Ballard High School events week of 5-15-2017

Quote of the Week
"Someday is not a day of the week” ~Janet Dailey

Ballard High School Activities Calendar
May 15-19, 2017
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Lockdown Drill - 8:45
Athletic Booster Club Meeting - Staff Lounge - 6:30pm

Student Senate - DAM Time
Safety Team Meeting - SE213, 3:45pm
Spoken Word - 7pm

Staff Meeting - Library - 3:45pm
Key Club Blood Drive - Aux Gym - 8am-3:45pm

CSIP Meeting - Staff Lounge - 3:45pm
Spring Play: The Importance of Being Earnest - PAC - 7:30pm

Prom Ticket Sales Begin - Activity Center - Lunches and After School
Spring Play: The Importance of Being Earnest - PAC - 7:30pm
Spring Play: The Importance of Being Earnest - PAC - 7:30pm

On the Horizon (next week)

May 22-26 - Awareness Week
May 24 - Blood Drive - Aux Gym
May 25 - Spring Choir Concert

Ballard Athletics

Tennis vs “District 2 Tournament” - Tues, May 16th
Softball vs “District 2 Quarterfinals” @ SEAC - Tues, May 16th,
Men’s LAX vs Bellevue @ TBD - Fri, May 19th

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Ballard High School robotics teams secure honors at international competition

The Ballard High School Viking Robotics team made school history last month by taking top honors at the FIRST Robotics world championship competition in Houston, Texas, marking the first time the school or any team from the Pacific Northwest secured a trophy.

The competition was held on April 20 -22 and 400 teams were invited from all over the world, which included Canada, China, Israel, Mexico, and Turkey.

The competition is known as “Varsity Sport of the Mind™,” for students grade nine through 12. During a six-week period teams raise funds and engineer a robot to performs a series of tasks; Teams have limited resources and time to organize their own “brand” of robot with the capability to perform the competition tasks.

FIRST Washington reported that the average cost for a robotics team is $24,000 and team sizes are between 15-150 with not limit to member size.

In a main competition of the event robots compete in a game much like basketball or soccer while students operate them remotely.

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Academy Nominates Ballard High School Filmmakers

The Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has announced nominees for the Northwest High School Awards of Excellence. These awards celebrate the most outstanding productions from five Northwest states: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. Productions are nominated by NATAS industry professionals. Students from the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program earned seventeen nominations, more than twice the number of any other school or organization in the five-state region. The winners will be announced on June 3 at the 54th Annual Northwest Emmy Awards.

Ballard’s nominations span seven categories, reflecting the diverse skills students learn in the program. These are the nominations by category. Some of the productions can be screened on the DFP vimeo site at the links included.

Best Short Form Fiction:
Comeback by Skala Leake, Avery Davis, Aaron Miller & Cameron Miller (

Missing Sister by Veronica Redpath, Miles Andersen & Willow Hudson

Best Short Form Non-Fiction:

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