March 7, 2018 | Issue #14
School All Grades Seniors Events
Students Organize for March 14

Since the tragic events in Florida last month, students have raised their voices to bring attention to issues of school safety and preventing school violence. On Wednesday, March 14, some LWHS students are organizing a 17-minute walk-out at 10am to bring attention to this issue in our community. Parents are welcome to join students at the entrance to campus on NE 80th St.

LWHS will observe an altered schedule to accommodate this event and students will not miss any instructional class time. During the actual event on March 14, students may spend the time in their homeroom classrooms, or they may choose to participate in an advocacy activity in the Commons. Postcards and contact information will be provided if students would like to write to their State senator or representatives, the Governor, or members of Congress to express their thoughts and perspectives on school safety.
LWHS PTSA Co-Presidents
PTSA Membership Meeting and Parent Education Speaker March 21

Please plan to join us on Wed, March 21, for our regular PTSA membership meeting. We will be electing officers to serve for the 2018-19 PTA year. The Nominating Committee has published their recommended slate on our website (, and nominations can also be made from the floor at the meeting.

Following a brief business meeting, we are pleased to welcome Milani Smith as our parent education speaker. Dr. Smith is a licensed clinical psychologist and clinical director of the Cadence Center in Kirkland. She will be speaking on the topic of stress and anxiety in teens. Join us in the library from 7-8:30pm for this important discussion.
LWHS PTSA Co-Presidents
Life After High School: Adulting 101

Three hours of fantastic sessions preparing a student for life after graduation on Friday March 9 (no school) from 10am to 1pm at Redmond Community Center at Marymoore Village. Topics include:
  • Time Management Skills
  • Jobs and Resumes
  • Practice Job Interviews
  • Key Nutrition TIps
  • Banking & Taxes
Find additional information HERE and register at to attend.
LWPTSA Council, Co-VP Family and Community Engagement
Connect and serve with PTSA

While we are just into the second half of this year, the groundwork is already being laid for PTSA activities for 2018-19! We would love to have your involvement! The Nominating Committee (Colette Ulloa, Dan Olson, Christy Hentges) is looking for people to serve in Board positions for PTSA; please CONTACT THEM if you are interested in getting involved or if there is someone you would like to recommend.
We also have many opportunities to help plan a variety of activities -- Senior Party, Senior Salute (while these are Senior events, we like to have non-Senior parents on the planning committees), Community building and outreach events, and more. Contact any of this year's leadership to find out more about how you can get involved!
LWHS PTSA Co-President
PTSA All Grades Seniors Events
See Something, Say Something: LWSD Anonymous Tip Line

You may have seen recent news reports about a grandmother in Everett who reported concerns about her grandson. Another potential tragedy was diverted by someone who was not afraid to speak up when something wasn't right.

Lake Washington School District has a Safe Schools Alert Tipline that anyone can anonymously use to report concerns: 425-529-5763. You can also send a text message to this number to make a report or send an email to As always, community members and students can always reach out to any principal, associate principal, teacher or other LWSD staff member to report your concerns.

Lake Washington School District
From The Counseling Center


Pre-College Tests for Juniors

ACT and SAT I: They sound more like alphabet soup than acronyms for pre-college tests. Four-year colleges require one of these tests, and testing is normally done during the spring of the junior year and in the fall of the senior year.


The American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I) is required by in state and out of state 4-year schools. Colleges accept either one. The SAT I or ACT is also required of those planning to participate in NCAA Division 1 athletics, for those applying to military academies, and for those applying for most scholarships. SAT II subject tests are required for some of the more selective colleges; usually these colleges require two or three SAT II's. It's a good idea to take one of these at the end of the junior year or as soon as the class is finished.


Students are strongly encouraged to prepare for these tests by reviewing directions, reading sample questions, and taking a sample test. All of these-including helpful tips-are available on line at and Because so many students take these tests in the spring, students need to sign up early. Registering close to the registration deadline may mean testing as far away as Tacoma.


Reminder to Register for 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. Included in this packet are the registration envelope, information handouts, and AP Bulletin. The cost is $96.00 per exam. Payment can be made by cash/check at the bookkeeper's window or on line through parent access.

LWHS Counseling
Attendance Reminder


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
Attention Peter Kirk Alums

We are looking for a few former Peter Kirk, current LWHS, students to help with the Peter Kirk Elementary fundraiser at the Woodmark Hotel.  It will involve checking guests in & possibly handling raffle tickets.
  • Saturday March 17 at 5pm
  • Dinner will be provided to volunteers.
Please reach out to Hae Sue Park ( to volunteer, and thank you so much!
LWHS PTSA Volunteer Coordinator
AP Government Class Goes to Olympia

Mr. Dawson's AP Government classes have again this year been involved with the Capitol Classroom project. This project sets up the class with a lobbyist, Michael Moran, who works in Olympia. The class video chats with its lobbyist 5 times between January and March and has the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the political process. As a part of this project, students presented bill ideas to both Senator Patty Kuderer and Representative Roger Goodman with the hopes of getting one of those ideas introduced into the Washington State Legislature. With the help of Senator Kuderer, the class was able to get their bill  promoting composting in school cafeterias introduced into the Senate - SB 6168. 
On February 1st, the bill went before the Senate Education Committee and students had the opportunity to go to Olympia to testify in support of the bill and answer questions from the Senators about the merits of their bill. Erin Kelly, Sam Dorsey, Millen Katyal, and Sajeenaa Jebanathan did a fabulous job presenting arguments for the bill and answering questions. The bill received a very positive response from the members on the committee and was eventually passed out and sent to the floor where it passed with a 47-0 vote! From there it went in front of the House Education Committee on February 20th where students Yael Pasumansky, Christina Brandao, Megan Johnsen, and Lauren Peterson had the opportunity to speak. They again gave a wonderful presentation which helped the bill pass out of the committee by a 12-5 vote. Unfortunately, the bill died when the House Chamber failed to vote on it by the March 2nd deadline. This project has again been a tremendous opportunity and experience for all the students to be a part of our democracy and see government in action. It was a great trip and Mr. Dawson is extremely proud of all the hard work his students put into this project; not only those who spoke, but the other students as well who helped research and prepare statements, pamphlets, and information. 
LWHS Talent Show
Our annual Talent Show is on Thursday March 8 at 6:30pm - tickets for $5.
Talent Show Committee
2018 Expanding you Horizons Conference for High School Girls interested in STEM
Ms. Kristjanson will be taking 35 female students to this year's Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Conference on March 30th, 2018. The Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) conference consists of a half-day conference for high school girls held at Bellevue College. They feature hands-on workshops presented by women in careers based on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Registration for the event requires a student fee of $20 (via check) mailed directly to the EYH office by March 16th which covers lunches and workshop materials. To get more information about this amazing opportunity, visit the Lake Washington AAUW Website ( and please contact Ms. Kristjanson at to receive a brochure and permission slip. Space is limited, so act fast! 
Career Specialist
Trivia Night at LWHS
Are you or your high school student knowledgeable in trivia? From teenage slang to U.S. History to TV shows? Put it to the test at LW's Trivia Night hosted by Loyalty Club! The event will be held at the Lake Washington High School Commons from 6:30-8:30 P.M. on March 21st. All students, parents and teachers are invited! You can sign up by e-mailing with your team members' names and your expected best category, or fill out the Google Doc attached. Teams will be limited to 3-6 members. Walk-in teams will be allowed as well. There is no entrance fee, but canned food donations are encouraged and welcomed. Come play, watch, and support your local community!

LWHS Loyalty Club
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:
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
Choosing Engineering...
is this the Major for You?
Today! Wednesday, March 7
Juniors and Sophomores are invited to join us in the COLLEGE & CAREER CENTER at 12:40pm, right after school.

Whether your student has always known that they've wanted to be an engineer or is just considering it, this is the presentation for them! A college advisor in Engineering will explain the various majors, what it takes to be a successful student, what criteria engineering programs use to choose students, and what internships, study abroad options and associations are offered.
Have your student join us to learn more about their options - and have a slice of pizza on us!

Upcoming Presentations:
March 14: Choosing This the Major for You?
March 21: Choosing Computer This the Major for You?
All presentations are held on Wednesdays after school at 12:40pm and last about 30 minutes. Presentations are open to all students at no cost. Registration is not required. Tell them to come hungry, because we provide pizza and snacks! We encourage parents to ask their kids what they learned at these are student-only presentations.

Read the descriptions of our upcoming presentations. 
Please contact Debbie Cossey or Judy Shedd with any questions.
College Application Workshop Chair
Section: SeniorsSECTION_ALL
PTSA School All Grades Events
LWPTSA Council Student Scholarships


$1,250 Scholarships:

  • Turn Around and Perseverance Scholarships (2)
    2 Year, Vocational or Technical School Scholarship
  • Merit Scholarships (2 per learning community)
    2 Education Scholarships
  • NEW 2018 only 2 Lake Washington Schools Foundation $10,000 Scholarships*

Yes, you may apply for more than one scholarship! (Maximum 1 scholarship award per student).

Yes, you may re-work your college essay and submit it!

Yes, you may re-use letters of recommendation!


The Scholarship Application can be found HERE. If you still have questions contact


*All applicants applying for a PTSA Council scholarship and going to a 4 year college or university are automatically considered for the LWSF scholarships, no additional application materials required.

LW Council Scholarship Chair
2018 Louise Sheeley Scholarship - Applications Due March 16th

Applications for the LWHS PTSA Sheeley Scholarship are due in the Career Center by Friday, March 16, 2018. Seniors can pick up an application in the Career Center or on the LWHS PTSA website. The PTSA will award four $1,000 scholarships to LWHS Seniors who demonstrate academic excellence, involvement and service to the school and community, and a vision toward their future goals.
Sheeley Scholarships
PTSA School All Grades Seniors
Talent Show
Thursday Mar 8 @ 6:30pm
LEAP Day: No School
Friday Mar 9

Life After High School: Adulting 101
Friday Mar 9 @ 10am-1pm (Redmond Community Center)

LWPTSA Membership Meeting
& Parent Ed: Stress/Anxiety In Teens
Wednesday Mar 21 @ 7pm (LWHS Library)

Trivia Night
Wednesday Mar 21 @ 6:30pm (LWHS Commons)

Spring Break: No School
April 2 - 6