Shelton's E-Community Link Newsletter

E-Community Link Newsletter



WBE Visits SHS
The Washington State Board of Education recently visited Shelton High School to discuss its success with the Academies. They were very impressed with our staff and students and provided quality conversation about the future of education.

Congrats Shelton Robotics Team!
The Shelton Robotics Team 5295, “Aldernating Current,” recently competed in Portland and placed 4th with their Alliance Teams. This is one of the best showings they’ve ever had. The last time they placed that highly they qualified for the World Robotics competitions in Texas. This was fun and exciting. Students worked hard and had fun. Shelton Robotics is always looking for new members!!

Congrats DECA Members!

DECA members, Quinn Neal and Richard Beckman, both qualified for Nationals in Florida in a 25 page Student Store Project. They will be attending Nationals in April and doing a presentation in regards to their project. Congratulations and good luck!


Enroll Today!
Shelton School District’s enrollment window is open now through April 21st, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. for:

  • Dual Language Program
  • In-District Transfers
  • Kindergarten

Every student in Shelton School District is automatically assigned to their attendance area school, based on where they live. Families can also choose to apply to request that their student attends a different school and/or apply for the Dual Language Program through the Open Enrollment/Transfer Request Process.

Visit our website to enroll today!

Cedar Information Night
Cedar High School would like to share more information with students and families. Cedar High School is hosting a showcase event and an informational session on Tuesday, March 21st. We will be sharing some of our projects from 5:30-6:30 and from 6:30 -7:30 we will be meeting with families of curious and interested students to share more information about our school and learning opportunities. 

Cedar High School is another option for students in grades 9-12 in the Shelton School District. We focus on Project Based learning and are a member of the New Tech Network. Our focus is teaching the whole student with an emphasis on Agency, Collaboration, Oral Communication, Written Communication, Knowledge and Thinking, and a rigorous curriculum. Our partnership with Olympic College provides us with many opportunities for collaboration and higher thinking. As a new school, we would like to provide families with more information about the fantastic learning opportunities we offer. 

We are located at:
937 W Alpine Way
Shelton, WA 98584
Please reach out if you have any questions.We hope to see you there.
Cedar High School

Cedar Info Night Cedar Info Night

We want to hear from you! - 
Naming of the Shelton High School Track
There has been a nomination to name the Shelton High School track after Bill Brickert - Please take a moment to review his history and accomplishments and take this brief survey to share your thoughts with us by April 17, 2023.

We are now accepting nominations for the Hall of Fame!
Do you know someone who should be honored in the Shelton School District & Community Hall of Fame? Nominate them today! It only takes a few minutes and you can do it all online! >>

Work with us!

Effective 11/1/22, unvaccinated individuals are eligible to apply for jobs in Shelton School District and/or volunteer.  To apply for open positions within the District, please visit the District’s Human Resources website at  To volunteer, please contact the school or department in which you are interested in volunteering.

Interested in a COVID test? Not feeling well?

The COVID testing site at ASB300 has moved to Shelton High School (3737 N Shelton Springs Road). Tests will be available for pick-up, and testing will be available Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m.   

Please call Ben Kersey or Flora Cruz at (360) 819-3227 if you would like to pick up a test and/or get tested.

School Based Health Clinic is Open!
The Mason Health School Based Health Clinic (MHSBHC) is now open at the South Sound Shelton Family YMCA! MHSBHC hours are every Tuesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Parents/Guardians can make appointments for their school-aged children or sign a “YMCA School Based Consent for Treatment” form for students attending Oakland Bay Jr. High, Cedar High School, Choice Middle & High School, and Shelton High School to receive services in their guardian’s absence. Parents/Guardians still must call to excuse the student from class at the designated appointment time. Health care services may include but are not limited to, routine medical exams, well-child or well-teen care, and evaluation and treatment of acute illness and injuries.

Schedule appointments by calling (360) 426-2653 – select option 2 for primary care, then select option 4 for YMCA scheduling. 

Are you fluent in Mam or Q’anjob’al and English?
Shelton School District is looking for people who are fluent in Mam or Q’anjob’al and English, who can help with interpretations. Paid hourly, as needed. If this is you, please contact Betty Uriostegui at (360) 426-2151 ext. 10541; Cell (360) 490-1235; [email protected]

School Calendars
Due to the snow days, the 2022-23 academic calendar has been revised and the last day of school is now June 13, 2023. We are hopeful that there will be no more changes to the school calendar, but you never know what Washington weather will bring!
Revised 2022-23 School Calendar - Calendario escolar 2022-23 revisado

The 2023-24 academic calendar is also available for families on our website.
2023-24 School Calendar - Calendario escolar 2023-34

Home Language Survey

Below you will find links to a short survey asking you four questions about your family and your student’s language preferences.  You have a right to information about your child’s education in a language that you understand.  We want to make sure we have updated information regarding the language you prefer to use when communicating with your student’s school.  Please take a moment to complete this short survey if you have not done so already by selecting your child's school below.

Are You Eligible for our McKinney-Vento Program? 
You may be eligible for services if you or your family live in any of the following situations:

  • In a shelter, transitional housing, motel, vehicle, campground, or on the street
  • In an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodations
  • Temporarily doubled-up with friends or relatives because you lost your home, or cannot afford housing
  • Living as an unaccompanied youth without your parent or guardian
    In the process of eviction or foreclosure

Some services offered to those in the program are: Immunization assistance, Enrollment assistance, Free meal registration, School supplies/backpacks, PE uniforms, Clothing support, Hygiene supplies, School fees, Field trip or camp expenses, Laundry support, Transportation to and from the school of origin, Access to rental and utility assistance, Referrals to basic services (food, shelter, medical assistance, etc.), Bilingual support for Spanish speakers, And more!

Please contact the district’s McKinney-Vento Liaison, Amanda Gonzales, if you believe you qualify: (360) 426-2151 ext. 10365 | Cell 360-463-4061 | [email protected]

Federal Programs Complaint Process
The State & Federal Programs Department offers services and resources to eligible students to eliminate the achievement gap between student subgroups.  We are committed to connecting to students, families, and the community to provide the education needed to achieve academic and personal success. View our Federal Programs Complaint Process flyer here.

Clothing, Household Items, Non-perishable food, community resources...we have you covered!
Are you in need of something? We can probably help! Our resource center has a clothing bank with clothing for all ages. All of the clothing is either new or laundered before entering the bank. A household item bank may also have what you need: bedding, small kitchen appliances, and more! The newest addition to the SFRC is the food bank and hygiene bank. If you are looking for a community connection, the SFRC can help you connect with the right resource.

Schedule an appointment to visit our resource center by contacting a family liaison:

  • Bordeaux Elementary | Wendy Lankelis | (360) 426-3253 ext. 11002 | cell (360) 545-7310 [email protected] 
  • Evergreen Elementary | Lucrecia Hernandez | (360) 426-8281 ext. 12129 | cell ( 360) 463-4393 [email protected]
  • Mt. View Elementary | Ivette Salamanca | (360) 426-8564 ext. 13017 | cell (360) 545-7136 [email protected]
  • Olympic Middle School | Cleyri Zacarias | (360) 462-6671 ext. 14105 | cell (360) 280-3539 [email protected]
  • Oakland Bay Jr. High | Isabel Castaneda | (360) 426-7991 ext. 15008 | cell (360)545-2189  [email protected]
  • Shelton High School | Veronica Lawrence | (360) 426-4471 ext. 16019 | cell (360) 968-9553 [email protected]
  • Choice & Cedar High school | Betty Uriostegui | (360) 426-2151 ext.10541 | cell (360) 490-1235 [email protected]

Are you looking to donate to our Student & Family Resource Center?
It is the SFRC's goal to help every family find the information and resources available to ensure the most successful outcome from their educational experience in their respective schools. Please consider partnering with us this year, and thank you in advance for your contribution.

If you would like to help keep our food bank and clothing bank stocked, the following are our 'high-need' items: maseca, rice, beans, individually packed snack items, baby clothing, elementary-school-age sized clothing, new underwear, and black leggings in all sizes.

Our community has always been extremely generous in their giving and we appreciate the support.

If you would like to donate your time to help sort clothing or make a monetary donation, please contact the director of the SFRC: Betty Uriostegui; (360) 426-2151 ext. 10541; [email protected] or the McKinney-Vento/Foster Care Liaison: Amanda Gonzales; 360-463-4061; [email protected].

Did you know that you could receive school notifications as text messages?  This includes messages about school closures, delays, low or negative meal balances, and more!  Opt-in today by texting “Y” or “Yes” to 67587.


Receive Free Books Through Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
On March 2nd, Child Care Action Council launched the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library across Mason and Thurston counties. Dolly Parton's Imagination Library provides children from birth up to age five a high-quality, age-appropriate book in the mail each month. Child Care Action Council will serve as the local affiliate for the Imagination Library in both counties, providing age-appropriate books each month to eligible children, at no cost to the family. Learn more

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library FlyerDolly Parton’s Imagination Library Flyer

Developmental Disabilities Resource Fair

  • Tuesday, March 21, 2023
  • 4:30p - 6:30p
  • Lacey Community Ctr: 6729 Pacific Ave SE, Lacey, WA 98503
  • Flyer

Who Should Attend?

