Squalicum High School

Weekly Storm Forecast for October 24 - 30, 2020

Advanced Placement Updates

Dear SQHS Students and Parents/Guardians,

We are excited that so many SQHS students have taken the challenge of taking an AP class. And great news, we are able to pay for ½ of the AP costs for every student again this year! We have over 500 students registered for over 700 AP for 2020-2021.

If your student is taking an Advanced Placement (AP) course, please read below:

  • Full payment fee = $47.50 per exam
  • Qualify to receive free/reduced lunch? If so, your fee = $0 per exam.
  • Cancellation/Unused exam fee, normally $40, waived ($0) for 2021

Students who qualify to receive free or reduced lunch will have their AP exam fees waived, provided they have submitted a Low-Income Student Verification Form, signed by a parent/guardian. That form can easily be found on this website : https://bellinghamschools.org/families/school-day-information/school-menus/

To purchase your AP tests for the 2020-21 year:

Please click on the link https://wa-bellingham.intouchreceipting.com/ choose “Items At Student’s School” then click on AP Testing fees, click Buy next to the AP test you will be taking and click on checkout (upper right hand corner) and pay.

You can also mail a check made out to SQHS and send to SQHS Attn: Shawn Flaherty 3773 E McLeod Rd, Bellingham WA 98226 (please indicate which AP tests you wish to purchase in the memo).

If you have any questions please contact Shawn.Flaherty@Bellinghamschools.org

Please know that all AP students are auto-registered for the exam(s) once they submit their ‘join codes’ with their teacher(s) for each individual class in the College Board website. They do this step in their classes with their teachers. All exams are scheduled for May.

Thank you!

Katie Jones, SQHS AP Administrator

Leanna Bailey, SQHS AP Coordinator

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The Hub Provides a variety of supports

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The highlights are that we have lots of tutors eager to help students

Check out theHUB’s Virtual Spaces.

theHUB is here to support our students academic and social needs. Our goal is to work together to create an atmosphere where students can feel safe to engage with one another and get the support they need. We have volunteers, college students, SQHS students and SQHS staff available during these times.

What to expect when you enter these spaces……

Bring a friend or come solo. When you enter, Ms. Neisinger or Ms. Covington will be there to greet you and find out how we can support you best. Based on your needs we will either pair you with a subject-specific tutor, give you a virtual space to study, and or a safe place to hang, have fun and feel supported.




9:00-10:00 AM

Link: theHUB

Link: Meet Tutors

Kendall Nedley (Science)

Cam Retherford (all subjects)

Steven DeMoney (Science)

Halie Evangelist (Math)

Grace Doud (Math)

Dacia Dufresne (Science)

John Kottkamp (History)

Alec Willis (Arts, English, Language)

Colleen Nguyen (Upper Level Math)

COMING SOON……. WELLNESS WEDNESDAY. WHAT? After storm on Wednesday drop on in and pick a virtual room that best fits what you may need to get the day started. Activities may include yoga, coloring, D&D, and much more.


Heidi Covington- Student Success Coordinator heidi.covington@bellinghamschools.org

Erin Neisinger- Class of 2023 GEAR UP Coordinator erin.neisinger@bellinghamschools.org

CALL/TEXT 360-746-9106

Cam Retherford- Class of 2023 GEAR UP Advocate cam.retherford@bellinghamschools.org

Did you know you can check out books from the school library?

Pickup is SQHS curbside (lower lot) ANYtime on Wednesdays between 8:00 and 4:00. Alternative sites are Alderwood, Cordata & Shuksan ONLY during Thursdays meal pickups 4:00–5:30

Use this link to make your book requests. Book Checkout Request

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Update from the Dude, Be Nice! committee

The Storm Leadership class has several committees. One of those is the Dude, Be Nice! team. These students have come up with a creative way to continue to support each other and our staff.

A “Lightning Love” is a note with a heart and a lightning bolt that you can fill in and send to someone you know at SqHS! Lightning Loves are a great way to spread Storm Love throughout the school. Especially with a worldwide pandemic going on, it’s important that we recognize people that mean something to us. Whether it’s a staff member or a fellow classmate, we all need to support each other through these challenging times.


Hello 9th grade parents! We know this is not the year you planned for your 9th graders, but we are going to make it the best possible!! We have lots of supports in place to help your student be successful! In addition to our amazing freshmen teachers we have:

9th grade counselor Debra Smith-Hicks (360) 746-5103 )

I work with all 9th grade students and parents around personal/emotional supports, academic interventions, high school and beyond planning and scheduling.

Counseling Intern Sierra Truesdale joins the team to support students!

