Sehome High School Mariner Memo

Week of Nov. 9 - Nov. 13

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Dear Sehome Families,

The month of November always brings with it a feeling of gratitude and an opportunity to reflect on the many things we have to be thankful for, even during challenging times.

One group that I am particularly thankful for this week is our Sehome PTSA. This group of ladies worked tirelessly to find creative ways to raise money for our students. As you will see in the message below, they managed to raise over $11,000 through the giving campaign. Our PTSA has also consistently provided us with parent volunteers every single time we have put out a request. We could never have gotten all of the supplies ready and out to families without their help. I feel so incredibly blessed and thankful for each one of you have shown up to support our Sehome community in so many ways. This week Tuesday, our PTSA will have a general meeting. Please consider being a part of this group in whatever ways works best for you and your family.

Tuesday is the last day of our 5-8 period rotation. There is no school on Wednesday as we pause to honor our veterans. On Thursday, students will resume their 1-4 period classes. It is hard to believe that we have a quarter of the school year behind us. Progress report grades will be posted to Skyward on Thursday, November 19.

  • Students pause their 5-8 classes with our first cycle on Tuesday, November 10th and their current grades in the classes will also pause until they return to those classes on December 16.

  • Students are encouraged to touch base with teachers this week if there are questions or concerns about what is reported in the grade book.

  • The grades in the gradebook on November 19 will be an accurate indication of their current progress in their 5-8th period classes.

  • Students are highly encouraged to focus on classes 1-4 only during the next cycle.

  • When students return to classes 5-8 on December 16, teaching and learning will resume. Depending on the nature/structure of each course, students may or may not be revisiting or revising work from the first session. Teachers will communicate with students about ways to improve and demonstrate growth to ensure a successful finish to the semester.

We are also continuing to bring more and more students into the building and on campus each week through our Internet Cafe, special programs, athletics, and for working on specific classes. It is SO good to have students back in the building. It brings such energy, life, laughter, and joy. We are hopeful that we will continue to increase the number of students as it is safe to do so.

I hope that each of you has an incredible week where you find new areas of gratitude and things that bring you deep joy.

Sonia Cole


In this edition:

  1. Technology Help
  2. Free Sehome Masks
  3. Student Update Information
  4. Student Community Service Opportunity
  5. Missing Library Books
  6. Meal box Pick Up
  7. Rotation Schedule
  8. Learning Center
  9. PTSA
  10. College Rep Visits

2 - Sehome Face Masks

Each student gets 2 free Sehome masks. Face masks can be picked up M - F from 8:00 - 4:00 in the main office. Students signed up for team sports will receive masks from their coaches.
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3 - Annual Student Info Updates

Do you have a new cell phone number? Do you want to see who is listed for your student’s emergency contacts? You can update these items and more in our Skyward Family Access program! Also, there are several forms that need to be submitted each school year (such as Annual Health Concerns) and these can be done electronically now in Skyward Family Access (Family 1 contacts only). Simply log in to Skyward Family Access and click on the link “Go to Annual Student Updates”. You can also manage your notification preferences by clicking on the “Skylert” option on the left-hand side menu. If you need your login information for Family Access, please contact the Sehome Registrar at
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4 - Student Community Service Opportunity

WECU is supporting, "Dear Friend, Pen Pal Project," a letter writing campaign where community members are invited to write letters to seniors that are facing high levels of isolation due to Covid-19.

All WECU Locations, with the exception of Bellis Fair, The Home Loan Center, and the Business Loan Center are participating as drop-off spots for letter writers. WECU is requesting letter writers to use the Night Drop. Letter writers are asked to put the card/letter in an envelope with “Dear Friend, Pen Pal Project” written on top. If you would like to participate, please do! Make a card, write a letter with a child, create art, or just say "hi." The Aging Well Whatcom website goes into further detail.

5 - Missing Library Books

Hello Sehome Families! Look around your house for any of Sehome High School’s textbooks. We would love it if we could get any and all textbooks returned. In particular we are looking for three novels Lord of the Flies, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Animal Farm. You can drop them off M-F, 8-4 in the school’s front foyer. In addition, we have a bonus drop off time on Wednesdays between 4-5:30 during food box pick up. Thank you for your help!
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6 - Free Meal Boxes Every Tuesday in November

Every Tuesday in November, free meal boxes will be distributed from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at 15 school locations and six community locations, including the Sehome bus loop.

For more information on locations, click the link below.

7 - High School Schedule

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8 - Learning Center

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Giving Campaign Update

Hello Mariners!

Another HUGE thank you for supporting the Fall Back to Spring Giving Campaign. Your donations helped us exceed our goal – we raised $11,665!!!! PTSA is now able to fund some important programs for SHS.

Although this fundraiser is over, PTSA still needs your help. We are looking for people to fill important rolls this year and next. Your talent and experience will keep SHS PTSA strong. Please email us if you are interested at, and check out our website by clicking here.

Don’t want to volunteer? You can still support PTSA by becoming a member. We need your voice and vote!

All members are invited to join us for the first General Membership Meeting of the year, THIS Tuesday, November 10th, at 6:00 PM, via Zoom. Meet with our 2020-2021 PTSA Board & Principal, and vote on important items. If you are a current member, check your inbox for the Zoom link. You can still sign up today, and email us to receive the link.

With gratitude,

Sehome High School PTSA

Facebook: @SehomeHighSchoolPTSA
Instagram: @sehomehsptsa

10 - College Rep Visits

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: