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:

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. 
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. 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 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 the Spring, we will hold a coffee oriented towards incoming parents, but current LW parents are encouraged to attend and help orient new parents.
  Denise Ferguson
College Application Workshops

Trained volunteers meet one-on-one with students to provide application essay and personal statement support.

All tutoring is via Zoom. Students can sign up for a Fall 2021 session here:

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 and April Creasey
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
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.
  Beatrice Joe
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

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
Life Prep Workshops
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

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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.
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.
  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 Ferguson
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 Ferguson
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

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.

Staff Appreciation
To thank our hardworking teachers and staff, the PTSA puts on special events such as luncheons, treats in staff mailboxes, 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.
Student Programs
Reflections is an opportunity for students to showcase their creative expression and/or gain creative experience in the field of arts. The 2021-2022 theme is "I Will Change the World By...". All grades and abilities are encouraged to participate. Deadline is November 1. See Reflections article on home page for entry requirements.
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 or

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. 
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.
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 work within an established budget to recognize award recipients.
  Stacy Mehlberg
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
$100 Classroom/Teacher Grants
  Christine Woskett
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