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Squalicum teacher Riley Liddle, Squalicum student Maya Haggen, Sehome teacher Kevin Criez and Bellingham High teacher Paul Clement put together the final phase of masks.

Teachers and students use 3D printers to meet PPE shortage

The emails and calls started coming in just days after schools were officially closed due to COVID-19. Students wanted to use their school’s 3D printers to make masks for essential employees who may face a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). “There was more and more interest,” says Riley Liddle, Career and Technical Education (CTE)…

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…

Students look at macroinvertabrates.

Growing scientists and restoring salmon habitat with NSEA

Through a partnership with Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) fourth graders across the district and county are learning about salmon, their habitat and what they can do to be better stewards of the environment. “The fourth graders that we teach through our Students for Salmon program are representative of the next generation of environmental stewards,”…

Students help install final panel.

Solar panels added to Bellingham High roof; first in district

An after-school club activity has led to permanent change with real results. On the sunniest June afternoon imaginable on top of Bellingham High School’s roof, a contingent of students, graduates, staff and professional installers placed the first solar array in Bellingham Public Schools. In 2017, several students in the BHS Environmental Club calculated energy use…