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                                                             HM JHS PTSA 7.3.95 October 2020  Wolf Tracks Newsletter
President's Message

Hello JHS family,

We made it to October!  Great job everyone.  This month is very busy advocacy month for WSPTA as we will be voting on our new top 5 legislative platform priorities at Legislative Assembly.  
​We are also working hard on encouraging all registered voters to mail in your ballots by the Nov 3rd deadline. So many before us have fought hard to give us the privilege to vote so let's honor their sacrifices and turn in our ballots. 
Laura Peterson
JHS PTSA President
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Important Dates 
Oct 12-26 JHS Deca Spirit Wear Store open
Oct 16 No school for students (teacher work day)
Oct 19 Let's Connect-district regional zoom meeting 5pm
Oct 24-25 WSPTA Legislative Assembly
Nov 5  "What's Next Class" for Jr parents *will be an online  webinar
Nov 6 Reflections Art Entries Due
Nov 10 MOD Dine Out Fundraiser

Current Membership: 191         2019-20: 505

Click to join! We invite you to become a PTSA Member!
Anyone can join the PTSA -  students, parents, staff, relatives and community citizens. We need you to make the parent, teacher, student association a strong and vital partnership at Jackson High School.  Our goal is to have one PTSA member for every Jackson student in our school. Just because our children are a little taller, a little older, and a little smarter, does that mean they don't still need us? Join today online or by printing and completing the membership form and mail it to JHS PTSA, 1508 136th St SE, Mill Creek, WA  98012.
Don’t forget your PTSA membership entitles you to year-round multiple discounts including Silverwood, Wild Waves, Lego Land and so much more.  Check out our membership page to see a list of local businesses that also give PTSA discounts.


September Membership Meeting Recap
Business included member approval of our standing rules, goals and revised 2020-21 budget.Winner of the attendee door prize was  Lisa Wininger.  She will be receiving a JHS mask and Teen Truth book.  We forgot to discuss the WSPTA Standards of Affiliation (SOA). This checklist will help local PTA and council leaders ensure their independent nonprofit business remains current with all IRS, state, insurance, and PTA requirements. 

New Communication Tool Added
Open PTSA positions
VP of Fundraising-
Jackson High is actively seeking a volunteer for a position of Vice President of fundraising. 
The VP of Fundraising shall continue researching new options for fundraising. Any fundraising activities should take into account the PTSA current goals and objectives. This VP needs to make very clear to the parent community the reason behind any fundraising event, i.e., what programs it will support or what curriculum enhancement it will purchase. In addition, the VP of Fundraising will make sure that the community is aware that contributions or gifts to the Jackson High PTSA are tax deductible   
If you're creative and fond of helping the school community then this is something for you. Join our team today. 
For more details email
Beenish Iqbal,
Wolf Tracks Newsletter Publisher/Designer
Staff Liaison-this can be a co position and is a staff member that attends our meetings to share news from staff to our members and also helps us share our news with staff via email.

Reflections Art Contest
    Reflections is a National PTA arts recognition program that helps students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence, and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful not only in school, but in life.
  Students in pre-K through grade 12 create original works of art in response to a theme. The theme for the 2020-2021 program year is I Matter Because… Students submit their completed works of art in one, or all, of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.
  Learn about how the theme was selected and how it can inspire young artists from National PTA President-Elect Anna King.
  Our JHS PTSA website has all the current info and entry forms.

Students can also submit entries for the Reflections Theme contest.  These are due Nov. 1st. and get submitted directly to the WSPTA office. National PTA is seeking a theme for the 2022-2023 Reflections program year. The student who submits the winning entry will receive $100 and his or her theme will be presented at the annual National PTA Convention in June 2021. Repeat themes will not be considered.
Register to vote!
It’s easy! You can register online at or stop by your school office to pick up paper registration materials. Every 2 years, 7 million Americans turn 18 and become eligible to vote. These newly minted adults vote at a much lower rate than the general population. But we can change that— encourage the youth in your community to register to vote!  #PTAVotes

WSPTA Legislative Assembly
The 42nd annual WSPTA Legislative Assembly will take place virtually from October 24-25, 2020. Caucusing, education sessions, and other activities will begin September 29, 2020.

At the legislative assembly, you will discover the power PTA has to advocate for the success of every child – the whole child. In PTA every member has an equal voice, and your input matters a great deal to me, and to the success of our grassroots member-driven platform. PTA is needed more than ever right now, and you can help.

The process will look different this year, but we can still accomplish the same goals we would have by meeting in person. If you are a PTSA member (students included!) and are interested in attending for JHS and being a voting delegate, let Laura know by Oct 6th. Here are some great reasons to attend:
  • Take part in deciding Washington State PTA’s top 5 legislative priorities for 2020-2022. This only happens every two years!
  • Add your PTA’s voice to the other supported items in our legislative platform.
  • Attend education sessions to learn about the proposed issues and resolutions and about advocacy at all levels – state, district, and local.
  • Participate in caucusing and debate, and share ideas with your peers.
WSPTA Legislative Survey
Please help let your voting delegates from JHS know what issues are important to you by completing 
an e-survey that can be shared with members to learn what priorities are important within your community. After the survey closes on October 9, WSPTA will send each PTA the results for their PTA community.

Thank you to Katie Stark for setting up our new Instagram account.

A standing ovation (they literally stood for hours) for our PTA BOD members that helped with the school drive thru supply events: Denise Constantineau, Michelle Thomas, Laura Peterson, Joanna Ghosh, and Beenish Iqbal.


Big round of applause for all our amazing JHS staff.  They have worked above and beyond.

We appreciate all of you that supported the PTSA budget by buying masks during our online fundraiser.

JHS PTSA Fundraising

*For amazon smile, our address is listed as being in Tacoma (where the WSPTA office is located)

You can help JHS PTSA earn donations
just by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card!

Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Henry M. Jackson High PTSA 7.3.95 at You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number LG295.
Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping JHS PTSA earn a donation!
You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
For more information, please visit
JHS News

Is your wardrobe lacking any JHS sportswear? The JHS Deca student group will running a spirit wear store this month.  Store opens on the 12th. There will be a wide variety of choices for students, staff, & parents
  • Many items will be offered with a choice of different JHS logos
  • Pay at the time of order with credit card
  • Orders will be bagged individually per orde
  • Pickup will be at JHS the week of November 9. More details to follow
Produced by a local small business in Snohomish
Sponsored by and proceeds benefit JHS DECA
Full details will be on JHS website by Monday afternoon

AP students and families!
We hope your school year is off to a great start! CollegeBoard requires students to register for AP Exams in the fall. The payment deadline for ordering your exam is October 30, 2020.

Exam fees can be paid online using the Everett Public Schools online payment website: Exam fees can be paid in the ASB office every Monday, Wednesday & Friday 8am - noon through October 30th. Everyone who enters the building will need to wear a mask, be free of symptoms and complete this waiver.

Given this year's unusual circumstances, in 2020-21 CollegeBoard will waive the $40 per exam cancellation fee for any student who decides not to test.
Students who register and pay by Friday, October 30th will pay $95 per exam ($143 for Capstone: AP Seminar and AP Research). Payment plans are available in the ASB office.
Students who qualify for Free or Reduced-priced Meals, should apply as early as possible for the 2020-21 school year.  If your student qualifies for free or reduced-price meals, they may be eligible for reduced AP Exam Fees and need to contact Mrs. Wirtz to register. Reduced rate exams cannot be ordered online.
AP Seminar and Research students are required to pay for the exam since they are through-course assessment classes.
Cancellation and Late Fees mandated by College Board: If students are not ready to commit to taking the exam by the October 30 payment deadline and decide to register at a later date (prior to March 12), they can still do so with an additional $40 fee. No exams can be ordered after March 12, 2021. Please email Mrs. Wirtz with any questions:
District News
2020 High School & Beyond Event
The High School & Beyond event will be completely virtual this year. The Pacific Northwest Association for College Admissions Counseling has been in the process of designing remote opportunities for students and families to connect with colleges and universities from all over the country. The Washington-specific portion will take place live from October 19-23. The presentations will also be recorded and will remain available until December 31st.
The virtual event site is available here:
 In order to participate, register using the blue buton in the top right-hand corner of the page. Once registered, you will be able to preview the college fair booths beginning on September 15 all the way through December 31. College representatives and presenation will be “live” during the days and times below:

Evento de Preparatoria y Más Allá 2020
(High School & Beyond) 

El evento de “High School & Beyond” será realizado completamente virtual este año. El consejo de la asociación de admisiones universitarias del pacífico noroeste (Pacific Northwest Association for College Admissions Counseling) ha estado en el proceso de diseñar oportunidades virtuales para que los estudiantes y sus familias se conecten con colleges y universidades de todo el país. La porción específica de Washington se llevará a cabo en vivo del 19 al 23 de octubre. Las presentaciones también serán grabadas y estarán disponibles hasta el 31 de diciembre.

El sitio para el evento virtual se encuentra aquí:

Para poder participar, regístrese usando el botón azul en la esquina superior derecha de la página. Una vez registrado, podrá tener una vista previa de los stands de la feria a partir del 15 de septiembre hasta el 31 de diciembre. Los representantes de las universidades y sus presentaciones estarán en “vivo” durante las fechas y horas siguientes:

Everett Public Schools Parent University is available 24/7 online and mobile, for you to access important resources to help support your student’s remote learning. You can find details on how to access and log in to Canvas, how to view your student’s schedule, where to get meals, and much more. Resources will continue to be added throughout the year. You will find Parent University, and all other information related to remote learning, at 

Let’s Connect
You are invited to connect with district leaders and engage in conversation on October 19 from 5 – 6 p.m. (topic to be determined). We want to hear from you and hope you can attend a zoom meeting to share your thoughts. Please check your email for an invitation to connect with your school’s regional superintendent and other district leaders. Be sure to check your email, RSVP required to receive the link for the zoom meeting.  Let’s Connect!  

