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PTSA Mission Statement

PTSA
Mission Statement

Create an inclusive, supportive community that cultivates a tradition of excellence for all students

Who We Are

* Become a Member * Volunteer * Donate *

Become a BHS PTSA member, advocate, or volunteer. Donate to help us close the funding gaps. Visit the Volunteer Opportunities to see how you can help out at Ballard HS no matter how big or small. The BHS PTSA is run by volunteers that donate their time to help promote and support the social, emotional, and academic well-being of all students. You can make a difference!

Come To A PTSA Board or General Meeting

23-24 PTSA Board & General Meetings Schedule

Parents, Staff sitting at PTSA Meeting.

The BHS PTSA Board meeting are held on a Thursday of the month, unless noted differently below. Please email: BHS President Karla Rava for Board meeting location and/or Zoom link at bhs.ptsa.pres@gmail.com if you would like to attend.

PTSA Board & General Meeting Dates

  • Mar. 7: Board Meeting from 6 – 7 p.m.
  • April 18: Board Meeting from 6 – 7 p.m.
  • May 9: Board Meeting from 6 – 7 p.m.
  • June 13: Board Meeting from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    • BHS PTSA General Meeting Awards & Voting New Board at 7 p.m.
  • BHS PTSA General Meeting at 7 p.m.

Current PTSA Volunteer Openings!

Membership (Shared Position): We have an immediate opening for Membership Volunteer. Reach out to the BHS Community and share PTSA Membership information through newsletter updates.

Legislative Liaison Needed (Shared Position): We have an immediate opening for Legislative Liaison (Advocacy Chair). Share advocacy news and information with the Ballard HS community through newsletter updates, information shares at monthly meetings, and promote attendance at WSPTA and SCPTSA events of interest.

BLT Representative Needed (Shared Position): We have an immediate opening for a Building Leadership Team (BLT) PTSA volunteer which includes the principal, staff members, teacher representatives and parent representatives from each grade. It is a goal setting body, primarily charged with developing school-wide initiatives and strategies to further academic achievement and foster a positive school climate. The BLT meets on the second Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. Additional information is on the PTSA BLT page.

PTSA Newsletter Editor: Time to start thinking about the next school year 24-25. Have questions now reach out to the current PTSA Communication Team or the Nominating Committee as well.

Learn more about the Ballard HS PTSA on What Does the PTSA Do? page. 
Questions? Interested? Email Nominating Committee Chair Victoria Watson; join.bhs.ptsa@gmail.com.

Become a BHS PTSA Member

Why Become a Member of the PTSA?

PTSA Board Members
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We encourage everyone in the Ballard HS community to become a Parent, Teacher, Student Association member. If I become a BHS PTSA Member, do I have to go to meetings? No, but we hope everyone will attend our General PTSA Meetings, where a paid membership allows you to vote! If I become a member, do I have to volunteer? No, joining and becoming a paid member of the BHS PTSA is not the same as volunteering. If you choose to volunteer, we appreciate the parent/guardian and community help and support, but volunteering is not required.

Meet Some PTSA Members

Karla Rava
Karla Rava PTSA President

PTSA President Karla Rava It was wonderful meeting so many of you at the new family information night. As a parent of an incoming 9th grader, I’m also excited for this next big step. Between Principal Abby Hunt, the counselors, teachers, and all the support staff, we are really positioned for success at Ballard High. 

If you have any questions about the PTSA, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Our Mission is to, “Create an inclusive, supportive community that cultivates a tradition of excellence for all students.” ~ Karla Rava; bhs.ptsa.pres@gmail.com

Kim Flin
Kim Flin PTSA VP

PTSA VP Kim Flin Why PTSA? I believe being involved at my kids school emphasizes that school is important while reinforcing they matter and are supported. Bonus about being involved at BHS, I’m more informed and get to know a wider circle of families and teachers. I have two boys; BHS Sophomore, Ramon and BHS 2015 graduate, Isaac. I was active at BHS with my oldest in many areas, football, PTSA, SPREE, GALA and many fundraising activities. I’m excited to be an active BHS PTSA again and support where needed.
Note: Kim was a PTA Golden Acorn Volunteer recipient in 2014-15!

Gloria Kruzner
Gloria Kruzner

Hello, I’m Gloria Kruzner, parent of a senior (and a BBHS 2017 alum, ahem!), and the PTSA Newsletter Editor. I joined the PTSA because I’ve enjoyed volunteering at my kids’ schools over the years, and although I usually purchased a PTSA membership, I never really attended a meeting. A chance posting that I did on the Friends of Ballard Facebook (go Botany Plant Sale!) led to me being asked to edit the newsletter. Which led to attending those dreaded meetings! But, I’ve come to find out they are actually really fun (especially online – !) and it’s great to see all the focused work on behalf of our students and staff. I love learning more about our community and bringing information to you every week throughout the school year in the newsletter. As one who was hesitant to sit at the table, let me know what I can do to make the PTSA more accessible for you! We want all our voices represented on our team. Reach out at ballardhighnews@gmail.com Go Beavers!

Hi, my name is Shelley Rousseau, a parent of two students at Ballard. My husband and I moved from Chicago to Seattle in 2001, and we have lived in the neighborhood, just down the street from the high school, ever since.

I have been active as a volunteer in various roles supporting Ballard Performing Arts and now PTSA as Treasurer. Prior to having children I was a history teacher, and I previously worked in finance. My role with PTSA is a great way to stay engaged in the school community, and allows me to use my skills in ways that helps others. I really enjoy working with the other parents and the broader Ballard community. It’s great to be back in school, and I’m looking forward to helping PTSA support our students and programs. Email Shelley at bhs.ptsa.treas@gmail.com.

Gena Mason Frank

Hello! I’m Gena Mason Frank, parent of a student at Ballard, as well as a student at Whitman MS. While I’ve been involved with both Whittier and Whitman when my kids were younger, I noticed that as my kids got to High School I felt less connected to the school and to other parents.

I joined the PTSA to be a bigger part of the high school school experience for myself, but also for my kids. I’m excited to be a part of a fun team of parents, but to also get to know administration and staff as well. I look forward to meeting new people and seeing your faces (virtually) at our PTSA meetings! 

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Executive Committee

President: Karla Rava; bhs.ptsa.pres@gmail.com
Vice President
: Kim Flin; bhs.ptsa.vp@gmail.com
Treasurer:  Shelley Rousseau; bhs.ptsa.treas@gmail.com
Secretary: Kelly Mazzola; bhs.ptsa.sec@gmail.com

Executive Board

Executive Committee: includes the positions listed above
Co-Volunteer Coordinators: Jen Wenrick and Joy Das Gupta;
volunteer.ballardhs@gmail.com
Co-Membership Chairs: Lisa Vanderford-Anderson and Deborah Frieze;
bhs.ptsa.membershipchair@gmail.com and an additional
Membership OPEN position. Email Victoria Watson; join.bhs.ptsa@gmail.com
Legislative Liaison: OPEN; Email Victoria Watson; join.bhs.ptsa@gmail.com
Principal: Ms. Abby Hunt; abhunt@seattleschools.org
Building Leadership Team (BLT): Karen Morse; karen.morse@gmail.com
and OPEN position: email Victoria Watson; join.bhs.ptsa@gmail.com
Family & Community Engagement (FACE): Victoria Watson;
bhs.ptsa.face@gmail.com

Standing Committee

PTSA Newsletter Editor: Gloria Kruzner; ballardhighnews@gmail.com
Special Edition School & PTSA News:
Diane Taylor; dmtaylor@seattleschools.org
PTSA Social Media Facebook, Instagram:
Gloria Kruzner and Diane Taylor (Seniors);
ballardhighnews@gmail.com and diane@jdmt.com
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): Shelley Bolser;
DEIatBHS@gmail.com
Grants: Libet Wallblom; libetwallblom@gmail.com and
Nancy Wesche; nwesche@hotmail.com
Direct Appeal Fundraising: Kristin Anderson; bhs.ptsa.directappeal@gmail.com
SPREE: Shelby Reynolds; shelby@ShineEventDesign.com
and Darcy Greene; craigdarcy@comcast.net
Reflections (PTA Arts): Anna Harper; bhs.ptsa.reflectionscmte@gmail.com
Staff Appreciation Co-Chairs:
Lisa Vanderford-Anderson & Lisa Willis; bhs.ptsa.membershipchair@gmail.com
Nominating Committee: Victoria Watson; join.bhs.ptsa@gmail.com
Gala Dinner Chair: Carol Cheyne, and Laura Kitchel; ballardgala@gmail.com
Gala Communication: Gena Mason Frank & Jeannette Chen
BHS Website Editor:
Diane Taylor; (Ballard HS website) dmtaylor@seattleschools.org and
PTSA Pages (DEI, Fundraising, What We Do): Diane Taylor; diane@jdmt.com

