Squalicum High School

Storm Forecast for May 6-13

A message from principal perez:

Hello STORM Nation, STORM Family and STORM Community,


Our BPS high schools went through the accreditation process a couple of weeks ago. We had a supportive district leadership team as well as a school team that went above and beyond and presented some very awesome, creative and supportive information about SQHS. This was another opportunity to highlight our school, the programs and people, our students, and the amazing work our SQHS community accomplishing by focusing on students. It takes a village, and we are thankful to be in a district with this type of leadership.


Congratulations to all of our test taking students! Our students have been working hard and illustrating their knowledge and skills on state and AP tests. Please help our students prepare by studying, reaching out for support from staff, eating breakfast in the morning and getting enough sleep the night before.


It has been a very difficult year for many of our families and staff members. I would like to acknowledge those adversities and losses over the school year. Please know, that our SQHS community supports each other, and our incredible district has resources to support our students and families. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for support, you are not alone.


Miguel Perez, Principal

Squalicum High School

Save the Dates:

Talent Show- May 13th, 7 pm

SqHS Prom- May 21

SqHS Graduation, June 11, Civic Field 4pm

Attention Seniors!

Dear Future Graduate and families of the Class of 2022,

As we approach graduation, I want to congratulate our Class of 2022 on reaching this important milestone. It has been an honor and privilege to work with you over these past few years.

Squalicum High School’s graduation ceremony will be held on Saturday June 11th at 4:00 p.m. at Civic Field. It is mandatory that all students who plan to walk at the graduation ceremony, including Running Start students, attend and participate in the graduation rehearsal on Friday, June 10, from 8:30 – 11:15 AM, report to SqHS Gym. Please plan accordingly to ensure that you attend the required rehearsal.

Anyone attending our graduation ceremony will need to have a ticket to get in, regardless of age. Tickets must be presented at the gate upon arrival.


Every senior will be offered up to six graduation tickets and have the ability to request two additional tickets for possibly receiving eight. If you do not require all six tickets, please leave your extra for other seniors who need more. Please inform the ASB office, during the week of June 6th – June 10th, how many tickets you will use/need.


Tickets will be distributed to seniors once they turn in their senior clearance form during final week of school. Unfortunately, we may not be able to fulfill all additional ticket requests. We are not able to replace lost tickets, so please take care of your tickets. In addition, the ceremonies will be livestreamed.


Parking will be available in the Civic Field parking lot. Since we are sharing the facility with other high schools, parking may be limited. Please try to limit the number of vehicles per family, if possible. Graduates are encouraged to ride the school bus transportation provided with their fellow seniors to and from graduation. Having graduates arrive all together was a meaningful kickoff to the ceremony last year, and we are hoping to replicate the magic this year. We will share more information about riding the bus as graduation gets closer.


Graduation is a time-honored tradition where family, friends, and stakeholders in your life gather to celebrate this special day, honoring the multiple years of hard-work, personal growth, and determination. To uphold the values and traditions of our graduation celebration, we ask seniors to present themselves in a mature, respectful, and professional manner. Therefore, we ask our students to wear proper attire from head to toe.


Graduates are allowed to decorate their cap. Please ensure that the cap is appropriate and follows our school dress code policy. If the cap is found to be inappropriate on graduation day, graduates will be provided a blank cap to wear for the ceremony. Balloons, noisemakers, streamers, signs, or selfies on the field are not permitted.


Please refer to the 2022 Graduation Schedule of Events below for more dates and times relating to senior activities and graduation. Let us know if you have any questions, we are here to help make this as smooth as possible for you and your family.


I want to personally thank you for making our last four years at Squalicum High School rewarding. You are an incredible group of talented and compassionate students. Each one of you have brought unique gifts to our school community; you have helped to mold our school culture and values for generations to come. I hope that your memories of Squalicum will be forever cherished.


Sincerely,

Miguel Perez



Class of 2022 End of Year Schedule of Events


Tuesday May 3 Announcements available to pick up at the ASB office

Thursday May 19 During Storm: announcements and cap and gown distribution in the front of the commons, announcements and caps and gowns will be available at the ASB window.

Saturday May 21 Prom | WCC Syre Center | 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Monday, June 6 Senior Checkout Forms distributed during Storm class

June 6 or 8 “A” day FINALS

June 7 or 9 “B” day FINALS

Tuesday, June 7 Senior Awards Ceremony | By Invitation | SqHS Library | 11:30 am–12:45 p.m.

Wednesday, June 8 Yearbook Distribution

Thursday, June 9 Last Day of school for seniors

Friday, June 10 MANDATORY Graduation rehearsal-SQHS Field | 8:30 - 11:00 a.m.

PTSA Senior Celebration w/ food truck | 11:15 - 1:00 p.m.
Senior Clearance Forms Due | 3:00 pm

Saturday, June 11 Seniors Report in the SqHS Gym |2:30 pm

4:00 p.m. Graduation Ceremony | Civic Field

Tuesday, June 14 Diploma Pick-Up

Counseling Office & Tutoring Info

College Planning Nights


Learn more about local community and technical colleges and meet with local admissions representatives. Tuesdays on Zoom from 4-6pm through June (4/26, 5/3, 5/31, 6/7) Zoom ID: 820 7974 3295

Activities & Athletics

Click on the photo below for SQHS scores, highlights and livestreams.
Summer High School Athletics Opportunities


Eighth graders can join high school athletic workouts this summer in preparation for joining high school sports. Some teams start meeting as early as the week after school gets out. This is a great way for students to meet other incoming ninth graders at their school, as well as coaches and older teammates. Additionally, students love being outside and exercising.


To be fully cleared for any of our 2022-23 summer and/or school year activities, the first step each family needs to take is to update your student’s information and documents in FinalForms.

Congratulate our ASB Class Officers for the 2022-23 school year!


Sophomores:

President: Heidi Torres-Beltran

VP: Sabrina Quinn

Secretary/Treasurer: Madeline Dear

Class Representatives: Two Open Positions


Juniors:

President: Sophia Ballestros

VP: Max Stanton

Secretary/Treasurer: Piper Zabel

Class Representatives: Chanelle Francis & Merly Ortiz


Seniors:

President: Morgan Fowler

VP: Regan Andersen

Secretary/Treasurer: Katie Nguyen

Class Representatives: Brionna Dulay & Marta Stephenson

Prom 2022

PROM 2022


ALL attendees must have a signed dance contract on file in the ASB office.

Please see Ms. Flaherty in the ASB office to make sure you get your ticket way ahead of time!


Click here for Dance Contract

Click here for Guest Contract

Seniors that ordered announcements for graduation, will be able start picking them up starting on Tuesday, with Ms. Flaherty.


Caps and Gowns will be distributed on May 19th!

Seniors- Mark your calendars

Works from multiple Squalicum artists on display starting May 5th at Jansen Art Center in Lynden. The works on display are from the high schools in Whatcom County, displayed for a majority of the month of May. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Ceramics student artwork that will be on display is by Sara Saari, Andrew Curtlett, Nicole Kurtz, Amiya Grayson, and Tegan Blackburn. There will be artwork from drawing and painting students as well.

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SQHS Talent Show May 13th @7pm!


Have an amazing talent you'd like to share? Do you sing, dance, act, play an instrument, read spoken word, perform magic, stand up comedy or more? Look for our Talent Show sign up form and tables/written forms coming soon to Squalicum High School! Presented by our QSA and Tri-M Clubs here at SQHS. Contact Ms. Reilly or Ms. Marshall in F119 to sign up or for more info!

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Please direct any questions regarding Athletics & Activities at Squalicum to:


Patrick Brown, Activities/Athletics Coordinator, (360) 676-6470 Ext. 6845

Patrick.Brown@bellinghamschools.org


Pam Behee, Admin. Assistant Activities/Athletics, (360) 676-6845 Ext. 7634

Pamela.Behee@bellinghamschools.org

Parent Reminders

The Parent Wellness Group meets from 6:00pm-8:00pm on May 19th in-person in library. Here is the RSVP link https://forms.office.com/r/8EEKdhgeYk. Parents please enter the doors in the lower parking lot area.

Calendar updates

Does your student have a loaner computer at home?


Loaner computers are used for substitute teachers and students who forgot their assigned computer. They are intended to be used at school and returned at the end of the day. If your student has a loaner computer, please remind them to return it to the library as soon as possible.

Health & Safety

In light of some recent upticks in Covid cases around Whatcom county we wanted to review and remind families of the following.

  1. If you are sick, stay home. Masks are still optional.
  2. If you have symptoms, get tested. You can use a home rapid test or test at school. If your test is negative, you can stay at school, but it is recommended that you test again in 24 hours. The health department recommends serial testing if you are symptomatic and testing negative. That is testing every 24 hours over the course of 5 days. Omicron and its variants tend to set up shop in your throat first and it takes a couple days to achieve enough of a viral load in your nasal passages to trigger a positive test.
  3. If you have an exposure to someone who has tested positive for Covid, monitor your symptoms and test 3-5 days after your last exposure to that person, sooner if you develop symptoms. Consider wearing a mask for 5 days after you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for Covid. If you test positive for Covid you are contagious 2 days before your symptoms start, wearing a mask will benefit those around you should you become ill.
  4. If you test positive for Covid you will need to isolate for 5 days from the onset of symptoms OR test collection date if you do not have symptoms. You may return to work on day 6 if you are fever free and your symptoms are improving. You will need to wear a mask days 6-10. If you do not want to wear a mask you will need to have a negative Covid test after day 5 of your isolation to return.

Free COVID tests available: Keep our community healthy this Spring break and beyond


Testing before returning to school after Spring Break can help our community stay healthy. At-home rapid tests are available to families and staff on a weekly basis. Please come to our front office to pick up tests.


Testing continues to be available for staff and students at our schools and the Family Resource Center at Shuksan Middle School each school day from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The testing center will be closed over Spring Break.