Washington HS: March '22 Newsletter

News & events from the corner of Ainsworth & Tule

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Greetings WHS Families,

My name is Kwesi Amoah, assistant principal here at Washington High School this year. Although I am in my first year in this role, my name may be familiar to you as I served as an English teacher here for a number of years as well. One of the many things that drew me to this school and continues to motivate me in my current role are the strong bonds and relationships that are held between students, the community, and our staff. Consistent communication between a school and the community is key in maintaining these bonds, and I feel fortunate to be able to have a hand in crafting the community newsletter each month. Second semester is in full swing, along with new sports and activities for students to engage in. Reflecting back on semester 1, I’m inspired by the tenacity and determination shown by our students to finish the semester strong in various aspects of their lives whether it be academics, athletics, clubs, community service, or otherwise. My heart is full thinking back on the countless instances of compassion, empathy, and forgiveness extended by both staff and students.

I’m sure, like many of you with young children, Daylight saving time placed a wretch in my family’s dynamics and routines. In this, I have to constantly remind myself to show grace toward my children as they adapt to this change. Although it is seemingly minor to me, it’s much of a greater shift for them, as their bodies and minds must readjust to such an immediate shift. This extends to our students as they continue to experience a myriad of changes, including transiting into new classes for second semester, and trying to adhere new safety guidelines as we move into Spring. Patience and grace have been important attributes for us as a school community here, and we are constantly striving to exercise both with students as well as with our colleagues.

Much thanks and appreciation to our Black Student Union for the dedication and hard work they put forth in celebrating Black History Month. The combination of prominent figure highlights, reflections, discussions, and celebrations all culminated in this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly hosted and run completely by our wonderfully talented BSU.

I’m looking forward to connecting with many of you during our Student Led Conference (SLC) week. Here, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the great work your student has engaged in throughout their time in high school thus far. You will also be able to connect with your student’s advisor to learn about current and future opportunities available to your student and your family. As both a teacher and administrator, I have always enjoyed this week due to the connections I’m able to make with both families and community members while we all continue to work toward the same goal, the success of our students.

Again, I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to serve the community in this new role. I appreciate all of you whom I have come into contact with in various capacities and look forward to connect with many more in the upcoming month.

Go Pats!

Kwesi Amoah-Forson

Assistant Principal

Upcoming Events

  • March 23 - full day (not early release)
  • March 25 - No School (would have been a snow make-up day)
  • March 29 @ 6pm, March 30 @ 1pm - FPSD Running Start Info Session (on Zoom)
  • April 4-8 - Spring Break | no school
  • April 11-15 - World Language ALTA Testing. MUST register by Monday, March 28. See details below.
  • April 21 & 22 - State testing in ELA & Math
  • For sports info, see Athletics section below!

What's Happening at Washington HS


  • Spring SLCs
    Student led conferences were held March 15th & 16th. They are required for students to pass their Advisory (Pats Partnership) for the year. If you were not able to make it to campus, please make sure that your student connects with their Advisor to get a make up conference with a parent/guardian or caring adult.

    **Running Start students will receive information directly from Mrs. Plutko.

  • Practice Interviews for Panels
    We have moved away from the Senior Portfolio presentation and instead students will complete a "Senior Interview" as part of their HS & Beyond Plan. This format should have been practiced at their Spring SLC.

    SENIORS - if you completed your SLC but DID NOT sign up for your Senior Interview in May, please come down and see Mrs. Moore to get signed up.

World Language Testing April 11th-15th | ALTA

STUDENTS -- Do you speak, read, and write a language other than English?

Potentially earn up to 4 credits of World Language! (depending on score). Having 2 credits of high school World Language is a 4 year college/university entrance requirement.

You could also be eligible for the Graduation Seal of Biliteracy, if you:

  • Earn 4 credits of World Language
  • Earn 4 credits of English (grad requirement)
  • Pass the ELA SBA test

We will have the ALTA World Language test, which offers competency based testing in almost 90 languages! The test is FREE and will be offered in languages including:

  • Samoan
  • Tagalog
  • Vietnamese
  • Ukrainian
  • Ilocano
  • Chuukese
  • And, many more!

Pick up a permission form in the Counseling Center, Main Office or from your Advisory teachers beginning on March 23rd.

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March is National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits.


Staff Spotlight: WHS Kitchen Staff

In celebration of National Nutrition Month, we'd like to highlight the wonderful work that our WHS Kitchen Staff does on a daily basis for our students and staff!

Mrs. Plutko sat down to interview the team & asked the following: When did you start at WHS (or in FPSD)? What is your favorite part about working at WHS? Is there anything that you wish students or parents knew or appreciated? And, share a fun fact about yourself!

