Alisson Bonner, counselor at Columbia Elementary School, is recognized with the Physical Activity Leadership Award from SHAPE America organization

Wellness and activity champion Alisson Bonner earns state recognition

The Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) has selected Columbia Elementary School counselor Alisson Bonner as the Physical Activity Leader (PAL) of the Year for 2020 in Washington state. According to the SHAPE announcement, “the PAL award recognizes an individual who exemplifies leadership within the PAL Learning System, embodies the Let’s Move! Active Schools spirit, and…

Logan Foy outside Bellingham High School, July 2020

Bellingham High 2020 ASB President Logan Foy receives leadership honor 

Bellingham High School senior and ASB president Logan Foy has gotten a promotion. He will keep serving as a student who leads, but this time for much of the western United States.  The Association of Washington Student Leaders (AWSL) and the National Association of State Student Council Executive Directors (NASSCED), named Logan to represent the AWSL student advisory council for the 2020 cohort of “Student Presidents CONNECT.”  “Logan is a huge positive…

Student artist Elly Q. of Northern Heights holding her Delaunay-inspired drawing

Whatcom Museum collaborates with fourth graders for virtual art gallery

Traditionally, spring in Bellingham Public Schools includes a Children’s Artwalk reception highlighting art curriculum throughout our schools. In lieu of this exhibition, we would like to share this small collaboration with Whatcom Museum who spied one of our elementary learning menus at the fourth grade level. (It was one of the first learning menus put…

Birchwood Elementary School third grade teacher Valerie Califf

National board certified teachers 2019, empowered and elevated

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is an independent and nonprofit organization devoted to advancing the quality of teaching and learning. Five staff members in Bellingham Public Schools earned national board certification in December 2019 following an intensive process of teaching and learning professional development. These teachers bring the total number of NBCT staff in the…

District staff celebrating at the Ken Gass Community Awards Gala

Options administrators, district prevention specialist and volunteer honored with community building awards

At a December 2019 event, the Options High School administrative team, the district prevention specialist in Bellingham Public Schools, and volunteer/benefactor Elie Samuel were honored by the Whatcom Family and Community Network (WFCN). Every year, the WFCN recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations with the Ken Gass Community Building Awards for “increasing community caring, empowerment and…