Students playing soccer

Sports turnout jumps after schools eliminate ‘pay to play’

Student participation in athletics has surged this fall after schools waived the “pay-to-play” sports fee at middle and high schools. The fee was seen as a barrier to participation for many students. Bellingham School District statistics show that students who qualify for free and reduced lunch are underrepresented in school sports. Shuksan, the middle school with…

Three girls pose with their Tech Trek WA certificates.

Middle School Girls Head to Tech Trek Camp

The Bellingham branch of Washington State American Association of University Women (AAUW) is pleased to announce that four middle school students from Bellingham Public Schools will be attending a weeklong Tech Trek camp July 10 to 16 at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash.  The camp is designed for girls going into eighth grade and is uniquely designed to give  hands-on…

Little girls in colorful dresses dance to traditional Latino music

Latino Education Summit at Shuksan Middle School Draws a Crowd

Hundreds of people came to Shuksan Middle School on May 22 for the second annual Latino Education Summit. The summit was sponsored by the Family Engagement Department for Bellingham Public Schools. The free event included a complimentary Mexican meal, entertainment and a guest speaker. The entire event was hosted in Spanish with English translation offered. The event…

Student Travel Fosters Global Thinking

An important tenet of The Bellingham Promise is to prepare our students for success in the global community.  Through study abroad programs arranged by our schools or other organizations, students explore global thinking through travel.  Students from our high schools share their thoughts on travel abroad below. Campbell Lund: In January 2016, Campbell Lund, a ninth grader at…