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Student Travel Fosters Global Thinking

An important tenet of The Bellingham Promise is to prepare our students for success in the global community.  Through study abroad programs arranged by our schools or other organizations, students explore global thinking through travel.  Students from our high schools share their thoughts on travel abroad below. Campbell Lund: In January 2016, Campbell Lund, a ninth grader at…

Whatcom staff admire trophy

Whatcom Middle School Recognized as 2016 Closing the Achievement Gap Recipient

Every year we recognize one school for their exemplary work to improve opportunities for all students, specifically in the area of closing achievement gaps among races/ethnicities. This year, we celebrated with staff at Whatcom Middle School who earned the 2015-16 Closing the Achievement Gap Award. At Whatcom, staff are working hard to differentiate instruction to…

Sixth graders on the Fairhaven Future Problem Solvers team pose with one of two coaches.

Future Problem Solvers Advance to International Competition

A sixth grade team of Fairhaven Future Problem Solvers (FPS) are advancing to the international competition after taking first place for Washington state on April 14 in Stanwood, Wash. Students from Fairhaven, Whatcom, and Shuksan middle schools competed in the State Bowl. More than 150 teams from around the region competed. Bellingham had 100 participants, or 25 teams of…

Families who received computer literacy certificates pose together in a photo.

Families Receive Computer Literacy Certificates and Refurbished Hardware with Support of Community

Fifteen English Language Learner (ELL) families recently earned a computer literacy certificate and refurbished computers through a unique program that partners the Whatcom Literacy Council, Bellingham Public Schools and computer refurbishing classes and companies. Since the inception of this program, nearly 50 families have received certificates and computers. Coordinated by Isabel Meaker through the Family Engagement department,…

First graders pick up trash off of Little Squalicum Beach.

First Graders and Congressman Rick Larsen Clean Up Little Squalicum Beach

Earth Day this year brought community members together to clean up Little Squalicum Beach, including Bellingham Public Schools’ very own first graders from Birchwood Elementary. Together RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, Kiwanis Club and Congressman Rick Larsen dedicated efforts to pick up litter spread across Little Squalicum Beach. The first grade students from Anne Franzmann…

Squalicum Senior who was named Youth of the Year by Whatcom Boys and Girls Club poses for a photo.

Squalicum Senior Named Youth of the Year by Whatcom Boys and Girls Club

Squalicum High School senior Moriah Nixon-Stewart was recently named Youth of the Year by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Whatcom County. A recent article in Whatcom Talk highlights Nixon-Stewart’s accomplishments. A passage from the article follows: In her speech [Nixon] described the many opportunities that the Club had given her from volleyball to a quiet space…

Students ride bikes along course for bicycle and pedestrian safety education.

Bellingham Public Schools Receives OSPI Grant for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education

Bellingham Public Schools recently received $25,588 from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to provide bicycle and pedestrian safety education to students in grades 6 to 8. The Safe Routes to School Bike & Pedestrian Safety Education Program includes curriculum resources, bicycle purchases, a trailer for bicycle storage and transport, teacher training, and other essential…