Dear Sehome Community,

What an incredible start to the school. Our school community has great positive energy. Students are getting into the routine of school and are finding their classes with more and more ease. There is a lot of laughter and smiles in the building and it brings me so much joy.

Athletic competitions begin this week. To find the schedule for all athletic events, please visit It is not too late to sign up for fall sports. See Ms. Cerenzia in our athletics and activities office for more information.

Please save the date for our Family Open House that will take place on Wednesday, September 14 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM. This will be an opportunity to meet our staff and to have your child show you around to their classes.

We look forward to a great year together.

Sonia Cole


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Sehome High School staff will host our annual Open House for students and families to explore all we have to offer for the 2022-20023 school year. We encourage all students and their families/ guardians to attend. Open house evening is a great time for families or guardians to meet the staff and learn more about Sehome High School. More information will be coming out in the coming weeks.
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Picture Day will be Friday, September 9. Pictures can be ordered at LIFETOUCH use Picture Day ID EVT7Q4XRP to locate Sehome's picture group. Reach out to LIFETOUCH with any questions.


Sehome High School Senior Photos and Quotes Form - Class of 2023

Due October 31st!

Senior Photo Guidelines: click link below instructions to upload photo and quote

We want your senior photo to reflect your personality. That said, we do have a few policies in place to ensure the unity of the class section.

- a head-and-shoulders portrait where your face takes up about 1/3 of the width of the photo.

- taken straight-on, not at an angle; your face should be recognizable and visible, not hidden by makeup or accessories.

- a reasonably current image (no baby pictures)

- school-appropriate

- prop-free (this includes food, pets, musical instruments, friends, etc.)

We will request a replacement photo if yours does not meet these guidelines, OR we will use your ASB card photo instead

Senior Quote Guidelines:

We will not publish the following:

• Anything that is not commonly understandable/ is a hidden reference (acronyms, inside jokes, abbreviations)

• Shout outs about students or teachers

• Profanities, obscene, inappropriate, or offensive language

• References to inappropriate medium

• Anything inappropriate for school



• Ensure your quote is someone important to you: an author, movie, television, books, etc.

• We reserve the right to omit any quotes that do not fit our guidelines without notice. The spot under your picture will be left blank.

• Students are given ONE opportunity to submit a quote! NO RESUBMISSIONS!


If you have any questions, please contact the Sehome Yearbook Staff at

Climate Action Project Opportunity

RE Sources & North Cascades Institute are working together to offer the Youth for Environment and People (YEP!) program in Skagit and Whatcom counties. High school students from all four Bellingham high schools are invited to join the program and will meet after school at Options High School on Mondays to plan a climate action project in their community. Students will receive a $150 stipend at the end of the program for their participation.

Applications are due Wednesday Sept 19th. Students can find more information and the link to apply online on our website.



- Lourdes Aguliar, Band/Choir

- Kristin Dungan, Special Education

- Gwen Fetherolf, Counselor

- Jared Greenwood, PE

- Caden Mee, PE

- Lindsay Perwak, Multi-Lingual Learner Specialist

- Nick Viera, Social Studies


The new assignments are:

Amy Hjelt, Counselor A - D:

Gwen Fetherolf, Counselor E-K:

Hana Schutz, Counselor L-Re:

John Vandermolen, Counselor Rh - Z:

If you have any questions about your child, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's counselor.


We will not be issuing parking passes this year for our parking lot. Parking is first come first serve. There are times when we run out of spots- especially in the spring when we have new drivers. We ask that everyone only park in valid parking spots. Students, please leave the visitor spots open for visitors. If you are parked there, you will be asked to move to another spot.


Please do not use the bus loop to park, drop off, or stop. There is also no parking in the bus loop at any time. This includes after school hours.

Please use the main lot for drop off and pick up of your child. We ask that you pull all the way forward and do not park in the fire lane.


All Sehome students 9th - 12th grade can leave campus for lunch. If students have a difficult time returning to campus on time each day, off-campus privileges may be revoked for a period of time. We ask that all of our students are respectful to our neighbors and community by being respectful, picking up their trash, and leaving spaces better than when they find them. Please review your personal expectations for your child at lunchtime.


We encourage Sehomefamilies to complete the federal free and reduced price school meals application online. You can find this linked on the food services webpage. If you prefer a paper application, we have them in our office, or contact food services 360-676-6504.

New this year! families who qualify for reduced-price meals eat for free; the reduced-price co-pay has been eliminated.

