Back to School Newsletter - August 2022

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Dear Students and Parents/Guardians,

I want to welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year! We are excited to see returning students and to welcome our new students to Lincoln Academy and Lincoln Hill High School. Our first day of school is Thursday, September 1st at 7:40 AM.

On the first day of school (September 1st). ALL Lincoln Academy (7th-8th) and Lincoln Hill High School (9th-12th) students will begin school at 7:40 AM. Please note this differs from Stanwood High School, where 9th grade students will be attending in the morning and 10th-12th grade students will come in the afternoon. We will be following a modified schedule this day with school-wide morning activities and class periods in the afternoon. Please see the schedule below for our first day of school.

1st Day of School Schedule

Morning Activities: 7:40 - 10:40 AM

Lunch: 10:40 - 11:10 AM

1st Period: 11:15 – 11:40

2nd Period: 11:45 – 12:10

3rd Period: 12:15 – 12:40

4th Period: 12:45 – 1:10

5th Period: 1:15 – 1:40

6th Period: 1:45 – 2:10

New employees on our team this year are:

Kelly O’Rourke - Special Education Teacher

School Information Highlights:


We offer one lunch after 3rd period at Lincoln Academy Middle School and Lincoln Hill High School. Students will be able to purchase lunch or bring their own.

Student Handbook:

During the first couple of weeks of school, your child will review the student handbook. This will be completed during an advisory session. Make sure you review the handbook with your child (the handbook is available on our website or you may pick up a hard copy in the main office).

Cell Phone Policy:

It is our expectation that cell phones are put away during class time unless allowed to be used by their teacher for educational purposes. Students who use their cell phone during class time to text, make phone calls, take pictures/videos or watch videos will have their phone brought up to the office by administration and it can be picked up after school.

Student Absences:

If students are absent for any reason, their absences must be cleared within 72 hours through our electronic form or by calling the office at 360-629-1340.

Graduation Requirements:

Throughout a student's four years of high school, they will complete a number of state and local graduation requirements. This includes a High School and Beyond Plan and a graduation pathway. One of the pathways students can choose is to take and pass state assessments known as the SBA (Smarter Balanced Assessment). Students receive information on these requirements during their advisory period as well as from their counselor.

Parent/Guardian Involvement:

Parent/guardian involvement is a critical piece of school. We welcome your input. Please contact us personally, by phone, or by email. A resource for you is the school website, which contains important school information and a staff directory with e-mail addresses. If you have any questions, please contact us at (360) 629-1340.

Please review the rest of this newsletter for other important school information.

We look forward to a great school year!

Ryan Pike


School Information

School in the Fall (LA/LHHS)

We want to share the following details with you about what school will look like in the fall:

  • School will be in-person five days a week.

  • Students will attend school for a full day.

  • Bus routes will pick up and return students as usual.

  • As of the date of this newsletter, masks are not required for students and staff.

What will school meals look like? Breakfast and lunch will be available.

During the 2022-2023 school year, we will be going back to paid meals. You will want to add money to your student's account (available at the end of August), send your student to school with money, or apply for the Free and Reduced meal program (CLICK HERE).

Menu Prices


Breakfast: $1.75

Lunch: $3.25


Breakfast: $2.75

Lunch: $4.75

Reduced K-12

Breakfast: $0.00

Lunch: $0.00




As Stanwood-Camano begins our 2022–23 school year, our Food Service Program is facing unprecedented supply chain issues. As a result, we may alter our posted menus with little to no notice.

These changes are due to limited product availability, nationwide transportation challenges, and supplier labor shortages. We are working closely with our distributors and manufacturers to secure food and supply items needed to support our program.

While we plan to serve posted menu items each day, continued supply issues may not make this possible. We will attempt to substitute the scheduled menu with similar items to the extent we are able to do so.

Please know that all students will continue to be offered meals that meet menu requirements, nutrition standards, and student acceptability.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during these challenging times.

Student Pictures/ID Cards (LA/LHHS)

We ask that all students get their photos taken for identification purposes. Students need to be dressed appropriately for their school photo – no pets, hats, or crazy hair.

Picture day for both schools is Wednesday, September 21st @ Lincoln Hill and make-ups are Scheduled for October 26th. Times will be shared when they are determined.

All students, including seniors, need to come in and have their picture taken for their ID card.

Handbook & Directory for Parents/Guardians (LA/LHHS)

The Handbook & Directory for Parents/Guardians is available on the school website.

Website: (LA/LHHS)

You can find up-to-date information on our website regarding Lincoln Academy Middle School and Lincoln Hill High School's activities, academics, arts, and athletics. The website is

Student Schedules: (LA/LHHS)

Tentative student schedules will be available online Monday, August 29th, 2022.

Counseling: (LA/LHHS)

Do you have questions about courses, schedules, or after-high school plans? Please contact Christy Thompson our school’s counselor.

Discipline/Harassment: (LA/LHHS)

Do you have concerns regarding your child's discipline or harassment issues? Please contact our Principal, Ryan Pike


Good school attendance is important for success in school and as a foundation for successful careers and relationships. The highlight of a quality educational experience is the interaction of an enthused, knowledgeable teacher and an interested student. Those not in class are denied this experience. The best policy for students and parents is to prearrange all necessary absences before the student is absent. Parents/guardians may prearrange by calling or sending a note to the Attendance Secretary.

Because it is the legal responsibility of teachers to maintain accurate records on student attendance, the Board of Directors has established attendance criteria that emphasize the importance of good attendance for student achievement. The following procedures will be in effect at Lincoln Academy and Lincoln High School:

  1. Attendance will be taken each period.

  2. All students, regardless of age, must follow all school rules, including attendance rules.

(RCW 28A.225)

Procedure for excusing your child's absences (LA/LHHS)

  • Absences must be excused within 72 hours of the student's return to school.

  • Parents and guardians may excuse absences by calling the attendance secretary at 360-629-1340, through Absence Notification using their Family Access password, by emailing, or by dropping off a note to the attendance office.

  • Messages on notes, voicemail, or email should include the first AND last name of the student, the date of the absence, the reason for the absence, and the parent or guardian’s signature.

  • Lincoln Hill High School defines excused absences as absences due to illness, appointment, mental health, or family business. Any other attendance reasons will need to be reviewed and approved by the principal to be excused.

  • If the student has classes at Stanwood High School AND Lincoln Hill High School, you must contact BOTH schools to excuse absences. (only applicable to LHHS students)

If your child arrives late to school

  • Students arriving late to school must sign in on the attendance log sheet located in the main office. If a parent or guardian is not able to come in and sign for the student, then they must call the attendance office or send a note excusing the tardiness. The student must write the time of their arrival on the note

If your child needs to leave school early

  • If a student needs to leave school early, the student must bring a note from the parent/guardian requesting the absence. The student should bring the note to the Attendance Office before school and they will receive an "Early Dismissal Pass" allowing them to sign themselves out of school.

  • Leaving campus without permission will not be excused after the fact.

  • Students should never leave school without properly checking out through the office. If an emergency arises, which requires the student to leave school, the parent or guardian must notify the school.

It is best to send a note in the morning to have the student get an early dismissal pass. This prevents interrupting a teacher during class and the student can just show the teacher the pass and leave quietly.


Auto dialer: Automated telephone calls are made to inform guardians of one (1) or more unexcused absences from class each school day.

Attendance Letters: "Unexcused Absence" letters will be mailed home weekly for students that missed 50% or more of their scheduled classes for 2 or more days.

Mental Health Update for Attendance (LA/LHHS)

During the 2022 legislative session, House Bill 1834 was passed. This bill directed the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to categorize a student’s absence from school due to a mental health reason, as an excused absence due to illness, health condition, or medical appointment. The updated language for an excused absence now states physical health or mental health symptoms, illness, health condition, or medical appointment for the student or person for whom the student is legally responsible. Examples of symptoms, illness, health conditions, or medical appointments include, but are not limited to, medical, counseling, mental health wellness, dental, optometry, pregnancy, and behavioral health treatment (which can include in-patient or out-patient treatment for chemical dependency or mental health).

