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…

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…