STANWOOD HIGH SCHOOL

FAMILY UPDATE FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 5, 2022

SHS VISION STATEMENT

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

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We are excited to have your children at Stanwood High School for the 2022-2023 school year. We were able to welcome a large Class of 2026 to SHS at the orientation on August 29th and again at the freshmen only morning on September 1st. The first couple of days are done and now it is time to focus on learning.


Your students will be working on completing credits towards a diploma. Students are required to complete 24 credits to graduate. This means students need to pass all six classes each semester to be on track for graduating in four years. Why are we sharing that now? We want you to reach out to us with concerns about your child as things come up. Don't wait until it is too late to get extra support from the school. We have a number of community resources for families.


To see the complete list, please click on the link below.

SCSD 22-23 Community Resources - English
SCSD 22-23 Community Resources - Spanish

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL PHOTOS

FRESHMEN ASSEMBLY FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

VOLUNTEERING AT SHS

CALLING ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS!

Who wants to go back to high school for a couple days a year? We are gauging the interest for a parent volunteer group (no name yet) to be formed at the high school to support our students with positive engagement. This group would be like the Watchdogs groups that are formed at many of our elementary schools but is not exclusively for dads. We want everyone involved who wants to support our students and the hard-working staff at the high school. Our youth depend on us to lead by example! If you are interested, please e-mail your interest to join us for a short kick off meeting (time and date TBD) to tedmccammant@gmail.com by Monday, October 3rd.

SEPTEMBER 5TH - NO SCHOOL

We will not have school on Monday, September 5th, due to Labor Day.

SEPTEMBER 6TH - ADVISORY

We will have an advisory session on Tuesday, September 6th. For this advisory session, we will cover the student handbook.

SEPTEMBER 7TH - LATE START

Students will arrive 80 minutes later for Wednesday, September 7th. The staff will be in a meeting going over yearly required trainings. School starts at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

SEPTEMBER 8TH - ADVISORY

We will hold advisory on Thursday, September 8th, to go over drills.

SEPTEMBER 9TH - ASSEMBLY

We will hold our first all student body assembly for the school year on Friday, September 9th.

SEPTEMBER 13TH - CURRICULUM NIGHT

We will hold a curriculum night for parents/guardians on Tuesday, September 13th. Families can pick up student schedules between 6 and 6:30 p.m. in the commons. Then families will follow their child's schedules to hear about the curriculum used for their classes.

OFFICE HOURS

The high school office is open from 7 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Monday-Friday. We take money until 2:45 p.m.

STUDENT FEES

There is a fee for certain clubs/activities, ASB cards, and yearbooks. For the complete list, please click the link below.

LUNCH SCHEDULE

We offer two lunches at Stanwood High School. Your child's lunch period is based on their fourth period teacher. The teachers on the first and second floor have first lunch. Teachers on the third floor have second lunch (exception to that are Mr. Ward, Mrs. Gammell and Mrs. Ray as they have first lunch). Students will be able to purchase a lunch in the commons area at Stanwood High School or bring their own. Students can look for the lunch posters around campus to find out which lunch they have.

DRINKS/FOOD ON CAMPUS

We encourage students to bring water bottles and use the water bottle filler stations located

throughout the school. Students can bring outside drinks and food to school. However, we

don’t accept food deliveries from companies, such as Uber or Grubhub. When

parents/guardians drop off food items for students, the students need to pick up the food in

between class or at lunch. Please make sure your student knows you are dropping off food for

them. Students should not leave class to pick up food.

STUDENT DRESS CODE

Student Dress Code - Please review the school board policy and procedure regarding student dress code. Students' choices in matters of dress should be made in consultation with their parents. There is a reasonable expectation that:
  • A health or safety hazard shall be presented by the student's dress or appearance including possible membership in a gang or hate groups;
  • Damage to school property shall result from the student's dress; or
  • A material and substantial disruption of the educational process will result from the students' dress or appearance.

ATTENDANCE

Students late to school - Students are required to stop in the office and sign in when they are late to school (or need to leave early).


