Wildcat News

Oak Harbor High School | December 2020 Issue


Dec. 4 | Senior Portraits, Baby Photos, and Rides due date

Dec. 7 & 8 | Drop off days for trimester one school materials

Dec. 9 & 10 | Pick up days for trimester two school materials

Dec. 9 | Student schedules available on Skyward for Trimester two

Dec. 11 | First day of the second trimester

Dec. 16 | Unplug day

Dec. 21 - Jan. 4 | NO SCHOOL, Winter Break

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As we prepare to move to the second trimester, the following is essential information for anyone with students taking one of our College in the High School courses. Please look closely at the December events dates and times.

We offer several classes at Oak Harbor High School where students can earn college credit through Central Washington University along with their high school credits. These classes are taught by teachers that are qualified as adjunct professors with CWU. To earn the college credits, students must register and pay a 60% tuition savings fee for earning University credit while attending high school classes. You can determine if your students' class is a College in the High School class if the course name on their schedule has a 100 level number after it (i.e., 101, 153, 172, etc.)

Typically a trimester high school class is worth .5 credits. Due to a recent change in state law, any class linked to a multi-credit College in the High School course will receive one full credit instead of .5. Students will get the full credit whether they register for the University credit or just take the course for high school credit.

Go Cats,

Nate Salisbury


Trimester Two Materials Drop-off/ Pick-up

We will be located just inside of the SUB in Wildcat Way (look for the big purple tent outside). You will need to park and walk in.

Returning materials

December 7 & 8 from 12-6 PM

Picking up materials

December 9 & 10 from 12-6 PM

AP materials

Only return if you are dropping the class.

Chromebook cases

All students currently enrolled at OHHS should stop by to pick up a Chromebook case for their device. These cases should remain on the device at all times. They are intended to help limit damages and protect them from wear and tear.

Schedules will be available in Skyward on December 9th

Please feel free to reach out to us with questions or concerns by contacting our Library at 360.279.5748 or 360.279.5815

Meet Mr. Keck

OHHS Student Assistant Professional (Interventionist/Preventionist).

Click the slide below to learn more about him.

Counseling Office Appointments

Students wishing to meet with their counselor should email their counselor for an appointment. It may take a couple of days to get an appointment, so please plan ahead. See the list below for counselor assignments. Parents may schedule an appointment by emailing the counselor direct or calling 360.279.5717.

Pat Tang, Freshman Class of 2024 ptang@ohsd.net

Emily Hilberdink, Sophomores-Seniors A-Di ehilberdink@ohsd.net

Anna Chargualaf, Sophomores-Seniors Do-K achargualaf@ohsd.net

Stacey Mahoney, Sophomores-Seniors L-Q smahoney@ohsd.net

Denise Waller, Sophomores-Seniors R-We dwaller@ohsd.net

Christy Kellison, College & Career, Sophomores-Seniors Wh-Z ckellison@ohsd.net


SAT and ACT Students applying for college admissions for fall 2021 do not need SAT and/or ACT scores. Colleges have either waived them or made them test-optional. Visit sat.org or act.org. Our next scheduled SAT will be May 8, 2021.

PSAT will be offered on January 26, 2021. The PSAT is used to determine eligibility and qualification for the National Merit Scholarship Program. It also serves as a practice test for the SAT. Sign-up will open on January 4th and will be limited. Priority will be given to juniors. Sophomores may take the exam if space is available. Students can prepare by taking a practice test: PSAT Practice Test.

ASVAB - will be February 2, 2021. Sign-ups start on January 4th. The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a multiple-choice test administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command to determine enlistment qualification in the United States Armed Forces. ASVAB Practice Test


Financial Aid

FAFSA (The Free Application for Student Aid) became available on October 1st. Completing the FAFSA is required to apply for financial assistance for post-secondary education (including two-year colleges, technical schools, and four-year colleges/universities). Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for first-come, first-serve access to college funding resources. Many schools have financial aid priority deadlines starting in December. Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov for more information.


Winter break is a great time to review scholarship applications and start gathering the necessary information. We have a new scholarship section specific to military-connected students Scholarships. Local scholarships have started coming in and can be found on the OHHS website under counseling resources Scholarships. Download a copy of the General Application for an example of the type of information needed. Several local scholarships use a General Scholarship application. Please note: the General Application may ONLY be used for scholarships that do not have their own organizational application.

Many State/National Scholarships are now available and can be found online using one of the scholarship database search engines such as Scholarships.com, Niche, Cappex, or thewashboard.org.

College Applications

The college admission process is more competitive than ever! Schools encourage seniors to submit their applications early for best consideration for admissions, scholarships, and housing priority. Many four-year college application deadlines are approaching quickly. Many WA private universities and UW Bothell have a January 15th deadline. Washington State University and Western Washington University have a January 31st deadline. Eastern Washington University and Evergreen State College have a February 1st deadline. Students should apply as soon as possible!

Letters of Recommendation

When requesting a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor, students must request them at least 2 weeks ahead of the deadline. If a letter is requested with less than 2 weeks' notice, the teacher/counselor may not have enough time to complete it or may not be very thorough in their response.

One of the strengths of the CharacterStrong curriculum is the relationships it builds between students to peers, students and school staff, students and family, and students and the greater community. This is done through intentional relationship-building activities that put a daily and weekly focus on what is most important to making this happen. We need to be reminded more than we need to be taught.

