Three staff of the mental health team

BPS increases mental health support as part of whole child approach

Substantial changes have taken place over the last 10 years related to how Bellingham Public Schools (BPS) supports the whole child. This includes restorative justice practices to minimize out-of-school suspensions and expulsions, and adopting and teaching social emotional learning (SEL) curriculum focused on teaching students social skills while building community. BPS also provides annual trainings…

Student Paige Artino holds a tool in the Aerospace Engineering shop

Bellingham High students secure virtual summer internship with Boeing

Two Bellingham High School students will spend part of their summer participating in a paid Core Plus Aerospace Virtual Internship hosted by The Boeing Company. The internship includes 3-5 weeks of early mornings and long days for real-world training and mentorship in aerospace manufacturing. Both Paige Artino and Jace McNamara of Bellingham High School started…

Dan takes a selfie video while kite surfing on blue-green water, blue sky in background.

Alumni and others working in sports visit virtual physical education (PE) classrooms

This fall, as PE teachers grappled with how to teach physical fitness and activities online, high school Physical Education (PE) teachers decided to use the opportunity to bring in monthly guest speakers using video conferencing. PE teacher Kristin Siemion, with help from fellow PE teacher Mark Parrish, tapped Bellingham Public Schools alumni as well as…

Nurse matt administers a vaccine to Heidi who is in her car.

Staff access COVID vaccines thanks to partnerships and preparation

Thanks to the dedication of staff and community partners, Bellingham Public Schools has offered COVID immunization opportunities to all BPS staff and community education partners. On March 2, Governor Inslee added educators and licensed childcare workers to the vaccine prioritization, which meant that all Bellingham Public Schools staff became eligible to receive the vaccine if…

Ashlea Rosinski Shepherd with her computer and a poster of tribal nations

Teacher creativity helps students dig into year-long Washington state history

Teachers at all levels have had to think creatively to engage students in remote learning. Whether it’s creating virtual tours, using interactive online tools, or asking students to write their favorite movie on an interactive slide deck, teachers like Ashlea Shepherd Rosinski, seventh grade social studies teacher at Kulshan Middle School, are going above and…

Virtual reading room

High school students create virtual rooms to read to elementary students and showcase global dances

A desire to connect with elementary school students and a love of reading led Meysha Riviere, a ninth grader at Bellingham High School, to dream up the idea of a bilingual, virtual reading room for elementary school students in Bellingham. Before the pandemic, Meysha volunteered in her brother’s school, Birchwood Elementary School, and when schools…