Red Raider Alert

May 17, 2019

Getting the Word Out

Our student and families have a wide variety of opportunities available within our school and community. Upcoming events include a summer job fair, numerous athletic camps, and a free four-week pre-apprenticeship training. We’re ramping up our efforts to inform families about these varied offerings, as well as celebrate the amazing accomplishments of our students and staff.

You’ll notice a longer weekly Red Raider Alert, as well as increased social media posts and items posted to our main web page. We encourage you to check these resources on a regular basis, and we welcome your feedback and suggestions on the most convenient ways to keep your family informed. Feedback can be emailed to Eric Bachmeier or Linda Miller.

It’s great to be a Red Raider!

Linda Wise Miller, BHS Principal

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Band and Orchestra Tour

On May 2nd, the Bellingham High School band and orchestra drove to Whistler, BC to attend the Con Brio Whistler Music Festival, a non-competitive music festival for band, orchestra, and choir programs that has gone on for almost twenty years. Over the course of three days, the two groups had several performances and lots of time for exploring the beautiful Whistler Village. On the first day there, both the band and orchestra had a public concert followed by a workshop with assorted musical professionals and adjudicators. The next day, they both had what was called an Intensive Workshop, where they had more time to fine-tune their concert pieces and take a deeper dive into the fundamentals of the music; later that day, the orchestra participated in a mass performance involving all the orchestral groups that attended the festival from all over Canada and the northern United States. On the final day in Whistler, the band participated in their mass performance to create a group of over 900 students! Then the groups packed up and began the journey home. Overall, the trip was an amazing opportunity for the music students of Bellingham High School to gain musical knowledge, collaborate and bond as programs, and sightsee in the beautiful province of British Columbia.

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Weekly Bulletin

Happening this week @ BHS.

2019 Summer Athletics Registration & Clearance

To participate in 2019 Bellingham Summer Programs the student and parents must complete the following 2 steps, even if the athlete has “already been cleared for a sport”.

Step 1. Registration -

Students and parents must complete an “Online Registration” each year through the Skyward Family Access.

You must log in under the 1st Family’s - Parent Access login & password

Click on the “Online Forms” tab to the left of the screen and complete the Activities/Athletics Registration.

This registration will be good for the 2019-20 school year.

For assistance with your log in, contact your current school’s Registrar or Athletics Secretary: #360-676-6470

WMS Registrar: Nancy Howell: ext. 4351 WMS Athletics Secretary: Beth Pelto-Fishbeck: ext. 4348

KMS Registrar: Viry Ferreira: ext 4705 KMS Athletics Secretary: Lacey Bachman: ext 4707

SMS Registrar: Catherine Roosma ext 4860 SMS Athletics Secretary: Annalisa Fox: ext 4816

BHS Registrar: Jeanne Bach: ext 7110 BHS Athletics Secretary: Ann Vallee: ext. 7168

Step 2. Clearance -

Once you have completed the skyward online registration, the parent/student must contact the Bellingham ASB Office to be CLEARED for their individual sport and that clearance slip is then taken to the Athletic office. The Athletic Secretary will check to make sure the Online Registration is complete and that the student has a current sports physical on file.

Copies of incoming 8th grader’s physicals will be sent to Bellingham by May 15th.

Please check with your middle school secretary on your student’s current physical status.

Clearance for summer sports will TENTATIVELY start Monday, May 20th at Bellingham High School’s Athletic Office and continue until Wednesday, June 19th.

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Have you purchased a yearbook? If you aren’t sure, take a look at the list posted outside the ASB Office.

If you haven’t purchased one yet, it’s not too late! With limited quantities available and nearly 75% of the yearbooks sold, don’t delay…order yours today!

Cost is $65 and can be purchased with cash or check at the ASB window, or online here:

Yearbooks will be distributed the week of June 10.

Career and Community Events

Bellingham Schools Job Fair

Looking for a job? Come to Bellingham High School and meet with local Companies and Business looking for employees. Get full-time employment or a part time summer job.

When: Tuesday, May 21

Time: 3:30- 5:30

Where: Bellingham High School

Event is open to all Bellingham School District students and families.

Businesses participating : Bellingham Heating and Plumbing, Safran Cabin (formerly Zodiac Aerospace) Lynden Door, Preferred Freezer, Cascade Dafo, Home Aide Catholic Charities, Growing Alliances, T-Mobile, Laborers Union Apprenticeships, Imco, McDonalds, Rader Farms, Birch Equipment, Bellingham Cold Storage, Fred Meyer, Haggen, Goodwill Job Training Center and more!

For more information contact: Connie Kelly 360.676.6470 x 7137

  • WWU - Spring Into Western - May 18
  • Whatcom Community College in the Fall? Sign up to meet an Admission Advisor and take a placement test free in the Career Center. Thursday May 23 at 12:45.
  • Apprenticeship Training Camp! Seniors sign up to learn more about this exciting opportunity. Friday May 24 at 10:15 am. Sign up in the Career Center to attend.

  • Bellingham Technical College - BTC Bound Day - May 31, 9am-2pm

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Whatcom County Youth Pride Week includes Pride Parade and Festival on June 9

The first annual Youth Pride Week of Whatcom County will take place the first week of June, culminating on Sunday, June 9 with a Youth Pride Parade and Festival.

Whatcom Youth Pride activities throughout the week include:

  • Queer Youth Karaoke from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4 at the Make.Shift Art Space;
  • Screening of “The Most Dangerous Year” at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5 at the Pickford Film Center;
  • Poster-making and Parade Prep Party at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 6 at the Ground Floor at First Congregational Church;
  • Community Pride Picnic for Whatcom County LGBTQ+ youth, families and community from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 at Squalicum Creek Park; and
  • Youth Pride Parade and Festival from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 9 at Bellingham High School.

The June 9 parade begins at the corner of Cornwall and Halleck near Bellingham High School. If you want to join the parade, arrive at 9:45 a.m. in the Habitat for Humanity parking lot on the corner of Cornwall and Halleck.

Adults and community members are invited to volunteer or “adopt a block” as spectators. Families of LGBTQ+ identified youth are invited to march with their children in the parade.

After the parade, all Whatcom County families and community are invited to a kid-friendly festival in the Bellingham High Commons.

Sign up to participate, volunteer or sponsor the parade today! Additional information is available at

Whatcom Youth Pride Week and the parade was made possible with a Project Neighborly grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation.

Raider Sports Report

Friday (5/10)

Track (Varsity): 31 athletes qualified for District Championship Meet including Sub-District Champions:

  • Carmen Souza – 100m
  • Ethan Johnson – 200m
  • Ginger Mullins – Pole Vault
  • Annika Reiss – 1600m, 800m, and 3200m
  • Girls 4x100m Relay team of Aysa Crocker, Carmen Souza, Lily Koplowitz-Fleming, and Jaden Stevenson.

The top four finishers in each event at Districts will advance to the State Championship Meet.

Monday (5/13)

Girls Tennis: Britney Butcher and Louli Ziels finished 2nd in doubles at the District Tennis Tournament and will be advancing to the State Tournament at the University of Washington on May 24.

Boys Tennis: Owen Morrison and Colm Schaeffer qualified in the fall for boys’ doubles and the team of Ben Grabau and Noah Giese will likely be playing as well. Go Red Raider Tennis!

Tuesday (5/14)

Girls Golf:The Red Raider girl’s golf team finished 2nd at the District 1 championship. Senior Jada French edged out fellow Red Raider Senior Sophia Schmidt by 1 shot to win the Individual Championship. In addition, Sophomore Natalie Frank and Junior Kylie Kruhlak also qualified for State. Junior Milan Haley missed the State cut by one stroke and will be District 1's first alternate. Good luck at State Raiders!

Boys Golf: 6 players competed in the District Golf Tournament: Nolan Ferrier, Luke Smith, Thomas Mathews, Joe Nevan-Casey, Connor McKay, and Ben Rorvig. The Red Raiders had 4 players move on to the 2nd day: Nolan Ferrier, Luke Smith, Thomas Mathews, and Connor McKay.

Wednesday (5/15)

Track: On Day 1 of the District Championship Meet, Annika Reiss and Grace Much finished 1st and 4th in the girls 1600. They both advance to the state meet next week.

The following athletes advanced to finals on Friday where the top 4 finishers will compete at the state meet: Ethan Johnson, Carmen Souza, Aysa Crocker, Isaac Ninnemann, Morgan Cavalier, Eddie Scott, Lily Koplowitz-Fleming, Jaden Stevenson, Cam Chase, John Johnson, Makenna Pittman, Annika Reiss, Grace Much, Mazy Wright, Christian Butenschoen, Ginger Mullins, Ellen Nichols, Angie Hall, Caleb Schmotzer, Kate Giesen

Thursday (5/16)

Unified Soccer: Bellingham vs Squalicum

Friday (5/17)

Track: 2A District Championship AWAY @ LWHS 4:00