Communications

Kang Crier Newsletter
Kang Crier Newsletter

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This twice-monthly newsletter keeps families up to date on what's going at LWHS. Emailed directly to every parent/guardian. Questions about Kang Crier, email kangcrier@gmail.com.

To sign up or read archived newsletters, click here.
Website
Website

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LWHS PTSA website allows parents to join PTSA, donate to our "Pass the Pouch" fundraiser online, and purchase senior party tickets using PayPal. No more forms to fill out and checks to write!

The website also allows for electronic signup for volunteering for PTSA events and programs; provides a source of information about PTSA and important school events; and has links to many other resources.
Student Directory
Student Directory

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Every PTSA member gets a student directory for free. Every student is included in the directory (unless they have filled out and turned in the "Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information" form in the first day packet).
Bulletin Board
Bulletin Board

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This bulletin board celebrates the achievements of our amazing LWHS students. Check it out in the attendance office!
Advocacy
Advocacy

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School Support

School Beautification
School Beautification

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Year round

Help chair plan and implement semi-annual school beautification days. Work on long-term plan to update and improve landscaping design as needed.
Staff Appreciation
Staff Appreciation

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To thank our hardworking teachers and staff, the PTSA puts on special events, such as luncheons, treats in the mailbox, etc.
Emergency Prep
Emergency Prep

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PTSA funds emergency prep supplies, such as food, water and emergency equipment in the event of an earthquake or other emergency. "Lockdown buckets" were added to classrooms in 2013-2014 with emergency supplies and a make-shift toilet, in the event of a lockdown where students are held in place for a length of time.
Teacher Grants
Teacher Grants

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Student Programs

College Application Workshops
College Application Workshops

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When:
October - May

College Application Workshop is a two-prong approach to help students with their college journey.
Fall: Trained volunteers are available for those who need help or would like a review of their college application essays, personal statements, and supplements. We provide one-on-one college admission interview practice. College Application Workshop is held on Wednesdays at 12:40pm in the College & Career Center, and Thursday mornings during ROO time in the upstairs commons, from September through January.
Spring: College Application Workshop shifts focus to helping students with their college exploration process. Weekly presentations are held on after school on Wednesdays. Topics include “How to Choose Your Major,” “Cool Colleges,” and more. Snacks are provided.

The College Application Workshop is a drop-in program, no registration required. Thanks to the support of the PTSA, there is no cost to students.
"Fear-free" SAT/ACT Testing
"Fear-free" SAT/ACT Testing

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When:
Throughout the year

Sign up online here or print the form. 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 are actual SAT and ACT tests from previous years, administered and scored by Princeton Review, but because this is practice, scores will not go on students’ record. Scored tests will be returned to students within 1-2 weeks in a free review session. Attendance is not required at the review session, but encouraged. Parents are invited to the review session.

Note: The practice SAT test has been designed to model the new SAT format.
Senior Party
Senior Party

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Senior party was created to provide a safe and fun way for seniors to celebrate their graduation. Takes place the evening of graduation. Tickets are on sale throughout the year.
Senior Salute (Baccalaureate)
Senior Salute (Baccalaureate)

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When:
June 13, 2017

Senior Salute is a celebration of our graduating seniors and their families. Sponsored by the LWHS PTSA, Senior Salute is free of charge.
Reflections
Reflections

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REFLECT: Reflections is an opportunity for students to showcase their creative expression and/or gain creative experience in the field of arts. This year’s theme is “Within Reach”. The deadline for entries is November 1st. All grades and abilities are encouraged to participate. Download the entry form here Rules and requirements for literature, dance choreography, music composition, photography, visual arts, special artist and film production. Check list for success information is here
Sheeley Scholarship
Sheeley Scholarship

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LWHS PTSA offers four $1,000 scholarships to LWHS seniors who exemplify the characteristics of academic excellence, service to the school and community, perseverance, and motivation toward their future goals. Scholarships can be used for books, tuition or room and board at a vocational, 2-year or 4-year college or university. Students are required to submit an accurately completed application, including a summary that details their qualifications and two letters of recommendation. Application for the Sheeley Scholarship will open in the winter. Instructions and the application are available here.

