Bear Bytes

Bear Bytes
February 21, 2024

Hello Bears! Hope you’re having a fun mid-winter break! Reminder, when we come
back on Monday February 26th, it will be a GOLD day (periods 5-8). See you then!

Bear Den Retreat: Bear Den Retreat 2024 is coming Friday March 8 & Saturday March 9! Permission slips are available outside of Room 104 and online.  (DEADLINE for permission slips/payment is Tuesday March 5th) ANY THS student can attend this amazing weekend retreat full of new friendships, motivational speakers, social time, ropes course, personal growth, food, and more! Don’t miss out on this unique THS Tradition! Cost for the whole weekend is $65 before Feb 23, $75 after 2/23. Email [email protected] or [email protected] with questions. To get an idea what Bear Den Retreat is, watch this video from last year!


PTA Community Scholarships for Seniors:
Seniors can now apply for scholarships offered through the PTA/Community Scholarship program. There are scholarships for students planning to attend community, technical, and trade colleges, as well as 4-year colleges and universities. Get information about how to apply here. See all scholarships here. Deadline is March 15. Students who would like help with their applications can stop by the Future Ready Center at THS.

Tahoma Schools Foundation Scholarships: The Tahoma Schools Foundation scholarship application is open. They will award four, $5000 scholarships to THS students. This is separate from the PTA Community Scholarships. Click here to apply.

State Testing: The Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA)  for Math and ELA is coming in April and is the quickest way to meet the Washington State Graduation Pathway requirement. All 10th grade students will be required to test and any 11th or 12th grade student who has not previously passed this requirement has the option to test as well to meet this Grad Pathway. SBA testing will take place during a modified schedule at THS on the following dates:

  • Wednesday (4/17) Math
  • Thursday (4/18) Math
  • Tuesday (4/23) ELA
  • Wednesday (4/24) ELA

A separate test, The Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) will also be administered on April 18th to all 11th grade students. All testing will take place between 7:35 - 10:10am and students not testing will have an alternative learning experience including a Health & Fitness fair and guest speakers.  Any questions please contact Mr. Maria [email protected]

Career and Technical Education (CTE): At Tahoma, we celebrate CTE in February! CTE prepares students by bridging academic learning and technical skills in the classroom so that they can be successful in the workforce. Tahoma offers a wide variety of CTE courses and also a CTE graduation pathway. For more information about the benefits of CTE visit: https://www.acteonline.org/ or the tahomadeca Instagram page. For more information about CTE as a graduation pathway visit: https://ospi.k12.wa.us/student-success/graduation/graduation-pathways

2024 Senior Yard Signs: Yard signs for the class of 2024 are now on sale through April 4th! Regular $20, personalized $30. Sign pickup is scheduled for Saturday May 4th. Click Here for more information and ordering.

Bus Passes:  At THS, we ask that requests be submitted via email no later than 11:30 a.m. for processing. Click Here to review & submit a pass request. No bus passes are issued on Fridays per transportation. Please call Transportation with any other questions 425.413.3220.

Dr. Appointments/Early Dismissals/Excusing Student Absences:

  • Please email [email protected], leave a voicemail at 425.413.6209 or send a note with your student(s) to excuse an absence/late arrival, or need a dismissal for any reason.
  • Please allow at least one hour before needing your student dismissed for an early dismissal.
  • If your student must leave during power hour (10:25-11:25), please call or email at least one hour before power hour begins (10:25).
  • The Attendance Office is on the West side (athletic field entrance).
  • Absences must be excused within 48 hours of the date of absence. If they are not excused within 48 hours, progressive intervention will occur.
  • Parent/Guardian/Physician may excuse an absence.
  • If your student is 18 years and older, they can excuse themselves. Please have them see the attendance office for a form and more information. They will still be accountable for abiding by the attendance policy in the student handbook.

Links for additional information:
THS Activities     Tahoma High School   NPSL Website (Sports)  
Tahoma Athletics    PTA Info


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