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All-around excellence shines as Bellingham, Sehome and Squalicum place among top five in Scholastic Cup

  The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) oversees athletics and fine arts for schools statewide and its most prestigious annual award is the Scholastic Cup in recognition of academic, athletic and sportsmanship excellence.  Sehome High School (2nd), Bellingham High School (4th) and Squalicum High School (5th) placed in the top five of the statewide Scholastic Cup standings…

Local artist Jason LaClair shares Coast Salish art with Happy Valley Elementary

“Wow, it looks amazing, Jason!” “How do you draw such a perfect circle? How long will it take to finish?” “I can’t wait to see it! What color will that part be?” The questions and comments were plentiful, constant and encouraging from students passing by as Lummi Nation artist Jason LaClair masterfully painted the hallway…

Good Earth Pottery showcases high school art students in March 

In its first-ever student show, Good Earth Pottery’s March show in Fairhaven features the work of Whatcom County high school students. Students from Bellingham, Sehome and Squalicum high schools have been selected to showcase their ceramic art in this celebration of Whatcom County’s youth ceramic artists. The show runs through March 31, 2022. The gallery…

Sehome chamber orchestra classroom

The joy of being together in person making music; a check-in on secondary music instruction and staff spotlights

The 2021-22 school year began in-person, a big relief to all classrooms, but especially to our band, orchestra and choir classrooms across Bellingham Public Schools. Teaching music remotely had its challenges since most sound is delayed in virtual settings and the ability to play together was lost. According to orchestra teacher Kirstin Doud at Sehome…

Students film Connect/Disconnect on school football field

Sehome drama students depict pandemic teen life in award-winning, devised film project

Connect/Disconnect is an original devised film, written and created by Sehome High School drama students about their experiences during the school closures and the 2020 pandemic. It premiered online in January 2021. The film has more than 2,000 views on YouTube and has been the recipient of both state and national awards on the professional…

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…