Grants put middle school students on bicycles

More students are enjoying the mental and physical benefits of bicycling, thanks to two separate grants awarded to our middle schools. Whatcom Middle School was one of eight schools across the country, out of more than 200 applicants, to receive bicycles, curriculum and training from The Specialized Foundation. The grant included 30 Specialized Hardrock mountain bikes, helmets and tools,…

Grads can tout language skills on transcript, diploma

Some students in Bellingham Public Schools strive to become fluent in a second language through high school coursework. Others are mastering English through their interactions at school and in the community while speaking a different language at home. A new state law enables schools to recognize high levels of language proficiency with a Seal of Biliteracy. Eighty-seven…

Students learn safety tips from the Red Cross and Fire Department

Through a partnership with the NW Region American Red Cross and Bellingham Fire Department, students throughout Bellingham Public Schools are learning about fire safety and emergency preparedness. The Red Cross provides disaster preparedness presentations to all age groups, but has geared these presentations for second grade students. The presentation includes information about fire safety and…

Bellingham schools DRO Chris Brown on 12/23/16

Officer Brown steps down from school job after 3 years

Bellingham police officer Chris Brown, whose beat covered the 23 buildings in Bellingham Public Schools, finished his three-and-a-half-year stint as district resource officer on Monday, Jan. 9. Bellingham officer Bo McGinty replaced him. “It’s a very demanding position” and one that Brown handled with grace, said Jonah Stinson, Bellingham Public Schools’ director of school safety and…

Cookie decorating at Cordata Community Celebration

Cordata Elementary throws party where students live

Cordata Elementary School’s new principal wants to get to know her students better. In the spirit of bringing school and home communities together, Principal Analisa Ficklin and Cordata staff held a “community celebration” on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Cascade Meadows Clubhouse, 455 Westerly Road. The clubhouse serves four nearby apartment complexes, where about 30 percent of the school’s 400 students live.…

Jeff McKenna named as 2016 Peace Builder Award recipient

Every year, the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center acknowledges individuals, groups and organizations through their annual Peace Builder Awards. In 2016, Jeff McKenna, prevention specialist in Bellingham Public Schools, was honored with the Youth Education Award at their Nov. 18 Peace Builder Awards Gala. McKenna, through the program MAD-HOPE, received the award for “equipping youth with…