Squalicum student and WFCN board member Rolando Gonzalez with Squalicum teacher Jason Bergman

Ken Gass Community Building Awards from 2017 and 2018

In December 2018, a number of staff and parents from Bellingham Public Schools were awarded for their outstanding contributions to increasing community caring, empowerment, and connections that improve the lives of children, youth, and families. Each year Whatcom Family and Community Network (WFCN) holds the Ken Gass Community Building Awards and Dinner which recognizes individuals,…

WEB mentors, Kulshan Middle School

WEB program: Where Everybody Belongs in middle school

The transition from elementary to middle school can be challenging. Finding even one friend can make the transition easier. And being part of a network—or web—of support within the school can help even more.  This philosophy drives the Where Everybody Belongs (WEB) mentorship program in our middle schools. A middle school version of the LINK mentorship program at our high schools, it is designed…

Tech Trek 2018 campers

Tech Trek 2018

Five eighth grade girls from Bellingham Public Schools attended the American Association of University Women (AAUW) STEM Tech Trek Camps in July 2018. Emma Stewart and Grace Schamber from Kulshan Middle School, Cassie La from Shuksan Middle School, and Jaeli Tilley from Fairhaven Middle School attended Dunbar Camp on the Pacific Lutheran University campus. Gillian…

Pickford Film Center front

Pickford Film Center Shares Documentary Experience with Middle School Students

In the 2016-17 school year, the Pickford Film Center invited every middle school student in Bellingham Public Schools to experience a documentary film free of charge through the Doc-ED program. All four middle schools participated, with more than 2,400 students coming to the Pickford. School teaching staff and principals were able to choose from three different documentaries for their students. Each film…