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    Principal Wynkoop | PTSA Meeting & Week of June 14 - 18 Bell Schedule
    Posted on 06/06/2021
    Principal Wynkoop at desk | Letters To Families

    Ballard Families,

    As we are now in the last two weeks of school, I know that everyone is ready for a chance to rejuvenate this Summer. I have a couple of important updates that I want to make sure that everyone is aware of for these last two weeks.

    Week 9 | June 14 - 18 Bell Schedule >

    The Governor’s order that sent all of us back to in-person school included a strict requirement for the number of hours of in-person school that every student was offered this Spring. The schedule that SEA and SPS agreed to didn’t quite have enough hours, so the plan included a provision that the last week of school would include additional in-person time to meet the requirement. Changing the schedule for the last week is a big disruption, but we are required to do it.

    The detailed schedule is linked above, but the summary is that we will have three periods meet twice Monday through Thursday (like they are now) and all six classes will meet once on the last day of school. The major change is that all week Cohort A will be in-person in the mornings and Cohort B will be in-person in the afternoons. Cohort C (fully remote students) and whichever cohort is not in-person will call in via MS Teams for the other half of each day. See the attachment for a detailed representation of this and the actual class times. We will not have the usual Wednesday early release, but we will have the traditional one-hour early dismissal on the last day of school.

    Laptop Return

    All students need to return their district issued laptops on the last day of school, Friday, June 18 during or immediately after their last in-person class of the day (3rd period for Cohort A and 6th period for Cohort B). Cohort C will need to bring their laptops during or immediately after 6th period.

    Collecting the laptops is a hassle that we did not anticipate being required to do, but there are important updates that will happen to the machines this Summer. If students keep their laptops, the updates will all attempt to upload on the 1st day of school and it will crush the entire system.

    The ONLY students that can keep their laptops for the Summer are those that are going to be completing Incompletes or are enrolled in Summer School.

    If you are unable to get your district laptop to school on the 18th, please make arrangements with Cindy Peterson to drop it off to school as soon as possible after school ends. She can be reached at 206-252-1000 or via e-mail at

    PTSA Meetings

    The PTSA has two exciting meetings this week that I would love to have you join.

    • June 8 at 7pm | First, our PTSA has partnered with Lincoln HS, Roosevelt HS, Eckstein MS and Hamilton MS to bring renowned speaker Erin Jones to discuss “how lower-diversity schools in Seattle's North End can create a more equitable and inclusive environment for students of color.” This is an extremely important topic and Ms. Jones is a wonderful speaker. I strongly encourage you to call into the meeting tonight, 6/8, at 7:00pm.

      To do so, follow these instructions: Advanced registration is required. Text "TABLETALKS" to 41444. After filling out the form, look for a reply email with the subject: "You're signed up for A Conversation with Erin Jones!" This contains the Zoom link. (Note: This verification email may arrive in your SPAM or Promotions folder). If you would prefer to sign up via email, send your name and "Ballard High School" to

    • June 10 at 7pm | On Thursday, June 10 the Ballard PTSA will be celebrating our end of the year General Meeting at 7:00pm. We will be reflecting on this wild year and giving out the annual PTSA awards. I would especially love to have lots of parents join us to honor the Outstanding Educators that are being recognized for their tireless work this year for our students.

    It is exciting to look ahead to what will hopefully be a more normal 21-22 school year. The state currently is planning for us to be full time in-person school in the Fall (with a district remote option) without six foot spacing in classrooms, but still wearing masks. This could easily change before September 1 depending on which direction infection rates go.

    I want to thank everyone in our community for the awesome way that we have come together to support each other and keep each other safe in the last 15 months. I have never been more proud to be part of this community.

    Keven Wynkoop

    This email message was sent via SchoolMessenger to Ballard Families on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. If you did not receive this email please check your profile in SchoolMessenger as well as your spam folder and email the Administrative Secretary Cindy Peterson at if you have any questions.