I hope that everyone had a restful weekend. This is such an exciting time of year. The weather is getting warmer, the sun is shining, and leaves are back on the trees. The energy is also here in the school. Post season for Spring Athletics is fully underway. Students are being honored at senior events, Spring Fair, community awards, in being hired by companies such as Boeing and Amazon directly out of high school, by joining the military, by accepting college offers, and so much more.
So much is happening right now as we accelerate to the end of the school year. Seniors are going through a range of emotions as the reality of the major upcoming right of passage (graduation) is just three weeks away. It is a lot to process and some may be displaying behaviors that are in line with our understanding of senioritis. Other students may be acting out in ways that are not characteristic for them or that are hyper characteristic for them as they prepare to separate from the school system that has been a constant in most of their lives. Freshmen are experiencing the end of the high school year with all of the traditions, excitement, pressure, and emotion for the first time. This is such an exciting, happy, stressful time of year.
SBA Testing this week. Please see alternate bell schedules and testing schedule below.
Buses will run on a Normal schedule in the Mornings. Pick up times will not be adjusted for the testing schedule.
All 10th grade students and some 11th and 12th grade students will need to test. Information should have been sent home already if your student needs to test.
These tests are extremely important and are needed to graduate from High School.
Please work with your students to give them a good night's sleep the night before and a good healthy breakfast.
All 9th grade students must attend school as normal.
Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA - State Testing)
- Testing will be from 7:25 - 9:55 am
9th Grade Students and 12th grade students (not scheduled to test) who are failing classes must attend during testing.
May 23th Math PT/CAT (10th and 11th Graders)
May 24th ELA CAT (10th and 11th Graders)
May 25th ELA PT (10th and 11th Graders)
May 26th WCAS (11th Grade Only) - ELA/Math 10th make ups
May 31st PAC ALL DAY
June 1st PAC ALL DAY
With the stressors that come at the end of the year including the change in seasons, grades, testing, regular social issues, and more, please be vigilant on checking-in with your students and with each other. Sometimes, the smallest connection can save a life. Please see the information below about mental health awareness. I have included resources for both working with students and accessing support.
Please check-in with your student.
This Past weekend we had a number of successful events!
ASB and Project Management ran a highly successful Car Show and Spring Fair. We 90+ amazing cars, venders from throughout the community, and a really fun time.
Fastpitch took 2nd in Districts and set themselves up in a great spot as they began their State run. State will be Friday and Saturday in Lacey at the Regional Athletic Complex.
We had our first ever Women’s Tennis District Champion, Anna Bogatoa, and Chiara Giordoni finished in 7th. They will compete at the State tournament on Friday and Saturday, in Vancouver Washington at the Vancouver Tennis Center. And with a 1st and 7th place finish at the WCD/SWD tournament, Anna and Chiara secured the first District team championship for BL girls tennis. Joining Anna and Chiara at State will be our Boys Tennis doubles team comprised of Andrew Perdue and Sawyer Welfringer. They qualified for state during our Boys Tennis season in the fall.
Boys Golf finished 4th at the District tournament and qualified to compete at State as a team. Kohen Sauer, Matthew Davidson, Evan Riebli, Aden Wadey and Hudson Rogel will tee it up on May 23 & 24 in Olympia. We also had two of our Girls golfers qualify for state. Cameron Blood and Kennedy Kimball will also tee off on May 23 & 24 in Lacey.
Track and Field had a great district meet and qualified 9 athletes for the State meet. Cooper Wilson will complete in the 100m, 200m, 400m. Simon Swai in the 800m. Thomas Drenkel in Discus. Abby Wilson in 200m, 4x400 Relay. Iris Rogel in the 800m, 4x400 Relay, Latham West in the 1600m, 3200m, 4x400 Relay, Maya Skidmore in Pole Vault, 4x400 Relay, Jada Shipp in Shot Put, Tegan Holme in 4x400 Relay.
Spring/Summer Football and Boys Basketball get started on Tuesday May 30.
Summer Volleyball begins on Wednesday May 31
Summer Girls Basketball starts on June 5th.
New Intercom Entry Process
In the continued effort to increase safety across the district, all buildings now have their intercom entry systems fully installed. We now have the ability to buzz visitors into the building.
We ask that when you arrive to have your picture ID ready. The main office staff will ask for your name, the purpose of your visit and photo ID.
For Early Release or late Arrival: You can always send in a note with your student in the morning, or give us a call at 253-891-5700. We will have them ready for your arrival or get them right into class.
To the right is a picture of our front office doors and location of the intercom system.
Thank you for your support in helping to keep our campus safe!
- Notify the Counseling office of all scholarships received – These will be shared on Senior Awards night.
- Prom Tickets on Sale 5/8/2023
- On sale at the bookkeeper's office. EARLY PURCHASE = DISCOUNTED PRICE! Tickets are $44 with ASB & $49 w/o ASB, if purchased by May 23rd. Ticket prices go up to $49 w/ ASB & $54 w/o ASB after May 23rd.
