Competition Encourages Elementary Students to Read Books They Normally Wouldn’t

Elementary school librarians created the You’ll Enjoy These Incredible Books! (YETI) Books competition to challenge students to read books from a variety of genres and to work together as a team. A year in the making. Each year school librarians from across the Pacific Northwest nominate the best, recently published novels for middle grader readers…

Students view art

Whatcom Museum Makes Art Fundamental; Offers Vibrant Programming for Area Youth

Whatcom Museum partners with Bellingham Public Schools on a variety of programming supporting arts in education. During the winter/spring exhibition of Images of Resilience: Chicano Art and its Mexican Roots at the Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher building, nearly 400 Bellingham Public Schools students participated in the “Art FUNdamentals” program. The program was a three-part educational series which included a pre-tour visit to classrooms,…

Allied Arts partnership brings art to fifth grade classrooms

Through one of the partnerships with Allied Arts of Whatcom County, teaching artists worked with fifth grade classrooms. Each class received up to 12 hours of arts education that focused on one theme. These included stone carving, watercolor painting, paper mache puppets and concrete pavers. The partnership emerged after an anonymous donation was given to the Whatcom Community Foundation.…

Students Receive Honors at Washington State Science and Engineering Fair

Two Bellingham Public Schools students took honors at the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair (WSSEF) in Bremerton, Wash. on March 31 and April 1. Shuksan Middle School sixth grader Celeste Fisher took first place in her division for her project, “Visuals of Subatomic Particles.” Her younger brother and Northern Heights Elementary student Mason Fisher took…

Students learn safety tips from the Red Cross and Fire Department

Through a partnership with the NW Region American Red Cross and Bellingham Fire Department, students throughout Bellingham Public Schools are learning about fire safety and emergency preparedness. The Red Cross provides disaster preparedness presentations to all age groups, but has geared these presentations for second grade students. The presentation includes information about fire safety and…

Governor Inslee talks with students and Wild Whatcom staff on a nature walk led by Wild Whatcom, an outdoor education non-profit organization.

Governor Inslee Visits District to Announce Outdoor Education Grant

Governor Jay Inslee visited Bellingham on Monday, April 25 to award $20,000 to Wild Whatcom from the No Child Left Inside grant program of the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. Wild Whatcom, a local outdoor education non-profit organization, will partner with Bellingham Public Schools to provide outdoor learning opportunities to more than 200 second graders in the district’s…

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…