Klahowya News - May 12, 2023

Klahowya News - May 12, 2023
Posted on 05/12/2023
KSS News

May 12, 2023

Upcoming Events

May 12,13 - School Play

May 13 - Saturday School

May 15-22 - SBA Testing

May 18 - Bob Ross Paint Night

May 20 - Senior Prom

May 24 - ASL Concert

June 1 - Band Concert

June 2 - MS Social

June 3 & 10 - Saturday School

June 5 -5th Grade Visit

See all events on Klahowya's Calendar

A Message from Our Principal

Hello Klahowya Families, 

SBA/WCAS testing starts next week for our students in grades 6-8 & 10-11.  Students in Grade 6 will be tested in their classrooms.  Students in grades 7-8 & 10-11 have testing in the auxiliary gym based on this schedule.  Please arrive on time.  

  • Passing the 10th grade SBA is one of the quickest and easiest ways to have a "Graduation Pathway". If you don't pass the test, you will need to discuss other pathway options with your counselor in order to graduate.
  • Our school uses SBA results to place students in intervention classes. Always give your best effort.  
  • If we don't have SBA results, we determine intervention classes based on STAR or other data... SBA results give us a better picture as to how you are doing academically. Always give your best effort. 
  • Funding is not tied to SBA results. The school does not receive any additional funding when students take the test. 

Here are some helpful hints for our test takers:

  · Get plenty of sleep each night before the test

  · Have a good breakfast

  · Bring a water bottle and/or mints to combat test jitters

  · Dress in layers as the climate in testing areas is variable

  · Bring your fully-charged Chromebook for each day of testing

  · Personal devices will not work for testing. Students must use district issued devices

  · Bring personal wired ear buds or headphones (if your child does not have either, ear buds will be provided).

Over the past few weeks, we have seen an uptick in problematic behaviors in student bathrooms. As a result, we have closed two bathrooms to reduce damage and to allow for greater supervision. There are still adequate restrooms available for students near their classrooms. To help with this effort, if any parents are interested in helping with hallway and bathroom supervision, we would love your help! Please sign up here.

On May 24, Middle School students will attend an assembly on Appropriate School Language.  Specifically, we will work with students to reduce the use of slurs and discriminitory language in our school. Our hope is to unify our school community with common supportive expectations.

Thank you for continuing to work with us to make sure our students succeed. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to better support you along the way. We want to help your child establish a solid foundation and a future full of opportunities.

Scott McDaniel


Look at what our students are doing!

Celebrating CTE Students

Deacon Wintch, an 11th grader at Klahowya, is taking Advanced Manufacturing in Jon Lindberg’s shop class. He has created a guitar out of Purple Heart and Honduras Mahogany wood. First Deacon used a planer to attain the correct thickness of the wood pieces. He then used a manual mill. Next a table saw was used to create the grooves to set the Purple Heart wood in. A 1:1 photocopy of the project layout was printed on a piece of paper then glued to the project. This allowed the structure to maintain its form. Up to this point Deacon has spent around 12 hours on this beautifully detailed project. Nice job Deacon!  


Klahowya Junior, Kaeo Smith has accepted an offer to participate in the Alaska Airlines CKSD Summer Internship program!

Marketing students at Washington DECA Pro Sports Career Day at T-Mobile Park


High School Saturday Study Sessions Starting on May 13

We are again hosting three study sessions for high schoolers looking to finish strong or pull up their grades before the end of the semester.  Staff will be available for academic support and snacks will be provided.  We're starting earlier this year to help students not wait until the last minute to start their final push.  The first session is May 13, 8:30-11:30am, in the KSS Library.  The other two sessions will be on June 3 and June 10, same time and place.  Students should bring enough work and plan to stay for the entire session.  Please direct questions to Sebastian Ziz at [email protected] or (360) 662-4089.


National Junior Honor Society - our next meeting will be on June 15th after school in Room 400. See Mrs. Steedman if you have questions. 

