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PTSA Mission Statement


Mission Statement

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

Who We Are

* Become a Member * Volunteer * Donate *

Becoming a BHS PTSA member, advocate, or volunteer and 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! We need your voice!

Come To A PTSA Board or General Meeting

23-24 PTSA Board & General Meetings Schedule

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

PTSA Board & General Meeting Dates

Parents, Staff sitting at PTSA Meeting.
  • Tuesday, Oct 17: Board Meeting from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    • BHS PTSA General at 7 p.m.
  • Nov. 16: Board Meeting from 6 – 7 p.m.
  • Dec 7: Board Meeting from 6 – 7 p.m.
  • Jan. 11, 2024: Board Meeting from 6 – 7 p.m.
  • Feb. 15: Board Meeting from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    • BHS PTSA General Meeting at 7 p.m.
  • 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.

Join the BHS PTSA Become a Member

Why Become a Member of the PTSA?

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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! Our first General Meeting of the school year will be on Oct 17, 2023. 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. More benefits of being a yearly paid BHS PTSA Member are listed below.

PTSA Board 23-24

Executive Committee

President: Karla Rava,
Vice President
: Open
Treasurer:  Shelley Rousseau and Victoria Van
Secretary: Kelly Mazzola

Executive Board

Executive Committee: includes the positions listed above
Co-Volunteer Coordinators: Jen Wenrick and Joy Das Gupta
Co-Membership Chairs: Lisa Vanderford-Anderson and Deborah Frieze,
Legislative Liaison: Stephanie King,
Co-Legislative Liaison: Open, Email:
Principal: Ms. Abby Hunt,
Building Leadership Team (BLT): Kristi De Vadder;
and Karen Morse;
Family & Community Engagement (FACE): Victoria Watson,

Standing Committee

PTSA Newsletter Editor: Gloria Kruzner,
Special Edition School & PTSA News:
Diane Taylor,
PTSA Social Media Facebook, Instagram, Twitter:
Gloria Kruzner and Diane Taylor (Seniors)
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): Shelley Bolser,
Grants: Libet Wallblom, and
Nancy Wesche,
Direct Appeal Fundraising: Open, Email:
SPREE: Shelby (email to follow)
Reflections (PTA Arts Program): Anna Harper,
Staff Appreciation Co-Chairs:
Lisa Vanderford-Anderson & Lisa Willis,
Gala Dinner Chair: Carol Cheyne, and Laura Kitchel
BHS Website Editor (district website) & PTSA Pages:
Diane Taylor,

More Benefits of Being a BHS PTSA Member

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.
  9. And with you

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 Liaison Resources

Keep up to date with updates on the PTSA Weekly Newsletters as well following issues and information 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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The Ballard High School PTSA is a 501(c)(3) entity, Federal Tax ID #91-1303069