What's Up Westside

January 7, 2021

At A Glance

  • Jan 4 - Classes Resume
  • Jan 14 - Spring Musical Informational Meeting
  • Jan 17 - MLK DAY - NO SCHOOL
  • Jan 19 - PTSA Meeting: "Parenting in a Pandemic"
  • Jan 19, 20, 21 - School Play "The Nerd"
  • Jan 22 - Saturday Study Hall
  • Jan 25, 26, 27 - First Semester Final Exams
  • Jan 28 - Start of Second Semester

From Principal Vance's Desk

Welcome Back!

We're starting the new year with a new newsletter and a reinvigorated effort to better communicate with our community.

WSHS Communication 101: How to know what's going on at WSHS

There is a lot going on at West Seattle High, and we want YOU to be a part of it!

Many messages go out through "opt in" channels to target specific audiences, but unless you "opt in", you don't get the message.

The table below is designed to help you know how to receive the messages that go out. Click on the table to enlarge it and use the attached Excel file for active links.

If you have any questions, please direct them to wshsptsacommunications1@gmail.com

Update District Communication Preferences:

If you feel like you are missing district communications, update your contact information with Seattle Public Schools


  1. Visit ps.seattleschools.org to log in to the Source
  2. Visit go.schoolmessenger.com to update phone preferences
  3. Subscribe to receive text messages from SPS, Text yes to 67587 repeats for each phone you wish to include.
  4. The district also has Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and the School Beat newsletter.
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In Other News


If your child has any symptoms (headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, fatigue, diarrhea, congestion or a runny nose, or fever) PLEASE KEEP THEM HOME. Reach out to Nurse Aimee Osland with any questions at aiosland@seattleschools.org.

And reference the district website for more information: https://www.seattleschools.org/news/responding-to-cases-or-symptoms/

SCHOOL January 27th

The day between semesters will be used as a make up day. Classes will be in session January 27th rather than a day off.

SATURDAY STUDY HALL January 22nd, 9am-12pm in the WSHS Library

We'll be hosting Saturday School to help students finish out the first semester on a high note. Check grades on the Source. If your student has a D, E, or I in any subject, encourage them to take advantage of this resource. For questions about Saturday Study Hall contact Sandi Whiton, Academic Intervention Specialist at sswhiton@seattleschools.org

For questions about specific classes contact teachers directly. All teacher emails can be found on the school website https://westseattlehs.seattleschools.org/staff/

Activities Abound


For more information go to our website: https://sites.google.com/westsidedrama.com/wshsdrama/home

The Student Directed Show - The Nerd - will run January 19th, 20th, and 21st, all at 7:30pm.

For tickets and more info go to: https://sites.google.com/westsidedrama.com/wshsdrama/ticket-information?authuser=0

The Spring Musical will be "The Lightning Thief - The Percy Jackson Musical"

Come to an informational meeting on: Friday, Jan 14th at 4pm in the theater to hear about how you can be a part of the show.

Music Notes

We so enjoyed the opportunity to have our Winter Concerts in-person!

You can relive the excitement by watching recordings posted on YouTube.

Jazz Ensemble I and II - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PwqChslLoA

Choir and Orchestra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uvx0v_4kxJg

Rescheduled Concert and Symphonic Band Concert:

We are going to video record the Concert Band and Symphonic Band concert and release that to families, but our in person concert won't be until sometime in February. We don’t have a date yet. We are waiting for things to settle down a bit before resuming in-person concerts. Stay tuned!

If you would like to make a donation to support our musicians visit: http://www.wshsmusic.org/

PTSA Presents: "Parenting in a Pandemic: Reestablishing Parenting Foundations" January 19th, 7-8:30pm via Zoom with Sound Discipline facilitator, Jen Giomi

Register to get the Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMsf-yhpjkoHNyLCBiInArWxqMuyXD5Og6x.

The pandemic has shaken our foundations and we know our kids are struggling. As we continue to navigate this pandemic and discover the myriad of effects on our lives and our children, it might be time to re-establish those parenting foundations. Join Jen Giomi, Sound Discipline facilitator and WSHS parent, for a science based approach to guiding emotional-regulation and connection, using communication tools to de-escalate conflict, and fostering cooperation in your home. It will be an interactive evening to learn and/or renew tools for kind and firm parenting.


Thank you for attending the October meeting "Set Up for Success -- College and Career Planning". Resources from that presentation are available on the PTSA website at: http://wshsptsa.org/college-and-career-planning


Be a part of making WSHS the school community you want! Become a Member of the PTSA and make a PTSA Direct Give Donation that 100% directly supports our staff and students at: http://wshsptsa.org/

Counseling Center Contribution

For more information go to our website: https://westseattlehs.seattleschools.org/resources/counseling-center/

Book an Appointment with Your Counselor

You can now book a 30-minute appointment with your counselor through Outlook Booking. Please find your counselor below and follow the instructions to creating a meeting with your counselor. Please note that your meetings are held via Microsoft Teams.

Last Names A-F, Book an appointment with Erica Nguyen

Last Names G-N, Book an appointment with Mallory Neuman

Last Names O-Z, Book an appointment with Christine Nutters

Seniors, we have loads of resources on our website to help you with your college and career planning. https://westseattlehs.seattleschools.org/resources/counseling-center/college-career/

FAFSA/ WAFSA forms are due in February. All the info you need for filling them out can be found at: https://westseattlehs.seattleschools.org/resources/counseling-center/college-career/financial-aid-resources/

Make sure to look at our list of scholarship opportunities: https://westseattlehs.seattleschools.org/resources/counseling-center/college-career/scholarships/

Athletic Announcements

Winter sports are in full swing!

For more information go to our website: https://westseattlehs.seattleschools.org/student-life/athletics/wshs-winter-sports-2021-2022/

Something we should know?

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