Sehome High School Mariner Memo

Week of February 22 - 26, 2021

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Note from the Principal

Dear Sehome Community,

I hope that you have had a great weekend. We are busy planning for all of the next steps for hybrid learning, which starts on March 8!

Save the Date: On Tuesday, March 2 at 6:00 PM, we will host a webinar on Zoom for all Sehome families on the safety protocols that will be in effect for hybrid learning. To access that meeting, click here. We will send out the link again next week.

Orientation for our current freshmen will be on Wednesday, March 3rd. Some of the details are below. We will send an email to freshmen parents and students with additional information. In the meantime, we encourage our freshmen to come and pick up their t-shirts, which were generously donated by our PTSA, from the main office daily (M-F) from 8-4.

Below you will find the link to the survey for indicating your intentions about whether or not your child will return to campus for in-person learning. This helps us in our planning. If you indicated that you would like a phone call to answer your questions, please know that we have the list and are working our way through it. We look forward to connecting with you about your questions soon!

Last week, we had our first athletic competitions of the season. Our volleyball, soccer, swimming, cross country, dance, cheer, and football teams all participated in competitions last week! We have very tight restrictions on the number of fans that can attend, but we are excited to be able to live-stream many of our events. You can access the links for those events here.

We are excited for our next adventures and look forward to seeing many of you in the coming weeks.

Sonia Cole


Current Freshmen Orientation

Freshmen Orientation is March 3rd and there will be two different sessions based on Alpha splits by last name.

A-K GROUP: 10:00 – 11:30

L-Z GROUP: 1:30-3:00

Bus transportation will be available or parents can drop off students. Parents will need to leave and come back to pick up students. This event is for students only. More information on drop off and pick up and bus transportation will come out later this week with more specifics in an email to families about orientation.

Orientation is for students who are planning to come back to in person school. Orientation will be an opportunity for freshmen to get a tour of the school and know where their classes are located, a time to get to know a small group of freshmen and upper classmen mentors, and go over and practice the safety protocols that students will do each day they come to school. In order to help us in planning, please let us know whether or not your freshman will be attending by completing this form- Freshmen Orientation Survey

We encourage all Freshmen to wear their class t-shirt to orientation.

Return to School Preference Form

If you haven't done so already, please complete this form to indicate whether or not your child plans to return to the building for hybrid learning.

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Registration Update

Hello students and families,

Wow! We had a fun, busy registration week with students exploring future courses by viewing videos and talking with teachers. Here are our next steps:

  • If students have not entered their requests in Skyward, they can still do so. Please do! We want you to have a choice. Here is our registration page for reference: Registration Page, and a helpful resource for choosing classes: SHS Courses and videos
  • Counselors will meet one on one with students between now and March 17th to finalize their courses. Mrs. Simpson will send an invitation and Zoom link ahead of time to students through their school email. These emails will be sent 1-2 days before the appointment. These appointments will happen during asynchronous learning time.
  • For students who plan to attend Running Start in the fall, Mrs. Zender is hosting a webinar on March 24th from 9-10 am. Here is her Zoom link: Prospective Running Start Zoom. She will go over the "next steps" to enroll at the college.

We know this year is unusual in many ways and we don't want registration to be an additional stress for students and families. Students are always welcome to email their counselor with questions. We are here to help! Thank you.

Sehome Counseling Team

Jeff Smith, Counselor 9th Grade:

Amy Hjelt, Counselor A - G:

Hana Schutz, Counselor H - M:

John Vandermolen, Counselor N - Z:

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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),
  • close in-person instruction with all classes being held remote (K-2 would follow their remote schedule, watch for Zoom link from teacher),
  • open two hours late with regular bus routes or snow bus routes,
  • open on time with snow bus routes,
  • no busing for internet café at middle and high school

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 social media: @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.

Please familiarize yourself with our weather procedures at

How to find your snow bus route:

FAFSA Questions?

Seniors, now that you have submitted your FAFSA … what now?

What is included in your SAR ( Student Aid Report) and who sees it?

What is your family’s EFC? ( Estimated Family contribution)

Learn the answers to these and more at:

If you have not competed your FAFSA please contact Mrs. Zender in the Career Center for assistance!

Hello Mariners:

We want YOU, to join our crew!

Become a part of a team that supports our community.

· Share new ideas.

· Join a committee.

· Ask about leadership opportunities.

· Meet community members.

Would you like to learn more about SHS PTSA? Click here to visit our website (add link). Email us at with questions, or to schedule a phone call with a board member.

As always, we would LOVE for you to become a member. Join SHS PTSA now! (add link)

Sehome High School PTSA

Instagram: @sehomehsptsa

Facebook: @SehomeHighSchoolPTSA

Multi-Language Message Line

Families whose first language is not English can leave a message on our multi-language message line at 360-647-6816. Families dial 2 for Russian, dial 3 for Vietnamese, dial 4 for Punjabi or dial 5 for any other language (say name of language at beginning of message). Please call 360-676-6456 for Spanish.

Sehome Points of Contact

Sonia Cole, Principal:

Mike Couto, Assistant Principal: A - K

Bethany Barrett, Assistant Principal: L - Z

Kimberly Kirk, Dean of Students:

Jeff Smith, Counselor 9th Grade:

Amy Hjelt, Counselor A - G:

Hana Schutz, Counselor H - M:

John Vandermolen, Counselor N - Z:

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