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Whatcom Museum Makes Art Fundamental; Offers Vibrant Programming for Area Youth

Whatcom Museum partners with Bellingham Public Schools on a variety of programming supporting arts in education. During the winter/spring exhibition of Images of Resilience: Chicano Art and its Mexican Roots at the Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher building, nearly 400 Bellingham Public Schools students participated in the “Art FUNdamentals” program. The program was a three-part educational series which included a pre-tour visit to classrooms,…

Middle School Girls Tech Trek

Middle School Students Attend Tech Trek Camp

Four seventh grade students from Bellingham Public Schools attended the annual Tech Trek Camp at Pacific Lutheran University held in July 2017. They are Mimi Baydek from Kulshan Middle School, and Riley Wolf, Charlie Marie Matthews, and Natasha Oster from Shuksan Middle School. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) sponsors the annual STEM summer camp which focuses…

FBLA Conference Attendees

Squalicum Sends Nine to National FBLA Conference in California

In summer 2017, nine Squalicum High School students who placed at the state level for Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), traveled to the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif., representing Washington state.  While in Anaheim for six days, the students competed in their respective events and participated in leadership development workshops and activities. The…

Volunteers who give at Bellingham schools also receive

When volunteers offer their skills at Bellingham Public Schools, the benefits can last a lifetime. Volunteers teaching a writing class to fourth graders, for example, can spark an enduring creative outlet. A community member working with students in special education can instill lifelong independence. Cordata Elementary School volunteers Shahla Jalili, Derek Munson and Wayne Weinschenk said they…

Singers at State Solo Ensemble

Singers and Percussion Win at State Level

In late April 2017, singers and musicians competed once again at the annual Washington State Solo/Ensemble Competition At Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash. Bellingham High junior Aaron McInnis took first place in State in the tenor category and Squalcium High senior Tristan Wine took first place in the bass category.  Olivia Brice, Bellingham High senior, took second place in…

WECU Brings Financial Reality Fair to Squalicum Students

Whatcom Educational Credit Union (WECU) brought the Financial Reality Fair to Squalicum High School on Wednesday, May 24. The fair was designed to be a real-world simulation to teach students about budgeting. The free Financial Reality Fair was supported by a grant provided by Northwest Credit Union Foundation (NWCUF). “We are passionate about financial education.” said Rebekah Duffy,…

Allied Arts partnership brings art to fifth grade classrooms

Through one of the partnerships with Allied Arts of Whatcom County, teaching artists worked with fifth grade classrooms. Each class received up to 12 hours of arts education that focused on one theme. These included stone carving, watercolor painting, paper mache puppets and concrete pavers. The partnership emerged after an anonymous donation was given to the Whatcom Community Foundation.…