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Yearbook Photos

Please show us your Wildcat pride at yearbook@ohsd.net.

Yearbook photographers can’t be everywhere – especially in times like these – so if you’ve got great photos of school events or you and your friends just having fun, please share them with us. The more photos you share, the better our yearbook will be for everyone!

Each week the yearbook is asking all high school students to help make our yearbook great for everyone. Please respond to as many weekly prompts as possible – Keep an eye out for the weekly prompt on social media, website, or Wednesday announcements.

Yearbook Photo Due Dates:

Senior Portraits - December 4

Senior Baby Photos - December 4

Senior Rides - December 4

Don't forget to login to your classes on Wednesdays too!

On Wednesdays this year, you will have school, but it will be asynchronous.

Asynchronous refers to a school day without live online learning. You will still be meeting with your Advisory Teachers from 9:50 am-10:20 am. This will be the only live meeting on Wednesdays. What you do need to get done, however, is the work that is posted on each teacher’s Google Classroom page. That is how you will both be counted for attendance, and do the assignments that will earn you that grade that you work so hard for. So make sure that you are getting on to the Classroom page, complete, and submit those tasks on Wednesdays.

AP Chemistry from home

AP Chemistry is all about hands-on lab investigations which is an obvious challenge right now; however, lab kits in conjunction with software paid for by the National Math and Science Initiative Program have made this possible. Students are conducting investigations, analyzing data, and sharing their results from their homes.

Photos are from their intermolecular forces experiments.

Students Join Virtual Honor Band & Orchestra

Lea Bahner, Joseph Barrett, Camille Glownia, and Hannah Williams got to participate in the first-ever Regional Virtual Honor Band & Orchestra on November 11th. They joined the top music students from high schools from Coupeville to Mr. Vernon to Blaine, learning two music pieces on their own, attending virtual classes with music teachers from Western Washington University, and recorded themselves performing. Hopefully, we will see the finished Virtual Band & Orchestra sometime in December!

Stepping up and Helping out

With most high school students learning online, OHHS teachers didn't have anyone to bring recycling to the dumpster. Freshman Kellan Luible stepped up to help. He picks up teachers' recycling and hauls it all to the big bin behind the school daily.

FLU season

This FLU season, it is especially important this year to be proactive. COVID-19 and the FLU are both contagious respiratory diseases that have many similar symptoms. Parents can help their child during this FLU season by learning more on what to look for: please click on this link CDC.gov for more information. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/symptoms/flu-vs-covid19.htm

· The flu vaccine will help prevent the illness from turning severe and possibly leading to hospitalization. Deaths from influenza-related complications range from 12,000 to 60,000 people per year in the United States. Getting the flu vaccine can also protect others that cannot get the shot, but are at high risk of developing complications, should they contract the illness.

· Unfortunately, there will not be a FLU Shot Clinic this year, so being proactive in getting the vaccine is important this 2020 FLU season.

As COVID19 is on the rise, please check out Washington's Department of Health's Chart below as a helpful resource & timeline guide if you were exposed to COVID19 or if you have symptoms.

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We are the Parent Academic Booster Club at OHHS! Otherwise known as

OHHS PTO (Parent Teacher Organization).

We need your support to keep our programs at OHHS and for parents to

volunteer for the Open Board Positions! All of the PTO Board Positions are

open, and if you are interested in more information, please send us an email.

Why does a High School need a Parent-Teacher Organization? If you haven’t

noticed OHHS has a lot of Parent Groups that support a small interest group of

the school (Band, Choir, Robotics, NJROTC, Grad Night) but the PTO at the

High School supports ALL the students at OHHS, not just a certain interest group,

and our hard-working staff.

All of the PTO funds stay at OHHS to support the students at OHHS by donating

to the Invest Ed Program, Snacks for Finals, OHHS PTO Scholarships, and our

largest expenditure, the Academic Letter Program.

Since the mid-1990’s we have sponsored the Academic Letter Program. This

program encourages students ranked with their cohort class to

maintain their GPA at 3.5 or greater. Each year we award over 140 Academic

Letters to students who have received a GPA of 3.5 or greater for 3 consecutive

trimesters. We also recognize an additional over 300 students each year who

have maintained their GPA at 3.5 or greater once they have received their

Academic Letter.

PTO facts:

• Informational source for parents and community members

• The volunteers at upcoming events around the High School Campus

• Support the staff at OHHS

• Address issues that directly affect your student

Please consider joining OHHS PT0 and support YOUR child's education!

We strive to be the link between the staff, administration, and families. If you

don’t want to join but would still like to support our programs, we welcome

donations, and you can designate it to the program that you would like to support:

Academic Letter, Scholarship, Invest Ed, Snacks for Finals, Staff Appreciation.

To join the PTO, visit our PTO page on the OHHS Website.

PTO meetings are currently held by zoom on the first Wednesday of

each month at 5:30 pm. Email us: ohhspto@gmail.com if you would like an


Join our Facebook group:

OHHS Academic Boosters PTO

Pick up your child's school lunches Monday through Friday from 10:30 - noon. Lunches are FREE to all students through the end of the school year! For more information and to see the menu, click the links below.

Lunch Menu | Delivery Service

Harvest of the Month

Winter Squash Facts

  • Squash and Melons are related
  • Orange Squashes have Vitamin A
  • Pumpkins don't have to be orange
  • The best squash will be heavy and firm