Raider Record

May 8, 2020

BHS Update

Dear Red Raiders,

We are thinking of you, and hoping you are staying healthy and safe. Please let us know if there is something we can help your family with during this challenging time. Below is important information about the remote learning assignments, expected engagement with teachers, and our grading plan over the next several weeks. We hope you find it helpful!

As you know, teachers are developing lessons and sending out remote learning assignments on a weekly basis. These are valuable and important experiences, and ones that will help students in future classes. Please know that we believe students’ growth as learners is important, but we recognize that some students may not be able to do much right now. That said, we do expect all students to continue engaging in the weekly assignments to the extent possible. Do the best you can!

Teachers track weekly engagement with students and along with counselors and support staff, are reaching out to those students who are not engaging in the work. As many of you know, Bellingham Public Schools announced last week that for this semester only grades of ‘A’ and ‘Incomplete’ will be given. If students continue to engage to the extent possible with teachers this semester, they will earn an ‘A.’ We hope that this is encouraging news to you and alleviates any stress that you may have around school.

Please stay safe! Have a wonderfully sunny weekend!

Happy Mother’s Day!

On behalf of the Raider Staff,

Joseph Doucette, Asst. Principal

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BHS - This Week in Video

Happy Friday! Here is today’s Red Raider Report:

Other videos highlighted this week:

WE [got this] BHS:

WE [appreciate] BHS:

AP Exam Preparation Support

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.

Andy Ayers: "May the 4th be with you."

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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.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) awards Certificates of Excellence!

Every year, the Bellingham American Association of University Women (AAUW) awards Certificates of Excellence to outstanding High School Juniors in the areas of Science, Technology, Math, and Humanities (STEAM).

Congratulations to our own Bellingham High School award winners for 2019-2020:

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?

Yearbook News!

Yearbooks will be available and can still be purchased online via this link:

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

Distribution logistics will be worked out at a later date.

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 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.

Career and Community Events

May is Career Connected Learning Month!

Explore Washington Careers in Online Discussion Series for Students

May is Career Connected Learning Month in Washington. Every school day at 3:30 PM, students can go to CareerConnect@Home and hear from people doing different types of jobs in our state.

Imagine your future at leading organizations like Seattle Children's Hospital, public radio station KUOW, Spokane's Avista energy company, superfast superstar Mod Pizza, and more. Learn about companies and careers linked to each weekly theme:

  • May 4-8: Technology & Innovation
  • May 11-15: Manufacturing, Trades & Energy
  • May 18-22: Startups, Small Business & Entrepreneurship
  • May 26-29: Education, Health Care & Government

Head over to CareerConnect@Home to find out what the lineup is each day and join the conversation! Follow or ask questions on Instagram.

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.


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