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…

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…

Photos of seniors Emma Berreth (left) and Maya Cornwall, National Merit Finalists in 2021

National Merit 2021

Bellingham Public Schools has two finalists and two semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Competition. To qualify for the competition, students took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) during the 2019-20 school year. Sehome High School students Emma Berreth and Maya Cornwall are finalists, and Sehome student Livia Cohen and Squalicum High School student…

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…