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Oak Harbor High School | February 2021 Issue


February is Black History Month

Feb. 1-5 | National School Counseling Week

Feb. 2 | ASVAB Testing Day

Feb. 3 & 4 | Link Day

Feb. 8 | End of Third Term of Second Trimester

Feb. 9 | Begin Modified Hybrid Instruction

Feb. 9 | Picture Day for Purple Days (A) and Distance +

Feb. 11 | Picture Day for Gold Days (B) and Distance +

Feb. 15 | President's Day | No School

Mar. 3 & 10 | Parent/ Teacher Conferences | No School


We are so excited to welcome our Oak Harbor Wildcats back on campus! Look in your mailbox for important information regarding schedules and safety protocols along with events and pictures days/times the first week back. This information will be on our website by Wednesday, February 3rd, and also available in paper form in our main office for pick up.

This is a great time to make sure your information in Skyward is up to date. We rely on this information to communicate with you. Email, phone numbers, mailing address, and emergency contact information help us keep you informed regarding your student and life here at school.


Our district adopted a new policy for Snow Days for the 2020-21 school year. Snow days will look a bit different in years past.

The first two “snow days” of the year will be similar to our Unplug Day and get students away from the computer doing outside activities as much as possible. If we have a third snow day, we will move to a traditional Distance-Only school day similar to the instruction performed during the week of Jan. 4-8. Schools will work on snow-day asynchronous lessons, which could include a sealed packet with outdoor activities and/or activities posted online in Google Classroom.

Any declared “Snow Day” will not impact our school calendar. Our last day of school will remain on Tuesday, June 22.

Go Cats,

Nate Salisbury


Daily Attestation

Each family should have received the OHPS Daily Attestation flowchart and letter in the mail detailing each family's expectations before sending their child to school each day. Please sign and date the following parental agreement form that you acknowledge your responsibility in meeting the state's daily attestation requirement. Each family participating in our hybrid instructional model will need to complete this form and send it with their child to school on the day they return.

Please carefully review the letter and flowchart and contact your child's school with any questions. If you need a replacement copy, please let us know.
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OHSD Levy Information

Our levy has made a profound difference for students by providing what the state doesn’t consider “basic education” like athletics, arts, after school clubs, and other national award-winning programs.

This is just a replacement of our existing levy and there is no increase to the estimated tax rate. Please visit our website for more information and remember to vote on Feb. 9!

Please visit www.ohsd.net/levi

Levy Video | OHPS

Who can register to vote?

Residents of Island County, click here to register to vote.

To register, you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States

  • A legal resident of Washington state

  • At least 18 years old by election day

Link Day 2021

Attention NEW STUDENTS! If you are a 9th grader or a student new to Oak Harbor High School, please join us for a modified orientation day. It will not be too long, but it is a chance to tour the campus, see some teachers and counselors, be (safely distanced, of course) around fellow students, and meet a few of the fantastic LINK leaders.

This is just for the students, so parents feel free to drop off your student and wait in our stadium parking lot or come back at the end of your student’s tour session. Remember to bring a proper mask, a warm jacket, and a smile. You will enter through the gates in front of the school, just to the right of the main office. Students will exit to the stadium parking lot from the walk-way to the right of the tennis courts.


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Senior Corner

Scholarships — Local Scholarship opportunities are on the Oak Harbor High School website.

Many of them have a March 8th deadline (although some have earlier or later deadlines). Check frequently for updated information. Pay attention to deadlines and get those applications in!

Financial Aid - Seniors planning to attend a career school, tech school or college, or university this fall should have their FAFSA submitted. This is the first step in the financial aid process. FAFSA Website Please check in with Mrs. Kellison at ckellison@ohsd.net or 360-279-5710 if you have questions or would like assistance with the application process. These two Newsletters may be helpful: Financial Aid Apply Now and Financial Aid 2.0


On February 17th, Juniors will participate in Next Steps as part of our post-secondary planning. This will be a virtual event that is connected to advisory. Juniors will have the opportunity to choose one of 5 presentations:

  • 4 Year College/University

  • Community College/ Transfer Degrees

  • Technical/Career Colleges

  • Military

  • Straight to Work

Upcoming SAT/ACT Exams—Juniors planning to attend a 4-year college or university should sign up soon to take one (or both) of the SAT or ACT college entrance exams this spring.

Oak Harbor High School plans to offer the SAT in May and October.

Other area high schools offer these exams as well. Check here for locations Link.

The ACT is given at Oak Harbor High School in October. Other ACT Centers can be found here: Link (Learning-Counseling Resources-College Testing). Registration is online at www.collegeboard.org for the SAT and at www.actstudent.org for the ACT. Qualifying students may be eligible for a fee waiver. See your counselor for more information. With the pandemic, Testing Center options have been limited.

Hey, Juniors, are you planning for Life after High School?

So often, students wait until their senior year to really start exploring their options for post-secondary education or training. Juniors should be taking steps now to prepare themselves for their pathway after high school.

  • Explore Xello or College Board (www.collegeboard.org) to find educational programs that meet career interests.

  • Take the ACT and/or SAT this spring if four-year college or university-bound.

  • Register with the NCAA (www.ncaa.org) for student-athletes who plan on playing college sports.

  • Visit college campuses during spring break or summer vacation.

  • Start the application process this spring if interested in attending a military service academy.

  • Speak with a recruiter if interested in enlisting in the military.

  • Prepare a resume and evaluate extracurricular activities and leadership positions.

  • Use summer vacation to gain work experience, complete an internship opportunity or participate in a summer enrichment activity.

  • Visit with Mrs. Kellison, College & Career Counselor, for assistance with post-secondary planning.

Sophomore & Juniors

Running Start - Skagit Valley College will have a virtual information session on the Running Start Program.

Tuesday, February 23rd from 6:00 PM-7:00 PM,

Tuesday, March 9th from 12:00P M-1:00 PM, and

Wednesday, March 31, 6:00 PM-7:00 PM.

Link Here

Spanish presentations will be

Thursday, February 11, 2021, 12:00-1:00 PM and

Thursday, March 4, 2021, 6:00-7:00 PM

All Students

Next Year Course Planning and Family Information Nights - We are already preparing for next year and will begin the course requests soon! We will be hosting a virtual College Credit Options Night date TBD.

Details to come late in February or the first week of March.

Career Exploration: We will be introducing Xello to our students in advisory. Xello is the College & Career Readiness Software that we will be using to complete the High School and Beyond Plan, a graduation requirement. Xello lessons and assignments will be assigned in advisory. Students already have access to the program and are encouraged to explore.

They can take interest assessments to help match career options to their interests and learning strengths and styles.

The best way students can access Xello is through the Clever app on the student's Chromebook. The icon looks like the picture above.

Clever already knows the student's username. The Xello app can also be found in the "google waffle"

This method of access will ask for their username. Username is OHSD-email (prior to @) example: If Christy Kellison is a student, the username would be: OHSD-kellischr000

The initial password is the students’ birthday mm/dd/yyyy Example: 01272003

Prevention for Parents February Edition

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One of the strengths of the CharacterStrong curriculum is the relationships it builds between students to peers, students and school staff, students and family, and students and the greater community. This is done through intentional relationship-building activities that put a daily and weekly focus on what is most important to making this happen. We need to be reminded more than we need to be taught.

Character Dare for February

Show you are listening: Each time someone talks with you, stop what you are doing and act interested.
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Attention students interested in athletics; Attention Wildcat athletes, this is a reminder that our first sport season is set to begin on February 1st for Football, Boys' & Girls' Cross Country & Girls' Swim, then on February 8th Girls' Soccer, Volleyball and Cheer will begin. You can register online through family access. To be eligible on the first day of practice, all sports participants need to have an approved online clearance form and a valid physical. If you have any questions please contact the athletic office at 360-279-5850 or email jwichers@ohsd.net. We are very excited to begin our athletic seasons here at Oak Harbor High School and look forward to seeing our student-athletes competing safely again.


Congratulations to Cooper Billiter (11), Hannah Williams (11), and Isadora White (10)! They have been selected for the 2021 Large High Schools All-State Concert Band!

Additionally, Lola Chargualaf (9) has been accepted into the All-Northwest Band, consisting of top music students from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

Due to COVID safety procedures, the All-State and All-Northwest music groups will not be meeting in person this year, but virtual music events are being offered for the thousands of students who auditioned.

Cooper, Hannah, Isadora, and Lola were four of only five high school students accepted into the Large HS Honor Bands from any of the Islands. Fewer than 12 students were accepted from our larger competitive region.

Bravo to them, and to their teachers: Coaches Sean Brown and Avi Rostov, and OHHS Music Teacher Brandon Nelson.

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Drama Club

Oak Harbor High School Drama Club has been working hard on a production to be recorded, edited, and streamed in March. Space Princess Wars is a comedic adventure by Don Zolidis and is a mashup of The Princess Bride and Star Wars. Students have been rehearsing over Google Meet since November. My assistant director Eric George and I would love to invite you to some form of a press night or at least a virtual Q&A. Due to all the restrictions and guidelines, students are being filmed either individually or in small groups.It will be streamed via ShowShare by Broadway on Demand and tickets will be $10


BSU represents the black culture in our society. The organization welcomes all people to the club. The student body has business meetings on the first Tuesday of the month to determine activities and discuss business for the upcoming month. On the last Tuesday of the month, BSU engages in an activity like Real Talks, games, parties, dances, etc. The club is open to suggestions. The Purpose of the club is to raise awareness of black culture and to strive for equity within the community. Recently, the students have planned a team building game and have invited the SOCA (Student of Color Association) club from Anacortes to participate.
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Gender Sexuality Alliance Club

Hello OHHS students! Are you part of the LGBTQ+ community and looking for others like you, just a safe space, or are you an ally to the community? Well, the Gender Sexuality Alliance club has your best interests in mind. We provide a safe educational and social environment for our attendees and a judgment-free support system with plenty of resources! We have a meeting on January 27th as well as February 10th and 24th. One last special announcement, we are looking for club officers! Please contact Mrs. Vaughn, dvaughn@ohsd.net for more information.

Don't forget to login to your classes on Wednesdays too!

On Wednesdays this year, you will have school, but it will be asynchronous.

Asynchronous refers to a school day without live online learning. You will still be meeting with your Advisory Teachers from 9:50 am-10:20 am. This will be the only live meeting on Wednesdays. What you do need to get done, however, is the work that is posted on each teacher’s Google Classroom page. That is how you will both be counted for attendance, and do the assignments that will earn you that grade that you work so hard for. So make sure that you are getting on to the Classroom page, complete, and submit those tasks on Wednesdays.

Need Extra help with Homework?

Resources are available

National Honor Society

Students are available for tutoring assistance, by appointment only. Please allow 3-5 days' notice. If interested, contact Jeff Laiblin at jlaiblin@ohsd.net

Sno-Isle Library

HelpNow is Live Homework Help, Skills Building, and Writing Workshop for grades 3-12. One-to-one online tutors are available from 1-11 pm, seven days per week.


Offers round-the-clock professional tutors who can assist with homework, studying, test preparation, resume writing, and more. Active-duty service members, National Guard, and Reserve personnel on active duty in a deployed status, Defense Department civilians in a deployed status and their dependents are eligible to participate.

Please visit OHHS Website for more information on these resources and more.

Parent Reminder Before OHHS in-person Reopening!

If you have any medical documentation on medication that needs to be given to the school nurse, please bring it in before your child starts In-Person School.

**ONLY students requiring the need for an Epi-pen will not be able to attend in-person school if medical documentation/or medication (if not self carry) is not turned into the School Nurse***All other Life Threatening conditions, please make sure you contact the school nurse for further guidance.

Contact Nurse Eimer 360-279-5708, reimer@ohsd.net if you have any questions or concerns

FLU season

This FLU season, it is especially important this year to be proactive. COVID-19 and the FLU are both contagious respiratory diseases that have many similar symptoms. Parents can help their child during this FLU season by learning more on what to look for: please click on this link CDC.gov for more information. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/symptoms/flu-vs-covid19.htm

· The flu vaccine will help prevent the illness from turning severe and possibly leading to hospitalization. Deaths from influenza-related complications range from 12,000 to 60,000 people per year in the United States. Getting the flu vaccine can also protect others that cannot get the shot, but are at high risk of developing complications, should they contract the illness.

· Unfortunately, there will not be a FLU Shot Clinic this year, so being proactive in getting the vaccine is important this 2020 FLU season.

As COVID19 is on the rise, please check out Washington's Department of Health's Chart below as a helpful resource & timeline guide if you were exposed to COVID19 or if you have symptoms.

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Pick up your child's school lunches Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunches are FREE to all students through the end of the school year! For more information and to see the menu, click the links below.

Lunch Menu | Delivery Service
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