May 16, 2018 | Issue #18
School All Grades Seniors Events
Next PTSA General Membership Meeting & Parent Ed About Vaping

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, May 23rd at 7 pm in the school library. There will be a brief business portion followed by our Parent Ed topic which will be on the rise of vaping, new trends, health risks, school challenges and what parents need to understand and look out for. Don't know what juuling is? Come find out! Students look to their parents for guidance. Get informed and help them make smart choices! 
LWHS PTSA Co-Presidents
Nominate a Deserving Volunteer for the PTSA Golden Acorn Award
Deadline for nominations is: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

LWHS students, parents, and staff - do you know of an outstanding volunteer? Someone that goes beyond what's expected and is making a major difference for our students and our school? Now is the time to nominate them for a PTSA Golden Acorn Award!

Feel free to nominate more than one volunteer for this award, use multiple forms if needed.

The Golden Acorn will be presented at the Volunteer Tea on June 6th.

More information and the nomination forms are available here.  You can turn in the nomination form to the PTA box in the front office or email it to
LWHS PTSA Co-Presidents
Nominate an Outstanding Educator for the PTSA Golden Kang Award
Deadline for nominations is: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Do you know of an outstanding teacher or staff member who goes beyond what's expected to make the LWHS learning environment fun, beneficial, and challenging? Someone who brings enthusiasm and diversity to the classroom and a leader who directly influences the success of their students? Nominate them for the PTSA Golden Kang/Outstanding Educator Award!

Feel free to nominate more than one staff member for this award, use multiple forms if needed.

The Golden Kang/Outstanding Educator Award will be presented at the Volunteer Tea on June 6th.

More information and the nomination forms are available here You can turn in the nomination form to the PTA box in the front office or email it to
LWHS PTSA Co-Presidents
PTSA Positions Open for 2018-2019
While we have all of our Board positions filled for 2018-2019, we are still looking to fill some key chair positions. Take a look and if you are interested, please reach out to Each position comes with ample training. We would love to have you!

Newsletter Editor will prepare the Kang Crier every other week to keep Lake Washington High School parents informed about news and activities of the PTSA, school and district. The Kang Crier Editor manages the process of communicating with submission sources, collecting articles, and creating the newsletter with provided web-based software. 
Advocacy Chairwill stay informed of PTA legislative priorities and relevant education legislation emerging during session. The chair will also stay informed about district policies and would support bond and levy measures. Other local advocacy opportunities might arise, such as with this year's walk out for gun safety, where LWHS PTSA provided a letter-writing opportunity for students. 

Parent Education Chair will coordinate speakers on topics of interest for the LWHS community. Often speakers will be invited to speak at the PTSA General Membership meetings or as needed. 
LWHS PTSA Co-Presidents
Council Parent Ed Events

Kids and Race
Another Parent Ed event to look out for on Kids and Race is coming up on Thursday, May 17th, 7 - 9 pm at the Redmond Community Center. Hosted by the LWPTSA Council, this is a timely and relevant topic for our community too and one you don't want to miss! Learn about how the stories we tell our children shape our kids' racial identities and attitudes toward race. The focus will be on changing the narrative! Click here for more information.
LW Council VP FACE
PTSA All Grades Seniors Events
How would you like to participate in real cultural exchange? 
A group of French teenagers will be here August 3rd-24th! We still need 9 local families to host a student and their chaperone. No knowledge of French necessary. Host families provide room & board and transportation to/from the airport. Students are paired with families who have a teenager of the same gender and age.

The point of this trip is to practice the American English dialect and to experience our culture firsthand by being integrated into your family and introduced to the community.

If you have questions or are interested in hosting a student or their chaperone, please email World Language teacher Emily Wilcox at There is a simple application to complete. We are looking to place students with host families as soon as possible!

Merci beaucoup,
From The Counseling Center


Looking For Something To Do Over the Summer?

Ah, the lazy days of summer.  A few spattered here and there are great.  You've worked hard all year and deserve some of these 'no list' days.  But too many can get boring! Here are some great ways to stay busy and get ahead of the demanding upcoming school year.


