Word of the Day

Standardization – (noun) the process of making something conform to a standard.

Today’s Lunch

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich on a Pretzel Roll, Crispy Sweet Potato Fries




Senior Photos

Seniors! If you’d like to submit a different photo than your ASB for the yearbook, the easiest way to do it is to go to  Images.balfour.com
  • 018841 is your project number, and no password is required.
  • It will print at 2.5” tall and 2” wide.
  • Make sure the file size of your photo is 300kb or more, otherwise it will not print well.
These photos are due by November 29 th , so if you are using a photographer, book your session soon. For questions please contact Mr. Leffler



School Pictures Are Ready!

Picture retake day is Nov 6th

School pictures are available to view online on the Yuen Lui website or by clicking HEREPictures will be handed out during school in November.

The online code is your student ID and the email address is your email address. There will not be hard copy proofs this year. If you need a computer to view these photos you may visit the front office and use our computer. If you do not like your photo or if you did not get your photo taken you need to attend our picture make up day on Nov 6th.

If you ordered pictures you will not receive your photos until AFTER Nov 6th.


Poinsettia and Holiday Wreath Fundraiser

The Holidays are just around the corner. Order beautiful poinsettias and wreaths for holiday gifts and décor while supporting the class of 2021 for their grad night festivities.

  • The poinsettias are in 6.5 inch decorative pots with a protective sleeve and come in colors of red, white and shades of pink.
  • The wreaths are 24 inches in diameter with mixed noble and berried juniper incense cedar cones.
  • All plants are from Squak Mountain Nursery.

Payment Options: 

Check*: payable to “SHS PTSA” in the memo field write “Class of 2021 poinsettia wreaths”.

PaypalFollow this link

*Return compleated order form with payment or payment type noted to PTSA Lock Box located in the main school office or mail to Sammamish High School PTSA, 100 140th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98005.


Crossroads Safety Forum

Join us on October 23rd at 6:00pm at the Crossroads Safety Forum to talk about safety concerns, violence, and crime prevention. Chief Steve Mylett and members of the police department will answer your questions.
  • Learn how to combat gangs and associated crimes
  • Discuss local crime trends
  • Learn to identify and prevent gang affiliation
  • Find out where to go for help
It will be taking place at Stevenson Elementary- 14220 NE 8th St Bellevue.


Totems Got Talent

Come to the annual talent show Totems Got Talent next Friday October 25th. The show starts at 7:00PM here in the SHS PAC and features many of your very talented Totems. Tickets are sold at the door for $8 for students and staff, and $10 for adults. Come witness amazing talent!




Reflections: Look Within

This year we encourage all students to “Look Within” and express their creativity through the National PTA Reflections program. Students are encouraged to submit original work inspired by this theme “Look Within” in a wide variety of areas. Sammamish High School will be accepting entries in 2-D Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Dance Choreography, Film Production, and Music Composition. Complete rules can be found HERE. (Check under

Program Details for the general rules, and under Student Entry Packets and Special Artist Division for the specific category rules.)

Please use the pre-filled student entry form with your submissions. ENTRY FORM  Entries will be accepted at the SHS main office through the end of school on Friday, November 1st. If you have any questions, please email MelissaSaunders91@gmail.com.




College and Career Center News

The College & Career Specialist does NOT endorse any organization/event. This is provided as an informational service only. It is strongly recommended that every participant, as well as parent or guardian, research the organization thoroughly, before participating, to be certain it is an appropriate fit.


Volunteer Opportunities:

Purrfect Pals

Purrfect Pals is a no-kill shelter based in Arlington. They take in homeless cats, get them necessary veterinary treatments, and then find them a home. We have Outpost Adoption Centers in PetSmart at Renton Landing and Petco in Issaquah on Gilman Blvd.

As volunteers, we play with kitties, clean a litter box or two, and feed them. Volunteers help out 2-3 hours per week either in the evening or weekends. More information on Purrfect Pals can be obtained from

their website  http://purrfectpals.org/

We would love to have some students join our team of volunteers which counts towards community service hours. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. PetSmart does required teens to volunteer with an adult until they are 18 years old.


Open Doors for Multicultural Families

If you are a high schooler committed to EQUITY, SOCIAL JUSTICE and making a difference in your community, then you would want to volunteer with Open Doors for Multicultural Families. This non-profit organization offers challenging and rewarding work for individuals, including volunteer opportunities ranging from in-office technical support to volunteering as a program facilitator, which involves engaging youth in fun activities. At Open Doors for Multicultural Families, they are dedicated to the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse families with loved ones with developmental disabilities and special health care needs. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering with them, please fill out a volunteer registration form through the website (background check required).