Students are considered absent when they are more than five minutes late to class.


**Parents/guardians have 72 hours to clear absences. If absences are not excused (after 72 hours), then the student will not be allowed to make-up assignments.

CELL PHONES

Students need to keep their cell phones put away during class unless used for an educational purpose. When students don't comply with keeping their cell phone put away, our school security officer, Gary Chaney, will pick up their phone. Students can pick up their cell phone at the end of the day. We will no longer require parents/guardians to come pick up the cell phones.

SCHEDULE CHANGES - UPDATE FROM THE COUNSELORS

Due to the high volume of new registrations and schedule change requests, we are not changing schedules at this time unless a student is placed in the incorrect level of class or is missing a class period.


All of our classes are full. If we are able to change your class please be prepared that we will have to change other classes in your schedule.


We cannot change a schedule based on a teacher request, lunch preference, or wanting to be in a class with a friend.


Some students may be in a class that they did not request in the Spring. The reason for this is because the class is full or it does not fit into a student's schedule based on other class requests.


Schedule change forms are available in the counseling office. We will start accepting schedule change requests forms on Tuesday September 6th through Thursday September 15th.


Please understand that it may take a few days for us to look into your schedule change request.

UPDATE FROM THE ASB BOOKKEEPER

For Free/Reduced students, they still need to "purchase" an ASB Card.

This is only for tracking purposes, there is no charge. If you purchase online there would not be a transaction fee for the ASB Card because it would be zero dollars, but if you buy a yearbook at the same time then you would get a transaction fee.

NEW ONLINE PAYMENT PROGRAM

The Stanwood-Camano School District has implemented a new online payments portal called TouchBase.


With this system, parents/guardians can shop for items at their student's middle and high schools and pay fines/fees using credit or debit cards. A small transaction fee of $1.50 will be applied to your overall purchase. TouchBase is a secure site. This system will not be used for food service credit card payments. Parents will continue to utilize Revtrak for online food service payments.


Access the new TouchBase online portal HERE. Create a unique online payment password, then log in by using your Skyward Family Access username, and your new password.


If you do not have a Family Access login or need your login, please contact your child's school. It may take up to 24 hours after creating or updating your Skyward account before being able to log in.


We are excited to offer you a more robust online payment system! As a reminder, schools will also continue to accept cash and check payments onsite.

YEARBOOK INFORMATION

So that we can make our yearbook ordering more accurate, yearbook sales will end Monday, January 28th, 2023. YEARBOOKS WILL NOT BE SOLD AFTER THAT DATE. Please keep your receipt to ensure that you can pick up your book at the end of the school year. The cost for all students is $50.00 through September 30th, 2022. October 1st-January 31st, 2023 the cost will be $70.00 each.


Senior photos will be due Friday, October 7th, 2022. Please schedule your photo shoot with a photographer as early in the summer as possible. Photographers and studios are very busy in the Fall. Guidelines for photo submission will be available in early in September on the high school's website.


Grad ads for seniors will be due Friday, October 21st, 2022. Instructions for the grad ads and submission guidelines will be available in early in September on the high school website.

NEW: UPDATE FROM NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

Hello Parents/Guardians:

I hope everyone had a great first day back at school.

As some of you are aware, the National Honors Society is having its first chapter event on September 17th. We will be helping out at a non-profit auction at the Camano Center. We will most likely have two shifts, but the event is from 5:15 to 9:00. Details will be provided at the first NHS meeting.

Have a great day.

Respectfully,

Maggie Flickner

NHS President

NEW: UPDATE FROM ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT

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Spartan football kicked off the year with a convincing 42-0 victory at Lakewood on Friday! Way to go Spartans!


Sunday, September 4th will be the last day for students to sign up for fall sports on Skyward. The online Athletic Participation pack will reopen on November 1st for those joining winter sports.


Fall athletes must submit their Athletic Participation fees prior to the first competition. Please pay the $100 participation fee and $40 ASB card with cash or check in the main office, or submit payment online here: https://wa-stanwoodcamano.intouchreceipting.com/signin


Please visit our website for more information and follow along with us on social media at @go_shsspartans.


Games This Week:

Tue. Sep. 6 - Varsity Boys Tennis 3:30

Thu. Sep. 8 - JV Boys Tennis 3:30

Thu. Sep. 8 - Volleyball 5:15/7:00

Fri. Sep. 9 - Football 7pm

Sat. Sep. 10 - Volleyball Tourn

Sat. Sep. 10 - Girls Soccer 11/1

ARTICLE FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS

What is a 'Back-to-School Necklace'? All About This Disturbing Trend That Parents Need to Know About


**We have not noticed this issue with our students. But we wanted to make you aware of this trend around the United States.


Link to article:
https://parade.com/living/what-is-back-to-school-necklace

MESSAGE FROM TRANSPORTATION DEPT.

Parents/guardians are able to access individual student transportation information on-line! Versatrans elink is the portal to access bus route, stop time, location, and the bus your child will be riding. At the login page the "User Name" and "Password" is your student's 7-digit identification number.

The Versatrans elink is http://elink.scsd.ac

REMINDER: All students need to be at the bus stop 5 minutes prior to their stop time.

MESSAGE FROM FOOD SERVICE


Federal funding for no-cost breakfast and lunches for all students during the COVID-19 pandemic has ended. Some districts have been able to qualify for no-cost meals to continue due to poverty rates in the community. SCSD does not qualify to participate under the new federal Community Eligibility Provision. This means the district will return to paid breakfast and lunch meals for students for the 2022-23 school year.


We encourage parents/guardians to apply for free or reduced meals to determine National School Breakfast/Lunch Program eligibility. Completing a meal application takes less than 10 minutes, and parents only need to complete one application per household. Information about free or reduced meals is available on our district website HERE.

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SHS WEBSITE

Please visit the high school website for any late-breaking news, information about the school - clubs, activities, athletics, advisory, culminating project, and more.


https://shs.stanwood.wednet.edu

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Family Communication


September 2, 2022


Hello Families,


As the first two days of school comes to a close, and we navigated an unexpected situation today, I want to reiterate that the safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. Thank you for your patience and understanding today as we dealt with a threat sent to the district Facebook account overnight.


Again, the threat was not specific to any of our schools. Still, we had additional security personnel, district staff, and law enforcement officers at our schools today. Schools and school activities continued as scheduled without incident. I sent an email with more information earlier this evening. That message can be viewed HERE.


As you may recall, the District has added two new members to its school safety team for the 2022-23 school year.

  • Gary Chaney has been selected as a school security officer at Stanwood High School. Chaney has been in law enforcement for 25 years, the past 23 years as a deputy with the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

  • Sam Andrews has joined the district as Coordinator of Student and District Safety. She previously served in safety-related positions with the Marysville, Sedro-Woolley, and Burlington-Edison school districts.

  • Chaney and Andrews join the district’s School Resource Officer, Bud McCurry, a deputy with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, which contracts with the City of Stanwood.


In addition, the district utilizes SafeSchools Alert, a tip reporting system that allows students, staff, and parents to submit safety concerns. Families concerned about student safety can alert all district administrators with one text, email, phone call, website, or app. Visit HERE for more information.


Reminder: Late Start Wednesdays begin Sept 7
Please be reminded that Sept. 7 will be the first late start Wednesday of the new school year, meaning that school will begin at 9 a.m. for grades 6-12 and 10:20 a.m. for grades K-5. Buses will be at stops 80 minutes later than the scheduled time. Sept. 7 is the first day of school for our kindergarten students.

Families can access individual student transportation information online.


Versatrans eLink is the portal to access the bus route, stop time, location, and the bus your child will be riding. The "User Name" and "Password" on the login page is your student's 7-digit identification number.

Click here for instructions on finding bus routes

Click here to go to Versatrans eLink


Please arrive at the bus stop in the morning and after school 5 minutes before the scheduled pick-up and drop-off time. Kindergarten families must meet the bus in the afternoon, or their child will be returned to the school or transportation center.

