October 18, 2017 | Issue #5
School All Grades Seniors Events
Welcome Event for New and International Families
LWSD and the LWPTSA Council are hosting two Welcome Events for New and International Families. These events will be held at the LWSD Resource Center on Monday, October 23 from 6:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, October 28 from 9:30 a.m.-Noon. These events will feature guidance for new and international families but any LWSD family is welcome to attend.  Topics include:
  • Understanding the school system
  • Sports and activities in our area
  • Resources/support from the district 
  • PowerSchool stations on site with assistance from experts
  • America 101 for international families
  • Find out about the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) and how to get involved 
  • Relocation tips for those who are new to the area.
  • Supporting your child through Transition - talk by Sheri Gazitt and Jennifer Kennett

Family & Community Engagement Co-Vice President
Special Needs Chair Wanted

October is Disability Awareness month! Schools around the district are supporting this effort in a myriad of ways. Some schools are hosting fairs, others are promoting books with themes around disability awareness and some have designed bulletin boards with pictures of biographies of famous people who have disabilities. We need someone to lead this kind of effort here at LWHS!!!!
Become the Special Needs Chair for the LWHS PTSA. What does the role include?
  • Communicating with caregivers about monthly district-wide Special Needs Group meetings and other community events;
  • Advocating for meaningful inclusion in school events;
  • Educating the student body and staff about disabilities.
If you are interested in this fully supported role, please contact Mindy or Irene, Co-Presidents, LWHS PTSA or Jennifer MacLachlan, Special Needs Chair, LW Council PTSA at: special.needs@lwptsa.org. For more information about Special Needs PTSA Council Group: http://www.lwptsa.net/special-needs/
Co-Presidents of LWHS PTSA
PTSA All Grades Seniors Events
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.
Attendance Specialist
From The Counseling Center
National College Fair
Since 1972 the National College Fairs program has helped students to decide which postsecondary option is right for them.  Free and open to the public, the fairs allow students to interact with admission representatives from a wide range of postsecondary institutions to discuss course offerings and majors, admission and financial aid requirements, college life in general and other information pertinent to the college selection process. Mark your calendar to attend on Friday, October 27 from 9 am to noon or Saturday, October 28 from noon to 4 pm at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle.

Junior Presentation On Post Secondary Options
On October 26 during RooTime, juniors will attend a presentation covering post-secondary options.  Each student will receive a handbook that will contain information that will not only be helpful this year, but the senior year as well. 
LWHS Counseling
Scholarship Market Workshop
Mark your calendars for November 8, 7:00pm in the Library at LWHS! The College and Career Center is pleased to host a Scholarship Market Workshop with guest speakers from the College Planning Network. This workshop is designed to help students and parents identify scholarship sources and develop scholarship application techniques. The Washington State resource, theWashboard.org will be fully reviewed and the process of matching students with scholarship characteristics will be discussed. This presentation will be especially helpful for Senior students and parents; however all grade levels are welcome.

We hope you will be able to join us!
Career Specialist
LWHS Music Fundraiser
Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 28, 10am - 5pm, in the Commons at LWHS for the first ever LW Mattress Fundraiser Event sponsored by the Music Boosters!! That's right, it's not just for football! Please tell your friends and neighbors to make that mattress purchase they were going to do anyway and while at it help support Choir, Band and Orchestra Boosters! No gimmicks. No kidding. For more information, contact Irene Neumann (Secretary, Choir Booster) at lwhschoirboosters@gmail.com.

Click Here for more information.
Section: All GradesSECTION_ALL
PTSA School Seniors Events
Reflections Arts Competition
Theme: Within Reach

Is a National Award Winning entry "within reach" for a creative and talented LWHS student?


Reflections is a great opportunity for students to showcase their talents in the Arts. There are six categories to choose from: Visual Arts, Photography, Music Composition, Literature, Film Production and Dance Choreography. There is also a Special Artist Division (for students with disabilities). 


The Entry Form and Rules are on the PTSA website Programs page by selecting "Reflections". There is also a Checklist for Success with helpful hints.


Deadline for entries is 2 weeks from today, Wednesday, November 1st at 2:30pm in the LWHS office. Questions? Contact Reflections Chair, Pam Hay.

Reflections Chair
Game Development Competition for 9 - 12th Graders
Is your student a gamer or interested in coding? The Washington State PTA is hosting a Game Development Competition to provide an opportunity for students, either individually or in teams of up to six members, to use their creative talents and express themselves by developing a computer game. Students participate and share their knowledge of computer science based on an assigned theme. Submissions are judged in the following areas: game of the year, arts and animation, game design, programming (code), and audio design.  Award information for the five categories will be announced in December.
The theme for the 2017-2018 competition is Gravity.
Timelines: Intent to Submit forms are due January 15, 2018. Final project submissions are due March 15, 2018. Winners will be announced by April 28, 2018.

If you have a student interested in participating or have questions please email  lwhsptsaVPPrograms@gmail.com 

co-VP of Communications
LWHS Clubs and Interest Groups
LWHS students have many great club and interest group options available to them and are encouraged to participate in these activities. To find a complete list of options and information on how to form a new club or interest group. HERE is the documentation for logging in through the Parent Portal, or follow these instructions:
  • Visit the PowerSchool Learning website.
  • Use your Parent Portal user name and password to sign in.
  • On the far left, click the Extras tab.
  • Scroll down and click on LW Activities.
  • Click on Clubs & Interest Groups.
co-VP of Communications
Section: SeniorsSECTION_ALL
PTSA School All Grades Events
Senior Party: Tickets on Sale Now for $165

All 2018 LWHS seniors are invited to the annual all-night Senior Party. Scheduled for the night of graduation, Senior Party is a way for graduates to celebrate with their classmates in a fun, safe way: alcohol-free, tobacco-free, drug-free, and well-chaperoned. This is a LWHS tradition, and it's a once-in-a-lifetime evening for our students. Last year we had close to 200 students attend!

Purchase tickets online at PTSA website.
Do you have a Senior applying to college? 
College Application Workshop provides trained volunteers to assist with essay and personal statement editing every Wednesday after school (12:30) in the College and Career Center AND every Thursday during ROO Time (9:31) in the Bistro.

--Hey, where's the Bistro?! This space goes by many names...a favorite of ours is "Outside the Library", also known as "Upstairs Commons" and "2nd Floor Commons"...regardless of its name, that's where we'll be to offer support (and snacks).

Please encourage your student to drop by on Wednesdays and to use FlexiSCHED to sign up for Thursday ROO Time.

Click here for more details. Thank You!
College Application Workshop Chair
PTSA School All Grades Seniors
Fear-Free ACT Practice Test
Saturday Oct 21 @8:30am
Tuesday Oct 31
Fear-Free Review Session for 10/2 Test
Tuesday Nov 2 @7pm
Scholarship Market Workshop
Wednesday Nov 8 @7pm
No School: Veterans Day
Friday Nov 10
PTSA Meeting With Parent Education Speaker
Wednesday Nov 15 @7pm

Coffee With Christina
Wednesday Dec 6 @9am

Thanksgiving Break: No School
Wed Nov 22, Thu Nov 23, Fri Nov 24
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