Red Raider Alert

March 1, 2019

Computer Safety, Care, Maintenance and Collection

This message is an update regarding student-issued school laptops and a quick note about the end of the school year check in process so that there are no surprises.

Firstly, I wanted to share an opportunity to all parents and guardians regarding internet and social media safety. Lynden Christian High School is hosting the “White Hatter” on March 5th, 2019 at 7:00-9:00pm. BHS hosted this presentation in 2017 and most audience members found it an exceptional and enlightening presentation regarding keeping our teenagers and ourselves safe in this era of heavy technology dependence.

In general, students have been taking great care of their laptops. Here is a link to an educational survey I created that is intended as a refresher of our “Responsible Use Policy”. Taking the survey will help students avoid any fines they might receive when they turn in their laptops prior to summer break. Feel free to take it yourself as well if you are curious about some common issues and fines that students incur while using the school computers.

The students who are most satisfied with the laptops are students who keep their computers updated so they work well with our school’s network and maintain their security. Here is a short video about how to maintain their computer updates if this seems confusing to your student.

All students received a laptop sleeve, stylus and charger when they were assigned a laptop. These items will need to be turned in at the end of the school year before summer break. If any of these items are malfunctioning the student should go to the library and get help maintaining their equipment.

Please keep close care of your laptop charger as it has a value of $30. I mention this because they are unmarked and need to be turned in at the end of the school year to avoid a fine. Because they are unmarked, students are encouraged to keep their chargers at home and do their charging at night.

Thank you, and if you have any concerns or need support feel free to contact me.

Joe Balsiger (On Special Assignment as Instructional Coach with Educational Technology)

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The Little Mermaid Musical Swims onto Stage

Bellingham High School presents the Disney classic The Little Mermaid, with songs and music by Alan Menken. Follow the tale of the mermaid Ariel who longs to be part of the human world and meet many illustrious characters in her world along the way, including her father King Triton, Sebastian the crab, Ursula the sea witch and Prince Eric.

The musical plays at 7 p.m. on March 1, 2, 8 and 9, and at 2 p.m. on March 2 and 9. Tickets are sold at the door.

Celebrating the Diversity of our Students at BHS!

BHS takes great pride in the diversity of our students. Our school recently hosted the district’s first annual South Asian Desi party for students and families on February 1. Over 100 people experienced an Indian meal, Bhangra dancing and speakers including Whatcom County councilman Satpal Sidhu and Superintendent Greg Baker. The event was a collaborative effort between our very own administrative intern Rav Dhillon and the district’s Family Engagement Office.

In February we celebrated and acknowledged Black History Month. Our library has many books on display and resources available on-line to celebrate achievements made by African Americans and their central role in U.S. history. In conjunction with the Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival, our school recently hosted two film showings in our library: Children of the Civil Rights and The Other Walla.

To learn more about our English Language Learners, ELL teacher Sarah Spitzer provides helpful information to staff on the ELL Student of the Week. The upcoming annual Latino dance on March 22, hosted by our La Chispa club, is open to all district high school students. The dance runs from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., and there will be instructors available for the first hour to teach salsa and Zumba dancing.

AP Exam Information

AP exams will be held at BHS from May 6-17th. Students must register for their AP Exam(s) February 25th through March 22rd at the BHS ASB office, or online at

Students have been provided with the “Bulletin for AP Students and Parents 2018-2019” which includes a student preparation checklist, tips on how to get ready for exam day, as well as the 2019 exam schedule.

BHS 2018 – 2019 PTSA Fundraiser

The Bellingham High School PTSA Board has opted to make fundraising simple during this 2018-2019 school year. Instead of an auction, we are asking our Red Raider families to directly support the students and teachers at Bellingham High School by contributing to the Red Raider PTSA Fund. 100% of your contributions will directly support BHS students!

Watch this student produced video to learn how your contributions impact BHS

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 given to students yesterday. Return the envelope with your donation to the PTSA Box outside the ASB Office or donate today via Paypal.

Thank you for your support !