Student taking photographs in the garden

Seesaw offers elementary families a ‘window into the classroom’

Even if “nothing” is the default answer to, “what did you do in school today?” elementary families now have snapshots from their students’ day thanks to Seesaw, a digital student portfolio available to all elementary schools. Families who sign up can see their student’s work and the communication between their student and teacher, both online…

Fifteen students earn National Merit 2020 recognition

Bellingham Public Schools has two semifinalists and 13 commended students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Competition. To qualify for the competition, students took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) during the 2018-19 school year. Sehome High School students Olivia Geist and Jae Chan Lee are semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Semifinalists are the in…

Gear up students with school counselor

GEAR UP’s college access activities support Squalicum ninth graders

Over the summer, eight Squalicum High School ninth graders won scholarships to attend Envision U, a Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) summer camp at Western Washington University (WWU). Taylor Bergquist, Amiya Grayson, Cassy La, Taylor Norton, Jasmine Olivas, Jennifer Rodriguez, Dylan Schenkel, and Svitlana Shashkina spent four days on the…

Students help install final panel.

Solar panels added to Bellingham High roof; first in district

An after-school club activity has led to permanent change with real results. On the sunniest June afternoon imaginable on top of Bellingham High School’s roof, a contingent of students, graduates, staff and professional installers placed the first solar array in Bellingham Public Schools. In 2017, several students in the BHS Environmental Club calculated energy use…

Ella Meade with her hand-crafted skis

Learn cutting edge design skills in district CTE programs; student designs and crafts skis

In the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program in Bellingham Public Schools, design and shop classrooms often work together to make projects happen. One such project was a pair of skis created by student, now graduate, Ella Meade in her junior and senior year. Jared Greenwood, Options High School and CTE teacher, explains below how…

Summer 2019 Tech Trek Campers

Middle school girls attend AAUW-sponsored technology camp

Five local middle school students were sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) – Bellingham Branch to attend the summer 2019 Tech Trek STEM Camp hosted at Pacific Lutheran University. The students were Angelica Khizhnyak and Sydney Wolfson of Kulshan Middle School, Liv Hampton and Julianna Schenkel of Shuksan Middle School, and Paige…