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Week of February 10 - 14


Monday: B Day

Tuesday: A Day

Wednesday: B Day- Course Choice Fair during Anchor

Thursday: A Day- Course Choice Fair during Anchor

Friday: B Day

Principal's Message

We are off to a great start for this semester. Teachers posted final first semester grades on Friday, so report cards should be coming out soon. Students have started their new classes and are settling into the new routine of second semester.

It is hard to believe, but we start the process for requesting classes for next semester already this coming week! During Anchor this week, students will be given a significant amount of information and opportunity to learn about classes for the next school year. In their current classes, teachers will provide an overview and recommendations for what classes to take next in their content area. During Anchor, students will watch a video about how to select the courses they would like to take next year. They will also be able to pick 4 courses they would like to learn more about and can attend an information session during the Course Choice Fair on Wednesday and Thursday. The link below "Student Course Requests for Next School Year" provides a wealth of information about courses, pathways, and how to enter the requests into Skyward.

This process can be very overwhelming for our students and parents. There are LOTS of options. Our teachers, counselors, and administration are here to support you and your child. Counselors will be out in the halls answering questions before school and during lunch all week. Teachers will work with students to advise them on the next best course for their learning needs and post-secondary goals. Counselors will meet one on one with every student to review their course selections and ensure they are meeting their graduation requirements. You can also always send an email to your child's counselor (contact information at the bottom of this page) with specific questions.

The course selection over the next few weeks drives our master schedule and course offerings for the next school year. We look at the number of requests for each class and make decisions on which classes we have enough requests to run and which we need to collapse. We look at students requests and alternates to help us with this process. That is why getting course selections in and accurate is so important.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions, concerns, or celebrations! We are here to support you and your child.

Sonia Bell


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Student Course Requests for Next School Year

Click here for additional information about Course Requests for the 2020-2021 school year.

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Yearbook Ad's

Hi Parents of Seniors!

Parent ads in the yearbook for seniors are due soon. Don’t forget to purchase a parent ad before we run out of space. The deadline to purchase an ad is February 21st. This is the last chance to reserve a spot in the 2020 Sehome Yearbook! This is a hard deadline as no additional submissions will be taken after Feb. 21 or until there are no more spaces available.

  • Quarter page: $80
  • Half page: $110
  • Whole page: $170

Also, do not forget to purchase your yearbook! You can reserve yours for $65 in the ASB office.

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Senior Scholarship Opportunities

Parents of Seniors- It is scholarship season! Please encourage your senior to check out the scholarship bulletin. Updates are being made weekly, sometimes twice, as so many are coming in.

The Whatcom Dollars for Scholars closes at the end of February as well as the Whatcom Community College Foundation.

Look for the BASE Scholarship and Sehome Staff to go live at the end of the month.

For more all of our scholarship resources check out the Sehome scholarship page

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Career Center News Winter 2020

If your student is interested in what a technical college is like we will be taking students to the BTC Try a Trade on March 3rd. Students will work in the classroom labs alongside current BTC students to complete hands-on activities. Early registration can help guarantee that they get first choice of the programs. Sign up in the Career Center for this free event.

A Scholarship Opportunity for Juniors!

The Masonic Educational Council annually recognizes outstanding members of the Junior Class at each Whatcom County public high school. Any junior may enter the competition by completing the on-line application.

The top five boys and top five girls from each high school will be chosen to attend the awards program, along with their families, in April. Scholarships of $600 will be awarded to the top student at each high school and $1,500 to the top boy and top girl in Whatcom County. The deadline for the application is early March 9th.

College Bound Student Support and 9th Grade Repledge

The College Bound Scholarship was established in 2007 to provide state-funded financial aid to low-income students who may not consider college due to the cost. Students completed the application during 7th or 8th grade. (For more information regarding the scholarship:
We have been collaborating with Futures NW again this year to give our Sehome College Bound Students extra support. Bianca Leon, WWU Senior, is at Sehome 2-3 days a week and has been helping seniors with FASFA/WASFA and other college-related questions.
Friday, February 7th we will be celebrating with the 9th graders during Anchor with a Repledge event. They will be reminded about the scholarship, how to remain eligible and how to get support at Sehome. All the College Bound 9th graders will receive an invitation.

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School Levies Fact Sheets

The special election for our levies is coming up and ballots are due on Feb. 11. District families have received levy fact information via email. Fore more information, please follow this link.

Transfer Process

Below are frequently asked questions regarding our transfer process. Bellingham Public Schools has 22 outstanding schools and a variety of special programs to meet the needs of our families and students. We are confident that our families, students and staff make strong connections and build meaningful community, regardless of which school they attend.

Whether you are transitioning into elementary, middle or high school or changing schools due to new attendance areas, we believe each transition can be a positive experience. Our district staff, principals and school staff are here to assist you to help meet your child’s needs.

Can you explain the transfer request process? What are the considerations?

Requests for in-district transfers can be submitted anytime, but priority is given to those received between Feb. 15 and March 1 for the following school year.

Fill out and submit this form electronically or print and submit to the main office of the school you are requesting to attend.

Factors we consider when making a decision about a transfer request include a financial, educational, safety or health condition affecting the student; proximity to a parent’s place of work or childcare; parent/guardian is a district employee and other special circumstances.

That said, our expectation is that families and students follow the plans as they are laid out for fall 2021 (middle school changes and some elementary) and fall 2022 (some elementary changes).

Are there any factors families should be aware of before requesting a transfer?

  • Requests are approved based on space and capacity.

  • Families are responsible for their own transportation for transferred students.

  • Transfer requests are reevaluated every year and placement is not guaranteed.

Because we need to evaluate enrollment numbers prior to accepting new transfers, we may not be able to provide a response to a request until right before, or even right after the start of the school year.

My child has a sibling who attended the school in our old attendance area. Does that help my chances of getting my transfer request approved?

We consider siblings currently enrolled at a school and want to keep siblings together. However, if older siblings no longer attend that school, it would not be a contributing factor for approval.

Sonia Bell


Sehome High School

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Safety Reporting and Tip Line

Students, parents or community members who have information, tips, or concerns regarding a safety issue in our schools are encouraged to text or call 844-310-9560 or visit for confidential, anonymous, two-way communication with our safety staff.

Multi-Language Message Line

Families whose first language is not English can leave a message on our multi-language message line at 360-647-6816. Families dial 2 for Russian, dial 3 for Vietnamese, dial 4 for Punjabi or dial 5 for any other language (say name of language at beginning of message). Please call 360-676-6456 for Spanish.
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Boys' Lacrosse

The boys’ lacrosse season starts March 2nd! Be sure to register your child in order to ensure eligibility.

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SHS PTSA has an auction coordinator on board, and we are looking to fill many committee positions. Whether you have participated in planning the auction in the past, or this is your student's first year at SHS, you are welcome to join us. We are looking for volunteers to help with marketing, solicitations/procurement, volunteer management, data management, and night-of-event coordination. In addition, we are in need of someone with graphic design experience.

Email us at if you have questions.

Are you a Member?

Have you joined SHS PTSA yet? It's not too late! Membership is open to EVERYONE! Sehome families, teachers, staff, students, and community members are welcome to join.

Membership forms are available in the office, or online by clicking here.

We exist to support the Sehome High School community. To find out more about PTSA, check out our website and Facebook page.

If you have question about joining PTSA, contact Else Sokol at


If you haven't already, please follow the Sehome High School PTSA on Facebook by clicking here. (link in case you need it: We would also love for you to check out our website! There is a wealth of information available on the site, including news, helpful links, membership forms, meeting dates, a FAQ page, and more! Go to

Sehome Points of Contact

Sonia Bell, Principal:

Mike Couto, Assistant Principal: A - K

Bethany Barrett, Assistant Principal: L - Z

Kimberly Kirk, Dean of Students:

Please contact the Assistant Principal or Counselor who is assigned to your student to resolve school issues.

Catherine Romine, Principal Admin Assistant:

Toni Ladner, Attendance Admin Assistant:

Heidi Schroyer, AP Testing Admin Assistant:

Janelle Larsen, Registrar:

Kendra Simpson, Counseling Admin Assistant:

Jeff Smith, Counselor 9th Grade:

Amy Hjelt, Counselor A - G:

Hana Schutz, Counselor H - M:

John Vandermolen, Counselor N - Z: