Advocacy
Advocacy is supporting and speaking up for children—in schools, in communities, and before government bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children.

SPE PTA members can work with policy makers at the federal, state, and local levels to support policies that promote the interests of all children. Here are a few ways PTA members can influence policy:

  Kristina Yu-Isenberg
 
Awards
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 2021 are due Wednesday, May 5. Nomination form
  Denise Ferguson
 
Baking / Hospitality
Provides refreshments for PTSA sponsored events.
  Linda Cheyne & Anne Allan
 
Calm Cafe
Is your student needing a quiet place during lunchtime? Have them visit The Calm Cafe during lunch A in Room 243 East. The Commons, stairs and even the hallway floors are used for places to eat lunch. Give your student 30 minutes to quietly catch up with friends, eat lunch, and even take advantage of a few calming table activities that are provided. The Calm Cafe is the best kept secret among those already taking advantage of this lunchtime option. So pass the word! The Calm Cafe for lunch B is temporarily postponed while a location closer to the Commons becomes available. LWHS approved volunteers are still needed each week to make the Calm Cafe possible. Click on the link below to sign up. Thank you for making this "Calm" space for our students possible!
  Jeannine Dougherty
 
Coffee with Christina
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. Check the Kang Crier for dates and more information. In the Spring, we will hold a coffee oriented towards incoming parents, but current LW parents are encouraged to attend and help orient the new parents.
  Denise Campbell
 
College Application Workshops
Fall: Trained volunteers help students with their college application essays, personal statements, and supplements. We also provide one-on-one college admission interview practice.

For Fall 2020 we are offering these one-on-one sessions virtually. Please check the Kang Crier for further details.

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.
  Judy Shedd
 
Emergency Prep
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.
  Jen Malick
 
Family and Community Engagement
Well-informed, engaged parents make a difference for student success in school and beyond. Research shows that family engagement in a child’s education increases student achievement, improves attendance and reduces dropout rates.
  Hae Sue Park
 
Kang Crier Newsletter
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.
  Danelle Mathews
 
Lake Washington Schools Foundation Ambassador
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.
  Denise Campbell
 
Life Prep Workshops
  Denise Campbell & Jonathan Heuer
 
LWHS Parent Pledge
In conjunction with The National PTA Alcohol and Drug Free Resolution and the Washington State PTA, The LWH S 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
  Danelle Mathews
 
Membership
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.
  Brandi Comstock
 
New Family and International Outreach
Work to welcome all new families to the LWHS community, including those from elsewhere in the U.S. and from foreign nations. Promote that inviting Kang spirit and encourage folks less familiar with the U.S. school system to jump on in as they wish.
  Hae Sue Park
 
Nominating Committee
Recruit and vet candidates and submit slate for next year's Executive Committee. November - February time frame, training is available.
  Denise Campbell
 
Open Positions With LWHS PTSA
Open positions with LWHS PTSA.

Contact us if you are interested or have any questions about any of these.
  Denise Campbell
 
Pass the Pouch

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

  Mindy Lincicome
 
Special Needs Liaison (IEP/504)

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.

  Gwen Harbi
 
Staff Appreciation
To thank our hardworking teachers and staff, the PTSA puts on special events, such as luncheons, treats in the mailbox, etc.
  Linda Cheyne & Anne Allan
 
Sustainability Chair
The primary role of the Sustainability Chair is to work with the LWHS PTSA Board, Green Team and school administration on developing and implementing policies, practices and projects that promote sustainable systems and thinking among students, staff and families; reduce the school’s and PTSA’s environmental impact; and improve overall sustainability within the school environment and community. The Chair along with student and parent volunteers will work on a range of issues, including waste reduction, in particular composting and recycling in the lunchroom and staff rooms; no-idle zones awareness; and water use reduction.
  Pam Hay
 
Student Programs
 
Reflections
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 "I Matter Because...". The deadline for entries is 11/2. All grades and abilities are encouraged to participate. Before starting, read the CHECKLIST FOR SUCCESS for important information. Download the STUDENT ENTRY FORM (SPANISH VERSION ). Rules and requirements for LITERATUREDANCE CHOREOGRAPHYMUSIC COMPOSITIONPHOTOGRAPHYVISUAL ARTS (2D only), SPECIAL ARTIST and FILM PRODUCTION.
  Pam Hay
 
SAT/ACT Practice Tests

SAT and ACT Practice Tests are back!

Due to the COVID situation, the SAT and ACT practice tests will be conducted “online only”.

These practice tests are offered by Princeton Review and are taken from original SAT/ACT tests from past years. They are a great way for your student to get comfortable with the format and style of the SAT or ACT. A strategy session by Princeton Review provides tips and tricks for better performance in the actual test.

Note: If your student has taken the test earlier, they can take the test again. However, please note that the set of questions will be the same and they will “NOT” get a new set of questions. Remember to register with a unique personal email address for each student and not the district email address.

Don’t miss this opportunity. Take the test for Free!

Click here for additional information and click here for registration instructions.

Questions? Email satactpractice@lwhsptsa.org

  Kavita Joshi
 
Senior Party
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
  Debi Blaskovich
 
Senior Salute (Baccalaureate)
Senior Salute is a celebration of our graduating seniors and their families. Sponsored by the LWHS PTSA, Senior Salute is free of charge.
  Jennifer Wilson
 
Student Recognition
Work with administration and staff on school wide student recognition programs (I.e. Rising Kang Award). Help with the development of award nomination forms and execution of any type of recognition given to award recipients working within an established budget.
  Stacy Mehlberg
 
Student Directory
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.
  Danelle Mathews
 
Teacher & Club Grants
Application
$100 Classroom/Teacher Grants
  Christine Woskett
 
Website
Updates to website articles, products, programs, images, and links.
  Johnmichael Monteith