October 11, 2019
Hello Raider Fans!
Homecoming Week is upon us! Today, we kicked off our festivities with a school-wide assembly that announced all our events. This is an excellent time for students to get involved at BHS and feel the Raider spirit. Here are all the ways students can get involved in Homecoming:
- Homecoming Hall Decorating – today from 3:30-5:30 and tomorrow from 8:30-4:30
- Dress-Up Days – come to school dressed in the theme of each day
- Lunchtime Activities – compete with your class at lunch to earn Homecoming points
- Student Store Specials – drink specials all week themed for each dress up day
- Homecoming Assembly – On Thursday, royalty will be crowned and many groups will perform
- Homecoming Tailgate – join the LINK Crew from 5:30-7:00 on Friday in the Civic Field parking lot
- Homecoming Football Game – Friday at 7:00 at Civic Field vs. Mountlake Terrace
- Homecoming Dance – Saturday from 8:30-11:00, tickets available at the ASB Office
Join the fun and take part in Homecoming Week 2019!
PSAT & PreACT TEST INFORMATION FOR SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS
On Wednesday, October 16th, Bellingham High will administer the PSAT exam to all 11th grade students, and the PreACT exam to all 10th grade students. The PSAT is a test of the skills and knowledge essential for college and career that students are learning in class. It offers students an opportunity to connect with colleges and universities, enter scholarship competitions, get ready for the SAT exam, sharpen their skills with free practice on Khan Academy, and learn what AP classes might make the most of their strengths. For 10th graders, the PreACT contains test questions and scores similar to the ACT test, can help students select the right high school courses, think about ways to target areas of improvement, and even begin discussions about college and career.
Both the PSAT and the PreACT are scheduled from 8:30am-12:20pm. Students should check the assessment bulletin board in the commons for their test locations and bring a calculator with them on test day. Extra copies of the PSAT Student Guide are available in Student Services. If you have questions, please contact BHS Student Services.
Super Wednesday - 10/16/19 - Information
Freshmen arrive at the normal time and participate in a variety of planned activities.
12th Grade Super Wednesday Activities
9:30 - 11:45 Counselors available for graduation planning and college application assistance in Room 114
9:30 – 11:45 College essay help from Mr. Woodrum, Mr. Burnett, and Mr. Knoth in Room 140
9:30-11:45 AP Bio help from Ms. Miller, Room 143
9:30 – 11:45 Career Center open for scholarship search help by Ms. Kelly and Ms. Carroll, FAFSA workshops at 10:00 and 10:45
11:45-12:15 Senior class picture on turf field
How much will you give?
A donation of $50 per student helps secure field trips, special events, and college scholarships. Every gift helps. Please consider asking family and friends to donate in honor of your student. Fundraising envelopes were handed out on Monday and Tuesday during Raiderade. Go old school and place a check in the envelope or donate today via Paypal.
100% of your contributions to the Red Raider PTSA Fund will directly support BHS students!
Interested in Ordering School Photos?
Call the Customer Service line at Lifetouch at 866-955-8342. Parents will need to provide our school name, student name, and grade their student is in.
Important Upcoming 2020 AP Exam Registration and Payment Changes
Dear Families of Students taking AP Classes:
The AP® Program has introduced new resources and processes designed to help students earn college credit and placement. Here’s what you and your student need to know:
· BHS AP students will be asked to register and pay for their AP Exams October 1-31, 2019 at the BHS ASB office, or online https://wa-bellingham.intouchreceipting.com/
· The 2020 fee is $47 per exam. Students who qualify to receive free or reduced lunch will have their AP exam fees waived, provided they submit a Low-Income Student Verification Form to the ASB office, signed by a parent/guardian, prior to the registration deadline. This form is available at the ASB office.
· There will be a $40 fee for late registration (after 11/15) and a $40 cancellation or unused exam fee
· AP Exams will be held May 4 - May 15, 2020
· AP students should have already signed in to myap.collegeboard.org and enrolled in their AP class sections using the unique join code provided by their teacher for each AP class.
Please do not hesitate to contact me, or your child’s AP teacher, if you have questions.
Chris Carlson - Assistant Principal
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: 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.
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.
- St. Martin University – Monday, October 14th, 10;30 am
- Oregon State University – Tuesday, October 15th, 10:00 am
- Financial Aid Workshop – Wednesday, October 16th, 10:00 and 10:45 am
- Central Washington University – Thursday, October 17th, 9:00 am
- Eastern Washington University – Thursday, October 17th, 11:00am
- Check out the Career Center for Scholarship and FAFSA information.
Filing window for FAFSA opens Oct. 1
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA/WAFSA) filing window opens Oct. 1. The U.S. Department of Education has everything you need to know about FAFSA online. Click here.
Additional help sessions will be offered at the following dates and times: Oct. 14 at Lynden High School; 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 16 at Nooksack Valley High School; and 6 to 8 p.m., Oct. 17 at Meridian High School. Students and families in Whatcom County are welcome to any session offered above. Visit your Career Center for more specifics on these help sessions.
If you attend, please bring the following information and documents with you to the event:
- Your driver’s license or State ID;
- Your income information. This includes bank statements, a W-2 or pay stub, and a past tax return;
- Your parent, if you are 24 or younger;
- Your parents’ recent financial information (Parents should bring a copy of their previous year’s tax return);
- Additional information such as child support statements, TANF or welfare information, real estate, investments, family business or farm info.
FAFSA filers must also bring
- student’s social security number or green card
- one parent’s social security number, if they have one
For more information, please contact your high school counselor or visit www.readysetgrad.org/cgw-info or www.futuresnw.org.
Click here for a flyer of the FAFSA/WAFSA filing events.
Learn More About Western Aerospace Scholars at a Launch Event!
We invite all interested students, families, and school staff to attend a WAS launch event with The Museum of Flight and learn more about the program.
Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019
Location: The Museum of Flight
Hear a message from our director, meet alumni, and try your hands at an engineering challenge. Snacks will be provided. When you are done, explore the museum!
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
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.
email@example.com or call
360-734-5121 ext. Ext. 172