WHS: September Update

We're so excited for the 2021-22 school year!


Greetings WHS Community!

I’m typically not much for New Year’s resolutions, because I’m usually not all in – I have trouble committing myself. I’m excited for the start of this new school year and the endless potential that it brings. When meeting with the incoming 9th graders on the first day of school, I spoke about my love of the outdoors and showed them one of my well-used backpacking tools, a spork. While I’ve saved weight in my backpack for several years by not having to carry both a spoon and a fork a spork, it never really occurred to me until this summer that a spork isn’t a great utensil. You see, in an effort to function both as a spoon and a fork, it isn’t a very good spoon or a fork. It lacks commitment. I challenged the class of 2025 to make a commitment at the beginning of their high school careers: a commitment to be present, get involved, challenge themselves in new ways, seek to understand others, and above all, be kind.

As a school, we have made several commitments for this coming year. After spending the last three semesters relying on non-traditional instruction, our number one goal this year is to make meaningful connections with each of our students. By building and nurturing positive relationships, we will better understand each student’s strengths and struggles and will be better equipped to support students in their individual paths to learning. We are excited to use the longer class periods in the new block schedule to help classes focus on meaningful learning activities that promote collaboration and academic dialogue while also allowing students to choose more classes that meet their interests and post-secondary goals. We are committed to equity work on our campus, including teaching curriculum that recognizes diverse voices and content that is representative of the community we serve. We are also focused on discipline practices that that seek to repair harm over issuing exclusionary punishment.

As parents and community members, my hope is that you take this opportunity to make some commitments as well. Encourage and support your students as they strive for success in their classes. Reach out to teachers and other school personnel when you have questions or need support for your student. Find ways to get involved, whether it be by attending school functions, volunteering to participate on school committees, or simply following us on social media, so you are aware of upcoming school events. I’m looking forward to a great school year this year. Please don’t hesitate to call or email me if I can help support your student in any way.

Go Pats!

Brent Whitemarsh


Upcoming Events

  • WHS Fall Sports Calendar
  • September 27-October 1 - WHS Student Spirit Week
  • October 4 - No School for students (Professional Development for Staff)
  • October 5-8 - 10:25am release for students - see PDF below or schedule here ----------------------------------------------------------------->
  • October 6 & 7 - Student Led Conferences (required for students to earn Advisory credit)
  • October 26 - Picture Re-Take Day (changed from 10/21)
  • November 5 - End of 1st Quarter (check grades!)

Counselor's Corner

Checking Grades & Academic Progress

TeacherEase is an online gradebook that provides students and families enrolled in Franklin Pierce middle and high schools with real-time access to assignments and progress towards meeting standard. Once a teacher enters a score, the score is visible in the student and family portal. Families and students can TeacherEase to communicate directly with their teachers, and view student schedules, assigned work, and progress reports.

If you are a returning user you can login HERE. If you are a first time user you must receive a welcome email (generally, in the first few weeks of school). Then, use the link to create a password. Contact your school if you have not yet received the email.

Class of 2022: Financial Aid applications open October 1st!

Your student does not need to know whether or where they plan to go to school or what programs they might be interested in to file for financial aid. They should apply for financial aid as soon after October 1st as possible. Do not wait until your student is admitted to apply. Even if you/your student are not sure if you want to go to a university, community college or technical school in 2022-23, you should apply -- the FAFSA or WASFA covers the ENTIRE school year after the year of graduation!

Some colleges may have additional financial aid forms for you to complete. Check their website or contact their financial aid office to find out. Once you are admitted, talk to each college's financial aid office to ensure your application information is received accurately and on time.

Need help? Visit https://wsac.wa.gov/apply or come to SLCs at school on October 6th or 7th to have hands-on help getting your financial aid application submitted!

Think you don't qualify for financial aid? Think again.

The new Washington College Grant gives more money to more students

The new, nationally recognized Washington College Grant (formerly the State Need Grant) makes education and training beyond high school affordable. As of 2020-21, more low- and middle-income families now qualify. Learn more about the Washington College Grant.