Bus Passes (LA/LHHS)

If your student will be riding a bus other than their own they must bring a written request to the office before school or during lunch. Notes can also be sent via fax. Bus passes will be taken over the phone if we can verify who you are. No bus pass notes will be accepted after 12:30 p.m. The note should include the first and last name of your student, the name of the student that they are riding with, and the route number and address.

Family Access (LA/LHHS)

Family Access is available to all parents within our district. There is no registration process to go through. To obtain your login and password, please call Kjersti Sundberg at (360) 629-1340.

With this up-to-the-minute information, you can be a more proactive member of your child's educational team. If you have a question or need an answer prior to parent-teacher conferences, staff email addresses are provided through our website for your convenience. If you don't have access to a computer, please contact the high school so arrangements can be made for you to get access.

Family access is located at:

This will bring you to Lincoln Hill High School’s main web page. From there you need to click on the Skyward Family Access link located in the gray boxes about halfway down the page. A new page will pop up asking you for your login and password. Login and password are not case-sensitive.

Once you are logged in you can personalize your password if you would like to.

We welcome you to Family Access and hope you will find this electronic "tool" an important part of your ongoing relationship with the Stanwood-Camano School District.

If you have any problems accessing the site, or have any questions, please call Kjersti at the above number or email her at

Attending dances at Stanwood High School (LHHS only)

Dance passes will be given out for special dances only (Tolo, Valentine's Day, Homecoming and Senior Prom). Guest must be a student or employed (in good standing) or present college status and be under the age of 21. Students from other schools need to be students in good standing to attend Stanwood High School dances. Former Lincoln Hill High School and Stanwood High School students must have been students in good standing while attending Stanwood High School to attend dances. Students that pose potential discipline problems based on current or past behavior will be prohibited from attending dances. The final decision rests with the Stanwood High School administrators.

All students attending dances must show school ID. Guest passes for dances after Friday night games will not be issued. Middle school students are not allowed to attend any high school-sponsored dances. Potential guests 21 and older will not be allowed to attend high school dances. Guests will be required to present a photo ID to verify their age and identity at the event. Photo ID will be returned upon leaving the event.

The following rules apply to Stanwood High School students and guests attending school-sponsored dances:

  1. Only face-to-face dancing

  2. No obscene dancing (to include: simulated sexual acts, freak dancing, sandwiching, lap dancing, mosh pits, and no hands touching any part of another person’s body that a swimsuit would cover).

Fees 2022-2023 School Year (LA/LHHS)

LHHS ASB Card - $40 (can be purchased at LHHS or SHS)

LA ASB Card - $20 (can be purchased at SMS or PSMS)

LHHS -Traffic Safety Education $440

LHHS - State knowledge test at SHS $25

LA Athletic Pay to Participate $50 per sport max of $100

LHHS Athletic Pay to Participate $100

There may be additional fees related to courses taken at SHS. Please talk with Stanwood High School office staff for more information.

Traffic Safety Education/1st Quarter (LHHS only)

Stanwood High School Traffic Safety Fall Session 1, September 13 to October 14, 2022, will be enrolling student-drivers starting Monday, August 22nd. Registration packets will be available in the main SHS office, in the SHS Commons, online at the SHS website/school departments/traffic safety education, and Lincoln Hill High School main office. Class will be online with in-person driving. Questions contact: Scott Knight , SHS TSE Coordinator 360-348-8009 or email

TSE ORIENTATION DUI NIGHT: Wednesday, September 14th from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. online. Students and parents enrolled in TSE are required to attend an Orientation Night/DUI Night. We will be issuing students the Traffic Safety course books and materials, covering the state requirements of the class and have a state-mandated DUI presentation. If parents/students have a prior commitment there are other options available to make-up missing Orientation/DUI night.


