Raider Record

September 19, 2019

Hello BHS Families and affiliates. We have finished with the majority of our second annual computer distribution to our students and learned a great deal about the process. We thank you for being gracious with us if you encountered an extra hassle or two as a result of our learning curve with the management of close to 1,000 computers and their components. Please review a few details below to make sure our computers and their components stay in good working order for the next several years.

There are 4 components that have been checked out to students:

  1. Laptop

  2. AC Adapter

  3. Sleeve

  4. Stylus

Laptop ($650-800)

Students will receive the same laptop they were assigned the previous year. This rewards students for caring for their device as the laptops will be in service for 4 years with the same student, following them from their Freshman through their Senior year.

Students are expected to keep their laptops sticker free.

AC Adapter ($30)

AC Adapters are unmarked. That means that there is no way to tell one AC Adapter from another. For this reason, we suggest students keep them at home and try to charge over night.

If they bring the charger to school they should be very careful not to lose it or leave it lying around.

If a student loses their charger, the library can provide a new one. A $30 fine will be placed on their account until they pay or meet with their assigned Assistant Principal to explain the scenario.

Sleeve ($15.75)

Part of the "Responsible Use Policy" that students and guardians have signed prior to checking out a computer requires the student to transport their computer in the sleeve.

We found that students who transport their computers without the sleeve may suffer damage to the corners of the computer, rendering it non functional, resulting in the need for a costly replacement computer.

If a student loses their sleeve, please get a replacement from the library.

Stylus ($28.50)

Although a mangled or missing Stylus can result in a fine, other parts of the stylus can be maintained. The library does its best to keep batteries, tips, lanyards, and the little holster loop in stock. Students are encouraged to come by during the first two periods of every day when HELP desk students are staffed. They can also come by outside of class time for these items.

Styluses were not maintained over the summer break, they were returned "as-is" with the computer to the student. If your student reports that the stylus isn't working, they can bring it to the library and we will see what we can do. If it is undamaged and well taken care of, we can fix most problems on the spot.

It is my goal to elevate the voice of the technology users to our district team who provides the technology. So, if you have any success or problems, concerns or compliments, please send them my way in an email.

Although each computer component has a dollar amount associated with it, it is not the district's goal to charge students or families for using the technology. If you have followed the Responsible Use Policy, have done your best to take care of the technology, and you still run into problems, please work with us to resolve it.

Thank you,

Joe Balsiger

Bellingham High School - Educational Technology Coach

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"Brass Section" by student photographer Emma Sherwin

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Weekly Bulletin

Check out what's happening this week @ BHS.

Join Us for Take Your Parent to PE Week on 9/23-9/27

Bellingham High School is participating in Take Your Parent to PE Week!

Sponsored by the Active Schools movement, Take Your Parent to PE Week is a nationwide campaign that highlights the importance of physical learning in schools and helps keep parents involved in all aspects of their child’s education. Contact any Red Raider Physical Education teacher for more information.

After-School Dinner Program Free for All Students 18 and Under

Bellingham Public Schools currently offers free hot dinner to all children 18 and under in the community. These meals are offered daily Mondays through Thursdays through June 4, 2020. Dinner is served from 5 to 6 p.m. at Shuksan Middle School, located at 2717 Alderwood Avenue (at the corner of Northwest and Alderwood).

Please note: Accompanying adults are charged $4.25 All meals must be eaten onsite in the Shuksan cafeteria and “to go” options are not available. Dinner will not be served on the following Thursdays that are middle school early dismissal days: Sept. 19, Oct. 31, Nov. 27, (Wed.), Dec. 12, Feb. 6, March 5, April 30.

The after-school dinner program is sponsored by the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

For more information, contact Food Services for Bellingham Public Schools.

SENIORS! Order your limited edition senior class t-shirt! DEADLINE is WENDESDAY, SEPT 25

SENIORS! Order your limited edition senior class t-shirt! Order forms were mailed home (or you can pick one up in the Red Raider Café). Order deadline is September 25 and items will be delivered the week of Homecoming (October 14). Short Sleeve Tee - $12 | Long Sleeve Tee - $17 | Crew Neck - $20 |Hoodie - $25

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Seniors, here’s your opportunity to add a line of text to the senior portion of the yearbook by which your peers will remember you – a SENIOR QUOTE! The best quotes usually fall into one of two categories: they’re either straight from the heart, or ridiculous and funny. School appropriate please!

Forms were mailed home in August, or you can pick one up in the counseling office. They’ll also be available at lunches next week.

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Career and Community Events

College Admissions Recruiters are headed to BHS. Fall is College Tour time, and many admissions recruiters are scheduling visits to meet with students in the Career Center. These admission advisors will be the first ones to review your applications for entrance. They will provide important information about college application, requirement, admission profiles, financial aid, and scholarships. Sign up to attend these sessions in the Career Center:

  • Biola University - Thursday, September 26th, 1:30 pm
  • George Fox University - Thursday, September 26th, 2:15 pm
  • University of Portland - Friday, September 27th, 10:00 am
  • Gonzaga University - Monday, September 30, 9:00 am

Students interested in study and travel abroad should attend the Rotary Youth Exchange presentation in the Career Center on Tuesday, September 24th, 10:00am, Raideraide. Sign up to attend.

  • Students applying to WSU come to the Career Center to be considered for the WSU Regents Scholarship.

  • Check out the Career Center for Scholarship and FAFSA information.

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Save the Date for College Fair on Oct. 3

College Fair 2019 will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 and is hosted at Sehome High School this year, located at 2700 Bill McDonald Parkway.

Representatives from nearly 60 public, private, two-year and four-year institutions from around the Pacific Northwest and beyond will be at the event. A list of attendees will be posted online before the event.

New this year! Students are encouraged to register for this free event through StriveScan which will send them a barcode saving students time filling out the information cards for each college table they visit. Registering will automatically give them a reminder of the event and a list of the colleges with whom they share their barcode at College Fair.

Go to to register today or snap the SnapChat code found on posters and flyers around school.

Another college and career planning event Design your Future will be held in November this year. Stay tuned later this fall for the date, time and schedule.

For more information on college and career planning, please contact your school counselor or career specialist.

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It’s all elemental; celebrating 150 years with the periodic table

The year 2019 has been designated as the International Year of the Periodic Table by the United Nations General Assembly (UN) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO.) The UN-inspired celebration marks the 150th anniversary of the periodic table of chemical elements originally proposed/discovered by Dmitry Mendeleev in 1869. The periodic table is considered one of the most important achievements in science, informing not only chemistry but biology, earth sciences, physics and medicine.

To celebrate locally, science faculty at Western Washington University (WWU) and Whatcom Community College (WCC) invite middle and high school students, families and teachers to join them at a community event from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Spark Museum, 1312 Bay Street, in downtown Bellingham. Admission is free.

The Oct. 12 event will include an elements-themed Wizards of Western show, as well as an historical portrayal of scientist Dmitri Mendeleev and his international colleagues, both presented by WWU faculty and students. Informational posters and booths will also be on display, including some of the latest areas of discovery of new chemical elements worldwide. Bring your questions!

To coincide with the UN designation, Governor Jay Inslee has also declared 2019 the Year of the Periodic Table in the state of Washington.

See you at the Spark Museum on Oct. 12!

Community Service Opportunities

Community Service Opportunities: Volunteering within your community is one of the best ways to learn something new, meet people and support a cause that is important to you. Let’s not forget how great it looks on those college applications too. Whatever your motivation, check out these events and opportunities to become more involved within your community


Event / Opportunity


Saturday September 14th-Saturday October 26th


Special Olympics Bowling Season

Bowlers of all abilities welcome to coach athletes in this loud and FUN sport. Location: Park Bowl-4175 Meridian. or call


Saturday, September 28th


Lake Whatcom Park Volunteer Trail Work Party

Those trails don’t maintain themselves! Volunteer to clear brush, debris and logs, moving rocks and install wood structures as needed. Location: Lake Whatcom Park Trailhead near Northshore.

Register here.

Sunday, October 6th


Whatcom County Buddy Walk

This annual walk for people who have Down’s Syndrome needs volunteers to set-up, for registration, photo booth, clean up and walkers. or call

360-715-0170 ext. 200


Help a Senior with Yard Care or Cleaning

The Chore program supports seniors and adults living with disabilities to live independently. Volunteers needed to lend a helping hand with yard and housework. or call

360-734-5121 ext. Ext. 172