Squalicum High School
February 7, 2020
Week of February 10 - 14
Monday, February 10 - B Day
Tuesday, February 11 - A Day
Wednesday, February 12 - B Day
Thursday, February 13 - A Day
Friday, February 14 - B Day
Helpful Quick Links
Hello Storm Families,
Second semester is up and running and I continue to feel so grateful to be part of this Storm Family. Students, staff, and families have been very welcoming and I’m proud to call this place home.
On Wednesday, February 12, students will have the opportunity to visit classes and teachers as students consider their schedule for next year. (I can’t believe it’s already time to start thinking about that.) We call this event our “Course Fair.”
In preparation for this "fair," during Storm class on Tuesday, students in grades 9, 10, and 11 will receive paperwork, forms, and information regarding their choices and will watch a registration video about the process. Then on Wednesday, they will get to travel to various locations to learn more about courses that they may be interested in taking. Please chat with your child later in the week about what they may be taking for next year’s classes.
If you are interested, here is a link to the course catalog: https://bellinghamschools.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2020HighSchoolCourseCatalog.pdf
First semester grades will be posted this week and will be mailed home. Please watch for them in your mailbox. As usual, if you have any questions, please reach out to the school counselor.
Finally, it’s time to start thinking about Graduation Requirements for students in grades 10, 11, and 12. Students in grades 11 and 12 will have the opportunity to meet their state requirements in Math and English/Language Arts by taking the Smarter Balance Assessment in March. Students in grade 10 will take their assessments in their English 201 and Math classes in April and May. More details will be coming regularly in the Forecast and through email.
Attention 9th grade families!
Who wants to celebrate first semester being done and learn more about planning for your future? We are hosting a family event Tuesday Feb. 11th.
Bring your families for a delicious dinner and fun dialogue.
Shuksan Middle School
Free Childcare provided
AGENDA FOR BITE OF SUCCESS
February 11, 2020
5:30-6:00 Doors open for dinner
6:00-6:15 Welcome and keep getting food
6:15-6:45 Group/Table Talks
6:45-7:00 Closing activity
Big idea grant update
On Monday, January 27, the Lemon Club utilized part of our $1500 THINK BIG Club grant to visit the Ronald McDonald House in Seattle. We brought 10 amazing students to make and serve lunch to over 70 families that are dealing with serious childhood illnesses. We also spent time playing games and making tie-off blankets with the young kiddos.
It was an AMAZING DAY! The students were extremely awesome with keeping everything sanitary and safe while cooking. It was even more outstanding to see them interacting with families and the young kids as they exemplified the Bellingham Promise through their kind, caring, and compassionate interactions with kids and families alike!
We are SO GRATEFUL for the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation for allowing us the opportunity to make this “big Idea” a reality!
We cannot wait to make another trip down to Seattle to do it all over again in the spring!!
The SQHS Lemon Club
AP Testing Fees & Yearbook
Our sincere apologies to anyone that tried to pay for AP tests online which probably ended up only in frustration. We were just informed that the link is no longer active and the district office has created a new link and process to pay for ASB items online at https://wa-bellingham.intouchreceipting.com/.
To help make the payment process easier, I have put fines on all the student accounts that are signed up for AP classes. Tests are ordered for every AP student so there is a charge regardless if your student chooses to take the test or not (however the district is paying ½ the cost of the $94 fee). If your student is on free/reduced lunches please have them stop by the ASB office to get a waiver form so they will not be charged for the tests.
To pay for the tests online please click on the link
https://wa-bellingham.intouchreceipting.com/ , follow the instructions, and choose pay fees/fines. There is a small fee to pay with a credit card so another option is to have your student bring cash or check directly to the ASB office at $47 per test. If you have any questions or problems with the new link please reach out to me and I will be happy to help.
Scholarship season is upon us!
Please continue to check the scholarship bulletin on the school website, we are updating weekly! Pay special attention to:
- Whatcom Dollars for Scholars
- Whatcom Community College Foundation application open Jan. 16 – Feb 20
- Washington State Opportunity Scholarship
Coming in February look for the Masonic Scholar Citizen Award
Deadline: 3/9/2020 Amount: $600-$1,500
Masonic Scholar Citizen Award
For JUNIORS: Academic achievement, community service, activities, GPA. Top students are selected (5 boys, 5 girls from each Whatcom Co high school), for letter awards . Top student from each high school will receive $600, top student from among the 9 Whatcom County high schools will receive $1,500. Awardees may have the opportunity to apply as a Senior for a state wide $2,000 scholarship.
Procedures: Complete application using the website link. web https://www.whatcommec.org
Assistance League of Bellingham
Qualifying camps for scholarship purposes can be of many kinds, including college prep, ecology, music, art, dance, robotics, drama, debate, leadership, chess, business, aeronautics, astronomy, and more. The student researches and selects the desired camp, not ALB. However ALB does not fund religion-centered camps (e.g. vacation bible school), sports-centered camps (e.g. soccer camp, golf camp), camps in foreign countries, or private lessons. ALB does not pay for transportation costs, only tuition and fees. Payment is made out to the camp, not an individual.
Maximum amount of scholarship: $900 for high school, $400 for middle school students.
To apply, a student needs to fill out the application form, write an essay in response to one of two prompts, submit a letter of recommendation from a person who is not a family member, and make sure all required materials are received by ALB on or before the deadline date (February 21, 2020). The scholarship is NOT need-based.
Search for Camps previously funded or gather information on your own!
To explore programs and talk with the Assistance League plan on attending the:
Summer Opportunities INFORMATION Fair during both lunches on Monday Feb. 10th
SQHS Auction and Dinner!
WE CAN'T THROW THIS PARTY WITHOUT YOU! The Squalicum High School PTSA is kicking it up this year with a Country Western Night Dinner and Auction! Grab your hat and boots and join us for music, dinner, silent and live auction and best of all - we've got a seat for you!
FRIDAY, MARCH 27 | 6 PM
Register today at https://www.auctria.com/auction/STORMAUCTION2020
Class of 2020 Resources and Timeline:
Our Class Calendar can be found here:
Storm Plush Blankets
Squalicum Storm Stadium Blankets are now available for purchase online! These 60" x 80" blankets are perfect for football games, cozy nights at home, or to wrap up in around the campfire. Made with a silky soft to the touch proprietary polyester blend to create an incredibly warm yet washable blanket material. Don't miss out! Purchase your stadium blanket today. We'll deliver anywhere in the Bellingham School District.
COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP
This is a FREE event and we encourage you to give it a try!
Please email email@example.com or contact your Storm Mentors if you’re interested!
Harvest of the Month for February