For paying students, the cost of school breakfast is $1.75 and lunch is $3.25

Student status – whether free, reduced, or full-pay is confidential. All students enter an id code into a point of sale terminal and student status – whether free, reduced, or full-pay is confidential.

Meal accounts are used to pay for school meals; more information can be found on the food services webpage.

The Good Food Project includes scratch-cooking from the central kitchen, fresh salad bars, locally-sourced products, and a variety of options with broad appeal.

If you have any questions about the food services program or CEP, please visit the food services webpage, email or call 360-676-6504. School menus will be posted as we get closer to the first day of school.


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Resources for Students:

· Field Trips to local colleges and local employers and training centers
College Visits and local tours

· College Fair (fall at Sehome)

· Teen Job Fair! (spring at BHS)

· Résumé help

· Volunteer Opportunities

· Scholarships and financial aid

· Sumer camp opportunities

High School and Beyond Support!

Students sign up in the Career Center


Martha Zender
High School and Beyond Coordinator


We believe strongly in the benefit of regular school attendance to support academic achievement, connection, and graduation. Families should contact the office within 48 hours regarding a student's absence. An absence can be classified as excused if it is related to illness, health condition, medical appointment, family emergency, religious purposes, court-related, or directly related to a student's homeless status(Policy 3122). We commit to supporting students and families around consistent school attendance. We may partner with the Juvenile Court system if unexcused absences(truancy) begin to hinder the academic progress of students. We look forward to learning together with your student this year.

Under a new WA state law (HB1834) taking effect this month, students can use excused absences from school as needed for mental health reasons.

In supporting the mental and academic wellness of each student, we know that these two are often connected, and students who attend school regularly have improved levels of mental health and wellness. We recognize that students may need to take absences due to mental health needs. Multiple school absences can also lead to increased stress or anxiety related to missing school, classwork and decreased social connection. Students, parents/guardians and school staff can work together to develop additional support that assists the student in attending school regularly. Additional information regarding this new law and its implications will be coming out soon. If you have any questions, please reach out to your child's assistant principal- Mike Couto (last names A-K) or Bethany Barrett (last names L-Z).


Cameras are installed throughout the building's interior and exterior. We will continue to utilize this safety tool. Cameras are located at key points outside the building for exterior vandalism deterrent and protection, and in some common interior areas such as hallways. Cameras do not record audio, and they are not installed in classrooms, restrooms, locker rooms, or any places where we presume privacy. Recordings will only be available to authorized people. For more information, see Policy 6610.
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Fall Sports Information:

Football Practices start Wednesday, August 18.

All other Fall Sports start Monday, August 22.

Please contact the coaches listed below for additional details.

To register for Fall Sports:

Update your student’s information and documents in Final Forms.

1. Go to FinalForms, click on “Parent” and login.

· If you forgot your password, click “Forgot your password?”

· If you have never set up your FinalForms account, click “Never logged in?” then enter the main email address that we have on file for you in Skyward to resend the confirmation link. Then, use the link to set up the account and login.

Coach Contact for Fall Sports:

Fall Sports

Boys Tennis Tom Sloane

Coed Cross Country Kevin Ryan

Coed Dance Selena Arciniega-Storey

Coed Football Kevin Beason

Coed Cheer Beth Kealy

Girls Slow-Pitch Jim Emerson

Girls Soccer Emily Webster

Girls Swimming Don Helling

Girls Volleyball Clayton Sin

Fall Sailing Scott Wilson

Any questions, reach out to:

Kristin Cerenzia

Activities & Athletics Admin Asst

Colin Cushman

Athletic/Activities Coordinator

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New bus routes are available online at

Bus pick-up and drop-off times, as well as bus stops, have changed from last year.


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.


This school year, Bellingham Public Schools is launching a new communication platform called ParentSquare, an app-based, web-based system that enhances two-way communication. Find out more online at or look for the back-to-school checklist insert in the summer mailing.

We will be sending out an activation email and text soon to all families. Download the ParentSquare app now!

Sehome Library Updates


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Sehome PTSA

Sehome Points of Contact

Sonia Cole, Principal:

Mike Couto, Assistant Principal: A - K

Bethany Barrett, Assistant Principal: L - Z

Colin Cushman, Athletics & Activities:

Amy Hjelt, Counselor A - D:

Gwen Fetherolf, Counselor E-K:

Hana Schutz, Counselor L-Re:

John Vandermolen, Counselor Rh - Z: