Raider Record

June 18, 2021 - Final Edition

Gratitude and Best Wishes

As we celebrate the completion of this very unique school year, I want to thank our entire BHS community for their perseverance, flexibility, and creativity. I’m so proud of our students and staff for maintaining their focus on learning throughout the school year despite challenges and difficult circumstances. For our staff, welcoming the students who were able to return to the building was the highlight of the year; resuming sports/activities and holding an in-person graduation ceremony were two wonderful bonuses!

Another high point from this spring was the week of educational activities centered around social justice and our school mascot name. The Mascot Task Force has completed their work and has submitted their recommendation to Dr. Baker to change the BHS mascot from Red Raiders to Bayhawks. Dr. Baker’s has approved this change, so the next step, in the fall, will be to identify a mascot image.

While we are all looking forward to some well-deserved time for fun and relaxation, the new BHS admin team led by Principal Marty Atkins is already busy planning for an awesome 21-22 school year! Mr. Atkins has deep ties with BHS, and I am confident that the school is in very capable, caring hands. I am so thankful for the privilege of serving as your principal for the past five years, as well as five earlier years as an assistant principal. I have truly loved my time in this special place and leave with countless wonderful memories. Thank you, Bellingham High, and best wishes to each of you. Have a wonderful summer and remember that WE [ARE] BHS!

Linda Wise Miller

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Con gratitud y mis mejores deseos

Quiero agradecer a toda nuestra comunidad de BHS por su perseverancia, flexibilidad y creatividad al celebrar la culminación de este año escolar único. Estoy muy orgullosa de nuestros estudiantes y el personal por mantener el enfoque en el aprendizaje durante todo el año a pesar de los desafíos y circunstancias difíciles. Dar la bienvenida a los estudiantes que pudieron regresar al edificio fue lo más destacado del año para nuestro personal; el reanudar los deportes / actividades y la celebración de una ceremonia de graduación en persona fueron dos gratificaciones fabulosas!

Otro punto importante de esta primavera fue la semana de actividades educativas centradas en la justicia social y el nombre de nuestra mascota escolar. El Grupo de Trabajo de Mascotas ha completado su trabajo y ha presentado su recomendación al Dr. Baker para cambiar la mascota de BHS de Red Raiders a Bayhawks. En la espera de la aprobación del Dr. Baker, el siguiente paso en el otoño será identificar la imagen de la mascota.

Si bien todos estamos esperando un tiempo bien merecido de descanso y diversión, el nuevo equipo de administración de BHS dirigido por el director Marty Atkins ya está ocupado planeando un año escolar 21-22 formidable. El Sr. Atkins tiene vínculos profundos con BHS, y estoy segura de que la escuela está en manos muy capases y afectuosas.

Estoy muy agradecida por el privilegio de servir como su directora durante los últimos cinco años, así como cinco años anteriores como vicedirectora. Realmente he disfrutado mi tiempo en este lugar especial y me voy con innumerables maravillosos recuerdos. Gracias, Bellingham High, y mis mejores deseos para cada uno de ustedes. ¡Que tengas un verano maravilloso y recuerda que NOSOTROS [SOMOS] BHS!

Linda Wise Miller

New Staff for Next Fall

  • Finally (until we make another announcement next week), we are excited to announce that Ms. Connie Campbell will join the BHS staff teaching Choir and AVID 3. Ms. Campbell earned her Masters degree in Music from the University of Miami and her Bachelors in Music from Northern Arizona University. For the past three years, Connie taught elementary music at Carl Cozier and in Sedro Woolley. Prior to that, for ten years Ms. Campbell was a music teacher and All-State Choir Board member at Woodland Park School District in Colorado.

  • We are happy to introduce a new counselor, Mr. Keenan Schoen (pronounced “Shane”) to the BHS community. Keenan comes to us from the Northshore School District having worked at both North Creek HS and Woodinville HS. Mr. Schoen also has experience in a psychiatric hospital setting working as a Mental Health Technician. The combination of school service and mental health service will complement our strong counseling team.

  • We are also pleased to announce that Mr. Calvin Atkins will join our BHS staff in 2021-22 as a certificated teacher in our Science department. Mr. Atkins currently teaches at Shuksan MS, where he started in 2017. Prior to joining Bellingham Schools, Mr. Atkins taught in Thailand, Nashville, and in Walla Walla, WA. Some of you may even remember Mr. Atkins, as he is a 2009 graduate of Bellingham HS!

Summer/Fall Activities Update:

Some of our teams/clubs will be active this summer. Please contact your head coach or club advisor for more details.

The following Fall sports begin on Monday, August 23rd. Students must be cleared through Final Forms to begin practice on day 1. We are planning on full seasons with post season opportunities in 2021-22.

  • Boys Tennis
  • Co-ed Cross Country
  • Girls Soccer
  • Girls Swim
  • Slow-pitch Softball
  • Volleyball

Football begins on Wednesday, August 18th

See you in August!

Chad Larsen

Actualización de actividades de verano / otoño:

Algunos de nuestros equipos / clubes estarán activos durante el verano. Para más detalles comuníquese con su entrenador principal o asesor del club.

Los siguientes deportes de otoño comienzan el lunes 23 de agosto. Las registraciones finales y formularios deben ser sometidos y aprobados antes de comenzar el primer día de práctica.

Estamos planeando temporadas completas con oportunidades de postemporada en 2021-22.

• Tenis para varones

• Cross Country mixto

• Fútbol femenino

• Natación de señoritas

• Softbol de lanzamiento lento

• Vóleibol

El fútbol comienza el miércoles 18 de Agosto.

¡Te veo en agosto!

Chad Larsen

Teen Summer Reading Suggestions from the Bellingham Public Library

BPL: High School Book Talks 1 with Jennifer
BPL: High School Book Talks 2 with Jennifer
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Summer 2021 Meal Boxes

This summer, Bellingham Public Schools will offer free, seven-day meal boxes to all children 0 to 18, as well as students in Community Transitions. Please note: Meal boxes will not be distributed during the first week of summer break on Wednesday, June 23.

Meal box distribution will resume on Wednesday, June 30 and continue every Wednesday this summer through Aug. 18.

Boxes will be given out between 12 and 1:30 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Geneva Elementary School, 1401 Geneva Street
  • Happy Valley Elementary School, 1041 24th Street
  • Roosevelt Elementary School, 2900 Yew Street
  • Shuksan Middle School, 2717 Alderwood Avenue
  • Whatcom Middle School, 810 Halleck Street
  • Regency Park Apartment Complex, 2050 Fraser Street
  • Bakerview Mobile Park, 4015 Eliza Avenue

This Week in BHS Video

Bellingham High School Graduation - Class of 2021
BHS dance team military state champions
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COVID-19 Resources

  • State COVID-19 Assistance Hotline is a general information line related to COVID-19. If you need information or have a general question, call 1-800-525-0127 or text 211-211 for help. You can also text the word “Coronavirus” to 211-211 to receive information and updates on your phone wherever you are. You will receive links to the latest information on COVID-19, including county-level updates, and resources for families, businesses, students, and more.

  • Washington Listens helps people manage stress and anxiety they may be experiencing because of COVID-19. If you or anyone you know is having difficulties managing stress, call the Washington Listens support line at 1-833-681-0211. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. TTY and language access services are available by using 7-1-1 or their preferred method. Resources and self-help tips are available on

Career and Community Events

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Career Center News

The Career Center webpage is updated weekly. Check out new Career and College Events, Hot Jobs, Hot Careers (NEW for seniors) and more!


NEW and RETURNING Students

Fall registration has begun! If you have not already completed your Fall EVF, please set up an appointment with Molly Hayes, After June 22nd, the Career Center will be closed for the summer. Email when we return in September to get your EVF.

Please go to the Running Start Page to find out the latest updates and information for Fall 2021.


There are still scholarships available…. WA State Opportunity Scholarship, BTC Foundation, Abbott and Fenner

Check the bulletin weekly for updates:

Financial Aid questions?

Now that you have submitted your FAFSA … what’s next? What is included in your SAR (Student Aid Report) and who sees it? What is your family’s EFC? (Estimated Family contribution). Learn the answers to these and more at:

If you have not completed your FAFSA or need assistance with Financial Aid please contact


University admissions for Fall 2021 are in the majority test blind due to the pandemic. Meaning this year admissions departments will not consider scores even if submitted for admissions Fall 2021. * But Universities are in the process of deciding whether or not to continue the test blind policy or whether they will go back to being test mandatory post Fall 2021. Please check University websites for updates on admission guidelines for Fall 2022

Career Center Questions? Email Molly Hayes,

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