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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…

Community Transitions culinary class benefits from Foundation grant

This school year brought some important additions to the Community Transitions (CT) program in Bellingham Public Schools. Thanks to a $1,000 grant from the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation, “Tools for Culinary Arts Instruction at Community Transitions,” the CT culinary class now has enough supplies to teach basic cooking skills. With four sections of the class…

Celebrating 50 years of the All-City Fifth Grade Track & Field Meet

    Running, jumping, throwing, cheers and laughter are frequent scenes at the Bellingham Public Schools’ All-City Fifth Grade Track & Field Meet as students from each elementary school, adorned in school-branded penny jerseys, convene together at Civic Stadium for a day of events and friendly competition. Unofficial results records for the meet date back to…

Shuksan’s James Hayes honored as District One Coach of the Year

    Shuksan Middle School Wrestling Coach James Hayes has been named the Middle School Coach of the Year for District One during the recent winter season, recognized by the region’s high school coaches for his positive impact and commitment to students. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) organizes the state into nine district regions,…

Happy Valley PE teacher Melanie Flink with fourth grader Lyla who is the artist of the sign hanging on the door

Inspired and inspiring, Happy Valley educator recognized with state PE award

Her student Jesse says she is the “best PE teacher in the world!” And, according to her colleagues in physical education, this is an absolutely true statement. Melanie Flink, physical education specialist at Happy Valley Elementary School and elementary PE department chair in Bellingham Public Schools, has been named the 2021 Physical Education Teacher of…

Double champions! Squalicum boys cross country won the 2A state title on Nov. 6 and are academic champions

Academic champions for fall 2021

Four teams in Bellingham Public Schools earned recognition as Academic State Champions in fall 2021. Sponsored by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) and the Gesa Credit Union, the scholastics awards program recognizes high school teams with the highest grade point averages (GPA). Fall sports include cross country, football, boys and girls soccer, slowpitch softball,…