Student Programs

College Application Workshops
College Application Workshops

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October - May


Fall: Trained volunteers help students with their college application essays, personal statements, and supplements. We also provide one-on-one college admission interview practice.

We meet three times a week, Wednesdays ROO and after school/12:55 and Thursdays after school/2:50pm. We meet just outside the College & Career Center from September through early January.

Spring: Beginning in February, the College Application Workshop shifts focus to helping students with their college exploration process. Presentations are held on Wednesdays, right after school.

Spring 2019 Presentation Topics
"Fear-free" SAT/ACT Testing
"Fear-free" SAT/ACT Testing

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Throughout the year

Sign up online or print out . 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.
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 "Look Within". The deadline for entries is October 25th. All grades and abilities are encouraged to participate. Download the STUDENT ENTRY FORM. Rules and requirements for LITERATURE, DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY, MUSIC COMPOSITION, PHOTOGRAPHY, VISUAL ARTS,SPECIAL ARTIST and FILM PRODUCTION. Check list for success information is HERE.
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.More info Here
Senior Salute (Baccalaureate)
Senior Salute (Baccalaureate)

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(none)
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June 13th, 2019

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

Communications

Advocacy
Advocacy

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(none)
Kang Crier Newsletter
Kang Crier Newsletter

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This bi-weekly newsletter keeps families up to date on what's going at LWHS. Emailed directly to every parent/guardian. Questions about Kang Crier, email kangcrier@lwhsptsa.org.

To sign up or read archived newsletters, click here.
Student Directory
Student Directory

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Every PTSA member has access to the student directory. 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.
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.

School Support

Calm Cafe
Calm Cafe

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Year Round

Many LW students seek a smaller, quieter, more peaceful place to eat lunch and recharge their inner batteries than the experience the LW cafeteria can offer. The Calm Café was started by volunteers last school year to meet those needs, and it has launched again for this year. Currently, the Café is located on the second floor during first lunch. We would like to offer it during both lunches so it can be available to all students. A volunteer must be present for the Café to be in service. If you can help in the Calm Café for any amount of time, be it one day, several days a week, or a few days a month, we'd love to hear from you! Click below to sign up.

Questions? Contact Jeannine Dougherty
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.
School Beautification
School Beautification

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Year round

The goals of our team are:
- To help beautify and maintain different garden beds around the school in order to create a more pleasing environment in which our students and staff will spend their school days. 
- To give all students opportunities to learn about gardening and earn service hours by helping at Beautification Days. 
- To work with students in the Urban Gardening classes to give them more hands on learning opportunities with gardening.
Staff Appreciation
Staff Appreciation

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Year Round

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

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(none)

Community Outreach

Baking/Hospitality
Baking/Hospitality

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Provides refreshments for PTSA sponsored events.
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, Wed Oct 23, Tue Dec 10, Wed Feb 19, and Wed Apr 22. On Tuesday, May 12 we will hold a coffee oriented towards incoming parents, but current LW parents are encouraged to attend and help orient the new parents.
Family and Community Engagement
Family and Community Engagement

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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.
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.
Sign the Pledge more info
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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(none)
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.

Ad Hoc

Awards
Awards

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(none)
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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. We added to new awards this year Outstanding Advocate and Outstanding Student Advocate. The all in one Nomination forms for 2020 are due Wednesday, May 20 Nomination Form

Fundraising

Pass the Pouch
Pass the Pouch

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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.
-Enrichment grants, Need-based Grants, ASB Club Grants, and Scholarships - $22,275
- Funds for vital emergency preparedness supplies
-$4,000 in Sheeley Scholarships to graduating seniors
-Senior Party and Senior Salute - to celebrate our graduates
-Staff Appreciation
-Financial support for Student Supplies, Reflections, Back to School Picnic 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