Community Outreach

LWHS Parent Pledge
LWHS Parent Pledge

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In conjunction with The National PTA Alcohol and Drug Free Resolution and the Washington State PTA, The LWHS PTSA is introducing the Parent Pledge Program to achieve the following goals:
- To build a communication network to reduce the use of alcohol and other drugs among teens in our school and community.
- To host only Alcohol-Free, Tobacco-Free and Drug-Free parties for teens.
- To not allow teens to possess or consume alcohol, tobacco or other drugs at their homes; and
- To discourage their teens from attending unsupervised parties.
Parent Pledge
Coffee with Christina
Coffee with Christina

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October, December, February, April

Join the LWHS PTSA for a cup of coffee and an opportunity to ask Principal Christina Thomas your questions! It's a great way to find out what's going on at school, you'll be amazed by all of the good information you will learn. Usually one of the counselors is in attendance as well. Meet other parents and see what LWHS looks like during the school day. 9-10am, Wednesdays - Oct. 7, December 2, February 3, 2016 and April 13, 2016. On Wednesday, May 4th we will hold a coffee oriented towards incoming parents, but current LW parents are encouraged to attend and help orient the new parents.
Lake Washington Schools Foundation Ambassador
Lake Washington Schools Foundation Ambassador

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The LWSF Ambassador is the link between the Foundation and the Ambassador’s school community. LWSF raises funds to support academic excellence and success for all students in the Lake Washington School District. To learn more about the position click here.
Baking/Hospitality
Baking/Hospitality

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Provides refreshments for PTSA sponsored events.
Membership
Membership

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This committee handles the PTSA membership drive at the beginning of the year. We are striving for 100% membership! Use the Join PTSA & Donate link in the sidebar to support our students.
Parent Education
Parent Education

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Special Needs Liaison (IEP/504)
Special Needs Liaison (IEP/504)

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Provides a bridge between the PTSA and the Special Needs community. Please see the Lake Washington PTSA Council’s website in the link below for monthly meeting dates and topics, as well as many different resources for parents with children on IEPs and 504s. Some resources apply to all students and some to certain disabilities.
Parents of 8th graders and high school students should also read "Getting Ready for College for students with IEPs or 504 Plans." This document is a summary to assist parents in assessing the differences in requesting accommodations for the ACT, the College Board's PSAT, SAT and AP (Advanced Placement) tests. In addition to working closely with a student's high school's Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Coordinator, we strongly recommend all families review each organization's detailed websites before beginning the formal application process.

Family and Community Engagement
Family and Community Engagement

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Ad Hoc

Awards
Awards

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Spring

After collecting nominations from parents, students and staff, the PTSA gives out two awards each June: the Golden Acorn award is awarded to a volunteer who goes above and beyond in serving the LWHS students and community; the Outstanding Educator award is given to a LWHS staff member who exemplifies commitment and excellence in education. Nomination forms for 2017 are due Wednesday, May 31 and can be found here:Golden Acorn (Volunteer), Golden Kang (Educator)

Fundraising

Pass the Pouch
Pass the Pouch

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When:
September

Pass the Pouch is the only fundraiser for LWHS PTSA and each year we depend on this fundraiser for our entire operating budget. Your donation helps support essential programs and provides teacher grants to enrich our students' education.
-Teacher grants and wish lists - last year we gave away over $7,000 in grants.
- Funds for vital emergency preparedness supplies
-$4,000 in Sheeley Scholarships to graduating seniors
-Senior party and Baccalaureate
-Staff Appreciation
-Financial support for after-school programs, Reflections, students in need, back to school BBQ and more!
To donate, just click on the "Join PTSA/Pass the Pouch" icon on the Home page of this website. Thank you!

Pass the Pouch flyer