STANWOOD HIGH SCHOOL

FAMILY UPDATE FOR WEEK OF JANUARY 23, 2023

SHS VISION STATEMENT

Stanwood Spartans are united in cultivating character, modeling respect, teaching leadership and connecting to community.

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This is the final week of the first semester. The semester grades count towards graduation. Students need to get missing work in and take any remaining tests and quizzes this week.


The University of Washington basketball band visited our school this past week. They played alongside our band at a recent game (see below).

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JANUARY 23RD - RUNNING START, COLLEGE IN THE HIGH SCHOOL AND ADVANCED PLACEMENT INFORMATION NIGHT

Students and families are welcome to join us Monday, January 23rd, from 6-7:00pm in the SHS PAC, where we will have reps from Skagit Valley College, Everett Community College and the ORCA program providing information regarding Running Start, College in the High School and AP Classes.

JANUARY 24TH - MATH NIGHT

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JANUARY 27TH - ADVISORY

We will have advisory on Friday, January 27th from 9:28 - 10:00 a.m.

JANUARY 27TH - LAST DAY OF THE SEMESTER

The first semester ends on Friday, January 27th. The semester grades count toward graduation. Students need 24 credits to graduate from high school. Here are some additional supports we have in place this month to help struggling students.


  1. Math & Science Night - Tuesday January 24, 2:30 – 4:00 PM, SHS Commons, Pizza provided!
  2. Lunch time focus - Student tutors will be available during both lunches in the library to provide Math help on 1/26.


Please encourage your student to speak with their teachers and counselors if they are struggling.

REMINDER: YEARBOOK SALES

The last day to purchase a yearbook is January 31st. Cost $70. You can purchase them at the high school main office from 7-2:45, M-F with cash or check. You can also purchase a yearbook online with a credit card.

REMINDER: HELP US FIND THE NEXT STANWOOD HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

We have started the search for the next Stanwood High principal — and you can help.


After 17 years as principal at Stanwood High School, Christine Del Pozo will transition to the role of Executive Director of Human Resources for Stanwood-Camano School District on July 1. Del Pozo replaces Maurene Stanton, who is retiring June 30 after 9 years as the Executive Director of Human Resources for the District.


Please take a minute to fill out THIS SURVEY to help shape the search for the next Stanwood High principal. Your input and feedback is crucial to driving this process.


A diverse team composed of more than 20 members of the community, staff, students, and the District Equity Team will be involved in candidate interviews later this month. The selection would be announced in the days after the interviews.


As part of the job changes and in a cost-neutral move, the district is also seeking a full-time District Athletic Director who will oversee both middle school athletics and the high school athletics programs. The current high school Athletic Director responsibilities will shift to this full-time position, allowing our current principals and assistant principals at high and middle schools to focus their efforts on our district’s strategic plans, goals, and strategies. We are grateful for the dedicated work of our assistant principals as they skillfully managed the increasingly demanding duties of two job titles.

FEBRUARY 6TH - CLASS FAIR

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We will be offering a class fair for the 2023-2024 school year on Monday, February 6th. This will take place in the evening in the commons area.


Students will be submitting their course requests for the 23-24 school year in late February. This class fair provides students and families an opportunity to talk with teachers about various courses we offer.

REMINDER: CALLING ALL STANWOOD HIGH & LINCOLN HILL HIGH STUDENTS!

We want your unique perspective and voice at the table to share what your school communities need and how we can better support students. This diverse group will form the inaugural Student-Superintendent Leadership Team.


Through this leadership team you will have the opportunity to work alongside Superintendent Dr. Rumbaugh and other district leaders to help shape the future of Stanwood-Camano schools. You will also develop your leadership, advocacy, and collaboration skills alongside a diverse community of peers. The team meets at the District office once a month.


The goal

Students working directly with the Superintendent, bringing the student voice to district level decision-making.


The work

Providing input on various topics including but not limited to school community, curriculum, school safety, social justice and opportunities for students.


The team

About 8-10 students from Stanwood High and about 4-6 students from Lincoln Hill High who represent and reflect the diversity of the district.


You can apply now for the Student-Superintendent Leadership Team using this form. Please spread the word to any and all who you think should consider joining this team. The deadline is January 24.


