Raider Record

May 15, 2020

Grading Update from Mr. Carlson

Today is May 15th and there is a little over one month left in this unique school year. Everyone in our school community is working extremely hard and dealing with the many challenges. Recently Dr. Baker, in conjunction with guidelines from the State Superintendent, laid out a grading policy for our high schools. The core of this policy is to do no harm to our students.

With this in mind, our district landed on two-tiered grading system. Students will earn an A if they engage in remote learning and I (incomplete) if they do not. We are currently finishing up our seventh week of remote learning, and teachers have continued to reach out with manageable lessons for your students based on the current situation. We continue to ask that students do their best to engage in school. However, we know that with each passing week circumstances change, and weariness can set in. Ultimately, the health and well being of our students is of paramount importance.

If your student is feeling overwhelmed, please encourage them to focus their limited energies on those classes that provide foundational learning for courses later in their high school career. An example of a foundational course would be math. Most math classes tend to build upon the skills from previous classes. Ideally, we would like them to wholly engage in all classes, but we realize this may be unrealistic. All students should do the best they can based on your family situation.

We encourage you to keep lines of communication open with both teachers and counselors about any obstacles that prevent you from engaging in school. We want to know and help if we can. Also, if you have questions about the status of your student during this uncertain time please reach out to their teachers, counselors and administrators with any questions.

Chris Carlson

BHS Asst. Principal

PS: Below you will see a new picture of our school theme that reflects our current reality. It really says it all….

WE [are] BHS & WE [got this] BHS

As we navigate these uncertain times, it is even more important than ever that we feel connected. Our WE [are] BHS theme this year has helped connect the many things that we do and ways we belong at BHS, but right now, we want to focus on the WE. WE are still a community despite being apart and not at school. We are apart to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and do our part to help save lives in our community. We have created a WE [got this] BHS t-shirt to recognize this time and to be a physical reminder of our BHS community. The shirt builds off of the WE [are] BHS theme with a logo of planet Earth wearing a face mask to help save lives (artwork can be seen at the website below). The t-shirts cost $10 and will be distributed at the end of May. Orders must be made by 11:59 pm on Sunday, May 17th. A special social media event will be coming in June where our community can display these shirts that represent our unity during this time.

T-shirts can be purchased here:

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BHS - This Week in Video

Here is today’s Red Raider Report:

Purchase a WE [got this] BHS Shirt here:

This week was Performing Arts Week. Check out the videos we highlighted this week:

WE [choir] BHS:

WE [orchestra] BHS:

WE [drama] BHS:

WE [drum] BHS:

WE [are] BHS and have a great weekend!

AP Exam Preparation Support

Teacher Office Hours - Spring 2020

Students: Do you have questions for your teachers? Get answers during office hours via email, Teams, or Zoom. Teachers are available at set hours each week to answer questions and support students in real time.

View the schedule.

Student Technology Help Desk - Office Hour

Students: Need help troubleshooting educational technology in this era of distance learning? Complete this Form and we'll invite you to join us at the Student Technology Help Desk at 4 pm on Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Balsiger, Mr. Bachmeier, and a group of experienced BHS Technology Help Desk students will be available to help answer your technology questions in real time.
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Masonic Education Council of Whatcom County Awards Scholarship

Every year the Masonic Education Council of Whatcom County considers scholarship applications from High School Juniors. They select 10 finalists from each high school and honor them with a certificate and their names will be engraved on a plaque in the main office. Finalists have demonstrated academic excellence, dedication to community service, and a determination to change the world for the better. Our top finalist was awarded a $1000 scholarship.

Margaret Burgess - Winner $1,000


  • Bay Gregory
  • Samuel Coble
  • Julia Heywood
  • Rose Horan
  • Sage Jacobs
  • Riley Knies
  • Phoebe McNair-Luxon
  • Alexa Mee
  • Nigel Naylor

Congratulations, we are proud of you all!

American Association of University Women (AAUW) awards Certificates of Excellence!

Every year, the Bellingham American Association of University Women (AAUW) awards Certificates of Excellence to outstanding High School Juniors in the areas of Science, Technology, Math, and Humanities (STEAM).

Congratulations to our own Bellingham High School award winners for 2019-2020:

Free Audiobooks for Students and "Book Talks with Bach"

Students can sign up for SYNC and recieve two FREE audiobooks each week from now through the end of summer 2020.

Stuck at home with time on your hands? Looking for a good book to read?

Check out "Book Talks with Bach" for Mr. Bachmeier's latest book reviews and recommendations. Students and staff can even sign in with their school email account to post their own book reviews! Who will be the first to post a review?

Big 4 for Wellness now posted online and on social media

Big 4 for Wellness are self-care ideas. Try one or all of the activities, and remember, if you have a hard time getting started, lower your expectations and take baby steps.

Go to for the Self-care (Big 4 for Wellness) dropdown menu.

Follow Bellingham Public Schools on Facebook to view new ones every Wellness Wednesday through June 17.

Career and Community Events

May is Career Connected Learning Month!

Explore Washington Careers in Online Discussion Series for Students

May is Career Connected Learning Month in Washington. Every school day at 3:30 PM, students can go to CareerConnect@Home and hear from people doing different types of jobs in our state.

Imagine your future at leading organizations like Seattle Children's Hospital, public radio station KUOW, Spokane's Avista energy company, superfast superstar Mod Pizza, and more. Learn about companies and careers linked to each weekly theme:

  • May 4-8: Technology & Innovation
  • May 11-15: Manufacturing, Trades & Energy
  • May 18-22: Startups, Small Business & Entrepreneurship
  • May 26-29: Education, Health Care & Government

Head over to CareerConnect@Home to find out what the lineup is each day and join the conversation! Follow or ask questions on Instagram.

Career Center News

The PTSA/Staff Scholarship is now available on the career center web page!

Look at the the Expanded Scholarship Bulletin Some deadlines have been extended and scholarship offers for all grade levels are now included. The BHS PTSA scholarship for seniors is now available with a May 15 deadline!

Take a Virtual College Tour!

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

Questions? I am still here for you.


The Northwest Youth Corps is recruiting mostly high school students 16+ for Summer paid internships programs. They are taking applications through their website at, the link attached will allow students to register an account, then apply.