Chimacum Junior Senior High School

Newsletter for October 1, 2021 from Principal Kim Kooistra

Kiwi Smith Guest Speaker at Chimacum Junior Senior High School

Chimacum graduate Kiwi Smith and author of Legally Blonde, 10 Things I Hate About You, YA graphic novels and poetry collections visited Chimacum Junior Senior High School on Friday, 9/24/21 to share her experiences as a film maker and writer with our 9th-12th grade English classes. We want to extend a big thank you to both Kiwi Smith and Janette Force with the Port Townsend Film Festival for inspiring us. Kiwi shared memories of jotting down ideas in a writer's notebook as part of her creative process when she gets creative inspiration for titles and characters. She later uses these notes as titles, themes and characters for her pieces. Kiwi's writing and work is known for developing and honoring strong female voices. Thank you again Kiwi for making it such a great day for Chimacum students.

Table of Contents


  • Author & Alum Kiwi Smith Visits CJSHS
  • Homecoming Events


  • Professional Learning

Health and Safety

  • Healthy Youth Survey
  • Covid Safety Measures
  • School Based Health Center

Coming Up

  • Yearbook and Pictures
  • K-12 PTA Forming
  • Newcomer's Connection Groups

Homecoming Events

Students, class advisors, and staff are preparing for homecoming! We are decorating the Commons and a hallway using the theme of seasons to celebrate.

Our students have organized a couple of ways to celebrate.

Spirit Week is next week.

  • Monday - Seasons- 7th/8th graders Rivals(Blue, white and red), 9th graders- summer, 10th graders- spring, 11th graders- fall, 12th graders- winter.
  • Tuesday - Sports
  • Wednesday - Class Colors
  • Thursday - Throwback Thursday
  • Friday - Cowboy/EJ Rivals (blue/white/red)


  • a CJSHS traditional bonfire Thursday, 10/7 from 7-9
  • Friday, 10/1 7:00- Home football game at Memorial Stadium vs Cascade Christian
  • a dance on Saturday, 10/9 from 8-11 in the CJSHS Commons for 9-12th grade students

All students attending the dance will be tested using our Rapid Response testing on Thursday, 10/7 and Friday, 10/8.

Professional Learning at CJSHS- Intervention Toolbox, MTSS Teams, and Universal Design for Learning

Over the past few weeks, our staff has engaged in professional learning focused on sharing specific intervention strategies to build a MTSS intervention toolbox with research based strategies centered on classroom climate and culture, engagement and motivation, and organization and follow through. We have also formed MTSS grade level teams for 7th/8th grade, 9th/10th grade, and 11th/12th grade centered around supporting students' academics, social emotional well being, and positive behavior intervention strategies.

Beyond our intervention toolbox work, we have also spent a day focused on universal design for learning exploring strategies to support meeting the needs of all students and written lesson plans that incorporate the use of the strategies.

Healthy Youth Survey

Parents and guardians we are going to be giving our annual Healthy Youth Survey to our students in our English classes on October 12th and 13th. The survey asks questions about risks for injury, health outcomes, and alcohol and drug use. Schools, and state and local agencies use survey results to support our youth and reduce their risks. The Healthy Youth Survey is voluntary and anonymous and provides important information to guide policy and programs that serve our youth. Please contact our school office if you have any questions.

COVID Safety Measures from Superintendent Mauk

Student safety remains our top priority. We have had relatively few cases in our schools and county; there has only been one in school student-to-student Covid infection in public schools in Jefferson and Clallam counties. In addition to mask wearing, vaccination mandates, and layered mitigation strategies schools are still doing well staving off infections. We closely follow Jefferson County and the Washington Department of Health guidelines to guide our safety practices. Our primary focus is to keep school in-person, and we share that vision with our colleagues across the state.

You will only hear about Covid cases in our schools if your student has been in close contact with a person at school who has tested positive for Covid 19. Close contact is defined as being within 3 feet for 15 or more minutes in a 24 hour period. If you do not hear from school, your child was not determined to be potentially infected in our contact tracing.

If a student has been in close contact with a positive case, they will stay home in quarantine if unvaccinated, or test for Covid within 3 days if vaccinated. All positive Covid cases quarantine at home for 10 days.

School Based Health Center

Our doors are OPEN to provide medical and mental health services for students at Chimacum Jr/Sr High Schools.

Services include: sports physicals, injury evaluations, reproductive health, stress management, relationship issues, and much more

To make an appointment:

  • Call or text 360-390-8560-- OR
  • Call 360-385-9400, opt 3

For mental health support appointment:

Serving students with the following options, observing COVID19-safe practices:

  • In-person appointments
  • Telehealth (video or phone appointments)

We are happy to serve our youth community in whatever ways possible.

Dr. Melinda Bower, ND and Susan Bone O’Brien, ARNP

Rebecca Williams, Mental Health Counselor

Please see our webpage for more information here:

Newcomers Connections Groups

Being the new kid at school takes some real bravery but your kiddo doesn’t have to go it alone. Samuel Swenson, the new SAP Counselor at CJSHS, will be hosting several connections groups for students who are new to the district. What are these groups all about?

  • Building relationships that support healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Cultivating the courage to network, to ask for help and coaching, and to seek out learning opportunities, sports, and extra-curricular activities.
  • Exploring options for activities, sports, clubs, mentoring, tutoring, and other community connections.

Groups will begin in October and meet 3 times during the school day. Parents and care-givers, please reach out to me with any questions, comments, or tips by email: or call my office: 360-302-5911.

-Samuel Swenson CJSHS SAP

Yearbook & Pictures

Last week for early bird pricing for the 2021-22 Yearbook! Regular Early Bird price is $50; Free and Reduced price is $35. Please purchase your yearbook at school.

Seniors please make sure you have your pictures taken by November 2nd. A follow up email will come out listing details next week.

Picture retakes and make up day is November 5th.

K-12 PTA Forming to Support Chimacum Schools

We are in the process of forming a K-12 PTA to support our Chimacum schools. If you are interested in being a part of our PTA, then please email