Birchwood Elementary School third grade teacher Valerie Califf

National board certified teachers 2019, empowered and elevated

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is an independent and nonprofit organization devoted to advancing the quality of teaching and learning. Five staff members in Bellingham Public Schools earned national board certification in December 2019 following an intensive process of teaching and learning professional development. These teachers bring the total number of NBCT staff in the…

District staff celebrating at the Ken Gass Community Awards Gala

Options administrators, district prevention specialist and volunteer honored with community building awards

At a December 2019 event, the Options High School administrative team, the district prevention specialist in Bellingham Public Schools, and volunteer/benefactor Elie Samuel were honored by the Whatcom Family and Community Network (WFCN). Every year, the WFCN recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations with the Ken Gass Community Building Awards for “increasing community caring, empowerment and…

The school board received a check from PSE for energy savings and energy rebates on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

PSE presents over half a million dollars to district for energy efficiency

At the Nov. 20 school board meeting, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) presented the board with a $563,392 check. The check was in recognition of the district’s energy efficiency achievements. Since 2008, Bellingham Public Schools has participated in the Commercial Strategic Energy Management (CSEM) program to create more energy efficient schools and facilities. “The school district…