MARINER MEMO

03/14/2022-03/18-2022

PRINCIPAL'S NOTE

Dear Sehome Community,

Today is our first day where masks are not required for all staff and students this school year. We are excited to be entering into this phase of the pandemic. All students and staff will be able to decide what is best for them in terms of mask-wearing. We have reminded everyone to be kind and respectful of the decision that each person makes. We will continue to have masks available in the main office area for anyone who needs or wants a mask. We also have COVID rapid testing available in the main office.

We are excited to host our incoming 9th-grade students and families on Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30 PM. Families with students in all other grades are also welcome to join for the open house portion. We want to make sure that anyone interested in seeing the building is able to do that. We will begin formal programming and talk about registration for classes for incoming 9th graders in the gym at 7:10 PM. The Mariner Market will be open for anyone who wants to purchase Sehome merchandise. They take cash and cards.

Let's make it a great week!


Sonia Cole

Principal

IN THIS MEMO

1 – WRAP UP OF LAST WEEKS EVENTS

2 – MARCH STUDENT CERAMICS

3 – MASKING UPDATE

4 – INCOMING 9TH GRADE FAMILY NIGHT

5 – BIPOC JOB FAIR

6 – ENVIRONMENTAL CLUB

7 – PROM SAVE THE DATE

8 – STUDENT REGISTRATION

9 – TRAFFIC SAFETY

10 – STUDENT MARKET

11 – PTSA INFORMATION

12 – SAFETY TIP LINE

13 – CAREER CENTER INFORMATION

14 – LEARNING CENTER INFORMATION

15 – AP EXAMINATION

16 – AFTER SCHOOL DINNER PROGRAM

17 – EMERGENCY AND WEATHER PROTOCOLS

18 – COVID-19 BSD UPDATES

19 – SEHOME POINTS OF CONTACT

1 - WRAP UP OF LAST WEEK'S EVENTS

ROBOTICS STATE RESULTS

Sehome robotics team Isaac Parsons, Addi Getz, and Nathan Eisses had an epic run to the finals at the Washington State Vex Robotics State Championships! They lost a close match in the finals, finishing 2nd in the State!

This qualifies them for the World Championships held in Dallas Texas! The Vex Robotics World Championships is the largest robotics competition in the world with over 800 teams from 50 countries attending. These 3 will be competing with and against students from all over the world. They are pretty excited!

JAZZ BAND AT SJMEA

And in other happy news, the Sehome Jazz band played in Oak Harbor at our league contest on Saturday.

Our band was honored to receive only 1’s in every category from every judge (kinda like straight A’s). Our Sehome students represented our school on and off the stage so wonderfully, and we can’t wait for the next opportunity to play!

If you have any of these folks in class, let them know YOU know they were awesome!

Clarinet

Annika Dank

Alto Sax

Arabella Chen

Matthew Chen

Ronan Higgins

Will Tipton

Tenor Sax

Eli Bunn

Aaron Robinson

Bari Sax

Sophia Rey

Trombone

William Kovacevic

Isaac Orloff

Trumpet

Oscar Hayes

Jack Kuntz

Elliot Smith

Guitar

Ben Nixon

Bass

Ryan Hawley

Piano

Jacob Balsiger

Drum Set

Colin Walters

Donny Rose

He/Him

Sehome High School

-Bands

-Choirs

-Unified Music

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BTC TOUR

Sehome students had the opportunity to visit the Bellingham Technical College campus on March 9th and tour the Welding and Diesel Mechanics Programs. A student from the Diesel program walked them through the classroom lab which was filled with a variety of larger trucks and semis. The Welding instructor then gave them an extensive tour of the Welding lab. Our students learned about the different types of welding and the purpose of separate welding stations for different materials. The students are looking forward to going again soon as we plan to tour the Computer Science and Engineering Tech-Composites programs next. If your student is considering a technical college, likes to use their hands or tinker, please have them stop by the Career Center and see Mrs. Zender to be included in a future tour.

2 - MARCH STUDENT CERAMICS ART ON DISPLAY

Click for a photo gallery of student art

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3 - MASKING UPDATE

As Dr. Baker shared Monday, Washington State’s mask mandate will lift March 12. The science and the data show that things are getting better, and we are hopeful moving forward in this next stage of the pandemic. Masks have been an important tool during the pandemic and will continue to be an option for us to wear when we choose. With this change ahead, some may be feeling excited or anxious and some may have questions. Each person will be able to make their own decision about what is best for them given their circumstances. We ask that everyone is kind and respectful of others’ choices.

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4 - INCOMING 9TH GRADE FAMILY NIGHT

We would like to invite you to our Incoming 9th Grade Family Night. Family Night will be on Tuesday, March 15th at 6:30 PM. Bellingham, Sehome, and Squalicum High Schools will each be hosting their in-person family night. Each school will be open to welcome incoming 9th-grade families in their service area. The goal of this event is to become familiar with academic and activity offerings at the high school. We look forward to welcoming the families and students of the class of 2026!


