Sehome High School Mariner Memo

Week of August 10 - 14

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dear Sehome Students and Families,

I hope that you have made the most of this crazy summer and found unexpected silver-linings. I know that I have come to appreciate being able to spend time with my family and to enjoy the small things in life. We still have a month of summer left! I hope that you enjoy the sunshine and all of the beauty of Bellingham!

On Wednesday we learned from Dr. Baker's announcement that we will be starting the school year remotely. While this is certainly not the way that we hoped to have our 2020-2021 school year, we will certainly make the most of this situation. We have been busy working on the bell schedule, class rotation schedule, and redefining what remote learning will look like. Our district instructional work teams have been meeting regularly to determine the key standards for each content area and to develop learning units around these standards.

Below there is a link to the video we sent out with a review of the information. There is also a link to the Zoom meetings on Monday in case you have additional questions.

We are excited to begin planning our Freshmen Virtual Orientation, as well as our New Student Orientation. See below for additional information.

There is so much that we do not know, but we do know that we are looking forward to starting the school year, meeting our new students, and creating an even more robust remote Sehome community. We miss you! We are here for you! We cannot wait to start to the new school year very soon!



With love,

Sonia Bell

Principal

2020 School Start Explained

Questions About the Upcoming School Year?

Sehome Admin Team will be available to answer student and parent questions about the upcoming school year.

Monday, August 10 from 8-9 AM

Monday, August 10 from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Monday, August 10 from 6-7 PM


Here is the Zoom link: https://bellinghamschools.zoom.us/j/96716168658

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SCHOOL OFFICE

We anticipate that the main office will remain closed for the foreseeable future.


If you have questions, please reach out to Catherine.Romine@bellinghamschools.org or Sonia.Bell@bellinghamschools.org.


If you need immediate assistance, please contact Sonia on her district cell phone at (360)325-3453.


Thank you!

STUDENT SCHEDULES

We know that many of you want to see your schedule and be able to see about making changes based on the change to remote learning to start the school year. We are now making some adjustments to our master schedule based on this change and will then be working on cleaning up student schedules. We ask for your patience as we work through these things.


Our counselors return to work on August 24 and will be processing student schedules and begin responding to emails. Please do not think that they did not receive your email. They will get to them as quickly as possible. Multiple emails about the same issue only makes it take longer.


If you have general questions about what might be the best option for your child, please reach out to their assigned assistant principal. They are happy to talk you through the options as we know them right now.

Mike Couto (Last Names A-K)at (360)305-6094 or mailto:Mike.Couto@bellinghamschools.org

Bethany Barrett (Last Names (L-Z) at (360)746-5839 mailto:Bethany.Barrett@bellinghamschools.org

Online payments are a simple, safe and secure way to make payments to your students account 24 hours a day at your convenience. We accept Visa, Mastercard and Discover. A convenience fee is attached to online purchases.

This service is offered by a third-party provider and a processing fee is included with your payment(s), similar to other online banking services. Your credit/debit card will be charged at the time of checkout. The district does not request or keep records of family credit card account information. We recommend using Chrome or Firefox as your browser. ASB online payment is available at: https://wa-bellingham.intouchreceipting.com

All returned, refunded, or canceled transactions will be handled in accordance with off-line purchase policies unless otherwise noted on the web store. Neither the district nor PayFlow Pro keeps or stores credit card information. Please remember to print out your receipt.

For questions regarding Bellingham online payments, please contact your ASB Office. For general questions, call (360) 676-6544.

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 Bell, Principal: sonia.bell@bellinghamschools.org

Mike Couto, Assistant Principal: A - K mike.couto@bellinghamschools.org

Bethany Barrett, Assistant Principal: L - Z bethany.barrett@bellinghamschools.org

Kimberly Kirk, Dean of Students: Kimberly.kirk@bellinghamschools.org


Jeff Smith, Counselor 9th Grade: Jeffrey.Smith@bellinghamschools.org

Amy Hjelt, Counselor A - G: amy.hjelt@bellinghamschools.org

Hana Schutz, Counselor H - M: hana.schutz@bellinghamschools.org

John Vandermolen, Counselor N - Z: john.vandermolen@bellinghamschools.org