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Maddie Ellis speaking on the floor

High school students win statewide leadership positions in YMCA Youth and Government program

The future of the state of Washington is in good hands. In May, three Bellingham Public Schools juniors campaigned for and won high-level leadership positions in a YMCA program called Youth and Government. In this program, students learn how to run a state government in hands-on simulation, culminating in an annual four–day mock-Congressional session held in Olympia at the State Capitol.   Sehome’s Thomas Cassella was elected…

The Trip of a Lifetime: Students Head to Spain through World Fellows Program

Three tenth graders from Bellingham Public Schools will embark on the trip of a lifetime this summer as they join the inaugural cohort of World Fellows, as selected by the Lieutenant Governor’s Office. Michelle Jimenez of Squalicum, Aaron Padilla Monterrey of Sehome and Cristina Calleros Martin of Bellingham High School will travel to Leon, Spain…

Global Thinkers: Wade King, Happy Valley and Chinese students learn together

Students from Happy Valley Elementary School and Shandong Normal University joined hands as they danced and sang together at the direction of music specialist Katie Tully. This interaction was made possible through a partnership with Can Edu Consultants in Vancouver, British Columbia. A group of 19 students and three adults from Shandong Normal University came to Bellingham to…

Lessons from the Past: Miners, loggers fill earliest Bellingham schools

In four decades, the settlements on Bellingham Bay grew from a promising coal seam and a lumber mill into two cities with more than 8,000 residents, including speculators hoping to attract a major railroad hub. An early priority of the white settlers, who first arrived in 1852, was to find a means to educate their children. As soon as…

Students Compete in National Geographic State Bee

Four Bellingham Public Schools students were selected as National Geographic State Bee semifinalists and competed in the 2017 Washington Geographic State Bee. The semifinalists were Christian Schwarz, a Happy Valley Elementary fifth grader; Lucy Bankowski, a Lowell Elementary fifth grader; Diane Park, a Fairhaven seventh grader and Nigel Naylor, a Whatcom eighth grader. The state Geography Bee was held…

The Chinese Delegation visits Happy Valley Elementary School in January 2017

Chinese Educators Visit Bellingham Schools, Students and Staff Share Who We Are

Stephanie Korn, director of Teaching and Learning with focus areas in world languages and international education, summarizes the recent visit of Chinese educators to Bellingham Public Schools. The visits were one of many of cultural exchange between China and our district that enhance global-mindedness. Since 2012, Bellingham Public Schools has participated in the Chinese Bridge…

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. …