- Last day to purchase tickets is June 1st. Once you pay the bookkeeper, your BLHS ID/ASB Card is your ticket. You must present your BLHS ID/ASB Card at the door for entry. All fines must be paid, both for the purchaser, and the purchasers’ date if buying a ticket for them.
- Graduation Tickets Available 5/17/2023
- Each graduating senior may pick up their eight(8) free graduation tickets from the bookkeeper. You MUST bring a form of photo ID to present when signing for your tickets. Each senior may purchase additional tickets (no limit) for $10.00 each. These will only be sold to the students, not parents or family members. All fines must be paid, to purchase additional tickets.
- Senior Awards Night - May 31st 6:00pm @ BLHS PAC
- Senior Prom 6/3/2023
- Washington State History Museum - Tacoma, WA. Doors open at 8:00PM & the dance ends at 11:00PM. NO admittance after 9:00PM. School attendance and behavior may impact your ability to attend Prom. Students must provide their school ID/ASB card to enter the dance
- Victory Tour 6/5/2023
- Seniors must wear their cap & gown to be on the tour. Do not wear your stoles. Times TBD.
- Heart of the Panther Awards 6/7/2023 7:00pm @ BLHS PAC
- Senior Sunset and Yearbook Distribution 6/8/2023 8:00-9:30pm @ Panther Field
- Field Day, Roll-Up Assembly, & Yearbook Distribution (9-11th Grade) 6/9/23
- Senior Breakfast 6/12/2023 Doors Open 7:30am, event 7:45-8:45am @ BLHS Gym
- Graduation Practice (MANDATORY) 6/12/2023 9:00-10:30am.
- Graduation practice is required. 9:00AM - 10:30AM in the BLHS Upper Gym. You do NOT need to bring your cap and gown. Students who do not attend this practice will not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremonies.
- Graduation 6/12/2023 @ Tacoma Dome 4:00pm
- All graduates must be at the Tacoma Dome at 2:45PM. Transportation is NOT provided. Graduates should be dressed in cap and gown. This is a formal ceremony: Students must use good taste in their choice of accessories and attire worn with their gown. Professional, interview-type attire, including shoes, must be worn. Graduation exercises are a celebration of the entire class of graduates, as opposed to recognition of individuals. Therefore, apparel that tends to focus attention on the individuality of a single student will not be allowed. Gowns must be fully zipped during the graduation ceremony. Cultural heritage adornment may be worn if pre-approved by the school administration.** Parents, please review these items with your senior.
- Graduation - Early Release
June 12th will be an early release day.
- Secondary: 12:20
- CWE, DVE, LRE, MLE, VFE: 1:10
- SELC: 1:20
- BLE, DEE, EHE, THE 1:45
- Secondary: 12:20
- Order your Cap & Gown, Custom Announcements, Class Rings, Senior Memorabilia, School Apparel.
Senior Night Information Presentations
FAFSA / Financial Aid
Cap and Gown Orders
The BLHS PPP is hosting a Safe and Sober Graduation night. Every year, students come back talking about how amazing this last night together was. Don't let your student miss out! Here is the registration link PPP Booster Safe and Sober Graduation Night
How to Report Inappropriate Instagram Posts
Thank you to everyone who has helped to address Social Media use at home and to report sites / posts that are inappropriate. In case you didn't see it in my previous family letter, a small number of students are creating Instagram pages where people can anonymously make statements that are disparaging about others. This was a trend with our freshmen when they were in Middle School last year and it primarily involves the same cohort of freshman students now. We are not alone in this trend. When I speak with Principals across the state, they are all experiencing similar issues. Thank you again for working together as a community to help our students feel safe.
Here is how you can help.
Please have conversations with your students about appropriate social media use. Use every tool at your disposal to monitor your student’s social media use when they are at home. When you see an inappropriate post of sites, please report it to the appropriate platform.
- Here are some directions for how to report inappropriate pages.
Do your best to capture screenshots or pictures of inappropriate posts and share them with your grade level administrator. In particular, posts that identify the author or have particular details that are identifiable are most helpful for us to address on a school level. Please know that the scope of our school’s jurisdiction is limited but we will look into each situation that we can.
Thank you for checking your student’s grades on Skyward. Students' grades are already improving. . As I said above, the first rounds of projects and assessments were added and it doesn’t take much to drastically affect grades for better or for worse. I have added directions for how to access “Family Access” in Skyward below. Also please continue to keep an eye on your student mental health. I have linked additional resources below.
Directions to log into Skyward/Family Access
- To Login: At the login screen, enter your login and password. If you do not receive a password, please call the Main Office (253)891-5700
- To Update your Information: When you login, you will be prompted to add your email address if the district does not have one on file. You may also change your password from this screen
- Student Information: All information can be accessed by clicking on the links on the left hand side of the screen
- Grade: If Family Access isn't showing your child's grades, click on the school drop down menu and choose the correct school
Date / Time / Event / Location
See Clubs and Activities Meeting Schedules - In the process of being updated.
