STANWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
FAMILY UPDATE FOR WEEK OF OCTOBER 3, 2022
SHS VISION STATEMENT
Stanwood Spartans are united in cultivating character, modeling respect, teaching leadership and connecting to community.
A BIG thank you to our custodians who help keep the school clean.
Thank you Jackie, Todd, Steve, Joel, Elisa, and Joe.
SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN AND ANNUAL ACTION PLAN
The staff have been revising the school improvement plan and annual action plan based on feedback from our stakeholders.
We will release our goals and strategies for this year later this month.
STILLY CUP TROPHY IS BACK HOME
OCTOBER 7TH - SENIOR PHOTOS DUE
OCTOBER 7TH - ADVISORY SESSION
REMINDER: PSAT TESTING SPOTS - BUY NOW
ONLY 16 SPOTS LEFT!!
The PSAT is recommended for students who want to "practice" before taking the SAT test. The test is designed for juniors. We will give the test on Saturday, October 15th. The cost is $40. Students can pay for the test in the main office. We only have 40 spots this year.
**Any junior who wants to be considered for the National Merit Scholarship program needs to take this test.
REMINDER: AP TEST SIGN-UPS
$97 per exam if ordered by October 7th, 2022
(checks payable to SHS)
PAY NOW TO AVOID A $40 LATE FEE LATER
OCTOBER 10TH - FINANCIAL AID NIGHT FOR SENIORS/FAMILIES
We will host a financial aid night on Monday, October 10th from 6:15-8 p.m. for seniors and their parents/guardians. You will hear from college financial aid experts and be able to get help with completing the FAFSA. A letter was mailed home about this event.
Everett Community College will hold a financial aid event on Saturday, October 15th, from 10 a.m.-noon. Click on the pdf flyer below for more details.
OCTOBER 20TH - ASVAB TEST
Are you confused about what to do after high school graduation? Is college in your plans? Do you plan to find a job right away? What kind of job should it be? You might ask what other alternatives exist for you. What about vocational or technical training? What other opportunities exist in the military?
If you would like help in making these difficult and important decisions, The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (“ASVAB”) will be administered at 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., Thursday October 20th, in the Library. “ASVAB” is the most widely used aptitude test in America. Each year it is administered to nearly a million high school students nationwide. Test results are combined with other supportive materials to assist you in determining your interests, abilities, and personal preferences. This program offers information about the world-of-work, career opportunities for occupations that interest you. The program can also assist you in identifying occupations that match your own characteristics.
“ASVAB” is offered to students at no cost and without obligation. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to assist you in career planning (This test is offered to Juniors and Seniors); sign up now with Renee Herigstad at the CTE Window or at the Counseling Center before October 17th.
SENIOR CLASS COUNSELING CENTER PRESENTATION
NEW: ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT UPDATE
Spartan Football is bringing the Stilly Cup back home after a convincing 37-6 victory over Arlington Friday night!
This week, we're wearing PINK for Breast Cancer Awareness month! Please join us by wearing pink to school on Wednesday, October 5th.
Grade Checks for fall athletes are on Thursday, October 6th. Every student-athlete is required to maintain passing grades with at least a 2.0 average in their current classes to be eligible to compete. Student-athletes on academic probation can join us for optional Study Hall on late-start Wednesday mornings in the Library (7:30-8:45).
Home Events This Week:
Mon. Oct. 3 - Boys V Tennis (3:30), JV Football (5pm)
Tue. Oct. 4 - Girls Swim (3pm), Boys JV Tennis (3:30), Girls Soccer (5/7)
Wed. Oct. 5 - Boys V Tennis (3:30), Girls C Soccer (5pm)
Thu. Oct. 6 - Girls Swim (3pm), Volleyball (5/7)
Thu. Oct. 13 - Panel Discussion on Collegiate Sports @ CTE College & Career Ready Night
Thu. Oct. 22 - Stanwood Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet
Tue. Nov. 1 - Online signups open for winter sports
Mon. Nov. 14 - Winter Sports begin (Basketball, Cheer, Boys Swim, Wrestling)
Thu. June 1 - Senior Athletic Awards Night
CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE INVITATION
The Career & Technical Education (CTE) Program is looking for business and industry leaders to serve as part of the Stanwood-Camano School District Career and Technical Education (CTE) advisory committee(s). These committees advise, assist and provide support and advocacy for quality CTE programs. Advisory committee members are business and industry volunteers representing occupational areas that have feeder programs taught in our public schools. Members have the opportunity to learn more about the CTE program and instructors are able to increase their understanding of the job market, employers' needs, and community opportunities.
CTE advisory committees:
- Provide information to update, modify, expand, and improve the quality of programs
- Support and strengthen the partnerships between business, labor, the community, and education
- Work with students and educators to support real-world experiences and applications
- Make recommendations that strengthen and expand the CTE curriculum, and provide assistance in implementing these recommendations
- Identify and validate academic and occupational competencies, determine priorities, and review and evaluate programs
- Communicate long-term goals and objectives of the CTE programs to students, parents/guardians, employers, and the community
If you are interested in joining our CTE Advisory Committees, please Click Here to sign up.
COMMUNITY FACILITIES ADVISORY COMMITTEE INVITATION
This year, the Stanwood-Camano School District will form a Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC). This team’s purpose is to affirm that public schools belong to the entire community, and funding for capital improvements is generated through voter-approved bond measures. Also included in the team’s work are recommendations for how families are assigned to particular schools based on where families reside, school capacity, and immediate and projected enrollment.
Community members play a key role in developing our long-term capital facilities plan and providing input on facility use to ensure the community's values and priorities are accurately represented.
If you are interested in joining this committee or would like to know more, please complete this form.
We thank you and your family for being our valued partners as we work together to educate the children in our district. As you may already be aware, building our social-emotional learning skills is an important goal for our school this year. Over the next several weeks, students and teachers will participate in several exercises to better understand these concepts and to reflect on how they perceive these skills in themselves.
We will be asking for your child to reflect on their own mindsets and approaches to learning via an online survey they will be completing at school. The survey shouldn’t take more than 20-30 minutes to complete.
The survey content will ask students to self-reflect on self management, grit, self efficacy, effort, learning strategies and emotional regulation.
We are asking that all of our students participate in the surveys, as their responses will provide invaluable insights into their experiences and how we can improve and adapt our district to their needs. If a student doesn’t feel like they have enough information to answer a question, they will be able to skip the item altogether. The responses to these surveys will be completely confidential.
If you have any questions about the SEL survey , please don’t hesitate to contact Kelly Parsons at (360) 629-1246 email@example.com
REMINDER: FAMILY NOTICE
Many of you may have seen news stories lately about the large amount of fentanyl or fentanyl-laced products coming into the United States, some disguised as candy-colored pills. We urge you to talk with your student about the dangers of accepting items that could contain fentanyl, such as items that look like colorful candies or counterfeit over the counter medication. We have included a link to the Seattle and King County website to learn more about the dangers of this substance. Seattle and King County Public Health website.
REMINDER: STATE EARTHQUAKE DRILL
REMINDER: VOLUNTEERING AT SHS
CALLING ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS!
Who wants to go back to high school for a couple days a year? We are gauging the interest for a parent volunteer group (no name yet) to be formed at the high school to support our students with positive engagement. This group would be like the Watchdogs groups that are formed at many of our elementary schools but is not exclusively for dads. We want everyone involved who wants to support our students and the hard-working staff at the high school. Our youth depend on us to lead by example! If you are interested, please e-mail your interest to join us for a short kick off meeting (time and date TBD) to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, October 3rd.
REMINDER: YEARBOOK INFORMATION
So that we can make our yearbook ordering more accurate, yearbook sales will end Monday, January 28th, 2023. YEARBOOKS WILL NOT BE SOLD AFTER THAT DATE. Please keep your receipt to ensure that you can pick up your book at the end of the school year. The cost for all students is $50.00 through September 30th, 2022. October 1st-January 31st, 2023 the cost will be $70.00 each.
Senior photos will be due Friday, October 7th, 2022. Please schedule your photo shoot with a photographer if you have not done so already. Photographers and studios are very busy in the Fall. Guidelines for photo submission are on the high school website.
Grad ads for seniors will be due Friday, October 21st, 2022. Instructions for the grad ads and submission guidelines will be available in early in September on the high school website.
UPDATED LIBRARY INFORMATION
Library Information: If you have library books or textbooks from last school year, please return them to the SHS Library as soon as possible! Chromebooks can be picked up in the main office. October is National Book Month! Check out the October Library Newsletter. The Library Website provides a lot of information regarding research and online resources, as well as textbook information. The library hours are 7:10 a.m. - 2:40 p.m. Monday through Friday. Click here to visit the Destiny Catalog.
September 30, 2022
I wanted to begin this week’s message by expressing my gratitude. I am grateful for the patience, support, and feedback regarding the start of the school year. This month, we opened three new elementary classrooms, adjusted classes at our secondary schools, and made other changes to keep class sizes as small as possible. Smaller class sizes continue to be a priority, and the timing of adding or reducing classes typically takes place after the fourth day of school. We are committed to ensuring students have a positive experience at school! Thank you, too, for our fantastic staff. The SCSD staff are talented, caring, and willing to do what it takes to provide for our students' needs.
I shared the following message with our staff in my weekly staff newsletter, and I felt it should be shared with families as well.
Over the last year, I have had conversations with staff and families regarding special education programming, our beliefs, and the law. I want to take the opportunity to share a few insights that many of you may already know:
- All students are general education students first!
- When students participate in programs like special education, multi-language learning, etc., these experiences are in addition to general education programming
- Inclusion in education refers to every student being able to access and gain equal opportunities for teaching and learning
OPSI reminds us that the law states that “all students have a right to meaningfully participate in the general education setting, both academically and socially to the fullest extent possible. Inclusion is realized when all students, regardless of their designation to receive special education services, are provided with targeted services, supports, and accommodations, allowing them to learn in the general education classroom, interact with peers, and engage in the core curriculum.” These are not suggestions; they are mandates for adults and opportunities for students.
I would encourage all to review the Myths & Facts about Inclusionary Practices in Washington State. This document outlines seven common myths about Inclusionary Practices, facts, evidence, and strategies for dispelling myths. The use of the words “inclusive settings” in our district promise is intentional. We have a legal and ethical responsibility and opportunity to serve all students according to the law and what we know best prepares students for their future.
Deborah Rumbaugh, Ed.D.
NEW: BELL SCHEDULES FOR WEEK OF OCTOBER 3RD
Monday - Regular Schedule
Tuesday - Regular Schedule
Wednesday - Late Start Wednesday
Thursday - Regular Schedule
Friday - Advisory Schedule
REMINDER: COUNSELOR/ADMINISTRATOR BREAKDOWN
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 – K
Tom Wilfong L - Z
Zach Ward - Attendance
October 4th - School Board Meeting 1 p.m.
October 10th - Financial Aid Night 6:15 - 8 p.m. (senior event)
October 13th - College and Career Readiness Night 5 - 7 p.m. (for 9th-12th grades)
October 15th - PSAT Test
October 18th - Retake School Picture Day 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
October 18th - Senior Class Meeting with Jostens during 5th period
October 18th - Senior Class Group Photo during 6th period
October 18th - School Board Meeting 6 p.m.
October 20th - State Earthquake Drill
October 21st - No School/Teacher Curriculum Day
October 22nd - Hall of Fame Athletic Banquet
October 29th - AWSL Student Leadership Conference
November 1st - School Board Meeting 1 p.m.
November 2nd - 4th Fall Conferences 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
November 2nd - Evening Conferences
November 4th - First Quarter Ends
November 5th - SAT Test
November 8th - ASB Blood Drive 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
November 11th - No School, Veterans Day
November 15th - School Board Mtg. - 6 p.m.
DISTRICT NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT
The Stanwood-Camano School District does not discriminate in employment, programs, or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the District's Title IX/Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Maurene Stanton (email@example.com), or the Section 504/American Disabilities Act Coordinator, Robert Hascall (firstname.lastname@example.org) Stanwood-Camano School District, 26920 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, WA 98292. Telephone: (360) 629-1200.
El Distrito Escolar de Stanwood-Camano School District no discrimina en sus programas o actividades por motivos de sexo, raza, credo, religión, color, origen nacional, edad, condición de veterano de guerra o grado militar, orientación sexual, expresión de género o identidad, discapacidad o uso de perro guía entrenado o animal de servicio, y ofrece igualdad de acceso a los Boy Scouts y a otros grupos de jóvenes especificados. El empleado mencionado a continuación ha sido designado para atender consultas y quejas de supuesta discriminación: Título IX / Oficial de Acción Afirmativa y Coordinador de Cumplimiento de Derechos Civiles, Maurene Stanton (email@example.com), o la Sección 504 / Coordinador de la Ley de Discapacidades Estadounidenses, Robert Hascall (firstname.lastname@example.org), Distrito Escolar Stanwood-Camano, 26920 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, WA 98292. Teléfono: (360) 629-1200.