National volunteer week flyer

Volunteer support threaded through schools

National Volunteer Week is April 23 to 29, 2017. Currently in Bellingham Public Schools, there are nearly 3,200 approved volunteers in the database, up 10 percent from the 2015-16 school year. Parent volunteers are the lifeblood of the parent teacher associations at individual schools. They organize fundraising and spearhead special events; they also help with newsletters, school gardens…

Kulshan Social Action Projects February 2017

Kulshan Students Deepen Understanding in Social Action Projects

More than 150 Kulshan Middle School seventh graders, their families and caregivers gathered together in the Kulshan Commons to share and promote their Social Action Projects in February 2017. As a culminating project for their first semester social studies class, teachers Matt Macleod, Minh Nguyen and student teacher Brooke Stromme engaged their students in project-based learning. …

Families and Community at Shuksan Community Family Night

Shuksan Family Night Brings Community Organizations into School Event

Community organizations from across Bellingham and Whatcom County joined together at the Shuksan Community Family Night on March 8 at Shuksan Middle School.  Families from Shuksan Middle School and their feeder schools came together for an evening full of learning, fun and community building. Highlights of the event included a free salmon dinner in Shuksan’s cafeteria courtesy of Lummi…

Bellingham middle schools receive governor’s ‘Gold Star’ for scholarship signups

Bellingham middle schools received Gold Star awards from Gov. Jay Inslee in February for signing up 81.8 percent of last year’s eligible eighth graders for the College Bound Scholarship. More than 200 schools in 103 school districts received the award for exceeding the statewide signup rate of 71 percent. The College Bound Scholarship helps Washington’s low-income students…

2017 Whatcom County Math Championship results; district sweeps first place in all individual categories

The results from the Feb. 25, 2017 Whatcom County Math Championship are in. Awards for first, second and third place for student in Bellingham Public Schools are as follows: Kulshan Middle School’s 8th grade team took first place, and Fairhaven Middle School’s team took 2nd and 3rd place; Fairhaven’s 7th grade team took first and second place, and…

Robinson in the Roosevelt Assembly with students

Award-winning illustrator visits Roosevelt, shares his inspiration and process

Roosevelt Elementary School’s main entrance and hallway were decked out in art and collage to greet the award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson who visited the school on Feb. 24 to share his talent and artistic process. During an all-school assembly, Robinson read through the book Antoinette by Kelly DiPucchio sharing his most recently published illustrations. Antoinette, a sequel to Gaston, once again uses the backdrop…

Partnership Program a home away from home for homeschooling families

Since its inception almost two years ago, the Family Partnership Program has grown quickly while meeting the needs of the diverse homeschool community in Whatcom County. The program, which serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade, started in spring 2015 with 16 students and two classes taught by FPP principal Kate Baehr. These initial classes on Rube…