Squalicum High School

Storm Forecast for May 20-27

A message from principal perez:

Hello STORM Nation, STORM Family and STORM Community,

Leadership Update

Chimere Hackney has been named the new assistant principal of Bellingham High School starting next school year and Meghan Dunham will join Jeremy Louzao as assistant principal of Squalicum.

We wish Chimere all the best after getting to know her this year at Squalicum. Her passion for students, professional development experience, instruction expertise, and care for families was an asset for SQHS. We were able to learn from Chimere, benefit from her expertise, and implementation of new systems at SQHS.

Meghan has served as dean of students at Squalicum this year. Prior to becoming dean, she taught CTE and Special Education at Options High School and Birchwood Elementary, and also taught special education and ELL in Lynden Public Schools and in San Jose, California. Meghan’s CTE expertise is in early childhood, and she has supported the GRADS program at both Options and Squalicum. She holds national board certification in Exceptional Needs, a bachelor’s in K-12 Special Education from Western Washington University, a master’s in teaching from Grand Canyon University, and her principal’s certification from Eastern Washington University. Meghan has been and will continue to have a vested interest in our learning community. Her own children have and are going through our school and her passion for inclusion and supporting all students will continue to make SQHS strong. We are excited to keep continuity at SQHS for our students and our staff.

Please join me in wishing Chimere all the best on her new role at Bellingham, and welcoming Meghan to her new role at Squalicum!

Miguel Perez, Principal

Squalicum High School

Save the Dates:

SqHS Prom- May 21

SqHS Graduation, June 11, Civic Field 4pm


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Middle and high school families!

Donate your new or gently used athletic wear and equipment

The Activities and Athletics Program in Bellingham Public Schools is collecting gently used or new athletic gear at our middle and high schools through the end of the school year. Requested items include cleats, rackets, mitts, shin guards and balls. Activewear such as sports bras, athletic shorts and sneakers will also be accepted. Please drop off only clean items in good condition.

Look for drop boxes for donated items in your school through Friday, June 10. Donated items will be available for student athletes at the Back-to-School Block Party in August and also in schools next school year. Thank you for doing your part to redistribute these items for others who might need them. We are a One Schoolhouse community! Thank you in advance for playing a part in the success of all student athletes.

Questions? Contact jennifer.gaer@bellinghamschools.org

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Testing Calendar

Wednesday, May 25

B Day

10th Grade Math Classes

11th and 12th Graders

SBA Math

SBA Math Re-takes by invitation

Thursday, May 26

A Day

10th Grade Math Classes

11th and 12th Graders

SBA Math

SBA ELA Re-takes by invitation

Friday, May 27

B Day

10th Grade Math Classes

11th and 12th Graders

SBA Math

SBA ELA Re-takes by invitation

Tuesday, May 31 – Friday, June 3

A/B Days

10-12th Graders

Make Ups by invitation

Four Students Win the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest!

Congratulations to Kyle Heaton, Dylan Jacobs, Alina Tsakhniv, and Joselyn Vasquez Orozco for winning the very competitive Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest!

Each year hundreds of Whatcom County residents of all ages submit their writing, which two judges read anonymously, selecting just 25 winning poems. A local artist is then matched with each poem to create artwork for a print/placard. Poems are displayed in Whatcom Transit Authority busses and Alina’s poem will also be displayed outside the Bellingham Public Library. All poems are published in a chapbook collection, too.

Winning poets are invited to read their poems at a public Awards Ceremony. This community event will be on Zoom this year, Thursday, May 19, beginning at 7 p.m. Many of our top Northwest writers will be in attendance. This event is free and open to the public.

Here is the Zoom link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82154541511?pwd=eXNNeXRIV24xVURsb0VmZHVGRFVQQT09 You can check out all of the winners here: https://thepoetrydepartment.wordpress.com/winners/

Here are the winning poems from Squalicum:

Head in the Game

A cool breeze blows across the rocky concrete.

My heart races,

sweat beading down in my eyes.

The sun’s rays like lasers on my skin.

My foot jab steps,

faking out the lifeless defender in front of me.

I dribble once, twice, three times,

downhill towards the Coca-Cola hoop.

I cross over between my legs,

take a step back,

release the ball from my hands.

Swish, my team wins.

I celebrate with my dog,

the only person watching.

I chase down the ball and play again.

Not stopping until dinner,

or the hoop is darkened by night.

What else is better?

By Kyle Heaton

Finally Peace

I woke up in my king-sized bed

It was the morning of my father’s funeral

I was happy though

Almost ecstatic to have him finally gone

Nothing dragging me down

No more 3 a.m. calls high on heroin

No more midnight break-ins looking for money

No more bail payments

I grab my phone and call my older brother

He answers on the 5th ring

There is complete silence for a while

As if we both want to say it, but don’t

I hang up the phone

Now I know I’m not alone

He’s truly glad too

No grief

No guilt

No regret

By Dylan Jacobs

*Jacob's poem is a "persona" poem. He did not experience what he is writing about but is taking on the persona of someone who has.

Next generation

Craving inspiration for our next generation

See, we needs save the population

Start some operation

Save this inhumane foundation

Let’s just start a conversation

Not antagonize discrimination

Removing our motivation to survive this simulation

Immigration, starvation, hesitation

All things stopping us from mass celebration

See, this just my speculation

but shit won’t change

without determination

By Jocelyn Vasquez Orozco


Snow falls outside

A blue house stands,

the streetlamp shining

Inside in a dark room

in front of a large window

I stand with my dad

He is holding an accordion

his father passed down to him,

Playing a soft song

Six generations deep

As my younger sister sleeps

I softy sing the song my grandmother taught me,

“Коли Дух Господній наповняє мене"

The snow falls faster

as I look out the window,

wondering about war.

By Alina Tsakhniv

Attention Seniors!

Dear Future Graduate and families of the Class of 2022,

As we approach graduation, I want to congratulate our Class of 2022 on reaching this important milestone. It has been an honor and privilege to work with you over these past few years.

Squalicum High School’s graduation ceremony will be held on Saturday June 11th at 4:00 p.m. at Civic Field. It is mandatory that all students who plan to walk at the graduation ceremony, including Running Start students, attend and participate in the graduation rehearsal on Friday, June 10, from 8:30 – 11:15 AM, report to SqHS Gym. Please plan accordingly to ensure that you attend the required rehearsal.

Anyone attending our graduation ceremony will need to have a ticket to get in, regardless of age. Tickets must be presented at the gate upon arrival.

Every senior will be offered up to six graduation tickets and have the ability to request two additional tickets for possibly receiving eight. If you do not require all six tickets, please leave your extra for other seniors who need more. Please inform the ASB office, during the week of June 6th – June 10th, how many tickets you will use/need.

Tickets will be distributed to seniors once they turn in their senior clearance form during final week of school. Unfortunately, we may not be able to fulfill all additional ticket requests. We are not able to replace lost tickets, so please take care of your tickets. In addition, the ceremonies will be livestreamed.

Parking will be available in the Civic Field parking lot. Since we are sharing the facility with other high schools, parking may be limited. Please try to limit the number of vehicles per family, if possible. Graduates are encouraged to ride the school bus transportation provided with their fellow seniors to and from graduation. Having graduates arrive all together was a meaningful kickoff to the ceremony last year, and we are hoping to replicate the magic this year. We will share more information about riding the bus as graduation gets closer.

Graduation is a time-honored tradition where family, friends, and stakeholders in your life gather to celebrate this special day, honoring the multiple years of hard-work, personal growth, and determination. To uphold the values and traditions of our graduation celebration, we ask seniors to present themselves in a mature, respectful, and professional manner. Therefore, we ask our students to wear proper attire from head to toe.

Graduates are allowed to decorate their cap. Please ensure that the cap is appropriate and follows our school dress code policy. If the cap is found to be inappropriate on graduation day, graduates will be provided a blank cap to wear for the ceremony. Balloons, noisemakers, streamers, signs, or selfies on the field are not permitted.

Please refer to the 2022 Graduation Schedule of Events below for more dates and times relating to senior activities and graduation. Let us know if you have any questions, we are here to help make this as smooth as possible for you and your family.

I want to personally thank you for making our last four years at Squalicum High School rewarding. You are an incredible group of talented and compassionate students. Each one of you have brought unique gifts to our school community; you have helped to mold our school culture and values for generations to come. I hope that your memories of Squalicum will be forever cherished.


