Squalicum High School
Storm Forecast for Oct 8-15
A Message from Principal Perez:
Welcome to October!! We have a full month of events happening. Please look at our school calendar, newsletters and social media for updates, key information and events happening this month. A safe and secure school is always our goal year in and year out. We are excited to announce that 79% of our children ages 12-15 and 75% of 16-17 have at least one vaccine dose.
With our new landscape, we continue to remind and emphasize to students the importance of our safety practices. While most of our students are remarkably respectful and following through with the expectations, we find ourselves continuing to remind students about the importance of wearing masks properly and social distancing. Approaching safety as a collective effort we can receive the most impact.
Please remember and remind your students:
We have two primary goals of the 2021-22 school year:
- Minimize transmission of COVID-19 among students and staff in K-12 schools and to their families and broader community.
- Maximize in-person instruction.
We have been gracious with student tardiness to begin the school year as students acclimated to campus again or for the first time. We have spent time coaching students to arrive to classes on time and practicing our basic school expectations. We would like to have students in class as much as possible to support their learning opportunities and to support a safe campus. We will soon begin to expect that our students know and understand these routines and practices.
You may have also heard about the unfortunate and distasteful TikTok challenges plaguing schools right now. Please have conversations with your students about positive decision making at school and respect and care for SQHS. Appropriate disciplinary steps will be taken.
Additionally, students are playing the nerf assassination game. While this activity may include rules regarding school campus these are not being followed with fidelity. If your student is engaging in this activity, please remind them that nerf guns on campus are not allowed and disciplinary actions will occur.
SQHS STORM Principal
In this update:
SQHS Save the dates
Testing-Super Wednesday is back!!
Healthy Youth Survey
Financial Aid Info- Event this weekend!
ASB Cards and School Pictures
Indigenous People's Day - Oct 11th
Senior Pictures & Grad Ads
Tutoring Information - Gear Up
Covid-19 Health and Safety Guidelines & Handbook (updated)
Free WTA Bus Pass
Join Our Team
SQHS Save the Dates
Oct. 10th – Financial Aid (FAFSA/WAFSA) Event, 1-3 pm
Oct. 12th – Healthy Youth Survey grades 10 & 12 during Storm
Oct. 13th- Super Wednesday- Please read testing information below
Oct. 15th – No school.
Oct. 18th -22nd – Homecoming week
Oct. 20th Financial Aid (FAFSA/WAFSA) Event, 5:30-7:30 pm
SBA Testing & SUPER WEDNESDAY
Fall high school state assessments
A reminder that students in grades 9, 10 and 12 will be taking state assessments this fall to measure English language arts (ELA), mathematics and science proficiency. These assessments typically happen in the spring but were postponed because of the pandemic. Fall tests will reflect the grades the students were in during last school year, 2020-21.
We encourage students, families and staff to keep these assessments in perspective and to remember that state tests are only one benchmark. Your child’s teachers are the best resource for a complete picture of your child’s academic proficiency.
As with any day of important learning, a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast are an essential part of every school day. We recommend parents and guardians talk to their child about their learning and school day and keep things in perspective (and not overemphasize the test).
• These tests include performance tasks that allow students to demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
• State tests are only one benchmark; other measures and evidence are just as important in assessing the development of our kids. I encourage you to keep these tests in perspective of our overall goals.
• And always remember your child’s teacher(s) is the best resource for a complete picture of your child’s academic proficiency.
We just wanted to remind you that your students will be taking one of the following tests during their STORM classes from 8:30-12:00 on Wednesday, 10/13/21.
Next Wednesday, Oct. 13th, Bellingham Public Schools will engage students in Super Wednesday testing. This year’s Super Wednesday will be different from past years, as 9th graders and 12 graders will be taking state tests that they were unable to take due to COVID closures.
- 9th graders will be taking both the shortened ELA SBA and Math SBA
- 12th graders will be taking the WCAS
- 10th graders will be taking the PreACT. .
- 11th graders will be taking the PreSAT.
These tests measure if students are meeting or exceeding grade-level standards, meet our state and federal requirements, and strive to gauge college and career readiness by high school graduation.
For high school graduation, students must have passing scores in English language arts and math, or meet standard with state-approved alternatives in those subjects.
Preliminary results from the Smarter Balanced English language arts and mathematics tests will be available to schools electronically within three to four weeks after a student completes testing.
Results from the science test will be available later this fall. In the fall, the state will provide the official state score reports that we will mail to families. For the PSAT and PSAT, students will get their scores in their STORM classes (date to be announced).
The Bellingham Promise, the district’s strategic plan, guides everything we do for our students, families, community and staff. One of BPS’ core beliefs is to focus on the whole child. State tests are only one benchmark; other measures and evidence are just as important in assessing the development of our kids. We encourage you to keep these tests in perspective of our overall goals.
Don’t forget a good night’s sleep and healthy breakfast are an essential part of every school day. For additional information about state testing and our state learning standards, please visit the state’s website at k12.wa.us/Resources. Your child(ren)’s school(s) will be sending follow-up information about upcoming testing dates.
A Message from the Department of Teaching and Learning- Healthy Youth Survey
Dear families of students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12,
Within the next few weeks, our district will be participating in the biannual Healthy Youth Survey. This student survey is voluntary and anonymous, and the results are used to identify and monitor factors that affect the health of youth in Washington. The results can indicate changes in health behaviors over time, and our schools use these results to identify important areas of need.
The Healthy Youth Survey focuses on health risk behaviors, such as violence, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use that can result in injury and impact positive development among youth. The survey also includes questions about risk and protective factors that research has shown to be correlated with these health risk behaviors. Survey results are used to guide policy and programs that support our youth and reduce their risks.
