January 10, 2020
Academic Supports Available for BHS Students
For many students, this is the time in the year when either they, a teacher, or a parent/guardian recognizes the need for additional academic support. Bellingham High School offers a range of such supports for students that demonstrate this need:
- The first contact should be student to teacher. Many teachers have days they are available either before or after school to work individually with students. Students should contact their teacher to schedule a time to meet.
- Bellingham High Library is open until 3:45. This space has computer chargers/work stations, printer access, and offers collaborative areas for students to work.
- Raiderade, a student support system that happens daily, is also a time that students can work with teachers, tutors or mentors for additional help. Students can work in their Raiderade rooms or make arrangements with their teachers to meet with other teachers or in study groups with other students.
- BHS Study Center runs Monday-Thursday from 3:15-4:15 pm in Computer Lab 203. There are staff and WWU tutors available daily to help. The staff provides snacks and WTA bus passes for students who attend.
- BHS has two Student Success Coordinators, Jeremy Brinkerhoff and Alex Duncan, who support students with their individual needs.
- For first generation college students, the AVID program is available on an application basis. AVID classes support students with study skills and college readiness.
- BHS also offers academic support classes to 9th and 10th grade students who would like to have a period during the class day when they can work on and get support with classwork.
If your Red Raider has utilized these resources and is still struggling with their classes, please reach out to your student’s teachers and their assigned counselor. We welcome the opportunity to partner with students and families to help every student find success at BHS.
Bellingham Leads 2A WIAA Scholastic Cup Competition!
Resolve to Read in 2020
Setting and sharing a reading goal at the start of each calendar year has motivated me to find great new books and make time to read. I use the Goodreads Reading Challenge to track my progress and create a list of books I want to read. This year I resolve to read 52 books.
Consider setting your own reading goal for 2020, joining the 2020 Reading Challenge, or simply making time to read in the new year.
Keep on reading,
Mr. Bachmeier - BHS Library
PS: Looking for a popular pick to kick off the new year? Check out the Top Titles of the Decade (2010-2019) by circulations through the BHS Library.
Snow in the Forecast?
Career and Community Events
Think you can’t afford college? Think again!
College and career education just got a whole lot cheaper. The new Washington College Grant gives more money to more students for more kinds of education after high school. Funding is available for thousands of Washingtonians, including students from households making up $97,000 a year for a family of four.
From welding to nursing, from English to computer science—whether 18-month apprenticeship or 4-year college degree—the Washington College Grant provides more money for college or career training than ever before. Talk to your counselor and learn more at wsac.wa.gov/pathways.
Seniors: A message from Ms. Kelly in the Career Center
Spend some time on Scholarships and Financial Aid.
1. If you haven’t done so already submit your FAFSA. www.FAFSA.gov
2. Check out the Bellingham High School’s scholarship bulletin
BHS homepage/ Student/Career Center/Scholarship Bulletin
3. Start your Profile for the Bellingham Dollars for Scholars www.whatcom.dollarsforscholars.org use the (Parents/Students tab). The more information you enter, the more scholarships you may match to.
Your application is a multi-step process: This one application allows students to be eligible for several possible local scholarships that can used to attend technical, community or 4-yr colleges and universities.
If you start your profile now you will be READY when 2020 local scholarships are posted January 21, 2020.
Come to the Career Center in January!
- Tuesday, January 14 - Western Washington University Essay Workshop, 9:55 (Raideraide) bring your essays.
- Thursday, January 16 - Scholarship and Financial aid Workshop, 9:55 Raideraide
- Wednesday, January 22 - Scholarship and Financial aid Workshop, 9:55 Raideraide
Assistance League Summer Enrichment
Plan now for a summer adventure!
The Assistance League of Bellingham offers summer enrichment scholarships to high school undergraduates. If you’re interested in a summer program, in the arts, science, leadership or other educational adventures please stop in the Career Center and find out how to apply for a grant for tuition from the Enrichment Scholarship Program. Hurry in NEW deadline for application is February 21st.