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,…

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…

Options student prepping decals

Advanced CTE students engage in hands-on project for real-life application

Thanks to the voter-approved technology capital levy in 2020, a number of new district vehicles have been rolling across our Bellingham streets, adding efficiencies and sustainability to our fleet of cars, vans and trucks. But it is thanks to a group of Options and Bellingham High School students that these vehicles have received the branding…

Volunteers and staff welcomed families at the registration table.

Back-to-school event symbolizes community’s commitment to students and families

Bellingham Public Schools hosted the first annual Back-to-School Family Block Party and Resource Fair on Saturday, Aug. 21 at Bellingham High School. A committed group of community partners, volunteers and staff came together to support the hundreds of families in attendance, welcoming them to the new school year. Dr. Kristi Dominguez, assistant superintendent in the…