Raider Record

September 11, 2020

Dear BHS families,

Welcome back as we launch the 20-21 school year! We are so happy to have our students back in classes! Thank you for sharing your students with us and supporting them as they navigate through their online courses. I’m so proud of our staff for embracing this unique school environment and working hard to support students and provide engaging, effective learning opportunities. While it will certainly be a “different” year, we are determined that this will be another great year at BHS!

With our remote learning situation, we know that communication is vital. Our primary tools are this weekly Raider Record newsletter, as well as our school website and social media accounts. When you need assistance, all staff members are available by email and will respond to any inquiries as soon as possible. If a phone conversation is easier, our main office telephone (360-676-6575, #1) is answered from 8-4 each day. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or suggestions. We would love to hear from you.

As we finish the first week of instruction, students are settling into the routine of our new class schedule. Afternoons and Wednesdays (after Advisory) are times for “teacher-directed learning”, and students should use that time to work on assignments/projects provided by their teachers. Students will hear phrases such as, “On Wednesday, I want you to work on…” You can support your learner by inquiring about their assignments for these individual work times, as well as encouraging them to contact their teachers if they need assistance.

We hope that your family is staying healthy during these challenging times.

Principal Miller and the BHS staff
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Estimadas familias de BHS,

¡Bienvenidos de nuevo cuando iniciamos el año escolar 20-21! ¡Estamos muy felices de tener a nuestros estudiantes nuevamente en clases! Gracias por compartir a sus estudiantes con nosotros y apoyarlos mientras navegan estudiando en línea. Estoy muy orgullosa de nuestro personal por adoptar este entorno escolar único y trabajar arduamente para apoyar a los estudiantes y brindar oportunidades de aprendizaje atractivas y efectivas. Aunque sin duda será un año “diferente”, ¡estamos decididos a que este sea otro gran año en BHS!

Con nuestra situación de aprendizaje remoto, por computadora, sabemos que la comunicación es vital. Nuestras herramientas principales son este boletín semanal de Raider Record, así como nuestro sitio web escolar y cuentas de redes sociales. Cuando necesite ayuda, todos los miembros del personal están disponibles por correo electrónico y responderán a cualquier consulta lo antes posible. Si una conversación telefónica es más fácil, el teléfono de nuestra oficina principal (360-676-6575, # 1) se contesta de 8am a 4pm todos los días. No dude en comunicarse con nosotros si tiene preguntas o sugerencias. Nos encantaría saber de ti.

Al terminar la primera semana de instrucción, los estudiantes se están adaptando a la rutina de nuestro nuevo horario de clases. Las tardes y los miércoles (después de la asesoría) son momentos para el "aprendizaje dirigido por el maestro", y los estudiantes deben usar ese tiempo para trabajar en tareas / proyectos proporcionados por sus maestros. Los estudiantes escucharán frases como, "El miércoles, quiero que trabajes en ...". Puede ayudar a su alumno preguntando sobre sus asignaciones para estos horarios de trabajo individuales, así como alentándolos a que se comuniquen con sus maestros si necesitan ayuda.

Esperamos que su familia se mantenga saludable durante estos tiempos difíciles.

La directora Miller y el personal de BHS

Technology Trouble?

Need help with your school computer, account, connecting to Teams?

Student Technology Help:

Broken Computer? We can swap out your laptop if it is broken, you still need to fill out the tech request form, but then you can call or email the school to set up a time to bring your old computer and swap for a new computer at the high school.

Keep on learning,

Mr. Balsiger, Mr. Bachmeier, and BHS Tech Desk Students

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This Week in BHS Video

Welcome back video prepared by your ASB Executive Officers with tips and tricks as we navigate online learning:

Also, if you haven't had a chance to check out the BHS Staff Welcome Back video, "I'll Be There for You;" be sure to check that out too:

Happy Red Raider Friday and have a great weekend!

WE [are] BHS

Ask the Librarian w/ Mr. Bachmeier

Q: I got an overdue notice for "Hewlett Packard HP X360 11 G2” – what’s up with that?

A: Sorry that you received an overdue notice for your school computer. This notice was incorrect. You should keep your device for this school year. The district is working to renew the devices remotely. If you have more than one device checked out, you should return any extra devices.

Q: When/where can I return books from last school year?

Q: What if I need to check out a textbook or I want a great book to read over the weekend?

A: Starting on Wednesday, 9/23, the BHS Library will offer Curbside Service from 4 – 5:30 pm in the BHS bus loop. Students can also drop off library books and/or textbooks. Students can also request library books, textbooks, or other learning materials by completing this Curbside Pick-up Book/Learning Materials Request Form. Requests received before noon on Wednesday will be available for curbside pick up that afternoon.

Keep on reading,

Mr. Bachmeier - BHS Library

Voter Registration Information for Students and Families

Are you 18? Have you registered to vote?

Are you 17? Is your birthday on or before November 3, 2020? Have you registered to vote?

The League of Women Voters encourages all Bellingham High School students to register and to VOTE!

Are you 16? Did you know that through the Future Voter Program, you can register as a future voter, and your registration will automatically take effect when you turn 18?

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Late breaking news from the USDA! Free meals continue for all students...

As of Aug. 31, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the free meals program into the 2020-21 school year. This means all children ages 0 to 18, plus our students who attend Community Transitions, will continue to receive free meal boxes. You will no longer need to provide a name or PIN at pickup. This is late-breaking, great news and differs from the informational meal flyer you will receive shortly in the family handbook mailing.

We encourage all families to pick up a free box of 14 meals and support our food services program and the Good Food Project in Bellingham Public Schools, as well as our local community. In every week’s box, we will provide a scratch-made entrée out of our Central Kitchen with ingredients sourced from local farms when available. Now is a great time to bring the school cafeteria into your home with these meals. By picking up a box, you will keep farmers in business, district staff employed and families fed.

Every Wednesday starting Sept. 9, boxes will be distributed from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at 15 school locations and six community locations.

The school locations are as follows:
Alderwood Elementary School, 3400 Hollywood Avenue
Birchwood Elementary School, 3200 Pinewood Avenue
Carl Cozier Elementary School, 1330 Lincoln Street
Cordata Elementary School, 4420 Aldrich Road
Geneva Elementary School, 1401 Geneva Street.
Happy Valley Elementary School, 1041 24th Street
Northern Heights Elementary School, 4000 Magrath Road
Roosevelt Elementary School
, 2900 Yew Street
Wade King Elementary School, 2155 Yew Street Road
Fairhaven Middle School, 110 Park Ridge Road
Kulshan Middle School, 1250 Kenoyer Drive
Shuksan Middle School, 2717 Alderwood Avenue
Whatcom Middle School,
810 Halleck Street
Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Avenue
Sehome High School, 2700 Bill McDonald Parkway

The six community locations are:

Evergreen Ridge Apartment Complex, 3451 Woburn Street;
Regency Park Apartment Complex, 2050 Fraser St.;
Sterling Meadows Apartment Complex, 512 Sterling Drive;
Sudden Valley Community Center, 8 Barn View Drive;
Villa Santa Fe Apartment Complex, 804 West Bakerview Road; and
Bakerview Mobile Park, 4015 Eliza Avenue

Note on free and reduced priced meals application: Families should apply for free and reduced priced meals online as we start the school year. It is unclear how long the USDA funding for free meals will continue. Go to for the Letter to Household which gives the income guidelines and a link to the online application.

Career and Community Events

Career Center News

Look at the the Scholarship Bulletin Some deadlines have been extended and scholarship offers for all grade levels are now included.

Take a Virtual College Tour!

There are new student resources on the Career Center web page.

Questions? I am still here for you.