Kulshan Rockets

Blast off with STEAM; rocket unit at Kulshan teaches CTE skills

Joining other recent space launches across the country and planet, Kulshan Middle School STEM students launched classroom rockets outside the school, boosting their [S]cience learning, [T]echnical prowess, [E]ngineering, [A]rtistic designs and [M]athematical calculations. KMS STEM teacher Rob Hendricks, along with retired science teacher Dan Bailey, led the unit for sixth grade students. Using soda bottles,…

Three staff of the mental health team

BPS increases mental health support as part of whole child approach

Substantial changes have taken place over the last 10 years related to how Bellingham Public Schools (BPS) supports the whole child. This includes restorative justice practices to minimize out-of-school suspensions and expulsions, and adopting and teaching social emotional learning (SEL) curriculum focused on teaching students social skills while building community. BPS also provides annual trainings…

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…

Ashlea Rosinski Shepherd with her computer and a poster of tribal nations

Teacher creativity helps students dig into year-long Washington state history

Teachers at all levels have had to think creatively to engage students in remote learning. Whether it’s creating virtual tours, using interactive online tools, or asking students to write their favorite movie on an interactive slide deck, teachers like Ashlea Shepherd Rosinski, seventh grade social studies teacher at Kulshan Middle School, are going above and…

Shuksan Middle School student Raul Morales explaining how a cloud forms with his demonstration in a FlipGrid

Science in a remote learning environment: Mating spiders, growing mold (at home) and Brittany’s ongoing saga

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, teachers across the country have been doing figurative backbends to adapt to a remote learning environment. This is especially true for science teachers, who have been teaching curriculum that increasingly emphasizes hands-on learning. How does one do hands-on learning online?  And how do you cultivate student engagement when 90% of…