STANWOOD HIGH SCHOOL

FAMILY UPDATE FOR WEEK OF OCTOBER 18, 2021

SHS VISION STATEMENT

Stanwood Spartans are united in cultivating character, modeling respect, teaching leadership and connecting to community.

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NEW: QUARTER ENDS NOVEMBER 5TH

Now is the time to check with your child about their grades. The quarter will end on Friday, November 5th. It is important for students to turn in missing work so they can get their grades up in time for the 1st quarter grades.

NEW: ENGLISH STATE TEST OCTOBER 18TH AND 19TH

We will be giving the state English test on Monday and Tuesday (October 18th and 19th). Students in grades 9, 11, and 12 will be testing. For more information, see the testing section later on in this newsletter.


Students need to bring their school-issued chrome books along with charging cords. Students should also bring their chrome books charged.

NEW: PHOTO RETAKE DAY OCTOBER 19TH

Tuesday, October 19th, is our photo retake day. Students will need to listen to the announcements at the beginning of each class period on the 19th to know when to go to the PAC upper lobby (across from the main office).
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REMINDER: HEALTHY YOUTH SURVEY OCTOBER 21ST

Our school is participating in the Washington State Healthy Youth Survey on October 21st. Students in grades 10 (English classes) and 12 (History classes) will participate in the survey.


The Healthy Youth survey includes questions related to physical activity and diet, unintentional and intentional injury, substance use, abuse, risk and protective factors, and access to school-based services. Survey results are used by schools, communities and state agencies to plan programs to support our youth and reduce their risks.


Participation is voluntary and the students' answers are anonymous.


We will be administering the survey online this year. No privacy issues were identified in the E-survey pilot conducted by the state in 2019. This year schools are being instructed to disable any recording, keystroke tracing, and video capture software on school-issued devices used to take the survey. We will also instruct students to do the same on personal devices used to take the survey before they begin. If you use any software to monitor the device your student will use to take the survey, please turn it off before they being to ensure their honest participation.

NEW: EARTHQUAKE DRILL OCTOBER 21ST

We will participate in the state earthquake drill on Thursday, October 21st. The drill will be in the morning.

NEW: ADVISORY ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22ND

We will have an advisory session on Friday, October 22nd for all grade levels.

NEW: OCTOBER 22ND FINANCIAL AID ADVISING DAY FOR SENIORS

Stanwood High School will hold a Financial Aid Advising Day on Friday, October 22nd. Seniors will receive information about financial aid opportunities in their advisory classes.


Any senior who does not have an advisory class will be able to access the same information on our high school website shortly after the 22nd. Information will also be available in the counseling center.


The 12th Year Campaign is hosting virtual financial aid events for seniors and families to learn more about and apply for aid.

12th Year Campaign site link

(https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oELovlvqYmCD7NY0nDw7A_b1Bbeoj4-M7VNBDaQfxoI/edit)


The Washington State Student Loan Education Site helps families better understand education costs and considerations.

Washington State Student Loan Education site link

(https://www.studentloaned.wa.gov/?utm_campaign=Student-Family-Messaging&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery)


Financial aid applications are now available for the 2022-23 school year. Learn more, get support, and apply for financial aid at this link: wsac.wa.gov/apply.

Apply for financial aid link

Any student 18 years or older can opt out of this advisory session. They need to sign the form below and give it to their advisory teacher.


Parents/guardians can complete the form for seniors 17 years of age or younger.


Students who turn in the form will then go to the library for the rest of advisory on Friday the 22nd.

REMINDER: FALL CONFERENCES

Fall conferences will be held on October 27th-29th. The first quarter ends on November 5th so now is a good time to check in on how your student is doing.


We have conference times available the afternoons of all three days, along with an early evening session on Thursday, October 28th.


Please contact Wendy Fox at (360) 629-1300 or by email at wfox@stanwood.wednet.edu to set up a conference.


Parents/guardians have the option to have the conference in person or virtually. Please let Wendy know your preference when you contact her.

REMINDER: WARM COATS FOR KIDS

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Hello Families,


I would like to share some progress we have made toward returning schools to a more traditional setting. Although we are not yet ready to open our schools to outside groups, we are ready to allow schools to safely plan for some events. If a school has an event or activity that they would like to host, we have developed a request process that requires schools to outline the requested activity or event and the school’s plan and ability to comply with all state and local safety requirements during the activity or event.