Estimate your award with the financial aid calculator

Students and families can use the financial aid calculator to estimate potential financial aid. There are many sources of money and kinds of aid available to continue your education—the only way to know for sure if you qualify is to complete a financial aid application.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

We acknowledge this is an uncomfortable topic but did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between 10 to 24?

Research shows people who are having thoughts of suicide feel relief when someone asks after them in a caring way. Findings suggest acknowledging and talking about suicide may reduce rather than increase suicidal ideation.

If you need help/support for yourself or your student, please contact your school counselor or one of the resources below:

  • Pierce County Crisis Line (24/7) 1-800-576-7764
  • Crisis Text Line (24/7) Text “HEAL” to 741741
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK (24/7 Crisis hotline)
  • WA Recovery Help Line (24/7) 866-789-1511

Counseling Center Contact Info

What's Happening at Washington HS


Did you know that Advisory is a GRADED portion of your students' schedule?

  • M/T/F = Academic Support Time
  • Thursdays = Navigation
    This is the advisory day that your student creates their High School & Beyond Plan (a state graduation requirement). Lessons focus on post-secondary planning and choosing their "E" - Enlistment in the military, Employment in the workforce, or Enrollment in a college or technical school.

    Student Led Conferences (coming up October 6th & 7th) are part of the grade for Advisory.

Examples of topics covered in Navigation for September:

Upcoming topics include: writing SMART goals, how to use TeacherEase, Focus on the 3 Es: Enlist, Employ, Enroll, Community Service & the power of positive interaction, Equity & being connected to our community, building a resume, filling out job applications, interest assessments, financial literacy (and so much more!).

Keep your eyes open for a monthly update on Navigation topics and be sure to ask your student what they are learning each Thursday.

Spirit Week is Coming!

  • Monday (9/27) – DECADES DAY​
    Throwback to your favorite decade with bell bottoms, tie dye, or big hair! ​
  • Tuesday (9/28) – ATHLETES & SPORTS
    Rep your favorite team with a jersey or team colors! ​
  • Wednesday (9/29) – DRESS TO IMPRESS​
    Come to school and strut your stuff in what makes you feel confident! ​
  • Thursday (9/30) – SUPERHERO DAY​
    DC, Marvel, Anime! OR – come dressed as your own superhero!
  • Friday (10/1) – PEPPY PATS​
    Red, white, and blue, for Patriot Pride! Make sure to support the football game at FP Stadium against Orting​

New Patriot Staff!

We're excited to welcome the following new Patriot staff members:

  • Eric Allen - JROTC
  • Jennifer Bond - CTE
  • Kevin Budrevich-Ryan - English
  • Jessica Dennis - Science
  • Patrick Jones - Support Center (Special Ed)
  • Christy Lee - English
  • Julia Rodriguez - Spanish
  • Victor Rodriguez - PE

Parents' Night Out: Learn tips to talk confidently to your kids about drugs & alcohol

Talk. They hear you! Join us!

It’s often challenging for adults to talk to kids about alcohol and drug use. What do I say? What if I say the wrong thing? Will they even listen to me?

But as difficult as it is to have these conversations, we know that they are so important to our youth.

Talk. They hear you!

True North, in partnership with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

invites you to Parent’s Night Out.

This event will help parents, guardians, caregivers,

and community members learn the skills to talk with youth about substance abuse.

Join us October 5, 2021 from 6-7pm on Zoom. Register today!

For more information, please contact Tracie Holiday-Robinson, trobinson@psesd.org // 425-917-7847.

General Information


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/

Registration for Winter Sports

Did you know that you can already register for 2021-22 Sports?

Registration is open and must be completed by the first day of practice. Register here: https://www.familyid.com/programs/2021-2022-athletic-registration-14

For athletic participation, an ASB card must be purchased, fines cleared, and a sports physical turned in to Ms. Olson before the first day of practice. (Physical examinations expire two years after the signed date).

If you are a transfer student, please contact the WHS Athletic office for eligibility. You may not practice without paying your fines or returning uniforms etc. This policy will be strictly enforced.

Winter Sports

  • Girls Bowling - starts Nov. 1
  • Girls Basketball - starts Nov. 15
  • Boys Basketball - starts Nov. 15
  • Wrestling (Boys & Girls) - starts Nov. 15

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