Raider Record

May 1, 2020

Physical Education & Health Update

Greetings, Red Raider Families!


I hope this message finds you in excellent health during this unprecedented time of living through the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our Physical Education department is working hard to deliver tools for our students to stay physically active as we have transitioned to online learning. Students should be checking their school outlook email at the beginning of each week for new material from their Health and Physical Education teachers. We encourage students to reach out with questions as we are all learning how to navigate this new system together.


I would like to share some resources provided by “SHAPE America: Society of Health and Physical Educators” to help students and families be physically active during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The recommendation is to get at least 60 minutes of daily physical activity.



“Stay Safe and Stay Healthy”


Darin Nolan

Physical Education & Health Department Chair


PS: Below are a couple of our Red Raider physical education students showing their creativity being physically active at home.

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BHS - This Week in Video

Happy National Decision Day! Check out what the Class of 2020 is up to next: https://bellingham.wistia.com/medias/b6b0jevz1p


Check out the other videos highlighted this week:

WE [robotics] BHS: https://bellingham.wistia.com/medias/ggydd0rt0d


WE [highlight] BHS: https://bellingham.wistia.com/medias/ccbw7lux05


WE [soccer] BHS: https://bellingham.wistia.com/medias/xubdllxlhy

Have a great weekend!

Teacher Office Hours - Spring 2020

Students: Do you have questions for your teachers? Get answers during office hours via email, Teams, or Zoom. Teachers are available at set hours each week to answer questions and support students in real time.


View the schedule.

Student Technology Help Desk - Office Hour

Students: Need help troubleshooting educational technology in this era of distance learning? Complete this Form and we'll invite you to join us at the Student Technology Help Desk between 4 and 5 pm on Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Balsiger, Mr. Bachmeier, and a group of experienced BHS Technology Help Desk students will be available to help answer your technology questions in real time.

Free Audiobooks for Students and "Book Talks with Bach"

Students can sign up for SYNC and recieve two FREE audiobooks each week from now through the end of summer 2020.


Stuck at home with time on your hands? Looking for a good book to read?

Check out "Book Talks with Bach" for Mr. Bachmeier's latest book reviews and recommendations. Students and staff can even sign in with their school email account to post their own book reviews! Who will be the first to post a review?

Big 4 for Wellness now posted online and on social media

Big 4 for Wellness are self-care ideas. Try one or all of the activities, and remember, if you have a hard time getting started, lower your expectations and take baby steps.


Go to bellinghamschools.org/mental-health for the Self-care (Big 4 for Wellness) dropdown menu.


Follow Bellingham Public Schools on Facebook to view new ones every Wellness Wednesday through June 17.

Yearbook News!

Yearbooks will be available and can still be purchased online via this link: https://wa-bellingham.intouchreceipting.com/

(this link is also available via the BHS website under Activities/Yearbook)


Distribution logistics will be worked out at a later date.

Updated AP Testing Information


Hello Raider Students Enrolled in AP Classes!


As you likely know, the College Board has moved its May testing model from a traditional three-hour test taken at school, to a forty-five minute free-response, individual assessment taken online at home.


For context, the College Board has done this in the past for smaller pockets of populations due to localized national disasters (hurricane, floods, earthquake, etc.) but this is the first time they have offered this alternate testing model at this type of COVID 19 scale.


Read more.

Career and Community Events

May is Career Connected Learning Month!


Every day at 3:30pm, starting May 4th, students can engage in 30-45 minute live sessions hosted via Zoom and live streamed on YouTube. Students will hear about Washington-based jobs that might align with their interests and goals, and engage in employer-created challenges. Information and recordings of previous discussions will be posted at CareerConnect@Home.


Each week there is a different theme and different companies that will be sharing information about their jobs and answering students’ questions. Here’s the breakdown of each week’s theme: (click here to read more….)


More information.

Career Center News

The PTSA/Staff Scholarship is now available on the career center web page!


Look at the the Expanded Scholarship Bulletin Some deadlines have been extended and scholarship offers for all grade levels are now included. The BHS PTSA scholarship for seniors is now available with a May 15 deadline!


Take a Virtual College Tour!

There are new student resources on the Career Center web page.

Questions? I am still here for you.

contact Connie.Kelly@BellinghamSchools.org


The Northwest Youth Corps is recruiting mostly high school students 16+ for Summer paid internships programs. They are taking applications through their website at nwyouthcorps.org, the link attached will allow students to register an account, then apply. https://www.nwyouthcorps.org/joinNYC/