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OCTOBER 2021

From Principal Price

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year. I am excited for this school year and very grateful that we are back to in-person learning for both staff and students. In my conversations with students, much has been said from nearly all students about being happy and excited to come to school in person rather than being remote. As summer turns to fall, the plan is to keep the energy and momentum from the start of the school year going all year long. 

I'm thrilled to be able to introduce our new Assistant Principal, Jolene Grimes Edwards. Jolene comes to us from Neah Bay where served as Principal of the junior/senior high campus for the last three years. Prior to Neah Bay, Jolene was Assistant Principal/Co-Principal at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle along with having previous experience in Northshore at Skyview Middle School. She'll be working with students with last names A through G. We're looking forward to Jolene applying her experience and expertise in the Bothell High School community.

We have an abundance of information to pass on to you this month so please take a few minutes to read through this email. 

Go Cougars!

Principal

Sincerely,
Juan Price
Principal, Bothell High School

 

Our bell schedule is complicated, but take heart, the kids seem to adjust to it rather quickly! It's especially important for our concurrently enrolled students (like WaNIC & Running Start) to pay attention to our bell schedules since they're different from day to day. Occasionally, class times are adjusted to accommodate emergency drills or assemblies. We've also just added some time to 2nd period on Mondays to allow enough time for COVID testing without cutting into educational minutes. You can always find our schedule on the Bothell website HERE.

Following is a snapshot of what our typical week looks like at school: 

View Our Calendar

 

NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

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Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th to October 15th, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. At Bothell High School, we have more than 275 students of Latin heritage. We celebrate the month to recognize achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success in the United States of America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15th and ending on October 15th. It was enacted into law on August 17th, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402. The day of September 15th is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16th and September 18th, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12th, falls within this 30 day period.  

 

CURRICULUM NIGHT

Curriculum Night was held in a virtual asynchronous format again this year. In an effort to eliminate another event with crowds and masking, our staff has recorded videos with everything you'd learn if you were to come to school for an evening visit. Another benefit to this format, is that you can watch teacher videos on your own time, at your own pace. Plus - you can learn much more about the school in general, because we've included things like a tour of the Counseling Office, and messages from our College & Career Department and Mental Health Specialist. 

The button below will take you to our Virtual Curriculum Night for the 2021-2022 school year. Thanks for taking the time to get to know your students teachers.

Virtual Curriculum Night

FREE MEALS

For the 2021-22 school year, Northshore School District will offer breakfast and lunch each school day at no charge to all students. Milk is included with breakfast and lunch. However, if students want milk or other a la cart items (chips/snack foods), they'll need to buy those separately. 

Click the button for more on Free & Reduced Meals including the application in several languages.

Free/Reduced Meals Application

 

FROM THE NURSES

 

We are excited to welcome students back to school buildings full-time this fall! To ensure safety for our students, staff and families, we will continue to follow requirements set by the Washington State Department of Health.

Students or staff who become ill at school with COVID like symptoms will continue to be evaluated and isolated and/or quarantined as needed, following recommendations of local and state health authorities. Protocol on symptoms is not based upon vaccination status. 

Staying home when sick with COVID-19 is essential to keep COVID-19 infections out of schools and prevent spread to others.

Students and school employees who have symptoms of infectious illness, such as influenza (flu) or COVID-19, should stay home and seek medical evaluation, which may include testing for COVID-19 and other respiratory infections. 

 

IMMUNIZATIONS FOR 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

Please make sure student immunizations are up to date and on file in the Bothell Health Room. Immunization requirements should have been up to date before the first day of school attendance in the 2021-22 school year. That applies to all students whether they are participating in in-person or remote learning. All immunizations must be verified by health care provider records. Below are some informational links to guide you through vaccine requirements for children. 

NSD Vaccine Requirements

WA Dept. of Health Immunizations

King Co. Vaccine Clinics

 

WORLD LANGUAGE COMPETENCY TESTING

This upcoming test is an opportunity for students who can read, write, understand, and speak a language other than English to earn up to four competency credits and/or the Seal of Biliteracy designation on their high school transcript. More detailed information about the test and earning credits can be found on the World Language Competency Test website

Here is the pertinent information regarding the upcoming testing:

  • Date/Time—Tuesday, November 2nd, from 8:15 to 3:15.
  • Check-in for the test can begin 30 minutes beforehand.  
  • Location—Students’ home schools (all middle and high schools) 
  • The test is open to grades 7th through 12th
  • The test registration is open from 9/20 through 10/11

All of this information can be found on the WL testing website: World Language Competency Test websitePlease refer to the attached frequently asked questions document for more details.  It's also easy to find the WLCT website from the district main page. Click In Our Schools > Assessment > World Language Competency Test or use this shortcut URL www.nsd.org/wlct

 

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NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALISTS

 

Congratulations to Kylie Neal and Nathan Hendrickson for being named National Merit Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Kylie and Nathan scored in the top 16,000 nationwide on the PSAT test administered last fall. Both Kylie and Nathan will have the opportunity to continue in the Merit Scholarship competition and potentially advance to the finalist standing later this year. 

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Nathan Hendrickson

Kylie Neal

 

Commended Students in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program

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Myra Ahlman

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Bhumika Balani

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Sofia de Rie

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Srivanth Doddala

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Felix Galicia

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Claire Li

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Roshan Skiriah

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Kaya Suraci

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Samarth Venkatesh

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO MORE BOTHELL HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARS!

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AP Scholars Awards from the College Board recognize high school students who have demonstrated exemplary college-level achievement on last spring’s AP Exams.

The following Bothell High students received AP Scholar with Distinction awards from the College Board for receiving an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams:

  • Bhumika Balani
  • Soham Bhosale
  • Alexander Dimov
  • Felicisimo Galicia
  • Nathan Hendrickson
  • Shekinah Ble Isaiah
  • Diya Kumar
  • Claire Li
  • Alexander Metzger
  • Varad Mudvikar
  • Kylie Neal
  • Charlotte Reiber
  • Roshan Skariah
  • Benjamin Steinberg
  • Rory Stobie
  • Samarth Venkatesh
 

The following BHS students were granted AP Scholar Honors awards for receiving an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams:

  • Diya Anoop
  • Navenka Bollini
  • Alisa Coyne
  • Victoria Evans
  • Noah Griffaton
  • Anna Holmes
  • Lakshey Hooda
  • Ananya Kumar
  • Vincent Nguyen
  • Evan Schubert
  • Caroline Valley
  • Julia Zhu
 

The College Board granted AP Scholar awards to the following BHS students who received scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams taken:

  • Kaden Allen
  • Ananya Ananth
  • Ayesha Andini
  • Issac Araki
  • Hayden Bewley
  • Eleanor Blakemore
  • Chloe Breighton
  • Juntaro Bruttomesso
  • Moira Clancy
  • Lauren Culp
  • Sofie de Rie
  • Lillian Deer
  • Tara Duong
  • Alex Etchells
  • Gracie Hemmat
  • Alexander Hixson
  • Vijini Liyanage
  • Sky Metting
  • Alexis Olson-Gwin
  • Adam Parker
  • Andrew Peter
  • Bhavya Rayankula
  • Keane Sabale
  • Diya Sivakumar
  • Akshitha Sriperambudhuru
  • Kaya Suraci
  • Yurina Tamura
  • Shannon Thomas
  • Collin Wyant
  • Auj Zaidi
 

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COLLEGE and CAREER NEWS

 

Naviance access via Clever is currently down. They (Naviance) are working on a fix and BJ Dawson will let everyone know via email as soon as it’s up and running again.

Until that is fixed, here is how you can access Naviance:

  • Go to: Naviance.com and choose Account Log-in for Students & Parents
  • Enter: Bothell HS and Click Go
  • Click on Student
  • Enter your STUDENT NUMBER ONLY in the Email or Username box
  • Enter your password. If you don’t remember your password, click forgot your password and change your password.  (Please choose a password that meets the Naviance password criteria)
 

Bothell students, please remember that in addition to earning required credits to graduate, you must pass Washington History, complete your high school & beyond plan, and meet a graduation pathway. Here’s the info:

Please visit the State Board of Education website for specific information:

https://www.sbe.wa.gov/our-work/graduation-pathway-options

 

SENIORS: FIND OUT HOW TO GET MONEY FOR COLLEGE

Seniors - The Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the Washington Application for State Financial Aid opened to seniors on October 1. If you need help paying for college, complete your application ASAP. You don’t know what you may qualify for unless you apply!

The financial aid application can be confusing!  Several virtual workshops are offered to seniors and their families to assist with the application.  Please use this amazing resource! 

 

DO YOU HAVE TO TAKE THE SAT/ACT TO GET INTO COLLEGE?

“Washington’s public universities will no longer require the SAT or ACT. Will admissions become more equitable?” Interesting article about Washington public universities and their permanent adoption of a test-optional policy.  Per Paul Seegert, director of admissions at UW: “We believe it would be better for our applicants to spend all that extra time studying for their classes or doing coursework rather than spend extra time studying for this test.” Consider this information as you make a decision about whether to take the PSAT in our schools this Fall and whether to take the SAT/ACT. 

 

Hello from our SRO, Officer Garrett Ware

 

Hey! 

It feels really good to be back on campus and talking with the students again. Plus I miss the amazing team (Teachers/Staff/Counselors/Admin) at BHS! As we all attempt to get back into the groove, I keep reminding myself that we are in this together, always learning, adjusting, and helping each other out. 

I’m already amazed by some of the students’ acts of kindness in their interactions with other students, staff, and admin. We are going to have an outstanding year! 

I feel honored to be back on campus as the School Resource Officer at Bothell High School for my 5th year. We are already on our way and prepping for several emergency drills that are coming up. We hope to establish our Emergency Prep (E-Prep) Team here soon so we can have a group deep dive into more details surrounding emergency and safety concerns. 

If your student hasn’t met me yet, please have them say hello! They can find me walking around, hanging in the commons during lunch, or in my office in the Counseling area. 

If you or your student ever has questions, please feel free to reach out! You can reach me at: srobhs@nsd.orgOr call at 425-408-7029.

Let’s make it a great school year! Go Cougs! 

SRO Garrett Ware

Bothell PD

 

Meet our Nationally Acclaimed Auto Shop Teacher

 

We have an Auto Shop Program via WaNIC that draws students from all four district high schools, and even beyond. Pat McCue has been featured yet again, in a national publication

Read the article here

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MENTAL HEALTH at BHS

 

My name is Kendra Sampson and this is my second year serving as the Mental Health Counselor here at Bothell High School! I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in mental health. Throughout my career, I have worked in multiple nonprofits including residential programs, schools, and multiple youth programs. Last year I had the opportunity to get to know a lot of amazing students and staff through zoom. This year, I am thrilled to be on campus this year and to have the opportunity to meet with and support families and students. I will work to provide a safe place for students through 1:1 counseling, crisis intervention, family support, and general student support. I firmly believe in providing spaces and resources for young people to access services and care as they navigate their own experiences. In order to refer a student for Mental Health Counseling, please contact the guidance team. They will direct you to the best next steps. 

I sincerely look forward to another school year and having more opportunities to connect with the great community that is BHS! If you have any questions or concerts, please reach out to me at kendra.nyfs@gmail.com or (206) 486-0879.

Stay well,

Kendra Sampson (she/her)

Mental Health Counselor - Bothell High School

 

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