Dear Sehome Community,

I hope that you had a nice three-day weekend and come into this week feeling refreshed and ready to greet our last full week of February.

Our student athletes have done an incredible job during the winter season. Girls basketball, wrestling, and boys swimming and diving wrapped up their seasons last week. Boys basketball continues at regionals this Friday and then head to the state tournament in Yakima. Unified basketball continues their season with a game on Wednesday night at Sehome vs. Bellingham High School at 7:00 PM. A huge thank you to each of our coaches for all of their work throughout the season supporting, challenging, and coaching our students. I also greatly appreciate each of our staff members who helped out at the games and events. We couldn't do it without you. We also greatly appreciate our referees. If you see any of these people, please take the time to thank them. We could not pull off these events without them. Spring sports are starting up this week as well! Lots to be excited about!

By the end of the school day on Thursday, 2/24, all 9th-11th grade students should have their course requests in Skyward. We collect the requests and begin to make staffing decisions and build the master schedule. If there are questions about which classes to take next, please reach out to current teachers for their recommendations. Our counseling team is also ready to help any student with questions. They are out at tables in the main entrance ready to address any questions that may come up. You can find them before school and during lunches.

We look forward to another great week at Sehome!

Sonia Cole



1. Wrap up of last week’s events

2. Black History Month

3. Student Registration for 2022-2022

4. Sehome’s Peer Centered Outreach Club “Let’s Talk About IT!”

5. Traffic Safety

6. Think Big Student Club Challenge

7. Sehome Student Market

8. Safety Tip Line

9. Career Center Information

10. Learning Center

11. AP Examination Information

12. After School Dinner Program

13. Emergency and Weather Procedures

14. School Nurse Information

15. BSD COVID-19 Updates

16. PTSA Information

17. Sehome Points of Contact


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State results: Team placed 16th in state. Every individual and relay swim were best times.

Jack Legan 4th place in diving

Leo Nyman 16th place in the 200 IM

Scotty Li 16th place in the 100 fly

200 free relay of Scotty, Dylan Wynne, Jake Champagne, Leo 13th place

400 free relay of Scotty, Kellen Auld, Jake and Leo 13th place



SEHOME A 36.0 2022 NW Chess League Champions


FER A 27.5

SHM B 25.0

MRD A 22.5

BLH A 19.5

LYE B 14.5

FER B 12.0

BLH B 8.5

MRD B 2.0

Teams bolded all qualified for the 2022 Washington State High School Chess Team Championship.


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To celebrate Black History Month the library will publish a list each week of books celebrating Black history and Black writers.

Click here for list #1

Click here for List #2

Click here for List #3

Click here for list #4

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4 - Sehome’s Peer Centered Outreach Club is excited to host “Let’s Talk About IT!”

An informational event for parents and guardians. Topics include Mental Health, Substance Use, Gender Identity/Pronouns, Healthy Relationships, and Sexual Health. We will have guests from DVSAS, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Teen Council and more. Join us Thursday, February 24th at 6:00 pm in Sehome Commons. Masks required and social distancing guidelines will be followed.

For more details or questions please contact PCO staff advisor Christina Campbell at


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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 TSE through the school; classes will start September 2022 and February 2023. The only requirement is that your student is 15 before the first day of class. And to sign up with 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 from BSD link with policies included.

If you have other questions you can refer to the DOL for steps of obtaining a driver’s license.

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Think Big Student Club Challenge is Back!

The Bellingham Public School's Foundation wants to hear from student clubs that have an inspiring BIG idea that they would put into action if they had additional resources OR what your club could be doing better if you just had more funds.

Finalists will be invited to appear live on stage on March 29th to pitch your BIG idea before a live audience and panel of distinguished community judges. Imagine the ingenuity of “Shark Tank” coupled with the excitement of “America’s Got Talent!”.

Top prize: $2,500

Runners up: $2,000-$1,000

Apply by Friday Feb 25th, on-line at:

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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



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

After School Meal 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.


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
  • 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

How to find your snow bus route:

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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: