Bellingham High School - September 3, 2021


Greetings Bellingham Families

What a wonderful and engaging first week!

I have been reflecting on the first few days of school and the best word to describe those days, at least for me, is “gratitude.” I’m so thankful for the return of students to in-person instruction. I’m thankful for the staff who have created such a welcoming environment. I’m thankful for the support of families. And I’m most thankful for the energy and enthusiasm from students. They are excited to be back together and clearly understand the steps we need to take so we can remain together.

Our ASB Officers and Leadership class led two assemblies this past week. Our first assembly included introductions of the officers and generated excitement about our new mascot. In the second assembly, we just had fun! The classes had four volunteers compete in a sack race, the cheerleaders led us in our newest all-school cheer, and the athletes for season one were all recognized. Then, on Friday night, we hosted our first home football game where hundreds of students showed up in their new Bayhawks tshirts and cheered on our team. The school spirit filled me with pride and the number of students following appropriate protocols, even though we were outside, was encouraging.

In the weeks ahead, we will continue to pursue strong learning opportunities and strong culture and connection opportunities. We will continue to develop our Bayhawks identity in a way that provides a sense of belonging for every student…and every member of the BHS community.

At the end of this newsletter, I’ve added some images from our first few days. I hope you enjoy them.

With gratitude,

Marty Atkins, Principal

By the way, this is how I was introduced to the students last week...

SCHOOL PICTURES - online ordering available

Special thanks to Chad Larsen for organizing the day and to the parent volunteers: Emily, Staci, Renee, Peter, Jessica, and Tracy. We ended our day nearly two hours ahead of schedule because this group of people were so efficient and motivated. Overall, it was a very fun day and Ms. Steele and Mr. Atkins had fun handing out our first "Bellingham Bayhawks" tshirts to every student thanks to the PTSA and ASB!
Picture Ordering steps repeated in text below.

Ordering pictures

1. Visit the online shop at or scan the QR code on your unique identification card.

2. Enter the access code from your child's unique identifier paper.

3. View pictures.

4. If you have questions, or want to place an order by phone, call 425.737.3395.


Fall Open House scheduled for September 22 at 6:00 PM

Intercultural Center

Students of color will have the opportunity to create our Intercultural Center at BHS this year! The hope is to create a space for historically underrepresented BIPOC students to engage in identity exploration and strive for cultural awareness and academic excellence.

The first meeting is this Friday, Sep. 10 at 3:20 in Portable A.

BHS Intercultural Center information repeated above.


Artists and Performers

Scientists and Mathematicians


Finally, don’t hesitate to reach out to share any concerns or requests. Email is the most efficient way to contact us, and we’ll respond as quickly as possible.

Marty Atkins, Principal,

Joseph Doucette, Assistant Principal, A-K,

Chris Carlson, Assistant Principal, L-Z,

Heather Steele, Administrative Intern,

Monica Rasmussen, Principal’s Administrative Assistant,

Thank you for the privilege of working with your students each day. We are looking forward to another great year at BHS!

“Go Bayhawks!”