Message from Michelle Kuss-Cybula

I wanted to take a few minutes to express my sincere gratitude for allowing me the opportunity to work with your children over the past four years as the principal of Sehome High School.

As I shared with my seniors on Saturday, education is arguably one of the toughest professions in the world. It may not be the most physical, most mentally challenging, or even most financially rewarding but understand that it’s the individual students that come and go in our lives that have the deepest and most profound impact on us. Their challenges, successes, and everything in-between touch our hearts indefinitely.

Your children have left a profound impact on me as an educator, principal, and community member. My heart has been filled with love, hope, pride, laughter, and joy in my work with your children.

Although I will be adorning yellow and maroon in my next chapter in life as the superintendent of Cle Elum-Roslyn School District, green and gold with always be in my heart.

I will forever cherish my memories here at Sehome and wish you and your family many years of happiness.


Note from Marty Atkins

Dear Sehome Community.

I write to say Thank you. This was a challenging week for me as I say goodbye to the Sehome community and an exciting week as I am looking forward to the new experiences at Squalicum. It has been my pleasure to serve as Assistant Principal for Sehome these past three years.

I am so grateful for the support, encouragement, direction, training, and patience that you have extended to me as I have learned this job. Thank you to the front office secretarial team for teaching me the technical side of this job. Thank you to the teachers for collaborating with me for the benefit of all students. Thank you to Peggy for your continued patience teaching me to be thorough and thoughtful. Thank you to Kim (and KJ) for working side-by-side to help students make great choices. Thank you to Mr. Couto for helping me to keep firm parameters for students while reminding me why we do this job. Thank you to Ms. Kuss-Cybula for years of patient coaching. And thanks to Mike and Michelle for the opportunity to work with such a high-functioning team. But mostly, thank you to the students and parents. You are the reason for our work. I believe in you and encourage you to be the best you can be. And students, remember, “make good Choices.”


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2019 Summer Food Program

Bellingham Public Schools will offer a summer food program for children during summer break 2019. Meals will be made available at no charge to children who are 18 years of age and younger.

Click here for the dates, times and locations for summer 2019

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Student Medications Reminder

If your student had medications at school this year, please remember to pick them up by Tuesday, June 25th. Office staff will not be available after this date. Thank you!


Please take note of the new MMR law that goes into effect July 2019. There will no longer be a personal/philosophical exemption for MMR.

Medications taken at school always need a medication authorization form filled out. This can be found on the district website or at Sehome. Emergency medications are needed by the first day of school, Aug. 28 2019.

If your student has a health plan in place, it will be mailed to you for review, doctor’s orders if needed, and your signature and date. Please make sure to sign and date the last page, check the appropriate boxes, then return to Sehome main office.

Sehome’s school nurse, Alyssa Johnson, is available to meet after August 19 and can be reached at 360-201-8766 or

Wishing you all a safe and healthy summer!


June 17– 21: The District Office will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

June 21 – 28: Bellingham, Options, Sehome and Squalicum high school offices will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

June 24 – Aug. 9: The District Office will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and closed to the public on Fridays beginning June 28 through Aug. 9.

June 24 – Aug. 1: Summer school with varying start/end dates.

June 28 – Aug. 13: Elementary and middle school offices will be closed to the public for the summer.

July 1 – Aug. 2: High school offices will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and closed on Friday. Starting the week of Aug. 5, high school offices will be open every day, but still on summer hours (8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.) until all secretaries return. Starting Aug. 12, high school offices are open 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

July 8 – Aug. 13: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday new elementary and middle school families can register their children at the District Office. High school families can pick up registration materials at their school.

Aug. 6: Elementary and middle school secretaries and middle school and high school registrars back in schools.

Aug. 12: The District Office returns to regular hours, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Aug. 14: Elementary and middle schools open to the public. Office hours for the public are 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. until school starts.

Aug. 28: First day of school for grades 1 through 12.

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Watch your mailbox this summer for a “2019-20 Student Information Update Form”. Forms will be mailed to the primary home address for you to review family contact information, such as home & mailing address, phone numbers, email addresses and emergency contact information. Please return this form to Sehome’s main office by September 4, 2019.

Moving this summer? If your student will NOT be returning to Sehome this fall, please contact the Sehome Registrar as soon as possible to withdraw your student. The Registrar can be reached at 360-676-6470, ext. 5205.



Bellingham, Washington – June 11, 2019 – High school students can explore healthcare career options during “Scrubs Camp,” a free one-day workshop on June 26 at Bellingham Technical College. Through hands-on activities with professionals, participants will learn about careers in nursing, emergency medicine, radiologic technology, surgery technology, and veterinary technology.

The camp is designed for 9th- 12th graders to encourage students to consider pursuing a career in healthcare. One of the most pressing issues facing the local and national healthcare industry today is the critical need for healthcare providers. In the coming years, thousands of additional healthcare workers will be needed in Washington State.

Lunch is provided and parents are welcome to attend. The camp will run 8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Pre-registration for the camp is required.

To register, visit:

How to Find BTC:

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On July 19th Bellingham High School will be transformed into a center for providing goods and services to those experiencing homelessness. This is sometimes the best connection point for critical services for these members of our community including medical/dental services, ID renewal, provision of tents and sleeping bags and much more.

Ways you can get involved:

  1. Volunteer with a group of friends to help with event set up – Learn more:
  2. Volunteer the day of the event:
  3. Donate - we are experiencing a budget shortfall this year and would appreciate any support community members are able to provide to help make this a successful event:


The Association of Washington Generals is now accepting applications for the Compassion 2020 program!

Compassion 2020 is a statewide program that will give a select group of high school students the life-changing experience of traveling to Dharamsala, India as “Compassion Scholars” with a distinguished delegation from Washington State to meet the Dalai Lama. Following the trip, the Compassion Scholars will take on personal projects with support from the AWG aimed at inspiring compassion in their communities.

The program is open to eligible high school students who are motivated to inspire compassion in their communities, develop their leadership skills, and learn about new cultures. Up to 5 students will be selected to participate in the Compassion 2020 delegation, with all airfare and lodging expenses sponsored by the Association of Washington Generals. Students will be selected based on the thoughtfulness and thoroughness of their responses to the application essay questions and the strength of their character references.

All eligible high school students in Washington for school year 2019-2020 are welcome to apply online. Applications are due this summer by July 31st.

We urge you to share this information with high school students in your community who are interested in personal development and promoting compassion. For more information about Compassion 2020, please visit the Association of Washington Generals website. If you have additional questions, please feel free to email or call (360) 786-7700.

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Birger Solberg Memorial Golf Tournament (for Sehome Football)

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Wednesday August 21st

Sehome High School






We are excited to start our third year of the Mariner Mentor program. The following dates and times are a friendly reminder of our training and orientation days.

The following dates and times are MANDATORY.

Tuesday August 20th Mentor Training time : 10am-3pm

Wednesday August 21st Freshman Orientation time: 10am-5pm (depending how Tuesday goes for set up and clean up)

Thanks for supporting your kids and the program!

Amy Brewster, Kevin Ryan, Megan Lever, and Jeff Smith


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2019 Fall Sports Clearance

At the Sehome High School Athletic Office

August 20th Clearance Time

Football 9-12 9:00 am

August 21st Clearance Time

Dance 10:00 am

Cheer 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

August 26th Clearance Time

Girls’ Swim 8:00 am

Volleyball 8:30 am

Cross Country 8:30 am

Boys Tennis 9:30 am

Girls Soccer 10:30 am

Starting August 28th


Girls’ SP Softball


Bellingham Sister Cities has 4 visiting students from Punta Arenas in January-March 2020! Please email for a Host Family Application for this awesome short term host stay experience! Bellingham Sister Cities would like to have host families decided by November 1st, 2019. Please contact me with any questions.