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Week of September 28 - October 2

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Zoom cameras on or off?

In the classroom, teachers rely on getting "in the moment" feedback from students. What teaching tools work best? Are students understanding? If not, where are they getting stuck?

Many students choose to be in Zoom classes with their cameras off. With so many cameras off, teachers find this to be a new challenge. There are so many black screens. It’s also challenging to know if students are engaged with the lesson. Are the kids even there? 😊

So... why don’t schools just require every student to turn their Zoom camera on? There are several arguments against mandating that cameras be turned on. The biggest argument is to maintain students' privacy. Turning the camera on is a window into students’ homes. Many kids do not want to put their homes on display for the entire class. Feeling comfortable and safe in a learning environment is critical.

What’s the answer?

  • Teachers will encourage students to show their faces, but not require it. We’re learning new ways to get "in the moment" feedback from students and promote engagement.

  • Parents can discuss with their kids the pros and cons of using Zoom cameras. Start by asking if your student has their camera on.

We understand the complexities of using (or not using) a camera during Zoom classes. Overall, teachers love seeing their students. It has been uplifting to see our students' faces this week.


  • Students are expected to attend their Anchor class daily, including Wednesdays, from 8:30 - 8:50.
  • During Anchor on Wednesdays, students will review their assignments for the day by going to each of the 4 classes' Teams pages.
  • Throughout the remainder of the day Wednesday, students should be working to complete the assignments given by their teacher. This is still a school day and there will be assigned work to complete in every class.
  • Students should expect to spend about 80 minutes per period on assigned work. Similar to any other day's classload.
  • Attendance for Wednesdays is taken during Anchor and all 4 class periods.
  • Students are considered present for their classes on Wednesday when they engage with the assigned teacher-directed work.
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Senior Yearbook

Hi seniors and senior parents!

Now is the time to submit your senior quote and photos! You can do that here:

Make sure to get them in by October 30th

Parents! We are taking Parent Ad order forms online; you can submit them in this form.

The early bird discount deadline is: December 4th

Guaranteed proof: January 22nd

The late fee deadline: February 19th

Thank you,

Yearbook staff

Sehome National Honor Society

We are now accepting applications for new members for the Sehome High School chapter of the National Honor Society.

Students in 10th, 11th or 12th grade may complete a membership application online using this form: Microsoft Forms

The application deadline for new members is Friday, October 16th.

Membership in the National Honor Society (NHS) is one of the highest honors that can be awarded to a high school student. Our chapter has worked hard to bring the accomplishments of outstanding students to the attention of parents, teachers, peers, and the community. Our chapter strives to give practical meaning to the Society’s standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These four ideals are considered as the basis for selection. No student is inducted simply because of a high academic average. The National Honor Society strives to recognize the total student—one who excels in all of these areas.

The standards used for selection are:

  • Scholarship: 3.0 cumulative grade point average or better
  • Leadership, service, and character: as demonstrated by activities and teacher evaluations

Membership, however, is more than an honor. It is an ongoing responsibility and an obligation to continue to demonstrate those outstanding qualities that result in a student’s selection. Membership also carries a responsibility to the chapter. If our NHS chapter is to be effective and meaningful, each member must become involved. Our chapter meets virtually via Zoom on the first Wednesday of each month beginning in November.

Additional questions regarding membership in the National Honor Society can be directed to the club adviser:

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Since we cannot do a traditional Open House this school year, we will be doing a Family Night Webinar instead. We will be sending out additional information and a link to the Zoom meeting next week.

Textbook/ Computer/ Supply Pick Up Appointments

If you were unable to attend one of the supply pick-up sessions last week, please contact the staff member below for an appointment available weekdays from 1:30 - 3:00.

Textbooks or Computers:


Schedule for Virtual COLLEGE Meetings and EVENTS

College Admissions advisors are hosting virtual meetings this year with students from Bellingham School District!

Juniors and Seniors are encouraged to log in to learn more about colleges that interest them.

PARENTS are also invited to attend!




Washington State University

Register for individual sessions

Virtual admission events

US ARMY Leadership Fair

Sept. 26: 1-4pm


Multnomah University

Sept. 29: 2pm

Contact Mrs. Kelly for the zoom invite.

Whitworth University

Sept 30: 1pm

Contact Mrs. Kelly for the zoom invite.

Gonzaga University

Oct 1: 1pm

Contact Mrs. Kelly for the zoom invite.

Corban University

Oct 6: 2pm

Contact Mrs. Kelly for the zoom invite.

Renssalaer Polytechnic

Oct 7: 1pm

University of Washington

Oct 7: 1:30pm

Contact Mrs. Kelly for the zoom invite.

Reed College

Oct 7: 2pm

Contact Mrs. Kelly for the zoom invite.


Oct. 12: 2pm

Contact Mrs. Kelly for the zoom invite.

FAFSA/WASFA Filing Event

Oct. 13: 5-8pm

These will be ZOOM Events with Breakout rooms for individual Schools, hosted by financial aid experts and other volunteers.

Willamette University

Oct 14: 1pm

Contact Mrs. Kelly for the zoom invite.

George Fox University

Oct 14: 2pm

Contact Mrs. Kelly for the zoom invite.

National College Fair

Washington Week Oct 19: 9 am –12pm

Oct 20: 4pm – 7 pm

Oct 21: 10am – 1pm

4pm – 7pm

Oct 22: 4pm – 7pm

Seattle University

Oct 21: 1pm

Contact Mrs. Kelly for the zoom invite.

California Lutheran University

Oct 28: 2pm

Contact Mrs. Kelly for the zoom invite.

National Christian College Fair

Nov 5: 3-8pm


FAFSA/WASFA Event for fixing errors!

Nov 17 11am – 2pm

These will be ZOOM Events with Breakout rooms for individual Schools, hosted by financial aid experts and other volunteers.

How can I attend? Register for the Fairs online

For the individual college rep meetings please contact Mrs. Zender for the zoom invite!

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FOOD SERVICE UPDATE. Free meals continue for all students!

Every Wednesday, free meal boxes will be distributed from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at 15 school locations and six community locations.

The school locations are as follows:
Alderwood Elementary School, 3400 Hollywood Avenue
Birchwood Elementary School, 3200 Pinewood Avenue
Carl Cozier Elementary School, 1330 Lincoln Street
Cordata Elementary School, 4420 Aldrich Road
Geneva Elementary School, 1401 Geneva Street.
Happy Valley Elementary School, 1041 24th Street
Northern Heights Elementary School, 4000 Magrath Road
Roosevelt Elementary School
, 2900 Yew Street
Wade King Elementary School, 2155 Yew Street Road
Fairhaven Middle School, 110 Park Ridge Road
Kulshan Middle School, 1250 Kenoyer Drive
Shuksan Middle School, 2717 Alderwood Avenue
Whatcom Middle School,
810 Halleck Street
Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Avenue
Sehome High School, 2700 Bill McDonald Parkway

The six community locations are:

Evergreen Ridge Apartment Complex, 3451 Woburn Street;
Regency Park Apartment Complex, 2050 Fraser St.;
Sterling Meadows Apartment Complex, 512 Sterling Drive;
Sudden Valley Community Center, 8 Barn View Drive;
Villa Santa Fe Apartment Complex, 804 West Bakerview Road; and
Bakerview Mobile Park, 4015 Eliza Avenue

Class Period 5-8 Supply Pick Up

For supply pick-up, you will enter the parking lot from Bill McDonald Parkway. You will share the name of the student/students you are picking up supplies for. To support this process please write your child's name legibly on a full sheet of paper to support our staff in accurately recording your child's name.

You will then remain in your car the order that you entered the parking lot. When your car reaches the front of the school, your supplies for the 5th - 8th period classes will be delivered to your car in one bundle.

Wednesday, Oct. 7th


3 PM – 6 PM

A-D 3:00 –3:30

E-H 3:30 – 4:00

I-L 4:00 – 4:30

M-P 4:30 – 5:00

Q-T 5:00 – 5:30

U-Z 5:30 – 6:00

Thursday, Oct 8th


3 PM – 6 PM

A-D 3:00 –3:30

E-H 3:30 – 4:00

I-L 4:00 – 4:30

M-P 4:30 – 5:00

Q-T 5:00 – 5:30

U-Z 5:30 – 6:00

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Sehome PTSA needs YOU!

Are you looking for a way to get involved with our school community? PTSA is a great place to start. We offer many opportunities to make a difference. From board positions to one-time donations, there is something for everyone.

People are needed NOW to help with fundraising, booster clubs, technology, social media and more! In addition, we are looking for folks interested in being mentored for 2021-2022 school year Board of Directors. Contact us if you have questions or want to get involved!

To learn more about Sehome , visit our new website, and become a member! You can also find us on Facebook @SehomeHighSchoolPTSA, and on Instagram @sehomehsptsa.

Stay tuned for information about our PTSA fall fundraiser THIS WEEK!

Multi-Language Message Line

Families whose first language is not English can leave a message on our multi-language message line at 360-647-6816. Families dial 2 for Russian, dial 3 for Vietnamese, dial 4 for Punjabi or dial 5 for any other language (say name of language at beginning of message). Please call 360-676-6456 for Spanish.

Sehome Points of Contact

Sonia Cole, Principal:

Mike Couto, Assistant Principal: A - K

Bethany Barrett, Assistant Principal: L - Z

Kimberly Kirk, Dean of Students:

Jeff Smith, Counselor 9th Grade:

Amy Hjelt, Counselor A - G:

Hana Schutz, Counselor H - M:

John Vandermolen, Counselor N - Z: