STANWOOD HIGH SCHOOL

FAMILY UPDATE FOR WEEK OF OCTOBER 4, 2021

SHS VISION STATEMENT

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

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YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!

As you know, social media can be a great communication tool. However, sometimes information that is posted on social media accounts can be destructive and/or harmful.


Recently people have posted school challenges on social media, such as on TikTok. These challenges have spiraled into very destructive "games". For the month of September, the challenge was to mess up a toilet and vandalize bathrooms in schools. Unfortunately, this challenge was carried out at our school. Daily we experienced toilets full of school food. Soap dispensers and toilet paper dispensers were ripped off walls and either left in toilets or even stolen. Soap was spilled all over bathrooms. This social media "challenge" was costly and left destruction in our brand new school.


We would like to keep our building looking brand new. Please talk with your children about the importance of respecting property and individuals by not participating in these social media challenges.


Here are other challenges we have become aware of:
October - Smack a staff member on the back side

November - Kiss your friend's girlfriend at school

December - Deck the halls and show your boobs or butt in school halls

January - Jab a breast

February - Mess up school signs

March - Make a mess in the courtyard or cafeteria

April - Grab some "eggs" - theft challenge

May - Ditch Day

June - Flip off the office staff

CONGRATS TO THIS YEAR'S HOMECOMING REPRESENTATIVES

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NEW: NATIONAL CUSTODIAN DAY OCTOBER 2ND

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A very BIG thank you to our custodians who work so hard to keep our building clean.

Thank you to Jackie, Steve, Todd, Elisa, Joe, and Joel. We appreciate all that you do!!

NEW: ADVISORY FOR OCTOBER 8TH

On Friday, October 8th, we will hold a shelter in place drill during advisory.


The advisory session is held in between 2nd and 3rd periods on Fridays 9:30 - 9:55 a.m.

NEW: FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION FOR SENIORS AND FAMILIES

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NEW: UDPATE FROM THE DISTRICT NURSE

Families,


We are constantly analyzing how we are handling our COVID response, and our district has made a couple of changes lately that we hope will enable us to keep more students in class, and return those who are out a little sooner.


First, it can appear that students are being singled out for quarantine when the rest of their class is not, but this is intentional. We have learned from our experience already this year that if our students sit in class, eat lunch, and have their specialist seating near the same group of students we can be much more specific in determining close contacts for any potential quarantine. We hope to be able to do more precise quarantines with smaller groups going forward.


Secondly, as you heard from the family message on Monday, we have been given the go-ahead by the Health District to decrease our quarantine times from 14 days to 10 days. This will allow us to have an in-person "pause" for those students and staff who were determined to be close contacts, and get them back a little more quickly.

NEW: WARM COATS FOR KIDS

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October 1, 2021


Hello Families,


It is hard to believe October is already here! This has been a challenging and rewarding start to the school year. We are hopeful that our schools may return to a more “normal” routine as we see COVID case rates slowly starting to decline in Snohomish County. Districts in our region meet weekly with the Department of Health to review current case rates, listen to medical experts and plan our next steps.


A recent outcome of these meetings was our ability to lower our standard quarantine period from 14 days to 10 days. This means, if your student(s) tests positive for COVID, or is a close contact to someone that tested positive for COVID, the quarantine period is now 10 days. Please connect with your school nurse if you have any questions about close contacts, tertiary contacts or have questions about your student(s) circumstances. Please see this infographic from the Department of Health that describes how we determine close contacts in schools.


Listening Sessions with the Superintendent
During Tuesday night’s virtual listening session, families had the opportunity to share celebrations and needs that they and their students are experiencing. 20 families joined in this one hour session; some of the topics that were discussed included:

  • Ensuring schools provide adequate time for meals and snack
  • Appreciation for school newsletters and Friday Family Messages
  • Clarifying the amount of quarantine days and procedures
  • Addressing class size and enrollment at Cedarhome Elementary School


Our team will use these topics as opportunities to improve our practices and procedures. We sincerely appreciate the time our families took in giving us feedback. Our next listening session will be on Tuesday, November 30, 2021. Please check the District Calendar for details.


Change in Days Required for Quarantine (additional detail)
At the guidance of both Snohomish and Island County health districts, we will be shortening our close contact quarantine period to 10 days. Beginning Monday, September 27, any student or staff member who is determined to be a close contact to someone who is COVID positive will need to be quarantined for 10 calendar days. As before, a quarantine restriction does not affect other family members who are not determined to be close contacts. Students and staff who are quarantined are expected to remain home, avoiding contact with anyone outside their household, during this 10-day period (e.g., extracurricular activities, etc.)


This decision was made, along with several other districts in our area, in order to return our staff and students back to school as quickly as possible without sacrificing safety. This move is being made with the guidance of our local health departments; it may be rescinded by local health departments, if circumstances dictate a change back to a more conservative timeline.


Finally, thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate another unusual school year. We strive daily to ensure your children receive the best possible education. We know that safety protocols can be stressful for students and families, but we are committed to keeping COVID cases low, students and staff in school and learning a priority!


Thank you for your partnership in this important work.

NEW: STATE TESTING THIS FALL

The spring testing from 2021 was postponed to this fall. Here is the testing information.


October 11/12 - Math SBA

Grade 9 (will take grade 8 test)

Grades 11 and 12 (will take grade 10 test)


October 18/19 - English SBA

Grade 9 (will take grade 8 test)

Grades 11 and 12 (will take grade 10 test)


October 25/26 - Science WCAS

Grade 9 (will take grade 8 test)

Grade 12 (will take grade 11 test)


**Students will take these tests in their Math, English, and Science tests.


Letters were mailed home this week with specific information regarding the tests.

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UPDATE: HEALTHY YOUTH SURVEY

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.

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REMINDER: DETENTION CALENDAR FOR 21-22

On most Wednesdays and Fridays we hold lunch detention in room 251.


Download the schedule below.

REMINDER: PSAT SIGN UP

Sign ups are on a first come first served basis and there are only 50 spaces. The test will be offered on Saturday, October 16th, at the high school. The cost is $95 paid at the SHS main office M-F, 7 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. (checks payable to SHS). Please PAY FIRST, then bring your receipt to Christy Headrick in the counseling office to have your name put on the list. There will be NO REFUNDS for the PSAT. The test is an optional test for 11th and 10th grade students.

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.

REMINDER: STUDENT CHROME BOOK ISSUES

If a student has an issue with their school-issued chrome book, please have them return it to the library. We will 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.

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 books, stop by the library during regular hours. This week your teachers will be bringing you down to the library to get textbooks that you need for their class. If you need a textbook immediately, for example, for AP European History, you can stop by the library during regular hours to pick it up.


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

Brain Fuse Help

NEW: BELL SCHEDULES FOR WEEK OF OCTOBER 4TH

Monday/Tuesday/Thursday - Regular Schedule


Wednesday - Wednesday Schedule


Friday - Assembly/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

SHS COVID SAFETY PLAN

We have a covid safety plan for our building. Please click on the link below to access it:


SHS Covid Safety Plan

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 8 - Advisory
October 11/12 - Math SBA (grades 9, 11, and 12)
October 13 - College and Career Readiness Night
October 15 - Curriculum Day/No School
October 16 - PSAT test
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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