Ben Mann works on art with students at Silver Beach Elementary.

Silver Beach Students Work on Mural With Local Artist

Painting a collaborative mural for the school’s playground, Silver Beach Elementary students were visited by local artist, Ben Mann, to create a 15-piece mural themed: Nature in the Neighborhood. Instructing students on painting techniques, Mann kept the project open to students creativity and developed the theme from in class discussion with students. Working with students in the school’s annex, Mann said…

Students pose with boxes of art supplies outside their school.

Art Supplies Arrive at Alderwood Thanks to Local Business

SpringHill Suites by Marriott hosted ArtNight in fall 2014 which included a fundraiser for a Bellingham school in need of classroom art supplies. Thanks to this Save Art! initiative and Fresh Artists, a non-profit organization that brings quality art supplies and innovative art programs to teachers in need. Hotel guests and community members were invited to make a donation anytime…

Roosevelt students dressed as police men on stage during a performance.

Pirates on Stage at Roosevelt Elementary

Roosevelt Elementary School presented Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta Pirates of Penzance (junior version) in Spring 2015. Directed by elementary music teacher Teresa McKee, the production was made up of two full casts, chorus singers from grades 3 to 5, and a crew of assistants, designers, techs, publicists and volunteers.  The students rehearsed for approximately three days per week…

Guests interact with students at Carl Cozier Elementary during an assembly about Capoeira.

Capoeira at Carl Cozier Elementary

Thanks to a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Challenge America grant and Kuntz and Company, a local performing arts organization, the art and ritual of Brazilian capoeira was brought to the school during a recent assembly. According to the International Capoeira Angola Foundation website, capoeira “is an Afro-Brazilian art form — a fluid, rhythmic…

2015 Promise Award Recipients Announced

The Promise Awards Program recognizes the exemplary achievements and contributions of staff and volunteers connected to The Bellingham Promise, our district’s strategic plan. Nominations for volunteer or staff member awards were organized in the following categories: Staff Members of the Year, Team of the Year, Community Partner/Volunteer of the Year and Leader of the Year. “We thank…

Three girls in the creators and innovators club work on a project.

Creators and Innovators Club for Girls at Kulshan Middle School

Kulshan Middle School is piloting the Creators & Innovators Club this school year, a multi-faceted robotics program for middle school girls. With the motivation of community volunteer, software developer and Kulshan parent Sydney Cole, the club found its roots in summer 2014.  After working with the high school robotics program and their community volunteer and…