See Sports Schedules
- Tuesday 5/23
Women’s and Men’s Golf State Tournament, Lacey and Olympia, 10am
- Wednesday 5/24
Women’s and Men’s Golf State Tournament, Lacey and Olympia, 10am
- Thursday 5/25
Women’s and Men’s Track & Field State Meet, Mt. Tahoma HS, 2pm
- Friday 5/26
Women’s and Men’s Track & Field State Meet, Mt. Tahoma HS, 10am
Softball State Tournament, Lacey Regional Athletic Complex 11am
Women’s and Men’s Tennis State Tournament, Vancouver 8am
- Saturday 5/27
Women’s and Men’s Track & Field State Meet, Mt. Tahoma HS 10am
Softball State Tournament, Lacey - Regional Athletic Complex 10am
Women’s and Men’s Tennis State Tournament, Vancouver 9am
Consistent Information and Links
Lockdowns and Reasons for them.
Lockdowns involve the school doing exactly that, locking down or securing the building.
There are a number of reasons why our school might go into lockdown, only one of them is an active shooter situation.
In a real lockdown, our primary objective is safety. It may not be possible to coordinate getting students for pick-up due to the reason for the lock down.
The school and district will share information as soon as we are able to.The primary goal is to keep our students and staff members safe. I want each of you to know that the drill is coming and it is a good opportunity to talk with your students.
- Our Parking Lots
- Be prepared for long lines for pick-up and drop off. Traffic can be tough so please plan ahead in your transportation plans.
- Please avoid parking in parking stalls when dropping your student off in the morning. Often the parking stalls are assigned to students. When someone is in their parking space they often get confused and park in another student’s space. It quickly becomes an issue. Thank you for understanding.
- As always please remember, if you “See Something, Say Something.” This mindset has already helped to keep our school safe and has helped to get support to students in need. To report, anonymously or otherwise, you can use the district’s Report It link. Another way to report concerns is through the BLHS’s Incident Report link found in every teacher’s Google Classroom. Also, you can always call the school if you have any questions.
Thank you all for helping to keep our Panthers safe!
Find links to the many services that our amazing Counselors provide.
Please keep your eyes open and take care of eachother. Below are some resources that may be helpful during this season.
Youth Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK OR 1-800-273-8255
GLBTQ hotline -1-866-4TREVOR OR 1-866-488- 7386
24 hour Crisis Line -1-866-4CRISIS OR 1-866-427-4747
BLHS Counseling Page and Resources
Get Information and Stay Connected
Bonney Lake High School Web Page : Daily Announcements, Clubs & Activities, Sports, Parking, Upcoming events, etc.
All of our previous Panther Updates are also available online
Please see the Connect with Us Page for links to the BLHS Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, and Remind 101 Links.
Class of 2023:
Text @blhs2023 to 81010
Class of 2024:
Text @blhs2024 to 81010
Class or 2025:
Text @blhs2025 to 81010
Class of 2026:
Text @blhs2026 to 81010
Teachers will have other information about their Google Classroom Information.
Get your Family Access Skyward Information to check grades, make payments, see student specific information, etc.
Get Students Connected
School / Parent Communication:
Roughly 95% of our communication home is electronic.
Please make sure your email address is correct in our system (Skyward) so you receive the communications we send out!
If you need to update your contact information, please contact the BLHS Main Office at 253-891-5700 to be connected to someone who can help you.
Letters we send out will also be available on the BLHS home page.
I plan to continue sending out regular “Panther Update” emails to families. These emails will contain upcoming events and important information.
Student attendance is a major factor in student learning and success in school.
Students who miss 10% (or more) of school are at high risk of failing courses and research shows they have a significantly decreased chance of graduating.
Please help your students by getting them to school every day!
If your student is going to miss school please contact our attendance office at 253-891-5860 within 48 hours of the absence. Late Arrivals must be cleared the same day.
Attending a medical appointment (Dr., Dentist, Orthodontist, Ect.) during school hours? Ask them to provide you with a note and your student can turn that in to clear their attendance and to check back in school
Please see the following link for SBLSD Bus Transportation Information
Find your school and bus stop: Use this tool to find your specific bus route information.
Please have your child at the bus stop 5 minutes before the scheduled bus arrival time.
Waivers: While a condition of waivers is that District transportation is not provided, we have made exceptions in the past if a bus is not full. This year, however, our buses will be full and we are unable to accommodate students on waivers. Families will need to provide their own transportation to and from school.
Bus passes: We are unable to allow students to ride a different bus when wanting to, for example, go home with a friend or be dropped off at a grandparent's house.
If you need assistance with the online bus stop search tool or have other transportation-related questions, please call the Transportation Department at (253) 891-6400.
Lunch / Food Service
Please see the Child Nutrition Link to see; the price of meals, the monthly menus, add money to your student’s account, and to sign-up for free and reduced lunches if needed.
Friday Backpack Program
In partnership with The Market, bags of food will be supplied to students who would like to take one home over the weekend.
Each bag contains: Two breakfast items, Two lunch items, Two dinner items (Non-perishable), drinks and snacks.
Please reach out to Ms. Rienzo to take advantage of this opportunity - firstname.lastname@example.org OR 253-891-5731
I hope you have found this information helpful.
Take Care of eachother Panthers
Principal - Bonney Lake High School