration form has more information about scholarship assistance.
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Donations needed for Senior Party
Grads can win prizes during games and other opportunities at the Senior Party. Donations, such as gift cards or movie tickets, that organizers can giveaway as prizes are welcome. The less we have to spend on these items, the more money is available to spend on activities so the kids will have more fun!  Donated items may be dropped off at the Main Office. Please label items "Senior Party." C ontact lwhsptsaVPProg@gmail.com with questions.
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Career & Counseling Center
School selection meeting
The counseling department will be hosting a "Focus on Fit: Selecting a School That's Right for You!" parent night tonight, March 29 at 6:30 pm in the theater.

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Information session for network security fields
Lake Washington Institute of Technology presents

Is your student interested in c omputer science and information technology? Lake Washington Institute of Technology will be at the Career Center on April 28 at 10:00 am to talk to students about the exciting opportunities offered through their Computer Security Network Technology Program. Students are invited to come hear from program faculty and students about what a career in c omputer security network technology can offer! Students can sign up in the Career Center or email Ms. Kristjanson to be added to the roster. 
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Planning a summer college road trip?
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Summer is the perfect time for juniors and their parents to pack their bags and head off to college campuses. For many students, these visits are the deciding factor where they will send applications in the fall. Here are some things to keep in mind:
  1. Colleges go to great lengths to impress you and your parents (those who pay the bills).  Expect perky, engaging tour guides to show you the very prettiest parts of the campus.  If you know this from the beginning, you will not be (as easily) swept off your feet.
  2. One of the best ways to get a feel for any college campus is to break free of structured tours and hang out-in the student union building or a local coffee shop near the campus. 
  3. If possible, stay the night at one of the dorms, eat in the cafeteria, take a jog through the campus, and/or attend a sporting event. Keep in mind that, being summer, some of the buildings will be closed and the campus won't be nearly as crowded as it will be in the fall.
  4. Take an unofficial copy of your high school transcript and know your test scores. Make an appointment to meet with an admissions person and sit down with your list of questions.  Do your homework; go prepared with comments and questions that reflect your interest and knowledge about the school.
  5. Talk. Talk to students and adults on campus. Talk to the barista at the coffee bar or the salesperson at the book store. Just talk.
  6. Take pictures of each college and log where the picture was taken. You will be surprised at how similar college dorms and buildings and rec centers start to all look alike.
And if you're not planning a road trip? No problem. Get online and take a virtual tour of the campus (be sure to reread #1 above). Read the campus newspaper and student run blogs. This is a great way to learn about the issues the planned tours don't mention (issues with the administration and budget cuts, for example). Take a look at the list of clubs available; clubs grow out of student interests.
 
Remember, it is all about fit. While one student will see the gym as paradise, another will look to the library. And that's what makes this search an adventure-and extremely personal.  Keep in mind, though, that if you aren't admitted to your 'perfect fit' school, there will be your second choice and even third.  And if statistics are correct, you will still love the school where you end up attending.
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Do you utilize Spanish in a Career?

If so, Ms. Kristjanson wants to hear from you! LW is hosting its first ever Spanish Career Panel this spring, and is seeking individuals interested in sharing their experience using Spanish in the workforce. This will be a wonderful opportunity for LW to educate students on the benefits of pursuing this language after high school.
 
If you know anyone that would be interested in participating in the LWHS Spanish Career Panel or have further questions about participating, please email  Ms. Kristjanson or call 425-936-1710.  
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Kang Sports & Clubs
Dance Team tryouts for 2017-18

Those interested in trying out for next year's dance team should be aware of the following schedule and events:
  • Mandatory Dancer/Parent Informational Meetings: April 18th and 19th (choose one) at 7 pm in the LW Commons.
     
  • Tryouts: May 1-4 from 6 - 8:30 pm at Emerson High School.
     
  • Final Auditions: May 5 at 3 pm at Emerson High School.
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Support LW Clubs & Activities
Club events open to the LW community
Check here for future events
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