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Superintendent Greg Baker and math teacher Scott Smartt.

Scott Smartt receives Outstanding Educator Award

Scott Smartt, math teacher at Bellingham High School, recently received the University of Chicago’s Outstanding Educator Award. Each year, the University of Chicago invites first-year students to nominate an educator who has influenced them or challenged them. The university receives hundreds of nominations each year from students who share stories about teachers who inspired them…

Gear up students with school counselor

GEAR UP’s college access activities support Squalicum ninth graders

Over the summer, eight Squalicum High School ninth graders won scholarships to attend Envision U, a Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) summer camp at Western Washington University (WWU). Taylor Bergquist, Amiya Grayson, Cassy La, Taylor Norton, Jasmine Olivas, Jennifer Rodriguez, Dylan Schenkel, and Svitlana Shashkina spent four days on the…

Students help install final panel.

Solar panels added to Bellingham High roof; first in district

An after-school club activity has led to permanent change with real results. On the sunniest June afternoon imaginable on top of Bellingham High School’s roof, a contingent of students, graduates, staff and professional installers placed the first solar array in Bellingham Public Schools. In 2017, several students in the BHS Environmental Club calculated energy use…

Patrick Brown

Patrick Brown honored with Athletic Administrator Service Award

At the May 2019 Washington Secondary School Athletic Administrators Association (WSSAAA) conference, Squalicum High School athletic/activities coordinator Patrick Brown was honored with the Athletic Administrator Service Award for the 2018-19 school year. This award is in recognition of his numerous positive contributions that enhance the interscholastic athletic programs at the local, league, district and state…

Lego club

After-school enrichment programs continue to grow at Alderwood and Cordata

After-school enrichment programs are so popular at Alderwood and Cordata elementary schools that clubs fill up quickly and some have wait-lists. Nearly 400 students participate between the two schools, which is approximately 50% of the school populations. These after-school programs close the opportunity gap that exists in some communities. Enrichment programs have been shown to…