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Local artist Jason LaClair shares Coast Salish art with Happy Valley Elementary

“Wow, it looks amazing, Jason!” “How do you draw such a perfect circle? How long will it take to finish?” “I can’t wait to see it! What color will that part be?” The questions and comments were plentiful, constant and encouraging from students passing by as Lummi Nation artist Jason LaClair masterfully painted the hallway…

Kulshan Rockets

Blast off with STEAM; rocket unit at Kulshan teaches CTE skills

Joining other recent space launches across the country and planet, Kulshan Middle School STEM students launched classroom rockets outside the school, boosting their [S]cience learning, [T]echnical prowess, [E]ngineering, [A]rtistic designs and [M]athematical calculations. KMS STEM teacher Rob Hendricks, along with retired science teacher Dan Bailey, led the unit for sixth grade students. Using soda bottles,…

“A class for someone like me”: Sehome computer science teacher awarded national inclusion fellowship

With technology even more embedded in every aspect of our lives, it’s crucial that the people and companies that create the tools of tomorrow reflect the diversity and complexity of our communities. This drive led Sehome High School’s Jenny Styer, CTE teacher, on a journey of professional development to develop both her skills as a…

Brian Pahl with students on computers

Brian Pahl selected as Microsoft Innovator Educator Expert for 2021-22

Sunnyland Elementary School educational technology coach Brian Pahl was recently selected as a Microsoft Innovator Educator (MIE) Expert for 2021-22 by Microsoft Education. According to the program website these experts are “self-driven educators who are passionate about teaching and learning. They inspire students with creative thinking, and work in a collaborative spirit to share their…

Options student prepping decals

Advanced CTE students engage in hands-on project for real-life application

Thanks to the voter-approved technology capital levy in 2020, a number of new district vehicles have been rolling across our Bellingham streets, adding efficiencies and sustainability to our fleet of cars, vans and trucks. But it is thanks to a group of Options and Bellingham High School students that these vehicles have received the branding…

Student Paige Artino holds a tool in the Aerospace Engineering shop

Bellingham High students secure virtual summer internship with Boeing

Two Bellingham High School students will spend part of their summer participating in a paid Core Plus Aerospace Virtual Internship hosted by The Boeing Company. The internship includes 3-5 weeks of early mornings and long days for real-world training and mentorship in aerospace manufacturing. Both Paige Artino and Jace McNamara of Bellingham High School started…

Erin Burke, Eva Warner Chazo and Margi Smith

Students tackle the challenges of today through Promise Tomorrow

What would you do if there were no restrictions? This was the question posed by teacher on special assignment Jennifer Lawrence when she reached out to fellow educators looking for colleagues to lead an extended learning experience for students. High school biology teacher Erin Buke, middle school Special Education teacher Eva Warner Chazo and first…