Last day of school today

It’s the last day of school for Seattle Public Schools today, so expect to see a lot more kids out and about as they start their summer holidays. The last day was supposed to be on Friday, June 23, but was changed to today due to a snow day on February 6.

The 2017-2018 school year starts on September 6. There will be a few changes to the school hours next year; every Wednesday, students will be let out 75 minutes early, and all other days, school will be 20 minutes longer.

If you know a student who is looking for some volunteer opportunities for the summer months, click here.


BHS to add four portables to cope with growing student population

Ballard High School will be adding four portable classrooms over the summer in order to cope with the expected increase in student population.

According to the BHS Talisman, the population will rise from 1,818 to 1,904 for the 2017-18 school year, meaning the school will be outgrowing its current campus. Two of the portable classrooms will be placed on the north end of the school, with the other two likely installed outside the commons, where an astroturf planter is currently located. Funding for the portables will come from the Seattle School District.

The Talisman reports that science teacher Eric Muhs had to uninstall two science projects to make way for the new portables; the “solar death ray”, a homemade solar water heater designed for a physics project, plus a “polar aligned telescope pier” that was used for his astronomy classes.

Thanks to the BHS Talisman for the info!


Watch the Spring Orchestra Concert tonight at Ballard High School

Tonight (June 1) is Ballard High School’s annual Spring Orchestra Concert, featuring four student soloists and four concertos by the orchestra.

The concert starts at 7:30pm, with performances by the following students:

  • Emmett Armstrong, string bass – Dittersdorf Bass Concerto, mvt. 1
  • Alexandria Scott, violin – Mozart Violin Concerto in G, mvt. 1
  • Anika Thomas, violin – Kabalevsky Violin Concerto, mvt. 1
  • Maxwell Truluck, violin – Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, mvt. 3

On the bill will be the Ballard Fiddle Ensemble, Symphonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and guest musicians from the Ballard Band.

The concert will be held at the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center at 1418 NW 65th St.

Ballard High School set to host plant sale this week

The Ballard High School plant sale is set for this week. The sale will be held on from Thursday, May 18, through Saturday, May 20, in the BHS Greenhouse on 15th Ave NW.

Veggies starts and herbs will be available for sale.

“The prices are good and all proceeds go directly to the greenhouse program,” says Greenhouse Manager India Carlson.

The greenhouse will be open for business on Thursday and Friday from 3:30pm until 6pm and on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

If you’re looking to get your garden going while supporting our local community then stop by for a visit!


BHS Robotics Team wins World Championship

The Ballard High School Robotics Team competed in the Robotics World Championships in Houston on April 20-22, where they took home top honors!

The win marks the school’s first world championship after beating teams from many countries around the world, including Canada, Mexico, Turkey, Israel, and China.

The competition, dubbed the “Varsity Sport of the Mind”, is for students grades nine through 12. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams raise funds, design a brand, work on team-building skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team, in circumstances designed to replicate real-world engineering.

The 27-member Ballard High School Viking Robotics team built their robot during six weeks in January and February. After performing well in competitions at Glacier Peak High School and Mount Vernon High School, they advanced to the PNW District Championship at Eastern Washington University in early April. When they earned their spot there, they had less than two weeks to prepare and travel to Houston.

Congratulations to everyone involved!

BHS ‘Spilled Ink’ exhibition on this month

Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) will host a community celebration of “Spilled Ink: Ballard High School Music and Art Night” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 22.

The Ballard Branch’s teen advisers have joined forces with the Ballard High School Ink Club to present the annual release of INK Magazine, Ballard High School’s online art and literary journal.

The event will showcase student works including music, art and literature. There will be live performances of jazz, ska, indie rock, a string quintet and by a wide array of individual musicians.

The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. This is an after-hours event and the Library’s parking garage will be closed; free parking is available on nearby streets.

For more information about the event call the Ballard Branch at (206) 684-4089 or ask a librarian.

1st annual “Running of the Beavers” fun run/walk set for April 1

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Locals are invited to participate in the 1st annual Running of the Beavers fun run/walk on Sunday, April 1. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ballard High School Foundation.

The run will start and finish at beautiful Golden Gardens Park along the Ballard waterfront. Participants will enjoy stunning views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains on this fast, flat course. The finish will take participants right by the famous Beaver Pond at Golden Gardens.

Day of Race Registration and Packet Pick-up will open at 7:30 a.m. with the 5km run/walk kicking off at 9 a.m. There will also be a Kids’ Dash that starts at 10:30 a.m.

Locals can register for the event online. Registration is $40 for adults through March 29, $20 for students and Kids’ Dash participants can register for $10.

Click here to learn more about the event on the official Running of the Beavers website.

Fill the Goodwill truck BHS fundraiser on this Saturday

Are you running out of space in your closets, garage and other storage spots in your home? Just box or bag those items you no longer need and drop them off at the Goodwill Truck fundraiser for the Ballard High School Performing Arts program.

The truck will be parked in the BHS parking lot on NW 67th Street from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. this Saturday, January 14.

Locals are encouraged to bring electronics, used cell phones, clothes, shoes, toys, kitchen items and small furniture.

BHS film student wins honors from National Youngarts Foundation

Skala Leake, a junior in Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program, has been awarded an Honorable Mention in Cinematic Arts by the National YoungArts Foundation for her short film Comeback.

The award was given in recognition of the “exceptional artistic achievement” evident in her work.  Honorable Mention is the second tier of honors awarded by YoungArts, above the Merit Award and second only to their top prize.

The YoungArts program identifies and supports young talent in the areas of music, theater, visual arts, photography, writing, and cinematic arts.  Skala’s work was selected for honors from thousands of submissions through a blind adjudication process by a nationally and internationally renowned panel of judges, master teachers, and artists.

Skala pitched Comeback to her filmmaking class last winter.  It was selected for production, and she worked with classmates Avery Davis, Cameron Miller, and Aaron Miller to realize her story of a promising soccer player facing a life-altering setback.

Since premiering at the Ballard Film Festival last June, Comeback, had its national premiere at the All American High School Film Festival in New York City in early October, and was screened at the Portland Art Museum on November 12 as a winner in Fresh Film Northwest – a festival that receives competition from 5 Northwest states as well as the province of British Columbia.

Comeback can now be seen online at

Click here to learn more about the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program.

BHS film makers screen documentary about Loyal Heights Elementary expansion

Recent Ballard High graduate Jaya Flanary will be screening her documentary entitled “Mega School” on Wednesday, August 24, at 7 p.m. in the Ballard High School Auditorium (1418 NW 65th St).

Flanary, along with Ballard High School student co-producers Sophie DeGreen and Ruby Anderson, created the 30 minute documentary to inform the community about the issues relating to the expansion of Loyal Heights Elementary school.

“Loyal Heights Elementary is being expanded, and construction will start by 2017. The site plan is not fit for the less than 3 acres of land, and the expansion is too big for the student body projection for many years to come,” says Flanary.

According to Flanary, many community members have invested over a year of their time and energy trying to compromise with the district, but the plan is still too large, and is cutting the playground by almost 50%.

Flanary and Anderson both attended Loyal Heights and are very passionate about the issues involved with the expansion.

“My hope for this documentary is not only to create a dialogue in the community in order to change the plan, but also acknowledge the many LHE neighbors who have dedicated so much to this cause. I don’t believe the current plan will create the heartwarming environment I so much enjoyed as a child,” says Flanary.