Celebrating 50 years of the All-City Fifth Grade Track & Field Meet

    Running, jumping, throwing, cheers and laughter are frequent scenes at the Bellingham Public Schools’ All-City Fifth Grade Track & Field Meet as students from each elementary school, adorned in school-branded penny jerseys, convene together at Civic Stadium for a day of events and friendly competition. Unofficial results records for the meet date back to…

Members of the Lummi Nation unveil story pole at new Alderwood Elementary School

    Family members and friends of the late master carver Dale James of the Lummi Nation gathered in February at the new Alderwood Elementary School to unveil a story pole carved by James in 1974. Originally, the story pole was a collaborative educational project between James and Marietta Elementary School principal Sid Hammond. One…

Three staff of the mental health team

BPS increases mental health support as part of whole child approach

Substantial changes have taken place over the last 10 years related to how Bellingham Public Schools (BPS) supports the whole child. This includes restorative justice practices to minimize out-of-school suspensions and expulsions, and adopting and teaching social emotional learning (SEL) curriculum focused on teaching students social skills while building community. BPS also provides annual trainings…

Two preschool students work on art. One girl has pink stickers.

Inclusive preschool builds friendship in Bellingham schools

For the past five years, Bellingham Public Schools has offered an inclusive preschool program at Alderwood and Cordata elementary schools. The program includes opportunities for typically developing children and children with developmental delays or disabilities. “We want to invest in early learning at the preschool level and really provide more inclusive opportunities for children with…

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…