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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…

BHS senior Abigail Sorensen received the Phyllis Lawson CTE Scholarship in 2021

BHS senior receives CTE scholarship award

Bellingham High School senior Abigail (Abbie) Sorensen has received the Phyllis Lawson Scholarship from the Washington Association of Career and Technical Education Administrators (WACTA). She was one of 10 awardees in the state in 2021. The award honors outstanding service, leadership, knowledge and commitment to Career and Technical Education. Katie Owen, sports medicine teacher, nominated…

Dan takes a selfie video while kite surfing on blue-green water, blue sky in background.

Alumni and others working in sports visit virtual physical education (PE) classrooms

This fall, as PE teachers grappled with how to teach physical fitness and activities online, high school Physical Education (PE) teachers decided to use the opportunity to bring in monthly guest speakers using video conferencing. PE teacher Kristin Siemion, with help from fellow PE teacher Mark Parrish, tapped Bellingham Public Schools alumni as well as…

Alisson Bonner, counselor at Columbia Elementary School, is recognized with the Physical Activity Leadership Award from SHAPE America organization

Wellness and activity champion Alisson Bonner earns state recognition

The Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) has selected Columbia Elementary School counselor Alisson Bonner as the Physical Activity Leader (PAL) of the Year for 2020 in Washington state. According to the SHAPE announcement, “the PAL award recognizes an individual who exemplifies leadership within the PAL Learning System, embodies the Let’s Move! Active Schools spirit, and…

Logan Foy outside Bellingham High School, July 2020

Bellingham High 2020 ASB President Logan Foy receives leadership honor 

Bellingham High School senior and ASB president Logan Foy has gotten a promotion. He will keep serving as a student who leads, but this time for much of the western United States.  The Association of Washington Student Leaders (AWSL) and the National Association of State Student Council Executive Directors (NASSCED), named Logan to represent the AWSL student advisory council for the 2020 cohort of “Student Presidents CONNECT.”  “Logan is a huge positive…

School board directors visited Alderwood Elementary School in December 2019.

School board directors discuss unprecedented spring 2020

In the June 2020 edition of InsideSchools, our community newsletter, school board directors Doug Benjamin and Jenn Mason discuss the unprecedented spring of the pandemic closure and widespread protests against systemic racism.  Photo above: (left to right) Alderwood Principal Micah Smith, Superintendent Greg Baker, Alderwood Assistant Principal Minh Nguyen with School Board Directors Doug Benjamin…