What's Up Westside

May 20, 2022

At A Glance

  • May 20th - Talent Show

  • May 21st - Saturday Study Hall

  • May 23-27th - Spirit Week

  • May 30th - Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

  • June 1st - Field Day

  • June 2nd - Senior Awards Night

  • June 3rd - Prom

  • June 4th - Saturday Study Hall

  • June 6-10th - Senior Week

  • June 13th - Class of 2022 Graduation

  • June 17th - Last Day of School

From Principal Vance's Desk

We are getting all the closer to wrapping up the school year. As you can see below, there are many things happening over the next few weeks leading up to graduation on June 13 and the last day of school June 17. We are still waiting for final confirmation of next years start time and along with that we may be making some minor adjustments to our daily class schedule. We should have all this worked out in the next couple of weeks and will share with you once we do. One thing to share is a recent focus on keeping bathrooms clear and free of students vaping and/or hanging out in the bathrooms. We communicated to students that we will be doing more frequent sweeps and posting some staff outside bathrooms. These actions are the result of increased complaints from students who actually want to use the bathrooms for what they are designed for. I think this is making at least a little bit of a difference and we hope that this will continue to trend in a positive direction. We want to finish the school year strong and with your help, we will certainly do that. Congrats and good luck to our spring sports student athletes and teams as we go into the weekend. Go Wildcats!

In Other News


All the dates an details families will need to get them to the graduation stage are linked HERE.



After school tutoring is now available every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-5:00pm in the library! Please make sure that you have access to your assignments before arriving. We look forward to seeing you after school in the library and helping you with your classes.


Saturday Study Hall will be in session May 21st and June 4th. We encourage students to attend from 9am-12pm in the West Seattle High School Library.


If you have missed an exam in one of your classes, you will have the opportunity to make that up Wednesdays 2:20-4pm in the library. Make arrangements with your teacher.

Questions? Contact Academic Interventionist, Sandi Whiton at: sswhiton@seattleschools.org


Smarter Balanced English/Language Arts and Math– March 7 to June 3

Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science– April 11 to June 3

Spring 2022 ELA, math, and science will be at grade level. Students in grades 10 are required to take the ELA and math assessments. Students in grades 11 are required to take the science assessment. Students in grades 11 or 12 may elect to take ELA and/or math in order to fulfill a graduation pathway.

Please visit SPS Testing and Assessments page for updates and news on how assessments are used and their requirements in Seattle Public Schools.

GRADING - NO ZERO'S - 50% is a warning

We are hearing from some parents about confusion when looking at The Source and seeing grades that represent a 50%. At the start of this school year, SPS put in place mandatory grading policies that include making adjustments to a 100point grading scale. I am attaching a link HERE to an article and short video describing the reasoning behind this shift. I am also including this as a heads up that if your student has a 50% on an assignment or as an overall grade, they are likely significantly behind or have not turned in that particular assignment or assessment. This is a shift in how to look at grades, and how to support students in earning credits. We will continue to send out updates on grading, but wanted to re-iterate this shift to clarify what you may be seeing when you look at student grades.


The Teen Health Center in WSHS will be closed while school is not in session. The NeighborCare Health Centers will be open (the nearest is the High Point location) and students can access services there over the summer.

Contact Hanna Samet, Health Center Coordinator at West Seattle High School, at: HannaS@neighborcare.org for a list of Summer Health Care Resources and if you have any questions. The Summer resource list can also be found on the WSHS PTSA website under "Parent Resources" (wshsptsa.org)


The newly formed Westside HEY (Healthy Empowered Youth) Coalition invites you to a

Meet and Greet Monday, May 23rd, 4:30-6pm, in the WSHS courtyard. The Westside HEY Coalition is a partnership between Madison Middle School and West Seattle High formed to address the high rates of youth substance use in West Seattle.

For more information contact Prevention Coalition Coordinator Donna Kelly at dmkelly@seattleschools.org or (206)252-8814.


Need convenient at-home COVID test? Washington residents can request up to 10 tests every month. Order yours now at: http://sayyescovidhometest.org

Free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests are also available for order and shipment through the United States Postal Service®. As of May 17, 2022, each order will contain 8 tests and there is a limit of 3 orders per residential address. Order yours now at: https://special.usps.com/testkits


Seattle Public Schools will be offering virtual courses in Ethnic Studies, Black Studies, and American Indian Studies in the 2022-23 school year. There is also the possibility of virtual courses in LGBTQIA+ studies and world languages. The long-term plan is for all schools to offer these courses in the buildings during the school day. The 2022-23 virtual courses are a bridge to a time when we can offer these courses to all students at all schools.

Students who are interested in taking one of these virtual courses in the 2022-23 school year should complete the interest survey by Friday, May 20.


Superintendent Jones has determined Seattle Public Schools will continue the two-tier transportation system for the 2022-23 school year, meaning WSHS' start time may change by 10 minutes. K-8s and middle schools will not change their start and end times.


Seattle Schools is celebrating LGBTQ Pride month and you are invited to join the fun.

Flag Raising at SPS Central Office John Stanford Center

Wednesday, June 1, at 3 p.m. We will hear from student and staff speakers, and we’ll have mini flags, coffee and donuts to share. The “Our Students, Their Stories” exhibit will also be on display on the third floor of the JSCEE. John Stanford Center is located at 2445 3rd Avenue S. Seattle, WA 98134

Seattle PRIDE Parade

The biggest LGBTQ Pride event of the season is the annual Seattle PRIDE parade! Join the Seattle Public Schools contingent as students, staff, and families march together with pride alongside our school bus float. The parade starts at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 26. SPS will be in the staging on 4th Avenue prior to the start time.

