Emma and Zoe

Spotlight on Mariner Seniors “Off to Great Places” with State Recognition

Sehome High School students Emma Clark and Zoe Dietrich have both received state recognition as graduating seniors this spring. Clark received the Smart Choices scholarship as the top female student athlete in the state from the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA). The WIAA scholarship is worth $5,000 toward the higher education institution of her choice. She will attend Stanford University this…

School foundation aims high to support students

Ask anyone, from the PTA volunteer who organizes a jogathon, to the nonprofit leader who runs a gala auction: Fundraising is hard work. Of course, the payoff makes it all worthwhile. The Bellingham Public Schools Foundation isn’t shying away from the sometimes daunting task of fundraising, because the payoff is better opportunities for students. “I really believe in the mission…

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…