Squalicum High School

Storm Forecast for January 15-22


Happy New Year and Welcome 2021!

We welcome 2021 and anticipate progress this year. As we close in on almost a year of living in a pandemic, we know stress is high and anxiety and fatigue are real and taking a toll. Our communities and families' housing and employment have been impacted. We see the weight of events affecting the social, emotional, and mental health of our students. We are working towards, staying positive and remaining hopeful about the bright spots on the horizon.

While we are seeing much more information coming at us rapidly early in 2021, some of that information is positive. We can easily focus on the recent negative events and information rolling out or we can put forth efforts to think positive. Having hope and anticipation to bring back more students to campus is positive. News and the rollout of vaccinations is positive. The return of our early learners, internet café students, students served by our Bridges and Life Skills programs has been a success.

Context is important and I understand it may be hard to apply during such an adverse time in our country and during the unprecedented environmental conditions we are all suffering through. While facing adversity, relationships can be strained, leadership questioned, and trust tested. This often happens in sports when a team is on a ten game losing streak; confidence can be shaken.

I hope we all can remember context during this time and challenge us to stay the course, think positive, support each other, and know our district continues to be one of the best. The safety of all continues to be the focus. Every day I remind myself, none of us have experienced a pandemic. To add to the pandemic (and the hundreds of personal variables we all have faced), we have national political, social, and cultural pressures which are once again offering divisiveness in our country on many levels. Please remember, strength comes in numbers, it takes a village, together we will get through this.

Our SQHS staff is working hard to support students and families in our SQHS community. I am proud to walk alongside our staff in supporting your students. The end of the semester is approaching, and we typically ramp up our efforts to help students get across the finish line academically. In our current time, this also means ramping up our efforts of checking in with student’s welfare and health. Our staff also has begun planning for second semester. This includes inventory work, lesson planning, safety planning, communication with local agencies, planning logistics to increase student numbers on campus and even for some of us -planning for graduation and next year. One of mantras this year has been grace and assume best and positive intent. I wish I could get my daughter to understand positive intent. After hearing my jokes for the fourth time she is no longer laughing, and I find myself the brunt of her jokes.

Let us do what we can and let’s do it well. We can continue to be responsible with mask wearing, hand washing, physical distance, and refrain from social gatherings. Let us do our part to support our communities.

Please remember we do not have school Monday, January 18, 2021, as we honor the late, great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:

"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."

Miguel Perez, Principal


Un mensaje del Director Perez


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Click on the image below to access the District EDI Newsletter...

Haga clic en la imagen de abajo para acceder al Boletín de EDI del Distrito ...

INFORMACIÓN del grado 12 - Seniors

It is NOT too late to file your FAFSA to attend college next year! Even if you are not sure where or if you will attend college next year, we recommend you fill out your FAFSA now, just in case. It is easy to decline the free money if you don’t go, but you can’t get the money if you don’t apply!

FAFSA webinars for students/families to attend - these are sponsored by Whitworth University and are open to ALL STUDENTS

Seniors, if you have submitted your FAFSA … what now?

What is included in your SAR ( Student Aid Report) and who sees it?

What is your family’s EFC? ( Estimated Family contribution)

Learn the answers to these and more at:


If you have not competed your FAFSA or have questions, please contact your counselor or Mrs. O’Brien in the Career Center for assistance!

Si no ha completado su FAFSA o tiene preguntas, comuníquese con su consejero o la Sra. O’Brien en el Centro de Carreras para obtener ayuda.

You still have time to apply to colleges!

You Can Go! From the listing of Washington’s public four-year institutions This list identifies the necessary steps students/families should take, and provides resources including deadlines and contact information to assist students, families, counselors, principals and others.


Confused about scholarships and where to find them? Attend this scholarship help session

On Wednesday Jan. 13 at 11am

Hear from Mrs. O’Brien about local scholarships, Ashley Delatour from FuturesNW

and Shannon Elmendorf from Whatcom Community Foundation and the Dollars for Scholars Scholarship

To attend please email Mrs. O’Brien for the zoom link to this meeting. Cindy.obrien@bellinghamschools.org


FOR SENIORS: Scholarship season is upon us!

Please continue to check the scholarship bulletin on the school website

PARA MAYORES: ¡La temporada de becas está sobre nosotros! Continúe consultando el boletín de becas en el sitio web de la escuela.

Check out these Scholarship websites:

  • theWashBoard.org – free online resource- no pop-ups. Complete at least 75% of profile for scholarships that fit you best.
  • Whatcom Dollars for Scholars - The 2021 Scholarship Round for graduating High School seniors from Whatcom County:

Opens: January 21st

Closes: February 26th (at midnight)

However, you can get started on filling out your application right now.

    WUE– Washington Undergraduate Exchange – planning to study out of state? Search for participating Institutions
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    Links to other supports

    Librarian: tracy.shaw@bellinghamschools.org

    SQHS Counselors: https://squalicum.bellinghamschools.org/counseling/

    District Help technicians: help@bellinghamschools.org

    Resouces (meals, childcare, mental health and more) : https://bellinghamschools.org/resources/