Sehome High School Mariner Memo
Week of April 19 - 23, 2021
Letter from the Principal
I hope that you have enjoyed the gorgeous spring weather. It has really been showing off for our season 2 athletics! We have been able to have the garage doors open and the windows open at school over the past week.
This week, Wednesdays will look different for all of our high school students. We will no longer be having asynchronous Wednesdays. We will be doing hybrid learning every Wednesday until the end of the school year. We will have live classes from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM- similar to the other days of the week.
We continue to follow the CDC guidance of maintaining 6 feet of distance, but in classrooms that have an additional need for seating, we are reducing the distance to at least 3 feet. Physical distancing will be maximized to the greatest extent possible. We will maintain a greater distance between students whenever possible and during activities when increased exhalation occurs, such as singing, shouting, band, sports, and exercise. We will continue to use the outdoors whenever possible.
Our students and staff have done an incredible job of properly wearing their masks every day and using proper handwashing techniques to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in our school.
When we initially opened for in-person hybrid learning, we had students with the last names A-K coming on Mondays and Tuesdays. Students with the last name L-Z were coming on Thursdays and Fridays. A few weeks ago, we provided an opportunity for any student who wanted to come four days a week to do so. We had many students and families take advantage of that. We are now at a place to say that students are welcome to attend in-person classes every day. If we reach a place where we cannot fit all students who want to come to in-person classes, we will go back to a cohort model with students with the last name A-K coming Mondays, Tuesdays, and every other Wednesday. Students with the last name L-Z would come on Thursdays and Fridays and the other Wednesday. As things continue to evolve and change, we will let you know if we need to return to cohorts. Until then, all students are welcome to add 5 days a week.
I was asked if students could continue with their current schedule- attending 2 days remote and 2 days in person. If that is what works best for your family, that is just fine. You do not need to change anything.
If students want to continue working fully remotely, that is fine too. You do not need to change anything.
If students want to come 5 days in person, we ask that you complete this form so that we can keep track of the number of students requesting to be in the building each day.
If you were previously approved to attend 4 days a week, there is nothing you need to do in order to come 5 days a week.
If you have any questions or need clarification, please reach out. I know that there is a lot of information to process and changing schedules at all levels. So if you have questions, please let me know. I am happy to call you to discuss further.
We are hoping to have the final information on graduation out to families this week. As a reminder, senior families can come in and pick up a yard sign to celebrate your senior. We have enough signs for each senior to have two. They are available in the main entrance Monday-Friday from 8 AM - 4 PM.
We are a month away from our PTSA auction. Information about the auction is below. If you have items you would like to donate or have any questions, please reach out to our fabulous PTSA at email@example.com. Our PTSA has been instrumental in funding class projects, field trips during non-COVID times, uniforms for our athletics and marching band, and providing supports for our teachers and staff. We are so thankful for their continued support!
Thank you so much for your support of Sehome High School during this crazy year. Know that we appreciate you keeping your kids home when they are sick or not feeling well. Thank you for encouraging them to continue to follow our health and safety procedures. It takes our entire community working together to make this happen.
Sehome High School
If your phone number, email address, or mailing address has changed, please contact the Sehome Registrar with your new information so we can update your records.
Updated School Schedule
Where To Go for Asynchronous Time at School
Students can be in the Commons, Library or individual classrooms working with teachers during Asynchronous time. Remember to sign in the same way as you would in class.
Please remain in a supervised area in the afternoons.
Please see the office staff if you need a loaner lock for the day. All skateboards will need to be stored in the rack.
Pandemic EBT 2.0 is now here!
If you haven't already done so, families are encouraged to apply for free and reduced priced meals, making them automatically eligible for P-EBT 2.0. This EBT program provides additional support during the pandemic. Go to bellinghamschools.org/food-services for the free and reduced price meal online application.
If you have questions about the free/reduced price meal application, call 360-676-6572. All questions related to the P-EBT should be directed to 833-518-0282
¡Ya está aquí el EBT de la Pandemia 2.0!
