Sehome National Merit Semifinalists: Jacob van't Hoog, Ethan Flanagan, Lucas Cunningham

High school scholars earn national recognition

Bellingham Public Schools has four semifinalists and 11 commended students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Competition. To qualify for the competition, students took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) during the 2017-18 school year. Bellingham High School student Benjamin Grabau and Sehome High students Lucas Cunningham, Ethan Flanagan and Jacob van’t Hoog are semifinalists in the National Merit…

Promise Academy pre-service teachers

Bilingual Teacher Academy students serve as Promise Academy pre-service teachers

This summer, eight high school students got their first taste of teaching in the district’s annual Promise Academy, a summer session for preschool to grade 5 students. Promise Academy supports students academically every summer with writing and reading activities. Bringing these high school students into the summer classrooms as support for the program was a…

Junior solar sprint competitors Sanders and Schlegel

Whatcom Middle School students finish fourth in national competition

Whatcom Middle School seventh grade students Luka Sanders and Luke Schlegel attended the Technology Student Association (TSA) national conference in Atlanta, Georgia this summer. The conference included competitions in an array of events. In the Junior Solar Sprint (JSS), the Whatcom team finished in fourth place nationally from among seventy solar cars from across the country, and…

Whatcom students pick kale for their school salad bar

Garden-to-Cafeteria produce served on salad bars after Slow Food USA spring visit

Last school year, Bellingham Public Schools was selected to participate in a garden-to-cafeteria pilot program through Slow Foods USA along with three other districts nationwide. Andrew Nowak, director of the National School Garden Program of Slow Food USA, visited Whatcom Middle School and their school garden in the spring to review a draft of the…

Students Explore Marine Sciences at WWU Summer Program Thanks to Retired Teacher

Students from Shuksan Middle School spent a week learning about marine and other sciences from faculty at Western Washington University. The week-long course, “Real World Applications of Environmental Research: Ocean Acidification in the Salish Sea,” allowed students to engage in actual research projects being conducted by Western faculty and graduate students. Students learned about eel grass,…

High School Grads Return to their Elementary School to Offer Advice and Share Plans

Sunnyland Elementary School students had some special visitors during the last week of school. Recent high school graduates returned to Sunnyland, where they attended elementary school, to celebrate their graduation, share future plans and provide advice to the students. The graduates’ advice included encouragement to work hard and have fun and to not hang on…