The front entrance of Columbia Elementary

Columbia Families Come Together for Parent Discussion Nights

At Columbia Elementary School, parents are coming together once per month for to tackle difficult subjects at Parent Discussion Nights. The discussion nights were created through a partnership between Elementary Support Specialist, Lurinda Ford, and Columbia Parent Association (CPA) president, Michelle Malone. “I noticed that we have a very active and involved parent community here…

A student displays the toy project she built on a table.

Designing Toys Fosters Scientific Investigation at Wade King

Every year Wade King Elementary School hosts a special event called the Second Grade Toy Museum. For approximately six weeks, second graders focus on a unit of inquiry under the theme of How the World Works. This is an inquiry into describing and changing an object’s balance and motion. The inquiry weaves together scientific writing, experimentation…

Students rehearse for a state competition in the small string ensemble category.

District Musicians, Singers Head to State Solo/Ensemble Competition 2015

Every January, high school musicians from Island, Skagit and Whatcom counties attend the San Juan Music Educators Solo and Ensemble contest, hosted at Bellingham High School. Solo/Ensemble is the regional competition for high school musicians and singers to compete at the State level. The following students and ensembles in Bellingham Public Schools won first place in…

Celebrated Children's Author and Illustrator Eugene Yelchin addresses students and staff on stage.

Celebrated Children’s Author and Illustrator Eugene Yelchin Visits Schools

On March 9, 2015 author and illustrator Eugene Yelchin presented “How Reading Banned Books Saved My Life: Growing up in Stalinist Russia” in a Whatcom READS! Kids and Teens event in Whatcom Middle School’s auditorium. Mr. Yelchin also visited Columbia Elementary and Kulshan Middle School during his visit to Bellingham. Growing up in Soviet Russia…

A senior high school student and senior Bellingham resident greet each other.

Senior-to-Senior Project at Squalicum High School

The Squalicum Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) hosted residents from The Willows Retirement Apartments for lunch on Feb. 18. The senior citizens enjoyed visiting classes and eating lunch with Squalicum students. Previously in January FBLA students went to The Willows for a Saturday lunch and visited with residents. One of the goals of the FBLA is to encourage development of individual…

Two students pose together for a photo during a food education lesson.

Sunnyland Students Enriched With Food Education

Students at Sunnyland Elementary School have been participating in an after-school cooking club thanks to a partnership between Bellingham Public Schools and Common Threads Farm. For 10 weeks each Wednesday, AmeriCorps volunteers led students in simple cooking lessons, and taught them about healthy eating habits along the way. Some of the snacks prepared by students included green smoothies, apple pancakes, apple cabbage quesadillas,…

Alderwood grant winners pose for a photo.

Whatcom County School Retirees Association Funds Mini-Grants in Fall 2014

The Whatcom County School Retirees Association (WCSRA) funded twelve mini-grants to staff in Bellingham Public Schools this fall. Awardees include the following: Alderwood Elementary Principal Janae Hodge and counselor Mikah Smith, $150 each for a backpack program Teacher Josie Estrada, $150 for the Safe Place Program Enrichment coordinator Niki Mantas, $100 for grades 3 to…