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…

Fifteen students earn National Merit 2020 recognition

Bellingham Public Schools has two semifinalists and 13 commended students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Competition. To qualify for the competition, students took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) during the 2018-19 school year. Sehome High School students Olivia Geist and Jae Chan Lee are semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Semifinalists are the in…

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…

Ella Meade with her hand-crafted skis

Learn cutting edge design skills in district CTE programs; student designs and crafts skis

In the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program in Bellingham Public Schools, design and shop classrooms often work together to make projects happen. One such project was a pair of skis created by student, now graduate, Ella Meade in her junior and senior year. Jared Greenwood, Options High School and CTE teacher, explains below how…

Maddie Ellis speaking on the floor

High school students win statewide leadership positions in YMCA Youth and Government program

The future of the state of Washington is in good hands. In May, three Bellingham Public Schools juniors campaigned for and won high-level leadership positions in a YMCA program called Youth and Government. In this program, students learn how to run a state government in hands-on simulation, culminating in an annual four–day mock-Congressional session held in Olympia at the State Capitol.   Sehome’s Thomas Cassella was elected…