Come early to make posters, hand out candy, and enjoy the cheering crowd. The parade route moves north along 4th Avenue between Union and the Seattle Center, where the party continues with a family-friendly festival including music, booths, food and fun!

For more information about these events, contact Lisa at llove@seattleschools.org

Activities Abound


The West Seattle Talent Show is back!

Come one, come all to the West Seattle Talent Showcase. We've got jugglers, we've got an electric violin, and we even have a special staff guest appearance!


Monday: Shades Day

Tuesday: All School Twin Day

Wednesday: Adam Sandler Day

Thursday: Monochrome Day

Friday: Anything But A Backpack Day


Parent volunteers

West Seattle ASB is holding their first field day in YEARS! We’re looking for parent volunteers to help out on Wednesday June 1st from 1-3:30 pm.

If you are interested, start by completing the district volunteer application found here: https://westseattlehs.seattleschools.org/get-involved/how-to-volunteer/

Complete the following form to get connected directly to the field day coordinators. https://forms.gle/tKVUq18DbLVLQ5v5A

We are working with a much smaller budget than in the past, because of the limited fundraising opportunities we had with Covid restrictions in place. Any donation, big or small would be greatly appreciated and will go towards student engagement and fun.

Link to donate: https://schoolpay.com/link/2022FieldDay

ASB thanks you in advance for your willingness to support our return to FUN!

Here is the latest episode of Warm Ones featuring Paul Savino


PTSA Presents


This newsletter, parent ed events, staff support and appreciation, advocating for students, funding needs beyond the building budget, and, when able, joining as a community. At it's core, the PTSA is about advocating for kids, supporting staff, and building community. It takes donations and volunteers to do it. Be a part of making WSHS the school community you want! Become a member of the PTSA at: http://wshsptsa.org/


As a PTSA this year we have supported our community by concentrating our virtual meetings on Parent Education around some tough topics: mental health, diversity and inclusion, college and career planning, consent, and drug and alcohol prevention. You can find many of the resources shared at those meetings on our website under Parent Resources: http://wshsptsa.org/


We are so looking forward to being back to in-person meetings and opportunities to come together in the fall! We are already planning a Freshman Welcome Social, Outdoor Movie Night, and a "Meet Your Administrators" panel for our September meeting. We look forward to seeing you in-person at these events!


Funds donated directly support our community of parents, staff, and students.



Did you know that when you shop on AmazonSmile your purchases can also support the West Seattle High School PTSA? It's free and only takes two minutes to setup. A percentage of your Amazon purchases will be donated to the WSHS PTSA. Just follow these simple steps to turn your purchases into donations for the WSHS PTSA. https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/community/how-to-sign-up-for-amazonsmile


Congratulations to Golden Apple recipients Corey Martin and Brian Fitzgerald for your above and beyond teaching efforts this year! And to Golden Acorn recipients Greg Adams and Mr. Long for your exemplary commitment to your community!

Counseling Center Contribution

Suicide Prevention Parent Ed:

Incase you missed it this vital information was recorded. Please watch the hour long Forefront Suicide Prevention video to educate yourself about how to be the first line of defense against teen suicide.

Scholarship Opportunities: Seniors, there are still several scholarship opportunities available, including local WSHS scholarships! To see the full list and apply visit https://westseattlehs.seattleschools.org/resources/counseling-center/scholarship-bulletin/

Counselor Caseloads:

Last Names A- GL, Erica Nguyen etnguyen@seattleschools.org

Last Names Go-Pa, Mallory Neuman mlneuman@seattleschools.org

Last Names Pe-Z, Christine Nutters canutters@seattleschools.org

Music Notes

Port Townsend Parade! The band is excited to head up to Port Townsend this Saturday to participate in the 2022 Rhody Festival Parade!

Congratulations to our WSHS Music Family! The Big Band Dinner Dance was an overwhelming success! "Thank you for playing at, helping with, donating to, and attending our Big Band Dinner Dance, the magic was certainly in the air Friday night." Here’s a message from our Music Boosters, with an update on the money raised to support the basic needs of the music department and appreciation all around.

Athletic Announcements


West Seattle High School Athletes are rocking it! We wish all of our athletes the best! Go Wildcats!

  • WSHS Girls 4x200m Team broke the 40 year old WSHS School Record, running a 1:46.5 at the Metro League Championships
  • Girls Softball defeated Eastside Catholic 11-7 to advance to the SeaKing District Championships! WSHS plays Bishop Blanchet this afternoon, Friday, May 20th, at 1:30 pm at NCSWAC (2801 SW Thistle) in a loser-out game; winner plays again at 5:30 pm, with a state-tournament berth at stake.
  • Boys Baseball defeated Eastside Catholic 3-1 to win the 2022 Metro League Baseball Championship! As the team heads into regional/state play, junior Miles Gosztola has been named Metro League MVP. The next playoff game is tomorrow (Saturday, May 21st) at 10 am, Bannerwood Park in Bellevue (1790 Richards Road), vs. Stanwood. If they win, they’ll play there again later in the day, time and opponent TBD.

To keep up on all the stats and schedules check out:


And for the latest on spectator rules:


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Something we should know?

If you would like to share something with the West Seattle High School community, please contact wshsptsacommunications1@gmail.com