BHS Newsletter

October 5, 2018

It's hard to believe that the first month of school has already passed. It was a smooth start to the school year! We have already held successful events like meet the teachers, the college fair and the college planning night. We look forward to seeing you at our October events.

Upcoming Events

October 9 School Committee Meeting @ Arcand Room
October 10 PSATs
October 11 Financial Aid Night – 6:00 p.m.
October 18 Senior Courtyard Picture
October 24 Senior Courtyard Picture (Rain Date)
October 24 School Committee Meeting @ Arcand Room
October 25 Step-Up Concert @ 7:00 p.m.
October 27 Senior Picture Day 2:00-8:00 pm
October 30 All School Assemblies - Substance Abuse Prevention

October 30 Substance Abuse Prevention Panel for Parents / Hidden in Plain Sight 6:30-8:00

October 31 Early Dismissal 10:45 a.m. - ½ Prof. Dev

Important Opportunity for Students - The Boston ECG Project

The ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT is excited to bring to Bellingham the BOSTON ECG PROJECT, an initiative that is highlighted in this month's edition (page 25) of the Bellingham Bulletin.

Testing (by reservation) is scheduled for Saturday, October, 20 between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm and is limited to 150 participates. If interest exceeds 150 an attempt will be made to add staff, but since there are no guarantees - REGISTER NOW!

The target audience is youth age 12 - 25 and you need not be a student-athlete to be tested.

We recently learned that the BOSTON ECG PROJECT decided to offer the BHS Community testing for FREE !!!!

Here are some statistics Boston ECG Project has shared with us:

• Sudden Cardiac Death is the #1 medical killer of young athletes

• Sudden Cardiac Death is the #2 medical cause of death among youth under age 25

• One student athlete dies every 3 days – it's the leading cause of death on school campuses

• 1 out of 200 adolescents will harbor a potential lethal undiagnosed cardiac condition.

Boston ECG Project Charitable Organization is a 501c3 non profit organization whose purpose is to save the lives of children and adolescents by preventing sudden cardiac death, and identifying underlying cardiac abnormalities and conditions, which are often missed by the usual history and physical examination.

This will be done with a screening electrocardiogram (ECG). The organization's goal is to develop an affordable model, and initiate a study, that ultimately may justify wide spread ECG screening for all of our youth.

We are thrilled that Bellingham High School will take part in what we believe will be a seminal study.


Save the Date

On October 30, 2018 the Bellingham School District will be hosting a panel of local experts to talk with parents about addiction, drug use, vaping, and mental health. The local district attorney's office will also bring Hidden in Plain Sight to BHS. Hidden in Plain Sight is an interactive display for parents and adults that shows how various common, everyday household items or those easily ordered on the internet can be signs of drug use.

We hope you can join the conversation. The panel will offer information and advice for parents with children of any age.

Doors will open at 5:30 and the panel presentation will begin at 6:30

More details to follow.

Student Grades

Just like last school year, we will not be sending home interim grade reports, instead please log on to the community portal to access your child's grades. Below is a link to the community portal. Please contact Mr. Jeff Maxwell at if you are having trouble with your portal access.

From the Director of Food Services

Breakfast is $1.50 and lunches are $3.00 ($.30 breakfast & $.40 lunch for qualified reduced meals). If you qualify for free meals, we hope your child takes advantage of both meals at no cost. We provide a wide variety of delicious and nutritious meals for your students to choose from!

The 2018-2019 Free & Reduced Meals application is available either in the main office or on the District website. You must reapply annually, so if you qualified last year, you must have applications submitted by October 16th to ensure your student is eligible for this school year!

You can apply throughout the school year if you need assistance.

Students are expected to pay for their meals at the time of service. Snacks and beverages are not allowed to be charged if no money is on the account. Our District charging policy has a maximum of -$3.00 at BHS. We encourage you to prepay in advance either at the register by cash, check (made payable to Bellingham School Nutrition) or Please take advantage of to set up a free account that allows you to receive low balance email notifications, view meal purchases, or pay student meal accounts online by credit & debit card (for a transaction fee). To set up a new account you will need your student ID# (if you are unsure what that is, please contact the School Nutrition office).

Feel free to contact the School Nutrition Office at (508) 883-0744 if you have any questions and check us out on the District Website & our Bellingham Public Schools Nutrition & Wellness Facebook page for menus and helpful information!

What Happening in Science at BHS

The Environmental Science course this week, has been working on solar cookers and solar powered cars. The students have been learning about solar power and have been competing some research on if solar power is a viable power source for homes and businesses in New England. Student have tested multiple types of solar cookers, each made by student groups. While some worked better than others, all cookers were successful at increasing the internal temperature in order to heat up a specific type of food. Our solar cars were even more successful. With the provided materials, students created their own type of solar car from classroom materials. The cars were raced outside and the speeds were recorded. A shocking moment for the students was when some of the underdog’s cars moved at a faster speed than some of the more detailed vehicles. With knowledge gained from this unit, students can begin to form their own opinions on solar power and its necessity for the future.


Next week is Spirit Week!

Each day students will participate in themed days, and on Friday we will hold our annual pep rally!

Tuesday: Class Color Day

Wednesday: USA/Country Day

Thursday: Tie Dye Day

Friday: BlackHawk Pride Day

Student Council will be tallying up spirit points throughout the week! Follow me on twitter to see pictures from the week. @meglafayette