  • Individuals with I/DD and their family members
  • Transition, life skills, and HS resource teachers
  • Special education directors Transition coordinators
  • Case managers 

What to Expect:

Over 40 service providers

  • Sessions presented by experts on:
    • Guardianship
    • Social Security/Benefits Planning
    • Parent Support Groups
    • Transportation

Mason County Prevention Summit 
When: April 14, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: Skokomish Tribe Community Center 19731 North U.S. Highway 101 Skokomish Nation, WA 98584

Summit Flyer

Washington State Department of Health Youth Advisory Council

The Washington State Department of Health is inviting young people from across our state to apply to be a member of a public health Youth Advisory Council. The council will serve for about two years and help staff in the Adolescent and Young Adult Health Unit make programming decisions.

We are looking for applicants ages 13-22 who live in Washington state and have access to the internet, social media, and email. 

Our recruitment will center the communities most affected by health care inequities. We especially encourage young people with these lived experiences to apply: 

  • Affected by disabilities 
  • Experiences with different systems, including juvenile justice, child protective services, or foster care
  • Experience with behavioral and mental health conditions and treatment
  • Experience with chronic disease conditions and treatment
  • Feeling left out at school or experiencing challenges at school
  • From marginalized and/or underserved communities
  • Experience with houselessness and/or unstable housing 
  • Struggles with access to or challenges with health care 

We are asking our public health partners to help us get the word out. Please share with your contacts who are connected with schools, teachers, youth organizations, and young people in the state.

For more information and to apply go to: Youth Engagement and the Youth Advisory Council | 
For questions, contact Alexis Bates, Adolescent Health Consultant: [email protected] or (360) 688-3064.

Irish Dance Classes
Irish Dance classes for kids to adults, ages 6 and up. Classes are in Olympia, Gig Harbor and Kirkland. Irish dance is a fantastic way to learn about Irish Culture, make new friends and participate in a fun sport. Please visit or email [email protected] for more information.

$30 Affordable Connectivity Program Plans for Families

As part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, President Biden and Vice President Harris worked with Democrats, Republicans, and Independents to create the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which provides eligible households $30 per month off their internet bills. To deliver maximum cost savings to families, the Biden-Harris Administration has secured commitments from 20 leading internet providers to offer ACP-eligible households a high-speed internet plan for no more than $30 per month. Eligible families who pair their ACP benefit with one of these plans can receive high-speed internet at no cost. For more information and to see if you qualify, please visit

Crossroads Housing
Are you experiencing a housing crisis, homelessness, fleeing domestic violence, falling behind on rent, can't make a payment, or have another barrier to obtaining housing? Crossroads can help! (360) 427-6919; (360) 490-6510


School board meetings are held every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm. Please check the district calendar for meeting locations. 

Right to Translation and Interpretation Services: All parents have the right to information about their child’s education in a language they understand. We can provide an interpreter or translated documents, free of charge when you need them. For assistance, please contact: Betty Uriostegui; 360-426-1687 ext. 10541

Derecho a Servicios de Traducción e Interpretación: Todos los padres tienen derecho a la información acerca de la educación de sus hijos en el lenguaje que ellos entienden. Podemos proveer con un intérprete o documentos traducidos de manera gratuita cuando los necesite. Para ayuda, por favor comuníquese con: Betty Uriostegui; 360-426-1687 ext. 10541

Ayon ti chi ko kamik’olne ko jatnene eloq yul ko q’anej chi jala yulaq ko na’: Ka axka tu chi ko sayek maktxel chi alon ko q’anej yin janoq ab’ix bay sanail kuyuj o ma b’ay eb’ mamej o ma janoq xa tx’oq ab’ixal. Chi huj e yalon bay Betty Uriostegui ta hay junoq che yoche chi ko jatne ek toq yul junoq xa txoq tiejal. 360-426-1687 ext. 10541

Stay Connected

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NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT: Shelton School District does not discriminate in any 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. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Title IX Coordinator: Linda Arnold, Executive Dir. of Human Resources; 700 S. First Street; Shelton, WA 98584; 360-426-1687; Email: [email protected]

Section 504/ADA Coordinator: Ivy Kardes, Director of Special Services; 700 S. First Street; Shelton, WA 98584; 360-426-2151; Email: [email protected]

Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator: Linda Arnold, Executive Dir. of Human Resources; 700 S. First Street; Shelton, WA 98584; 360-426-1687; Email: [email protected]

Gender Inclusive School Coordinator: John Holbrook, Safety and Security Manager; 700 S. 1st Street; Shelton, WA 98584; 360-426-6322; Email: [email protected]

You can report discrimination and discriminatory harassment to any school staff member or to the district's Civil Rights Coordinator, listed above. You also have the right to file a complaint.

For a copy of your district’s nondiscrimination policy and procedure, contact your school or district office or view Policy and Procedure 3210 online here: Policy & Procedure - Shelton School District

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