There will be information in your student's folder that explains how to access their permit. Please read this information carefully so they will be able to obtain their permit. Please include their PERMIT NUMBER (confirmation number/Washington State ID, begins with WDL then 9 other numbers and letters, 12 total) on their registration form. We enter the confirmation and ID numbers into the DOL portal, which then will allow you to get your student's permit at a local DOL office up to 10 days before class starts. Student drivers can get their driving permit starting September 6.


SHS is certified by the DOL to give state knowledge and skills tests.

Scott Knight, Traffic Safety Coordinator, school cell 360-348-8009/office 360-629-1316 or email:

Transportation Info (LA/LHHS)

Parents/guardians are able to access individual student transportation information online! The Versatrans elink is the portal to access the bus route, stop time, location, and the bus your child will be riding. On the login page, the "User Name" and "Password" is your student's 7-digit identification number. The Versatrans elink is Please contact your child's school for more information. REMINDER: All students need to be at the bus stop 5 minutes prior to their stop time.

Drinks/Food on Campus (LA/LHHS)

We encourage students to bring water bottles and use the water bottle filler stations located

throughout the school. Students can bring outside drinks and food to school. However, we

don’t accept food deliveries from companies, such as Uber or Grubhub. When parents/guardians drop off food items for students, the students need to pick up the food in

between class or at lunch. Please make sure your student knows you are dropping off food for them. Students should not leave class to pick up food.

High School Athletics (LHHS only)

Lincoln High School Students can participate in athletics through Stanwood High School. Fall sports are coming soon! Football begins on Wednesday, August 17 and all other fall sports begin on Monday, August 22 (Cheer, Cross Country, Girls Soccer, Girls Swimming, Boys Tennis, Volleyball). Practice times are posted online, or you can reach out directly to the coach for more sport-specific information.

2022/23 Sports Sign-ups must be completed online through the primary parent's Family Access (Skyward), and current Sports Physicals must be on file in the athletic office before your athlete can participate. We ask that football signups are completed no later than August 16th, and all other sports by August 19th. Students new to the Stanwood-Camano School district, or without access to Skyward, should reach out directly to Lauren Amundson in the Athletic Department: at (360) 629-1322 or via email:

Pay to Participate fees and ASB cards must be purchased after teams have been formed and before the first date of competition. We recommend that all athletes purchase their ASB card at the beginning of the school year to take full advantage of its benefits. Select student groups (Free and Reduced Meals, College Bound List, McKinney-Vento) may qualify for fee waivers.

Middle School Athletics (LA only)

Pay to Participate fees and ASB cards must be purchased after teams have been formed and before the first date of competition. We recommend that all athletes purchase their ASB card at the beginning of the school year to take full advantage of its benefits. Select student groups (Free and Reduced Meals, College Bound List, McKinney-Vento) may qualify for fee waivers.

Volunteers for the 2022-2023 School Year (LA/LHHS)

We always welcome volunteers. For more information about volunteering please visit the following link:

Voter Registration Forms (LA/LHHS)

The high school has voter registration forms available for anyone who recently moved to the Stanwood­ Camano area and hasn't registered to vote. You may pick up the form in the main office or you can register online at the Secretary of State website. Computers are available at the public library, Department of Licensing offices, and the Administration & Resource Center.

Important Dates for Lincoln Hill High School

September 1st - First Day of School - School starts at 7:40 for ALL students.

September 5th - No School/Labor Day
September 16th - Advisory
September 19th-24th - Stanwood High School Homecoming Week

September 21st - Picture Day
September 24th - Homecoming Dance
October 20th - State Earthquake Drill
October 21st - No School/Teacher Curriculum Day

October 26th - Picture retakes

Important Dates for Lincoln Academy

September 1st - First Day of School - School starts at 7:40 for ALL students.
September 5th - No School/Labor Day
September 16th - Advisory

September 21st - Picture Day

October 20th - State Earthquake Drill
October 21st - No School/Teacher Curriculum Day

October 26th - Picture retakes

Bell Schedules

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Family Communication

August 19, 2022

Hello Families, It is almost time to open our doors and say, “Welcome Back!” We have missed you and can’t wait to be back in school together. I hope you have been able to enjoy good weather and time with friends and family.

