STANWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
FAMILY UPDATE FOR WEEK OF OCTOBER 11, 2021
SHS VISION STATEMENT
Stanwood Spartans are united in cultivating character, modeling respect, teaching leadership and connecting to community.
NEW: DISTRICT AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Students are adjusting to being in school five days a week after not doing so for one and a half years. Not only that, but students are adjusting to wearing a mask during the school day and following school rules. Students have experienced learning loss and maybe personal or family hardships during the pandemic. Some students have experienced panic attacks when they go to take a test or make a presentation.
Each student handles these experiences in different ways. Some students can move on by themselves. Others might need additional supports, such as reaching out to a counselor.
Our counselors have seen an increase in mental health issues with our students the last two weeks. If your child (or family) is struggling, please reach out to get some supports for your child (and family).
Below is a document that lists the school and community resources available for your child and family.
Don't hesitate to seek support. Our counselors can help guide you with where to turn for help.
Counseling Staff (based on student last name):
Paige Watson A – Em (email@example.com)
Maren Holzinger En - K (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tricia Tayon L - Rh (email@example.com)
Emily Elde Ri - Z (firstname.lastname@example.org)
NEW: MATH STATE TEST OCTOBER 11TH AND 12TH
We will be giving the state Math test on Monday and Tuesday (October 11th and 12th). Students in grades 9, 11, and 12 will be testing. For more information, see the testing section later on in this newsletter.
Students need to bring their school-issued chrome books along with charging cords. Students should also bring their chrome books charged.
NEW: COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS NIGHT OCTOBER 13TH
NEW: NO SCHOOL OCTOBER 15TH
REMINDER: HIB POSTERS DUE OCTOBER 15TH
Any student participating in the HIB poster contest needs to submit their poster by October 15th to Carol Upton in the main office. Student name and grade need to be on the back of the poster. The poster directions are below for you.
NEW: OCTOBER 22ND FINANCIAL AID ADVISING DAY FOR SENIORS
Stanwood High School will hold a Financial Aid Advising Day on Friday, October 22nd. Seniors will receive information about financial aid opportunities in their advisory classes.
Any senior who does not have an advisory class will be able to access the same information on our high school website shortly after the 22nd. Information will also be available in the counseling center.
The 12th Year Campaign is hosting virtual financial aid events for seniors and families to learn more about and apply for aid.
The Washington State Student Loan Education Site helps families better understand education costs and considerations.
Financial aid applications are now available for the 2022-23 school year. Learn more, get support, and apply for financial aid at this link: wsac.wa.gov/apply.
NEW: FALL CONFERENCES
Fall conferences will be held on October 27th-29th. The first quarter ends on November 5th so now is a good time to check in on how your student is doing.
We have conference times available the afternoons of all three days, along with an early evening session on Thursday, October 28th.
Please contact Wendy Fox at (360) 629-1300 or by email at email@example.com to set up a conference.
Parents/guardians have the option to have the conference in person or virtually. Please let Wendy know your preference when you contact her.
REMINDER: WARM COATS FOR KIDS
As I visit classrooms each week, I am amazed and impressed by the learning and growth that is taking place across our schools. Our students are engaged in math and science projects, creative writing activities and arts galore! In one classroom, I watched students consider the many ways they can encourage themselves and their peers to be their best each day. Our teachers, parents, staff and administrators have demonstrated flexible, patient and kind leadership over the last month. Thank you for all that you do to support our schools!
Reminder: Friday, October 15, is a Non-Student Day
During this month's non-student day, our staff will be participating in professional development. This day allows our staff to grow their craft as they learn about and plan for high-quality learning experiences for your children.
Fall Conferences Will Have a Virtual Option
October 27th, 28th and 29th are early release days for K-12 parent-teacher conferences. You will have the option to attend in person or virtually via Google Meets. The schedule for these days will be 7:40 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. for secondary schools and 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for elementary schools. Please note that October 27th is a Wednesday but is not a late start day. Schools will soon be reaching out to you to schedule conferences. Please contact your student’s school if you have questions.
Twice Weekly COVID Testing for Basketball, Wrestling and Water Polo
Per the K-12 Department of Health Requirements, screening testing is required for all unvaccinated athletes in high contact indoor sports (basketball, wrestling, water polo). This is not a new requirement, this requirement has been in place since August.
Fully vaccinated athletes do not have to participate in screening testing. Screening testing must be performed twice weekly using a molecular or antigen test. A rapid antigen test is performed on all unvaccinated athletes within 24 hours of the competition. In a multi-day event, testing will occur before each competition. The second test during the week will be performed 3-4 days prior to or after the competition and may be a molecular or antigen test. If a molecular test is performed, the athlete does not need to isolate while awaiting screening test results, unless they are exhibiting symptoms.