As of Feb. 25, 2024

Ballard HS PTSA 2023-24 Standing Rules

  1. The name of the PTSA unit shall be known as the Ballard High School, Seattle Council Local Unit Number 6.15.460.
  2. This unit was incorporated as a nonprofit corporation in the State of Washington on March 13, 1985. It is also tax exempt under IRS Code 501(c)(3).
  3. The membership service fees of this unit shall be $10 per adult. For Student/Staff membership service fees shall be $8. For a two Parent/Guardian (not including students) membership service fees shall be $20. For a Community member service fees shall be $10. The Ballard High School PTSA may offer full or partial membership subsidies to persons requesting them in accordance with the Membership Subsidy Policy, which shall be reviewed by the membership annually.
  4. The nominating committee shall be elected on or before March 31.
  5. The elected officers of this unit shall be: President(s), Vice President(s), Secretary, and Treasurer, who shall comprise the Executive Committee. Officers shall be elected by May 15.
  6. The Executive Board shall consist of the elected officers, Principal, and chairs of the Membership, Volunteer, and Legislative Committees, FACE (Family and Community Engagement) Chair, as well as representatives to the Building Leadership Team. Each member of the Executive Board shall have an individual or co-chairs vote.
  7. All officers and Executive Board members shall be current PTSA members.
  8. General membership meetings of this unit shall be held at least three (3) times per year, beginning in September. Executive Board meetings shall be held monthly beginning in September.
  9. Voting delegates to the Seattle Council PTSA shall be the President and three authorized delegates.
  10. The standing rules shall be adopted annually by a majority vote at the Fall General PTSA Meeting. The standing rules may be amended at any regular general membership meeting by two‐thirds (2/3) vote, or if fifteen days notice is given, by a majority vote.
  11. The budget of this unit shall be approved by the membership at the last general meeting of the prior fiscal year in May. (Fiscal year starts July 1 and ends June 30.)
  12. Authority is given to the Executive Board to reallocate funds within the approved budget without vote of the general membership.
  13. Parliamentary authority shall be “Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised.”
  14. The quorum for this unit shall be one member more than half of the Executive Board members.
  15. This unit shall be an affiliate of the Seattle Council PTSA, the Washington State PTA, and the National PTA. This unit shall follow the guidelines and by‐laws of the Washington State PTA, where they are not inconsistent with the standing rules.
  16. When necessary or as a normal order of operation, BHS PTSA may conduct relevant business via app or web based video service and allow online voting tool and/or by mail for election of the nominating committee, officers and approval of annual budgets.

PTSA Weekly Newsletter – Stay in the Know

The BHS PTSA Communication Team: Gloria Kruzner, and Diane Taylor help get information out in various ways to the BHS Community via the PTSA Newsletter, Instagram, Facebook Accounts, and information posted on the School Website. The BHS PTSA Weekly Newsletter is a PTSA member volunteer-run informational newsletter that is emailed to subscribed families with important information for families and students, including sports, clubs, performing arts, community news and more! View PTSA Newsletters

If you are not receiving the newsletter or want to add a 2nd email or a student (Personal email NOT student SPS email) Subscribe via the online sign up or email ballardhighnews@gmail.com (students grade & name).


Benefits of Being a Member of the BHS PTSA

The Ballard High School PTSA supports students and teachers through:

  1. Twice yearly teacher grants
  2. Advocacy efforts (voter forums, newsletter advocacy updates)
  3. Parent-education meetings
  4. Volunteer support
  5. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee meetings, programs and outreach
  6. Staff appreciation events
  7. Family And Community Engagement (This includes the Bucky’s Home for the Holidays gift card donations for BHS families who could use assistance; campus cleanup efforts; and partnership with the Ballard Food Bank’s Weekend Food for Kids program)
  8. Weekly newsletters and social media communications

Anyone who supports Ballard High students, staff, and families is welcome to join the Ballard High PTSA and volunteer to support our endeavors. The PTSA is your opportunity to be engaged in your student’s education … and build relationships with other families in the community. This includes everyone our name implies (Parents, Teachers, and Students), as well as alumni, grandparents, extended family members, community members, and more! 

The more members we have, the more we can fulfill our mission. Your membership not only gives your voice a vote at our general meetings, but our total membership numbers also affect the number of seats we are allowed at the WSPTA Fall Legislative Assembly and the number of submissions available for our students to participate in the annual PTA Reflections Arts Program. Thank you for your support!

Reminder! If you registered/joined in prior years, you will still need to renew your membership for every school year.


BHS Legislative Advocacy Updates

Legislative Sessions

The Legislative Session continues into Week 6. WSPTA Legislative Consultant Marie Sullivan has tracked bills of interest with her latest Bill Status Report, highlighting those that share the same legislative priorities established by the WSPTA. Interested in learning more? The WSPTA has organized Action Alerts to keep you posted on the legislative session.

January 2024 was a busy month in Olympia, including WSPTA’s Focus on Advocacy campaign. View a summary of last week’s legislative activity by WSPTA Legislative Consultant Marie Sullivan, and don’t forget to track bills with her latest Bill Status Report.

Some Bills of Interest:

  • SB 6216 would establish a statewide network for student mental and behavioral health and HB 2309 would establish the Washington 13 Free Guarantee to pay for one year of community/technical college for all Washington public high school graduates within 1 year of graduation.
  • HB 2374 would establish the Washington Promise Program to pay for 2 years of community/technical college for Washington public high school graduates from families with incomes 150% below the median family income and HB 2018 would task state agencies with creating a model policy for restricting mobile phone use in schools and would require school districts to adopt their own policies and procedures by the 2027-28 school year.

BHS PTSA Advocacy Resources

Interested in learning more? The WSPTA has organized Action Alerts to keep you posted on the legislature. Keep up to date with updates on the PTSA Newsletters as well as following issues on the Wa. State PTA Advocacy site. In addition, families, students and staff can help by advocating and voting for increased funding for schools at the National PTAState PTA and local Seattle SCPTSA level

Seattle Council PTA (SCPTSA) Advocacy

Visit the Seattle Council PTSA website for current updates and information for families to stay up to date on issues. Call to Action: Refer to the SCPTSA News posts often to stay up to date on current issues.

Washington State PTA (WSPTA) Advocacy

Any PTA member is encouraged to submit an issue, or a resolution, or learn more about the legislative principle that addresses concerns that affect children on a statewide level to the Washington State PTA (WSPTA). The WSPTA relies on it’s members to provide the priorities that we will advocate for at the state level and within our communities. View the WSPTA video page for more information.

BHS PTSA Legislative Corner

At Signing on April 25, 2023

Governor signing bill laws

At signing of three major gun violence prevention bills today at the Capitol.

Ban on new sales of assault weapons (semi-automatic rifles), 10 day waiting period, training, and state background check with record keeping to purchase; and civil liability for irresponsible gun manufacturers and dealers.

WA now leading the way on GVP at long last! ~Brian

Duncan to Witness Governor Sign GVP Bills into Law

Capitol Building

Congratulations to BHS PTSA Legislative Liaison & SCPTSA High School 22-23 Chair Brian Duncan for his steadfast advocacy around gun-violence prevention. For all his efforts, both on the PTSA front and with the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, he will be an invited guest for Gov. Jay Inslee’s April 25 signing of three gun violence prevention bills.

“I’ll be present and representing at the bill signing on Tuesday for these long-time coming and hard won gun violence prevention bills,” Brian enthused. “Hallelujah; let’s keep going, saving lives and ending the terror of gun violence oppressing us all!” ~ Brian Duncan

HB 1240, (Assault Weapons Ban on sales) Establishing firearms-related safety measures to increase public safety. HB 1143, (10 day waiting period and required training) Concerning requirements for the purchase or transfer of firearms. and SB 5078, (Civil liability for irresponsible gun manufactures and dealers) Protecting public safety by establishing duties of firearm industry members.

Time to Raise Our Voices | June 2022

The Ballard High School PTSA joins the National PTA in calling upon Congress and the Administration to immediately address the many factors that contribute to the rampant gun violence in the United States.
This includes:
✓ Funding research on the causes and effects of gun violence on youth and communities, as well as evidence-based strategies to reduce gun violence.
✓ Establishing education programs to teach students, parents and community members about gun safety and violence prevention.
✓ Requiring a waiting period and a comprehensive background check for all individuals prior to purchasing a firearm.
✓ Restricting internet gun sales, including kits that can be used to make and modify guns.
✓ Banning access to military-style semi-automatic assault weapons.
PTA offers an easy-to-use dashboard to take action on this issue.
In addition, the local nonprofit Alliance for Gun Responsibility has additional resources and Every town for Gun Safety has more sample letters as well. Thank you for joining us in action.


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