Para más apoyo durante la pandemia, invitamos a que las familias apliquen para el lonche reducido o gratuito si es que aún no lo han hecho para este ciclo escolar, haciéndolos elegibles para el P-EBT 2.0. Vaya a bellinghamschools.org/food-services para llenar el formato en línea de la aplicación de lonche reducido gratuito.
Para asistencia con la aplicación del lonche reducido o gratuito, por favor llame al 360-676-6456. Todas las preguntas sobre la elegibilidad para el P-EBT pueden ser dirigidas al centro de contacto de P-EBT al 833-518-0282.
AP Test Fee Update
Reduced costs for Advanced Placement (AP) tests
Over the past several years, we have worked to help reduce the fees for College Board Advanced Placement (AP) tests for our students and families.
For students who qualify for the free/reduced lunch program, the entire $95 fee is covered by a combined state and federal grant. Our district discounts test fees for all other students and families so they only pay $47.50, which is half the cost.
For spring testing this year, Bellingham Public Schools has received an additional Washington State AP subsidy grant, reducing the AP testing fee to $32 for all full pay students. If students and families have already paid the $47.50, they will receive a refund of $15.50 through their school ASB office.
Student Volunteer Opportunities
Community Service is the criteria for many scholarships and can build a resume with the skills and experience gained. Colleges and employers like to see students who are active in their community.
Love to walk dogs? Help a senior in your community!
Do you love to walk dogs? Interested in helping Seniors and people with disabilities in need in Whatcom County? We need dog walkers that are interested in helping out on a weekly basis. This is a no-contact volunteer opportunity open to all ages of volunteers. Sign up today at WhatcomVolunteer.org https://whatcomvolunteer.galaxydigital.com/need/detail/?need_id=560827
Help a Senior with Yard care!!
Volunteer with the Chore program and help a senior with yard care! Just a couple of hours a month could be a huge source of support for someone in our community. Timing is flexible according to your schedule. Have a group or team who would like to help? Even better! Yard work is always more fund when it is shared! Sign up today at
Friendship Bracelets needed for Camp Korey!
Create friendship bracelets we can give to campers – both at camp, through the mail, or at hospitals! Check here for tutorials on some of the main types of friendship bracelets, or make your favorite style. https://theneonteaparty.com/friendship-bracelets/
Sign up to donate at WhatcomVolunteer.org
Painted Rocks needed for Camp Korey
Find some small rocks and paint them for us to distribute throughout camp – this makes walking around the property more fun and exciting! https://whatcomvolunteer.galaxydigital.com/need/detail/?need_id=533298
Bellingham Park Department Work Parties
These Saturday work parties are on-going. Check the link for dates and to register. Tools and gloves are supplied. https://cob.org/gov/public/volunteer/parks-volunteer/volunteer-work-parties
Check out more volunteer opportunities for teens at the Whatcom Volunteer Center website
Medication at School
If your student requires medication at school please provide a complete Authorization for Medications at School. Students may self-carry some medications with physician, parent/guardian and school nurse approval. Any medication that a student brings with them to school, must have a medication authorization form complete and on file at school. If you have any questions about your student’s health needs while at school please contact your School Nurse, Alyssa Johnson at 360-201-8766 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking forward to welcoming your student(s) back to Sehome!
SHS PTSA needs ALL HANDS ON DECK!
Help us achieve our goal of raising $35,000 for Sehome High School.
- Donate raffle items, air miles, experiences, trips, or excursions!
- Become a sponsor.
- Spread the word!
Donations can be made by anyone. Ask your friends, family, and business associates. Let them know that all funds raised go back to the Sehome High School Community.
Please email email@example.com with questions or to inquire about sponsorship levels. To donate items, click here.
Multi-Language Message Line
Sehome Points of Contact
Sonia Cole, Principal: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Couto, Assistant Principal: A - K email@example.com
Bethany Barrett, Assistant Principal: L - Z firstname.lastname@example.org
Kimberly Kirk, Dean of Students: email@example.com
Jeff Smith, Counselor 9th Grade: firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Hjelt, Counselor A - G: email@example.com
Hana Schutz, Counselor H - M: firstname.lastname@example.org
John Vandermolen, Counselor N - Z: email@example.com