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    9th Grade Orientation | Wed, Aug 25, 2021

    Link Crew Students dressed up celebration with hats and party makers9th Grade Orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, August 25 from 8-noon starting in the Main Gym.

    Additional details and safety protocols will be released as we get closer to the event, but plan your calendars for this fun and engaging chance to meet your Link Crew Leaders (Junior and Seniors mentors assigned to every 9th Grader) and to get introduced to the building.

    Sorry parents, but this is for 9th Graders only.

    Want to know more about Ballard High School?

    Incoming Students Info > 

    Ballard HS Summer & School Year Athletics Registration is Happening Now

    Summer Athletics and Fall RegistrationSLOW PITCH SOFTBALL IS COMING TO BALLARD HIGH SCHOOL!!!
    Contact coach Dale Griffith at for more info.

    Summer Athletics Practices are Scheduled to Start On or After June 28

    Contact coaches for more info!

    Basketball, Boys - Mike Broom:
    Basketball, Girls – Michelle Gallagher:
    Track & Field AND Cross Country - Neal Howard:
    Football - Ross Humphries:
    Gymnastics - Stephanie Gundel:
    Soccer, Boys - Mark Mcalexander:
    Soccer, Girls - Sam Maccarrone:
    Softball - Dale Griffith:
    Ultimate Frisbee - Club Info & Registration at
    Volleyball - Jody Shuman:

    Athletic Registration for Summer Athletics and the 2021-2022 School Year Info

    If you are planning on having your student athlete participate in any summer sports, their athletics paperwork should be completed in Final Forms by June 25th.

    Register on FinalForms >

    Completed physicals, and any additional printed forms (like the Special Olympics, WIAA running start, or WIAA residence eligibility forms), can be uploaded directly through FinalForms, faxed to the main office at (206) 252-1001, or dropped in one of the drop boxes outside the Main entrances between 9am and 3pm Monday through Friday.

    Athletics registration needs to be completed BEFORE students can participate in tryouts and/or practices during the regular 2021-2022 Season so get them done early!

    Pay ASB fee and/or any additional team fees or fines on SchoolPay via the Source.


    You can get a FREE physical in the Teen Health Center. For appointments call (206) 390-3355 or email:

    9th Grade SUMMER Beaver Reader List 21/22

    Book Cover GridFor all future Beaver Readers going to Ballard High School in the fall, this General Recommendations Book List is your ticket to awesome.

    PAWS (pause) and read as many books as possible from the list !

    Please share your favorite books too with Ballard HS Teacher-Librarian Ms. Chambers at

    Also keep track of the books you read over the summer to compete for prizes in the fall!

    Can't wait to see you and watch for some library events in July too!


    10th-12th Grade SUMMER Beaver Reader List 21/22

    Book Cover GridFor all future Beaver Readers going to Ballard High School in the fall, this General Recommendations Book List is your ticket to awesome.

    PAWS (pause) and read as many books as possible from the list !

    Please share your favorite books too with Ballard HS Teacher-Librarian Ms. Chambers at

    Also keep track of the books you read over the summer to compete for prizes in the fall!

    Can't wait to see you and watch for some library events in July too!


    Free Summer Learning Resources at SPL

    Free, fun resources from the Seattle Public Library helps students keep learning this summer!

    Seattle Public Library LogoFree summer learning resources at The Seattle Public Library. If your student needs extra help with math, science or writing this summer; wants to learn a new skill; or simply wants to read some new books, The Seattle Public Library is here for you!

    The Library offers many free educational resources that continue all summer, including Library Link, which offers instant access to the Library using your SPS ID);, free one-on-one tutoring in many subjects; instant access to e-books and e-audiobooks; and much more! Go to our StudentSuccess to get started.

    More Details

    Could your student use a little extra help with math, science or writing this summer? Or perhaps they want to learn a new skill, or simply read as many graphic novels as possible?

    The Seattle Public Library’s free educational resources are available all summer long to support students, whether they’re catching up after a year of remote learning or want to explore their interests. Here are some ways that families can use Library resources to engage their children in learning this summer.

    · Connect with Library Link: No Library card? No problem. Seattle Public Schools students can access all digital Library resources, including thousands of free e-books, through the Library Link partnership. Just use your student ID and pin number to log in at Library Link. (If you need help logging in, call 206-386-4636, or contact SPL ASK US. You can also apply for a full-access Library card online.

    · Get personal help with Perhaps your child needs a little help with fractions, or a lot of help writing college essays. Find one-on-one support through the Library’s service, offered in three languages -- English, Spanish and Vietnamese. Using a Library card, or Library Link, Seattle students can connect at to get instant access to expert tutors in a safe and secure online classroom.

    · Spark summer reading: The Library has dozens of resources to help kids discover and enjoy books. Download the Libby app for mobile access to e-books and e-audiobooks; find curated book recommendations for kids and teens; “Always Available” e-book titles through Libby; or get a personalized list of book recommendations through the Your Next Five service. And find a summer’s worth of graphic novels and comics at Hoopla.

    · Page through Flipster: If magazines are your kid’s thing, they’ll love the digital magazine tool, Flipster. New youth magazines available on Flipster include Beanz, Black Girl's Magazine, High Five Bilingüe, National Geographic Kids, Sports Illustrated Kids, SAY Magazine and Teen Graffiti.

    · Explore with Exploration Guides: Summer is a great time to learn informally by diving into specific interests. From the lore behind the Kraken to the history of dumplings to the stories of athlete-activists, Exploration Guides are topic-driven collections of digital media, designed to be engaging to kids. Each guide contains videos, podcasts, images, e-books and historical documents.

    · Summer of Learning: The Library’s 2021 Summer of Learning program, with the theme of “What’s Your Story?” will launch in mid-June with the release of a large flier filled with writing prompts and questions that encourage youth and families to explore, create and share stories with friends, families, and community all summer long. Check back at Summer of Learning.


    o A remote learning page that curates dozens of free virtual learning resources by grade level
    o Language learning resources such as Mango Languages
    o Educational videos through Access Video
    o Animated stories and interactive games in BookFlix
    o Your Next Skill’s personalized learning plans for a skill or topic that a child wants to tackle

    Find help with any Library service – or anything else! – at SPL ASK US. Our chat service is available, and you can also email us at the ASK US page or call 206-386-4636.

    The Seattle Public Library believes that the power of knowledge improves people's lives. We promote literacy and a love of reading as we bring people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community.

    Limited in-building services are available at the Beacon Hill, Broadview, Lake City, Southwest and Beacon Hill branches, with more branches opening for in-building services in June. Visit the SPL Library's Road to Reopening page for more information.

    Support the Ballard High School Athletics, Cheer, Dance and Band at the 21st Annual BHS Foundation Golf Classic

    Mon, August 30, 2021 | The Plateau Club

    Register Now BHSF GolfTitle Sponsor: John Goodman/The Goodman Foundation
    Presenting Sponsor:
    Mason & Linda Williams Covich/Williams


    Register Online Now >

    What about the Dinner of Champions?

     We'll be replacing it with and online auction again this year, Celebrating All Things Ballard, leading up to the Golf Classic. Stay tuned for more as our plans progress! Online auction the week before the Golf Classic, culminating in a Live Online Auction on Sun, Aug 29!

    Show Your Support as a Sponsor

    With sponsorships, you make a difference, connect with Beaver supporters, showcase your community involvement, support Athletics, Cheer, Dance and Band at Ballard High, enhance your visibility and build business. All sponsors will receive recognition at check-in, auction, and Golf Classic website.  

    Sign Up As A Sponsor

    For more information and all registration and sponsorship details,
    please visit or contact Dick Lee at 206-391-5555 or

    Ballard High School Athletic Sports Schedules 

    Metroleague LogoFind the most accurate and up-to-date BHS Athletic schedules, scores, and standing on on MetroLeagueWA.

    GO TO MetroLeagueWA For Schedules>

    Subscribe to receive event change notifications. View Club Sport schedules by visiting the individual team pagesInstructions below to view and print out the BHS MetroLeague schedulesShow your spirit wear your Beaver Gear

    How To | Print or View BHS Athletic Sports Schedules

    1. Visit MetroLeague at
    2. Select the RED B at the top of the MetroLeague Home Page. The Ballard home page will display.
    3. To view/print ALL Sports look for the “printer icon” (if not displayed select another day on the calendar that has an event and the printer icon will display).  Select the printer icon. Print/view options will display.
    4. From the Print Option page select either Today or This Week.
    5. Select the “Preview” button.
    6. The BHS Athletic Events for the current day or week will display. 


    1. Visit MetroLeague at
    2. Hover over the RED B at the top of the MetroLeague Home Page.
    3. Select a SPORT from the drop-down list.
    4. Select “Schedule” from the red tool bar.
    5. The schedule for that sport will display.

