MARINER MEMO

03/07/2022 - 03/11/2022

PRINCIPAL'S NOTE

Dear Sehome Community,

We wrapped up most of our winter sports this week. Spring sports have started and we have a great showing. So many student-athletes are showing up and being part of our teams. It is so fun to see! We encourage all students to find sports, clubs, and activities to connect with.


On Tuesday, I had the honor of dropping off the baskets the Sehome PTSA put together to show our appreciation for our Bellingham Police Department and District Office staff that support our Sehome community. They both were huge sources of support during our December incidents, but also throughout the school year. It truly takes our whole community working together to support our kids. I really appreciate the work of our PTSA and the energy they bring to put these things together. If you have not done so already, I highly recommend joining the PTSA to support their ongoing work.


March 13, 2022 marks two years since we shut down schools! When we announced that we were planning to shut down for 6 weeks, I really had no idea that we would have to work so hard to bring kids back to the building over a year later! I am thankful that we have been able to open this whole school year! We are really hoping that we can do our first full school year in our new building.


Monday, March 14, students, staff, and visitors will have the option of whether or not they want to wear a mask. The mandate to wear a mask will be lifted and we will transition to having masks optional. We will continue to have masks available for anyone who wants one. We ask that everyone be kind and respect the decisions other people are making. We do not know what goes into each person making their decision. I am excited to see some full faces next week! The smiles and laughter are balm for my soul.


We look forward to having our incoming 9th grade students and families at Sehome on Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30 PM. It will be fun to have everyone on campus and to show off all of the incredible programs and space we have to offer.


I hope that you enjoyed the sunshine of the weekend. Please reach out with any questions, concerns, or feedback. I love hearing from you!


Let's make it a great week!


Sonia Cole

Principal

IN THIS MEMO

1. Wrap up of last week’s events

2. March student ceramics art display

3. BIPOC job fair

4. Masking Update

5. Incoming 9th Grade family night

6. Student registration information for 2022-2023

7. Traffic Safety through SHS

8. Sehome student market

9. PTSA Information

10. Safety tip Line

11. Career Center information

12. Learning Center

13. AP examination information

14. After-school dinner program

15. Emergency and weather procedures

16. Medications at school

17. COVID-19 BSD updates

18. Sehome points of contact

1 - WRAP UP OF LAST WEEK'S EVENTS

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EXPRESSING GRATITUDE TO DISTRICT OFFICE AND BELLINGHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT

Sehome's PTSA put together these gorgeous baskets to show appreciation to the District Office staff and the Officers from the Bellingham Police Department who supported us during the lockdown events in December. Our staff, students, and families so appreciate all of the dedicated district office staff, police officers, and many substitutes who all rose to the occasion to be present with us and offered support during the multiple lockdown events and the week following these events.
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BOY'S BASKETBALL RESULTS

Our boys basketball team finished at the state tournament with a 7th place finish. In Yakima we beat Lakewood 42-40 and lost to Lynden in the quarterfinals 72-60 and lost to Tumwater 62-47.

In a true demonstration of sportsmanship the Washougal HS Band played for us on Thursday night vs Lynden. They Came dressed in Green and Gold and took the time to learn our fight song (Anchors Away)

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NW CHESS LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

This year's Northwest Chess League Championship is Sehome's fourth consecutive league championship. Sehome A won all eight of its League Team Matches with total record of 35 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses.


Team Awards:

  • The Sehome Chess Team won the Northwest Chess League Championship and 1st Place NWL 2022 Season Trophy


  • NWL Allstar Awards went to Matthew MacGregor was the only player in the Northwest Chess League to win all eight of his league match games


  • Both Ethan Bosch & Ethan Kuzin both won seven games and had a draw.


The following Sehome Chess Players all played at least two games for either the A Team or B Team:

Ethan Bosch, Rhys Lewis, Jae-Yoon Lee, Ethan Kuzin, Matthew MacGregor, Dylan Cox, Charlie love, Joshua Knapp, Carter Lim, Twain Goetzl, Jerome Gangle, Erik Anshus, Finn Bowman, Elijah Stewart, Evan Bermudez.


Teo Chiapellone played all eight rounds in the JV Section.


The above-listed 16 Sehome Chess Players is the complete roster of the 2021-2022 Sehome Chess Team.

2 - MARCH STUDENT CERAMICS ART ON DISPLAY

Click for a photo gallery of student art

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3 - BIPOC JOB FAIR

CLICK TO OPEN PAGE FOR BIPOC JOB FAIR INFORMATION

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4 - 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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5 - 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.

6 - STUDENT REGISTRATION INFORMATION FOR 2022-2023

CLICK FOR INFORMATION ON REGISTRATION

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TRAFFIC SAFETY

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7 - 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

8 - SEHOME STUDENT MARKET

CLICK TO OPEN THE MARINER MARKET WEBPAGE

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9 - PTSA Information

CLICK FOR PTSA INFORMATION

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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!

10 - SAFETY TIP LINE

CLICK FOR THE SAFETY TIP LINE

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11 - CAREER CENTER INFORMATION

CLICK FOR CAREER CENTER WEBSITE

MILITARY CAREERS WEEK

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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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12 - 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

14 - 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.

15 - 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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16 - 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