For more information, please call the Transportation Center at 360-629-1229.


Return to Paid Meals for the 22-23 School Year
Federal funding for no-cost breakfast and lunches for all students during the COVID-19 pandemic has ended. Some districts have been able to qualify for no-cost meals to continue due to poverty rates in the community. SCSD does not qualify to participate under the new federal Community Eligibility Provision. This means the district will return to paid breakfast and lunch meals for students for the 2022-23 school year.


We encourage parents/guardians to apply for free or reduced meals to determine eligibility for the National School Breakfast/Lunch Program. Completing a meal application takes less than 10 minutes, and parents only need to complete one application per household. Information about free or reduced meals is available on our district website HERE.


Our First Day
It was a joy seeing schools return to traditional routines focused on in-person connections with students and families! We look forward to seeing you over the school year. Watch our first-day video HERE.


Have a safe and healthy Labor Day weekend!


Respectfully,


Deborah Rumbaugh, Ed.D.
Superintendent

LIBRARY INFORMATION

Library Information: If you have not yet checked out a chromebook, please come to the SHS Library to check one out. If you still have a chromebook from last school year, please exchange it for a new one, as last year's chromebooks have been locked. Check out the September Library Newsletter. The Library Website provides a lot of information, including textbook information. The library hours are 7:10 a.m. - 2:40 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Click here to visit the Destiny Catalog.

NEW: BELL SCHEDULES FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 5TH

Monday - No School


Tuesday - Advisory Schedule


Wednesday - Late Start Wednesday


Thursday - Advisory Schedule


Friday - Assembly 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 – K

Tom Wilfong L - Z

Zach Ward - Attendance

SCHOOL CALENDAR

To review the school calendar, click on the link below.


Student Calendar 22-23

UPCOMING EVENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS:


September 5th - No School/Labor Day

September 6th - Advisory

September 8th - Advisory

September 9th - Assembly

September 13th - Curriculum night 6:30 - 8 p.m.

September 15th - Make-up School Picture Day 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

September 16th - Advisory

September 19th-24th - Homecoming Week

September 23rd - Advisory

September 24th - Homecoming Dance

September 23rd - Advisory

September 30th - Advisory

October 1st - SAT Test

October 10th - Financial Aid Night (time tbd)

October 13th - College and Career Readiness Night (time tbd)

October 15th - PSAT Test

October 18th - Retake School Picture Day 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

October 18th - Senior Class Meeting with Jostens during 5th period

October 18th - Senior Class Group Photo during 6th period

October 20th - State Earthquake Drill

October 21st - No School/Teacher Curriculum Day

October 22nd - Hall of Fame Athletic Banquet

October 29th - AWSL Student Leadership Conference
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The Stanwood-Camano School District does not discriminate in employment, programs, or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the District's Title IX/Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Maurene Stanton (mstanton@stanwood.wednet.edu), or the Section 504/American Disabilities Act Coordinator, Robert Hascall (rhascall@stanwood.wednet.edu) Stanwood-Camano School District, 26920 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, WA 98292. Telephone: (360) 629-1200.


El Distrito Escolar de Stanwood-Camano School District no discrimina en sus programas o actividades por motivos de sexo, raza, credo, religión, color, origen nacional, edad, condición de veterano de guerra o grado militar, orientación sexual, expresión de género o identidad, discapacidad o uso de perro guía entrenado o animal de servicio, y ofrece igualdad de acceso a los Boy Scouts y a otros grupos de jóvenes especificados. El empleado mencionado a continuación ha sido designado para atender consultas y quejas de supuesta discriminación: Título IX / Oficial de Acción Afirmativa y Coordinador de Cumplimiento de Derechos Civiles, Maurene Stanton (mstanton@stanwood.wednet.edu), o la Sección 504 / Coordinador de la Ley de Discapacidades Estadounidenses, Robert Hascall (rhascall@stanwood.wednet.edu), Distrito Escolar Stanwood-Camano, 26920 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, WA 98292. Teléfono: (360) 629-1200.