Dear Sehome Community,

This week is the final week of first semester. We know that many students have had to miss days over the last month. Our teachers are providing lots of flexibility and opportunities to show learning. If you have any concerns, please reach out to teachers. Also know, that we have several teachers out as well. Please provide them with additional layers of grace as we all work to finish up this semester and then prepare to start 2nd semester.

As the end of the semester and finals approach, many students demonstrate a need for extra support. Students may need to develop/maintain stamina to finish their courses strong, need targeted help with one or more courses, or need to develop skills to be more strategic with their studying. Sehome High School offers a range of supports for students that demonstrate these needs or others. The following is a list of helpful resources students can access:

  • The first contact should be the student contacting the teacher. Many teachers have days they are available either before or after school to work individually with students. Email is a great way for students to contact their teacher to schedule a time to meet.

  • The Learning Center is open before school, during lunch, and after school in the library. See the information below to sign up for tutoring.

  • SHS also offers academic support classes to students who would like to have a period during the class day when they can work on and get support with classwork. Students who wish to add an Academic Workshop period to their schedule should contact their counselor about this option.

    If your child has utilized these resources and is still struggling with their classes, please reach out to your student’s teachers and their assigned counselor or assistant principal if you have not already. We welcome the opportunity to partner with students and families to help every student find success at Sehome High School.

    Next week, we do not have school on Monday as it is the break in between semesters. In preparation for second semester, please make sure students check their schedules on Skyward. We have limited openings in other classes to make any changes to class requests, but if there is an open period in your schedule or something that needs to be changed, please email the appropriate counselor.

    Amy Hjelt, Counselor A - D:

    Jeff Smith, Counselor E-K:

    Hana Schutz, Counselor L-Re:

    John Vandermolen, Counselor Rh - Z:

    As always, please reach out with any questions, concerns, or feedback. Let's make it a great week!

    Sonia Cole


    Quote of the Week

    "For there is always light, if only we're brave enough to see it, if only we are brave enough to be it." -- Amanda Gorman

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    We have a limited amount of visitor parking spots and we are receiving complaints from our visitors that there are never any available. Visitor parking is for visitors to our building. Students should not be parking in these spots. There are usually 20-25 open parking spots available at the West end of the lot. Please encourage your child to park in the appropriate places even if they are coming later in the day or for a short period of time to keep these spots open for visitors to the building.


    The tutoring center offers help with most subjects taught at SHS…Contact the Learning Center and we will try to find you the help you need.

    About the tutors:

    They work with students 1:1 or in small groups in their content areas of expertise

    · Answer questions on course content

    · Aid in comprehension of course material, review, and test preparation

    · Patient, dependable, and responsible when working with students

    · Friendly, flexible, and sensitive to demands of high school students

    Schedule a tutoring appointment

    Visit the learning center website


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    Emergency and Weather Procedures

    It’s that time of year to think about snow and our procedures and impact of weather-related school cancellations.

    Depending on conditions (which could include snow, flooding, power outages, etc.), school could:

    • close for the day (in the case of widespread power outages),
    • open two hours late with regular bus routes or snow bus routes,
    • open on time with snow bus routes.

    How can I get weather/emergency information?

    Changes to the school schedule are usually announced by 6 a.m., and we use a variety of methods to keep families informed:

    • Sign up for alerts: To receive email, phone, and/or text alerts, set your communication preferences on the Skylert tab within Skyward Family Access. (Need help? go here for step-by-step directions or contact 360-676-6520.)
    • Tune to local media: 790 AM, 96.5 FM, 104.1 FM or Seattle media.
    • Check
    • Check @BhamSD on Twitter, @bellinghamschools on Facebook and @bellinghamschools on Instagram
    • Call 360-676-6400 for a recorded message.
    • Call 360-647-6815 for a message translated in Español, русский, tính từ and Punjabi.

    Please familiarize yourself with our weather procedures at

    How to find your snow bus route:



    Local scholarships are rolling in! The Scholarship Bulletin is updated weekly. A link to the bulletin can be found on Sehome’s main web page, then click Families and then Scholarships. Scholarship deadlines are concrete! Check to see if the deadline is a postage date or when they expect to receive the scholarship. Not all scholarships are merit based and require a stellar GPA…some are based on academic interests, activities, or community service.

    Bellingham Dollars for Scholars, our largest local scholarship is expected to go live later this month or early February.

    Keep an eye on the bulletin where we will post when the website is ready to go. A representative from the scholarship will be available during lunch one day (DTBD) to help students with questions regarding the application.

