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Governor Visits Shuksan Middle School

Governor Inslee Visits Shuksan Middle School

Governor of Washington state Jay Inslee had a full day in Bellingham, keynoting at Western Washington University’s symposium on electric vehicles, visiting a housing facility for the homeless Francis Place, and chatting with students and staff at Shuksan Middle School. At Shuksan, Gov. Inslee’s visit included a look at the BEST grant that Bellingham Public Schools fully implemented in 2016-17. The…

Kulshan Social Action Projects February 2017

Kulshan Students Deepen Understanding in Social Action Projects

More than 150 Kulshan Middle School seventh graders, their families and caregivers gathered together in the Kulshan Commons to share and promote their Social Action Projects in February 2017. As a culminating project for their first semester social studies class, teachers Matt Macleod, Minh Nguyen and student teacher Brooke Stromme engaged their students in project-based learning. …

Grads can tout language skills on transcript, diploma

Some students in Bellingham Public Schools strive to become fluent in a second language through high school coursework. Others are mastering English through their interactions at school and in the community while speaking a different language at home. A new state law enables schools to recognize high levels of language proficiency with a Seal of Biliteracy. Eighty-seven…

Bellingham schools DRO Chris Brown on 12/23/16

Officer Brown steps down from school job after 3 years

Bellingham police officer Chris Brown, whose beat covered the 23 buildings in Bellingham Public Schools, finished his three-and-a-half-year stint as district resource officer on Monday, Jan. 9. Bellingham officer Bo McGinty replaced him. “It’s a very demanding position” and one that Brown handled with grace, said Jonah Stinson, Bellingham Public Schools’ director of school safety and…

Cookie decorating at Cordata Community Celebration

Cordata Elementary throws party where students live

Cordata Elementary School’s new principal wants to get to know her students better. In the spirit of bringing school and home communities together, Principal Analisa Ficklin and Cordata staff held a “community celebration” on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Cascade Meadows Clubhouse, 455 Westerly Road. The clubhouse serves four nearby apartment complexes, where about 30 percent of the school’s 400 students live.…

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…

Students present at a junior achievement breakfast.

Squalicum Students Present at Junior Achievement Breakfast

In February, Squalicum High School juniors Isa and Cyrus spoke in front of 260 local professionals at the annual Junior Achievement (JA) breakfast.  The purpose of their presentation was to explain the partnership between Junior Achievement and Bellingham Public Schools and the impact it has on student’s understanding of careers and financial literacy. “Isa and Cyrus did a…