All-around excellence shines as Bellingham, Sehome and Squalicum place among top five in Scholastic Cup

  The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) oversees athletics and fine arts for schools statewide and its most prestigious annual award is the Scholastic Cup in recognition of academic, athletic and sportsmanship excellence.  Sehome High School (2nd), Bellingham High School (4th) and Squalicum High School (5th) placed in the top five of the statewide Scholastic Cup standings…

Barron and Co. representatives talked about their job opportunities

Connecting teens with local employers at the Teen Job Fair

Nearly 250 students attended the April 28 Teen Job Fair hosted by Bellingham Public Schools. According to Martha Zender, Sehome High’s High School & Beyond Coordinator and the job fair organizer, the event was successful in linking students with jobs. “We’ve received great feedback from the employers,” Zender said, “and students left with loads of…

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…

Good Earth Pottery showcases high school art students in March 

In its first-ever student show, Good Earth Pottery’s March show in Fairhaven features the work of Whatcom County high school students. Students from Bellingham, Sehome and Squalicum high schools have been selected to showcase their ceramic art in this celebration of Whatcom County’s youth ceramic artists. The show runs through March 31, 2022. The gallery…

Double champions! Squalicum boys cross country won the 2A state title on Nov. 6 and are academic champions

Academic champions for fall 2021

Four teams in Bellingham Public Schools earned recognition as Academic State Champions in fall 2021. Sponsored by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) and the Gesa Credit Union, the scholastics awards program recognizes high school teams with the highest grade point averages (GPA). Fall sports include cross country, football, boys and girls soccer, slowpitch softball,…

Sehome chamber orchestra classroom

The joy of being together in person making music; a check-in on secondary music instruction and staff spotlights

The 2021-22 school year began in-person, a big relief to all classrooms, but especially to our band, orchestra and choir classrooms across Bellingham Public Schools. Teaching music remotely had its challenges since most sound is delayed in virtual settings and the ability to play together was lost. According to orchestra teacher Kirstin Doud at Sehome…

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…