The "Year in Review" slideshow is just around the corner and we are looking for school related and appropriate photo and video submissions along with song requests. Please submit via your Google Class of Classroom.

School Play: You Can't Take It With You

Two more performances left in our last school play of the year.  "You Can't Take It With You," is a Pulitzer prize-winning comedy from the 1930s.  

We have performances at 6:30pm on Friday and Saturday this weekend. If you are interested in supporting the drama club and seeing these great students on stage you can buy tickets here.

As with our sporting events, we cannot accept cash. If you forget to order online ahead of time there will be someone at the door to assist you in ordering online. We can no longer take cash at the door.  

Tickets are $10 general, $8 w/ASB or military, and $6 for kids. The show will run about 2 hours, with a 10 minute intermission. Let me know if you have any questions. 

  Tickets are available here.

Come join us for a fun night with Bob!  No talent necessary, just a "happy" attitude!

Bob Ross Paint Night

Thursday, May 18th 6:00 - 8:00pm

$10 per person at bookkeepers office or $15 per person at the door

Bob Ross

Klahowya is teaming up with CK HOSA to bring us a school Blood Drive on May 30th! Sign ups are currently taking place during lunches and will continue until May 22nd. People 18 and older may donate, however if you are 16 or 17 you may donate with parent permission. For any questions contact Loren Swaney


100 yearbooks left.  Buy them while we got 'em!    order here

To purchase, Go to this URL: https://wa-centralkitsap.intouchreceipting.com/signin.aspx
User Name = Student ID number
Password = Student's last name with the first letter capitalized
After logging in, click on student's name
Click on "Items At Student's School"
Click on the category "Yearbook"
Click on "Buy", then click on "Checkout" to complete the process.

Class of 2023

Seniors, prom tickets are on sale right now at the bookkeepers office. Don’t miss this experience at the beautiful Downtown Bremerton Harborside with sweeping views of the sound. Tickets are $30.00 for ASB, and $35.00 for non-asb and guests. Remember.. Klahowya students that aren’t Seniors are considered guests so get yours today.

Next week, we will be encouraging students to make the “PROMise” to stay safe and sober on Prom night. We will have a prevention table at lunches where students can participate in activities and conversations around abstaining from substance use on their big night. By making the “PROMise,” students can help prevent impaired driving as well as distracted driving on Prom night. Parents can also make a “PROMise” to pick up their students no matter the time or place. It is important for teens to know that they have a support system so, keeping an open line of communication can make your student feel safe about calling for help.

Suggestions for Parents

  • Know the drivers – Is the driver reliable and trustworthy? If not, find alternatives for your teen.  Consider chipping in on a chauffeur so teens don’t have to decide who’s driving.
  • Set the rules - Establish rules for your teen driver, which address safe driving habits and the punishment for breaking them. Consider signing a parent-teen driving agreement.
  • Be informed of the plan – What are the times, is there a meal, is there an after-party, or a change in plans, etc.
  • Open your home - Encourage your teen to ask friends to spend the night to keep them off the roads.
  • Be the example - While driving, model the same behavior you expect from your kids when they drive. Your kids are always watching you, even if they don’t admit it.
Senior =Breakfast
Car Wash
Senior Flockings
Class of 2023


Is your student changing schools over the summer?  If so, please contact our Registrar, Dina Lane, as soon as possible to ensure a smooth transition from KSS to the next school.  You can email her at [email protected] or call 360-662-4046.

Student Job Posting

The Main Office is looking for a C.O.E. Office Assistant for the 23-24 school year, this position is a paid position. Students must be at least 16 years old and enrolled in a qualifying CTE course (see Mr. Miles in the SSC for details). Work hours are 2:45 – 4:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and 1:15 – 3:00 p.m. on Thursday. The first day of work is to be determined and the job will end on the last day of school in June 2024. Student and/or parent must provide transportation. Applicants will be required to attend a formal job interview which is tentatively scheduled for the week of May 22nd, 2023. Applicants will be selected based on school attendance, grades, resume content, and interview skills. Return application (and optional resume) to Mrs. Deno (in the Main Office) by 2:45 p.m. on May 18, 2023.  An invitation indicating interview location and time will be given to applicants as soon as available. 

Scholarship Newsletter

Please see this week’s scholarship newsletter:  Scholarship Newsletter 5.11.23

Financial Aid Fun Event                                                                                             MAY 13

Juniors and Seniors, please see the attached flyer for this free financial aid event at OC.  There will be food, music, and lots of fun!  Financial Aid Fun!  Juniors, this is your first introduction to the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) which you will be filling out next year. 

May Mental Health Awareness Events

Families and students have shared with us how important student mental health is to them. And this month, CK Schools and local agencies are offering talks and resources to shine a spotlight on the importance of caring for every child’s mental health:

Parents and caregivers, when a child is experiencing mental health challenges it impacts the whole family. Here are some great tips on how to talk about mental health.  in an open, judgment-free way.

If a young person in your life is going through a tough time, remind them that there’s always help and hope. Please reach out to your child's school counselor for additional guidance and text or call 988 or chat 988lifeline.org for free, confidential support 24/7.

Senior Awards Ceremony                                                                             MAY 30 at 6pm

Save the Date for the Senior Awards Ceremony.  Seniors who will be recognized will receive invitations mid-May.

Hidden in Plain Sight


Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade or be held back. By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school. 9th grade attendance can be a better predictor of drop out than 8th grade test scores.

PLEASE remember that with the weather getting nicer out, we have had classes being held outside.  We need at LEAST 30 minutes to get your student to the office. 

  ~ Terri McKinnis [email protected]  360-662-4031


Middle School Athletics

Calling all upcoming Middle School Track & Field Athletes.  If you want to start the Fall Season with a T-shirt or Hoodie, take advantage of our Spring Merchandise Sale.  All orders and payment are due to the Bookkeeper's Office by Friday, May 19; merchandise will be available mid June.  Not sure if you´re running, jumping, or throwing next year?  No worries. We will be doing a second order in the Fall.  Just be aware that merchandise ordered in the Fall will be delivered mid season.  Questions?  Contact Coach Leigh at [email protected].

Check Arbiter's Middle School website for up to date schedule of practices and games.


High School Athletics

As the regular season comes to a close, the Athletic department would like to give a big THANK YOU!! to our Athletes, Coaches, parents and families for all of your support this season.  It was a chilly wet season, but we made it through.

Good Luck to Track and Field as they head to the League Qualifying event this Saturday at Vashon HS

Congratulations to Dylan Michael for qualifying for the Boys District Golf tournament on May 17th

Congratulations to Myah Nelson, Daniella Garvin and Tori Peters for qualifying for the Girls District Golf tournament on May 15th.

Come out and see the final home Softball game on Tuesday May 16th.

IT IS TIME!!  Time to register for the 23-24 Sports season.  Please register on Final forms for any sports you will be participating in during Fall, Winter, and Spring of 23-24. 


Check Arbiter's High School website for up to date schedule of practices and games.


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Just in case you missed this information last week . . .

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5th Grade Visits Klahowya on Monday, June 5th

Green Mountain & Cougar Valley elementaries will provide transportation for 5th grade students to visit Klahowya from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.  This event is focused on students only.  Students will tour the building in small groups with 7-8th Grade Student WEB Leaders.

WEB Day (Where Everyone Belongs) is Tuesday, September 5th from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

where 6th grade students only, have the option to visit Klahowya the day before the first day of school and become more familiar with fellow students and surroundings.  Transportation is not provided by the district.  Parents and Guardians will need to drop off and pick-up.

Klahowya Secondary School does NOT allow food deliveries from paid delivery services such as Doordash, Grub Hub, Uber Eats, Starbucks, McDonalds, Domino's,etc. 

All deliveries will be denied

Students can charge one school lunch to their school account and pay later.

No Food Deliveries!

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