Sehome High School Mariner Memo

Week of June 14 - 18, 2021

Principal's Letter

Dear Sehome Community,

It is hard to believe that this is the last principal's letter for this school. What a wild and crazy ride this has been. We had an incredible time celebrating the class of 2021 last week. The senior tailgate and graduation were a great way to wrap up our time with this class. Below is the link to the professional pictures taken at graduation. They are free to download. The link to the video of graduation is also available below. A huge thank you to the PTSA and senior parents for making these such fun events.

Yearbooks are free for all students this year. 9th-11th grade students will get their yearbooks during Anchor on Monday and Tuesday. If students are not able to pick them up at that time or are working remotely, yearbooks will also be available for pickup in the ASB office daily from 8 AM - 4 PM.

For some of our beloved staff members, their time at Sehome has come to a close. I would like to give a huge thank you to the following staff members who are leaving after this school year:

- Jeff Allen, Head Custodian

- Matthew Boushey, Ed Tech TOSA

- Matthew Buckmaster, Long Term Sub in Math and English

- Monique Carpenter, Exceptional Ed Teacher

- Garrett Knoll, Science Teacher

- Kim Kuehnel, Exceptional Education Teacher

- Meghan Lever, Intervention Prevention Specialist

- Erin McEachern, Long Term Sub in Exceptional Education Department

- Cathy Romine, Administrative Assistant to the Principal

- Jessica Schlichting, Choir Teacher

- Liesl Vial, Exceptional Education Teacher

- Shuvaun Wolpers, School Psychologist

We wish you all the best on your next adventures and thank you so much for all your work!

This week we will collect any supplies, textbooks, library books, laptops, chargers, cases, etc. that you have around the house! Laptops and accessories will be returned at the end of the day on Friday. All other items should be returned as soon as possible. We appreciate you looking under beds, in backpacks, and around the house to find any of these items.

Friday is our last day of school. We will officially be done at 12:30 PM on Friday, June 12th. Grades will be posted in Skyward by June 24. Printed report cards will be mailed home after that date.

We do not know for sure what next school year will look like, but we do know that we will have students back for full days, 5 days a week. We will be back to the pre-pandemic ABAB schedule, rather than the 22-day rotation. Counselors are working on students' schedules, and they will be available for student viewing on Skyward in late August. Please know that our counselors take a summer break and will not be accessing their email or voicemail over the summer. If you have questions about your schedule, please know that they will get back to you on their return.

Our teachers' last day is June 18. They will not be accessing their email or voicemail over the summer. If you have questions that need to be addressed immediately, please reach out to the main office.

Our summer hours are posted below. Please note that our office will be completely closed July 12-23.

We hope that you all find time to rest and relax over the summer. Know that I deeply appreciate each one of you. It has truly taken a community to get us through this year.

If you have any questions, comments, reflections, or insights, please reach out!

Sonia Cole


Link to Sehome High School 2021 Graduation Photos

Free professional photos available for download by anyone interested. See a few of the photos available below. There is an individual photo of each graduate.

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2021 Graduation Ceremony

Last day of school Friday, June 18

The last day of school for the 2020-21 school year is Friday, June 18.

  • Elementary schools dismiss at 1:30 p.m.
  • Middle schools dismiss at 2:30 p.m.
  • High schools dismiss at 12:30 p.m.

Please note for planning purposes: The last day of school for high school seniors is Friday, June 11. The first day of school is Sept. 1, 2021. The 2021-22 and 2022-23 school year calendars can be viewed on our calendars webpage.

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Vaccine Clinic at Sehome High School June 18th

Appointment reminder / Recordatorio de cita (español está abajo) : you are scheduled to receive your second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, June 18 at Sehome High School. Your second dose appointment is at the same time as your first dose appointment. If that time does not work for you, please come anytime between 8:30 and noon.

If you are unable to come on June 18 for your second dose, you may schedule an appointment with any provider offering the Pfizer vaccine beginning June 10. DOH’s Vaccine Locator provides a searchable list of COVID vaccine providers by type.

Please bring:

1) Completed consent form (two pages). Everyone under 18 years of age must have this form signed by their parent or guardian to receive the vaccine. Printed copies are available at the front office of your school.

2) Your vaccination card you received at your first dose appointment.

Please come on time for your appointment (don’t come early as there isn’t enough waiting room.) And don’t forget: wear short sleeves for easy access to your arm.

Thank you for getting your second dose of the COVID vaccine. Please note that you will not be considered fully vaccinated until two weeks after your second dose. Read more about how to protect yourself and others when you have been fully vaccinated at the CDC website.

If you have questions or you need to cancel your appointment, please email Angie Ritchey or calling 360-676-6470 ext. 6533.

Recordatorio de cita: estas agendada(o) para recibir la segunda dosis de la vacuna COVID-19 de Pfizer el viernes 18 de junio en la escuela preparatoria Sehome. Tu cita para la segunda dosis es a la misma hora de la cita que tuviste para la primera dosis. Si esa hora no funciona para ti, por favor ven a cualquier ahora entre las 8:30 de la mañana y las 12:00 del mediodía.

Si no puedes venir el 18 de junio para tu segunda dosis, puedes agendar una cita con cualquier proveedor que ofrezca la vacuna de Pfizer comenzando el 10 de junio. La lista de ubicación de vacunas del Departamento de Salud provee una lista de los proveedores de la vacuna del COVID especificando el tipo de vacuna que ofrecen.

Por favor trae:

1) El formato de consentimiento completado (2 páginas). Todos los menores de 18 años deben tener este formato firmado por un padre o guardián para poder recibir la vacuna. La oficina de tu escuela tiene copias impresas disponibles.

2) La tarjeta de vacunación que recibiste en la cita de tu primera dosis.

Por favor llega a tiempo a tu cita (pero no llegues muy temprano porque no tenemos suficiente espacio dónde esperar.) Y no olvides: usar algo de manga corta para tener fácil acceso a tu brazo.

Muchas gracias por ponerte la segunda dosis de la vacuna del COVID. Por favor nota que no se te considera completamente vacunados sino hasta después de 2 semanas de haber recibido la segunda dosis. Lee más al respecto sobre cómo protegerte a ti misma(o) y a los demás cuando ha sido vacunado completamente en la página de la CDC.

Si tienes alguna pregunta o necesitas cancelar tu cita, por favor manda un correo electrónico a Angie Ritchey o llama al 360-676-6470 ext. 6533.

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No Bus Loop Parking

Please do not use the bus loop to park, drop off, or stop. There is plenty of parking in the lot and you can use that loop to pick up or drop off your student. Please only use appropriate parking spots.

Thank you.

Reminder: Register now for fall 2021

Registration for fall 2021 is still open for kindergarten and all grades. Families can register students via this webpage. Registering now helps us hire staff, balance our classes, connect with families and ready our schools to welcome our students.

Registration is for students new to our district or who want to return after transferring to a school or program outside our district. You do not need to register current students; we automatically re-enroll them.

A special note about kindergarten: All children who will be 5 before Sept. 1, 2021 can be registered for kindergarten. We plan to start in-person learning at every school this fall with strong safety protocols in place.

To find out more about attendance areas, registration and childhood immunization schedules, please visit or contact our elementary schools directly. Feel free to let a friend or neighbor with a future kindergartner know the registration window is open and ready for them!

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Summer 2021 Meal Boxes

This summer, Bellingham Public Schools will offer free, seven-day meal boxes to all children 0 to 18, as well as students in Community Transitions.

Please note: Meal boxes will not be distributed during the first week of summer break on Wednesday, June 23.

Meal box distribution will resume on Wednesday, June 30 and continue every Wednesday this summer through Aug. 18.

Boxes will be given out between 12 and 1:30 p.m. at the following locations:

Geneva Elementary School, 1401 Geneva Street

Happy Valley Elementary School, 1041 24th Street

Roosevelt Elementary School, 2900 Yew Street

Shuksan Middle School, 2717 Alderwood Avenue

Whatcom Middle School, 810 Halleck Street

Regency Park Apartment Complex, 2050 Fraser Street

Bakerview Mobile Park, 4015 Eliza Avenue

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Student Volunteer Opportunities

Community Service is the criteria for many scholarships and can build a resume with the skills and experience gained. Colleges and employers like to see students who are active in their community.

Love to walk dogs? Help a senior in your community!

Do you love to walk dogs? Interested in helping Seniors and people with disabilities in need in Whatcom County? We need dog walkers that are interested in helping out on a weekly basis. This is a no-contact volunteer opportunity open to all ages of volunteers. Sign up today at

Help a Senior with Yard care!!

Volunteer with the Chore program and help a senior with yard care! Just a couple of hours a month could be a huge source of support for someone in our community. Timing is flexible according to your schedule. Have a group or team who would like to help? Even better! Yard work is always more fund when it is shared! Sign up today at

Friendship Bracelets needed for Camp Korey!

Create friendship bracelets we can give to campers – both at camp, through the mail, or at hospitals! Check here for tutorials on some of the main types of friendship bracelets, or make your favorite style.

Sign up to donate at

Painted Rocks needed for Camp Korey

Find some small rocks and paint them for us to distribute throughout camp – this makes walking around the property more fun and exciting!

Bellingham Park Department Work Parties

These Saturday work parties are on-going. Check the link for dates and to register. Tools and gloves are supplied.

Check out more volunteer opportunities for teens at the Whatcom Volunteer Center website

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Thank you Sehome PTSA!

Sehome PTSA is the best. They are always supportive, volunteer whenever we need them and even brought the coffee shop to us! Help us thank them by joining the BEST PTSA!!

Snow cone-stained yearbooks, fun photo booth snaps, dunk-tanked teachers, and giant burritos: the Senior Celebration was a rousing success. Thanks to the Senior Celebration Planning Committee for all their work to make this a memorable event for the Class of 2021! In addition, thank you to the admin team for supporting the vision, and to those who donated money, time, energy, games, and supplies to make it happen. Sehome rocks!



Facebook: SehomeHighSchoolPTSA

Instagram: @sehomehsptsa

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: