November 14, 2018 | Issue #7
C alm Café - Volunteers Needed!
Our PTSA is hoping to pilot a program offering an alternative lunch space, the Calm Café, for students who are overwhelmed by the noise and bustle in the Commons. A classroom space will be made available for students who wish to eat their lunch in a quiet environment.

In order to offer this option, adult volunteers will be needed to supervise the space. Interested individuals will need to go through the LWSD Volunteer Application process and be approved before beginning to volunteer.

If you are willing to volunteer for this program, either regularly or on occasion, please contact Jeannine Dougherty at
From The Counseling Center
College Applications
Students are responsible for providing addressed envelopes for transcripts. Test scores must be requested directly from the College Board or ACT.  Students are encouraged to submit their applications early and not wait until deadlines.   Remember, December 3rd   is the cutoff date to request transcripts and to request the counselor complete any online School Report Form (i.e. through Common Application, SENDedu, Coalition) for January 1, 2019 due dates.  Directions for transcript submission are printed on the request form (available in the Counseling Center) and are also explained on LW’s website. Students are reminded that the Counseling Center will be closed for winter break from 3:30 pm on Friday, December 21, 2018 until 7:30 am on Monday, January 7, 2019.  During this time, we are unable to respond to emails or phone calls, so please advise your senior student to have his/her college application questions answered prior to the winter break closure.

Seniors Applying to UW
The application deadline is November 15th. Students are encouraged NOT to wait until this date to submit their applications. The site slows considerably with so many students submitting their applications. De-stress and apply early!

Upcoming Presentations:
In November, the counseling department will be hosting presentations for Sophomores and Juniors on social and emotional growth. Nov. 15th, Sophomores will hear a speaker on anxiety. A presentation for Juniors will be held on Nov. 29th.
LWHS Counseling
All Grades
LWSD Insights to STEAM Career Pathways Night
Wednesday, November 14th - Tonight!
Speakers 6:30-7:00 pm, LWHS Theater

Industry Expo 7:00-8:30 pm, LWHS Commons

On November 14 th, Lake Washington High School will be hosting speakers and an industry expo on Career Pathways for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM). Come learn about courses and opportunities at all LWSD Middle and High Schools and visit with industry professionals and club representatives at the Expo. Parents and students grade 5-12 are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Liz Sirjani, LWHS Math Teacher
UW Deadline is midnight on Thursday!
That's tomorrow!
College Application Workshop is here to help with essays and personal statements during one of our three available time slots:

  • Wednesday during ROO (sign up via FlexiSched)
  • Wednesdays after school
  • Thursdays after school

Encourage your student to drop by the College and Career Center, where we hope to see them, help them, and feed them!

College Application Workshop Chair
Class of 2019 Senior Party
Save with Early Purchase!

Tickets now on sale online or during lunch on Thursday, November 15th. Checks will be accepted with a completed Registration Form. Tickets are non-refundable.

Ticket prices are:
  • $165 from now to 12/31/18
  • $180 1/1/19 through 4/30/19
  • $200 after 5/1/19

Contact us regarding scholarship information.
This an opportunity for your student to celebrate with friends and classmates at a safe, fun-filled, all-night celebration sponsored by the LWHS PTSA. Lots of great activities, entertainment and food.

When: Monday, June 17, 2019 after Graduation Ceremony
Start Time: 9:00 pm check-in begins at LWHS
End Time: 5:30 am on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at LWHS

See information page for details and Registration Form.

LWHS Senior Party Co-Chairs
PTSA General Membership Meeting tonight!
November 14th, in the LWHS Library

Parent Ed Topic: All about AP Classes
Social time at 6:30 pm, Meeting begins at 7:00 pm
Stop by the STEAM event and then come up to our PTSA membership meeting and parent ed session while your student visits the expo. Following a brief PTSA business meeting, Mike Dawson, who teaches AP World History and AP Government at LWHS, will speak to parents about the world of AP Classes at LWHS. What are they? Should your student take any? How many should they take in one year? What is AP Capstone? Come get your questions answered! Everybody is welcome to attend.

LWHS PTSA President
Join the LWHS Parent Teacher Student Association and support our students. Help our school have a better chance of winning the WA State PTSA Power Surge Challenge! Join today by completing the online form.

LWHS PTSA Membership
Student Directory Now Available!
The 2018-2019 student directory is now updated and can be found on the LWHS PTSA website. You must be a PTSA member to access the directory.

Not already a PTSA member? Click the button below to join!
Special Needs Spotlight:
LW Football Team Inclusion Success
Max is a Junior at LW and has been part of the Football Team for three years. His previous two years he served as the team water boy and cheerleader. This year he actively played for the team.

