All-around excellence shines as Bellingham, Sehome and Squalicum place among top five in Scholastic Cup

  The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) oversees athletics and fine arts for schools statewide and its most prestigious annual award is the Scholastic Cup in recognition of academic, athletic and sportsmanship excellence.  Sehome High School (2nd), Bellingham High School (4th) and Squalicum High School (5th) placed in the top five of the statewide Scholastic Cup standings…

Celebrating 50 years of the All-City Fifth Grade Track & Field Meet

    Running, jumping, throwing, cheers and laughter are frequent scenes at the Bellingham Public Schools’ All-City Fifth Grade Track & Field Meet as students from each elementary school, adorned in school-branded penny jerseys, convene together at Civic Stadium for a day of events and friendly competition. Unofficial results records for the meet date back to…

AVID coordinator and teacher Kati Berreth engages with students in her Bellingham High classroom

AVID students applaud the program for its role in their success 

Ask David Ramos-Trejo about Bellingham Public Schools’ AVID program and his gratitude pours out. A University of Washington graduate in marketing, Ramos-Trejo had no idea college could be an option for him until he enrolled in Shuksan Middle School’s AVID program his sixth-grade year. As a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient, he didn’t…

Shuksan’s James Hayes honored as District One Coach of the Year

    Shuksan Middle School Wrestling Coach James Hayes has been named the Middle School Coach of the Year for District One during the recent winter season, recognized by the region’s high school coaches for his positive impact and commitment to students. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) organizes the state into nine district regions,…

Local artist Jason LaClair shares Coast Salish art with Happy Valley Elementary

“Wow, it looks amazing, Jason!” “How do you draw such a perfect circle? How long will it take to finish?” “I can’t wait to see it! What color will that part be?” The questions and comments were plentiful, constant and encouraging from students passing by as Lummi Nation artist Jason LaClair masterfully painted the hallway…

Members of the Lummi Nation unveil story pole at new Alderwood Elementary School

    Family members and friends of the late master carver Dale James of the Lummi Nation gathered in February at the new Alderwood Elementary School to unveil a story pole carved by James in 1974. Originally, the story pole was a collaborative educational project between James and Marietta Elementary School principal Sid Hammond. One…