Volunteers raking play chips on a playground

Involvement by student's families and community members contributes to a successful school experience and has a positive impact on student achievement. When caring adults participate in the education of children, students achieve better grades, have better attendance, complete homework, and show higher aspirations.

There are a variety of ways that you can get involved, including:

  • Helping in classrooms, library, office, lunch room, nurse’s office, or on the playground
  • Tutoring small groups in reading, writing, math, etc.
  • Mentoring students
  • Set-up and take-down for events and projects
  • Listening to senior project presentations
  • Scoring student writing
  • Preparing materials in the school office for teachers
  • Sharing personal talents, skills, interests or careers
  • Participating on district committees or task forces
  • Helping with vision screening, proctoring, etc.


Application Process

Community Member Not Related to a Student

If you are a community member (this includes higher education students and interns) who is NOT related to a current Northshore School District student please complete the following steps:

  1. Review the Volunteer Handbook
  2. Complete a Volunteer Profile
  3. After submitting your profile, you will receive an email that contains information on completing a background check.
  4. Complete your background check through Safe Hiring Solutions.
  5. When you receive your background check approval, please contact the Northshore School District Partnership Coordinator at partnerships@nsd.org to set up a time to discuss the opportunities available in our schools.

Background check results will be reported to the District within 72 hours. Once completed, you will receive an email. Background checks can take 5-7 business days to be completed.

If you are unable to complete the online application, please complete a paper volunteer application (solicitud para voluntariado) and return it to the Northshore School District Administrative Center, 3330 Monte Villa Parkway, Bothell. 

To access the forms in additional languages, please contact the Northshore School District Partnership Coordinator at (425) 408-7673.

Family Member of Current Student

If you are a parent, guardian or relative of a current Northshore School District student who wants to volunteer in a school, we welcome your time and talents. There are a variety of opportunities including supporting classroom events, tutoring students and chaperoning field trips. Please complete the following steps:

  1. Review the Volunteer Handbook
  2. Complete a paper Volunteer Application and return it to you school of interest to begin your background check*
  3. Volunteers who plan to drive on field trips must complete an authorization form and provide proof of insurance to the school's office:

*If you will also volunteer at Kokanee Elementary, East Ridge Elementary, Northshore Middle School and/or Bothell High School you will also need to complete the online application.



Natalie Campbell
Partnerships Coordinator

Phone Number:

Send an Email

Ways to Volunteer at Westhill


Join our WatchDOG program! WatchDOGS is a national program of Dads and others serving as male role models for our students.

2 Roles of WatchDOGS:

To provide positive male role models for the student, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.

To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.
This is a sample of some activities

WatchDOGS participate in:

Play games or talking with students at recess
Sit next to students (model active listening)
Support independent work
Greet students off the bus
Read or listen to students read to you
Eat lunch (with your child)
Assist with traffic flow
Assist teacher with paperwork, stapling, prepping projects
Talk with students at breakfast
Assist with safe arrival / safe dismissal
Model respectful, responsible, safe behavior at Westhill
Laugh, smile, HAVE FUN with students

If you are interested, sign up by email:Watchdogs@WesthillPTSA.org


Shane Whitehurst: tswhitehurst@gmail.com
Randy Whitehill: rfwhitehill@gmail.com

Thanks for helping our students find success both in and out of the classroom!

Breakfast Program

Join our Breakfast Program! Brighten your morning by hanging out with the kids who eat breakfast in the Westhill gym! This is a partially subsidized program that runs every day for the entire school year and is staffed with volunteers.

Westhill serves breakfast to students from 8:50am-9:05am every day in the gym. Volunteers help students by serving breakfast, helping clean up, and socializing/monitoring student behavior. 

For more information please contact:

Emily Brown   brown.emily@live.com


Art Docent

Every year, over the last five years, Westhill has had 20 or more art docents in our classrooms. The art docents use the district generated prints and curriculum (which reflects the state standards in art) to teach their art program. They combine their own creative talents and ideas with this program to provide students with exciting, strong and process oriented art projects. 

Art docents at Westhill have encouraged a clay project in every grade. Our docents are taught how to work with clay and our kiln here on campus. Their commitment to this part of the program allows all students to use clay intentionally and create two and three dimensional ceramic art. 

Each year, the docents come together at the end of the year to produce the annual Art Walk. At this event, students and parents come to school in the evening to view the collection of art produced over the course of the year. It is exciting to see our students work displayed. 

In addition to our art docent program, the Reflections art program has also prospered here at Westhill. Each year, for the last five years, at least 30-50 entries have been submitted by students. At least 25 entries move on to the district level and at least two entries move on to the state level each year. 


If you are interested in helping our students learn and create amazing pieces of art please contact artdocent@westhillptsa.org