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Sehome National Merit Semifinalists: Jacob van't Hoog, Ethan Flanagan, Lucas Cunningham

High school scholars earn national recognition

Bellingham Public Schools has four semifinalists and 11 commended students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Competition. To qualify for the competition, students took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) during the 2017-18 school year. Bellingham High School student Benjamin Grabau and Sehome High students Lucas Cunningham, Ethan Flanagan and Jacob van’t Hoog are semifinalists in the National Merit…

Promise Academy pre-service teachers

Bilingual Teacher Academy students serve as Promise Academy pre-service teachers

This summer, eight high school students got their first taste of teaching in the district’s annual Promise Academy, a summer session for preschool to grade 5 students. Promise Academy supports students academically every summer with writing and reading activities. Bringing these high school students into the summer classrooms as support for the program was a…

Junior solar sprint competitors Sanders and Schlegel

Whatcom Middle School students finish fourth in national competition

Whatcom Middle School seventh grade students Luka Sanders and Luke Schlegel attended the Technology Student Association (TSA) national conference in Atlanta, Georgia this summer. The conference included competitions in an array of events. In the Junior Solar Sprint (JSS), the Whatcom team finished in fourth place nationally from among seventy solar cars from across the country, and…

Tech Trek 2018 campers

Tech Trek 2018

Five eighth grade girls from Bellingham Public Schools attended the American Association of University Women (AAUW) STEM Tech Trek Camps in July 2018. Emma Stewart and Grace Schamber from Kulshan Middle School, Cassie La from Shuksan Middle School, and Jaeli Tilley from Fairhaven Middle School attended Dunbar Camp on the Pacific Lutheran University campus. Gillian…

Cast of Annie at State Conference

The Magic of Theatre is in the Collaboration, Compassion: A Peek Inside Sehome Drama

Kandace Arens McGowan, drama teacher at Sehome High School, is the director of their spring 2018 production of Annie which opened May 2. This month she also had an article published  in the drama teacher magazine Teaching Theater. Her article is about the intense and rewarding 24-hour play festival she puts on annually with her theatre…

With the addition of basketball, Unified Sports now play year-round

Students at Bellingham Public Schools have even more opportunity to play competitive team sports with the addition of Unified Basketball this winter. Special Olympics devised the Unified Sports program as a way to bring together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities. Those with disabilities, referred to as “athletes,” play on the same team as their…