Maddie Ellis speaking on the floor

High school students win statewide leadership positions in YMCA Youth and Government program

The future of the state of Washington is in good hands. In May, three Bellingham Public Schools juniors campaigned for and won high-level leadership positions in a YMCA program called Youth and Government. In this program, students learn how to run a state government in hands-on simulation, culminating in an annual four–day mock-Congressional session held in Olympia at the State Capitol.   Sehome’s Thomas Cassella was elected…

Patrick Brown

Patrick Brown honored with Athletic Administrator Service Award

At the May 2019 Washington Secondary School Athletic Administrators Association (WSSAAA) conference, Squalicum High School athletic/activities coordinator Patrick Brown was honored with the Athletic Administrator Service Award for the 2018-19 school year. This award is in recognition of his numerous positive contributions that enhance the interscholastic athletic programs at the local, league, district and state…

Squalicum High students perform a waste audit and are surprised by some of the findings: photo credit RE Sources

Sustainable Schools program focuses on environmental education across the district

Students in Bellingham Public Schools are enriched by the community partnership with Sustainable Schools, a program of RE Sources for Sustainable Communities. The highlight of this work is the Green Classroom Certification Program in our elementary schools and similar programming in the middle and high schools. This free program helps teachers integrate conservation education into…

Squalicum student and WFCN board member Rolando Gonzalez with Squalicum teacher Jason Bergman

Ken Gass Community Building Awards from 2017 and 2018

In December 2018, a number of staff and parents from Bellingham Public Schools were awarded for their outstanding contributions to increasing community caring, empowerment, and connections that improve the lives of children, youth, and families. Each year Whatcom Family and Community Network (WFCN) holds the Ken Gass Community Building Awards and Dinner which recognizes individuals,…

Sehome National Merit Semifinalists: Jacob van't Hoog, Ethan Flanagan, Lucas Cunningham

High school scholars earn national recognition

Bellingham Public Schools has four semifinalists and 11 commended students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Competition. To qualify for the competition, students took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) during the 2017-18 school year. Bellingham High School student Benjamin Grabau and Sehome High students Lucas Cunningham, Ethan Flanagan and Jacob van’t Hoog are semifinalists in the National Merit…