News and Events
Open House: Thursday, February 5 7:00-9:00pm (Sport Information available at 6:30) starting in the Gym
Morning Tours: Thursday, February 12 and Wednesday, February 18 8:00-9:30am starting in the Commons
Ballard does not arrange shadowing opportunities for students, but during the month of February we allow our current students to host 8th grade visitors that they know. The current student must pick up the paperwork in the Main Office and complete it at least a week ahead of the proposed visit.
Another option is that students interested in Music should contact Michael James (Band), Courtney Pelavin (Choral) or Brittany Newell (Orchestra) who may be able to arrange for a visit with their students.
For more information, see our Prospective Students Frequently Asked Questions document.
Everyone is invited to a screening of new work by students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program. The Ballard Film Festival (BFF) will be on Saturday, February 7 and Friday, February 20 at 7 pm in the Ballard High School auditorium. The screening will feature short comedies and dramas, advertisements, news features, and documentaries. Tickets ($10 for adults and $5 for students) will be sold at the door. Films that first screen at the BFF routinely take honors at prestigious national and international film festivals and the Northwest Regional Emmy Awards.
Funds raised will benefit students in the Digital Filmmaking Program. Students in the program regularly travel to Los Angeles to tour college schools of film and television, visit program alumni enrolled in these colleges or working in the industry, and meet with film and television professionals. Students have visited Jason Cahill (Writers Guild of America Award winner for The Sopranos) to discuss screenwriting, and Visual Effects Supervisor Bill Powloski (Breaking Bad) to discuss special effects. Ticket sales and donations will make these trips possible for all accepted students and also provide additional production equipment.
We now have students who have tested positive for pertussis, also known as “whooping cough”. You’ve probably heard about this disease recently because another high school has reported pertussis in their student population. It is a treatable bacterial respiratory infection that can be very serious in very young children, the elderly, and those who have chronic asthma/respiratory illnesses.
Here is a letter and fact sheet from Public Health-Seattle & King County. If you need fact sheets in other languages please click this link: http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/communicable/diseases/pertussis.aspx If you think that you or your child may have pertussis, please call your doctor for advice.
I have recently checked every student’s immunization record and have found a few who are not immunized against pertussis. I will be notifying each of those families individually.
Meg Carlson, MSN, RN, NCSN
Ballard High School Nurse
1418 NW 65th St
Seattle, WA 98117