Squalicum High School
Storm Forecast for May 3-7
End of Year Information
End of Year Activities (device/texts/materials returned and collected)
Textbooks/supplies/class materials returned
- Outstanding texts and materials (Seniors dig out those textbooks from 9th grade! 😊
- Please feel free to begin turning those in now to the library.
- A Day (period 1-4) cycle texts/materials: Students can drop texts and outstanding materials off at the Library any time after May 13th.
- B Day (periods 5-8) cycle texts/materials: June 7th – June 18th
Device Collection (laptop, power cord, stylus, carrying case)
Return to Library or STORM teacher when you no longer need it for class.
End of the A-day cycle (periods 1-4)
- Friday, May 7 – all work due for A-day cycle except final activities.
- Tuesday, May 11 A-day Finals (recommendation periods 1 and 3)
- Wednesday, May 12 A-day Finals (recommendation periods 2 and 4)
- Thursday, May 13 A-day wrap-up
End of the B-day cycle (periods 5-8)
- Friday, June 11- All work turned for B-day cycle.
- Tuesday, June 15 B-day Finals (recommendation periods 5 and 7)
- Wednesday, June16 B-day Finals (recommendation periods 6 and 8)
- June 17th and 18th Wrap up for all B block
UPDATES FOR SENIORS
Watch this space for critical information over the next few weeks.
A-DAY CLASSES END MAY 13
All students will complete their A-day classes by May 13. Periods 1-4 will be wrapped up for the year and students will focus on periods 5-8 for the remainder of the year.
B-DAY FINALS FOR SENIORS
- Friday, June 4 – all work due for Seniors in B-day cycle except final activities
- Monday, June 7 – Seniors may turn in device if they don’t need it for classes
- Tuesday, June 8 – Seniors may turn in device if they don’t need it for classes
- Wednesday, June 9 – Senior Finals (recommendation periods 5 and 7)
- Thursday, June 10 – Senior Finals (recommendation periods 6 and 8)
- Friday, June 11 – Seniors are at graduation rehearsal all day and…
- 9:00 rehearsal
- Outdoor PTSA event at 10:00 – 11:00 AM
- Return devices and get signatures
- Bus for those who need it at 12:30
- Students testing in Adv. Placement. can leave their device at the end of the test.
- Friday June 11th - Last day for Seniors
- Saturday June 12th at 10 am- Ceremony
- Civic Field
- More information to plan and figure out- stay tuned for updates.
LAPTOPS AND OTHER SCHOOL ITEMS
Please return your laptops to your STORM teacher June 7-11 as soon as you are finished with your courses.
Please return all missing/overdue items (books, laptops, etc.) to avoid fines and to release your final transcript.
GRADUATION REHEARSAL JUNE 11 AT 9:00 am (TENTATIVE)
GRADUATION IS JUNE 12 AT 10:00
Last day of school for Seniors is Friday, June 11. This day will include graduation rehearsal tentatively scheduled for 9:00.
In-person graduation at Civic Field on Saturday, June 12 at 10:00 am (tentative)
Tickets will be available and the event will be live-streamed for those unable to attend in person. (It will also be recorded and will be available afterward.) More information to come.
Note: Plans may be adjusted if our phase designation or other guidance changes.
CAPS AND GOWNS
Wednesday, May 12 from 1:00 to 3:00
Seniors will pick up grad cap and gown and a yard sign in the upper parking lot. Then, we hope to have some fun events happening for seniors in the lower lot. Stay tuned for more information.
End of Year SENIOR FESTIVITIES
Curious to learn more about all the fun end of year festivities for our seniors? Please join us this Monday, May 10th, 7pm via Zoom. We have special guests from SQHS (Jason Bergman, Michelle Campbell, Steve Wiley and Aramis Johnson) to share what’s coming up and to answer any questions you might have. SQHS staff is working hard to celebrate each and every senior!
Change to AP Test Fees
Dear SQHS Students and Parents/Guardians,
We are excited that so many SQHS students have taken the challenge of taking an AP class. We have over 500 students registered for over 700 AP for 2020-2021. And great news, we are able to pay for ½ of the AP costs for every student again this year! NEW UPDATE: We also have received a grant this year to reduce the cost even more!
If your student is taking an Advanced Placement (AP) course, please read below:
- Full payment fee = $32 per exam
- Qualify to receive free/reduced lunch? If so, your fee = $0 per exam
- Cancellation/Unused exam fee, normally $40, waived ($0) for 2021
To pay for AP tests for the 2020-21 year:
Please click on the link https://wa-bellingham.intouchreceipting.com/ choose “Items At Student’s School” then click on AP Testing fees, click Buy next to the AP test you will be taking and click on checkout (upper right hand corner) and pay.
You can also mail a check made out to SQHS and send to SQHS Attn: Shawn Flaherty 3773 E McLeod Rd, Bellingham WA 98226 (please indicate which AP tests you wish to purchase in the memo)
If you have any questions about payments please contact Shawn.Flaherty@Bellinghamschools.org
All exams are scheduled for May and June. Teachers have communicated dates/times with the students. Students must tell their teacher if they choose to do their AP exam remotely at-home or on-site at school. Spanish, French, German, Physics 2 and Music Theory exams will be on-site only.
