Heidi Carpenter teaches science at Squalicum High School

Eight teachers attain national board certification in 2020, despite pandemic, despite lockdown

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is an independent and nonprofit organization devoted to advancing the quality of teaching and learning. Eight staff members in Bellingham Public Schools earned national board certification in 2020 following an intensive process of teaching and learning professional development. These teachers bring the total number of NBCT staff in the district…

Dan takes a selfie video while kite surfing on blue-green water, blue sky in background.

Alumni and others working in sports visit virtual physical education (PE) classrooms

This fall, as PE teachers grappled with how to teach physical fitness and activities online, high school Physical Education (PE) teachers decided to use the opportunity to bring in monthly guest speakers using video conferencing. PE teacher Kristin Siemion, with help from fellow PE teacher Mark Parrish, tapped Bellingham Public Schools alumni as well as…

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…

Squalicum teacher Riley Liddle, Squalicum student Maya Haggen, Sehome teacher Kevin Criez and Bellingham High teacher Paul Clement put together the final phase of masks.

Teachers and students use 3D printers to meet PPE shortage

The emails and calls started coming in just days after schools were officially closed due to COVID-19. Students wanted to use their school’s 3D printers to make masks for essential employees who may face a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). “There was more and more interest,” says Riley Liddle, Career and Technical Education (CTE)…

District staff celebrating at the Ken Gass Community Awards Gala

Options administrators, district prevention specialist and volunteer honored with community building awards

At a December 2019 event, the Options High School administrative team, the district prevention specialist in Bellingham Public Schools, and volunteer/benefactor Elie Samuel were honored by the Whatcom Family and Community Network (WFCN). Every year, the WFCN recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations with the Ken Gass Community Building Awards for “increasing community caring, empowerment and…