Erin Burke, Eva Warner Chazo and Margi Smith

Students tackle the challenges of today through Promise Tomorrow

What would you do if there were no restrictions? This was the question posed by teacher on special assignment Jennifer Lawrence when she reached out to fellow educators looking for colleagues to lead an extended learning experience for students. High school biology teacher Erin Buke, middle school Special Education teacher Eva Warner Chazo and first…

Nurse matt administers a vaccine to Heidi who is in her car.

Staff access COVID vaccines thanks to partnerships and preparation

Thanks to the dedication of staff and community partners, Bellingham Public Schools has offered COVID immunization opportunities to all BPS staff and community education partners. On March 2, Governor Inslee added educators and licensed childcare workers to the vaccine prioritization, which meant that all Bellingham Public Schools staff became eligible to receive the vaccine if…

Allied Arts Education Project brings art to elementary schools

Written in collaboration with Leora Watson, Western Washington University Allied Arts of Whatcom County partners with Bellingham Public Schools to bring the experience of art to children in elementary schools throughout Bellingham. The Allied Arts Education Project (AAEP) was started in 2002 with a mission to expand quality arts learning opportunities for students in Whatcom…

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Staff and students honored at annual Peace Builder awards

The 17th annual Peace Builder Awards, organized by the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center (WDRC), honored a diverse group of peace builders from around our community in a variety of categories. Awardees included Latinx community health workers, the Paddle to Lummi tribal canoe journey organizers as well as Bellingham Public Schools students and staff who were…

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Third annual conference provides continuing education for families who homeschool

The halls of the Bellingham Family Partnership Program bustled with families, hugs abounded in the hallways, and parents listened intently in classrooms. The third annual Learning Together Conference on Oct. 11 provided learning opportunities for families who homeschool. The conference sessions were geared toward parents who are balancing the roles of both parent and teacher…

Future City competitors and parent volunteers

Family partnership program students enjoy STEM competitions, Pi Day and STEAM Fair

Four Bellingham Family Partnership Program (BFPP) students competed in the state of Washington Future City Competition and earned fourth place out of hundreds of participants! Kylan Peterson, Ruth Thomas, Danierl Venable, and Emma Wilson (Team Isla City) have been working all year with the help of dedicated parent volunteers to prepare for the competition. This…

Partnership Program a home away from home for homeschooling families

Since its inception almost two years ago, the Family Partnership Program has grown quickly while meeting the needs of the diverse homeschool community in Whatcom County. The program, which serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade, started in spring 2015 with 16 students and two classes taught by FPP principal Kate Baehr. These initial classes on Rube…