Katie Jones, SQHS AP Administrator
Leanna Bailey, SQHS AP Coordinator
Advanced Placement Test Schedule
Updates for students in Grade 9
Last week our Grade 9 counselor ran a webinar with students. It was an overview all the High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP) steps we've covered so far this year and then some news steps.
This would be a great to share with students to make sure they've completed each required part of their HSBP:
Come Play Ping Pong !
PEACE POETRY CONTEST
JOY Project Challenge starts Monday!
Take the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation’s
JOY Project Challenge
Monday, May 3rd
DAY ONE: FAMILY GRATITUDE!
A family is a group of people who dream, laugh, play and love together. They are the people in your life who want you in theirs, however that looks and feels.
Tuesday, May 4th
DAY TWO: STAFF APPRECIATION!
Who are the teachers that have made a significant difference in your life? Who are the staff that have supported you in large or small ways? There are SO MANY people who work to make our schools engaging, beautiful, healthy and safe spaces to learn.
Wednesday, May 5th
DAY THREE: DISCOVER ANIMALS & NATURE!
Animals are masters of finding JOY in the ordinary. They make us better humans by expanding our hearts. While nature never fails us − we receive far more than we seek when we explore and spend time outdoors.
Thursday, May 6th
DAY FOUR: CELEBRATE FRIENDS!
Friends are the people who make us smile brighter, laugh louder and live better. Real friendship is the combination of a million little things that add up to one big truth: friends are the bacon bits in the salad bowl of life.
Friday, May 7th
DAY FIVE: MAKE YOUR OWN JOY!
Do one thing today that brings YOU joy! You are awesome so how can you treat yourself with more kindness and respect today?
Monday, May 10th
DAY SIX: GET ACTIVE!
Moving our bodies makes us feel better in nearly every way. For many of us, we have been sitting a lot more than normal this last year – so it is time to get moving!
Tuesday, May 11th
DAY SEVEN: ART & MUSIC INSPIRES!
Music and art can lift spirits, heal hearts and speak truth. Do one thing today that sparks a greater appreciation for music or the arts.
Wednesday, May 12th
DAY EIGHT: EAT GOOD FOOD!
Food has the power to bring people together and transport us to other places. In Bellingham Public Schools, we are lucky to benefit from the Good Food Promise which aspires to provide students with real food, made with love.
Thursday, May 13th
DAY NINE: KINDNESS IS COOL!
In BPS, we believe that we can achieve more together than alone. We want every student to feel included, connected and able to make their unique contribution to their school community. Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese Zen monk, once said that “compassion is a verb.” When we act with kindness to help others become the greatest and truest versions of themselves, we also transform ourselves.
Friday May 14th
DAY TEN: JOY OF GIVING!
Giving is JOYFUL! It is a tangible act of love to share resources with others – in fact studies show you feel more abundance when you give things away. Donations to Bellingham Public Schools Foundation help fund a brighter future for students at every school.
Interested in Belingham Virtual Learning for next year? Read On....
A Message from the Department of Teaching and Learning
Dear BVL and BFPP families,
As we plan ahead for next year, it will help us to know what your plans are for your Bellingham Virtual Learning or Bellingham Family Partnership Program student(s).
Please take a few minutes by DATE to respond to this form [LINK] to share your plans for your child(ren) as well as thoughts and questions for next year. This will help us to plan for staffing and program needs. It is OK if you are not sure or are still considering what is best for your family—that is helpful information for us to have as well!
We look forward to continuing to serve all our students and families, whether in BVL, the BFPP or our neighborhood schools. Thank you again for taking the time to fill out the form [link] for each child you have in BVL or the BFPP.
Kate Baehr, elementary BVL coordinator and BFPP principal
Nikki Lockhart, middle school BVL coordinator
Nancy Barga, high school BVL coordinator
NEWSLETTER BLURB FOR SCHOOLS
Planning ahead for 2020-21: We expect that most families will return to our more typical in-person school next fall. However, if you are considering Bellingham Virtual Learning (BVL) or the Bellingham Family Partnership Program, please fill out this form [link] to show your interest. This will help our district plan for staffing and program needs.
OPPORTUNITY FOR CURRENT 10TH GRADERS
The HUB = student support
Click here to schedule an appointment with a tutor or drop in for general academic support.
Heidi Covington- Student Success Coordinator Heidi.email@example.com
Erin Neisinger- Class GEAR UP Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Cam Retherford- GEAR UP advocate email@example.com
Update from the Library
9th Grade Webinars
Please remind students to watch this if they missed us and join us again next week as we continue this lesson on Career Clusters.
Weekly Covid Updates
Please remember to do your part. Please remember to wear your mask, physically distance, wash your hands frequently, and stay home if you are sick. Please visit our site for more information.
Links to other supports
SQHS Counselors: https://squalicum.bellinghamschools.org/counseling/
District Help technicians: firstname.lastname@example.org
Resouces (meals, childcare, mental health and more) : https://bellinghamschools.org/resources/