Miguel Perez

Class of 2022 End of Year Schedule of Events

Tuesday May 3 Announcements available to pick up at the ASB office

Thursday May 19 During Storm: announcements and cap and gown distribution in the front of the commons, announcements and caps and gowns will be available at the ASB window.

Saturday May 21 Prom | WCC Syre Center | 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Monday, June 6 Senior Checkout Forms distributed during Storm class

June 6 or 8 “A” day FINALS

June 7 or 9 “B” day FINALS

Tuesday, June 7 Senior Awards Ceremony | By Invitation | SqHS Library | 11:30 am–12:45 p.m.

Wednesday, June 8 Yearbook Distribution

Thursday, June 9 Last Day of school for seniors

Friday, June 10 MANDATORY Graduation rehearsal-SQHS Field | 8:30 - 11:00 a.m.

PTSA Senior Celebration w/ food truck | 11:15 - 1:00 p.m.
Senior Clearance Forms Due | 3:00 pm

Saturday, June 11 Seniors Report in the SqHS Gym |2:30 pm

4:00 p.m. Graduation Ceremony | Civic Field

Tuesday, June 14 Diploma Pick-Up

Counseling Office & Tutoring Info

Learn about senior year
Aprende sobre el ano senior
College Planning Nights

Learn more about local community and technical colleges and meet with local admissions representatives. Tuesdays on Zoom from 4-6pm through June (4/26, 5/3, 5/31, 6/7) Zoom ID: 820 7974 3295

Activities & Athletics

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Summer High School Athletics Opportunities

Eighth graders can join high school athletic workouts this summer in preparation for joining high school sports. Some teams start meeting as early as the week after school gets out. This is a great way for students to meet other incoming ninth graders at their school, as well as coaches and older teammates. Additionally, students love being outside and exercising.

To be fully cleared for any of our 2022-23 summer and/or school year activities, the first step each family needs to take is to update your student’s information and documents in FinalForms.

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One more week to view works from multiple Squalicum artists on display at Jansen Art Center in Lynden. The works on display are from the high schools in Whatcom County, displayed for a majority of the month of May. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Ceramics student artwork that will be on display is by Sara Saari, Andrew Curtlett, Nicole Kurtz, Amiya Grayson, and Tegan Blackburn. There will be artwork from drawing and painting students as well.

Please direct any questions regarding Athletics & Activities at Squalicum to:

Patrick Brown, Activities/Athletics Coordinator, (360) 676-6470 Ext. 6845


Pam Behee, Admin. Assistant Activities/Athletics, (360) 676-6845 Ext. 7634


Parent Reminders

Calendar updates

Does your student have a loaner computer at home?

Loaner computers are used for substitute teachers and students who forgot their assigned computer. They are intended to be used at school and returned at the end of the day. If your student has a loaner computer, please remind them to return it to the library as soon as possible.

Health & Safety

In light of some recent upticks in Covid cases around Whatcom county we wanted to review and remind families of the following.

  1. If you are sick, stay home. Masks are still optional.
  2. If you have symptoms, get tested. You can use a home rapid test or test at school. If your test is negative, you can stay at school, but it is recommended that you test again in 24 hours. The health department recommends serial testing if you are symptomatic and testing negative. That is testing every 24 hours over the course of 5 days. Omicron and its variants tend to set up shop in your throat first and it takes a couple days to achieve enough of a viral load in your nasal passages to trigger a positive test.
  3. If you have an exposure to someone who has tested positive for Covid, monitor your symptoms and test 3-5 days after your last exposure to that person, sooner if you develop symptoms. Consider wearing a mask for 5 days after you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for Covid. If you test positive for Covid you are contagious 2 days before your symptoms start, wearing a mask will benefit those around you should you become ill.
  4. If you test positive for Covid you will need to isolate for 5 days from the onset of symptoms OR test collection date if you do not have symptoms. You may return to work on day 6 if you are fever free and your symptoms are improving. You will need to wear a mask days 6-10. If you do not want to wear a mask you will need to have a negative Covid test after day 5 of your isolation to return.

Free COVID tests available: Keep our community healthy this Spring break and beyond

Testing before returning to school after Spring Break can help our community stay healthy. At-home rapid tests are available to families and staff on a weekly basis. Please come to our front office to pick up tests.

Testing continues to be available for staff and students at our schools and the Family Resource Center at Shuksan Middle School each school day from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The testing center will be closed over Spring Break.