Students Compete in National Geographic State Bee

Four Bellingham Public Schools students were selected as National Geographic State Bee semifinalists and competed in the 2017 Washington Geographic State Bee. The semifinalists were Christian Schwarz, a Happy Valley Elementary fifth grader; Lucy Bankowski, a Lowell Elementary fifth grader; Diane Park, a Fairhaven seventh grader and Nigel Naylor, a Whatcom eighth grader. The state Geography Bee was held…

Bellingham middle schools receive governor’s ‘Gold Star’ for scholarship signups

Bellingham middle schools received Gold Star awards from Gov. Jay Inslee in February for signing up 81.8 percent of last year’s eligible eighth graders for the College Bound Scholarship. More than 200 schools in 103 school districts received the award for exceeding the statewide signup rate of 71 percent. The College Bound Scholarship helps Washington’s low-income students…

2017 Whatcom County Math Championship results; district sweeps first place in all individual categories

The results from the Feb. 25, 2017 Whatcom County Math Championship are in. Awards for first, second and third place for student in Bellingham Public Schools are as follows: Kulshan Middle School’s 8th grade team took first place, and Fairhaven Middle School’s team took 2nd and 3rd place; Fairhaven’s 7th grade team took first and second place, and…

Grants put middle school students on bicycles

More students are enjoying the mental and physical benefits of bicycling, thanks to two separate grants awarded to our middle schools. Whatcom Middle School was one of eight schools across the country, out of more than 200 applicants, to receive bicycles, curriculum and training from The Specialized Foundation. The grant included 30 Specialized Hardrock mountain bikes, helmets and tools,…

Achieving more together, eighth graders come together in spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Eighth graders from across Bellingham Public Schools were invited to assemble together at the MLK Day Rally: A Path to YES! held in the Bellingham High School performing arts center. The idea to bring all district grade 8 students together was first developed by educators at Kulshan and Shuksan middle schools who worked on a…

Let's Move Award

Three Bellingham Schools Earn Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award

Let’s Move! Active Schools, part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative recently honored Bellingham High School, Fairhaven Middle School and Cordata Elementary School with the 2016 Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award for outstanding efforts in creating an active school environment. Only 544 schools across the country achieved this honor in 2016. The Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award…

The exterior of Shuksan Middle School.

Successful middle-school fundraiser divides the funds equally

In fundraising, change is risky. Middle school parent-teacher-student associations have relied for a decade or more on magazine sales to raise money, but they decided to do something different for 2016-17. The magazine drive was replaced by a simple request for donations from parents, businesses and other members of the community. The risk paid off, financially and…

Three girls pose with their Tech Trek WA certificates.

Middle School Girls Head to Tech Trek Camp

The Bellingham branch of Washington State American Association of University Women (AAUW) is pleased to announce that four middle school students from Bellingham Public Schools will be attending a weeklong Tech Trek camp July 10 to 16 at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash.  The camp is designed for girls going into eighth grade and is uniquely designed to give  hands-on…