  • Class of 2021 and 2022: Begin thinking about your post high school plans (apprenticeships, gap year, military, private career schools, technical colleges, two and four-year colleges).  Begin exploring and investigating details about these different programs and schools. Enrolled in an honors class next year? Make sure you have completed your required readings.  Check out potential scholarships.
  • Class of 2020:  Continue to explore your interests and options.  Consider all your options: apprenticeships, military, vocational/technical colleges, 2 and 4-year options.  If you are four-year college bound, check out college websites or visit campuses. Make a list of colleges that are of interest to you.  If you have already taken the SAT or ACT, review your strengths and weaknesses and take some timed practice tests. Check out potential scholarships.
  • Class of 2019: Continue to refine your list of post high school options and narrow down your choices.  Polish your resume. Create a master calendar of due dates that honor deadlines. Headed to a 4-year school? Plan to retake the SAT or ACT if you need to improve your scores; register online for these tests and for SAT II Subject Tests if needed.  Narrow your college choices to four to six schools; determine if you will apply for early admission. Check out potential scholarships.
LWHS Counseling
Attendance Reminder


If your student is out 1-4 days for reasons other than being sick, they must fill out a pre-arranged absence form (page 1 only) at least a week in advance in order to ensure that the absences will be excused. If your student will be out 5 or more days for reasons other than being sick, they must fill out a pre-arranged absence form (pages 1 & 2) at least a week in advance, in order to ensure the absences will be excused.


When a student is out 5 or more days, the student needs to fill out also page 2 of the form, fill in the information as it pertains, list classes, parent needs to fill in how they plan to have their student stay on top of their studies while out, the student then will retrieve all the teacher's signatures and then retrieves the parent signature and then turns it into the attendance office for administrative approval. Page 2 also must need to be completed if the total number of days is 10 or more days. The process of filling out the pre-arranged absence form is also separate in that if your student had already informed teachers, they must also inform the attendance office. This line between Teachers and Attendance is 2 different areas.

Section: All GradesSECTION_ALL
PTSA School Seniors Events
Parents of Juniors: Senior Party 2019

We are continuing our search for 2-3 parents to chair the 2019 Senior Party. LWHS PTSA needs to ensure that we have continued parent support and commitment so that the class of 2019 can have the same unforgettable experience as previous graduating classes. Email Colette Ulloa for more information.
LWHS PTSA Co-VP of Programs
Still want a yearbook but missed the pre-order dates?

Any yearbooks we have available will be for sale 5/29/18 - 5/31/18. 


Supplies are limited to printed publisher overruns and cannot be reserved, first come first served. Purchases may be made online through Parent Access (sales close at midnight) or in person at the ASB office (sales close at 1:00 p.m.). The cost is $75.


Yearbooks will be distributed in the commons, after school on Wed June 6. Note: ID and signature required for pick up.

LWHS Fine Arts Department Chair and Yearbook Advisor
Class of 2021 Fundraiser
The Class of 2021 is hosting a fundraiser at the Kidd Valley in Kirkland on May 18th from 10:30am-9pm. 10% of all sales will be placed into the Class of 2021's prom. No flyer is needed! Don't forget to go to Kidd Valley in Kirkland on Friday, May 18 because not only will you get some tasty food but a percentage of what you buy goes towards the Class of 2021!
Peru Spring Break 2019 Trip
From the mighty Machu Picchu to the sparkling Lake Titicaca, students will learn and work with local communities on current challenges relating to urban migration, responsible tourism and sustainable community development. With breathtaking sites as your backdrop, you and your students will explore ancient civilizations and be immersed in local culture.
Please contact Erin Day with questions. Only 7 slots available. 
Galapagos Spring Break 2019 Trip
Get excited for a cruise like no other (yes, a CRUISE). Experience the exotic plants and animals that you can't find anywhere else in the world!
Informational Meeting May 31 at 6:30 pm. Please check the trip's website for meeting location and further information. 
You've been accepted ... Now what?

Upcoming Presentation:

May 16: You've Been Accepted...Now What?

Tips From a College Professor


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 as these are student-only presentations.


Read the descriptions of our upcoming presentations. 

We wish students luck with their AP testing!
Please contact Debbie Cossey or Judy Shedd with any questions.
College Application Workshop Chair
Section: SeniorsSECTION_ALL
PTSA School All Grades Events
A Cordial Invitation to Senior Students and Family
Senior Salute 2018: Farewell to LWHS
Join us Thursday, June 14 at 6;30pm in the Gym for the 2018 Senior Salute! This traditional celebration of the graduating class includes a program from 6:30-7:30pm with musical performances, poems, student reflections and a brief speech by teacher Amy Sullivan. A reception and refreshments follow in the Commons from 7:30-8:30pm. Be sure to bring your camera as this is your best chance to take pictures of your graduate in cap and gown at LWHS. Consider Senior Salute for loved ones for whom Key Arena would be difficult. We will set aside seating areas for people with limited mobility and their families. Include this information in your RSVP (see below.) Seniors should check-in from 6:00-6:10pm in the Auxiliary Gym. They will stay there until it's time to process into the Gym to music played by the LWHS Orchestra. Please note: parking can be difficult so allow adequate time.
RSVP: Please let us know how many people will be in your party; email the graduate's name, parent's name, special seating needs, and number of guests - not counting the graduate - to:
2018 Senior Salute Committee
Senior Salute Refreshments Needed

Your help in providing refreshments for the Senior Salute would be greatly appreciated. Please sign up to contribute refreshments at Sign Up Genius. All donations should be dropped off at LWHS on June 14 in the COMMONS anytime from 2:30 to 6:00pm. 

Any questions, contact
LWHS PTSA Co-VP of Programs
Senior Party just a few weeks away!

Ticket sales and bus sign ups May 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th. Chaperones Needed!!!!
Senior Party June 18th, is an ongoing LWHS tradition, it's a once-in-a-lifetime evening where graduates celebrate with their classmates in a fun, safe way: alcohol- and drug-free, and well-chaperoned. For more information, check out the LWHS PTSA website.
Ticket sales: Tickets are on sale during lunch May 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th cash and checks made payable to LWHS PTSA are accepted. Tickets can also be purchased anytime online. The online registration form has more information about scholarship assistance. Current ticket price is $200 and June 10th  is the last day to make a purchase,  we will have more bus sign up opportunities for students in June.
Bus signups: Seniors who have already paid for their Senior Party ticket must turn in the release form in order to be eligible to sign up for a bus. Per the venue requirements, a parent or guardian and the student must sign the release form regardless of whether the senior is 18 or under, now or at the time of graduation. This is also the time to turn in the food allergy form, if applicable. Bus signups are happening May 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th  during lunch in the commons.
We need chaperones! Email Debi Blaskovich if you would like to volunteer.
LWHS PTSA Co-VP of Programs
Hey Seniors and Parents!
Graduation season is arriving and that means many events are coming up to celebrate all of the seniors' hard work to get to this point!


We will be having our Senior Prom at Union Station in Seattle on June 2nd from 8pm-11pm. Tickets will go on sale May 3 and 4th before school and at lunch for $40 w/ ASB and $45 w/o (EARLY BIRD TICKETS). We will then be having our regular ticket sales from May 10-24 which will be $50 w/ASB and 55 w/o ASB. We will only be selling after school May 22-24! 
Senior Salute will be following on Thursday June 14th at 6:30 - 8:30pm in the Gym, this event is optional but it is a great way to see your students and peers share their talents and passions in a more intimate setting then Graduation on June 18th (2pm at Key Arena). 
We will also have our Senior Sunset on June 17th, Sunday, the night before Graduation to bring together the end of our Senior Year, this will be on the football or baseball field at Sunset (TBD). 
Please share the date with your family and remind your student(s). Email if you have any questions about Senior Events! 
Thank you!
Lauren Peterson and Senior Class Officers