Dear Sehome Community,

What a start to the year! We now have three school days that will need to be made up. Additional information about when that will be should be coming out from the district soon. The weather for this week is looking promising. We are hopeful that we can do a full week of full days of school. We had several students absent this week. All staff members have been asked to communicate with students and families about where to access assignments when students are out for extended periods of time. If you have not heard from them, please reach out.

We are anticipating an update to COVID guidance regarding quarantine and isolation soon. As a reminder, please remind your child to stay home when sick and if they are experiencing any symptoms once they are at school, please have them report to the main office. We have Rapid COVID tests available for students and staff. However, if a student is not feeling well, please just have them stay home rather than come to school to test.

As a reminder, we have no school next week Monday to celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The City of Bellingham is organizing a day of service work party. To read more about the event or to register for this event, click here. The Whatcom Human Rights Task Force is hosting Rev. Dr. King Human Rights Conference Workshops. For more information to register for this event, click here.

I hope that you have a great week and find joy in the small things. Thank you for all you do to support your child and our community.

Sonia Cole


Quote of the week:

"People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they have not communicated

with each other." -- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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The Promise Tomorrow Initiative is back! This is project–based learning at its best. Students will work in teams on projects that envision creative solutions to transition to a better world. Their projects will take multi-disciplinary approaches to innovate technologies, designs, or plans that forge connections in their communities to create positive change. Student collaborative groups will work across grades, meet weekly, and be supported by a volunteer and supervised by the coordinator.

Program registration is January 3-19. To learn more or to register please go to



The tutoring center offers help with most subjects taught at SHS…Contact the Learning Center and we will try to find you the help you need.

About the tutors:

They work with students 1:1 or in small groups in their content areas of expertise

· Answer questions on course content

· Aid in comprehension of course material, review, and test preparation

· Patient, dependable, and responsible when working with students

· Friendly, flexible, and sensitive to demands of high school students

Schedule a tutoring appointment

Visit the learning center website



Emergency and Weather Procedures

It’s that time of year to think about snow and our procedures and impact of weather-related school cancellations.

Depending on conditions (which could include snow, flooding, power outages, etc.), school could:

  • close for the day (in the case of widespread power outages),
  • open two hours late with regular bus routes or snow bus routes,
  • open on time with snow bus routes.

How can I get weather/emergency information?

Changes to the school schedule are usually announced by 6 a.m., and we use a variety of methods to keep families informed:

  • Sign up for alerts: To receive email, phone, and/or text alerts, set your communication preferences on the Skylert tab within Skyward Family Access. (Need help? go here for step-by-step directions or contact 360-676-6520.)
  • Tune to local media: 790 AM, 96.5 FM, 104.1 FM or Seattle media.
  • Check
  • Check @BhamSD on Twitter, @bellinghamschools on Facebook and @bellinghamschools on Instagram
  • Call 360-676-6400 for a recorded message.
  • Call 360-647-6815 for a message translated in Español, русский, tính từ and Punjabi.

Please familiarize yourself with our weather procedures at

How to find your snow bus route:



Local scholarships are rolling in! The Scholarship Bulletin is updated weekly. A link to the bulletin can be found on Sehome’s main web page, then click Families and then Scholarships. Scholarship deadlines are concrete! Check to see if the deadline is a postage date or when they expect to receive the scholarship. Not all scholarships are merit based and require a stellar GPA…some are based on academic interests, activities, or community service.

Bellingham Dollars for Scholars, our largest local scholarship is expected to go live later this month or early February.

Keep an eye on the bulletin where we will post when the website is ready to go. A representative from the scholarship will be available during lunch one day (DTBD) to help students with questions regarding the application.

A sampling of scholarships in the bulletin:

American Chemical Society- Senior (African American Hispanic, Latino or American Indian) intending to major in a chemistry related field. Up to $5,00 a year 3/1

Todd Curran Memorial Scholarship-Senior, 3.0 GPA, with sports activity and community service. Award value: $8,000 3/4

Ewing C. Kelly Scholarship award worth $2500 is based on academic achievement , community service and financial need 3/10

Professional Firefighters Memorial Scholarship- Senior, planning to enter Fire Fighting , Fire Science/Tech, Medical Sciences, Health or Emergency Medical fields. Tech college or 4 year . Up to $5,000 3/16


Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty at Washington State University are hosting a virtual event via Zoom to reach out to prospective students at Western Washington High Schools. The goals of the event are to introduce your students, or their parents to:

  1. What Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) careers look like in 2021!
  2. What Civil and Environmental Education looks like at WSU (we are both faculty in the department).
  3. Additional opportunities to engage with Civil and Environmental Engineering at WSU
    • Student Clubs
    • Undergraduate Research
    • Internships
    • National Competitions & More!
  1. Opportunity for prospective students and parents to engage with WSU CEE current students in our program.

