What's Up Westside

February 18, 2022

At A Glance

  • Feb 21-25 - NO SCHOOL - Mid-Winter Break
  • Feb 28 - Start of Spring Sports
  • March 16th - PTSA hosts Jo Langford "Consent, Etc"

From Principal Vance's Desk

We got this.

It has been a wild ride from the beginning of January up to our mid-winter break. I know I am looking forward to taking a breath next week and getting ready for the next stretch from between now and spring break. I hope your student has a chance to do the same.

As it has been the past few weeks, our Covid rates have dropped significantly and I am more optimistic then ever that we can focus less on Covid and more on everything else related to providing our students with the best educational experience possible. As we move into spring, we will be communicating any changes in protocols and the hopeful re-engagement in various activities our students have not been able to do, like Prom. Our 12th graders can be excited, that pending any sudden shifts in Covid rates, about a prom and in-person graduation this spring. The specifics of both of those will be coming out in the next few weeks. We also will look forward to expanded opportunities to come for performances and sporting events.

This is also the time that we start planning for our next school year in terms of class selection, budget and staffing. As of now, we are anticipating continued increases in student enrollment and SPS is planning on installing up to four portable classrooms in our parking lot this summer. We will be looking at putting our budget in place and any additional hiring needed throughout the spring. Much to look forward too.

In closing out my little portion of the newsletter here, I want to congratulate our Winter athletes for representing WSHS so well throughout the season and now into post-season. We have already celebrated our Cheer Team and Bowling team making it to the State competition/tournament and now with wrestling, boys and girls basketball and gymnastics looking to send athletes onto State.

I am also excited for our Seniors who are starting to solidify their plans for after graduation that include college acceptances, plans for gap years, service projects and military careers. A testament to their resilience and persistence over their high school careers.

Thanks to all our students, staff and community in continuing to support each other through our challenges.

Go Wildcats!

In Other News

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 you see 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 in clarifying what you are looking at when examining student grades.


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.

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

Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science– April 11 to June 3

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


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/

Additional Covid testing site now open in West Seattle!

Provider: Premier Medical Group (PMG)

Operation days/times: M-F, 4-8 pm

Location: Denny International Middle School Galleria (cafeteria), 2601 SW Kenyon St., Seattle, WA 98126

The West Seattle Teen Health Center will be closed over mid-winter break

PTSA Presents


MARCH 16TH - "Consent Etc" with therapist, sex educator, and author, Jo Langford

APRIL 27TH - "LGBT Q&A" with Jo Langford

MAY 18TH - "Preparing for Summer: Keeping our Kids Safe and Healthy" with SPS Healthy Youth Survey Manager, Lisa Davidson


Consider being a part of shaping next year's PTSA! We are looking for volunteers to help prepare next year's budget and a new slate of officers. Contact PTSA President, Michele Starkey, if interested or for more information at: wshsptsapresident@gmail.com


Ever wondered about that "S" in PTSA? It stands for "students"! We want more (any) student voices as we work to best support our whole community - Parents, Teachers, and Students.


To register: https://sites.google.com/meridianschool.edu/virtual-speaker-series/home

MARCH 31ST - Jason Reynolds

MAY 5TH - Dr. Bettina Love



Recent events present an opportunity to revisit what we can do to keep our kids and community safe. We have resources from beSMART on our website.


The PTSA awards mini-grants to teachers, departments, and student groups for resources through an application process. Grants awarded in the past have included PNW book collection for the library, Chinese and French readers, lab equipment, a vibraphone and drum set for the music department, sports equipment, art equipment, and more. We have received 11 applications, all of which will support a more equitable and inclusive learning environment for WSHS students. We would like to fund as many requests as possible during a time when fundraising opportunities are limited. Please consider making a donation that will directly fund this year's mini-grant requests. Donate today!


Be a part of making WSHS the school community you want! Become a member of the PTSA at: http://wshsptsa.org/

Activities Abound


We had a marvelous time with our Versus Spirit Week - thanks to everyone that participated!

Monday: First Date Fancy vs. Anniversary PJs

Tuesday: Country vs. Country Club

Wednesday: Pirates vs. Princesses

Thursday: Soccer Moms vs. Football Dads

Friday: Rainbow vs. Groutfit

We loved all the outfits!


Now is a great time to start coming to Coding Club! We'll be learning how to build websites and have casual Hack-a-thons. Meetings are Mondays after school in Mr. Lambright's room (#226). No experience necessary.


Remember to order this year’s yearbook! It’s $55 each and here is the direct link to purchase: https://schoolpay.com/link/2122wshskimtah

Athletic Announcements

Congratulations to our Cheer, Bowling, Wrestling, and Boys and Girls Basketball, Diving and Gymnastics teams for exceptional seasons and representing WSHS at State Championships!

Get ready for Spring 2022 Season: February 28 – May 27

  • Boys Baseball
  • Boys Soccer
  • Girls Softball (Fastpitch and Slowpitch)
  • Tennis (co-ed)
  • Track and Field (co-ed)

Athletic Registration for all sports for the 2021-2022 school year is now open.

Please follow the Athletic Registration directions. Complete online Registration, Fees and Physical Forms to get Final Athletic Clearance with the Athletic Department.

Interested in Girls/Gx Ultimate Frisbee?

Westside Ultimate is thrilled to put together a Spring High School Girls/Gx team for the first time in memory! Spring season is a single gendered league, with players that identify as female, or non-binary wishing to play on a female identifying team, and that are in 9th-12th grade.

Visit our website to read all the details and learn how to register - westsideultimate.org.

Please invite any Girls/Gx players from the West Seattle area that would like to see what Westside Ultimate is all about! If you have questions, concerns, etc, please reach us at wshsfrisbee@gmail.com

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Counseling Center Contribution

Registration for 2022-2023 school year complete

As of this past Wednesday, Feb 16th, students completed course selections for next year.

Counselor Caseload Shift

Counselor caseloads are shifting a bit at the start of the new semester, to accommodate increased enrollment at WSHS this year. Alpha assignments will be as follows:

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

New to WSHS, or just looking to make some new friends?

Join the “Fun Time Lunch Time” crew in the ASB room (north side of the Commons) to play games, socialize, and meet new people. The room will be open every Thursday during both lunches starting February 10th.

Seniors- the Seattle Promise deadline has been extended to March 1st! By that date, you need to have completed your scholarship application, applied to your campus of choice (South, Central or North Seattle Colleges) as well as submitted your FAFSA (www.fafsa.gov). Contact Seattle Promise liaison Bradly Lewellen with any questions, bradly.lewellen@seattlecolleges.edu

Music Notes

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

Something we should know?

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

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