Capital Projects & Technology Replacement Levy on February Ballot
The district will have a Levy on the February 8, 2022, Ballot. The estimated tax rate per $1,000 of assessed property value for this measure is 27 cents for each year of the levy. School districts are allowed to collect only the amount of money approved by voters. Unlike bonds, there is no interest cost for a capital levy.
When assessed property values change, the local school tax rate is adjusted to ensure that the district collects only the levy dollar amount approved by voters. If approved by voters, this measure would expire at the end of 2026. The proposed total local school tax rate is expected to decrease from current levels. The Replacement Capital Projects & Technology Levy is expected to provide funding over 4 years.
This levy proposal is expected to allow the district to maintain technology systems and continue to make major improvements to existing facilities. To learn more about the upcoming levy, click here.
UPDATED: STATE TESTING THE NEXT THREE WEEKS
The spring testing from 2021 was postponed to this fall. Here is the testing information.
October 11/12 - Math SBA
Grade 9 (will take grade 8 test)
Grades 11 and 12 (will take grade 10 test)
October 18/19 - English SBA
Grade 9 (will take grade 8 test)
Grades 11 and 12 (will take grade 10 test)
October 25/26 - Science WCAS
Grade 9 (will take grade 8 test)
Grade 12 (will take grade 11 test)
**Students will take these tests in their Math, English, and Science tests.
Juniors and seniors who do not have a Math, English, or Science class will be pulled out of class to test the week of November 1st.
The test is optional for full-time Running Start students.
REMINDER: HEALTHY YOUTH SURVEY
Our school is participating in the Washington State Healthy Youth Survey on October 21st. Students in grades 10 (English classes) and 12 (History classes) will participate in the survey.
The Healthy Youth survey includes questions related to physical activity and diet, unintentional and intentional injury, substance use, abuse, risk and protective factors, and access to school-based services. Survey results are used by schools, communities and state agencies to plan programs to support our youth and reduce their risks.
Participation is voluntary and the students' answers are anonymous.
We will be administering the survey online this year. No privacy issues were identified in the E-survey pilot conducted by the state in 2019. This year schools are being instructed to disable any recording, keystroke tracing, and video capture software on school-issued devices used to take the survey. We will also instruct students to do the same on personal devices used to take the survey before they begin. If you use any software to monitor the device your student will use to take the survey, please turn it off before they being to ensure their honest participation.
REMINDER: DETENTION CALENDAR FOR 21-22
On most Wednesdays and Fridays we hold lunch detention in room 251.
Download the schedule below.
REMINDER: PSAT SIGN UP
REMINDER: SAFE SCHOOLS NAME CHANGE
REMINDER: COVID UPDATES
You can find very helpful answers and information regarding Covid protocols and updates on the district website. In addition, the current count is on the district website and is updated weekly on Wednesdays. Here is the link:
REMINDER WEARING MASKS OUTSIDE FOR ATHLETIC EVENTS
If you have not yet picked up your chrome book, you will need one for state testing. Stop by the library during regular hours. If you were not able to pick up textbooks with your class and you still need one, please stop by the library during regular hours.
If a student has an issue with their school-issued chrome book, please have them return it to the library. We have a form for the student to fill out (student name, ID#, and issue). Our building tech coordinator will pick up the chrome books to get them fixed.
If your student needs any tutoring support, please check with Sno-Isle Library. Here is the link to their Brain Fuse site.
NEW: BELL SCHEDULES FOR WEEK OF OCTOBER 11TH
Monday/Tuesday/Thursday - Regular Schedule
Wednesday - Wednesday Schedule
Friday - No School for students
CLASS OF 2022 YEARBOOK DEADLINES
It is time for seniors to get their senior photos taken. As parents/guardians, you can submit baby ads for your child as well. Click on the link below for all of the information.
Do you have questions and are not sure who to contact? Here is the breakdown by counselor and administrator based on student last name.
Paige Watson A – Em
Maren Holzinger En - K
Tricia Tayon L - Rh
Emily Elde Ri - Z
Carolyn Coombs A – I
Tom Wilfong J – R
Denise Eichler S - Z
COVID INFORMATION ON DISTRICT WEBSITE
October 11/12 - Math SBA (grades 9, 11, and 12)
October 13 - College and Career Readiness Night
October 15 - Curriculum Day/No School
October 16 - PSAT test
October 18/19 - English SBA (grades 9, 11, and 12)
October 19 - Student retake photo day
October 21 - State Earthquake Drill
October 22 - Advisory
October 25/26 - Science WCAS test (grades 9, 12)
October 27-29 - Fall Conferences/Early Release
November 5 - End of First Quarter
November 23 - ASVAB test in the morning