Apply HERE

REMINDER: SENIOR LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS PRESENTATION FROM SCAF

Seniors,

In case you missed the presentation on applying for the Stanwood-Camano Area Foundation Scholarships or need a refresher, here is the link to the video of the presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFptNirFQC8

Just a reminder, there are a lot of scholarship opportunities available for students pursuing almost all pathways after high school. Please take some time to visit the SCAF website to learn more: https://s-caf.org/high_school_scholarships

A reminder about Transcripts. Transcripts will be available in Mid February. We will let you know when you can begin requesting these.

REMINDER: NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR HIGHLY CAPABLE PROGRAM

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The nomination period is now open for Stanwood-Camano School District’s Highly Capable Program. The class is for exceptionally advanced learners in reading and math for students in grades K-12.

Read more about the Highly Capable Program HERE


Nomination packets are available from school building secretaries or can be downloaded HERE


The nominations are due by January 26.

REMINDER: COURSE REGISTRATION FOR 23-24 SCHOOL YEAR

We have moved up our typical timeline for students to submit course requests for the 2023-2024 school year.


Current SHS students will submit requests the week of February 20th. Incoming 9th grade students (current 8th grade students) will submit requests in early February.


More information will be coming along with our new course catalog.

REMINDER: HIGH SCHOOL & BEYOND PLAN REMINDER/UPDATE

The High School & Beyond Plan is a requirement for Graduation. The goal of this plan and process is to assist students in developing their goals or plans for after high school as well as plan to reach those goals during high school. Here are a couple of updates about this process:

Seniors:

The finished High School & Beyond Plan must be completed in Xello by March 31st. In general terms, seniors need to complete the 12th Grade Core Lessons listed on their Xello Profile. Once they have completed all of the lessons, including the Final HSBP lesson, they should email their counselor to let them know the plan is complete so they can check students off.

We highly recommend you having your profile as complete as possible. This will help when applying for schools and scholarships. Additionally, students can share this profile with people when asking for a letter of recommendation so the writer can include information in that letter. Students should make sure you list all of their activities, work experiences, key courses, athletics, volunteer experiences, and awards in the experiences section.
To access Xello, students should go to the Stanwood High School website and click on the Xello Button, then use your SCHOOL Google Account to log in. Or go to: https://auth.xello.world/Google/Student/bddee471-c87a-46ba-96cd-e46b9f14b539

and use their SCHOOL Google account to log in.



Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors:

As part of their High School & Beyond Plan, students must take a Career Interest & Aptitude survey. We are asking students to take the YouScience aptitude brain games. This inventory helps students identify their skills, abilities, and interests while linking them to potential careers and areas of study. Here are a video about the program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYkD6vTn97A

Students are working to complete YouScience during advisory, but may also work on it at home. We are asking them to complete this by January 31st, so they can utilize the information gained from this work to help in the selection of classes for next year. Please encourage your students to complete this wo

REMINDER: GET SCHOOL UPDATES VIA TEXT

The school district is adding text messaging capability to our school communication system, which currently uses phone calls and emails. The system will be configured to send text messages to cell phone numbers whose recipients have agreed to receive them.

Many of you already received a text from 67587 earlier this week requesting you to opt-in to receive important informational text messages from your child’s school. You simply need to Reply Y to confirm (messaging and data rates may apply).

Alternatively, you can text “Y” to 67587 to opt-in to receive texts. In the future, if a recipient’s cellphone number is changed or a new number added to our information system database, the new number will automatically be sent an opt-In message.
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ANNUAL ACTION PLAN

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Staff have been working on giving students more choice in their learning through the use of a variety of engagement strategies. We are also using the unstuck strategies below.


Staff will receive additional training on how to address racism and hate incidents on January 25th.

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For any students who are needing their transcript sent to a college/university, please follow this LINK for the transcript request procedure. Thank you!

ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT UPDATE

February 1 is "National Girls and Women in Sports Day". To celebrate, we are hosting a free Sports Clinic at SHS on January 30th! Stanwood-Camano students in grades 3-6 are invited try a few of our sports from 2:00-4:30pm. Sign up by clicking HERE!


