April 17, 2019 | Issue #17
School
Passing the LWSD Levy will be a HUGE win for LWHS!
YOU can help make this happen!
Imagine this ... a new building on the LWHS campus with 20 additional classrooms ... COMPLETED by Fall 2020! Additional space in the Commons, and a Gym Annex to help accommodate our growing student population. No more portables, additional parking, and a more secure building. A beautiful thing to behold!

Let's make this dream a reality by getting out the vote for the LWSD Levy!  How can you help? Reach out to your friends in the community personally and via social media and ask for them to  Vote YES!  for our students. If you have friends with children in the middle schools and elementary schools that feed into LWHS, make sure they are aware how their students will benefit from the building additions which the levy will finance. Ballots must be postmarked by April 23.

Need a quick rundown on why to vote YES?
  1. The levy will help address critical capacity needs. LWSD has increased 26% over the past decade and it is now the third largest district in the state. LWSD needs more classrooms for students now.
  2. District-wide safety enhancements at schools, including exterior cameras at all elementary schools and entrance modifications at high schools.
  3. The levy maintains the current tax rate with no tax increase.
 
Better schools help build a stronger community, which improves our quality of life, and keeps our neighborhoods desirable.
 
For more detailed information about what the levy includes, visit the  LWSD levy website  or the  LWCLC website .
A+ Schools for B Students
Today! Wednesday, April 17th
Sophomores and Juniors are welcome to join us at 12:55 pm in the LWHS Library

If you ask high school students to name as many colleges as they can, they often stop around 30... and those schools tend to be local, known for athletics, or one of the highly selective schools that get a lot of press but accept fewer than 10% of applicants. We'll focus on the hundreds of great schools around the nation, including the Pacific Northwest, that welcome students with B averages and that care about students’ talents, experiences, interests and work ethic!

Encourage your student to join us for loads of information along with pizza and chocolate!

Upcoming presentations:
  • April 24th: Making the Most of College Fairs
  • NEW DATE! May 15th: You've Been Accepted...Now What?

These PTSA-sponsored presentations are held Wednesdays after school at 12:55 pm, with pizza and snacks provided. Presentations are open to all students at no cost. Registration is not required. We encourage parents to ask their kids what they learned at these student-only presentations. Click the buttons for a complete list of presentation topics and descriptions.

Please contact Debbie Cossey or Judy Shedd with any questions.

LWHS PTSA College Application Workshop Chair
Come Play in the Garden with Us!
LWHS Spring Beautification Day
Saturday, April 20th, 9:00 am to Noon
Time and again,  research reveals  that gardening and beautiful surroundings have a positive effect on our mental health. Come join our merry crew of students and parents on Saturday, April 20th, as we team up to bring both experiences to LW! We have multiple projects planned and could use more parents to help guide students or just pitch in. One-hour shifts will run from 9:00 am to Noon and you can come for part or all of the event.

Parents and students can sign up here . Please indicate if you are a parent in the comment box. If you have them, please bring well-labelled garden tools to share. Wheelbarrows are especially needed and appreciated! Motivating music, snacks and drinks will be provided. Community service hours will be tracked!

IMPORTANT: An  LWSD Volunteer Form  is required to participate. Students under 18 need a parent signature, so please bring a signed copy to the event. 

Sponsored by the PTSA Beautification Team and ASB Leadership

Questions? Contact  Tere Kaulfus
Understanding Teen Anxiety - A Presentation for Parents and Students
Wednesday, April 24th at 6:30 pm
LWHS Commons
The LWHS Counseling team is pleased to host licensed psychologist, Dr. Kristy Ludwig , on April 24th at 6:30 pm in the LWHS commons. Dr. Ludwig will discuss causes of teen anxiety, how it impacts teens both emotionally and physiologically, and how parents can support their teens during these challenging times. Students are welcome to attend.

Thank you to our PTSA for funding this event!

LWHS School Counselor
Advanced Placement Exam Packets Available April 30th
Advanced Placement exams are scheduled for May 6th through May 17th. Students will pick up their AP Packets on Tuesday, April 30th during their lunch; they will need their photo ID and may not pick up a packet for another student. Inside the envelope, they’ll find a letter that will list their exams and test locations and their AP labels that they’ll need for each exam they take.  Students will need these AP labels (from the AP Packet) and photo ID in order to check in for each exam.  Check in begins at 7:00 am (doors close at 7:30 am) for morning exams, and check in begins at 11:30 for afternoon exams. Students are reminded that they CAN NOT leave any test early. The College Board has very strict rules regarding testing procedures, including no cell phones . Having a good night’s sleep and nutritional breakfast and being aware of the time and location, what materials to bring, and the testing procedures will help reduce test anxiety. If students wish to bring a snack for break time, they need to put food and drink in a clear Ziploc bag labeled with their name. The College Board does not allow food or drink in the testing area. Students should dress in layers because sometimes it’s cold in the gym. Please note students are not allowed to wear hoodies or bring in blankets. These students have worked hard all year to prepare for their exams. Good luck to each of them!

LWHS Counseling Center
District Resources for Parents of Students with Special Needs
The Lake Washington PTSA (LWPTSA) Council Special Needs Group/Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) and the Special Services Department have developed a valuable flyer for families of students with disabilities. Click the button below to access it. Printed copies are also available at your child’s school, and/or from your child’s 504 or Special Education Case Manager at your annual review meeting. 

LWHS PTSA Special Needs Liaison
Seniors
Senior Party: Looking Ahead
Bus Sign Up and Ticket Price Increases
Bus sign-ups will start on April 23rd (lunch), 24th (after school), and 25th (lunch). To be eligible to sign up, Seniors must:
  • Have already purchased a ticket
  • Submit a completed/signed Release Form prior to or on the day of sign-ups. Please note: per the venue requirements, a parent/guardian and student must sign the form regardless of whether the senior is 18 or under, now or at the time of graduation.

Additional sign-up days will be held in May and June. If students have any life-threatening allergies, they must submit a completed Allergy Emergency Care Plan at bus sign-ups or to the Main Office.

Ticket price increases from $180 to $200 on May 1st. Tickets include transportation, food, activities, and entertainment all-night long. Tickets are non-refundable. Contact us regarding scholarship information. Tickets can be purchased:
  • Anytime online, or
  • at Bus Sign-Ups (a Registration Form must accompany payment and a Release Form is required for choosing a bus). Payment can be made by cash or check payable to LWHS PTSA.

See information page for details, tickets, and required forms.

Questions? Contact Pam Hay and Mindy Lincicome ,
LWHS Senior Party Co-Chairs
PTSA
Want to Help Influence Your Student's Experience at LWHS? Take Our Brief Survey and Share Your Ideas!
The LWHS Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) would like your help to make sure the PTSA supports programs and initiatives that benefit all LWHS students and community members, including you and your student(s). This brief, nine-question survey should take just a few minutes to complete. The PTSA will be using the information you and others provide to work on the 2019-2020 budget. Your name and ideas will remain confidential. Thank you!
Parents of Juniors and Seniors - Chaperones Needed for 2019 Senior Party
Chaperones needed for this once-in-a-lifetime evening where graduates celebrate with their classmates at fun, safe, alcohol- and drug-free venues. JUNIOR parents, get a sneak preview before you have a Senior next year. SENIOR parents, get the opportunity to be part of this LWHS tradition and spend time with a great group of students before their next journey begins.

If interested or need more information, contact Pam Hay , LWHS Senior Party Co-Chair
Charting College and Your Student's Post Graduation Path
Tuesday, April 23rd, Noon - 2:00 pm
Lake Washington Resource Center, Redmond Town Center
Join us on April 23rd to hear from all four LWSD College and Career Specialists (CCSs). Come meet the CCS Team and learn about services that can assist with post high school options and college requirements for your student.

Questions? Contact Irene Neumann
LWHS PTSA Family and Community Engagement Chair
Staff Appreciation Week
May 6th-10th is Staff Appreciation Week! This is our chance as a community to show our Kang staff how much we appreciate their hard work and dedication to our students. PTSA has a daily treat planned but we can't do it without your help! Please click the button below and view the list of requested donations, noting the request drop off date.

If you have questions or would like to volunteer to help with Staff Appreciation events, please email appreciation@lwhsptsa.org .
 
Thank you!
Colette Ulloa and Julie Tribolet
LWHS PTSA Staff Appreciation Co-Chairs
Have a Shout Out to Share?
Want to share stories of your student's individual or team accomplishments representing LWHS? We're happy to post them on our LWHS PTSA Facebook page ! S ubmit your posting to social@lwhsptsa.org.
Community
Support LWHS Badminton on April 25th at Tres Hermanos
Show your support for the LWHS Badminton team by having dinner at Tres Hermanos on Thursday, April 25!! A local favorite, Tres Hermanos has generously agreed to donate a portion of the proceeds to the Booster Club from that night. So click the button below, print the flyer, and go have a great dinner!! Burritos + Birdies!!
LWHS Spring Bazaar
Saturday, April 27th, 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Come to the 2019 LWHS Spring Bazaar! The bazaar is a farmers market and craft event hosted at LWHS on Saturday, April 27th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Entrance is completely free! Proceeds from the event's booth sales will support the school and future ASB activities. Some of the products you will find include bath items, candles, wood products, fabric crafts, and more! There will also be a few food trucks there, including Kirkland's favorite Tacos el Guerro. Everyone is invited!

Questions? Contact Charlotte Kommini , LWHS ASB Secretary and Spring Bazaar Chair
Puerto Rico 2020!
Now that Spring Break is a wrap it is time to start thinking about next year's vacation!
 
Would your student be interested in a trip to Puerto Rico? An 8-day trip under $3000? Exploring caves, bioluminescent bays, snorkeling, canopy tours and more? The LWHS Science Department is going on another science-focused trip in late June 2020! There will be an informational meeting on Tuesday, April 23rd at 7:30 pm at the North Kirkland Community Center (on NE 124th St). Click here for more info .

Questions? Email palmersciencetravel@gmail.com or speak with Mr. Palmer, Ms. Wilson, or Ms. Zydel at the LWHS Science Department.
Events
LWHS Beautification Day - April 20th
LWSD Levy Ballots Due - April 23rd
Presentation: Understanding Teen Anxiety - April 24th
LWHS Badminton Fundraiser at Tres Hermanos - April 25th
LWHS Spring Bazaar - April 27th
 Staff Appreciation Week - May 6th-10th
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