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…

Community Transitions culinary class benefits from Foundation grant

This school year brought some important additions to the Community Transitions (CT) program in Bellingham Public Schools. Thanks to a $1,000 grant from the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation, “Tools for Culinary Arts Instruction at Community Transitions,” the CT culinary class now has enough supplies to teach basic cooking skills. With four sections of the class…

Celebrating 50 years of the All-City Fifth Grade Track & Field Meet

    Running, jumping, throwing, cheers and laughter are frequent scenes at the Bellingham Public Schools’ All-City Fifth Grade Track & Field Meet as students from each elementary school, adorned in school-branded penny jerseys, convene together at Civic Stadium for a day of events and friendly competition. Unofficial results records for the meet date back to…

Isabel Meaker, executive director of family engagement, in front of poster of La Promesa de Bellingham

Meaker named a “friend of literacy” by local organization

The Whatcom Literacy Council (WLC) recognized Isabel Meaker, executive director of family engagement, with the “Friend of Literacy” award on Friday, Nov. 5 during their annual Breakfast with Nancy Pearl event. This award represents someone who has helped their organization in a significant way. Meaker works with the literacy council supporting the diverse needs of…

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…