The nomination period for the Stanwood Athletic Hall of Fame is open between January 1 - February 15th. The Hall of Fame celebrates our history by honoring past athletic Contributors, Coaches, Athletes and Teams. Nomination Form


Visit our website for more information and follow along with us on social media at @go_shsspartans. Click Here for helpful links related to Spartan Athletics!


HOME EVENTS THIS WEEK:

Tue. Jan. 24 - Boys Swim (3pm @ YMCA)

Tue. Jan. 24 - Boys Basketball (5:40/7:15)

Thu. Jan. 26 - Boys Swim (3pm @ YMCA) *Senior Night

Thu. Jan. 26 - Boys Wrestling (5:45/7:00) *Senior Night

Fri. Jan. 27 - Girls Basketball (5:40/7:15)


UPCOMING:

Wed. Feb. 1 - Spring sports signup opens

Mon. Feb. 27 - Spring Sports begin

Thu. June 1 - Senior Athletic Awards Night

REMINDER: LIBRARY INFORMATION

January Library Information

There are a lot of literary celebrations in the month of January, including Copyright Law Day, Poetry-at-Work Day, Book Publishers Day, National Handwriting Day, and Library Shelfie Day. Learn more about these significant dates in the January Library Newsletter! Be sure to check your Destiny account for library book due dates. You can self-renew books- check out the how-to-renew presentation or visit the Destiny Catalog here. The SHS Library website has tons of resources for all your academic needs as well as the Complete Research Toolkit - a website put together by your librarian, Ms. Byrum.

Friday Family Message for this week:


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NEW: BELL SCHEDULES FOR WEEK OF JANUARY 23RD

Monday - Regular Schedule


Tuesday - Regular Schedule


Wednesday - Late Start Schedule


Thursday - Regular Schedule


Friday - Advisory Schedule

REMINDER: COUNSELOR/ADMINISTRATOR BREAKDOWN

Do you have questions and are not sure who to contact? Here is the breakdown by counselor and administrator based on student last name.



Counseling:

Paige Watson A – Em

Maren Holzinger En - K

Tricia Tayon L - Rh

Emily Elde Ri - Z


Administrators:

Carolyn Coombs A – K

Tom Wilfong L - Z

Zach Ward - Attendance

REMINDER: SCHOOL CALENDAR

To review the school calendar, click on the link below.


Student Calendar 22-23

UPCOMING EVENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS:


January 23rd - Running Start, Advanced Placement, College In The High School informational night 6 - 7 p.m./PAC


January 27th - Advisory


January 27th - Last day of first semester


January 30th - No School/Teacher Grading Day


January 30th - National Girls and Women in Sports Day 2 - 4:30 p.m. (grades 3-6)


February 6th - Class Fair 5:30-6:30 p.m./Commons, Class of 2027 meeting 6:45 p.m./PAC


February 17th - 20th - No School

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DISTRICT NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

The Stanwood-Camano School District does not discriminate in employment, programs, or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the District's Title IX/Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Maurene Stanton (mstanton@stanwood.wednet.edu), or the Section 504/American Disabilities Act Coordinator, Robert Hascall (rhascall@stanwood.wednet.edu) Stanwood-Camano School District, 26920 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, WA 98292. Telephone: (360) 629-1200.


El Distrito Escolar de Stanwood-Camano School District no discrimina en sus programas o actividades por motivos de sexo, raza, credo, religión, color, origen nacional, edad, condición de veterano de guerra o grado militar, orientación sexual, expresión de género o identidad, discapacidad o uso de perro guía entrenado o animal de servicio, y ofrece igualdad de acceso a los Boy Scouts y a otros grupos de jóvenes especificados. El empleado mencionado a continuación ha sido designado para atender consultas y quejas de supuesta discriminación: Título IX / Oficial de Acción Afirmativa y Coordinador de Cumplimiento de Derechos Civiles, Maurene Stanton (mstanton@stanwood.wednet.edu), o la Sección 504 / Coordinador de la Ley de Discapacidades Estadounidenses, Robert Hascall (rhascall@stanwood.wednet.edu), Distrito Escolar Stanwood-Camano, 26920 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, WA 98292. Teléfono: (360) 629-1200.