Over the next 5 weeks we will have brief individual meetings in the afternoons with all the 9th graders to make a plan for a great year!

Counselors will also teach in 9th grade Storm classes about SQHS supports, credits, grades and gpa, managing stress, and starting their High School and Beyond Plan.

Other supports to help your students have a great freshmen year include

9th grade STORM teachers who will see your student daily in STORM and will check Skyward weekly to monitor your student’s progress. Email if you need your login or password information. Contact teachers with questions or concerns.

Encourage your student to get involved.

Squalicum Clubs will be meeting online! More details to come

Encourage your student to talk to their teachers and use their afternoon time daily to connect with teachers if they need help. If you missed the 9th grade Parent meeting you can see it here!

ASB Cards

At this time ASB cards are not required to participate in activities. We will continue to update you on the status of ASB cards as we get closer to in-building contact and in-person activities.

News for Seniors

It’s very important our families begin filing their financial aid forms starting October 1, 2020. October is a crucial month to get these completed, especially for our College Bound students.

More details will come out soon, but please mark your calendars:

Daytime Event for Error Fixing: Tuesday, November 17, 11 am-2 pm

We also have several virtual college meetings and events coming up. Download the document below to access all the information and links.

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Next Week's College Events

EWU Preview Day, National College Fair, Lewis and Clark College, CWU on the spot admissions, Seattle University, Women in Engineering Day, Visit with Mike Copeland to discuss Stanford University, WWU and EWU admission rep meetings.

This year the Storm Student Store will feature All new logos and our favorite from last year. We will also be debuting several new items in the next couple weeks. To order your Storm gear follow this link

Customer portal:


Volunteer Hours

Do you have volunteer hours you need to record?


Are you looking for somewhere to volunteer this fall?

· Try checking the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County

· Join Clubs at SQHS

· Tutor

· Provide Tech help to neighbors, family etc

· Help with Church

· Help your neighbors and friends

During the pandemic any potential volunteers will need to follow all Covid precautions and consider your own health first.

If you are volunteering and may Record your VOLUNTEER Hours HERE

(link also found on the SQHS webpage)

Your hours will be accumulated and can become part of your High School and Beyond Plan, help you with scholarships, college applications and job applications.

Seniors who have accumulated Volunteer Hours may be recognized by the Bellingham Bay Rotary Club with scholarship opportunities.

Please Contact Mrs. O’Brien for any questions! Cindy.obrien@Bellinghamschools.org

Yearbook 20/21

Below are some important links regarding this year's SQHS Yearbook.


  • a head-and-shoulders portrait
  • taken straight-on, not at an angle; your face should be recognizable and not obscured by make-up or accessories
  • a digital image (JPEG format; 300 dpi preferred)
  • a reasonably current image (no baby pictures)
  • school-appropriate
  • prop-free (this includes food, pets, musical instruments, friends, etc)

If you have questions, contact: SQH.Yearbook@bellinghamschools.org

Attendance reminder

Attendance is taken every day by teachers

We know this is an unprecedented time in remote instruction, and student learning is our primary focus. Being present in class is the first critical piece to the school day.

Be sure to be an ally for your children by encouraging their daily attendance and helping them engage in learning. Helpful parent/guardian tips are found on the Attendance Works website.

Parents - please contact Joanna Cooper by phone or email with any attendance updates.



School staff is also there to help if you need family support around attendance. Reach out to your teachers, principal or counselor with any questions or concerns. Finally, you can review AttendanceWorks.org for helpful action plans and thinking on attendance and the COVID-era attendance tips for parents.


Parents: You can monitor the school device...

Dear families,

We value partnering with you as we navigate distance learning together. One piece of feedback we have heard from families is the desire to be able to manage and monitor their student’s screen time.

As this school year begins, we’re making a smartphone app available to you for free that lets you monitor and manage your student's district-issued laptop using your iPhone or Android. You can use apParent to:

  • View screen images of your child's device
  • Lock your child's device with a custom message
  • Block use of specific websites or apps
  • Set limits on use with scheduled screen lock times
  • View 24 hours of your child's web browsing history

To learn more about how apParent works, please watch this 90 second video or visit this user guide.

To learn more or get started using the app, click your custom link below. Once you opt in your apParent account will be automatically activated.


You will need to download the app onto your smartphone after activating your account online and enter the email address and password generated upon activation. Once activated, you will be able to manage and monitor your student’s device via the app on your smartphone.

Please contact your school’s educational technology coach (bruce.mansfield@bellinghamschools.org) or library media specialist (tracy.shaw@bellinghamschools.org) if you have any questions or need any additional information.

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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/

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