Sixth graders on the Fairhaven Future Problem Solvers team pose with one of two coaches.

Future Problem Solvers Advance to International Competition

A sixth grade team of Fairhaven Future Problem Solvers (FPS) are advancing to the international competition after taking first place for Washington state on April 14 in Stanwood, Wash. Students from Fairhaven, Whatcom, and Shuksan middle schools competed in the State Bowl. More than 150 teams from around the region competed. Bellingham had 100 participants, or 25 teams of…

The front entrance of Silver Beach Elementary School.

Bellingham Elementary Students Going to Space Camp

Silver Beach Elementary student Ethan Rockwell, won the Whatcom County Math Championship among fourth-graders during the annual competition on Feb. 27. Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery sponsors the competition. Winners are awarded the opportunity to attend the NASA Space Academy in Huntsville, Ala. Other winners joining Ethan include Bellingham students; Ryan Ching, grade 5, Wade King…

Students ride bikes along course for bicycle and pedestrian safety education.

Bellingham Public Schools Receives OSPI Grant for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education

Bellingham Public Schools recently received $25,588 from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to provide bicycle and pedestrian safety education to students in grades 6 to 8. The Safe Routes to School Bike & Pedestrian Safety Education Program includes curriculum resources, bicycle purchases, a trailer for bicycle storage and transport, teacher training, and other essential…

Science teacher Charles Schelle holds a magnifying glass in front of his eye.

Five Teachers in Bellingham Public Schools Attain National Board Certification in 2015

Five teachers in Bellingham Public Schools earned National Board Certification in November 2015 following an intensive process of teaching and learning professional development. These teachers join 119 district colleagues with national board-certification. New board-certified teachers in Bellingham Public Schools are:  Deva Clifford, science teacher, Shuksan Middle School; Amy Cushman, English teacher, Squalicum High School; Tiffany Gutierrez, fourth…

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…

Compass class listens to a presentation.

Fairhaven’s Compass Advisory Program to Continue Creating Compassionate Students

Fairhaven Middle School is now in its third year of its advisory program, which began after staff read the book, “How Children Succeed.” The program now known as “COMPASS,” seeks to create compassionate students who strive for Curiosity, Optimism, Motivation, Persistence, Appreciation, Self-control and Social intelligence. Since 2012, Fairhaven middle school has dedicated its time into growing…

Middle school girls hold up their tech trek scholarships.

Tech Trek Middle School Scholarships

Eight middle school students from Bellingham Public Schools received scholarships from the Bellingham Chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to attend the Tech Trek summer camp at Pacific Lutheran University in July 2015. Students attending were Fairhaven Middle School’s Linnea DeVange and Elena Wolgamot;  Kulshan Middle School’s Susannah Bloom;  Shuksan Middle School’s Makenna Fowler and Amanda Smith;  and Whatcom Middle…

Kids compost food.

Food to Flowers Program Continues in BPS

All Bellingham Public Schools are participating in the Sanitary Service Company’s award-winning, school-based composting program called Food to Flowers! Materials from each school, such as food scraps from cafeterias, are delivered for composting to Green Earth Technology (GET) in Lynden. Bellingham Public Schools, “is one of the first school districts in the county (and state) to implement an…