An icebreaker activity at the collaborative meeting of Teacher Academy classes in November at Sehome High

Teacher Academy: Exploring Careers in Education

On a November morning, the Sehome Commons buzzes with young voices. They belong to students in the Teacher Academy classes taught at Bellingham, Squalicum, and Sehome high schools. Today, all 3 classes have come together for a collaborative morning of student-designed group exercises to practice teaching skills. Once activities are underway in different areas of…

Students, staff collaborate and further collective commitment to sportsmanship at Northwest Conference forum

  Squalicum High School once again took the lead in facilitating this fall’s Northwest Conference Sportsmanship Forum, which convened student and staff representatives from the Northwest Conference’s 16 member schools to discuss values and practices for building positive sportsmanship models in high school athletics and activities.  The annual event is facilitated each year by Squalicum…

BPS leans into sustainability

  Bellingham Public Schools has made significant movement in the past year around sustainability. Progress (and kudos) came in the form of a national and state sustainability award, a local bond passage which included provisions for a 15th more fully sustainable elementary school, and the recent formation of a Sustainability Advisory Committee tasked with reviewing…

College Fair returns to in-person event

  On Thursday, Oct. 6, the first in-person College Fair returned after a two-year hiatus with rousing success. The event was held at Sehome High School, offering Whatcom County seniors, juniors, and a smattering of sophomores the opportunity to connect face-to-face with admissions representatives from area colleges and universities—with a few out-of-state colleges in attendance…

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…

Barron and Co. representatives talked about their job opportunities

Connecting teens with local employers at the Teen Job Fair

Nearly 250 students attended the April 28 Teen Job Fair hosted by Bellingham Public Schools. According to Martha Zender, Sehome High’s High School & Beyond Coordinator and the job fair organizer, the event was successful in linking students with jobs. “We’ve received great feedback from the employers,” Zender said, “and students left with loads of…

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…