October 25, 2019
Coming Soon: 2019 Raiders Read! Fall Reading Challenge
In the month of November, the Fall Reading Challenge returns to BHS. On November 6, we will kick off the reading challenge with 20 minutes of school-wide silent sustained reading during Raiderade.
All students who read 20 minutes (or more) a day for 20 (or more) days can enter a drawing to win a Village Books gift card or other great prize. The Raiderade with the most days read per person will also win a popcorn party.
Parents and guardians can't win prizes, but you can join in the fun and help support your students by: asking them about the books they are reading, encouraging them to read for 20 minutes each day, checking on their reading progress by viewing their bookmark, and/or making your own bookmark to track your days read in November.
Keep on reading!
Eric Bachmeier - BHS Library
Congratulations Boys Tennis Team - 2019 District Champions!
How Do You Support BHS?
The Red Raider PTSA needs you! Your student's education requires all of us to show up. There are five parents who regularly attend PTSA meetings, raise and allocate funds for over 1000 students and the teaching staff - your support is crucial.
The Red Raider PTSA is grateful for those of you who donate your time to BHS. You provide an invaluable service. If this is not an option for you, please donate. This 2019-20 Red Raider PTSA Fund campaign is your opportunity to directly support all students and teachers at Bellingham High School. We have reached 33% of our $10,000 goal with one week to go. We need each of you to donate at least $25 to reach our goal.
Make your gift by placing a check in the Red Raider PTSA Fund envelope your student brought home or via PayPal today!
Poverty Simulation Workshop November 7th, 6-8pm at Sehome HS (Hosted by Bellingham Public Schools Foundation)
Thursday, Nov. 7th, 6-8pm
2700 Bill McDonald Parkway
Poverty is a reality for many students and families in our school district…but unless you’ve experienced poverty, it’s difficult to truly understand.
This event will give you a better understanding of the challenges people face when working and struggling to pay bills. Each attendee is assigned the role of a family member and they must navigate various challenges throughout the workshop. This eye opening experience raises awareness about poverty related issues in a way that inspires compassion and community action!
Career and Community Events
The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program this application is now live for students to self-nominate and apply for a one-time scholarship of $2,500.
- The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Open October 1. All seniors should apply. Come to the Career Center if you need assistance.
College Admissions Recruiters are headed to BHS! Sign up in the Career Center
Important Upcoming 2020 AP Exam Registration and Payment Changes
Dear Families of Students taking AP Classes:
The AP® Program has introduced new resources and processes designed to help students earn college credit and placement. Here’s what you and your student need to know:
· BHS AP students will be asked to register and pay for their AP Exams October 1-31, 2019 at the BHS ASB office, or online https://wa-bellingham.intouchreceipting.com/
· The 2020 fee is $47 per exam. Students who qualify to receive free or reduced lunch will have their AP exam fees waived, provided they submit a Low-Income Student Verification Form to the ASB office, signed by a parent/guardian, prior to the registration deadline. This form is available at the ASB office.
· There will be a $40 fee for late registration (after 11/15) and a $40 cancellation or unused exam fee
· AP Exams will be held May 4 - May 15, 2020
· AP students should have already signed in to myap.collegeboard.org and enrolled in their AP class sections using the unique join code provided by their teacher for each AP class.
Please do not hesitate to contact me, or your child’s AP teacher, if you have questions.
Chris Carlson - Assistant Principal
After-School Dinner Program Free for All Students 18 and Under
Bellingham Public Schools currently offers free hot dinner to all children 18 and under in the community. These meals are offered daily Mondays through Thursdays through June 4, 2020. Dinner is served from 5 to 6 p.m. at Shuksan Middle School, located at 2717 Alderwood Avenue (at the corner of Northwest and Alderwood).
Please note: Accompanying adults are charged $4.25 All meals must be eaten onsite in the Shuksan cafeteria and “to go” options are not available. Dinner will not be served on the following Thursdays that are middle school early dismissal days: Oct. 31, Nov. 27, (Wed.), Dec. 12, Feb. 6, March 5, April 30.
The after-school dinner program is sponsored by the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
For more information, contact Food Services for Bellingham Public Schools.