Sehome High School- Mariner Memo

Week of December 2 - 6


We have an exciting week ahead. Thursday is the opening night of Treasure Island in the Big Little Theater! You can purchase tickets online and even pick your seat! Our students and staff have put in so much time and effort to make this a great production. You do not want to miss it! A huge shout out and thank you to Kandace McGowan, director, and Laura McGowan, technical director for all their work to make this happen!

We also have the first games for our winter athletic teams. Use the link below to get the most updated information for each of the teams. A big thank you to each of our coaches and to Colin Cushman, athletic director, for all of their work to provide these opportunities for our student-athletes.

We have three weeks until our winter break. This is a great opportunity for students to focus their efforts and studies before the break. Below you will see additional information about our learning center and how to sign up for a tutor. Brenda Apt and her trained tutors do a phenomenal job supporting students.


Monday: B Day

Tuesday: A Day

Wednesday: B Day

Thursday: A Day

Friday: B Day

Sehome Drama Proudly Presents...


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Handicapped Parking

We ask that you please do not use the Handicapped parking to pick up and drop off your students unless you have the required placard or plates. This has become a very big issue for our students and families that need to use these spots and it is illegal to park there.

Per RCW 46.19.050, it is a parking infraction, with a fine of $450 for a person to ... exercise the parking privilege when the vehicle is not transporting the person to whom the privilege is issued."

Thank you for being courteous to other community members!

Snow/Inclement Weather Information

Dear Families,

With the change of seasons, it’s time to plan ahead for winter weather and how it may affect our schools.

This message will help you:

  • update your contact information,
  • find information on weather communications, and
  • find your snow bus route if your child rides the bus.

Depending on conditions (which could include snow, flooding, power outages, etc.), school could:

  • close for the day,
  • open two hours late with regular bus routes or snow bus routes,
  • open on time with snow bus routes.

Please familiarize yourself with our weather procedures here.

How can I get weather/emergency information?

Any changes to the school schedule are usually announced by 6 a.m., and we use a variety of methods to keep families informed:

  • Alerts: To receive email 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 call 360-676-6520.)
  • Tune in to local media: 790 AM, 96.5 FM, 104.1 FM or Seattle media.
  • Check
  • Check @BhamSD on Twitter or @bellinghamschools on Facebook
  • Call 360-676-6400 for a recorded message.
  • Call 360-647-6815 for a message translated in Español, русский, tính từ and Punjabi.

All-District Family Night

You are invited to our first all-district family night from 6:30-8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9 at Bellingham High School.

We are excited to celebrate, nurture and be inspired by the creativity and individuality within all our kids.

Come join us for a dynamic guest speaker, performances and presentations from musicians and artists and clubs and activities—from the littlest elementary school choir members to to our amazing high school Robotics team and musical groups (among much more!).

We are so proud of our kids and what they accomplish every day toward all of our Bellingham Promise outcomes. We hope their creativity and passions will inspire you, too, and help you and your child see the exciting things in store for them as a student in Bellingham Public Schools as they explore, learn, perform and find their passions.

Put Dec. 9 on your calendar; we hope to see you all there!

Medication 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.

Anticipated Absence Notice

Please fill out an anticipated absence form which can be found in the attendance office and return prior to the absence if you know your child will be out of school.

Reserving a Tutor

Sehome' s Tutoring Center is open Mondays-Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 in "The Hub" down on our first floor. We recruit tutors from Western Washington University and Sehome to support our students. We offer an online system to reserve free one on one time with one of the tutors, as well as open study time. We serve a healthy snack and can provide a WTA bus day pass. To make a reservation with a tutor click here or follow the directions below:

  1. SHS Home Page / Students Tab /Learning Center
  2. Scroll down to “TUTOR SIGN UP”
  3. Select “This is my first time…”
  4. Select Tutoring Subjects, Subject, and tutor’s name or “any” (The system will assign tutor)…NEXT
  5. Calendar “highlighted dates are available”… choose time, one block is 30 minutes, 2 blocks for one hour…NEXT
  6. Provide personal information …NEXT


The student will receive a confirmation email…also, a second email with an “assigned username and password to reserve their appointments moving forward”


Purchase SCRIP for the Holidays!

The holidays will be here soon, and Sehome Scrip is here to fill all of your needs! We offer grocery scrip cards for entertaining, local restaurant cards for nights out, and cards to use as gifts. It is one stop shopping for all, PLUS the proceeds go to teacher grants and participating clubs & sports.

Scrip forms are available on Sehome PTSA website or in the SHS office. The ASB office also has limited stock on hand.

December orders should be turned in by December 2nd, and will be ready for pick up December 11th.

Please contact Sam Faris at if you have questions.

Are you a Member?

The Sehome High School PTSA is 190 members strong, but we’d like to match or beat last years’ number of 270.

Membership is open to EVERYONE! Sehome families, teachers, staff, students, and community members are welcome to join. Membership forms are available in the office, or online by clicking here.

We exist to support the Sehome High School community. To find out more about PTSA, check out our website and Facebook page.

If you have question about joining PTSA, contact Else Sokol at

Sehome Points of Contact

Sonia Bell, Principal:

Mike Couto, Assistant Principal: A - K

Bethany Barrett, Assistant Principal: L - Z

Toni Ladner, Attendance Admin Assistant:

Catherine Romine, Principal Admin Assistant:

Heidi Schroyer, AP Testing Admin Assistant:

Janelle Larsen, Registrar:

Kendra Simpson, Counseling Administrative Assistant:

Jeff Smith, Counselor 9th Grade:

Amy Hjelt, Counselor A-G:

Hana Schutz, Counselor H-K:

John Vandermolen, Counselor L-M: