June 12, 2020
It is Graduation Day! Congratulations to the Class of 2020! This is not the Graduation Day that any of us dreamed up back in August on the first day of school, but this is a resilient group of learners, leaders, creators, innovators, and young adults that have made the most of this situation. The legacy this group has left on the culture of BHS will be felt for years to come. To help celebrate today, all families are encouraged to make some noise from 5:45-5:50 tonight prior to streaming the graduation ceremony at 6:00 PM.
For all non-seniors, we have got four more days of school left. On Monday, look for a schoolwide survey as well as surveys from your teachers asking about your experience while school has been closed. We value your feedback and will use it to inform future decisions and instruction.
On Wednesday, June 17th, there will be a drop-off/pick-up event from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM for all 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students. We will be using the back parking lot off Kentucky Street for this event due to its proximity to the locker rooms. Please arrive based on last name based on the schedule below to help us stay organized and to avoid long waits. As you drive east on Kentucky Street from Cornwall towards Options, please take a right into the back parking lot.
If you have contents in your PE locker, please take another right after entering the parking lot into the cul-de-sac and wait to be escorted into the locker rooms. If you do not have anything in a PE locker or after you get your stuff, continue east into the parking lot along the tennis courts. There will be stations to turn in the following items: art supplies, cameras, musical instruments, library books, textbooks, athletic gear, and player packs.
After dropping off your items, you will be greeted by Ms. Steele & Mrs. Strand to pick up your amazing yearbook if you have purchased one. If you have questions throughout the event, there will also be an info table at the end where you can turn in miscellaneous items and get those questions answered. If you had not heard yet, all non-seniors will be keeping their computers over the summer so you will not need to turn that in. Make sure you take good care of it; you will be using the same computer next year. We look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday!
And once again, congratulations seniors!
9-11th GRADE STUDENTS
9-11th GRADE STUDENTS: Are asked to keep their computers from the prior school year throughout the summer and return with the 4 components the next school year.
BHS - This Week in Video
Here is the final Red Raider Report of the School Year: https://bellingham.wistia.com/medias/6fqk4786a2
Other videos highlighted this week:
Senior Recognition Video: https://bellingham.wistia.com/medias/o851bqg4ay
WE [red raider friday] BHS: https://bellingham.wistia.com/medias/wi81pcr1l2
WE [thank you] BHS: https://bellingham.wistia.com/medias/xj0tigubrl
WE [tolo] BHS: https://bellingham.wistia.com/medias/715y1dllrk
WE [unified] BHS: https://bellingham.wistia.com/medias/ekjs3rjc53
Anti-Racist Reading Reources
Jennifer Lovchik - Teen Services Librarian (Bellingham Public Library)
I just wanted to let you know about the resources Bellingham Public Library have been highlighting during this historic time of social demonstration and antiracism discussion. We have put together lists of ebook and eaudio titles addressing racism, activism, and social justice which are available through Washington Anytime Library. There are even a number of high-interest titles that are always available. As all BSD students have a connectED library card [card number = "BE" followed by student's 10 digit school id number; PIN = 1234], they will have access to the Washington Anytime Library all summer!
The “Anti-Racist Reading List” features adult, teen, and children’s titles.
A more comprehensive lists for kids and teens is “Black Lives Matter – Books for Young People”
Titles that are currently available to everyone, all the time are (all are featured on the first list, youth titles are also on the second list):
- How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi (ebook)
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo (ebook/eaudio)
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (ebook)
- I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown (ebook/eaudio)
- Dear Martin by Nic Stone (ebook/eaudio)
- Black Enough edited by Ibi Zoboi (Eaudio)
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (eaudio)
- Monster by Walter Dean Myers (ebook)
- Genesis Begins Again by Alixia D Williams (ebook)
- Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson (ebook)
- Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (ebook/eaudio)
- New Kid (graphic novel) by Jerry Craft (ebook)
- One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (ebook)
- What Lane by Torrey Maldonado (ebook/eaudio)
- A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee (eaudio)
Summer Reading 2020 - Imagine Your Story
Bellingham Public Library kicked off their summer reading program this week. We encourage you to take advantage of the great resources they provide to support readers of all ages.
Students can also sign up for SYNC and recieve two FREE audiobooks each week from now through the end of summer 2020.
Voter Registration Information for Students and Families
Are you 17? Is your birthday on or before November 3, 2020? Have you registered to vote?
The League of Women Voters encourages all Bellingham High School students to register and to VOTE!
Are you 16? Did you know that through the Future Voter Program, you can register as a future voter, and your registration will automatically take effect when you turn 18?
Check out weekly wellness tips from Bellingham Public Schools
On Wellness Wednesdays, new activities and tips are shared to promote wellness and self-care among our staff and families.
We call these the Big 4 for Wellness because they include the four categories of mental/emotional health, physical activity, social connection and personal reflection. The current tips include using a pomodoro timer to remember to take breaks and information about the daily mile!
Follow the weekly posts on Facebook or Instagram or visit bellinghamschools.org/self-care!
Career and Community Events
Career Center News
Look at the the Scholarship Bulletin Some deadlines have been extended and scholarship offers for all grade levels are now included.
Take a Virtual College Tour!
There are new student resources on the Career Center web page.
Questions? I am still here for you.
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/