02/14- 2/18/2022

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Sehome’s Peer Centered Outreach Club is excited to host “Let’s Talk About IT!”

An informational event for parents and guardians. Topics include Mental Health, Substance Use, Gender Identity/Pronouns, Healthy Relationships, and Sexual Health. We will have guests from DVSAS, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Teen Council and more. Join us Thursday, February 24th at 6:00pm in Sehome Commons. Masks required and social distancing guidelines will be followed.

For more details or questions please contact PCO staff advisor Christina Campbell at


Dear Sehome Community,

This week we begin the process for selecting courses for next school year. It is hard to believe that we are at that part of the school year already. During Anchor this week, students will be learning the registration process, reviewing graduation requirements, and hearing more about what classes are offered. During Anchor on Wednesday, students will determine which classes they want more information on and make a plan for where they will go for the course fair on Thursday and Friday. This is the opportunity to learn more about classes and ask questions to teachers before making class selections. The following week, students will place their requests in Skyward. Registration in Skyward can ONLY be done through a student login and will not be accessible through the parent login.

All students will request 8 classes for each semester. We highly recommend students enter several alternates that they would be interested in taking. Counselors will be available to answer questions before school and during lunches throughout the week. Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions about the registration process or about what the right classes might be for next school year. There is also a link to the counseling website with all available resources below.

As our community continues to process the trauma and stress from December, we will continue to provide different opportunities for students to process. This week, Animals as Natural Therapy (A.N.T.) and Alliance of Therapy Dogs will on campus to provide support to any student who is interested. They will be on campus Friday, 2/18, for both lunches. A.N.T. will be set up outside the main entrance and in the main entrance foyer. Alliance of Therapy Dogs will be providing their service throughout the building. We look forward to having them as part of our healing process. Know that our counseling office is always available to support any student who may be still working to process the events from December.

A huge thank you to the Sehome PTSA and all families who donated to our lunch last Friday. It was a huge hit and greatly appreciated!

I hope you each have a great week! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out!

Let's make it a great week of finding ways to show kindness to those around us- including ourselves!

Sonia Cole


Quote of the Week:

"Too often we underestimate the power of touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn life around." — Martin Luther King Jr.


1 – Boy’s Swim and Dive Team Results

2 – Student Registration Information for 2022-2023

3 – Black History Month

4 – League of Women Voters Virtual Event

5 – Animals as Natural Therapy and Alliance of Therapy Dogs V

6 – Sehome Student Market

7 – Safety Tip Line

8 – Career Center

9 – Learning Center

10 – AP Examination

11 – After-School Dinner Program

12 – Emergency and Weather Procedures

13 – School Nurse

14 – COVID-19

15 – PTSA

16 – Sehome Points of Contact


The Sehome boys swim and dive team had an outstanding tapered district championship on Saturday, ending up tied for third place in the meet. Quite an accomplishment for this relatively inexperienced group.

Some standouts from the district championship meet:

  • Jack Legan was our highest placing athlete getting second in diving, missing first by .45 (336.00 to 336.45)
  • Kellen Auld had major drops in both the 200 free (from 2:07 to 2:03) and 500 free to final in both events.
  • Kai Arthur dropped four seconds in prelims and another five in finals to place 8th in the 200 IM
  • In the 500 free Julian Herring dropped from a 6:16 to a 5:58 in prelims, and then dropped again to a 5:45 in finals, shaving nearly 30 seconds off his time.
  • Scotty Li dropped time and moved up to make a wildcard spot in the state meet.
  • Leo Nyman dropped time to make a wildcard spot in the state meet in the 200 IM
  • Lots of other amazing time drops at both Friday’s prelims and Saturday’s finals. Nearly 100% best times, some by big margins.


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To celebrate Black History Month the library will publish a list each week of books celebrating Black history and Black writers.

Click here for list #1

Click here for List #2

Click here for List #3


The League of Women Voters' (LWV) is holding a virtual event, Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives: School-Based Behavioral Health Services, for adults in our community who are interested in youth and our schools. Chris Cochran, the Mental Health Coordinator at Bellingham Public Schools and Alicia Rule, State Representative from the 42nd District, will discuss school-based behavioral health followed by a Q&A session. The event will occur virtually on Zoom on Thursday, February 17th at 7 pm. It will be recorded and available later on the League of Women Voters' website for those who are not able to attend the event that evening.

LWV feels the discussion will be of interest to parents, as well as others in the Bellingham community. The challenges, changes and the disruptions due to Covid have been felt throughout our community, but possibly our children are one of the groups most affected - not so much by Covid itself -- but by all of the measures put in place to deal with the pandemic . Our children need extra support during these times.

To register for this free event go to

Questions or inquiries can be directed to Mary Lynne Courtney

Chair, LWV-BWC Behavioral Health Group @ 360-318-3443 or

5 - Animals as Natural Therapy and Alliance of Therapy Dogs to visit Sehome February 18th

The dogs will NOT enter classrooms but trainers will stop at each doorway to ask if any students wish to pet their friend.

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The tutoring center offers help with most subjects taught at SHS…Contact the Learning Center and we will try to find you the help you need.

About the tutors:

They work with students 1:1 or in small groups in their content areas of expertise

· Answer questions on course content

· Aid in comprehension of course material, review, and test preparation

· Patient, dependable, and responsible when working with students

· Friendly, flexible, and sensitive to demands of high school students

Schedule a tutoring appointment

Visit the learning center website



AP Exams 2022 – Payment Information

Payments can either be made at the ASB Office with Cash/Check or Credit Card or online.

Payment for AP exams must be made between Oct. 12 – Apr. 2, 2022 online here.

  • Full payment fee = $43.50 per exam
  • Qualify to receive free/reduced lunch? If so, your fee = $0 per exam. You must submit a Low-Income Student Verification Form. (also available at the ASB Office)
  • Late registration fee (after 11/15/20) will incur an additional $40 charge.
  • Cancellation/Unused exam fee is $40.

For questions/assistance with payments please contact the ASB Office at (360) 676-4971 or e-mail

After School Meal Program


After-school dinner program free for all children 18 and under

Bellingham Public Schools serves hot dinner at no cost to all children 18 and under. These meals are offered from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday through June 16, 2022. Dinner is served in the Shuksan Middle School cafeteria, located at 2717 Alderwood Avenue (at the corner of Northwest and Alderwood). It does not matter what school you attend in the district.

Accompanying adults are charged $4.75 per meal — please bring cash or check. Please plan to eat onsite in the Shuksan cafeteria.

The daily Monday through Thursday dinner menu is listed on the school menu webpage by day after the lunch listing.

Please note: Dinner will not be served on school holidays or on the following all school early dismissal days: Nov. 4, Nov. 24, Dec. 9, Feb. 10, March 10 and April 28.

Programa gratuito de cenas después de la escuela para todos los niños de 18 años o menos

Las Escuelas Públicas de Bellingham sirven cenas calientes sin costo alguno a todos los niños de 18 años o menos. Las cenas se ofrecen de las 5 a las 6 de la tarde de lunes a jueves hasta el 16 de junio de 2022. La cena se sirve en la cafetería de la Escuela Secundaria Shuksan, ubicada en el 2717 de Alderwood Avenue (en la esquina de Northwest y Alderwood). No importa a qué escuela asista en el distrito.

A los adultos acompañantes se les cobrará $4.75 dólares por comida - sólo en efectivo o con cheque. Todas las comidas deben ser consumidas en la cafetería de Shuksan.

El menú diario de la cena se encuentra por día en la página de internet de los menús escolares después del listado del lonche o almuerzo.

Por favor, tenga en cuenta: La cena no se servirá en los días festivos de la escuela o en los siguientes días de salida temprana de la escuela: 4 de noviembre, 24 de noviembre, 9 de diciembre, 10 de febrero, 10 de marzo y 28 de abril.


Emergency and Weather Procedures

It’s that time of year to think about snow and our procedures and impact of weather-related school cancellations.

Depending on conditions (which could include snow, flooding, power outages, etc.), school could:

  • close for the day (in the case of widespread power outages),
  • open two hours late with regular bus routes or snow bus routes,
  • open on time with snow bus routes.

How can I get weather/emergency information?

Changes to the school schedule are usually announced by 6 a.m., and we use a variety of methods to keep families informed:

  • Sign up for alerts: To receive email, phone, and/or text alerts, set your communication preferences on the Skylert tab within Skyward Family Access. (Need help? go here for step-by-step directions or contact 360-676-6520.)
  • Tune to local media: 790 AM, 96.5 FM, 104.1 FM or Seattle media.
  • Check
  • Check @BhamSD on Twitter, @bellinghamschools on Facebook and @bellinghamschools on Instagram
  • Call 360-676-6400 for a recorded message.
  • Call 360-647-6815 for a message translated in Español, русский, tính từ and Punjabi.

Please familiarize yourself with our weather procedures at

How to find your snow bus route:

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When a student requires medication at school, either prescription or over the counter (OTC), parents/guardians must return a completed medication authorization form with directions from a licensed health care provider (LHCP) to Sehome. One exception is that certain OTC medications that are self-administered do not require LHCP instructions, but they do require a parent/guardian to complete the medication authorization form. There is no situation that a student taking medications at school does not need a medication authorization on file.

The privilege of students self-caring their medications, whether prescription or OTC, requires students to take their medication as instructed on the authorization and being aware that they may not share their medications with anyone. Medications brought to school must be in the original prescription container or manufacturers labelled OTC container. Medication authorizations expire at the end of the current school year, or sooner as per LHCP instructions.

Link to Medication Authorization Form can be found here

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Sonia Cole, Principal:

Mike Couto, Assistant Principal: A - K

Bethany Barrett, Assistant Principal: L - Z

Colin Cushman, Athletics & Activities:

Amy Hjelt, Counselor A - D:

Jeff Smith, Counselor E-K:

Hana Schutz, Counselor L-Re:

John Vandermolen, Counselor Rh - Z: