Cap Sante High School

Winter Newsletter 2021-22

Dear Cap Sante High School Families,

As we head into Winter Break, we want to wish you all a very happy holiday season and share some updates with you. First, the end of semester one is only six weeks away - January 28th! Students may want to think about the opportunity to catch up if needed during Winter Break, or use the next two weeks productively so they are able to enjoy time with family and friends.

This school year, our team is working on building community behaviours and values for our school. These beliefs are in four catagories: "Navigating Together"; "Enriching Community"; "Seeking Growth"; and "Working with Pride". New this year, is our Cap Sante Compass Awards in recognition of students' navigating one or several of these guiding attributes.

We also have added some additional enrichment activities on Wednesday along with the Advisory class that supports students' social emotional learning, and provides instructional guidance for students' High School and Beyond Plan - a graduation requirement. Some of Wednseday's choices are: Book Club; Personal Finance class; or Science Labs. We look forward to expanding the Wednesday experiences in the coming months.

Finally, during second semester we will be offering more project based learning for our students. This learning structure will be engaging and relevant and will take place a couple days a week. Students will still be working on their online courses, but the project based learning courses motivate students in a new way and teach them important work and life skills. Our two teachers Jennifer Turpin and Kim Stamper take the lead in this work.

We are thankful for many things this year, not the least of which is YOU - our students, families, and those we work with every day.


The CSHS Staff

Cap Sante Compass Awards

We wish to recognise our November/December student award recipients!

Payton Pemberton - (Seeking Growth)

Robbie Orr - (Enriching the Community)

Macy Robinson - (Navigating Together)

Kyle Newell - (Working with Pride)

Carly Fernandez - (Navigating Together)

Emmalee Grove - (Enriching the Community)

Zeek Hancock - (Seeking Growth)

Hannah Rustad - (Working with Pride)

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College Planning Events

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Senior Information - Graduation Planning

Advisory, High School & Beyond Plans, & Xello Lessons

Please remember to attend Advisory on Wednesdays. During Advisory there will be guidance on completing your High School & Beyond Plan, which is a graduation requirement. As a reminder, there are lessons and assignments in Xello that link directly to requirements that are part of your HSBP.

Graduation Counselor

Did you know that Cap Sante has a Graduation Counselor? Jean Lungren is working with all students to track graduation requirements, and help in planning your High School and Beyond plan. Please do not hesitate to reach out to her:

Senior Week

Senior Week for graduation products is December 13 -20. This is an opportunity to celebrate your graduation and purchase your cap and gown at a special rate.

Senior Meeting - Graduation Planning Information

Friday, Dec. 10th, 10:30am

This is an online event.

Josten's (our graduation products supplier) will be intoducing our Cap Sante "Senior's Week" - which will be December 13th to the 20th.

More information and the meeting link will be emailed to seniors and their families on December 9th

December 10th Zoom Link:

Plan for Winter

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District Adverse Weather Plans

We encourage families to familiarize yourselves with the district’s procedures in the event of inclement weather.

The district’s transportation supervisor and superintendent decide in the early morning hours whether students can safely reach school in case of snow or ice. We attempt to notify families by 5:30 a.m. if schools are closed, delayed or buses are on adverse weather routes. If we have to change from a 2-hour delay to a full-day closure, we will notify families and staff of this change by 7:30 a.m. We try to avoid this situation whenever possible but weather and road conditions can be difficult to predict.

If we use adverse weather routes in the morning, we will notify everyone by noon that day if adverse weather routes remain in effect for the afternoon ride home. Please familiarize yourself with the adverse weather routes.


  • Flash Alert Families and staff are encouraged to sign up for Flash Alert for the most timely notifications. Local media outlets use this information.

  • District website and Facebook page

  • Emails sent to families, staff and AHS and Cap Sante students.

  • Text messages sent to families, staff and students who have opted in and are in the Skyward system. Instructions are posted on our website. We will do a test of the text system on Tuesday, December 10 at 10 a.m. for all who have opted in prior to this.

  • We do not typically call families in the event of adverse weather, to avoid phone calls in the early morning hours.

  • Staff are alerted via phone.

Questions? Contact the Transportation Department at (360) 503-1155 or or the Superintendent’s Office at (360) 503-1211 or

Resources to Note

Dates to Remember

December & January Upcoming Dates to Note:

December 10 @ 10:30 - Senior Zoom Meeting about Graduation

December 13 through 20 - Senior Week (Graduation Products)

December 20th through 31st - Winter Break

January 14th - No School/Staff PD

January 17th - No School, MLK Day

January 28th - End of Semester - 1/2 Day, Early Release

Community Resources

The Skagit Valley Herald Christmas Fund provides toys, books, and a holiday meal to families who are eligible and register. For more information about either registering as a recipient or sponsoring a family, please go here:Christmas Fund. If you are registering as a recipient, use the online registration form.

If you would like to request a food box to help assist with food needs over the break, as provided by A Simple Gesture, please contact School Social Worker Melanie Engman at

The Food 2 Go program provides students with supplemental snacks over the weekends and is always accepting sign-ups:Food 2 Go

The Helping Hands Food Bank distributes free food boxes on Tuesdays from 11-2 from the Anacortes Christian Church parking lot. For more information, go to Helping Hands.

Crisis Contacts

If you are experiencing a crisis, 24/7 help is available via the Care Crisis Line is at 1-800-584-3578.

You can also text HOME to the Crisis text line at 741741.

A Note from our Social Worker

On Wednesdays, we offer several enrichment opportunities for our students. Book Club has been a big success! We are wrapping up the first round of our book club where we have focused on themes of identity, racism, social justice, and friendship. We will start our second round after we return from Winter Break. We are also in discussion about starting up a Cap Sante podcast! Ms. Woodards has also been teaching a financial literacy class, and of course our amazing teachers have been integrating science labs into the Wednesday fun.

During Advisory, our focus is on social emotional learning, independent living skills, and post-high school planning. We have specifically focused on mental health, habit development, and making sure students understand credits and graduation pathways.

Do you have a specific set of skills that you might be willing to share with our students? Examples include how to change a tire, knitting, or first aid basics. Might you be willing to share a bit about your career as a guest speaker? While we are somewhat limited right now in utilizing volunteers (due to COVID), we are hoping to be able to have some volunteers teach our students various life skills in the Spring months. If you have any ideas or might be willing to volunteer, please contact Melanie Engman at

CSHS Staff and Student Support Services

Kim Stamper, Teacher

Jennifer Turpin, Math Teacher

Molly Huggins, Dean of Students

Jean Lungres, Graduation Counselor

Terri Kaltenbach, Special Education Teacher

Melanie Engman, School Social Worker

Jamie Woodards, Assessment & Special Projects

Diele Harrold, Registrar and Attendance

Erin Duez, Principal

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Cap Sante High School creates lifelong learners who are responsible and caring citizens that positively contribute to their community.


Our mission, based on principles and practices of equity, is to provide a high-quality, comprehensive, and meaningful education for all students. Through reflective and caring collaboration with staff and community, students will be empowered to use their strengths to reach their chosen educational goals. Each student is a unique individual with tremendous potential.