June 4, 2021
Thank you, Dr. Miller!
In August of 2018, I joined the staff at Bellingham High School as an Assistant Principal. I was beyond excited and humbled to be hired on at BHS, a place I have felt deeply connected to as a long time Bellingham resident, an alumni parent of two BHS graduates, and a teacher with many former 8th grade students attending BHS. I was and shall remain forever grateful to Dr. Miller for choosing me to join her staff and want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to Dr. Miller for personal reasons, yes, but more so for her colleagueship and outstanding leadership.
Dr. Miller truly lives up to the collective commitments of Bellingham High School. She absolutely produces quality work, takes excellent care of this great place, and treats the staff, students, parents, and the larger BHS community with the utmost dignity and respect. I appreciate the trust and independence Dr. Miller gives me as one of her primary assistants, and value the support and mentorship provided by her when I have questions. As a building leader, especially over the last year, Dr. Miller provides clear guidance and direction, is reliable while those around her struggle, displays a wealth of knowledge at every turn, and always keeps the well being of our students at the core of her decisions.
Thank you, Dr. Miller, for your devoted service to our Bellingham HS community! May your retirement bring you much joy, the healthy rejuvenation you deserve, and meaningful time with your family.
¡Gracias, Dra. Miller!
En agosto del 2018, formé parte del personal de Bellingham High School como subdirector. Me sentí honrado y con gran entusiasmo al ser contratado por la escuela BHS, un lugar con el que me he sentido profundamente conectado como residente de muchos años de la ciudad de Bellingham, como padre de dos graduados de BHS, y donde muchos de mis ex alumnos del octavo grado asistieron a la escuela secundaria. Estuve y estaré siempre agradecido con la Dra. Miller por escogerme para formar parte de su equipo y quiero aprovechar esta oportunidad para expresar mi agradecimiento por razones personales, sí, pero más aún por su compañerismo y liderazgo sobresaliente.
La Dr. Miller realmente cumple con los compromisos colectivos de Bellingham High School. Ella produce absolutamente un trabajo de calidad, cuida de manera excelente este grandioso lugar y trata al personal, a los estudiantes, los padres y la comunidad de BHS en general con la mayor dignidad y respeto. Agradezco la confianza y la independencia que la Dra. Miller me brinda como uno de sus asistentes principales, valoro el apoyo y la orientación que me ofrece cuando tengo preguntas. Como líder del edificio, especialmente durante el último año, la Dra. Miller brindó guía y dirección clara, fue confiable mientras los que la rodeaban tenían dificultad. Ella muestra un elevado nivel de conocimiento en todo momento y siempre mantiene el bienestar de nuestros estudiantes al centro de sus decisiones.
¡Gracias, Dra. Miller, por su dedicado servicio a nuestra comunidad de la escuela de Bellingham HS! Que su jubilación le traiga mucha felicidad, el rejuvenecimiento saludable merecido y un significativo tiempo con su familia.
New Staff for Next Fall
- 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!
Student Laptop Returned to BHS Before Summer Break!!!
Please be ready for your student(s) to return the following items. If they have not been seen in a while, we appreciate you making every effort to find them before the summer! If you are not able to find them, please let your Library Media Specialist know as soon as possible so that we can problem-solve with you before the last week of school.
- Device (HP Laptop)
- Stylus/pen (if applicable)
- Case (if applicable)
- Charging cord and adapter
- Seniors can schedule time to return their devices by the end of the school day on June 11.
- Students in grades 9, 10, and 11 will return their devices during Advisory on June 17.
- Students with no Advisory can return their devices to the BHS Library after school on June 17 or during the school day on June 18.
- After June 18, students will need to return their devices directly to the school district office ASAP.
Over the summer, our educational technology staff need time to inventory, update, clean, repair (as needed), and install new software on more than 9,000 devices so they are ready for the first days of school in the fall.
We did not collect devices over summer 2020 due to the challenges posed by COVID-19; it’s even more important to resume this routine now so our devices continue to work well and each student has the technology tools they need to engage at school next year and beyond.
Thank you for helping us take care of this community investment in 1:1 technology for learning. Through our community’s support of our technology levy we were able to shift our mode of instruction this past year with an increased focus on technology as the portal to connecting and learning with our students.
2021 Senior Survey
Dear 2021 seniors and families,
Each spring, we survey our outgoing seniors to look back at their high school experiences and look forward at plans for the future. We use the survey data to help us better understand what works well for our high school students and what we could do better.
We realize that the seniors of the class of 2021 have experienced an incredibly unusual junior spring and senior year, and we are so proud of all of you for persevering. Seniors, please take a few minutes before June 10 and complete our survey.
The survey is confidential and the results will remain anonymous.
Thank you, class of 2021! We are thinking of you and cheering you on!
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Can you believe the school year is almost over? We need a little volunteer help to push our seniors over the finish line on graduation day. Here are the details:
Date: Saturday, June 12th @ BHS
Description: All seniors will be transported to graduation by bus from BHS to Civic Field and back after graduation. Volunteers will help hand out name cards to students before boarding the buses and distribute actual diplomas upon their return. All volunteers will be able to watch the graduation ceremony on the Jumbo-Tron in the cafeteria.
Since each family is only receiving 2 tickets, this could be a fun and exciting activity for extended family members (think cool aunties and uncles), and/or other non-senior BHS families or friends. Please sign up today and share the link with others that may be interested in your circle.
Sign Up Genius Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084BAAA92AA20-bhsgraduation
This Week in BHS Video
BHS Turf Fields Project Time-lapse Video
BHS Solar Spotlight
Reduced costs for Advanced Placement (AP) tests
Over the past several years, we have worked to help reduce the fees for College Board Advanced Placement (AP) tests for our students and families.
For students who qualify for the free/reduced lunch program, the entire $95 fee is covered by a combined state and federal grant. Our district discounts test fees for all other students and families so they only pay $47.50, which is half the cost.
For spring testing this year, Bellingham Public Schools has received an additional Washington State AP subsidy grant, reducing the AP testing fee to $32 for all full pay students. If students and families have already paid the $47.50, they will receive a refund of $15.50 through the ASB office at BHS after June 11, 2021.
- 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 walistens.org.
Career and Community Events
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!
RUNNING START 2021-2022
NEW and RETURNING Students
Fall registration begins soon! If you have not already completed your Fall EVF, please set up an appointment with Molly Hayes asap!
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: https://www.collegecovered.com/resource/9001/
If you have not completed your FAFSA or need assistance with Financial Aid please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, Marlene.Hayes@bellinghamschools.org