School starts on Thursday, Sept. 1 for grades 1-12 and Wednesday, Sept. 7 for kindergarten.

Over the summer, we have worked hard on several areas to benefit our students, staff, and parents. Some of our summer work included:

  • School board adoption of our District Strategic Plan

  • Investment in Social-Emotional Learning and support for students and staff

  • Teaching and Learning support for schools and staff

  • Annual improvement plans at each school

  • No-cost school supplies for all elementary students (thank you to Stanwood Elementary and Twin City Elementary for your leadership in this area)

  • Website updates and refresh (this will come later in the fall)

  • Updated, student-designed district logo

I will again be providing these updates each Friday during the school year.

New District Logo

We are pleased to present our new district logo today. You may recall that earlier this year, we held a contest among students in grades 6-12 to design a new logo. Stanwood High School student Haelee Watson’s design was ultimately chosen among more than 130 entries. Her design featured the “parent and child” snow geese, sun, and waves, which also, at the same time, form a book. The design was refined over the summer into its final version in consultation with the student by staff members at Madak. This Stanwood-based marketing firm generously donated its services to this project. We will be transitioning to it over the next few months as we roll out our new District Strategic Plan simultaneously.

Meet our Safety Team!

The District has added two new members to its school safety team for the 2022-23 school year.

  • Gary Chaney has been selected as a school security officer at Stanwood High School. Chaney has been in law enforcement for 25 years, the past 23 years as a deputy with the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

  • Sam Andrews has joined the district as Coordinator of Student and District Safety. She previously served in safety-related positions with the Marysville, Sedro-Woolley, and Burlington-Edison school districts.

  • Chaney and Andrews join the district’s School Resource Officer, Bud McCurry, a deputy with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, which contracts with the City of Stanwood.

The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. It takes parents, students, staff, and the community to keep schools safe places to learn. Our team, with decades of experience, is continually reviewing our safety measures to improve safety for all.

In addition, the district utilizes SafeSchools Alert, a tip reporting system that allows students, staff, and parents to submit safety concerns. Families concerned about student safety can alert all district administrators with one text, email, phone call, website, or app. Visit HERE for more information.

Return to Paid Meals for the 22-23 School Year

Federal funding for no-cost breakfast and lunches for all students during the COVID-19 pandemic has ended. Some districts have been able to qualify for no-cost meals to continue due to poverty rates in the community. SCSD does not qualify to participate under the new federal Community Eligibility Provision. This means the district will return to paid breakfast and lunch meals for students for the 2022-23 school year.

We encourage parents/guardians to apply for free or reduced meals to determine National School Breakfast/Lunch Program eligibility. Completing a meal application takes less than 10 minutes, and parents only need to complete one application per household. Information about free or reduced meals is available on our district website HERE.

Deborah Rumbaugh, Ed.D.

Student Calendar

Click the link below to access the student calendar:

Student Calendar


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The Stanwood-Camano School District does not discriminate in employment, programs, or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the District's Title IX/Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Maurene Stanton (, or the Section 504/American Disabilities Act Coordinator, Robert Hascall ( Stanwood-Camano School District, 26920 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, WA 98292. Telephone: (360) 629-1200.

El Distrito Escolar de Stanwood-Camano School District no discrimina en sus programas o actividades por motivos de sexo, raza, credo, religión, color, origen nacional, edad, condición de veterano de guerra o grado militar, orientación sexual, expresión de género o identidad, discapacidad o uso de perro guía entrenado o animal de servicio, y ofrece igualdad de acceso a los Boy Scouts y a otros grupos de jóvenes especificados. El empleado mencionado a continuación ha sido designado para atender consultas y quejas de supuesta discriminación: Título IX / Oficial de Acción Afirmativa y Coordinador de Cumplimiento de Derechos Civiles, Maurene Stanton (, o la Sección 504 / Coordinador de la Ley de Discapacidades Estadounidenses, Robert Hascall (, Distrito Escolar Stanwood-Camano, 26920 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, WA 98292. Teléfono: (360) 629- 1200.