Columbia student gives thumbs up on the "two-ton tomato sauce" lunch on the first day of school

How “Two-Ton Tomato Sauce” got its name

Ever wonder how the two-ton tomato sauce got its name? Well, your question is answered here. Executive chef and director of food services Patrick Durgan and culinary program supervisor and chef Mataio Gillis attended the February 2019 Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting sponsored by Sustainable Connections. With the opening of the Central Kitchen earlier in the year,…


Katrina Foster

Humans of Bellingham Public Schools

This summer we launched a campaign to highlight staff in our district to tell their story and how they make The Bellingham Promise come to life. As the year continues we will meet more staff, at all our schools and learn more about them and their work. Here are the first six stories. Katrina Foster,…


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…