Please take some time to review this information for parents and students, then talk about the survey with your child and decide if they will participate. The information sheet is available in English, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese and additional languages upon request.
Your school will be sharing specific information soon about when and how the survey will be administered on your campus. Again, this is voluntary and anonymous, and it provides our state with key information to support our young people. If you have questions, please contact your school.
Esta es información sobre la educación de su hijo/a. Solicite traducción o interpretación gratis si necesita al 360-676-6456.
This Sunday! Financial Aid Information
Hi there Senior Storm Families!
This is a friendly reminder to please encourage and remind your student(s) about our upcoming Financial Aid (both FASFA and WASFA) event this Sunday October 10th from 1:00-3:00PM. We encourage guardians to be there for the entirety of the session because completing your application is a student/guardian process. This will be our second year doing a virtual Financial Aid event and your privacy is important to us.
Please remember to have your personal documents handy (tax info, etc.) before the start of the event so that you're not scrambling to find things during the workshop.
Register beforehand using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpduuspjsuEtdOwDaj85vE-Xuf8_EFpjxV
Please contact Ashley DeLatour email@example.com or me if you have any questions about this event or any upcoming events. We look forward to supporting you through your financial aid process!
Another virtual event will be held October 20 to help you file the FAFSA/WASFA for financial aid- 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20
Homecoming Week - October 18-22
Kick Off Assembly:
Tuesday, Oct 12th is the 9th/11th Grades Assembly
Thursday, Oct 14th is the 10th/12th Grades Assembly
Special Bell Schedule for BOTH days:
5th Period 8:30-9:45
STORM Advisory 9:50-9:55
6th Period 10:45-11:55
1st Lunch 11:55-12:30
7th Period 12:35-1:55
7th Period Split 12:00-12:40
2nd Lunch 12:40-1:15
7th Period Split 1:20-1:55
8th Period 2:00-3:15
Great news! We are pleased to share with all Bellingham, Sehome and Squalicum high school families that each of our schools will host an optional, free homecoming dance for their students on Saturday, October 23. These are the first dances our schools have hosted since the governor’s order to close schools in March 2020. Our homecoming dances will be held outdoors, will follow COVID-19 health and safety protocols, and will require either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend.
***Weather permitting- Dance must be outdoors. Dress accordingly.
MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR THE ENTIRE EVENT, NO EXCEPTIONS.
Date: October 23rd, 2021
Time: 7 pm- 8 pm, doors open at 6:45 pm
Location: Outside on SQHS Campus- exact location/field to be determined- more information to come.
Guests: No guests, from any other schools, are permitted.
COVID-19 Tests/Vaccination: Participating students will require either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend. All is confidential, tests are free and provided on campus. More information around time and location to come.
Indigenous People's Day - October 11th
We want to share information and resources about events happening on Monday, Oct. 11, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a day to focus on education, building relationships and honoring the ancestors who cared for the Coast Salish land where we live, work, and play on.
Click the photos below to learn more.
Important! ASB Cards and School Pictures
The last chance for students to get their photo taken is Tuesday, October 12th in the morning.
These are also the photos that will be in the yearbook (except Seniors) so if you haven’t viewed your student’s picture yet please go to: https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000873923#login and enter your email and student’s id number (don’t know it? choose the 10 digit student id number shown in Skyward).
This is the only way they can get an ASB card or Re-take pictures so please ask your student to go to the FORUM/COMMONS this TUESDAY morning when their last name is called or before school. ASB cards will then be available to any students that have gotten their picture taken.
If you have any questions please email me at Shawn.Flaherty@bellinghamschools.org
Senior Pictures & Grad Ads
Tutoring Info from Gear Up
Tutoring is Back!
After-school STORM tutoring starts on 10/4 and runs from 3:20pm until 4:15. We can help you with all subjects! Transportation and brain-fuel (AKA snacks) are provided. Interested students need to sign up in advance, you have time until 12:00PM on the-day-off. Sorry, no drop-ins welcome this year due to COVID-19 protocols. For booking please, click HERE. For more information, contact Heidi Covington, Student Success Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org and/or Erin Neisinger, Class 2023 GEAR UP coordinator Cell: 360-746-9106 Email: email@example.com. Para ayuda en español comunicarse con Laura Nunez, GEAR UP advocate email: firstname.lastname@example.org or cell: 360-746-9106.
Covid-19 Safety Protocols & 2021-22 Handbook
We have refined our protocols since the spring, and I encourage you to review our COVID-19 Handbook for more information.
To prioritize health and safety, we will take a layered approach to mitigate the risk to COVID-19. This means we will minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our schools in lots of different ways: masks, vaccines, handwashing, staying home while sick, testing, ventilation, distancing as able, cleaning, contact tracing and others. These layers, especially masking and vaccinations for 12 and older, are especially important as we learn more about the Delta variant and rising cases. We will continue to watch for changes in guidance and modify our approach as needed.
Here is the current guidance that we will follow:
- Masks are required inside schools for everyone regardless of vaccination status.
- Masks are optional outside but recommended for crowded events.
- Physical distance should not be a barrier to in-person instruction. Our goal is to have a distance of 3 feet between students in the classroom.
- We will not be doing health attestations for students. We ask that everyone stay home when they are sick.
- We are hoping to expand testing access to every school.
- We will continue to do contact tracing.
- We will continue to focus on handwashing and sanitizing.
Free WTA Youth Bus Pass
Join our team in Bellingham Public Schools
Parents and guardians! Be a part of The Bellingham Promise in a new way…as a staff member! Bellingham Public Schools is hiring now for regular and substitute positions.
Current vacancies include paraeducators, office staff and bus drivers, as well as coaching and teaching positions. Most positions are on a school year schedule making this a perfect fit for your family.
Learn more about working for us at bellinghamschools.org/jobs.