Squalicum High School
Storm Forecast for June 10-17
Message from Principal Perez
Hello STORM Nation, STORM Family and STORM Community,
Class of 2022!! You will be missed! We congratulate you and your families, job well done and good luck in your future endeavors. We are looking forward to a great graduation ceremony tomorrow.
Here is the Graduation Live Stream Link for those wishing to watch graduation online.
June 11th, 2022- Civic Stadium at 4 pm. Gates open at 3 pm.
For our 9th, 10th and 11th grade families…Happy last week of school!!!
2021-2022 is almost in the books and what a year it was. Through the performance and athletic seasons, we were able to observe and enjoy some remarkable performances. Through all of these opportunities, our students provided yet another phenomenal year representing SQHS both individually and as teams. I wonder if we will ever have the luxury to tout this many state performances and championships in one year. Congratulations to all of our clubs, activities, performing arts programs for the memorable and milestone performances, awards, and service projects. If you have not seen the art installation, we hope you are able to soon. We enjoyed safe, exciting, and fun dances, field trips, school speakers, assemblies, and lunch time activities. It was a year with many school upgrades, and we will continue to see more. The list goes on…we had may positives this year, let’s remember these positive memories.
Speaking of memories, dynasties are ending with several long-lasting teachers riding off into the sunset. Please join me in thinking the following phenomenon educators for their decades long service to our community and students.
June 11th – Graduation
June 13-16- Finals Schedule- see below.
June 16th – Laptop Collection- Student Drop off in STORM
June 17th – Last day of school is an early release
SQHS Finals Schedule June 13th-16th:
Monday, 6/13/22 6th period
Tuesday, 6/14/22 2nd period
Wednesday, 6/15/22 5th period
Thursday, 6/16/22 1st period
It took us all a while to get back into the swing of things and we look forward to building on this moment next fall. Everyone deserves a well resting summer.
Registration: New families can register their children online. Links to the new student online enrollment will be posted on the district website and assistance will be available at buildings that are open over the summer, including the District Office.
June 13 - 17: The District Office will have regular hours Monday through Friday.
June 27 – Aug. 4: Summer school with varying start/end dates.
June 20 – Aug. 12: District Office will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and closed to the public on Fridays. Staff can work with their supervisors to work four 10-hour days or a regular work week.
Summer Schedule for Bellingham, Options, Sehome and Squalicum High Schools:
- June 20 – June 24: High school offices will be open to the public from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- June 27 – July 8: High school offices will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and closed on Friday.
- July 11 – 22 High School offices closed. Options open for summer school only.
- July 25 – Aug. 5: High school offices will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and closed on Friday.
- Beginning Aug 8: High School offices will be open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
July 4: All district buildings closed in observance of fourth of July holiday.
Aug. 8: Middle school and high school registrars back in schools.
Aug. 15: The District Office returns to regular hours, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Aug. 29: 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. Back to School Event. District and school offices open at 10 a.m.
Aug. 30: First day of school for grades 1 through 12
Sept. 1: No early dismissal; full day for grades 1 through 12
A Message from Principal Miguel Perez
Dear Squalicum seniors and families,
You may have heard that not everyone who wanted a Squalicum High School yearbook has received one in the last few days, and unfortunately, we have run out of our surplus.
Yearbooks are now free as part of our district’s Project Free Education initiative. We had many unwanted yearbooks left over last June, and we decided to ask families and students to pre-order yearbooks this fall in an effort to eliminate waste. We made multiple requests and reminders via email and at school.
Best intentions aside, we are very sorry that some Squalicum students are without this important keepsake.
If you or your family pre-ordered last fall, we have your yearbook -- please have your child check with our ASB office.
We are going to be placing an additional order for yearbooks this week for those who missed our pre-ordering process. The 2021-22 yearbooks will be available this fall. Please fill out this form by 3 p.m. June 15 to order a yearbook.
Again, we apologize for the inconvenience, and we understand your frustration if you missed out on pre-ordering. We will look to refine our practices next year to prevent this happening again. In the meantime, please place an order right away.
Principal, Squalicum High School
City of Bellingham Parks & Rec and Bellingham Public Schools partner on summer athletic camps and activities
Bellingham Public Schools and the City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department are teaming up to offer a wide variety of fun athletic camps and activities this summer. In most cases, these are opportunities for students in grades 3 to 12.
These summer camps are an opportunity to connect with high school coaches and athletes. Camps run throughout the summer with a variety of start and end dates. Click here for a complete listing of BPS-related camps or go directly to the registration site and search for listings.
Please call 360-778-7000 with questions. Inquire about scholarships.
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.
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.
- If you are sick, stay home. Masks are still optional.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
BPS Tip Line
Call or Text 844-310-9660
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