    A sampling of scholarships in the bulletin:

    American Chemical Society- Senior (African American Hispanic, Latino or American Indian) intending to major in a chemistry related field. Up to $5,00 a year 3/1

    Todd Curran Memorial Scholarship-Senior, 3.0 GPA, with sports activity and community service. Award value: $8,000 3/4

    Ewing C. Kelly Scholarship award worth $2500 is based on academic achievement , community service and financial need 3/10

    Professional Firefighters Memorial Scholarship- Senior, planning to enter Fire Fighting , Fire Science/Tech, Medical Sciences, Health or Emergency Medical fields. Tech college or 4 year . Up to $5,000 3/16

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    AP Exams 2022 – Payment Information

    Payments can either be made at the ASB Office with Cash/Check or Credit Card or online.

    Payment for AP exams must be made between Oct. 12 – Apr. 2, 2022 online here.

    • Full payment fee = $43.50 per exam
    • Qualify to receive free/reduced lunch? If so, your fee = $0 per exam. You must submit a Low-Income Student Verification Form. (also available at the ASB Office)
    • Late registration fee (after 11/15/20) will incur an additional $40 charge.
    • Cancellation/Unused exam fee is $40.

    For questions/assistance with payments please contact the ASB Office at (360) 676-4971 or e-mail

    After School Meal Program


    After-school dinner program free for all children 18 and under

    Bellingham Public Schools serves hot dinner at no cost to all children 18 and under. These meals are offered from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday through June 16, 2022. Dinner is served in the Shuksan Middle School cafeteria, located at 2717 Alderwood Avenue (at the corner of Northwest and Alderwood). It does not matter what school you attend in the district.

    Accompanying adults are charged $4.75 per meal — please bring cash or check. Please plan to eat onsite in the Shuksan cafeteria.

    The daily Monday through Thursday dinner menu is listed on the school menu webpage by day after the lunch listing.

    Please note: Dinner will not be served on school holidays or on the following all school early dismissal days: Nov. 4, Nov. 24, Dec. 9, Feb. 10, March 10 and April 28.

    Programa gratuito de cenas después de la escuela para todos los niños de 18 años o menos

    Las Escuelas Públicas de Bellingham sirven cenas calientes sin costo alguno a todos los niños de 18 años o menos. Las cenas se ofrecen de las 5 a las 6 de la tarde de lunes a jueves hasta el 16 de junio de 2022. La cena se sirve en la cafetería de la Escuela Secundaria Shuksan, ubicada en el 2717 de Alderwood Avenue (en la esquina de Northwest y Alderwood). No importa a qué escuela asista en el distrito.

    A los adultos acompañantes se les cobrará $4.75 dólares por comida - sólo en efectivo o con cheque. Todas las comidas deben ser consumidas en la cafetería de Shuksan.

    El menú diario de la cena se encuentra por día en la página de internet de los menús escolares después del listado del lonche o almuerzo.

    Por favor, tenga en cuenta: La cena no se servirá en los días festivos de la escuela o en los siguientes días de salida temprana de la escuela: 4 de noviembre, 24 de noviembre, 9 de diciembre, 10 de febrero, 10 de marzo y 28 de abril.

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    When a student requires medication at school, either prescription or over the counter (OTC), parents/guardians must return a completed medication authorization form with directions from a licensed health care provider (LHCP) to Sehome. One exception is that certain OTC medications that are self-administered do not require LHCP instructions, but they do require a parent/guardian to complete the medication authorization form. There is no situation that a student taking medications at school does not need a medication authorization on file.

    The privilege of students self-caring their medications, whether prescription or OTC, requires students to take their medication as instructed on the authorization and being aware that they may not share their medications with anyone. Medications brought to school must be in the original prescription container or manufacturers labelled OTC container. Medication authorizations expire at the end of the current school year, or sooner as per LHCP instructions.

    Link to Medication Authorization Form can be found here




    The Learning Center needs your help!

    It’s a great sight to see the tables and chairs full of learners! However, it means we’re running low on snacks. We have enough snacks to get us through to Thanksgiving break, but after that it looks grim.

    Here is a wishlist on Amazon that shares what snacks the students enjoy the most, but anything is great!

    Thank you so much for your support!

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    Sonia Cole, Principal:

    Mike Couto, Assistant Principal: A - K

    Bethany Barrett, Assistant Principal: L - Z

    Colin Cushman, Athletics & Activities:

    Amy Hjelt, Counselor A - D:

    Jeff Smith, Counselor E-K:

    Hana Schutz, Counselor L-Re:

    John Vandermolen, Counselor Rh - Z: