A student paints.

Early Childhood Education Expansion in Bellingham Public Schools

Feb. 2, 2015 marked an important and exciting day in Bellingham Public Schools (BPS) for two reasons pertaining to early childhood education. Early childhood education is a key strategy in The Bellingham Promise, the district’s strategic plan. Investing in early childhood is vital because of its powerful long-term return for our students and community. On…

Happy Valley Students Learn Chinese

Students at Happy Valley Elementary School are gaining a better understanding of Chinese culture. Through a partnership with Xiejiwan Primary School in Chongqing, China, teacher Bing “Ice” Yan has joined the Happy Valley staff. Ice works with each classroom once per week teaching the Chinese language and culture. Ice said coming to Happy Valley Elementary School…

Happy Valley teacher meets with her mentor.

Professional Development at Happy Valley

Teachers are taking a new approach to professional development at Happy Valley Elementary School. Every Wednesday teachers have the opportunity to meet with mentor Eric Sellereit. Sellereit is a well-known, retired fifth grade teacher from Happy Valley. Prior to retirement, Sellereit moved into a coaching/mentorship role in the district and really enjoyed that experience. He…

Community Building Awards

Community Building Awards Given to Staff and Parents in Bellingham Public Schools

District staff members Lavonne Sterling-Chue of Happy Valley Elementary School and Kathie Peterson of Squalicum High School (for leading the work of the Squalicum Health Alliance) were two of 23 recipients recognized at the 2014 Ken Gass Community Building Awards Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal. Sponsored by the Whatcom Family…