It is officially spring! We had a great first week without masks. Students and staff were very respectful of each other and honored each person's right to decide what they wanted to do. It was so great to see faces and smiles, hear laughter, and see students respecting each other. It was a great week.
Tuesday night, we had a great turnout for the incoming 9th grade family night. See the pictures below. Mariner Mentor students were there welcoming students and families, as well as answering questions throughout the building. The drumline and orchestra played. The choir sang and the dance team performed. A big thank you to the PTSA for providing drinks and snacks to all participants. We had so many students and families come for the open house and the program. It was great to see so many people around the building, in and out of classrooms, checking out the beautiful spaces, and talking with our staff members about classes for next school year. Overall, it was a fabulous evening!
The Sehome Choir performed on Thursday night. We look forward to hearing the band on Tuesday night this week and the orchestra on Thursday night. All performances are at 7:00 PM in the theater. Come out and support our musicians. It is a real treat!
Here's to a great week!
IN THIS MEMO
1 – WRAP UP OF LAST WEEK’S EVENTS
2 – MARCH STUDENT CERAMICS ART
3 – BOOK SALE
4 – BELLINGHAM SCHOOLS FOUNDATION CHALLENGE
5 – PROM SAVE THE DATE
6 – STUDENT REGISTRATION
7 – TRAFFICE SAFETY THROUGH SHS
8 – STUDENT MARKET
9 – PTSA INFORMATION
10 – SAFETY TIP LINE
11 – CAREER CENTER INFORMATION
12 – LEARNING CENTER
13 – WORLD LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TEST
14 – AP EXAMINATION INFORMATION
15 – AFTER SCHOOL DINNER PROGRAM
16 – EMERGENCY WEATHER
17 – MEDICATIONS AT SCHOOL
18 – COVID-19 UPDATES
19 – SEHOME POINTS OF CONTACT
1 - WRAP UP OF LAST WEEK'S EVENTS
ROBOTICS STATE RESULTS
Sehome robotics team pictured above - Isaac Parsons, Addi Getz, and Nathan Eisses had an epic run to the finals at the Washington State Vex Robotics State Championships! They lost a close match in the finals, finishing 2nd in the State!
This qualifies them for the World Championships held in Dallas Texas! The Vex Robotics World Championships is the largest robotics competition in the world with over 800 teams from 50 countries attending. These 3 will be competing with and against students from all over the world. They are pretty excited!
Incoming 9th Grade Parent Night
Noah Weinrich, Butterfly Box was chosen "Most Outstanding" at the All-County Ceramics Show which included college students! In the "Notables" category we were represented by Natalie Aarstol, Caden Peterson, and Max Duryee.
5 - PROM SAVE THE DATE!!
7 - TRAFFIC SAFETY THROUGH SHS
Do you have a 15-year-old or soon-to-be 15-year old that is interested in driving
and getting their license?
They can take Traffic Safety Education (TSE) through the school. Classes will start September 2022 and February 2023. The only requirements are that (1) your student is 15 before the first day of class and (2) to add TSE to course registration happening now.
Not in the class yet and still want to get a permit? Students as young as 15 can take the knowledge test. Successfully passing the knowledge test will allow them to obtain a permit.
To get a license, they will still need to complete TSE or wait until they are 18 years old.
The knowledge test is offered for free. To sign up, use this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/stateknowledgetesting
If you have other questions, you can refer to the Department of Licensing for steps to obtaining a driver’s license. https://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/steps.html
LATEST HOT JOBS
The latest Hot Jobs has been posted. We are receiving listings from local businesses regarding some great summer jobs as well! We will have a list of jobs for our graduating seniors too.
Here are a couple from the City of Bellingham:
“Thinking about summer? We are too! We are hiring now for summer help with our Maintenance and Operations (15 positions), and Shop/Stores division (1 position)”
👉 Road job details: http://ow.ly/hXMB50HTo5q
👉 Stores job details: http://ow.ly/CiUt50HTo5t
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
13 - World Language Proficiency Test - April 23, 2022
Our second and final World Language Credit for Proficiency Testing event of the 2021-22 school year will be held at Bellingham High School on Saturday April 23rd. All 8th-12th grade students in our district who want to demonstrate their proficiency in a language other than English are welcome to participate. BPS Project Free Education covers the cost of registration, and transportation is provided for those who need it. To register, please click here: April 23 World Language Proficiency Test Registration
Registration Deadline: April 1, 2022
AP EXAMINATION INFORMATION
ALL REGISTRATION FOR AP EXAMS IS NOW CLOSED
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 Catherine.Moran@bellinghamschools.org
15 - AFTER SCHOOL DINNER 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.
16 - EMERGENCY AND WEATHER PROCEDURES
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 bellinghamschools.org
- 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 bellinghamschools.org/weather.
How to find your snow bus route: www.bellinghamschools.org/snow-routes
17 - MEDICATIONS AT SCHOOL
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
SEHOME POINTS OF CONTACT
Sonia Cole, Principal: email@example.com
Mike Couto, Assistant Principal: A - K firstname.lastname@example.org
Bethany Barrett, Assistant Principal: L - Z email@example.com
Colin Cushman, Athletics & Activities: firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Hjelt, Counselor A - D: email@example.com
Jeff Smith, Counselor E-K: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hana Schutz, Counselor L-Re: email@example.com
John Vandermolen, Counselor Rh - Z: firstname.lastname@example.org