Allied Arts partnership brings art to fifth grade classrooms

Through one of the partnerships with Allied Arts of Whatcom County, teaching artists worked with fifth grade classrooms. Each class received up to 12 hours of arts education that focused on one theme. These included stone carving, watercolor painting, paper mache puppets and concrete pavers. The partnership emerged after an anonymous donation was given to the Whatcom Community Foundation.…

Molli O'Neill with Cozier students

New Round of National Board Certified Teachers Announced

Five more teachers in Bellingham Public Schools earned National Board Certification in November 2016 following an intensive process of teaching and learning professional development. These teachers join 124 district colleagues in earning this national board-certified status. New board-certified teachers in Bellingham Public Schools are Jami Aeschliman, Options High teacher, Molli O’Neill, 5th grade teacher Carl Cozier, and…

Students learn safety tips from the Red Cross and Fire Department

Through a partnership with the NW Region American Red Cross and Bellingham Fire Department, students throughout Bellingham Public Schools are learning about fire safety and emergency preparedness. The Red Cross provides disaster preparedness presentations to all age groups, but has geared these presentations for second grade students. The presentation includes information about fire safety and…

Students cheer with smiles for their teacher who received a Promise Award.

2016 Promise Award Recipients Announced

Bellingham Public Schools leaders recently surprised our 2016 Districtwide Promise Award recipients and are pleased to announce the honorees from our schools. The Promise Awards Program recognizes the exemplary achievements and contributions of staff and volunteers connected to The Bellingham Promise, our district’s strategic plan. The Promise Awards are supported by the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation. 2016 Districtwide Staff…

Guests interact with students at Carl Cozier Elementary during an assembly about Capoeira.

Carl Cozier to receive the Mayor’s Arts Award

Carl Cozier received a letter from Mayor Kelli Linville announcing that they, alongside Kuntz and Company, have been selected to receive the Mayor’s Arts Award. According to the website, this award recognizes individual artists and businesses, benefactors, arts organizations, arts community leadership, arts education or support, civic improvement and research, notable achievements and events, and those that…

A PreK student plays with a number rack toy built by Squalicum students.

Squalicum Students Build Number Racks for PreK Students

Manufacturing students from Squalicum High School worked in teams to design and fabricate 3D number racks for developmental preschool classrooms around Bellingham Public Schools. In total, 14 five-bead racks and 10 seven-bead racks were created using CAD software, 3D printers, laser engravers, wood and non-toxic paint. Special education preschool teachers were in need of math materials that mirror the…

Staff meet during teaching and learning advisories.

Great Teaching with Strong Support, Teachers Join Advisory Groups

In order to fulfill The Bellingham Promise, the Department of Teaching and Learning launched a structure of Teaching and Learning Advisories to address and maintain content specific topics in a cohesive, coherent and transparent manner. The Teaching and Learning Advisories are comprised of certificated staff members. Since March, five Teaching and Learning Advisories have launched. The groups…