What's Up Westside

June 10th, 2022

At A Glance

  • June 13th - Class of 2022 Graduation

  • June 16/17 - Tech Return

  • June 17th - Last Day of School (1 hour early release)

  • September 7th - First Day of School

From Principal Vance's Desk

Hard to believe, but we are at the last week of the school year for grades 9-11 and graduation on Monday for our 12th graders. Friday, June 17 is a 1-hour early dismissal. I look forward to celebrating with our graduates and their families at SWAC. See the link below for more details. Just a couple comments so I can get this out before Monday. One item of note is our start time for the 2022-2023 school year. SPS has decided to bump the start time for high schools from 8:45am to 8:50am. That also means we will dismiss a 3:40pm. The actual schedule in terms of when our classes will be and lunch is not finalized yet. We will still have a 6 period day and early dismissal on Wednesday. We had several great events the past couple of weeks and I am very proud of how our students have carried themselves through these weeks. Thanks for everyone who helped support. Class of 2022, thank you for all you have done to continue WSHS' history of excellence and I look forward to seeing and hearing about all your future success. Go Wildcats!

In Other News


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


Seattle Public Schools (SPS) student devices will need to be returned to your school before the end of the school year. If the SPS device and accessories are not returned, you will be charged a fine.

Students who need to return the SPS device and accessories:

  • Most students will return their SPS device.
  • All students who will not be enrolled in SPS in the fall.
  • Students who are attending Seattle Public School’s summer academic programs at an SPS location will return their current device and be re-issued another device for the SPS summer academic programs. The SPS summer programs include Extended School Year (ESY), Recovery Services, K-8 Summer Staircase, or Credit Retrieval.

Parents or guardians will be able to pay the fine(s) online through their Source Account.

Fines can also be paid at the main office school. If you have questions, please contact the Student Techline at laptops@seattleschools.org or call 206-252-0100.


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, Office: 206-658-8048| Fax: 206-658-8063 Email: hannas@neighborcare.org | www.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)


Vaccination Clinics SPS is partnering with Othello Station Pharmacy to offer six weekend COVID-19 vaccination clinics for all SPS students, staff, and their families, ages 5 and up. Boosters will also be available.


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


Walk with SPS in the 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 area 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 SPS Pride Celebrations, contact Lisa at llove@seattleschools.org

Counseling Center Contribution


Where to Turn For Teens - Teen Link

Teen Link is a program of Crisis Connections that serves youth in Washington State. Teen volunteers are trained to listen to concerns and talk about whatever's is on your teen's mind – bullying, drug and alcohol concerns, relationships, stress, depression or any other issues your teen may be facing.

If a teen or an adult concerned about a teen or has questions or concerns about drug use, they can now call, chat, or text to www.teenlink.org


June 27-July 22 classes for credit recovery, grade repair, and 1st-time credits will be offered for WSHS students.

For more information about the WSHS Summer School program, please visit the WSHS Summer School Website

Deadline to complete the online application is Friday, June 17th, 2022 at 11:59 PM PST. You must log in with your SPS account to access the form.

Click Here to Complete the 2022 Summer School Application


July 6 to July 30, The Seattle Skills Center will be offering remote and in-person career-connected classes this summer for incoming 9th-12th grade SPS students. We’ll have our usual range of course offerings, like Construction, Careers in Education, Maritime, Medical Careers, and many more.

  • Students can earn .5 high school Career and Technical Education (CTE) credit for all summer classes
  • Summer Skills Center courses are open to all incoming 9th-12th grade SPS students
  • Class time in July will be 11:00am to 3:15pm weekdays, July 6 to July 30
  • Classes are free and snacks will be provided

Additionally, the CTE Department and the Skills Center are collaborating to offer several internships and work-based learning opportunities for high school youth in July and August.

Applications for internships are available at : https://www.seattleschools.org/academics/college_career_readiness/career_readiness/career_and_technical_education/career_connected_learning/internships

For more information and to apply for a summer or school year class, check out the Skills Center application page: https://skillscenter.seattleschools.org/apply_enroll

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

CIEE - Summer Study Abroad

This summer, 40 students from WSHS will be departing the country for 3-4 weeks to study abroad as part of the CIEE Global Navigator Program. They will be studying a wide variety of subjects during their experience, including language, environmental science, arts, business, leadership, and international relations. Students will be traveling to 11 different countries including Mexico, Spain, France, Costa Rica, Argentina, Portugal, UK, Ireland, Morocco, Dominican Republic, and the Netherlands. This year, students earned over $66,000 in scholarships toward their journeys. This program is coordinated by French teacher Meghan Schumacher.

Activities Abound


Here is a end of year/graduation/summer playlist put together from the senior class of 2022 suggestions.

PTSA Presents


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 before school starts, an Outdoor Movie Night, and a "Meet Your Administrators" panel for our September meeting on 9/22. We look forward to seeing you in-person at these events!


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/


Thank you to our exiting board members, Michele Starkey, Chau Pho-Tung, and Lucie Huang, for your service to the WSHS Community and your leadership in an especially challenging couple of years! Thank you also to our incoming board volunteers, Heather Hsu, Holly Rikhof, Gina Allen, Susan Goplen, Melissa Rysemus and Victoria Chhagan, for your enthusiasm and energy toward rebuilding community and advocating for the WSHS parents, teachers, and students!


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/


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

Athletic Announcements

Stellar Spring Sports Season

  • Boys Baseball took 4th place at the WIAA 3A State Baseball Championships
  • Girls Track & Field 4x100 and 4x200 both competed at the WIAA 3A State Championships
  • Carly Wayss and Kaitlyn Askay competed individually in the Discus and Pole Vault at the WIAA 3AState Championships
  • Unified Soccer Competed at the Washington Special Olympics Unified State Soccer Championships

Summer Planning Heads up for Fall Sports Families

Fall Sports Start Dates:

August 17th for Football.

August 22nd for Cross Country, Girls Swim, Girls Soccer, Girls Volleyball

Current physicals need to be updated on FinalForms before tryouts

Music Notes

Spring Concerts

Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Choir and Jazz Ensembles preformed Spring Concerts this week and the crowd went wild.

Music Awards Night June 14th

The music community will have an opportunity to come together to celebrate the end of the year, honor our seniors, and thank our fearless leaders, Mr. Fritts and Mr. Thomas.

Shout Out Section


A special shout out to all of our courageous and strong WSHS teachers and staff on the successful completion of this school year! Thank you for showing up for our kids every day. You make a difference and you are appreciated!


Shout out to the class of 2022! Congratulations on your graduation and best wishes for your next adventure! We wish you all the best!


Shout out to all the awardees! Incase you missed it, or want to relive the night of, here's a link to the power point.


Shout out from the WSHS Library to 20 National Honor Society members who moved over 2700 fiction books into their genre categories last week after school. Stop by to see their

great organizational help! Thanks NHS & their advisor, Renee Phelps!

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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