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    When the envelopes were opened at Emerson College in Los Angeles on Oct. 18, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced that students from Ballard High School's Digital Filmmaking Program (DFP) had won three awards.

    Best Short Form Non-Fiction film went to On the Backs of Salmon, by Chris Barrett, Martin Bolivar, Caroline Harader, Jasper Land, Maddie Lausted, Freeman Marshall, Aaron Miller, Cecilia O'Rollins, and Miles Whitworth. The documentary is about the struggle of the Elwha people to remove the dam that flooded their creation site and blocked the salmon essential to their way of life. The students produced the film for IMAX, and it premiered at the United Nations' World Environment Day. Best Short Form Fiction film and best Editing went to Bottled Emotions by Zach Boone, PJ Hase, Aidan Jereczek and Bailey Wall. It concerns a dealer in stolen emotions who has a crisis of conscience. It premiered at the All American High School Film Festival in New York City last fall.  READ MORE

    Annual LGBTQ Families Dinner | Thurs., Nov. 8, 6 - 8 p.m. |  Meany Middle School
    301 21st Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

    Members of the school board will be there to welcome LGBTQ families and their friends. All Seattle Public Schools families and staff are welcome to attend! This event is brought to you by the Health Education Office. Dinner and entertainment will be provided. To reserve space at this popular event, please RSVP with the number of people in your party to Brennon Ham in the Health Education Office at 206-743-3564 or

    A huge congratulations goes out to Mr. Wynkoop!
    He has been named 2018 Principal of the Year by all the librarians of Washington State. Congratulations Mr. Wynkoop for everything you do to make the Ballard library awesome! You totally deserve it!

    Did you know that the counseling office has a job’s board. These jobs are from local Ballard businesses looking for student employees. Check this out in the counseling office.

    If you do not have a 6th period class stop by the main office to pick up your 1st day packet.

    Student Planners are available for $10.00 in the main office.

    Did you know that you can sign up in the counseling office to meet your counselor
    . The appointment book to schedule appointments with your counselor is available in the Counseling Center.

    Students who are parked in the staff parking lot will receive a $ 50.00 parking ticket per occurrence. The fee will not be waived.

    Students who'd like some extra help with math after school can go to the library where volunteers are ready to help you.  There will be help will be available for just about every level of math, including AP calculus. Please consider this offer of help that can give you a boost to your GPA.

    ASB cards can be purchased for $ 35.00 in the Activity Center (AC) or on SchoolPay via The Source!.


    Service Learning forms and opportunities flyers are available online on the Service Learning page or in the main or counseling offices. Each student needs 60 hours to graduate and 240 hours to earn the Above and Beyond award their senior year.

    TED TALKS is forming a youth program in Seattle. They are looking for student volunteers to help with Marketing, Communications, Production Team, Speakers Teams, Partnership Teams and more Looking for volunteers for 2-3 hours per weeks soon and then 5-7 hours in January to prepare for the April big event. For more details about this great opportunity please see Ms. Maynard in the College Career Center in the Counseling Offices.


    Visit the Ballard Assessments and Testing individual pages OFTEN for more updates on testing dates, registration, scores and more!

    Smarter Balanced Assessments Fall Retakes Attn Seniors and Juniors: The SBA English Language Arts or Math exam Fall Retakes are happening Monday, October 29 – Friday, November 2nd in the Library Computer Lab @ 8:45 a.m. for those who still need to take them. Remember, passing these exams is a high school graduation requirement. Please see Ms. Coacher in the Counseling Office if you have any questions or contact her at




    Visit the College Visits page for a complete list.

    Check the board in the counseling hallway for times and dates of College Visits. Come into the Career | Counseling Center to sign up and get a pass to attend. 

    -> ATHLETICS <-

    Packets are now due and available in the main hallway. Stop by the teen health center now to schedule your free physical. Winter sport paperwork is due before Oct. 31st.

    Boys Basketball:
    All boys interested in playing basketball. Open Gyms are Tues & Thurs at 6:45am. Strength and Conditioning will be every Mon, Wed & Fri at 7am. See Mr. Broom for questions in SW207.