The whole crew wants to share this tidbit:

Every day is like serving thanksgiving to 900 people with the amount of students we serve and we strive for home-style. We do the best we can to make everyone happy.

Tommie (Head of Crew)

  • Has been at WHS for 33 years! (She is the heart and soul of our kitchen!)
  • She loves working with the students; it’s never dull. And the time just flies by!
  • She loves cats! And has one pet dog.


  • Has been at WHS 16 years.
  • She loves the students, getting to interact with them and she loves to cook!
  • Fun fact: She was on vacation at Lake Chelan and happened to hang out with some Seahawks! Turns out it was the Legion of Boom – Sherman, Browner, Chancellor, Thomas. Made them pancakes every day and had 4 days of fun!


  • Started in 2002 in FPSD, been in several kitchens, but WHS is the best so far 😊
  • Favorite part of WHS = the kitchen crew!
  • Fun fact: Says "I am a klutz! I can fall down go UP the stairs!"


  • Has been at WHS for 20 years
  • She is hard of hearing – which has been very hard with the masks!
  • Wants students to know it's OK to flag her down in the lunch line, to get her attention and let her know what you want :)
  • Fun fact: She is fluent in sign language, loves to teach students signs for foods. She also helps out on her mom's Horse farm in the stables.


  • Working at WHS in 2007
  • She loves working at WHS because of the crew & students – just everything!
  • She loves to dance – great dancer. And good singer. Speaks Spanish with our students and tries to teach the crew some words.

We appreciate our WHS Kitchen Crew!

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Counselor's Corner

General Notes

Greetings from the Counseling Center! Things have stayed busy here for the counselors and gearing up already for next school year!

A few items to note:

  • Running Start Info Sessions for all FPSD 10th & 11th graders -- March 29 at 6pm and March 30 at 1pm, both will be held on Zoom (virtual). Come hear about the Running Start programs at Bates Tech, Clover Park Tech, Pierce, and Tacoma CC.

  • Pierce County Skills Center registration for next year is open! Students currently in 10th & 11th grade (11th & 12th next year) are eligible to attend classes. More information at https://www.bethelsd.org/pcsc

  • Pre-Registration for next year started March 21st with the Class of 2023. Counselors are visiting English classes throughout this week and will help students select classes for next year. We proceed in grade level order -- current 11th, 10th, 9th, then 8th.

    Get a head start & take a look at next year's course catalog

State Accountability Testing | SBAC is coming up!

  • April 21st will be MATH testing
  • April 22nd will be ELA testing

SENIORS - If you have not yet met your state accountability requirement (usually means if you passed the SBAC in both areas), you will need to plan to test these two days.

10th & 11th graders - both grades will test on these two days.

Class of 2022: Updates

Financial Aid Applications

Mrs. Moore & Mrs. Plutko are still concerned at the current completion rate of Financial Aid applications for the Class of 2022. As of 3.21.22, our completion rate is 34.2%. Historically, at this point in the school year, we are between 40-45% completion.

If you or your student have questions about how to get the process started, please see Mrs. Moore or any of the school counselors.


Prom is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 4th. Location is currently set for the Patriot Dome (WHS Gym).

Last Day of School for Class of 2022

The last day for Seniors will be on Friday, June 10th. Finals will occur the following week.

Graduation Details

Rehearsal & Ceremony will both be held at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup.

  • Rehearsal (mandatory for those who plan to walk) - June 17th at 11am
  • Ceremony - June 17th at 6pm

Information on tickets will be provided in the future.

Counseling Center Contact Info


Spring Sports are in swing!

Spring sports are underway here at WHS and across the region! We've got teams in Softball, Baseball, Boys Soccer, Girls Tennis, and Track & Field.

Check out the Calendar (https://whspatriotsathletics.com/events) to catch WHS Patriots in action.

Baseball Team Fundraiser: Spring Plant Sale - orders due May 6th

Support the WHS Baseball Team by ordering plants for your garden! Order by May 6th using the order form linked below.

Available items are $35:

  • 12" Hanging Baskets
  • 12" Patio Planters
  • 11" Strawberry Hanging Baskets
  • 10-pack of 4" succulents
  • 10-pack of 4" herbs
  • 10-pack of 4" veggies
  • 10-pack of 4" zonal geraniums (red, white or pink)
  • 10-pack of 4" wave petunias (purple, white or pink)
  • 10-pack of 4" marigolds

Make checks payable to: Washington HS/Baseball

Check Out the Patriot Athletics Website

The South Puget Sound League (SPSL) has partnered with VNN to provide a streamlined experience for students, parents, and community members to get information about Patriot Athletics!

For up-to-date information on games, scores, rosters and more, go to https://whspatriotsathletics.com/