AVID coordinator and teacher Kati Berreth engages with students in her Bellingham High classroom

AVID students applaud the program for its role in their success 

Ask David Ramos-Trejo about Bellingham Public Schools’ AVID program and his gratitude pours out. A University of Washington graduate in marketing, Ramos-Trejo had no idea college could be an option for him until he enrolled in Shuksan Middle School’s AVID program his sixth-grade year. As a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient, he didn’t…

Shuksan’s James Hayes honored as District One Coach of the Year

    Shuksan Middle School Wrestling Coach James Hayes has been named the Middle School Coach of the Year for District One during the recent winter season, recognized by the region’s high school coaches for his positive impact and commitment to students. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) organizes the state into nine district regions,…

(left to right) Isaac Parsons, Nathan Eisses, teacher Kevin Criez, Addison Getz in front of their state trophies

Sehome robotics team heads to VEX World competition; district middle school students place at state tech conference

The robotics team of Sehome High School juniors Nathan Eisses, Addison Getz and Isaac Parsons placed second in the VEX Washington State championships in March qualifying them to compete in the 2022 Vex World Championships in Dallas, Texas this May. The competition in May is the largest student robotics event in the world where 800…

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…