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…

WEB mentors, Kulshan Middle School

WEB program: Where Everybody Belongs in middle school

The transition from elementary to middle school can be challenging. Finding even one friend can make the transition easier. And being part of a network—or web—of support within the school can help even more.  This philosophy drives the Where Everybody Belongs (WEB) mentorship program in our middle schools. A middle school version of the LINK mentorship program at our high schools, it is designed…

Junior solar sprint competitors Sanders and Schlegel

Whatcom Middle School students finish fourth in national competition

Whatcom Middle School seventh grade students Luka Sanders and Luke Schlegel attended the Technology Student Association (TSA) national conference in Atlanta, Georgia this summer. The conference included competitions in an array of events. In the Junior Solar Sprint (JSS), the Whatcom team finished in fourth place nationally from among seventy solar cars from across the country, and…

Tech Trek 2018 campers

Tech Trek 2018

Five eighth grade girls from Bellingham Public Schools attended the American Association of University Women (AAUW) STEM Tech Trek Camps in July 2018. Emma Stewart and Grace Schamber from Kulshan Middle School, Cassie La from Shuksan Middle School, and Jaeli Tilley from Fairhaven Middle School attended Dunbar Camp on the Pacific Lutheran University campus. Gillian…

Whatcom students pick kale for their school salad bar

Garden-to-Cafeteria produce served on salad bars after Slow Food USA spring visit

Last school year, Bellingham Public Schools was selected to participate in a garden-to-cafeteria pilot program through Slow Foods USA along with three other districts nationwide. Andrew Nowak, director of the National School Garden Program of Slow Food USA, visited Whatcom Middle School and their school garden in the spring to review a draft of the…