Contact Person: Gervasio Sapriza, Development Coordinator at Open Doors

Email: gervasios@multiculturalfamilies.org

Phone: Office: 253.216.4479; Direct: 253.457.5264

Website: https://www.multiculturalfamilies.org/contact/volunteer/

Address: Open Doors for Multicultural Families

24437 Russel Road, Suite #110

Kent, WA 98023

(Opportunities in Seattle and Redmond offices available as well)



This Halloween event at Crossroads Mall is for children to have a safe environment to trick-or-treat in a festive atmosphere. There will be live music and activities all with a Halloween theme. Volunteers will hand out candy in pairs around the mall to children on this family friendly night. Volunteers are encouraged to dress up, but it is not required. Contact Angeline Nesbit at Eastside Heritage Center to sign up to volunteer.

Location: Crossroads Mall

Date: October 31, 2019

Volunteer Shift: 4:00 pm – 7pm

Contact: Angeline Nesbit –     director@eastsideheritagecenter.org  Phone: (425)450-1049

Website:   https://crossroadsbellevue.com/music-events/malloween/


Halloween on the Hill

Halloween on the Hill, set for Sat, Oct 26th from 10am-9pm at South Bellevue Community Center.  Halloween on the Hill is an all-day event for families in the Eastgate neighborhood with a variety of events from Pumpkin Races, a Carnival, Dessert Theatre, indoor Movie and more!

HALLOWEEN ON THE HILL Event Brochure: https://en.calameo.com/read/0050715996a4ebd99907f


Eastgate Walk-a-thon & Bite of Eastgate

TOMORROW (back to back). First is out annual walk-a-thon starting at 4:30 followed by our Bite of Eastgate at 6:30. For more information on how to volunteer check out the links below.

Eastgate Walk-a-thon – https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b49afae28aafd0-walkathon1

Bite of Eastgate – https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b49afae28aafd0-bite2 


Upcoming College Visits

All visits are scheduled during a lunch or immediately after school in the College & Career Center (the Fishbowl across from the main office).

If a school is visiting during a lunch you are not scheduled in, you will need to get permission from the teacher of the class you would be missing. You must have that permission in note form when you come to the college visit.

Please get your lunch and plan to eat during the visit – we do not want you returning to class hungry.

The college representative visiting is likely the person assigned to this area so may be the person who would be reading your application first. If you can attend, this is a terrific opportunity to meet them!

The entire list of colleges visiting SHS is on Naviance – check it regularly as schools change dates or new schools sign up all the time.


College Visits: 

Grand Canyon University Tue October 22, 2019 11:45 AM
Whitworth University Tue October 22, 2019 11:45 AM
Grand Canyon University Tue October 22, 2019 12:40 PM
Hofstra University Tue October 22, 2019 3:00 PM
Purdue University Tue October 22, 2019 3:00 PM
Boston University Wed October 23, 2019 11:00 AM
Miami University, Oxford Wed October 23, 2019 11:00 AM
Gonzaga University Wed October 23, 2019 1:00 PM
University of Utah Wed October 23, 2019 1:00 PM
Merrimack College Thu October 24, 2019 11:15 AM


Clubs and Organizations News


Latino H.E.A.T – Dia de los Muertos

The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican heritage elsewhere. Come celebrate with Latino H.E.A.T for this FREE event on November 1st from 5:00-8:30p.m at Sammamish High School!

English Version               Spanish Version

Sugar skull decorating – Face Painting – Mask decorating- Traditional treats

If  you have any questions please contact: Rosy: Mendozar@bsd405.org, Alin: S-Leyvaa@bsd405.org, Maricela: S-veram@bsd405.org


SHS Clubs

Please contact the club advisors for more information.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Rm 143
3:30-5:30 pm
Ms. Herzog
Campus Connect
Rm 318
3:30-4:30 pm
Ms. Krause
Hot Glass Club
Hot Glass StudioFirst and last Wed of each month
1:00-2:30 pm
Ms. Misoda
Math Club
Rm 325
3:00-3:30 pm
Mr. Burress
Rm 332
3:30-5:00 pm
Ms. Neshyba
MultiMedia Club
Rm 345
3:00-4:00 pm
Mr. Burlingame
Latino Heat
3:15-6:00 pm
Ms. Quintana
Beginning Strings
Rm 173
1:00-2:00 pm
Mr. Klock
Room 315
3:30-5:00 pm
Ms. Goodrich
Anime Club
Rm 227
3:35-4:30 pm
Ms. Ribeiro
Debate Club
Rm 210
3:30 – 4:30 pm
Ms. Weber
Key Club
Rm 328
3:10-3:40 pm
Ms. Rosenberg
Rm 356
1:00-2:00 pm
Ms. Brown
Glee Club
Rm 173
3:30-4:30 pm
Mr. Scott
Environmental Activists
Rm 332
3:00-4:00 pm
Ms. NeshybaMs.Larson
Rm 315
3:30-4:30 pm
Ms. Goodrich
Thespian Club
Green Room
3:30 pm
Ms. Adams
National Honor Society
During Snack Break
Ms. Youmans
Hip Hop Club
3:30-5:00 pm
Ms. Adams
Art Club
Rm 305
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Ms. Garcia
Badminton Club
Aux Gym
3:00-4:00 pm
Mr. Leffler
Latino Heat
3:15-6:00 pm
Ms. Quintana
Hip Hop Club
3:30-5:00 pm
Ms. Adams
Rm 143
3:30-5:30 pm
Ms. Herzog
Tabletop Gaming Club
Rm 229Every other Tuesday3:30-5:30 pm
Ms. Ribeiro

Rm3rd Thursday of each month
3:00 pm
Mr. Danielsen
Glee Club
Rm 173
3:30-4:30 pm
Mr. Scott
RmEvery other Wed.
1:30 pm
Ms. Bright
Rm 319Every other Tuesday
3:00 pm
Ms. Fyten
LGBTQ+ and Allies Club
Rm 2273:30-4:30 pm
Mr. Ryan
Journalism Club
Rm 611
3:05-4:30 pm
Mr. Leffler
Asian American Pacific Islander Club
Rm 320
3:30-4:00 pm
Mr. Chen


Library News


October is TeenTober

TeenTober is a new, nationwide celebration hosted by libraries every October and aims to celebrate teens, promote year-round teen services and the innovative ways teen services helps teens learn new skills, and fuel their passions in and outside the library. TeenTober replaces YALSA’s previous Teen Read Week™ and Teen Tech Week™ celebrations, allowing libraries the flexibility to choose what to celebrate (digital literacy, reading, technology, writing, etc.) and the length of time for each celebration.

Check out some Spooky Reads for Fall: Cozy up with these haunted horror and mystery books this fall!


KCLS MakerSpace

KCLS MakerSpace will be coming to our SHS Library during both lunches, Monday, Oct. 21st. Try out any of these great tech tools! (Makerspace in our SHS library is available before school, during both lunches and after school, unless otherwise noted in the library closures section of the daily bulletin.)

  • 3Doodler Create+ Pens
  • Ableton Live
  • Kerbal Space Program
  • LittleBits – Synth Kit
  • Mystery Craft…

Sports and Activities News


Winter Sports

If you are interested in participating in WINTER Sports –  Boys or Girls Basketball, Gymnastics, Boys/Girls Wrestling, or Boys Swim –  Registration with FinalForms, is now open to register for all of the sports your athlete is interested in.

All Winter Sports needs ImPACT testing except Boys Swim.  Everyone must have a current physical and ImPACT test prior to participating in any contact sport (good for 2 years!).

Athletic Fees are: $75 ASB, $100 Athletic Fee, and $50 Transportation Fee.

IMPACT test dates are: November 5th (4:00p), November 6th (2:00p), November 7th (4:00p) in Room 112.  November 12th (4:00p), November 13th (2:00p), November 14th (4:00p) and November 20th (2:00p)  in Room 112.

First day of Gymnastics is: November 11th and all other Winter Sports start November 18th.


SHS Activities & Athletic Events Oct 14th- Oct 19th

Time Sport Level Home Visitor Location Depart
Friday, October 18, 2019
9:00 AM Boys Tennis Varsity Districts Skagit Valley Coll. TBD
7:00 PM Football Varsity Sammamish Franklin Sammamish High School
Saturday, October 19, 2019
9:00 AM Boys Tennis Varsity Districts Skagit Valley Coll. TBD


Have a wonderful day Totems!

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.