March 2019

Message from the Principal

Greetings Mariner Families,

Last week was our first official full week in the new building and I still can’t stop smiling! We are so grateful to all of you for supporting this project; from supporting the bond to providing input on the design of the new school; this would not have been possible without the help and support of our community. Thank you!

One of the things that have grounded our transition to the new building has been our work with our core values that define who we are as Mariners: Respect, Integrity, Perseverance, and Inclusivity. Last week, our Leadership and ASB students hosted our 8th grade orientation and put our core values to work. The energy, enthusiasm, and welcoming environment was palpable. Our students were proud to host the incoming 8th graders, proud to showcase their new school, and happy to challenge one another to get to know each and every student here at high school. In the spirit of inclusivity, our mariners ensured that every student that entered our building; regardless of where they came from, entered and left as a future Mariner. As a principal, it gives me great pride to watch how our students have embraced these core values in their work with one another, with staff, and with our community!

This month kicks off registration for 2019-2020! All of our material and information can be found online under our counseling page:

Please work with your child to ensure that they select classes that interest them, fuel their passion, and are balanced. Having a balanced academic schedule helps maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s counselor.

Thank you for trusting us with your children, they are a gift and make our work fulfilling.

With much gratitude,


Course Registration for 2019-2020

Current 9th-11th grade students have been introduced to the registration materials for choosing classes for the 2019-2020 school year. Students have been asked to view the "how-to" registration video located on our Counseling Web Page: In addition to this video, students and families will be able to find the Course Catalog for 2019-2020. To help with selecting courses, students are encouraged to utilize the "Scheduling Worksheets" under the "Registration" link on the counseling page.

During the next few weeks, counselors will be meeting with students to review their course choices and help provide guidance for entering their requests online via our Skyward Student Access. Online course requests are due by Friday, March 15 at 3:30 PM. After that, students will need to see their counselor to add course requests or make any changes. If students have any questions about registering for classes, they may stop by the Counseling Office in Room 233A or email their counselor.


Yearbooks are available to order for $65 in the ASB office.

Annual Spring State Assessments

A reminder that some high school students will be taking state assessments this spring to measure English language arts (ELA), mathematics, and science proficiency. The ELA and Math assessments are part of the state graduation requirements. The WCAS Science test is recommended.

  • Smarter Balanced ELA and Math testing for students in grades 11 and 12 who have not yet met standard will occur between March 11 and 22.
  • Smarter Balanced ELA testing for students in grade 10 will occur April 11 through 24.
  • Smarter Balanced Math testing for students in grade 10 will occur May 21 through 31.
  • WCAS Science testing for students in grade 11 will occur May 28 through 31.
  • Students should confirm test times and locations with their English 201 teacher, Math teacher, Physics teacher, and/or Mr. Atkins.

As with any day of important learning, a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast are an essential part of every school day. We recommend parents and guardians talk to their child about their learning and school day and keep things in perspective (and not overemphasize the test).

Summer Opportunity Fair

Wed March 13th Summer Opportunity Fair during both lunches. Boys State, CIEE, WWU College Quest and WWU Summer Volunteer Coordinator, Assistance League with their Summer Opportunity Scholarship (worth up to $900)

AP Exam Registration

AP Exam Registration Forms are now available outside of the ASB Office. Deadline for registration is Friday, March 22nd. Students qualifying for free or reduced meals will have their test fees fully covered (please see Mrs. Moran in the ASB Office). AP exams will be held May 6-May 17.

College Planning Day

Monday, March 25th 8:30am-12:30pm (@ WWU) Grades 10-12 . Students will select four 30 min college presentations of their choice.

Spring Orchestra Concert

Tuesday, March 26

7:00 p.m.

Sehome Stage

Rotary Career Fair

Wednesday, March 27th (@ BTC) 8:30am-1:30pm. Grades 10-12 invited. Students chose three presentations from a list of various careers.