I hope that you had a great weekend and enjoyed the sunshine and spring weather. I enjoyed being able to get out in my yard and enjoy the daffodils, tulips, and hyacinth. It is so lovely to see coloring returning to the garden.
This week Tuesday, we welcome Steve Clarke, retired assistant superintendent from Bellingham Public Schools. Mr. Clarke is subbing for Mike Couto who is out on paternity leave through the rest of the school year. Mr. Clarke brings a vast array of experience in teaching and administration. One of his greatest strengths is bringing positive energy and excitement. He connects with students, staff, and families and will be a great asset to our work for the remainder of the school year. A huge thank you to Mr. Couto for all of his work this school year. We are excited for the Couto family and are so glad that he can be there to support his family in this way.
This is the last week of our PTSA fundraiser- The April Ask. There is information about the fundraiser below. Our Sehome students and staff have greatly benefited from the support of our PTSA. Any donations are greatly appreciated and put towards the work of supporting student learning. I would also like to thank our PTSA board for all of their work organizing and executing this huge event! They have done a great job and put in an incredible about of work! Thank you!!!
We had our first whole school assembly together in the gym since our shutdown in March of 2020. It was such a positive, fun event. Our student leaders did such a great job of organizing the event and making it fun and inclusive. We had an epic battle of staff vs. students in basketball. The staff came out with the victory, but the student team put up a great fight. The lightsaber battle at center court will not soon be forgotten. We also had a class competition that ended with three teachers covered in whipped cream after getting pied by the student competitors. The Sehome band played and added to the festive atmosphere. So many of our staff members came dressed in their green and gold ready to cheer loudly. Overall, it was such a fun event and it was so awesome seeing smiles and hearing laughter throughout our school community. I am so thankful that we are able to come together as a school community! You can see a few pictures from the event below.
Here's to another great week, Mariners!
IN THIS MEMO
1 – WRAP UP OF LAST WEEK
2 - RAMADAN 2022
3 – PTSA APRIL ASK FUNDRAISER
4 – CULTURAL NIGHT AT BHS
5 - EARTH DAY
6 – PROM SAVE THE DATE
7 – WORL LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TEST
8 – STUDENT MARKET
9 – SAFETY TIP LINE
10 – TRAFFIC SAFETY THROUGH SEHOME
11 – CAREER CENTER
12 – LEARNING CENTER
13 – AP EXAMINATION
14 – AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
15 – EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
16 – SCHOOL NURSE INFORMATION
17 – COVID-19 UPDATES
18 – SEHOME POINTS OF CONTACT
1 - WRAP UP FROM LAST WEEK
WHATCOM COUNTY GIRLS GOLF TEAM CHAMPS!
Congratulations to the Girls Golf team who won the Whatcom County Championships by 40 strokes yesterday!
2 - Ramadan April 2 - May 2
Ramadan is April 2 - May 2 this year and Muslims around the world will fast, or abstain from food and drink (yes, including water) from dawn to sunset as part of their spiritual practices.
Muslims also increase their worship and study of the Qur’an during Ramadan, often attending late night prayers that begin an hour-and-a-half after sunset and last for two hours. These late nights cause many Muslims to rise later than usual, and some people may appear fatigued due to hunger, thirst and disrupted sleep.
4 - CULTURAL NIGHT AT BHS
6 - PROM SAVE THE DATE!!
World Language Proficiency Test - April 23, 2022
Our second and final World Language Credit for Proficiency Testing event of the 2021-22 school year will be held at Bellingham High School on Saturday April 23rd. All 8th-12th grade students in our district who want to demonstrate their proficiency in a language other than English are welcome to participate. BPS Project Free Education covers the cost of registration, and transportation is provided for those who need it. To register, please click here: April 23 World Language Proficiency Test Registration
Registration Deadline: April 1, 2022
10 - TRAFFIC SAFETY THROUGH SHS
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 Traffic Safety Education (TSE) through the school. Classes will start September 2022 and February 2023. The only requirements are that (1) your student is 15 before the first day of class and (2) to add TSE to course 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. To sign up, use this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/stateknowledgetesting
If you have other questions, you can refer to the Department of Licensing for steps to obtaining a driver’s license. https://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/steps.html
LATEST HOT JOBS
The latest Hot Jobs has been posted. We are receiving listings from local businesses regarding some great summer jobs as well! We will have a list of jobs for our graduating seniors too.
Here are a couple from the City of Bellingham:
“Thinking about summer? We are too! We are hiring now for summer help with our Maintenance and Operations (15 positions), and Shop/Stores division (1 position)”
👉 Road job details: http://ow.ly/hXMB50HTo5q
👉 Stores job details: http://ow.ly/CiUt50HTo5t
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 EXAMINATION INFORMATION
ALL REGISTRATION FOR AP EXAMS IS NOW CLOSED
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 Catherine.Moran@bellinghamschools.org
14 - AFTER SCHOOL DINNER 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.
15 - EMERGENCY AND WEATHER PROCEDURES
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 bellinghamschools.org
- 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 bellinghamschools.org/weather.
How to find your snow bus route: www.bellinghamschools.org/snow-routes
16 - MEDICATIONS 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
SEHOME POINTS OF CONTACT
Sonia Cole, Principal: email@example.com
Steve Clarke, Sub Assistant Principal for Mike Couto: A - K firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Couto, Assistant Principal: A - K email@example.com
Bethany Barrett, Assistant Principal: L - Z firstname.lastname@example.org
Colin Cushman, Athletics & Activities: email@example.com
Amy Hjelt, Counselor A - D: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Smith, Counselor E-K: email@example.com
Hana Schutz, Counselor L-Re: firstname.lastname@example.org
John Vandermolen, Counselor Rh - Z: email@example.com