February/March 2004


Dates to Remember:

Important Dates:
February 3 Winter Band/Choir Concert 7:30 pm commons
February 12 Dollars for Scholars Night of Elegance
February 16 No School; President’s Day
February 23 Spring Sports Parent/Athlete, Coaches Meeting Main gym 6:30
March 1 & 2 Trimester Finals
March 1
SCHOOL IS IN SESSION due to snow days
March 1 Spring Sports Parent Meeting
Spring Sports Practice Begins
March 3 No School Trimester Break
March 4 Third Trimester Begins
March 3-6 State Basketball Tourn. Tacoma Dome
March 8 Running Start Parents Meeting 7:00PM
March 9 Jr. Parent’s Night 7:00 pm Commons
March 12-15 School Musical WVJH Auditorium 7PM
WVJH auditorium
March 17 ASSET test: Rm 203 3:00 pm
March 18 ASSET Test; Rm 203 7:00
March 19 No School: Teacher Contracted Day
March 19 TOLO 8-11pm Auxiliary Gym
March 22-24 9th Grade Registration Conferences
March 24 Honor Society Blood Drive 9:00am-2:00pm
March 26 YVCC College Fair
March 29 Mr. West Valley Pageant, Capitol Theatre
April 1-2 Early Release 11:00 am 10th & 11th grade registration.

The West Valley School District has decided to make up the two days of school missed due to inclement weather at the end of the school year. Therefore, instead of ending the school year on Tuesday, June 8, it will end on Thursday, June 10. In addition, the District will move a scheduled non-student day on Monday, March 1, to Wednesday, March 3. This will allow for two necessary additional days of instruction in the current second trimester.
There may be additional adjustments to the school calendar necessary depending on the weather conditions through the rest of January and for the month of February.
If you have any questions or comments, you may contact me at 509-972-6005 or ansinghp@wvsd208.org.
Peter Ansingh

“Little Shop Of Horrors”
Cast List
Chiffon.................. Nikki Craig
Crystal.................. Nicole Richardson
Ronnette................. Gretchen Swanson
Mushnik.................. Ryan Berg
Audrey................... Klara Ecklund
Seymour.................. Jarom Smith
Orin..................... Mats Ecklund
Bernstein................ Craig Bishop
Skip Snip................ Steven Granstrand
Mrs. Luce................ Alexandria Strosahl
Derelict #1.............. Ben Apel
Derelict #............... Kelly Novobielski
Customer ................ Trevor Giles
Patrick Martin........... Matt Wentz
Audrey II (Puppeteer).... Safa Lohrasbi
(Voice).......... Ashley Jones
Street Chorus ........ Susy Sundborg
Genie West
Tarah Bowers
Melissa Lewis
Natalie Kokenge
Bonnie Schilperoort


This and That…

Registration for the 2004-05 school term begins March 15. We will be doing a variety of activities with students to help students make the best course selection choices for their chosen post-secondary education plan. In RAM Prep, students will have completed their WOIS career searches and prepared their research papers. They will have completed goal-setting activities. Counselors will have met with each RAM Prep class to reinforce career path courses offered here at the high school as well as options for Running Start and YV Tech. Students will be given a copy of their graduation status report at the time of registration. Students and parents need to make sure that students are making the appropriate course choices for the student’s intended post-secondary objective as well as high school graduation.
We encourage parents to discuss course selections with their student prior to registration. Please keep in mind that we determine staffing and course offerings in May based on what students tell us they’re planning on taking. When students change their minds in September, November, or February, we cannot always accommodate them based on irreversible decisions made in May. Decisions should be made on the content of the course, not where their friends are or who is teaching the class.
The Course Description Guide as well as graduation requirements will be on-line on the web page hopefully by March 1. There are different graduation requirements for the classes of 2005, 2006, and 2008. We know students don’t always bring materials home, so please access this information as you see fit.
Reading is no longer an elementary issue. We have approximately 32% of our students who read substantially below grade level (383 students). What research tells us is that students who can’t read generally have very unproductive adult lives. We know that the future success of our students is largely dependent on their ability to be life-long learners and READ to LEARN new skills as technology takes over more and more of the processes currently being done by people. Beginning next fall, students who struggle with reading will be identified and enrolled in a reading class. Assessments used to determine placement in this class will include the 7th grade WASL (Level 2 and below), 9th grade ITED, 9th grade STAR Reading inventory (7th grade and below). Each student will be assessed to determine the specific area(s) of deficiency and set up with an individual prescriptive intervention plan based on individual deficiencies. Depending on the need and individual progress, students will be eligible to repeat the course up to 1.5 credits toward high school graduation. This will substitute for up to 1.5 language arts electives in the 11th and 12th grade year. Reading instruction is a new concept for secondary teachers and certainly not something we were routinely trained to do. We will be relying heavily on our elementary experts as well as the work being done in other high schools across the state to help us make a difference for our students.
Science update. The Higher Education Coordinating Board has clarified its standards for science course requirements for college admission. The mandatory requirement for a minimum of one year of algebra-based science goes into effect for the college freshman class in 2010, not 2005 as previously reported. It is still in the student’s best interest to have a balance between physical and biological sciences when applying to college.
* Dr. Jean Seibert – Principal West Valley High School *


  2004-2005 Preregistration Set
Sophomore and Junior students will preregister for courses for the 2004-2005 school year in March. Students will be given information packets on Monday , March 22 and will complete bubble sheets on Thursday, March 25th. Please spend some time talking with your students and help them make appropriate choices.


Important Informational Meeting for Sophomores, Juniors and Parents
Monday, March 8, 7:00 p.m. in the West Valley High School Commons
Topics will be:
Advance Placement and College in the High School classes. This is the opportunity for qualified junior and senior students to take challenging college-level course work with the possibility of receiving college credit, advanced placement or both from colleges and universities.
Running Start is the opportunity for qualified junior and senior students to take community college classes and receive both high school and college credit.
A.S.S.E.T. Test Dates to qualify for Running Start (both given at West Valley)
Wednesday, March 17, 7:00 p.m. in Room 201
Thursday, March 18, 3:00 p.m. in Room 201
Please call 972-5919 for more information.


The senior parents will be meeting to get the graduation party underway on February 9th and March 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the high school commons.
Please come and help us put together a great party for our graduates.
If you should have any questions. Please call 966-7023


There is something big, green, leafy, and hungry lurking on the West Valley Stage these days, and young actors are disappearing left and right. What can you do to save them? Go cheer them on! But whatever you do don’t feed the plants.
Starting on March 10th at 7 PM and running each night until March 13th you can see the most amusing and affectionate spoof of the 1950’s sci-fi movies ever put on stage. Tickets will be on sale at the Junior High, High School, and at Inklings Bookshop beginning February 1. And all tickets are just $6.00.
This is the same show that is in revival on Broadway right now and has the critics going wild. FOUR STARS!!!! Deliriously campy…this magical “Little Shop” couldn’t be more welcome if Miracle-Gro came with the ticket. David Nichols, LA Magazine An amusing goof, fun, the show zips…terrific giant plant puppet! Terry Morgan, LA Weekly
Fortunately you don’t have to plan a trip to New York when we bring the best to West Valley. Your students are some of the most talented and creative singers and actors to hit the stage, and they are very proud of the hard work and dedication they put in to their show. Give them a little recognition and come see The West Valley production of Little Shop of Horrors on March 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th at the Junior High Auditorium on 7505 Zier Rd. You’ll be glad you did, and think of all the money you’ll save on airfare.


Hot Guys for Charity!
For the third consecutive year, West Valley High School will be teaming up with the Memorial Foundation/Children's Miracle Network to raise awareness/funds for local children with special physical needs. During the past two years, our students have raised close to $25,000 and learned a great deal about community involvement and philanthropy. With the announcement of this year's Mr. West Valley Pageant contestants at the Selah/WV Basketball game on Saturday, January 10th, we kicked off a three month flurry of activities that will culminate in the Mr. WV Pageant on Monday, March 29th at the Capitol Theatre. Congratulations to the following young men who will represent WVHS in the community on behalf of the Memorial Foundation/Children's Miracle Network:
Brandon L. Evans Ian Hall Linc Hillman Jordan Jaeger
Safa Lohrasbi Ryan Nathe Jeremy Quantrille TrevorRollinge
Andrew Strait Tye Sundlee James Wilson Sean Worley
The boys will be taking a tour of Memorial Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit on Monday, January 19th at 10am to get a firsthand look at one of Memorial's facilities which benefits from CMN funds and to see some of the babies whose very survival depends on this facility. On January 25th, the contestants and their parents will meet at Children's Village for an informational meeting about the Mr. WV experience. On February 14th, the boys will be making a dash for cash at halftime of the boy's basketball game...please bring a few greenbacks to give, if you can. Following the game, the entire student body will be invited to attend a post-game movie and snacks...cost will be $3. On March 6th, they will participate in a Bowl-a-Thon vs. Eisenhower, Toppenish and East Valley's pageant contestants at Eagle Lanes. The third annual WVHS Faculty vs. Mr. WV Contestants Basketball Game will be held at 6:30 pm in the Main Gym. The admission will be $3 for students and $5 for adults. Another event that will be in its third year is the Zesta Cucina Appetizer Sale. On March 26th at Zesta Cucina in the Glenwood Square, the contestants will be serving appetizers to all customers from 6-9 pm. All proceeds from those appetizers will go toward WV's CMN totals. Also in the planning stages are a Mr. WV Contestants "babysitting night" and a possible Mr. WV Calendar. Ticket sales for the Mr. WV Pageant will take place from March 22-26 at both lunches at WVHS and can also be purchased at the Capitol Theatre at the door for only $5.