Red Raider Alert

June 14, 2019

Summer Opportunities Beyond BHS

The end of this week marks a special time here at Bellingham High School. On Friday June 14th, we honor the graduating class of 2019. Their efforts over the last four years shaped our school community, exemplified our collective commitments, and they leave behind a positive legacy for all to follow. We are so excited for their next steps and to see where their life journey takes them.

Following graduation our Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen will be taking Finals all next week, turning in their computers on Tuesday and finishing out the school year on Thursday June 20th. As we make the transition into a summer schedule, we wanted to let families know about a number of different summer opportunities for all types of students.

The Northwest Career & Technical Academy in Mount Vernon is offering summer session courses in a wide variety of subjects ranging from Video Game Development to Culinary Arts and Welding. The 1st session begins June 24th and the Bellingham School district will provide transportation to the Mount Vernon Campus. The bus leaves Bellingham High School everyday at 7:00 am. The following link can provide more information. Northwest Career & Technical Academy - Summer Programs Also Jeff Tetrick, our Bellingham Schools Career and Technical Education Director, can answer any questions you may have. He can be contacted at

Our local colleges are offering a number of different summer opportunities for students. Western Washington University continues to offer a wide variety of summer workshops. These include College Quest, Science and Art Explorations along with Junior Sailing Camp. The following link can provide more information about the opportunities. WWU Summer High School Programs. Whatcom Community College's nationally recognized Cyber Security Program is offering summer workshops for high school students as well. Here is a link to specifics about this program Whatcom CC - Cyber Security Summer Camp.

Lastly, in addition to the offerings from our local colleges there is a carpentry pre-apprentice program available in Bellingham for interested students starting July 15th. If you are interested, please connect with Sandra Cloud at 360-676-3242.

We hope all have an amazing summer and find the time to take advantage of these great learning opportunities.

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Environmental Club Students Install First Solar Panels on BHS Rooftop!

Madeline Burnett secures a solar panel in place, while Lilith Hoban, Gen Sakura, Louisa Malnor help position the panel, and Environmental Club Advisor Joe Balsiger admires their work.

In a three year process, with help from the Bellingham Schools Foundation, PTSA, ASB, Western Solar, and Skyline Roofing, students in the BHS Environmental Club wrote a grant proposal, raised funds, and helped install a modular solar array on top of Bellingham High School. (The array is wired to accept more panels as more funding is secured.)
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Student Computer Check-In Information

9-11th grade Students will get a chance to check in their laptops on Tuesday, June 18th, during our Computer Check-In period which will occur at their normal Raiderade location. This will be the most convenient time to check in their computers as they will be turning it in at their Raiderade classrooms in small groups and won't need to navigate the line for checking in at the library.

Some students will need to hold on to their computers longer for some classes. These students will need to bring their computers to the library for Computer Check-In when they are completed with their computing prior to summer.

Although we suggest that all students keep their AC Adapters (chargers) at home throughout the school year, they will need to bring their "chargers" with them when they turn in their computers.

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There are 4 components that students will need to bring with them during Computer Check-In.

  1. Laptop
  2. Stylus
  3. Sleeve
  4. AC Adapter (Charger)

All Items must be turned in or a fine will be placed on the student's account upon Check-In. If items are lost or damaged due to negligence, students must either pay the fine or work with the administration to mitigate the fine amount.

Laptop ($650-800) and Stylus ($28.50).

Notice that this laptop is sticker free. Students are expected to keep their laptops sticker free and should turn in their clean computers with no stickers on the lid in working condition.

Students are expected to keep their stylus free from damage. Notice the stylus is attached to the computer. (Although we can replace the tip, battery, lanyard and stylus loop, we will not be able to provide these at Check-In time. If your Stylus, or any part of your computer, needs maintenance please visit the library prior to Check-In.)

Sleeve ($15.75)

Students are expected to turn in a clean computer sleeve at the end of the year. If yours is dirty or smells funky, please clean it prior to turning it in to avoid the replacement cost.

AC Adapter ($30)

Notice this AC Adapter has its cord wrapped using the attached Velcro strap. Students are required to wrap up their own AC Adapters prior to turning in their computers. Don't wait in line then have to step aside to wrap your cord.

AC Adapters are unmarked. That means that there is no way to tell one AC Adapter from another. This was one of the reasons we suggest students keep them at home. When they bring them to school for Check-In, please by careful not to lose it or leave it lying around.

Look at that Velcro Action!


Please email questions or concerns to our Educational Technology Instructional Coach:

Mr. Balsiger

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2019 Summer Athletics Registration & Clearance

To participate in 2019 Bellingham Summer Programs the student and parents must complete the following 2 steps, even if the athlete has “already been cleared for a sport”.

Step 1. Registration -

Students and parents must complete an “Online Registration” each year through the Skyward Family Access.

You must log in under the 1st Family’s - Parent Access login & password

Click on the “Online Forms” tab to the left of the screen and complete the Activities/Athletics Registration.

This registration will be good for the 2019-20 school year.

For assistance with your log in, contact your current school’s Registrar or Athletics Secretary: #360-676-6470

WMS Registrar: Nancy Howell: ext. 4351 WMS Athletics Secretary: Beth Pelto-Fishbeck: ext. 4348

KMS Registrar: Viry Ferreira: ext 4705 KMS Athletics Secretary: Lacey Bachman: ext 4707

SMS Registrar: Catherine Roosma ext 4860 SMS Athletics Secretary: Annalisa Fox: ext 4816

BHS Registrar: Jeanne Bach: ext 7110 BHS Athletics Secretary: Ann Vallee: ext. 7168

Step 2. Clearance -

Once you have completed the skyward online registration, the parent/student must contact the Bellingham ASB Office to be CLEARED for their individual sport and that clearance slip is then taken to the Athletic office. The Athletic Secretary will check to make sure the Online Registration is complete and that the student has a current sports physical on file.

Copies of incoming 8th grader’s physicals will be sent to Bellingham by May 15th.

Please check with your middle school secretary on your student’s current physical status.

Clearance for summer sports will TENTATIVELY start Monday, May 20th at Bellingham High School’s Athletic Office and continue until Wednesday, June 19th.

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Career and Community Events

  • Students looking for a job should check out the Job Table outside of the Career Center. Lots of summer options, Bloedel Donovan Boat House, Camp Horizon, Camp Firwood is looking for kitchen help, and Rader Berry Farm applications are available. See Ms. Kelly for with questions.
  • Free Scrubs Camp--- One day workshop for high schoolers at Bellingham Technical College on June 26th . High schools students can explore healthcare career options through hands on activities with professionals. Participants will learn about careers in nursing, emergency medicine, radiologic technology, surgery technology, and veterinary technology. Lunch is provided and parents are welcome to attend. Preregistration is required.To register:
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