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Week of October 7 - 12


It was so fun to have so many of our parents, guardians, and families at our Back to School Open House. We have another REALLY exciting week ahead.

It is our first Homecoming in the new building. Our student leadership has worked hard to come up with new traditions that promote inclusivity and sustainability. In working with our students, it was clear that hall decorating was not something that we wanted to continue in the new space. We want to preserve the look of the building and also reduce our paper use. Our student leadership team proposed the idea of doing floats instead. Each class is given a wood platform truck to decorate. The class royalty will be riding on these floats during half-time of the football game on Friday. Students are using recycled and repurposed goods for their floats. We are looking forward to seeing what they can create!

As a staff, we continue to work on providing high instruction to all students in every classroom every day. Teachers are meeting with their supervisor to determine an area of focus for their instruction this school year and also writing their student growth goals. Our administration team has greatly enjoyed getting into classrooms and talking to students about what they are learning. It is incredible to watch what our students are learning and creating with the facilitation of our teachers.

Sonia Bell




Monday: Slumber Party

Tuesday: Mathletes vs Athletes

Wednesday: Beach Day

Thursday: Class Movie Theme Day

Friday: Green & Gold


Homecoming Assembly- Friday- Main Gym- 9:55 AM -10:45 AM

Tailgate- Friday- Bus Loop- 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Dance- Saturday- Commons- 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM


There are several athletic activities happening this week to celebrate homecoming. Click the link below for updated information.


Please park in the main parking lot and use the main entrance for all events. The east entrance to the building, near the gym, remains locked during these events. Thank you!
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For parents, students, and community members.

Come and learn about vaping from:

Meghan Lever- Prevention and Intervention Specialist
- Changes in students over the last few months
- Ways to support people who want to quit vaping and interventions to prevent people who have not started using
- Update on the vape devices and vapewear

Susan Auld- Neuroscience of Addiction Teacher
- Current research on vaping and effects vaping has on the body and brain

Graham Gribble- Health Teacher

- Review what is currently being taught in our Health and PE classes related to vaping

Hana Schutz- School Counselor
- Ways our counseling department is supporting students around vaping

Mike Couto- Assistant Principals
- How our administration is addressing vaping in schools
- Supports and consequences for students who are found in possession of a vape device or using

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Bellingham Public Schools will host Beyond the Birds and the Bees: Talking to Children about their Bodies, Sex and Relationships from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9 in the District Office Board Room, located at 1306 Dupont Street.

This event is geared for families with children in grades 5 to 12. School staff and health professional guests will share with parents and guardians what schools teach about puberty and human sexuality and will discuss how to talk to teens about bodily changes, responsibility and respect. The HIV/AIDS (human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome) curriculum will also be previewed on this same evening.

Families are the first and best teachers for children. Talking to children about building healthy relationships, healthy communication, and the role sex plays in healthy relationships is important for lifelong well-being. This evening will support families in having important conversations with their children about sex and relationships.

Please contact your school office if language interpretation services are needed.
For more information, contact the wellness program at 360-676-6470, ext. 6533.

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If your child needs a dress for homecoming, please contact Amy Brewster, our student success coordinator. She will help get an appointment at the YWCA and will help with transportation if necessary!

If you have extra homecoming or prom dresses hanging in your closet, please consider donating to the YWCA. Click here for more information about donating a dress.

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  • Sophomores will have the opportunity to take the Pre-ACT

If your child wants to opt-out of testing, please have them let their counselor know ASAP.

  • Juniors will have the opportunity to take the PSAT

If your child wants to opt-out of testing, please have them let their counselor know ASAP.

  • Freshmen and Seniors will choose from a variety of choice courses.
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Poverty is a reality for many students and families in our school district. But unless you've experienced poverty, it's difficult to truly understand.

Are you interested in gaining a better understanding of what it might feel like to live in poverty? Please join us for a “Poverty Simulation” on Thursday, November 7th, 6-8 pm at Sehome High School.

It’s an incredibly impactful event that gives us a better understanding of the challenges people face when working and struggling to pay bills. Each attendee is assigned the role of a family member and they must navigate various challenges throughout the workshop. This eye-opening event raises awareness about poverty-related issues in a way that inspires compassion and community action!

The Bellingham Schools Foundation is happily covering all costs to partner with Whatcom Dream to make this a FREE event for all. Click here to reserve your spot

Attention Skiers and Snowboarders

The annual Winter Ride mandatory sign up meeting will be held in the Kulshan Middle School Commons on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15th FROM 6:30 - 8:30PM. Your registration at the gathering will ensure your place on the bus headed to Mt. Baker for 8 glorious Saturday trips beginning JANUARY 4th. This meeting is MANDATORY to secure your spot.

See you there!p

How to Reserve a Tutor

To make a reservation with a tutor click here or follow the directions below:

  1. SHS Home Page / Students Tab /Learning Center
  2. Scroll down to “TUTOR SIGN UP”
  3. Select “This is my first time…”
  4. Select Tutoring Subjects, Subject, and tutor’s name or “any” (The system will assign tutor)…NEXT
  5. Calendar “highlighted dates are available”… choose time, one block is 30 minutes, 2 blocks for one hour…NEXT
  6. Provide personal information …NEXT


The student will receive a confirmation email…also, a second email with an “assigned username and password to reserve their appointments moving forward”


PTSA Volunteer Meet & Greet

The Sehome PTSA is considering different options for the spring fundraising event. We have had a long history of hosting successful auctions, but this year we are lacking an auction committee. PTSA would like to brainstorm with past and future volunteers to get some ideas on how to proceed. Are you interested in continuing the auction tradition? Do you have another idea for an event that will help us raise the funds to support our school? Would you like to meet up with other SHS families? We would love for you to join us Tuesday, October 22nd, at 7:00 pm at the Whole Foods food court. No pressure, we promise!

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Schedule

Monday: A Day

Tuesday: B Day

Wednesday: A Day

Thursday: B Day- Alternate Schedule (See below.)

Friday: A Day- Assembly Schedule (See below.)

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