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Dear Sehome Community,

What an incredible week! It was such a fun week seeing kids laughing and having fun together. Below you will see some of the highlights of the fun we had this week. Luke Holtgeerts, our Video Production teacher, put together the video for our staff and dance. A huge thank you to each staff member who participated in putting it together.

There are several pictures from our Homecoming week as well. The Homecoming dance, dress up days, concerts, staff vs. students slowpitch game, sporting events, the assembly, and the tailgate were all fun events and showed that the Sehome Mariners still know how to come together have a good time.

This week, we have several days with different schedules. Monday and Tuesday, juniors will do their state testing that was postponed from the spring of their 10th grade year. Other students will have an extended Anchor time to complete any needed work or review any learning before the quarter ends on Friday. Wednesday, we will have a regular schedule. Thursday is an early release and Friday there is no school for teacher professional learning.

I hope you had a great weekend and took time to enjoy a few moments of fall sunshine on your face.

Know that I appreciate each of you and hope you have a great weekend! Please reach out with any questions, concerns, feedback, or celebrations. I love hearing from you!

Sonia Cole


In this episode

Sehome Staff Dance 2021
Alternate Bell Schedule 11/1 11/2
early release schedule 11/4
no school 11/5


On Monday, Nov. 1 and Tuesday, Nov. 2 Sehome will be having all Juniors take the Smarter Balance tests in ELA and Math. The Smarter Balance tests are one way that students can meet a graduation requirement and therefore we want them all to have the opportunity to take the tests. Testing will occur between 8:30-10am on both days.

Additionally we have some Freshmen and Seniors who will be taking their Smarter Balance tests that they did not complete on Oct. 13th.

If you have any questions please contact Mike Couto.

Library Honors Native American Heritage Month by Sharing a Film Screening with Althea Wilson, Nov. 4

Bellingham Public Library is honored to feature “Revitalizing Cultural Knowledge and Honoring Sacred Waters: The Documented Oral History of Life on the Nooksack River,” with Tli’nuk’dzwidzi, Althea Wilson, Lummi tribal member, documentary film maker and Northwest Indian College educator. DVD copies of the film are being catalogued and added to the Bellingham Public Library collection. The entire community is invited to attend the event via Zoom.

Althea will be presenting about the film and its significance, and she will be joined by a panel of esteemed Lummi tribal members connected to the film. Please join us for this special opportunity of learning and connecting.

For more information and Zoom link to the event:

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.

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Date time Sign up in the Career Center if there is no link listed

11/2 1-5pm

NACAC Arts & STEM college fair - virtual

11/2 2:00pm

ASVAB test at Sehome –study materials available – GRADES 10-12

11/2 4-7pm

Christian College Fairs - virtual

Register here

11/3 9:00am

Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo

11/3 9:30am

San Diego State University

11/3 11:30am

University of Puget Sound

11/10 11:00am

Washington State University

11/10 4-7pm

Christian College Fair- virtual

Register Here

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Time to order your grad ads! This year all seniors get a quarter page in the yearbook for FREE. Grad ads are due Friday December 10th. Information about grad ads and how to place your order are included in the link . We do not accept upgrades. A quarter page is the only size we can accommodate. Please contact the Sehome yearbook staff with any questions at


Directions from Solis Images Photography for ordering school pictures:

1.) Via Solis Images Website

  • Visit
  • Click on, "Order Photos," in the right-hand corner
  • Input an access code (student ID number - see instructions below to get student ID number from Skylert) & your email address


  • Visit this link ( to go directly to Sehome High School on our website
  • Input an access code (student ID number from card or see instructions below to get ID number from Skylert) & your email address

2.) Via Your Student's Specific Card They Received on Picture Day

  • Scan the QR code or input the specific direct link at the bottom of the card
  • Input an email address

Please feel free to redirect any ordering questions to our website,, and to our support email at


sign into your skylert account.

click on Student Info on the left hand side

look for "Other ID" and that is the student ID number you enter for picture. If you have more than one student at SHS, you will need each student's ID number for their picture.



Hello Mariners,

We want YOU, to join our crew!

Become a part of a team that supports our community.

· Share new ideas.

· Join a committee.

· Ask about leadership opportunities.

· Meet community members.

Would you like to learn more about SHS PTSA? Click here to visit our website (add link).

Email us at with questions, or to schedule a phone call with a board member.

As always, we would LOVE for you to become a member. Join SHS PTSA now! (add link below)

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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

Visit the learning center website


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Reminder: As we enter cold and flu season, please continue to monitor your student(s) for symptoms of COVID-19 (sore throat, cough, fever, congestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, body aches, runny nose, recent loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath, and fatigue). If your child has 1 or more symptom of any duration, they cannot come to school for 10 days OR they can return after getting a PCR COVID-19 test with a negative result. You can find information on the school district website: Testing is available through Whatcom County Health Department (360-778-6075) OR through the Bellingham airport site at


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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Sonia Cole, Principal:

Mike Couto, Assistant Principal: A - K

Bethany Barrett, Assistant Principal: L - Z

Colin Cushman, Athletics & Activities:

Amy Hjelt, Counselor A - D:

Jeff Smith, Counselor E-K:

Hana Schutz, Counselor L-Re:

John Vandermolen, Counselor Rh - Z: