Berreth's advisory class at BHS exploring interests and careers

High schools unite for post-high school planning lessons 

We spend a lot of our time focused on the 13+ years our students spend within our schools and programs, and we also work to help our students envision the life waiting for them after high school as well.   Washington state requires all graduates to complete a “High School and Beyond Plan” (HSBP). The HSBP is one tool for to help…

Double champions! Squalicum boys cross country won the 2A state title on Nov. 6 and are academic champions

Academic champions for fall 2021

Four teams in Bellingham Public Schools earned recognition as Academic State Champions in fall 2021. Sponsored by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) and the Gesa Credit Union, the scholastics awards program recognizes high school teams with the highest grade point averages (GPA). Fall sports include cross country, football, boys and girls soccer, slowpitch softball,…

Sehome chamber orchestra classroom

The joy of being together in person making music; a check-in on secondary music instruction and staff spotlights

The 2021-22 school year began in-person, a big relief to all classrooms, but especially to our band, orchestra and choir classrooms across Bellingham Public Schools. Teaching music remotely had its challenges since most sound is delayed in virtual settings and the ability to play together was lost. According to orchestra teacher Kirstin Doud at Sehome…

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…

Options student prepping decals

Advanced CTE students engage in hands-on project for real-life application

Thanks to the voter-approved technology capital levy in 2020, a number of new district vehicles have been rolling across our Bellingham streets, adding efficiencies and sustainability to our fleet of cars, vans and trucks. But it is thanks to a group of Options and Bellingham High School students that these vehicles have received the branding…

Student Paige Artino holds a tool in the Aerospace Engineering shop

Bellingham High students secure virtual summer internship with Boeing

Two Bellingham High School students will spend part of their summer participating in a paid Core Plus Aerospace Virtual Internship hosted by The Boeing Company. The internship includes 3-5 weeks of early mornings and long days for real-world training and mentorship in aerospace manufacturing. Both Paige Artino and Jace McNamara of Bellingham High School started…