    Boys Basketball: Tryouts Begin Monday November 12th. You must be cleared by the main office in order to tryout. Paperwork is due by 10/31.
    All Freshman report to the gym at 11:00am.
    All sophomores, Juniors and Seniors report to the gym at 6pm.

    Visit the BHS Activities and Athletics webpage for Weekly updates.

    Athletic Events | Visit the Metroleage website for updates to times and locations.

    -> CLUBS <-

    STAR Club would like to invite all students & staff to join us for a movie night this Monday, October 22 at Northgate Regal Thornton Place Theater. We will be seeing the 7:15 pm show of The Hate U Give. See Ms. Coe for more details.

    Magic the Gathering Club is on Tuesdays after school in SW 200.
    Come play and discuss Magic the Gathering with Mr. Pentecost and other people who enjoy the game. Deck not required.

    We at Ballard High School feel that participation in student-oriented activities is a vital part of a student’s education. Therefore, a wide range of activities is provided. There are so many choices to help your student thrive at school, make new friends and engage with staff.

    -> Interested in starting a club?  We have many clubs on campus and we are always looking to find more ways for students to get involved! If you have an idea for a new club, contact the Clubs Coordinator; Clara Propst at

    Come join the Junior State of America club! We will debate Politics every Friday afterschool in Thompson’s classroom S 106. Attend three state wide conventions and build your college application. There will be popcorn in Thompson’s room every Friday for our meetings.

    “The Ballard Mock election committee meets every Tuesday in Mr. Hutchins room right after school – room 110N. Be there!”

    Come to Photo Club:
    After school on Mondays from 3:45 – 4:45pm. Come and learn about photography and take cool pictures. Snacks are provided!

    FCCLA and Fashion Club
    will have their first meeting after school on Tuesday, in N220.
    The Black Student Union NEW DAY & TIME meets after school on Thursdays in P106. There will be snacks! Everyone welcome. See Mr. Macdougall if you have any questions.

    The Ballard Ink Journal Arts and Literature Club, combine with the new Creative Writing Club, meets Thursdays after school. Come join us in celebrating the arts and preparing the Ballard Ink Journal! See Mr. Macdougall if you have any questions.

    Greetings from Ink Club! Students please submit your wonderful arts to Ink Journal and perform at the Spilled Ink event! We accept just about any form of creative art – paper (literature, 2d art, photos of 3d art) for the Journal, and, additionally, music and sound clips for our developing online presence. Additionally, we are looking for musicians, spoken word performers, and others to perform at the Spilled Ink event at the Ballard Public Library in the spring and in our own library at times TBD. Students can submit in SW105 or digitally at

    Are you interested in exploring issues of race, equity, and intersectionality? Do you want to take a more active role in social justice in our school, community, and country? Please join us for this week’s STAR (Students & Teachers Against Racism) Club meeting: Wednesdays during both lunches in Room SW 107. See Ms. Coe for more details. All are welcome.

    Photography Italy Trip. If you are interested in traveling to Italy this spring break. See Ms. O’Neill in the Photo Room SW 126 at break of lunch.


    ATTENDANCE REMINDERSEarly Dismissals must be excused in advance by sending a note or an email to Please do not call the Attendance Office as early dismissals and absences cannot be excused by phone.

    Students need an Early Dismissal Pass in order to leave their class. It is the student's responsibility to pick up their Early Dismissal Pass in the Attendance Office before the start of the class they will be leaving early from. Students can then leave directly from class with their Pass, they do not need to be checked out with the Attendance Office. Your email has already excused your student for their Early Dismissal that day. Visit the Attendance page for the BHS Attendance Policy as well as the form for any pre-arranged absences longer than 2 days.

    DONATIONS - Kleenex, Hand Sanitizer and Clorox wipes would be much appreciated in the main office and Nurses Office. Thank you

    Ballard Families We Need You!  Check Out the Current Volunteer Needs page today! We can't do it without you!!!