STANWOOD HIGH SCHOOL

FAMILY UPDATE FOR WEEK OF NOVEMBER 8, 2021

SHS VISION STATEMENT

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

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NEW: STATE COMPETITIONS

Today, November 6th, our cross country team is at state in Pasco, Washington. Good luck!


Our football team won their playoff game last night and are now in the top 16 teams' state playoffs. We will find out tomorrow (Sunday) who they will play next weekend. The last time our football team was in the state playoffs was in 1996. Congratulations!

FOOTBALL CELEBRATION AFTER LAST NIGHT'S WIN

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CHOIR CONCERT NOVEMBER 8TH

The choral department will hold a concert Monday, November 8th. Due to Covid guidelines, we will only be able to have current choir students and their families at the concert (you must have a ticket to enter the Performing Arts Center).

REMINDER: COFFEE WITH THE SCHOOL BOARD

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Here is the link to get more information for this virtual meeting.


Link

ADVISORY NOVEMBER 9TH AND 12TH

We will be on advisory schedule for Tuesday, November 9th and Friday, November 12th. On Tuesday we will have our Veteran's Day video. For Friday, November 12th, the students will complete a Xello lesson (career pathway lesson).

NO SCHOOL NOVEMBER 11TH

We will not have school on Thursday, November 11th, due to Veteran's Day.

HIB POSTER CONTEST

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Thank you to all of the students who participated in the Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying October Poster contest.


1st place - Olivia Flickner

2nd place - Olivia Farr


Congratulations!

NEW: DESTRUCTIVE TRENDS

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Families:

We want to make you aware of new destructive trends we are currently seeing in the school.


Some students are using the strings of their masks to break the classroom chairs. They are also using the strings to damage their chrome books.


Please talk with your children about not damaging school property. Thank you for your help with keeping the school furniture and technology in good shape.

NEW: STANWOOD-CAMANO AREA FOUNDATION (SCAF) SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION FOR SENIORS/FAMILIES

Seniors and families:

SCAF has created a video about the upcoming local senior scholarship application process.


SCAF Scholarship Link

NEW: SENIOR FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION

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Here is the link to the Washington College Grant information:


Grant link

REMINDER: WINTER SPORTS COVID TESTING

Twice weekly screening testing will be required for all unvaccinated athletes in basketball, wrestling, and cheer per WIAA guidelines. All vaccinated and unvaccinated winter athletes (except swimming) must sign and return this CONSENT FORM to the Athletic Office no later than Friday, November 12th to be eligible to participate. Click Here for the BinaxNOW Fact Sheet.


Click here to read the most recent DOH K-12 School Requirements or Sport and Fitness Guidance. Visit the COVID page on our district website for more information.

REMINDER: WINTER SPORTS' SIGN UPS

Sign-ups for Winter Sports are now open online! Practice begins November 15.


Use the parent login on Family Access (Skyward) to complete the Athletic Participation packet. There are detailed, step-by-step instructions on our website: SHS Athletics: Sport Sign up Info.


Please also submit a copy of a current (within 2 years) Sports Physical; form is attached. These can be emailed or delivered to the Athletic Office at SHS. DEADLINE: Please submit all paperwork by Friday, November 12.


FALL Student-Athletes: You may already be set to go for winter! Please have your parent or guardian log back into Family Access and go to Step #10 to double check ... A winter sport MUST be selected in the High School drop down menu.


Winter Sports at SHS:

Boys Basketball

Girls Basketball

Cheer

Boys Swimming

Boys Wrestling

Girls Wrestling


Please reach out directly to your coach with sport specific questions. Contact information can be found on our website: SHS Athletics: Winter Sports. Additional questions can be sent to Athletic Secretary Lauren Amundson (360-629-1322) lamundson@stanwood.wednet.edu.

REMINDER: OPEN GYM

Stanwood High School is offering an open gym for any Stanwood High School student from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. For the week of November 8th, we will only have open gym on Wednesday, November 10th. This is due to post-season sports and also Veteran's Day.


There will be adult supervision and COVID protocols will be followed. Masks must be properly worn at all times when inside the building. Students will be required to sign in when they enter the building through the Athletic Vestibule. We will allow a maximum capacity of 50% due to COVID protocols. Access to the facilities will be on a first-come, first-served basis. This list will be used if contact tracing is necessary.

NEW: SUICIDE PREVENTION AND CRISIS RESOURCES

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REMINDER: WARM COATS FOR KIDS

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November 5, 2021

Hello Families,

The picture below was taken on Tuesday morning as I pulled into Port Susan Middle School. The sunrise was stunning and caused me to think about the beauty that fall and winter brings...along with occasional inclement weather. We all know that fall and winter weather can impact our schools. I would like to take the opportunity to share with you the steps we take to make decisions about weather-related late starts or school cancellations.

First and foremost, there is no perfect method for predicting the weather and the potential impact it may have on schools, transportation, families, food services, etc. That said, we do have procedures that we follow:

  • SCSD monitors multiple weather predicting tools before, during and after weather events.

  • SCSD staff drive the roads in our district, including exceptionally challenging roads and neighborhoods as early as 3:00 am during weather events.

  • Based on our data collection from 3:00-4:00 am, we determine the safety of students, staff and families along with the feasibility to run ALL bus routes given current weather conditions.

  • By about 5:30-6:00 am, we make a decision as to whether we will:

    • Open schools on time and run bus routes as normal

    • Open schools late and run bus routes as normal

    • Open schools late and run bus routes on modified routes

    • Cancel school

These decisions are made collaboratively by a group of people in our system, including transportation professionals, district office staff and myself. Our district is unique in that our weather is highly variable from one end of the district to the other. Some neighborhoods might be experiencing sunshine while others are flooded, icy or impassible. We acknowledge that if a family is not experiencing inclement weather it can be frustrating as to why we have a late start or have cancelled school. Please know that we are aware of this as we make decisions about school closures and the impact it will have on students, staff and families.

Washington state Department of Health COVID Updates:

The Washington state Department of Health (DOH) has issued new requirements to school districts that will help reduce the number of days students are quarantined from school when they have been exposed to COVID-19 at school. This is the sixth update for schools since last May. Updates reflect the state’s commitment to ensure safety for students and staff and, in this case, provide options for families to reduce time away from school.

The state is requiring all schools to offer families to option test their students that are identified close contacts from exposure at school. A negative test would require an at-home quarantine. This process is outlined in detail as a Test to Stay Protocol. Please contact your school if you have questions. Additionally, you may reach out to:

Cedarhome Elementary Enrollment

Cedarhome Elementary 4th grade classes are currently at capacity. This is due, in part, to new construction in the nearby neighborhoods. In an effort to keep families and students intact at CES, we have utilized all physical space within the building and added a portable. In anticipation of potential new 4th grade enrollment, the following will occur effective immediately:

  • Any new 4th grade students within the Cedarhome Elementary School boundary will be enrolled in Twin City Elementary School for the 2021-2022 school year.

  • All elementary age siblings of new 4th grade students may choose to attend Twin City Elementary.

  • Transportation to and from Cedarhome elementary will be provided.

We are in the process of developing a long-range plan to address enrollment trends across all schools in the district. Our goal is to have a long-range plan to the school board in March, from there we will engage the community in any immediate next steps for schools in the 2022-2023 school year. Please look for opportunities to participate in community input sessions after the new year.

District Strategic Planning

We have talked a lot about developing a multi-year district strategic plan that reflects YOU! We are currently in the data collection phase of strategic planning. We have started surveying students this week about their needs, wishes and priorities for our district. Schools will be communicating directly with families about the student surveys. In December we will be hosting listening sessions to further understand the values and priorities our families have for the district. We have created a Strategic Planning page on our website that will house details as we begin the work.

Bus Driver Shortages

You may have heard about a nationwide bus driver shortage. The Stanwood-Camano School District currently has enough drivers to cover our regular routes. However, we have limited ability to cover routes if drivers are out due to illness. We have a contingency plan in place in order to protect in-person learning opportunities for our students. All routes assigned to students with special needs will continue as currently scheduled. This contingency plan is outlined below.

Morning Routes

In the event that we have 1 to 5 uncovered routes the following plan will be followed:

By 6:00 am families will be notified via School Messenger by phone that their child’s route does not have a driver, and their route will be delayed. Families will then have two options:

  1. Families may find alternative transportation to get their children to school; or

  2. Families may keep their children at home until drivers returning from other routes can be dispatched to drive uncovered routes.

Afternoon Routes

In the event that we have 1 to 5 uncovered routes the following plan will be followed:

By 1:00 pm families will be notified via School Messenger by phone that their child’s route does not have an afternoon driver, and their route will be delayed. Families will then have two options:

  1. Families may find alternative transportation to get their children homel; or

  2. Students may remain at school until drivers returning from other routes can be dispatched to drive uncovered routes.

We are always hiring bus drivers! Please see our Employment Page on the district website for more information and application materials.

Fall Back to standard time

Lastly, please remember to turn your clocks back one hour before you go to sleep Saturday night as we return to standard time.

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Update to the November 5th Superintendent Notice:



Dear SCSD Families,


In today's Friday Family Message sent earlier, there may be some confusion about the new "Test to Stay" protocol and quarantine.


Here is the correct version:


Washington state Department of Health COVID Updates:

The Washington state Department of Health (DOH) has issued new requirements to school districts that will help reduce the number of days students are quarantined from school when they have been exposed to COVID-19 at school. This is the sixth update for schools since last May. Updates reflect the state’s commitment to ensure safety for students and staff and, in this case, provide options for families to reduce time away from school.

The state is requiring all schools to offer families an option to test their students that are identified as close contacts from exposure at school. This process is outlined in detail as a Test to Stay Protocol. Please contact your school if you have questions. Additionally, you may reach out to:


Deborah Rumbaugh at DRumbaugh@stanwood.wednet.edu


Mary Hoffman at MHoffman@stanwood.wednet.edu

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

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 NOVEMBER 8TH

Monday - Regular Schedule


Tuesday - Advisory Schedule


Wednesday - Late Start Schedule


Thursday - No School/Veteran's Day


Friday - Advisory Schedule

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:

November 8 - Choir concert (limited to choir students and their families - tickets required)
November 9 - Volleyball districts
November 11 - No School/Veteran's Day

November 11 - Volleyball districts

November 23 - ASVAB test in the morning
November 24 - No late start, early release day
November 25/26 - No School/Thanksgiving break

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