Berreth's advisory class at BHS exploring interests and careers

High schools unite for post-high school planning lessons 

We spend a lot of our time focused on the 13+ years our students spend within our schools and programs, and we also work to help our students envision the life waiting for them after high school as well.   Washington state requires all graduates to complete a “High School and Beyond Plan” (HSBP). The HSBP is one tool for to help…

Kulshan Rockets

Blast off with STEAM; rocket unit at Kulshan teaches CTE skills

Joining other recent space launches across the country and planet, Kulshan Middle School STEM students launched classroom rockets outside the school, boosting their [S]cience learning, [T]echnical prowess, [E]ngineering, [A]rtistic designs and [M]athematical calculations. KMS STEM teacher Rob Hendricks, along with retired science teacher Dan Bailey, led the unit for sixth grade students. Using soda bottles,…

Happy Valley PE teacher Melanie Flink with fourth grader Lyla who is the artist of the sign hanging on the door

Inspired and inspiring, Happy Valley educator recognized with state PE award

Her student Jesse says she is the “best PE teacher in the world!” And, according to her colleagues in physical education, this is an absolutely true statement. Melanie Flink, physical education specialist at Happy Valley Elementary School and elementary PE department chair in Bellingham Public Schools, has been named the 2021 Physical Education Teacher of…

Isabel Meaker, executive director of family engagement, in front of poster of La Promesa de Bellingham

Meaker named a “friend of literacy” by local organization

The Whatcom Literacy Council (WLC) recognized Isabel Meaker, executive director of family engagement, with the “Friend of Literacy” award on Friday, Nov. 5 during their annual Breakfast with Nancy Pearl event. This award represents someone who has helped their organization in a significant way. Meaker works with the literacy council supporting the diverse needs of…

Sehome chamber orchestra classroom

The joy of being together in person making music; a check-in on secondary music instruction and staff spotlights

The 2021-22 school year began in-person, a big relief to all classrooms, but especially to our band, orchestra and choir classrooms across Bellingham Public Schools. Teaching music remotely had its challenges since most sound is delayed in virtual settings and the ability to play together was lost. According to orchestra teacher Kirstin Doud at Sehome…