While integrating a child with special needs is a different process, Max really wanted to play football. He has enjoyed being with his teammates, cheering them on, and running several touchdowns for the JV team. He also suited up for the first Varsity playoff game.

Thank you LW Football Team and Coaches for all your support!

LWHS PTSA Special Needs Liasons
Want to discourage Underage Drinking, Tobacco & Drug Use?
Sign the LWHS PTSA Parent Pledge!
What's the biggest deterrent to your student using drugs and alcohol? IT'S YOU. Studies show that parents who speak with their kids and model behavior that shows they do not approve of underage drinking is the most important factor mentioned by youth in deterring underage and excessive drinking or drug use. This effect is found even in college age students! One way to communicate this is by signing and committing to the LWHS PTSA Parent Pledge. By signing the Parent Pledge, you are letting your student and other LWHS PTSA families know that you intend to supervise their social gatherings in your home to ensure that they are alcohol, tobacco and drug free. This pledge sends a clear message that as parents/guardians, and as a community, we believe underage drinking, tobacco and drug use is unacceptable and harmful to youth.

If you have not already signed the pledge, you may do so here. Once you have signed the parent pledge, your student’s name will bdenoted with (**) in the LWHS PTSA online directory. For more information about the Parent Pledge, Q&A and helpful tips on teen parties, visit our website or contact the LWHS PTSA Communications Committee.

*Please note that if a family is not listed with an asterisk in the directory, it does not necessarily mean they do not support the principles of the pledge.
PTSA Awards Enrichment & Club Grants
Thank you to all the families who donated so generously to the PTSA's "Pass the Pouch" campaign! In addition to our standard classroom grants, teachers and staff are able to submit requests for larger, one-time grants. The Grant Committee met to review those requests and make recommendations to our PTSA Board of Directors. The Board reviewed those recommendations and approved grants for the following:

  • $730 - World History Books - helpful alternative to district-provided texts
  • $1,500 - "Capitol Classroom" trip to Olympia for AP Government students
  • $430 - NoodleTools software license for online research
  • $400 - "Administrator" jackets to help identify LWHS admins at school events
  • $900 - Updated video equipment for Video Production classes
  • $600 - Architecture Club - Materials for designing & building
  • $500 - Robotics Club - Build materials to test computer vision & coding

This block represents roughly half of our total anticipated one-time grants for the year, in addition to our ongoing annually budgeted programs. If you haven't donated yet, please help us support teachers and programs that enrich student learning! You can donate to the PTSA's Pass the Pouch campaign .

LWHS PTSA Grants Committee Chair
2018 LWPTSA Scholarship Basket Auction
The Lake Washington PTSA Council cordially invites you to our 2018 Scholarship Basket Auction on Thursday, December 6th from 10:00-11:00 am at the LWSD Resource Center in Redmond - 16250 NE 74th Street, Redmond.

Auction baskets are currently on display in the Resource Center, and you can bid now. All of the proceeds go to scholarships. You can even bid on a lunch with our new superintendent, Dr. Jane Stavem! We have several spa and beauty experiences this year and lots of items by local artists and homegrown businesses - some well established like the Pro Club and Salish Lodge.

Bidding must be done in person, although you can view the baskets here .   The morning of December 6th we host a festive event with complimentary coffee drinks, fantastic raffle items and a door prize for people who have invited and brought a friend! Do some holiday shopping, or just enjoy mingling with other people who value and support education. You don't have to be present to win, so swing by the district headquarters when you are at Redmond Town Center and place your bids!

If you have questions, email . Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you on December 6th!
LWPTSA Brown Bag Lunch:
School Choice
The Lake Washington PTSA November Brown Bag luncheon on School Choice will be held at the Redmond Community Center at Marymoor Village.

When: Thursday, November 15th, 12:00-1:00 pm
Where : 6505 176th Ave NE, Redmond 98052

For more information contact
LWPTSA Sustainability Initiative
Interested in learning about sustainability efforts at various schools across the District or about District-wide efforts around waste reduction and food recovery/donation? Then this might be for you! The Lake Washington PTSA Council is looking for a representative from each school in the district to serve on their sustainability committee which meets regularly to discuss various initiatives. If you would like to learn more or maybe represent Lake Washington High School on this committee, please let us know. For questions about the committee, please contact Stephanie Lecovin at

LWHS PTSA VP, School Programs
Poetry Slam - Tue Nov 20th @6:30pm
Half Day - Wed Nov 21st Release @11:10am
No School: Thanksgiving - Thu Nov 22nd, Fri Nov 23rd
No School: Winter Break - Dec 24th - Jan 4th
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