Student Paige Artino holds a tool in the Aerospace Engineering shop

Bellingham High students secure virtual summer internship with Boeing

Two Bellingham High School students will spend part of their summer participating in a paid Core Plus Aerospace Virtual Internship hosted by The Boeing Company. The internship includes 3-5 weeks of early mornings and long days for real-world training and mentorship in aerospace manufacturing. Both Paige Artino and Jace McNamara of Bellingham High School started…

Students film Connect/Disconnect on school football field

Sehome drama students depict pandemic teen life in award-winning, devised film project

Connect/Disconnect is an original devised film, written and created by Sehome High School drama students about their experiences during the school closures and the 2020 pandemic. It premiered online in January 2021. The film has more than 2,000 views on YouTube and has been the recipient of both state and national awards on the professional…

Photos of seniors Emma Berreth (left) and Maya Cornwall, National Merit Finalists in 2021

National Merit 2021

Bellingham Public Schools has two finalists and two semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Competition. To qualify for the competition, students took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) during the 2019-20 school year. Sehome High School students Emma Berreth and Maya Cornwall are finalists, and Sehome student Livia Cohen and Squalicum High School student…

BHS senior Abigail Sorensen received the Phyllis Lawson CTE Scholarship in 2021

BHS senior receives CTE scholarship award

Bellingham High School senior Abigail (Abbie) Sorensen has received the Phyllis Lawson Scholarship from the Washington Association of Career and Technical Education Administrators (WACTA). She was one of 10 awardees in the state in 2021. The award honors outstanding service, leadership, knowledge and commitment to Career and Technical Education. Katie Owen, sports medicine teacher, nominated…

Nurse matt administers a vaccine to Heidi who is in her car.

Staff access COVID vaccines thanks to partnerships and preparation

Thanks to the dedication of staff and community partners, Bellingham Public Schools has offered COVID immunization opportunities to all BPS staff and community education partners. On March 2, Governor Inslee added educators and licensed childcare workers to the vaccine prioritization, which meant that all Bellingham Public Schools staff became eligible to receive the vaccine if…

Virtual reading room

High school students create virtual rooms to read to elementary students and showcase global dances

A desire to connect with elementary school students and a love of reading led Meysha Riviere, a ninth grader at Bellingham High School, to dream up the idea of a bilingual, virtual reading room for elementary school students in Bellingham. Before the pandemic, Meysha volunteered in her brother’s school, Birchwood Elementary School, and when schools…

New coats hanging in the hallway of Cordata Elementary School

New coats will keep kids warm this winter thanks to local firefighter association

The Winter Warming Coat Distribution at Cordata Elementary School took place in December as part of Operation Warm, an annual project of the International Association of Firefighter (IAFF) Local 106 Bellingham/Whatcom County. On Tuesday, Dec. 8, Local 106 Bellingham/Whatcom County Firefighters Association delivered hundreds of new winter coats for the 362 students enrolled at Cordata,…