Requests made by schools will be addressed on a case-by-case basis by our district COVID health and safety response team. Although this is not a full reopening of all extra curricular activities and community partnerships, it is a step we believe we can take safely.


SHS Open Gyms/Athletic Facility Use
Similar to the message above, we have engaged in a process with Stanwood High School to safely open the athletic facilities to current students. The high school will be communicating their process and safety measures to families and students soon. The allowable number of students in our facilities will be less than it would be in non-COVID times, but this is a positive move for students and our community.


When to Stay Home from School
We know it is hard to miss a day of school, but we feel it is important to reshare updated guidance from the Department of Health on Staying Home When Sick. Further information on when to keep your student home can be found under the COVID tab on our website.


Early Reminder of Fall Conferences
October 27th, 28th and 29th are early release days for parent-teacher conferences. The schedule for those days will be 7:40 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. for secondary schools and 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for elementary schools. Please note that the 27th is a Wednesday but is not a late start day. Schools will soon be reaching out to you to schedule conferences. You will have the option to attend in person or virtually via Google Meets. Please contact your student’s school if you have questions.


Hiring!
We are still looking to hire talented and passionate members of our community to work in our schools. Specifically, we are looking for substitute teachers, bus drivers, paraeducators, and an electrician. Please share this information with others or apply online yourself through our SCSD Employment Page.

REMINDER: SAFE SCHOOLS NAME CHANGE

The Safe Schools App is now called Vector Solutions. More information can be found by downloading the documents below.

REMINDER: COVID UPDATES

You can find very helpful answers and information regarding Covid protocols and updates on the district website. In addition, the current count is on the district website and is updated weekly on Wednesdays. Here is the link:


COVID numbers by school

REMINDER WEARING MASKS OUTSIDE FOR ATHLETIC EVENTS

Spectators at outside athletic events are now required to wear masks. This was already in effect for inside athletic events.

LIBRARY INFORMATION


The library hours will open from 7:10 a.m. - 2:40 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can visit the library website for more information or check out the Destiny Discover catalog for the latest books.


If you have not yet picked up your chrome book, you will need one for state testing. Stop by the library during regular hours. If you were not able to pick up textbooks with your class and you still need one, please stop by the library during regular hours.


Students need to keep the chrome books all year long, not just for state testing. Students use the chrome books in their classes and advisory.


If a student has an issue with their school-issued chrome book, please have them return it to the library. We have a form for the student to fill out (student name, ID#, and issue). Our building tech coordinator will pick up the chrome books to get them fixed.


If your student needs any tutoring support, please check with Sno-Isle Library. Here is the link to their Brain Fuse site.

Brain Fuse link

NEW: BELL SCHEDULES FOR WEEK OF OCTOBER 18TH

Monday/Tuesday/Thursday - Regular Schedule


Wednesday - Wednesday Schedule


Friday - Advisory Schedule

CLASS OF 2022 YEARBOOK DEADLINES

It is time for seniors to get their senior photos taken. As parents/guardians, you can submit baby ads for your child as well. Click on the link below for all of the information.


Class of 2022 Yearbook Deadlines

COUNSELOR/ADMINISTRATOR BREAKDOWN

Do you have questions and are not sure who to contact? Here is the breakdown by counselor and administrator based on student last name.



Counseling:

Paige Watson A – Em

Maren Holzinger En - K

Tricia Tayon L - Rh

Emily Elde Ri - Z


Administrators:

Carolyn Coombs A – I

Tom Wilfong J – R

Denise Eichler S - Z

COVID INFORMATION ON DISTRICT WEBSITE

The Stanwood-Camano School District has developed an Opening of School FAQ that addresses what we know now on various topics related to COVID regulations and requirements for school districts. This FAQ is also available on our newly developed COVID information page on our District website. This page will be updated regularly as we receive information from the state or as we update our safety procedures.

SCHOOL CALENDAR

To review the school calendar, click on the link below.


Student Calendar 21-22

UPCOMING EVENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS:
October 18/19 - English SBA (grades 9, 11, and 12)
October 19 - Student retake photo day
October 21 - State Earthquake Drill
October 22 - Advisory
October 25/26 - Science WCAS test (grades 9, 12)
October 27-29 - Fall Conferences/Early Release
November 5 - End of First Quarter
November 23 - ASVAB test in the morning
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