Sehome High School Mariner Memo

Week of January 11-15, 2021

Note from the Principal

Dear Sehome community,

What a week! We had several opportunities to engage in learning and conversation following the events in Washington, DC this week. On Wednesday afternoon, members of our Social Studies department and counseling team provided an open space for students to come and discuss what was going on, share ideas and concerns, and also learn more about the election process and portions of the Constitution. It was incredible to hear about students with varying ideas about the events engaging in civil discourse with caring adults. We hope to be able to continue having open forums to discuss and learn about events in our world. I was reminded of what incredible staff and students we have and our ability to come together even when space separates us and to have hard conversations and listen and learn from each other.

There is no school on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. There are several different activities in our community to honor this day. A few of them are highlighted below.

Below is a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. that is engraved on the South Wall of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC.

"Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a better person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in."
March for Integrated Schools, April 18, 1959.

We continue to plan to bring additional students back into the building as soon as we get the green light. We have started setting up classrooms so that there is a 6-foot distance between all desks. Hand sanitizing stations are being installed in every classroom. The airflow in the building turns over at least 6 times per hour. We have several covered outdoor areas that we are getting set up for use by classes. We are working with our district safety team to get everything ready for staff and students' return.

If there is anything we can do to support you or your family, please reach out.

Sonia Cole


No School Jan. 18 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Food Services Update

This week during the distribution, we will be piloting a Food Recovery Program, in partnership with Sustainable Connections. Bring any unwanted, shelf-stable items you are not using back to one of the 15 school locations. Your unwanted cans and food products will find a new home.

As we have in weeks past, we encourage all families to pick up a free box of 14 meals and support our Food Services Program and the Good Food Project. Boxes are distributed from 4 to 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday at 15 school locations and six community locations.

When you arrive in the meal box line, let the staff on hand know you have food for the Food Recovery Program. They will direct you to the drop-off box. School sites only.

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Beyond the Birds and the Bees: information night on sexual health education will be offered at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021

Initiative 90 did not change anything about our curriculum in Bellingham Public Schools. In our schools, policy and procedure 2125 govern sexual health education. We offer parents and guardians an opportunity to review materials to be used in our classroom; after which they may choose to exclude their child from sexual health education instruction. Fifth grade curriculum can be reviewed here. For grades 6 to 8, we use the KNOW curriculum, available here. High school health classes use the FLASH curriculum, with information available here.

This school year, we will share some information in a virtual setting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18. You may send questions in about this information after viewing the short presentation. Send questions to

Sports Medicine Club

Sports Med is promoting some community outreach for the Friends of youth. Please click on the banner to see how you can help.


Western Washington University, in partnership with Whatcom Community College, Northwest Indian College, and Bellingham Technical College, invites you to join us for this year’s virtual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. The virtual ceremony will feature New York Times bestselling author and WWU alumna Ijeoma Oluo (’07), as the keynote speaker.

Please join us as we focus on Awakening the Legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and realize a more inclusive future. Register here for this virtual event.

Martin Luther King Day is an important National Day of Service. Make it a day on, not a day off.

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FAFSA Questions?

Seniors, now that you have submitted your FAFSA … what now?

What is included in your SAR ( Student Aid Report) and who sees it?

What is your family’s EFC? ( Estimated Family contribution)

Learn the answers to these and more at:

If you have not competed your FAFSA please contact Mrs. Zender in the Career Center for assistance!

Attention 10th Graders~

This Wednesday, January 13th at 9:30am, Sehome counselors are hosting a required webinar guidance lesson for all 10th graders. This webinar will cover important topics such as reviewing graduation progress, forming a personal pathway, program options for 11th/12th grade, and post-high school planning. We will also discuss the High School and Beyond Plan which is a graduation requirement. 10th graders will receive the webinar link during Anchor. If your student is not able to attend, please have them reach out to their counselor. Looking forward to seeing all our 10th graders on Wednesday!

January PTSA Meeting

Join us for the first PTSA Business Meeting of 2021!

Tomorrow, January 12th

6:00 PM
Via Zoom

Reasons to attend the January PTSA Meeting:

-Updates from SHS Principal, Sonia Cole

-Discussion and planning of school events

-Involvement in decisions for the current and next school year

-Network with other SHS families

If you are currently a member, you will receive a Zoom link in your email before the meeting. Not a member yet? Join now by clicking here.

Please email us at if you have any questions.

Sehome High School PTSA

Instagram: @sehomehsptsa

Facebook: @SehomeHighSchoolPTSA

Multi-Language Message Line

Families whose first language is not English can leave a message on our multi-language message line at 360-647-6816. Families dial 2 for Russian, dial 3 for Vietnamese, dial 4 for Punjabi or dial 5 for any other language (say name of language at beginning of message). Please call 360-676-6456 for Spanish.

Sehome Points of Contact

Sonia Cole, Principal:

Mike Couto, Assistant Principal: A - K

Bethany Barrett, Assistant Principal: L - Z

Kimberly Kirk, Dean of Students:

Jeff Smith, Counselor 9th Grade:

Amy Hjelt, Counselor A - G:

Hana Schutz, Counselor H - M:

John Vandermolen, Counselor N - Z: