February 7, 2018 | Issue #12
School All Grades Seniors Events
2017-2018 PTSA Grant Awards

Each year, the LWHS PTSA distributes grant funds to teachers and staff at LWHS to enhance the education of all of our students. These grants are made possible by our generous donors and members - you! - when they join or donate to our PTSA. Thank you for your support. Here is a list of some of what your funds have provided so far during this school year:
  • Tool to work sheet metal in material science lab and robotics building
  • Batteries, wood, metal and plastic for Robotics Club
  • Partial funds for "Capital Classroom" trip to Olympia for Government classes
  • Shopping and leisure activities to teach life skills for Special Needs class
  • Subscription to online tool that gives feedback to students in math & reading
  • External CD/DVD Drive & wireless mouse for classroom
  • Year-long subscription to provider of educational foreign language videos
  • Science games for classroom
  • Letter-writing supplies to Red Cross Club to support letter Veterans Day event
  • Supplemental novels for Senior English class
  • Art posters/materials, clipboards, movie for ASL class
  • Microphones for Social Studies classrooms
  • Instructional posters for classrooms
  • Microwave for student store
  • Snacks for student-organized community building event
LWHS PTSA Co-VP of Communications
PTA Resources in Spanish

Did you know that there are a host of resources on the National PTA website for Spanish speakers? This includes grade by grade guides (in English and Spanish) for parents on what their students will have learned by the end of the year in math and English Language Arts and Literacy.
LWHS PTSA Co-VP of Communications
Parent Education Event: Anne Holmdahl
"Navigating the Path to College -- from freshman year in high school to freshman year in college"

Mark your calendar and share this in your PTA newsletters (especially middle and high schools)!  We are offering the same presentation twice (evening and daytime)! 
  • Presented by Anne Holmdahl, Common Sense College Counseling
  • Wednesday, Feb. 28, 6:30-8:00 pm AND Thursday, March 1, 12:00-1:30pm
  • Lake Washington Resource Center (no registration required!)
We are so pleased to invite Anne back to present on this topic! Anne is a former LWSD mom who has helped hundreds of families reduce the stress of college planning and increase opportunities for their students. In this presentation, she explains what colleges are looking for and how to help your student find success - and stay happy.  She will give an overview of high school course planning, summer options, testing, financial aid and college selection.
More information about Common Sense College Counseling.
Sponsored by LWSD and the LWPTSA Council 
Contact Irene Neumann, Co-VP F.A.C.E., for more information or questions.
LWHS PTSA Co-VP of Communications
PTSA All Grades Seniors Events
From The Counseling Center


Advanced Placement Exams

Advanced Placement exams are scheduled for May 7 through May 18. Registration will run from February 21 through March 7, until 1 pm.


Students can pick up a registration packet from their AP teacher or from the Counseling Center beginning Tuesday February 20. Included in this packet are the registration envelope, information handout, and AP Bulletin. The cost is $96.00 per exam. Payment can be made one of two ways: 


For those paying by cash/check: Students will return the envelope with the test fee enclosed to our bookkeeper. Students pay at the window by 1 pm on March 7. Checks are made payable to Lake Washington School District. Students need their school ID card with them when they pay for their exams. Registration is now complete.


For those students paying on line: Parents pay through their parent access account.  Students paying on line must print a copy of their receipt, place it in the completed envelope, and turn it in to Counseling by 1 pm on March 7. Registration will not be considered complete until we receive the envelope with receipt inside.

Students have been preparing all year for their exams. If they are unsure whether they should test, students should, of course, check with their individual subject teachers.

LWHS Counseling
Just a friendly reminder that when your student will be out 1-4 days a pre-arranged absence form (page 1 only) needs to be turned into the attendance office at least 1 week in advance in order to have the absence excused. If your student will be out 5 or more days a pre-arranged absence form (page 1 & 2) will need to be signed by all teachers, parent and student and then turned into the attendance office at least 1 week in advance in order to have the absences excused.
Pre-arranged absence forms are available in the attendance office or on the LWHS website following the pathway of: Students/Families>Attendance>Under the Attendance section click on the pre-arranged absence form.
Section: All GradesSECTION_ALL
PTSA School Seniors Events
Tolo Dance - Donations Needed
Parents, if you can, please help make this evening a success by going to our sign-up genius website linked below and signing up to purchase an item on the list. The time that you would be able to deliver the item to LW would be from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. on Saturday 02/24/18.

This year's Tolo theme will be Tolovision. Students can pick any character or scene from a movie or T.V. show that they would like to dress up as. Students may bring a purse or coat since there is a coat check but backpacks are not recommended. Tolo will be on February 24, 2018 from 7-9 p.m. in the commons. Tickets will go on sale February 12 at an early bird special in which they will be $15 with ASB and $18 without ASB. Starting on February 19, tickets will be sold at regular price for $18 with ASB and $20 without ASB.

LWHS Junior Class Secretary
Fear Free SAT/ACT Practice Tests
LWHS PTSA is partnering with Princeton Review to give students an opportunity to take a low-cost,
practice SAT or ACT in a real test environment at school. These practice tests are available for all students but Juniors and interested Sophomores are highly encouraged to attend.
Upcoming test dates:
SAT on Sat February 10
--> SAT Registration Deadline: Tue 2/6
ACT on Sat March 24
--> ACT Registration Deadline: Tue 3/20
All tests are taken in the library from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm and will give you the complete testing simulation.
Fear Free SAT/ACT Practice Testing Chair
WSPTA Student Essay Contest: Men Making a Difference
The Washington State PTA holds a yearly statewide essay contest that explores the important and varied contributions that men make in the lives and education of children -- from the child's perspective. All men involved in a child's life -- fathers, uncles, grandfathers, brothers, step-fathers, mentors, neighbors, pastors, coaches and friends -- impact the children they care about. Research clearly shows that male involvement positively influences academic success at all levels of schooling -- preschool through college.

Click here for contest guidelines, divisions, and to read last year's winning entries. Deadline is March 1, 2018.
Washington State PTA
Still need a yearbook?
We sell out every year!
Our final sales window will be open from January 22 to February 11th. The cost is $65 and can be purchased in person at the ASB cashier office (closes at the end of lunch), or online through Parent Access. Be sure to check your purchase history to ensure you haven't already purchases one in the fall. Contact Mandi McChesney if you need help with your account.

The only way to guarantee that you get a copy is to make sure you purchase a yearbook before the final order is placed on February 11th.

Fine Arts Department Chair and Yearbook Advisor
20 Ways to Choose Your College
Today! Wednesday Feb 7
Juniors and Sophomores are invited to join us in the LIBRARY at 12:40pm, right after school.
The good news is that there are approximately 3,854 college options in the US. The bad news is that there are approximately 3,854 college options in the US. How does your student make sense of all these choices, and find the schools that will be right for them? Have your student join us to learn about the pros and cons of large and small schools, urban, suburban, and rural campuses, living on-campus or off, close to home or faraway. There are no right or wrong answers, just many things to consider.
Encourage your student to join us for loads of information along with pizza and chocolate!

Please note: This presentation is being held in the LIBRARY.

Upcoming presentations:
February 14: Majors of the Future
February 21: How to Choose a Major
All presentations are held on Wednesdays after school at 12:40pm, 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 are student-only presentations.
Read the descriptions of our upcoming presentations HERE.
Please contact Debbie Cossey or Judy Shedd with any questions.
College Application Workshop Chair
Section: SeniorsSECTION_ALL
PTSA School All Grades Events
LWPTSA Council Scholarships for Graduating Seniors

The LWPTSA Council is pleased to announce its 2018 Student Scholarship Program for graduating seniors! There are 14 available scholarships, $1,250.00 each, in the following categories:
  • 8 Merit scholarships (2 per learning community)
  • 2 Education scholarships
  • 1 Perseverance
  • 1 Turn Around
  • L.E. Scarr 2 year, technical or vocational
Students may apply for more than one scholarship, but only one will be awarded per student. Please go to www.lwptsa.net to download a student application. Completed applications are due back on April 18th, but it never hurts to get an application in early!
LWPTSA Council Kirkland VP
WSPTA Scholarships for Graduating Seniors
It's that time of year for high school seniors: applying for college and figuring out how to pay for college. To help with college costs, the Washington State PTA offers three $3,000 scholarships and one $1,000 scholarship to graduating seniors from Washington state high schools (with active PTSAs) who will be starting 2-year or 4-year college in the fall of 2018.

For requirements and to apply, click here.

Washington State PTA
PTSA School All Grades Seniors
Coffee With Christina
Wednesday Feb 7 @ 9am

Class of 2022 Freshman Parent Night
Wednesday Feb 7 @ 6pm
Talent Show
Friday Feb 9 @ 7pm
Remember to Vote
Tuesday Feb 13
Mid-Winter Break: No School
February 15 - 19

LEAP Day: No School
Friday Mar 9

LWPTSA Membership Meeting
Wednesday Mar 21 @ 7pm (LWHS Library)

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