Dear Sehome Community,
I hope that you have had a great week. It has been an exciting spring. Friday night, we had our Outdoor Family Movie Night. It was a lovely evening and the weather cooperated for this event. We had several students and families come out for this event. I would like to thank our Sehome PTSA for partnering in this event.
We have much to be excited about as well. This year, our performing arts department has put together an incredible musical, Cinderella. May 19 is opening night. Use the link below to reserve your tickets to get a chance to see this show today!
Sehome High School is part of the Inclusionary Practices Project in collaboration with the University of Washington Haring Center. Sehome is a demonstration site for others to come and see our work on the inclusionary practice of co-teaching. This week, we welcomed people from OSPI, Sedro-Woolley School District, Burlington-Edison High School, Ferndale High School, Meridian High School, and the NWESD. Every visitor has commented on the community that our students have built and the kindness they show to one another. It is fun to hear people so excited about what they see our students and teachers creating in our school community that extends to our greater community.
Thank you for all you do to support and encourage your student and each other. It takes all of us to create a better community. I am thankful to live in a community of dreamers who are willing to dream big dreams and work to make them come to life.
Let's make it a great week.
WRAP UP FROM LAST WEEK
Outdoor Movie Family Night
IN THIS MEMO
1 – UPCOMING EVENTS
2 – CITY OF BELLINGHAM SUMMER ACTIVITIES
3 – LEARNING CENTER
4 – STUDENT MARKET
5 – TIP LINE
6 – TRAFFIC SAFETY
7 – CAREER CENTER
8 – AFTER SCHOOL DINNER PROGRAM
9 – PTSA INFORMATION
10 – EMERGENCY PROTOCOLS
11 – MEDICATIONS AT SCHOOL
12 – COVID-19 UPDATES
13 – SEHOME POINTS OF CONTACT
1 - UPCOMING EVENTS
BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY ON FRIDAY, MAY 20TH
Our community is celebrating Bike to Work and School Day on Friday, May 20th. Here is a link to more information: https://www.biketoworkandschoolday.org/
Some of you may already have events and/or promotion ideas in the works (yay!); however, the team at Smart Trips is able to support with good ideas and how to set up a “celebration station” if you’d like. Please contact Kirsten Wert (email@example.com) or Michelle Grandy (firstname.lastname@example.org) for assistance.
BLOCK PARTY GEAR SWAP
Jennifer Gaer is hard at work planning for the Back to School Block Party at BHS on August 20th 10am-2pm. One piece of the block party will be a gear swap. Starting later this month (after spring sports wrap up) we are hoping to put boxes in a spot in each school to collect gently used athletic equipment/gear. Many of our athletes and families struggle to outfit themselves for sports each year, and we see this as an opportunity to help our families get the gear they need before next year. Jennifer and I will be in touch with each MS and HS school individually to ensure we have this box in a spot that works for you all; we will drop it, pick it up, and hopefully not create any additional work. I will send advertisement info as we get closer to donation phase of this project.
PTSA MEETING! JOIN US FOR OUR FIRST IN-PERSON MEETING IN TWO YEARS!
WASHINGTON TRAILS ASSOCIATION - SEHOME ARBORETUM WORK PARTIES
Our Youth and Family specific work parties take place from 9:00am - 2:00pm and are targeted specifically to youth (10 - 18 years) and their families. Participants can earn up to 5 service learning hours and should expect to help WTA build a realignment for the South Ridge trail located in the Arboretum! The reason we are doing this project is to create a more sustainably designed section of trail to replace the existing section which is showing signs of erosion and degradation. This will be a unique opportunity for Sehome students to make a lasting impact in a local park and potentially engage with the park on a deeper level.
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PROM 2022 THEME IS DISCO FEVER
ONLINE COURSES FOR SUMMER SCHOOL
Students in Bellingham Public Schools who will be in grades 9-12 in fall 2022 may take free online courses for summer school using the Edgenuity platform for credit retrieval or credit ahead.
Please note: students entering ninth grade are limited to Computer Applications and Health for credit ahead.
Summer school courses are accelerated, completing an 18-week class in a compressed 6-week time frame. For this reason, although the coursework is completed online, students need to attend in person at Options High School Monday through Thursday from June 27 to August 4, 2022. This ensures they have quick access to academic and/or technical help.
For more information about high school summer school through Edgenuity, please see the summer 2022 registration form. If you have additional questions, please contact your high school counselor or secondary summer school principal Ronni Weston via email or at 360-647-6871.
GET REGISTERED FOR SPORTS PLUS SPORTS PHYSICALS
- Families and students can get connected with middle school and high school sports for next year on finalforms now. Most families received email communication about this through school messenger, but a number of our emails don’t work and a few students who haven't been assigned a school next year didn’t hear about registering for sports/clubs for next year. Please share this information with families:
- Sign up for athletics and activities for the 2022-2023 school year now!
- To get signed up and learn more, head to our school's activity and athletics site: https://sehome.bellinghamschools.org/activities/
- If your student is interested in participating, sign up now to learn about camps, workouts, and connection opportunities over the summer.
- All students interested in participating in a sport, need a valid sports physical. Make an appointment with your primary care provider for a well child check, and ask for a sports physical to ensure your student athlete can start right away next year.
2 - CITY OF BELLINGHAM SUMMER ACTIVITIES
CITY OF BELLINGHAM SUMMER ACTIVITIES
Click CITY OF BELLINGHAM SUMMER ACTIVITES PLAYBOOK to find summer activities/camps for your family. Page 24 of the City of Bellingham playbook lists camps that are led by High School coaches and are an awesome opportunity for students and families to get to know the HS programs, coaches, and athletes. In addition to this, camps serve as fundraisers for our programs.
Here is a link to register for camps CAMP REGISTRATION
COB offers various scholarships under the Pass Program and Blue Skies for Children. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Bellingham Schools Foundation also offers some scholarship opportunities for summer programming. Email email@example.com for further information.
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
6 - 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
8 - 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.
10 - 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
11 - 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Clarke, Sub Assistant Principal for Mike Couto: A - K 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