Current students will be there to welcome our incoming 9th-grade students and families. Sehome teachers, counselors, and the administrative team will be there to welcome families and answer any questions about classes and activities offered at Sehome. Our Mariner Market will be open selling Sehome merchandise. Current Sehome students will be highlighting some of the programs available throughout the tour of the building.


The open house and tour will wrap up at 7:10 with a formal program in the main gym.


OPEN HOUSE:

All families are welcome to come for the open house and tour. We know that many of our current 9th grade families or families who are new to Sehome have not had a chance to see the building. You are welcome to come check out the building between 6:30 - 7:10 PM on Tuesday, March 15.

5 - BIPOC JOB FAIR

CLICK TO OPEN PAGE FOR BIPOC JOB FAIR INFORMATION

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6 - ENVIRONMENTAL CLUB

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7 - PROM SAVE THE DATE!!

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8 - STUDENT REGISTRATION INFORMATION FOR 2022-2023

CLICK FOR INFORMATION ON REGISTRATION

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9 - TRAFFIC SAFETY THROUGH SHS

Do you have a 15-year-old or soon-to-be 15-year old that is interested in driving

and getting their license?


They can take Traffic Safety Education (TSE) through the school. Classes will start September 2022 and February 2023. The only requirements are that (1) your student is 15 before the first day of class and (2) to add TSE to course registration happening now.


Not in the class yet and still want to get a permit? Students as young as 15 can take the knowledge test. Successfully passing the knowledge test will allow them to obtain a permit.


To get a license, they will still need to complete TSE or wait until they are 18 years old.


The knowledge test is offered for free. To sign up, use this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/stateknowledgetesting


If you have other questions, you can refer to the Department of Licensing for steps to obtaining a driver’s license. https://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/steps.html

10 - SEHOME STUDENT MARKET

CLICK TO OPEN THE MARINER MARKET WEBPAGE

Mariner Market
11 - PTSA Information

CLICK FOR PTSA INFORMATION

MARCH GENERAL PTSA MEETING

CLICK LINK FOR DETAILS

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CHILI FEED

CLICK LINK

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Sehome High School PTSA would love for you to join the crew!

So, why should YOU become a member? Membership and dues support your student(s) by:

  • Funding educational and curriculum needs
  • Advocating for students and teachers at the local, state, and national levels
  • Building an inclusive school community for all families

Increasing PTSA membership, even by one, make it possible to provide educational resources, speak up on important issues, and create a stronger school community.

Join today!

12 - SAFETY TIP LINE

CLICK FOR THE SAFETY TIP LINE

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13 - CAREER CENTER INFORMATION

CLICK FOR CAREER CENTER WEBSITE

MILITARY CAREERS WEEK

During lunch in the cafeteria

Monday, March 14th

U.S. Air Force (MSGT Luckert, Anthony)

Tuesday, March 15th

U.S. Army (SSG Hartzel, Kevin)

Wednesday, March 16th

WA National Guard (SFC Decker, Rob)

LATEST HOT JOBS

The latest Hot Jobs has been posted. We are receiving listings from local businesses regarding some great summer jobs as well! We will have a list of jobs for our graduating seniors too.

Hot Jobs – Sehome High School (bellinghamschools.org)

Here are a couple from the City of Bellingham:

“Thinking about summer? We are too! We are hiring now for summer help with our Maintenance and Operations (15 positions), and Shop/Stores division (1 position)”

👉 Road job details: http://ow.ly/hXMB50HTo5q

👉 Stores job details: http://ow.ly/CiUt50HTo5t

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14 - LEARNING CENTER INFORMATION

CLICK FOR THE LEARNING CENTER WEBSITE

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TUTORING/LEARNING CENTER

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
https://sehome.bellinghamschools.org/schedule-tutoring-appointment/

Visit the learning center website
https://sehome.bellinghamschools.org/students/learning-center/

Questions?
theresa.wines@bellinghamschools.org

AP EXAMINATION INFORMATION

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 Catherine.Moran@bellinghamschools.org

After School Meal Program

16 - AFTER SCHOOL DINNER 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.

17 - EMERGENCY AND WEATHER PROCEDURES

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 bellinghamschools.org
  • 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 bellinghamschools.org/weather.

How to find your snow bus route: www.bellinghamschools.org/snow-routes

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MEDICATIONS AT SCHOOL

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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SEHOME POINTS OF CONTACT

Sonia Cole, Principal: sonia.cole@bellinghamschools.org

Mike Couto, Assistant Principal: A - K mike.couto@bellinghamschools.org

Bethany Barrett, Assistant Principal: L - Z bethany.barrett@bellinghamschools.org

Colin Cushman, Athletics & Activities: colin.cushman@bellinghamschools.org


Amy Hjelt, Counselor A - D: amy.hjelt@bellinghamschools.org

Jeff Smith, Counselor E-K: jeffrey.smith@bellinghamschools.org

Hana Schutz, Counselor L-Re: hana.schutz@bellinghamschools.org

John Vandermolen, Counselor Rh - Z: john.vandermolen@bellinghamschools.org