Sehome High School Mariner Memo

Week of June 1 - 4, 2021

Principal's Letter

Dear Sehome Community,

I hope that each of you had a great Memorial Day weekend and found time to relax and be together with your family and friends.

I want to give a huge shout to the Sehome PTSA and all of the people who donated their time, money, and energy to the auction. We greatly appreciate all your support!

Below is a lot of information for seniors and their families. Please be sure to review.

We ask that all students and families look around their spaces for any textbooks, books, supplies, laptops, chargers, or other supplies from the last two years! We would love to get back anything you have. Students can return their items to school or they can be dropped off in the main office any day between 8 AM and 4 PM.

If you have any questions, concerns, or celebrations, please reach out.

Sonia Cole


Senior Updates

We have several different events in the coming weeks to celebrate our seniors.

- June 4th at 6:00 PM we have our senior award ceremony. Invitations were sent out to families of any senior who is getting an award. That evening at 8:00 PM, all seniors are invited to join us for Senior Movie Night where we will have an outdoor movie experience set up on the lower field. This event is for seniors only. Seniors will be able to leave whenever they want to, but will not be allowed re-entry after they leave.

- Please have your senior check with the library and Cathy Moran to see if they have any outstanding books or textbooks that need to be returned or fines that need to be paid. Now is a good time to start clearing those things up. All students will need to return their laptop as well.

- June 11th at 9:15 AM all seniors participating in the graduation ceremony need to be at graduation practice. Graduation practice will take place at Sehome on the lower field.

- Following graduation practice, senior parents will be putting on a senior celebration near the baseball field. There will be food and fun activities for seniors! It will be a great time for seniors to be together before the big event!


- Seniors need to arrive at Sehome High School by 2:45 pm in their cap and gown. We ask that all graduates wear comfortable shoes as they will be doing quite a bit of walking on uneven surfaces. Seniors will load the busses at 3 PM to be transported over to Civic Field. Busses are being used to maximize parking for families at Civic.

- All graduates will now get 4 tickets. This is a change from earlier. We are now able to have additional people due to updated guidance. Students will receive their tickets on June 11th.

- Gates at Civic Stadium will open at 3:00. The processional will start right at 4:00. We ask that everyone is seated by 3:55.

- The ceremony will end at approximately 5:00 PM. Graduates will then be loaded on the bus. Spectators will be released after graduates have cleared the field.

- Students will return to Sehome High School. They will get their yearbooks. Graduates will then leave campus to meet up with family and friends to continue the celebration.

- The ceremony will also be live-streamed. We will send out a link to the event so that seniors can share it with friends and family who are unable to attend.

- Masks and social distancing will be required for all graduates and spectators.

Graduation Cap Guidance

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Decorating your cap? Graduation caps will be reviewed/approved in the staging lines (at Civic) by our school staff.

Here are some good options for your cap:

  • Thank a parent, grandparent, family member, teacher, friend
  • Recognize the college, tech school, or apprenticeship attending next fall
  • Graduation year
  • Branch of the military
  • Cultural or traditional family symbols

Words and symbols must be consistent with our key strategies that create a safe and engaging learning environment.

Last day of school Friday, June 18

The last day of school for the 2020-21 school year is Friday, June 18.

  • Elementary schools dismiss at 1:30 p.m.
  • Middle schools dismiss at 2:30 p.m.
  • High schools dismiss at 12:30 p.m.

Please note for planning purposes: The last day of school for high school seniors is Friday, June 11. The first day of school is Sept. 1, 2021. The 2021-22 and 2022-23 school year calendars can be viewed on our calendars webpage.

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Graduation will be held at Civic Field on Saturday, June 12.

Each senior will be given 4 tickets for their family. The ceremony will be live-streamed and the link shared so that other family and friends can view the ceremony.

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Senior Exit Survey

Dear 2021 seniors and families,

Each spring, we survey our outgoing seniors to look back at their high school experiences and look forward at plans for the future. We use the survey data to help us better understand what works well for our high school students and what we could do better.

We realize that the seniors of the class of 2021 have experienced an incredibly unusual junior spring and senior year, and we are so proud of all of you for persevering. Seniors, please take a few minutes before June 10 and complete our survey.

The survey is confidential and the results will remain anonymous.

Thank you, class of 2021! We are thinking of you and cheering you on!

Esta es información sobre la educación de su hijo/a. Solicite traducción o interpretación gratis si necesita al 360-676-6456

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No Bus Loop Parking

Please do not use the bus loop to park, drop off, or stop. There is plenty of parking in the lot and you can use that loop to pick up or drop off your student. Please only use appropriate parking spots.

Thank you.

Reminder: Register now for fall 2021

Registration for fall 2021 is still open for kindergarten and all grades. Families can register students via this webpage. Registering now helps us hire staff, balance our classes, connect with families and ready our schools to welcome our students.

Registration is for students new to our district or who want to return after transferring to a school or program outside our district. You do not need to register current students; we automatically re-enroll them.

A special note about kindergarten: All children who will be 5 before Sept. 1, 2021 can be registered for kindergarten. We plan to start in-person learning at every school this fall with strong safety protocols in place.

To find out more about attendance areas, registration and childhood immunization schedules, please visit or contact our elementary schools directly. Feel free to let a friend or neighbor with a future kindergartner know the registration window is open and ready for them!

Daily Lunch Menu

Grab and Go lunches are available daily for free. Students can exit through the main doors and grab lunch on their way out.

Remember to Wear Your Mask at ALL Games Inside & Outside

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 We are looking forward to welcoming your student(s) back to Sehome!

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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

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.

Sign up to donate at

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!

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.

Check out more volunteer opportunities for teens at the Whatcom Volunteer Center website



Facebook: SehomeHighSchoolPTSA

Instagram: @sehomehsptsa

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.

Sehome Points of Contact

Sonia Cole, Principal:

Mike Couto, Assistant Principal: A - K

Bethany Barrett, Assistant Principal: L - Z

Kimberly Kirk, Dean of Students:

Jeff Smith, Counselor 9th Grade:

Amy Hjelt, Counselor A - G:

Hana Schutz, Counselor H - M:

John Vandermolen, Counselor N - Z: