Squalicum High School

Weekly Storm Forecast for November 13 - 20, 2020

Native American Heritage Month

All year, students will be creating informative slides to honor others. Please enjoy these two slides and some information about Native American Heritage Month.
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November is Native American Heritage Month, established as a full month in 1990.

During November, and all other months, we honor and acknowledge the contributions, wisdom, and experiences of Indigenous peoples historically and today. Bellingham Public Schools' students represent over 20 tribal ancestries, including Alaskan Native, Colville, Cowlitz, Jamestown, Lummi, Makah, Nisqually, Nooksack, Port Gamble S'Klallam, Puyallup, Quileute, Quinault, Samish, Sauk-Suiattle, Skokomish, Squaxin Island, Stillaguamish, Suquamish, Swinomish, Tulalip, Upper Skagit, Yakama, and more.

If your Indigenous/First Nations ancestry isn't listed here, please contact us so we can update our representation.

To explore a rich history foundational to our society, consider learning about the

  • Treaty of Point Elliott. Signed on Jan. 22, 1855, by Isaac Stevens (1818-1862), Governor of Washington Territory, and by Duwamish Chief Seattle, Snoqualmie Chief Patkanim, Lummi Chief Chow-its-hoot, and other chiefs, subchiefs, and delegates of tribes, bands, and villages, the Treaty of Point Elliott removed Indigenous peoples from the majority of their ancestral lands in exchange for fishing, hunting, and gathering rights.
  • Listen to the Young and Indigenous Podcast. Children of the Setting Sun Productions specializes in Coast Salish storytelling.
  • Land you are on. Native-land.ca provides an interactive map to help us connect with the sacred land we reside on.

Today, Nov. 10 at 7:00 pm, Professor Josh Cerretti will provide a virtual tour of Bellingham that "highlight[s] the perspectives of people who were marginalized and excluded from official histories and the city itself." Register here.

On Nov. 19 from 8-8:30 am, join the National Museum of American History for an online exploration into key social studies topics, featuring museum resources from the Smithsonian. This episode will focus on Native American Heritage Month.

Nov. 13-19, 2020: Transgender Awareness Week

The week before Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20, people and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender people and address issues members of the community face.

2020 has already seen 34+ acts of violence towards our transgender or gender non-conforming community, dominantly targeting Black and Latinx trans women.



Nov. 19: Ingersoll Gender Center's Free Employer Training: Trans Cultural Competency

Nov. 19: Gay City: Seattle's LGBTQ Center: Intergenerational Voices: A TGNC Panel

Nov 20: Honor and remember lives lost to anti-trans violence.

November Food Drive

Fill the vans

Also known as a district-wide food and household supply drive on Wednesday (10 AM to Noon) and Thursday (3 -5 PM) with drop off locations at SHS, SqHS, and BHS. Vans will be parked in the lower lot of Squalicum High School with contact-free drop off.
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College and Careeer Events for the week of Nov. 13-20

Next week students and parents can learn about Whitman University, University of Idaho, Plus DIGIPEN Institute which offers degrees in Computer programming, Art for video games and more. DIGIPEN is located on the original Microsoft Campus in Redmond Washington.

The Military will host information sessions, students will choose which branch they would like to visit.

For a complete list of upcoming events please go to the Career Center page on the SQHS site. Look for visits with Canadian Colleges the first week of December!

Nov 17: 1:00pm Whitman University

Nov 17: 2:00pm Digipen Institute

Nov 17: 11am - 2pm FAFSA/WASFA Event for fixing errors! REGISTER

Nov 18: 10:30am WWU Admissions Counselors Host: College Application & Essay Workshop

Nov 18: 1:00pm Military Career Event -- Army Navy Marines Air Guard Email Mrs. O’Brien or Storm Teachers for a Zoom invite & Indicate which Branch of the service you would like to attend.cindy.obrien@bellinghamschools.org

Nov 19: 1:00pm University of Idaho

Nov 19: 2:00pm Bellingham Technical College

Please contact Mrs. O’Brien or your students STORM teacher if the links do not work!

Updated 11/12/20 Cindy.obrien@bellinghamschools.org

Special Honor goes to...

Congratulations to Sequoya Wiston, Ian McDevitt, Ava Brodeur for being chosen by SQHS staff from the Math, Science and Art Departments to be recognized by the ROTARY CLUB OF BELLINGHAM as outstanding Seniors. They will be introduced and honored at a Rotary Club meeting this week.
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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

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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.

Senior Webinar

Last week, our counselors hosted a webinar along with Scott Krenz, our Josten's representative. Scott shared information about caps and gowns and other items for Seniors. Here is the recording of that webinar: https://bellingham.wistia.com/medias/pf00z4piy3.

Below, you can click on the image and get your information updated so your cap and gown can be ordered. If you choose to order additional items, that is up to you. But we ask that you at least get your cap and gown ordered ASAP (they are provided free thanks to our "Project Free Education" initiative).

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:


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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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Conflict Resolution with Teens

This is a special event hosted by the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center. Many students in our health classes have already attended a similar seminar.

Monday, November 23rd, at 6:30pm. Parents, please pre-register via this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvcOCupjIiGdQWHRZMXAw9i-BOan4VJ2iQ

Topics of the workshop will include:

• Adolescent brain development

• How teens make decisions

• Dealing with strong emotions

• Tips to resolve conflict