    Schedules are subject to change, please check back to the MetroLeagueWA website frequently.

    Ballard Main Office Hours 

    Regular Hours

    Office WatercolorMain Ballard High School Office Hours: 8am - 3pm | Closed July 2 - 5
    (Building Closed) 206-252-1000

    Please call or email BHS Administrative Secretary Cindy Peterson at or Asst./Athletics Secretary Rayna Bauer at rcbauer@seattleschools.orgwith any questions at all.

    New! Non SPS Adults Not Permitted in School Buildings

    As we gear up for welcoming back more students into our buildings, we want to ensure that health and safety protocols are being strictly followed and adhered to, especially as it pertains to volunteers and/or non-SPS adults. 

    Please Note

    ~Volunteers are NOT permitted in schools, both during and outside of school hours.
    ~Parents/family members/caregivers can be on-site outside to pick-up/drop-off students.

    The district is following the recommendations from DOH and Public Health-Seattle & King County to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in schools.

    In-Person and Remote Student Information

    Visit the In-Person and Remote Student Information page for current updates and links to more helpful information for families.


    The Student Techline is open Mon through Wed, 8:30 a.m. - 4:40 p.m.  Call 206-252-0100 or email Visit the Get Help Student Techline page for more details. Find a schedule and all locations on the Technology Resource Center page.

    Incoming Students

    Visit the 8th Grade Choices Event Information page for information about Ballard High School!

    School Bulletin Announcements

    Water coloring drawing by Mark Falcnor


    Visit the Ballard HS School Bulletin for upcoming events and important date information as well as student and parent/guardian school news and updates.



    BHS Administrators & Contact List

    Ballard High School
    1418 NW 65th St, Seattle, WA 98117
    Main Office: 206-252-1000 | Fax: 206-252-1001


    Keven Wynkoop,

    Assistant Principals

    Elizabeth Guillory A-F,
    Dr. Joseph Williams III G-N,
    Laura Roesener O-Z, 


    Sonja Petersen A - Ci,
    Sarah Bowman Cj - Han,
    Tom Kramer Hao - Mci, Head
    Gail Olson-Laing Mcj - Sch,
    Leti Bravo Sci - Z,
    Counseling Secretary | Carol Bristol,

    Bell Schedules

    Visit the Ballard HS Bell Schedule page for the most current school bell schedules.

    BHS Staff

    Activity Coordinator |
    Athletic Director | Eric Ensign,
    Teacher-Librarian | TuesD Chambers,
    Nurse | Laurie Tirtanadi (206) 252-1007,
    Nicole Garrie,
    Marie Gent,
    Michelle Dorman,
    Service Learning | Lindsay Squires,
    Speech | Cindy Nitz,
    Teen Health Center | Office Manager: Sailau Tuitele (206) 390-3355,
    Administrative Secretary | Cindy Peterson (206) 252-1000,
    Asst./Athletics Secretary | TBA
    Attendance Secretary | Alice March,
    <strong">Counseling Secretary | Carol Bristol,
    Fiscal Specialist | Karen Kazanjian,
    Registrar | Kim Nickerson (206) 252-1105,
    Testing Coordinator (SAT, PSAT, AP) | Michael Broom,</strong">

    All BHS Staff

    Can't Find What You Are Looking For?

    Email me with tips on information you would like located here or better ways to support your searches on the Ballard HS website. Diane Taylor at  Thank you!

    Updated 6/12/2021

    Top 25 Books of 2020

    Top 25 BooksBeaver Readers I am thrilled to share the top 25 most checked out books at Ballard HS for 2020.


    The books listed are the Top 25 books checked out by Beaver Readers at Ballard High School. The books reflect the reading habits of both staff and students. We encourage everyone to read with us during this time.

    And... the most checked out book is Born a Crime by Trevor Noah - may these titles inspire you! See them all and put on hold at and get them on Jan 7th at the Curbside Pickup.

    ~ Teacher Librarian Ms Chambers

    Top BHS 25 Book Titles & Descriptions >

    Top BHS 25 Books Listed on SPL too! >

    #1 Trevor Noah Born a Crime.  Top 25 Most Checked Out Books at BHS for 2020.  #2 - #7 Top Books of 2020. Not Light But Fire, The Poet X, Sadie, Educated, Just Mercy, On the Come Up. #BeaverReaders I am thrilled to share the top 25 most checked out 📚 at #BHS for 2020.  #8 - #13 Top 25 Books checked out at BHS in 2020. The Hate U Give, The Shining, The 57 Bus, Allegedly, Children of Blood and Bone, Hollow Kingdom.   #14 - #19 Scythe, Children of Virtue and Vengeance, PET, They Both Die At The End, Where the Crawdads Sing, White Fragility. I am thrilled to share the top 25 most checked out at BHS.  #20 - #25 Top 25 Books Checked out at BHS in 2020. Legend, One of Us is Lying, Blended Learning in Action, All the Light We Cannot See, Homegoing, Long Way Down.


    What is Career Connected Learning?

    Career Connected LearningWe are a career awareness program for rising Seattle students to explore careers, meet a variety of industry professionals, and build an initial career and education plan.

    Business partners and students can become involved through service-learning projects, work experience, and internships.



    Worksite Learning Program Expanding | Worksite Learning Applications are being accepted now for fall 2021 from students who will be 16-21 years old in September.

    Students can earn 0.5 CTE credit by completing 180 hours of Worksite Learning per semester through a paid job experience. Having already completed a qualifying CTE class or taking it concurrently (Must have a C or better).

    If interested: Send an email requesting information to: | (Career Connected Learning Coordinator) | Brent Martin, Ballard High School

    Notify your counselor of your intent to enroll in this WSL (worksite learning) course.

    Career Connect Learning: Office Hours via TEAMS:
    M-F 12:30-1:30 or by appointment: send an email to
    Microsoft Teams meeting | Join on your computer or mobile app. Or call in (audio only)
    +1 206-800-4125,,799013360# United States, Seattle
    Phone Conference ID: 799 013 360#

    Career connected learning can be as simple as a businessperson visiting a classroom, talking about what they do. Or a job shadow where a young person learns more about an occupation or business. Or in some cases it can be an internship, or a registered apprenticeship, where youth are paid while they learn hands-on skills.

    Career Connected Learning Coordinators exist to provide students with information on careers, post-secondary education opportunities, administer career assessment tools, plan on site presentations and workshops, managing communication, and organize career fairs.

    At Seattle Public Schools we are committed to providing students with the most relevant career experiences that teach students transferable skills.

    Please visit the SPS Career Connected Learning webpage for specific career and internship opportunities.

    Communication Preferences Info

    School Messenger imageReview how you receive information from Seattle Public Schools and how to manage your Communication Preferences.

    Receive timely, helpful communications from the Ballard HS principal messages, Seattle Public School (SPS) messages and the latest from the Superintendent.

    Manage your Messages

    Do you want phone calls for some messages, but only email or text messages for others? You can manage your Communication Preferences online.

    1. Visit
    2.  Log in with the email on file at your student's school
    3. After you log in, select 'Preferences' in the menu and update how we connect best with you!

    It is important to keep up-to-date contact information on record. When there is an emergency school schedule change, the phone number listed as an emergency contact is called.

    While you need at least one emergency phone on record, you can manage all your communications preferences (email, phone, text and mobile app) by visiting the SPS Communications Preferences webpage. 

    If you have any additional questions at all please contact the Ballard Office Administrative Secretary Cindy Peterson at

    Email and Phone Numbers

    Please make sure we have your most up-to-date information. At the start of every school year, parents and guardians can update family contact information on the Student Verification Form on the Source.  More details to follow.

    Staying Informed | Weather

    If weather conditions make a schedule change necessary, the district will communicate the decision through the following methods and in this order: 

    • TV and Radio Stations | Checking the local television or radio stations is an effective and efficient way to find out if there is a schedule change. Local stations include: TV: KOMO 4, KING 5, KIRO 7, Q13 FOX | Radio: KOMO AM 1000, KIRO 97.3 FM

    • Flash Alert notification system: Check or subscribe for emergency districtwide closures at Seattle Public Schools on Flash Alert

    • Social Media: District Facebook and Twitter accounts. Follow us on and Follow Ballard HS PTSA Facebook as well.

    • District and School Websites: Updates will be posted to the district and our Ballard HS website.

    • Phone calls, emails and text messages: Families will receive a phone call, email, text message and mobile app notification, however other communication methods may be faster to check. 

    Visit the SPS Communication Preferences page for the most current updates and information. Visit the SPS Website Winter Weather Response page for current weather response tips.

    BHS Students: Ways to Stay in the Know

    BHS Students Stay in the KnowThere are many avenues to get your BHS information in addition to your Schoology Resources:

    • REMIND | BHS info on speed dial? Well no, not really, but you can get REMIND text reminders! Sign up and get text updates about important Grade-Level, BPA and Library Events.

    • BHS SCHOOL NEWSLETTERS | Subscribe to the PTSA Weekly News and the BPA Newsletter (Performing Arts). Students Please Note: You'll need to use your own personal email (not your since the SPS email address only accepts email from other SPS emails. Also to note: if you unsubscribe to one newsletter you unsubscribe to both. If you have any questions or want helping signing up, please email  |  SIGN UP TODAY!

    • BHS COMMUNICATION OVERVIEW | How we communicate with Ballard High School students and families.


    KUOB Logo

    Speaker Icon  KUOW The Record | June 24 | How'd the school year go? | Bill Radke spoke with Ballard HS Language Arts Teacher Melissa Baron and other teachers, about what worked and...what didn't work this year and looking ahead to fall.

    KUOW's The Record


    KUOW's The Record These teachers are preparing for another year of distance learning

    KUOW The Record | Host Bill Radke leads in-depth conversations about what matters today in Seattle and beyond with the June 24, 2020 discussion with Ballard HS Language Arts Teacher Melissa Baron.

    Eric's Heroes: Ballard HS Principal Keven Wynkoop

    Mr Wynkoop at deskSEATTLE Nov 9, 2016 -- So often we tend to focus disproportionately on what is wrong with our public schools, instead of what is right. We tell you about the occasional failures, but neglect to inform about the multitude of little miracles. The truth is, there are thousands of heroes working in the trenches every morning to make our schools better.

    So, please allow me to send you to the principal’s office to meet a man who is inspiring kids and getting results where it really counts: in our public schools, with the people who will take what we leave behind and forge it into a future. His name is Keven Wynkoop, and he’s my hero. Eric Johnson (KOMO News).  


    Direct to Video >

    Welcome Back In-Person & Remote Students Too! 

     Welcome Back BHS Building 

    Back to School Safety Video & Building Tour 

    Watch Welcome Back to Ballard video on YouTube

    Watch BHS Building Tour video on YouTube


     Visit the In-Person and Remote Students Information page for all school updates! Watch Back to Ballard video on YouTube and BHS Building Tour on YouTube.

    Ballard, Kamiak, Franklin Pierce, and Steilacoom Choirs - Hope Lingers On

    Hope Lingers On Collage of students The combined choirs from Ballard High School, Kamiak High School, Franklin Pierce High School, and Steilacoom High School collaboratively present Hope Lingers

    On by Lissa Schneckenburger, arranged by Andrea Ramsey. Learned, recorded, and produced entirely online, Spring 2021. Special thanks to our guest clinician, Dr. Angie Kasper from Western Washington University!

    Hope Lingers On >

    The collaboration on this piece started last summer, when the Courtney Rowley the Director at Ballard High School was talking with colleagues about how they would approach this online school year. They were all craving community and knew that our students would be as well.

    With music festivals and in person concerts cancelled, they wanted to find a way to bring students together and give them some semblance of a music community!

    They were able to bring in Dr. Angela Kasper from Western Washington University to introduce the project to our students, delve into the meaning of the text, and provide inspiration to all of them. Written by Lissa Schneckenburger and arranged by Andrea Ramsey, the text for Hope Lingers On really speaks to the moment we are in and was something all of our students could relate to.

    "It was a joy to work with them on this project and the performance included over 200 students, 4 schools, great message, diverse participants and they are so excited to share this song with the wider community!" ~ Courtney Rowley Director of Choirs at Ballard High School.

    Visit the Performing Arts website for more information about the Ballard Performing Arts program. 

    Vivian Belcher Memorial Bench

    Greetings Staff and friends of Vivian, There was a brief but poignant ceremony to dedicate a memorial bench for Vivian Belcher, Ballard’s beloved Administrative Secretary that passed away last January 2019. The bench will be a place to rest, reflect, and renew while enjoying the sunshine, chatting with a friend, or waiting for a ride.

    The bench is located outside the south side door entrance that Vivian used as a primary entrance. This area under the tree was also her command center during our emergency preparedness drills. She would have loved the location. We hope to see you enjoying the bench sometime in the future.

    BHS School Vivian bench and shadows

    Incoming Freshman Families

    BHS WatercolorIncoming Freshman families, please view our Ballard High School’s website learn more about our school and  hear from Ballard staff & students on why "It's Always Great To Be a Beaver!"


    Welcome Freshman! | Start Exploring! >