High School Grads Return to their Elementary School to Offer Advice and Share Plans

Sunnyland Elementary School students had some special visitors during the last week of school. Recent high school graduates returned to Sunnyland, where they attended elementary school, to celebrate their graduation, share future plans and provide advice to the students. The graduates’ advice included encouragement to work hard and have fun and to not hang on…

Parent Education Initiative on Inclusion Helps Columbia Welcome New Life Skills Classroom

The Columbia Elementary School Parent Association (CPA), a volunteer organization similar to a PTA, recently launched an inclusion initiative to educate parents on issues of diversity. This new emphasis came as Columbia added a Life Skills special education classroom to the school last fall. Before the Life Skills classroom opened, changes were made at the…

Sehome High School Wins 2017-18 WIAA Scholastic Cup for 2A

Sehome High School athletics is the 2017-18 Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Scholastic Cup champion for 2A classification. Sehome was awarded 1,435 points, nearly 300 points more than Selah High School, who came in second. Bellingham High School also achieved an exceptional score, coming in third out of 62 high schools with 1,105 points. The…

Cast of Annie at State Conference

The Magic of Theatre is in the Collaboration, Compassion: A Peek Inside Sehome Drama

Kandace Arens McGowan, drama teacher at Sehome High School, is the director of their spring 2018 production of Annie which opened May 2. This month she also had an article published  in the drama teacher magazine Teaching Theater. Her article is about the intense and rewarding 24-hour play festival she puts on annually with her theatre…

Author and Illustrator of “Dude!” Visit Lowell and Wade King Students

Author Aaron Reynolds and illustrator Dan Santat visited students at Lowell and Wade King elementary schools on April 25. The two collaborated most recently on the children’s book, Dude! Dan Santat is a Caldecott-winning illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend and author Aaron Reynolds has written a number of award nominated books including Nerdy…

Brad Swanson receives Community Leadership Award

Bellingham Public Schools parent, Brad Swanson, was honored on May 3 by the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) with the Community Leadership Award. The award is designed to honor community members for their outstanding contributions toward education through collaboration with their school district. Swanson was recognized for his ongoing commitment of Bellingham Public Schools through…