Squalicum High School

Storm Forecast for Jan 7-14

A message from principal perez:

Hello STORM Nation, STORM Family and STORM Community,

Happy New Year and welcome to 2022!

I hope you and your families enjoyed the winter break. I believe many are happy to put 2021 behind us and we are hoping that 2022 will hold more promise and positivity. The last few weeks had us experience and navigate a few variables. I hope you and your family have been able to remain safe.

Our community has faced much in these last weeks with inclement weather, the Bellingham and Sehome high school incidents and the omicron variant. I am hopeful that 2022 will be full of wisdom, great decisions, care for others, and a little luck.

Due to the current landscape of Covid, I want to express how important it is to practice safe strategies. Of course, we continue to wash and sanitize hands. However, I want to also emphasize the need to wear our masks often. We will begin exercising high expectations for students around proper mask wearing inside our school. Currently, vaccinations, masks, testing and staying home if students are sick/exhibiting symptoms are our strongest layers of protection against Covid. Please keep students home if they aren’t feeling well.

Specifically in our school setting, students contracting and testing positive for Covid will quarantine out of school for ten days. Our focus and goals is to keep students in school and our doors open. While we offer the test to stay option, that is not applicable to students who have contracted Covid. We want students in school and therefore our best strategy to keep students in school is to do all we can to help them avoid contracting covid.

The end of the semester is approaching. Please feel free to reach out to teachers, our staff is working hard to support students to finish the semester strong. We offer after school tutoring Monday through Thursday and provide a tutorial bus with modified drop off sites. Our students have been amazing this year and their progress and learning has been remarkable considering the circumstances.

A quick word around social media. We are aware there are many positive uses and accounts that contribute to promoting the amazing students and outcomes that occur at schools. And yet, there are the few that cause an immense amount of turmoil. Our students have spoken as have our staff - harassment, intimidation, bullying (including cyberbullying) and hate speech have no place at Squalicum high school.

While I wish we could tell social media platforms what to do regarding these types of accounts, our efforts are limited. However, we are able to utilize our discipline approaches when we have enough information, documentation, and evidence to know who may be responsible for posts, accounts, and HIB actions. Please know that students, staff, and parents/guardians reporting information and capturing information definitely helps. I strongly believe our collective efforts to educate our students on the ramifications of their language, posts, and actions will contribute to a positive community. I encourage us all to continue to education our students on these topics, hold them accountable and help them make reparations when needed. Please help our learning community by having conversations and possibly monitoring students’ posting and use of social media.

Miguel Perez

Squalicum High School Principal

In this update:

WCC Tours for Juniors and Seniors

MLK Celebration

Promise Tomorrow Initiative

Gear Up Newsletter

College Planning Nights

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Join Our Team

SQHS Save the Dates

PTSA Meeting with guest Jay Jordan, Assistant Superintendent- Jan 11 @ 7pm. (location TBD).

Whatcom Community College Tours for Juniors and Seniors- Jan 14 & 21 (see below)

MLK Celebration- January 17

Attention Juniors and Seniors -January College Tours- Whatcom Community College

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2022

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. assemblies are a state-mandated part of our school activities. This year, Dr. King’s family requests that communities educate and activate for voting rights.

On Twitter, Dr. Bernice King said she stands in solidarity with her brother, Martin Luther King III, in "calling our nation's attention to securing and protecting the most sacred right of our democracy, which is the right to vote." She asks that on MLK Day, supporters will “speak and act in a way to ensure that this nation lives up to its promise of democracy…and instead of taking the King Holiday off, they should make it a 'day on'..."

Bellingham Public Schools will honor the King family’s request to focus on voting rights.

Examples include:

· Planning support for schools and classrooms in the shift from celebratory MLK activities to lessons focused on voting rights and the importance of local elections. Please contact Janis Velasquez Farmer for more information;

· Clock hours for staff and community participation in the Jan. 13-17, 2022 Whatcom Human Rights Taskforce’s Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Conference;

· Continued partnership with WWU and several agencies across the city to plan for the Jan. 17, 2022 MLK Day educational event featuring an interview with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. The conversation will address voting rights across the nation and in Washington State. The recording will be available to those who register.

For event updates and resources and lesson plans, please check the January Celebrations &

Traditions newsletter posted on the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion blog, or read more about the Voting Rights Act below.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2022

On August 6, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson sighed the Voting Rights Act (VRA), following a civil rights campaign led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the aim of securing legislation focused on equitable voter rights. The VRA abolished literacy tests and poll taxes, systemic signatures alienating African American voters from democratic participation (King Institute Stanford). The VRA was later amended to offer voter protections to speakers of multiple languages, lifting up the 14th and 15th Amendments that were intended to ensure every citizen’s equal opportunity to participate in the vote.

Supreme Court decisions in 2013 and 2021 walked the VRA backwards, relinquishing the supports for voter equity. Now, while many states have expanded voter access (including Washington State), other states have made voting more difficult. 33 laws across 19 states reduce access to voting mechanisms intended to ensure democratic participation for all citizens.

The Promise Tomorrow Initiative is back! Registration for Quarter 3 is January 3-19.

This is project–based learning at its best. Students will work in teams on projects that envision creative solutions to transition to a better world. Their projects will take multi-disciplinary approaches to innovate technologies, designs, or plans that forge connections in their communities to create positive change. Student collaborative groups will work across grades, meet weekly, and be supported by a volunteer and supervised by the coordinator.

Program registration is January 3-19. To learn more or to register please go to https://bellinghamschools.org/program/promise-tomorrow/

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College Planning Nights

Learn more about local community and technical colleges and meet with local admissions representatives. Tuesdays on Zoom from 4-6pm December through June (12/7, 1/4, 2/1, 3/1, 3/29, 4/5, 4/26, 5/3, 5/31, 6/7) Zoom ID: 820 7974 3295
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Join our team in Bellingham Public Schools

Parents and guardians! Be a part of The Bellingham Promise in a new way…as a staff member! Bellingham Public Schools is hiring now for regular and substitute positions.

Current vacancies include paraeducators, office staff and bus drivers, as well as coaching and teaching positions. Most positions are on a school year schedule making this a perfect fit for your family.

Learn more about working for us at bellinghamschools.org/jobs.

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