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(left to right) Isaac Parsons, Nathan Eisses, teacher Kevin Criez, Addison Getz in front of their state trophies

Sehome robotics team heads to VEX World competition; district middle school students place at state tech conference

The robotics team of Sehome High School juniors Nathan Eisses, Addison Getz and Isaac Parsons placed second in the VEX Washington State championships in March qualifying them to compete in the 2022 Vex World Championships in Dallas, Texas this May. The competition in May is the largest student robotics event in the world where 800…

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,…

Shuksan Middle School student Raul Morales explaining how a cloud forms with his demonstration in a FlipGrid

Science in a remote learning environment: Mating spiders, growing mold (at home) and Brittany’s ongoing saga

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, teachers across the country have been doing figurative backbends to adapt to a remote learning environment. This is especially true for science teachers, who have been teaching curriculum that increasingly emphasizes hands-on learning. How does one do hands-on learning online?  And how do you cultivate student engagement when 90% of…

Students look at macroinvertebrates.

Growing scientists and restoring salmon habitat with NSEA

Through a partnership with Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) fourth graders across the district and county are learning about salmon, their habitat and what they can do to be better stewards of the environment. “The fourth graders that we teach through our Students for Salmon program are representative of the next generation of environmental stewards,”…

Dr Baker with Chris Piasecki

Christopher Piasecki a finalist for Presidential Award

Christopher Piasecki, eighth-grade math teacher at Fairhaven Middle School, is one of five Washington teachers who were selected as state-level finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). This is the highest honor bestowed on teachers in STEM and computer science in Washington. The finalists were selected over the summer…

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…

Summer 2019 Tech Trek Campers

Middle school girls attend AAUW-sponsored technology camp

Five local middle school students were sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) – Bellingham Branch to attend the summer 2019 Tech Trek STEM Camp hosted at Pacific Lutheran University. The students were Angelica Khizhnyak and Sydney Wolfson of Kulshan Middle School, Liv Hampton and Julianna Schenkel of Shuksan Middle School, and Paige…