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.

LWHS PTSA 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 parents and guardians can get involved:

   
     
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.     
       
     
Calm Cafe
   
Is your student needing a quiet place during lunchtime? Have them visit The Calm Cafe. 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. LWHS approved volunteers are needed each week to make the Calm Cafe possible. Click on our "Volunteer" link in the side bar to sign up. Thank you for making this "Calm" space for our students possible!    
       
     
Coffee with Christine
   
Join us for a cup of coffee and an opportunity to ask our new Principal, Christine Bell, your questions! It's a great way to find out what's going on at school and you'll be amazed by all of the good information you will learn. Meet other parents and see what LWHS looks like during the school day. Check the Kang Crier for dates and more information. In May we hold a coffee oriented towards incoming parents, but current LW parents are encouraged to attend and help orient new parents.    
       
     
College Application Workshop
   
Trained volunteers meet one-on-one with students to provide application essay and personal statement support.
Vounteers: Mandatory training with a once-per-week commitment for October and November.
Please check the website or the Kang Crier for further details.
   
       
  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 makeshift toilet, in the event of a longer lockdown.    
  Jen Malick and Matthew Wetmore    
     
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.    
  Colleen Rutherford    
     
Hospitality    
Provides refreshments for PTSA sponsored events, specifically PTSA general membership meetings and Coffees with the Principal.    
       
     
Kang Crier Newsletter
   
This bi-weekly newsletter keeps families up to date on what's going at LWHS. Emailed directly to every parent/guardian. Email your questions about the Kang Crier to 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. This role is about 1-2 hours/month on average. If you are interested in this role, please contact the LWHS PTSA President    
       
     
LWHS Parent Pledge
   

In conjunction with The National PTA Alcohol and Drug Free Resolution and the Washington State PTA, LWHS PTSA offers the Parent Pledge Program to:

- Build a communication network to reduce the use of alcohol and other drugs among teens in our school and community.
- Host only alcohol-free, tobacco-free and drug-free parties for teens.
- Not allow teens to possess or consume alcohol, tobacco or other drugs at their homes; and
- Discourage their teens from attending unsupervised parties.


Sign the Pledge

More info

 

 

     
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.    
       
     
New Family and International Outreach
   
Work to welcome all new families to the LWHS community, including those from elsewhere in the U.S. and abroad. Promote that inviting Kang spirit and encourage folks less familiar with the U.S. school system to jump on in as they wish.    
       
     
Nominating Committee
   
Recruit and vet candidates and submit slate for next year's Executive Committee. November - February time frame; training is available.    
  LWHS PTSA President    
     
Open Positions With LWHS PTSA
   
Open positions with LWHS PTSA.

Contact us if you are interested or have any questions about any of these.
   
  info@lwhsptsa.org    
     
Pass the Pouch
   

Pass the Pouch is the only fundraiser LWHS PTSA holds. 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
- Funds for vital emergency preparedness supplies
- Senior Party and Senior Salute - to celebrate our graduates
- Staff Appreciation
- Financial support for student supplies, Reflections, community events 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

 

 

  Janet Smith    
     
Reflections
   
Reflections is an opportunity for students to showcase their creative expression and/or gain creative experience in the field of arts. The 2022-2023 theme is "Show Your Voice!". All grades and abilities are encouraged to participate. Submissions are due in early November. See Reflections article on home page for entry requirements.    
  Rachel Pai    
       
     
Staff Appreciation
   
To thank our hardworking teachers and staff, the PTSA puts on special events such as luncheons, treats in staff mailboxes, etc.    
  Bea Joe    
     
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.    
       
     
Student Programs
   
       
       
     
SAT/ACT Practice Tests
   

Due to COVID, the SAT and ACT practice tests will be conducted “online only” in 2021-2022.

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 during the actual test.

Note: Even 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 - not their student (district) email address.

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

Click here for additional information.

Questions? Email satactpractice@lwhsptsa.org or info@lwhsptsa.org.

 

 

  Janet Smith    
     
Senior Farewell (Baccalaureate)
   
Senior Farewell is a celebration of our graduating seniors and their families. Sponsored by LWHS PTSA, Senior Farewell is free of charge.    
  Colleen Rutherford    
       
     
Senior Party
   
Senior Party is a safe and fun way for seniors to celebrate their graduation. This event takes place the night of graduation. Tickets are on sale throughout the year.     
       
     
Student Directory
   
Accessible to PTSA members. Every student is included in the directory unless they have submitted 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
   
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