Event Details:

When: January 13th, 2021, at 6:00 PM Pacific Time

Where: Zoom

email for zoom ID and Password





The Learning Center needs your help!

It’s a great sight to see the tables and chairs full of learners! However, it means we’re running low on snacks. We have enough snacks to get us through to Thanksgiving break, but after that it looks grim.

Here is a wishlist on Amazon that shares what snacks the students enjoy the most, but anything is great!

Thank you so much for your support!


AP Exams 2022 – Payment Information

Payments can either be made at the ASB Office with Cash/Check or Credit Card or online.

Payment for AP exams must be made between Oct. 12 – Apr. 2, 2022 online here.

  • Full payment fee = $43.50 per exam
  • Qualify to receive free/reduced lunch? If so, your fee = $0 per exam. You must submit a Low-Income Student Verification Form. (also available at the ASB Office)
  • Late registration fee (after 11/15/20) will incur an additional $40 charge.
  • Cancellation/Unused exam fee is $40.

For questions/assistance with payments please contact the ASB Office at (360) 676-4971 or e-mail

After School Meal Program


After-school dinner program free for all children 18 and under

Bellingham Public Schools serves hot dinner at no cost to all children 18 and under. These meals are offered from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday through June 16, 2022. Dinner is served in the Shuksan Middle School cafeteria, located at 2717 Alderwood Avenue (at the corner of Northwest and Alderwood). It does not matter what school you attend in the district.

Accompanying adults are charged $4.75 per meal — please bring cash or check. Please plan to eat onsite in the Shuksan cafeteria.

The daily Monday through Thursday dinner menu is listed on the school menu webpage by day after the lunch listing.

Please note: Dinner will not be served on school holidays or on the following all school early dismissal days: Nov. 4, Nov. 24, Dec. 9, Feb. 10, March 10 and April 28.

Programa gratuito de cenas después de la escuela para todos los niños de 18 años o menos

Las Escuelas Públicas de Bellingham sirven cenas calientes sin costo alguno a todos los niños de 18 años o menos. Las cenas se ofrecen de las 5 a las 6 de la tarde de lunes a jueves hasta el 16 de junio de 2022. La cena se sirve en la cafetería de la Escuela Secundaria Shuksan, ubicada en el 2717 de Alderwood Avenue (en la esquina de Northwest y Alderwood). No importa a qué escuela asista en el distrito.

A los adultos acompañantes se les cobrará $4.75 dólares por comida - sólo en efectivo o con cheque. Todas las comidas deben ser consumidas en la cafetería de Shuksan.

El menú diario de la cena se encuentra por día en la página de internet de los menús escolares después del listado del lonche o almuerzo.

Por favor, tenga en cuenta: La cena no se servirá en los días festivos de la escuela o en los siguientes días de salida temprana de la escuela: 4 de noviembre, 24 de noviembre, 9 de diciembre, 10 de febrero, 10 de marzo y 28 de abril.

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When a student requires medication at school, either prescription or over the counter (OTC), parents/guardians must return a completed medication authorization form with directions from a licensed health care provider (LHCP) to Sehome. One exception is that certain OTC medications that are self-administered do not require LHCP instructions, but they do require a parent/guardian to complete the medication authorization form. There is no situation that a student taking medications at school does not need a medication authorization on file.

The privilege of students self-caring their medications, whether prescription or OTC, requires students to take their medication as instructed on the authorization and being aware that they may not share their medications with anyone. Medications brought to school must be in the original prescription container or manufacturers labelled OTC container. Medication authorizations expire at the end of the current school year, or sooner as per LHCP instructions.

Link to Medication Authorization Form can be found here

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Sonia Cole, Principal:

Mike Couto, Assistant Principal: A - K

Bethany Barrett, Assistant Principal: L - Z

Colin Cushman, Athletics & Activities:

Amy Hjelt, Counselor A - D:

Jeff Smith, Counselor E-K:

Hana Schutz, Counselor L-Re:

John Vandermolen, Counselor Rh - Z: