Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ's) Sehome PTSA :
1. Q: Who sponsors and plans dances?
A: Teachers (Raise money for senior scholarships), ASB-Jr./Sr. Prom, Cheer & Dance squad-Homecoming or ASB leadership can all sponsor and run dances….
2. Q: What is "Super Wednesday"
A: This is held in October and is an assessment/testing day. Freshman tests are undecided, Sophomores and Juniors will take PSAT test ( Juniors qualify for Nat'l merit scholarship via this) and Seniors will have college prep sessions including Common Application assistance, essay writing help, scholarships available, etc.
3. Q: Why is Homecoming a "dress-up" occasion?
A: The ASB and student leadership group decides the theme and semi-formal attire seems to always be the desire of the students.
4. Q: What is Bring Joy To A Child ("BJTAC") ?
A: It is an entire school service learning project to help local families, with children up to 5th grade, in need during the holiday seasons. Anchor classes adopt local families and set a goal of how much money they can raise to spend on the families "wish list". Students plan purchases/donations, learn how to shop to maximize their dollars, and then wrap presents in a big bin. To conclude this program of "giving back to others", they celebrate at a joyous assembly where elementary children usually sing or speak. For the money they spend at Fred Meyer the Food Bank earns many turkeys.
5. Q: What does SCRIP rebate money go towards?
A: SCRIP grocery/gift cards sales rebate is allocated 15% to teacher grants and 85% to the team/activity selected by the purchaser. This is our second main fundraiser behind our auction. Cards can be purchased at the ASB office window but monthly recurring purchases is preferred. More information can be found on our Scrip page.
6. Q: What is the after school Learning Center?
A: A fun and productive place to finish homework, have tutor help from WWU, and get a free WTA bus pass home. See What's New and THIS video.
7. Q: What is Skyward student information system?
A: Skyward Family Access is a web-based program that is accessible to families from any Internet connection. High school students are also able to log into Skyward Family Access to see their information and to register for courses. With Skyward Family Access, families have the opportunity to:
8. Q: What is School Messenger?
A: The parent notification system we use to send families school news and important emergency alerts via phone, email and text. When you update your primary/home phone number at your school, this will automatically be updated in School Messenger. Email addresses maintained in Skyward Family Access also update in School Messenger.
9. Q: What is Anchor Class?
A: It's a "home room" class that you have for all 4 years. The intent is to build community, raise grades/GPA and have the teacher and older students mentor others and teach them the "ropes".
10. Q: Why is Junior/Senior Prom together? Can students other then Juniors/seniors attend?
A:They combine as it is too expensive for each class to host their own and hasn't been enough attendance to pay for expenses. Non Juniors/Seniors can attend if they are a "date" of a junior or senior. The event is traditionally held in April/May.
11. Q: What is 7 Arts week?
A: A celebration week in June of Ceramics, visual arts, photography, drama and our music programs with exhibits in student lounge, senior reception, with the final orchestra/band/choir concerts, etc.
12: Q: What is EOC exam?
A: End of Course exam's which are required for History, Math, Science, English, Biology. For other state assessment requirements for your student’s graduation year, see school website.
13: Q: What's PAC, PAAC and SEPAC?
A: PACS is Parent Advisory Committee to Superintendent. Each school is represented by 2 parents. It meets monthly at the District Office generally from 9:30-11:30.
SEPAC = Special Education Parent Advisory Committee.
PAAC = Parent Athletic/Activity Club. These are "booster clubs" that reside under the PTSA for fundraising and support of sports teams and activities.