February 19, 2021
WE [celebrate] BHS!
Two weeks ago we started a new semester, but before we get too focused on the new semester, we wanted to take a moment to step back and look at some of the accomplishments of first semester. Throughout this week in advisory we celebrated BHS with a 4-day video celebration. To go along with our WE [are] BHS theme, we will called this week, WE [celebrate] BHS. We started with a two day celebration of academics with our student of the quarter recognition:
On day three, we got highlights from the work that sports, clubs, and music:
Today in Advisory, was all about our class video competition. Last year, we brought back class skits to BHS as part of our Tolo Week. This year, we went digital with the skits. Each class chose a decade theme for their video and for the past month students have been working on these videos. Through this competition, we celebrate our school, our friends, and our community. It’s been a hard semester in a lot of ways, but we hope that taking part in these videos or maybe just watching them today adds a little bit of joy to your day.
Even if you weren’t part of making the video or if you are a parent or community member, you can be part of this year’s competition. The Viewer’s Choice Award will be awarded based on video views so give your favorite video an extra watch or share the link of the video you liked with family and friends and help that class win the competition. The class with the most views at 8 AM on Monday will win this award.
Thank you to all of you who despite unprecedented learning situations have made this year special. We hope that our efforts this week have helped highlight some of the celebrations from first semester and we look forward to more celebrations this semester. Thank you to all the students who participated in their class video. Thanks for joining us for WE [celebrate] BHS this week and remember WE [are] BHS.
NOSOTROS [celebramos] BHS!
Hace dos semanas comenzamos un nuevo semestre, pero antes de concentrarnos demasiado en el nuevo semestre, queríamos pausar para dar un paso atrás y mirar algunos de los logros del primer semestre. A lo largo de esta semana en asesoría celebramos BHS con una celebración de video de 4 días. Para acompañar nuestro tema NOSOTROS [somos] BHS, pusimos para esta semana NOSOTROS [celebramos] BHS. Comenzamos con una celebración académica de dos días con nuestro reconocimiento al estudiante del trimestre:
En el tercer día, obtuvimos lo más destacado del trabajo que han realizado algunos deportes, clubes y grupos de música este semestre:
Hoy en Asesoría, se trataba de nuestra competencia de videos de clase. El año pasado, trajimos de regreso las cortas representaciones de clase a BHS como parte de nuestra Semana de Tolo. Este año, nos volvimos digitales con las parodias. Cada clase eligió un tema de la década para su video y durante el último mes los estudiantes han estado trabajando en estos videos. A través de esta competencia, celebramos nuestra escuela, nuestros amigos y nuestra comunidad. Ha sido un semestre difícil en muchos sentidos, pero esperamos que participar en estos videos o tal vez simplemente verlos hoy agregue un poco de alegría a tu día.
Incluso si no participaste en la realización del video o si usted es un padre o un miembro de la comunidad, puedes formar parte de la competición de este año. El Premio del Espectador se otorgará en función de las visualizaciones de video, así que dele a su video favorito una reproducción adicional o comparta el enlace del video que le gustó con familiares y amigos y ayude a esa clase a ganar la competencia. La clase con más visitas a las 8 de la mañana el lunes ganará este premio.
Gracias a todos los que, a pesar de situaciones de aprendizaje sin precedentes, han hecho que este año sea especial. Esperamos que nuestros esfuerzos esta semana hayan ayudado a resaltar algunas de las celebraciones del primer semestre y esperamos más celebraciones este semestre. Gracias a todos los estudiantes que participaron en su video de clase. Gracias por acompañarnos en NOSOTROS [celebramos] BHS esta semana y recuerden que NOSOTROS [somos] BHS.
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BHS Student Technology Support
Mr. Bachmeier and Mr. Balsiger meet every afternoon to look at this form and help support students with their on-line learning. If you need replacement parts, see below.
District Technology Request
The district educational technology department works tirelessly to make sure your technology is up and running. If you need any hardware or replacement parts, please click this link and they will get back to you as soon as possible.
Did you know you need a High School and Beyond Plan to graduate?
Check out the videos from these 5 Washington State students as they explain their high school and beyond plans!
Congratulations to the five student winners of the #PlanYourPathWA video contest! Check out just one of the selections featured below or see all of this year's creative entries on Ready Washington's website!
The High School and Beyond Plan helps students explore and plan their education to career pathway that is right for them. Bellingham students can access their High School and Beyond Plan from the Bellingham webpage, under the Students Tab. Contact Mrs.Kelly or your counselor for more information!
For information about the Plan requirements visit State Board of Education http://www.sbe.wa.gov/HSBeyondPlan.php
Career and Community Events
Washington College Grant
More Students Are Now Eligible for the Washington College Grant
The new Washington College Grant (WCG) gives more money to more students for more kinds of education after high school. Whatever you want to do next—from welding to nursing, from English to computer science—WCG can help you pay for college and training.
Washington College Grant can help you access many types of education and training:
- Public and private colleges and universities
- Workforce and training programs
- Approved apprenticeship programs
WCG is not reserved for valedictorians or athletes. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you have money waiting for you. An eligible student from a family of four making up to around $97,000 per year can receive some money for their education.
Amounts vary based on income, family size, and the school or program attended. Students and families can use the financial aid calculator to estimate their potential WCG award, but the only way to know for sure whether you qualify is to apply for financial aid. Applications for the 2021-22 academic year are now open.
Washington College Grant makes education and training beyond high school affordable. Learn more at wsac.wa.gov/WCG.
Career Center News
Running Start Q & A Session
Is running start as good choice for you? Come to this information meeting and hear both the pros and cons of the running start program. Learn the difference between Whatcom Skagit Valley and BTC Community College, and how, when and what need to get started.
Contact: Connie.Kelly@bellinghamSchools.org for more information.
Wednesday March 3rd - 10:30 am
Topic: Running Start Q and A
Time: Mar 3, 2021 10:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Seniors the Whatcom Dollars for Scholars 2021 application is now OPEN. This is one comprehensive application that applies to over 80 different scholarships.
Important Reminder : If you entered your profile for Whatcom Dollars for Scholars you must visit “my scholarships” and check off every Scholarship you are applying for to complete and submit your application. Contact Connie.Kelly@bellinghamschools.org with questions.
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: https://www.collegecovered.com/resource/9001/
If you have not competed your FAFSA please contact Ms. Kelly Connie.Kelly@BellinghamSchools.org for assistance!
**Scholarship High Lights new awards include…. Whatcom Community College Scholarship and BASE check the updated bulletin
Contact Connie.Kelly@Bellinghamschools.org for more information.
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
The Career Center webpage has been updated.
Check out the Scholarship Bulletin for Juniors on the scholarship webpage.