Chronic absenteeism the focus during Attendance Awareness Month

Educators look at attendance as one of the three big indicators — the “ABC’s” — of student success. Research has long connected attendance, behavior and course performance with graduation rates. September, the first full month of classes at Bellingham Public Schools, is Attendance Awareness Month. School officials are focusing this month — and all year…

Volunteers who give at Bellingham schools also receive

When volunteers offer their skills at Bellingham Public Schools, the benefits can last a lifetime. Volunteers teaching a writing class to fourth graders, for example, can spark an enduring creative outlet. A community member working with students in special education can instill lifelong independence. Cordata Elementary School volunteers Shahla Jalili, Derek Munson and Wayne Weinschenk said they…

Lessons from the Past: Miners, loggers fill earliest Bellingham schools

In four decades, the settlements on Bellingham Bay grew from a promising coal seam and a lumber mill into two cities with more than 8,000 residents, including speculators hoping to attract a major railroad hub. An early priority of the white settlers, who first arrived in 1852, was to find a means to educate their children. As soon as…

School foundation aims high to support students

Ask anyone, from the PTA volunteer who organizes a jogathon, to the nonprofit leader who runs a gala auction: Fundraising is hard work. Of course, the payoff makes it all worthwhile. The Bellingham Public Schools Foundation isn’t shying away from the sometimes daunting task of fundraising, because the payoff is better opportunities for students. “I really believe in the mission…