Homeless resources
We care about all our Everett Public Schools families and know many are experiencing economic impacts due to changes in the economy. If not your family directly, you may know others who are starting to question whether there is any help available. If you are staying temporarily with someone else because you lost your housing, or are staying in a motel, campground, shelter, outside or are in an inadequate place, you and your children have special rights at school. Everett Public Schools’ Kids in Transition (KIT) program supports students who qualify as homeless under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Act. Students without a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence may qualify. The KIT program works to eliminate barriers to students’ academic success. If you believe your child qualifies, please complete the online Housing Questionnaire. For more information, visit the KIT website or contact the KIT office at 425-385-4032. 
Rights include:
  • Keeping your children in the same school even if you move, and receiving transportation to that school, as long as it is in the student’s best interest;
  • Enrolling in school immediately without the documents schools usually require;
  • Receiving free school meals;
  • Getting help with school supplies and other needs;
  • Receiving extra support for youth who are on their own;
  • Connecting young children with early childhood services;
  • and referrals to other community resources. 
If you find yourself in a dangerous situation, or in need of medical, emotional, or physical support, please see this list of national hotlines that provide an array of services. All hotlines listed are national hotlines providing 24/7 support across the United States. In Snohomish County, you may call 425-25-ABUSE (425-252-2873) In an emergency, call 911 for the police, get yourself and your children to a safe place, seek medical attention and call DVS for assistance.
(Si se encuentra usted en una situación de peligro, o necesita de apoyo médico, emocional o físico, por favor vea estas líneas de ayuda nacionales que ofrecen una cantidad de servicios. Todas las líneas de ayuda son nacionales y ofrecen soporte 24/7 en todos los Estados Unidos. En el condado de Snohomish, puede llamar a 425-25-ABUSE (425-252-2873) En caso de emergencia, marque al 911 para la policía, busque usted y sus hijos estar en un lugar seguro, busquen atención médica y llame a DVS para recibir asistencia.)

Everett PTSA Council 7.3 & Region 7
JHS PTSA, along with all the PTAs in our school district, is supported by Everett PTSA Council 7.3 whose vision is to be a meaningful and vital resource to PTAs and our community partners.  Several of the JHS PTSA BOD members also serve as council leaders. The council is then supported by the WSPTA Region 7 service delivery team (SDT) and again a few of your JHS PTSA BOD are SDT members. WSPTA provides all kinds of caregiver, child and leadership education.  WSPTA is supported by National PTA.

National PTA News 
Why Students Need Social-Emotional Learning Now
Some child-development experts are worried that students’ social, emotional, and mental well-being will be put on the back-burner this fall. Read the article.

Get ready for Season 3 of Notes from the Backpack!
The new season will feature more expert advice on how you can support your child’s education, including concrete strategies for coping with virtual learning and addressing other COVID-19 stressors. Subscribe now and help us spread the word by posting with the hashtag #BackpackNotes on social media! 
Community News

Surprise Birthday Parade, Sunday Oct 4th
Make A Wish foundation is helping surprise, Maleea, a freshman at JHS,  with a drive by parade on Sunday the 4th at their home.  This is a surprise for her but we need some community help to come be in the parade.
If you would like more information, you can contact Jane at 253-227-3835 or
The Recreation Coordinator for the City of Mill Creek released the recreation guide for Fall 2020-Winter 2021. The city and our program partner are offering ALL VIRTUAL CLASSES for this period. Their goal is to keep our community safe, while still providing a variety of recreation program offerings for participants of all ages.
Registration is done entirely online at:


Join us for an Online Presentation with Dr. Robert Williams
The Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series, in collaboration with the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation, is pleased to present a webinar by noted astronomer and lecturer Dr. Robert Williams. Friday, October 16 from 4-5 p.m.
Dr. Williams is Astronomer Emeritus at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, MD, where he served as Director from 1993-1998.
In 1995, Astronomer Bob Williams wanted to point the Hubble Space Telescope for 100 hours at a patch of sky filled with absolutely nothing remarkable. It was a terrible idea, his colleagues told him, and a waste of valuable telescope time. 
It turned out that “nothing” was actually stuffed with of galaxies. More than 3,000 of them came spilling out, some roughly 12 billion years old. Spiral, elliptical, irregular – red, white, blue, and yellow – the smudges of light that leapt from the final composite image cracked the universe in ways scientists never could have imagined.
The images that were captured have offered a glimpse of the hundreds of billions of galaxies that fill the universe.
The presentation will be followed by an audience Q&A with Dr. Williams. Registration is required for this free online event. Register here to secure your spot. Register here to secure your spot.

Henry M. Jackson High PTSA 7.3.95
1508 136th St SE
Mill Creek, WA 98012
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