Sehome High School Mariner Memo
Week of March 29 - April 2, 2021
Letter from the Principal
The B-day rotation of classes ends this Friday, April 2. We encourage all students to do their very best to finish this rotation strong! Attend office hours each day this week with your teachers to get help with any missing work. Spring Break is the week of April 5-9. When students return on April 12, we will begin our final A-day rotation. It is hard to believe that we only have one quarter left! Supply pick-up for the next rotation will be on Thursday (4/1) and Friday (4/2) of this week. The office is open from 8 AM - 4 PM daily for supply pick-up.
After reviewing our attendance for the last few weeks of in-person learning, it is evident that we have space to allow more students to come for in-person learning. If your child would like to come four days a week for in-person learning, please register using this form. They can start this week. If you prefer to wait until after spring break, that is fine too. We love having kids back in the building and want to keep opening things up until we have reached capacity.
Below you will find several updates for our families with senior students. We received new guidance from OSPI this week and continue to review the guidance to make plans for graduation. We look forward to celebrating our seniors in a big way this year. We are meeting with small groups of seniors to hear from them about their hopes and dreams for this event. Know that we want to include as many people as it is safe to do so. We will keep you updated as additional details about this big event are nailed down.
A huge congratulations to the cast and crew of Connect Disconnect is in order. They are semi-finalists in the Los Angeles Film Awards.
We hope that everyone has a great spring break. Find time to relax and do things that bring you joy and laughter.
Sehome High School
Spring Break April 5 - 9
After reviewing our attendance data over the last several weeks, at this time we have space available for students who would like to attend in-person learning 4 days a week.
Senior Celebrations Update
We want to update you regarding tentative dates and plans for graduation.
The last day of school for seniors will be Friday, June 11. Graduations will likely be during the weekend of June 11. The exact date and time for each school will be shared soon.
We are currently planning for possibilities for graduations and creating plans for limited in-person and/or virtual events. As you may know, the governor recently updated guidance about events here and the state Superintendent of Public Instruction and health officials guidance for Graduation and Commencement Ceremonies here. We also recognize that families may wish to begin making plans now, so we are sharing what we know for sure.
No matter what our ceremonies look like, there will be a live-streaming/video option for families and students who are not able to or choose not to attend in person.
Senior t-shirts have been ordered for each senior who requested them. A huge thank you to our Sehome PTSA for donating these for our students! They will be handed out at an event in April.
Senior Yard Signs:
Senior yard signs have been ordered through our district communications office. They will be provided to each family and handed out in April.
Cap and Gown Pick Up:
Cap and gowns will be provided for free for each graduate this year. We are looking to do a cap and gown pick-up event, likely on May 19.
All students will be provided with a free yearbook. They will be handed out the last week of school for seniors. If you have already paid for a yearbook, refunds will be mailed after Spring break.
Junior Parent Night
Please join the Sehome Counselors for a Junior Parent Night Webinar next Wednesday, March 31st at 6:30pm. We will focus on supporting your student through their senior year, ideas for helping with post-high school plans, and updates and trends on college admissions during this unique time. The Zoom link for the meeting was sent through Skyward Messenger on Monday, 3/29.
Supply Pick up April 1st and 2nd
Where To Go for Asynchronous Time at School
Students can be in the Commons, Library or individual classrooms working with teachers during Asynchronous time. Remember to sign in the same way as you would in class.
Please do not remain in hallways during this time.
Please see the office staff if you need a loaner lock for the day. All skateboards will need to be stored in the rack.
Pandemic EBT 2.0 is now here!
If you haven't already done so, families are encouraged to apply for free and reduced priced meals, making them automatically eligible for P-EBT 2.0. This EBT program provides additional support during the pandemic. Go to bellinghamschools.org/food-services for the free and reduced price meal online application.
If you have questions about the free/reduced price meal application, call 360-676-6572. All questions related to the P-EBT should be directed to 833-518-0282
¡Ya está aquí el EBT de la Pandemia 2.0!
Para más apoyo durante la pandemia, invitamos a que las familias apliquen para el lonche reducido o gratuito si es que aún no lo han hecho para este ciclo escolar, haciéndolos elegibles para el P-EBT 2.0. Vaya a bellinghamschools.org/food-services para llenar el formato en línea de la aplicación de lonche reducido gratuito.
Para asistencia con la aplicación del lonche reducido o gratuito, por favor llame al 360-676-6456. Todas las preguntas sobre la elegibilidad para el P-EBT pueden ser dirigidas al centro de contacto de P-EBT al 833-518-0282.
We are hiring!
Now hiring for substitute paraeducators, food services staff, teachers, bus drivers, and more!
Bellingham Public Schools is hiring for part-time supervision paraeducators as well as other substitute paraeducator positions. Hours for the supervision para are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., four days a week — Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. This might be the perfect opportunity for someone looking for shorter hours on a school year schedule.
We also have openings for substitute teachers, bus drivers and food services staff for the remainder of the school year.
To view current vacancies and to apply online, go to bellinghamschools.org/jobs. If you have questions after visiting the website, please call (360) 398-5572 about substitute work and (360) 319-3999 about other positions.
Junior Parent Night
Junior parents and guardians: Please Save the Date for a Junior Parent Night on Wednesday, March 31st at 6:30pm. We will be hosting a webinar with a focus on supporting your student through their senior year, ideas for helping with post-high school plans, and updates and trends on college admissions during this unique time. A zoom link will be emailed to families prior to the event. Please reach out if you have any questions. Thank you!
The Sehome Counseling Team
Is your student looking for ways to volunteer?
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 WhatcomVolunteer.org https://whatcomvolunteer.galaxydigital.com/need/detail/?need_id=560827
Help a Senior with Yard care!!
Volunteer with the Chore program and help a senior with yard care! Just a couple 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. https://theneonteaparty.com/friendship-bracelets/
Sign up to donate at WhatcomVolunteer.org
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! https://whatcomvolunteer.galaxydigital.com/need/detail/?need_id=533298
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. https://cob.org/gov/public/volunteer/parks-volunteer/volunteer-work-parties
Check out more volunteer opportunities for teens at the Whatcom Volunteer Center website
Seniors! Searching for your next step after high school, check out the degrees and programs available at these local colleges…Whatcom Community College, Bellingham Technical College, Skagit Valley College and Northwest Indian College.
Wednesday March 31st
10:30 – 12
Join the ZOOM meeting with break out sessions https://bellinghamschools.zoom.us/j/83662965565?pwd=Ky9CL3RPbS83MTNsa3lHK1J6bnF1QT09
Medication at School
If your student requires medication at school please provide a complete Authorization for Medications at School. Students may self-carry some medications with physician, parent/guardian and school nurse approval. Any medication that a student brings with them to school, must have a medication authorization form complete and on file at school. If you have any questions about your student’s health needs while at school please contact your School Nurse, Alyssa Johnson at 360-201-8766 or email@example.com. We are looking forward to welcoming your student(s) back to Sehome!
Multi-Language Message Line
Sehome Points of Contact
Sonia Cole, Principal: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Couto, Assistant Principal: A - K email@example.com
Bethany Barrett, Assistant Principal: L - Z firstname.lastname@example.org
Kimberly Kirk, Dean of Students: email@example.com
Jeff Smith, Counselor 9th Grade: firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Hjelt, Counselor A - G: email@example.com
Hana Schutz, Counselor H - M: firstname.lastname@example.org
John Vandermolen, Counselor N - Z: email@example.com