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The Sehome Life Skills class hikes near the Sehome Arboretum.

Sehome Experimental Education and Discovery

Bellingham Public Schools has partnered with Wild Whatcom to create an engaging curriculum called Sehome Experimental Education and Discovery (SEED) at Sehome High School. Last year, Wild Whatcom won a $6,685 grant from the Chuckanut Health Foundation, allowing two of their staff members to work with the Life Skills class at Sehome High School once each week and to lead students in science curriculum…

The exterior of Bellingham High School.

Students Earn Advanced Placement Scholar Distinctions

In November, Bellingham Public Schools was notified that 302 high school students earned Advanced Placement (AP) scholar distinctions for exams taken during their high school career. These awards recognize high school students who demonstrate college-level achievement through AP courses and exams. Students applying for colleges in the fall, will have a special acknowledgement of their…

Students hold up their books at the Promise Academy.

Summer 2015 Promise Academy

The Summer 2015 Promise Academy spanned 4 weeks and included 60 soon-to-be fourth grade students in Bellingham Public Schools. The academy focused on a variety of reading and writing activities in four classrooms to support students academically during the summer break. On the final day, students shared their work which included marine-themed writing. Teachers on special assignment Dawn Christiana and…

Middle school girls hold up their tech trek scholarships.

Tech Trek Middle School Scholarships

Eight middle school students from Bellingham Public Schools received scholarships from the Bellingham Chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to attend the Tech Trek summer camp at Pacific Lutheran University in July 2015. Students attending were Fairhaven Middle School’s Linnea DeVange and Elena Wolgamot;  Kulshan Middle School’s Susannah Bloom;  Shuksan Middle School’s Makenna Fowler and Amanda Smith;  and Whatcom Middle…

Options and NSEA work.

Options High Students Engage with NSEA Fieldwork

In Spring 2015, Biology and Environmental Science classrooms at Options High School worked with Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) on a project focused on local Squalicum Creek. Students studied the water quality in the creek in order to improve salmon habitat. The Options High students spent two class periods each week working with NSEA staff to improve stream conditions, measure…

James Yoos

Science Teacher James Yoos Named Washington State Science Fellow for 2015-16

Bellingham High School science teacher James (Jamie) Yoos has been named a Washington State Science Fellow for the 2015-16 school year. The Fellows program is an effort to build teacher leadership and a foundation of knowledge and skills statewide. Individuals participating will develop a Fellows Plan within their school and district to support the best instructional practices in…