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…


Food recovery pick up in December 2019

Food recovery is a win-win for community

Sustainable Connections‘ newest initiative in their Toward Zero Waste campaign is the Squatch Waste Food Recovery Initiative and began in 2017. In November 2019, Bellingham Public Schools joined this campaign for food recovery, helping to keep food out of the waste stream.  After two years of planning and making the right connections, leftover school food…


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…