September 18, 2020
Dear BHS Families,
The end of our first full week of school is here and we are really encouraged by the level of student engagement and daily attendance in this remote learning environment. Thank you all for rallying together to make the best of this new way of being in class, and for keeping our connections alive and well! We [are] BHS!
Please keep in mind that Advisory first thing in the morning, M-F, is the place for students to get support, hear school-wide announcements, connect with peers and to gear up for the day. Teachers, with the support of other staff members, are carefully monitoring the overall academic progress and engagement of their Advisory students. A priority for us is to offer as much support as needed to help students stay engaged and learning.
Parents and guardians, you may have already received a call or email message from your student’s Advisory teacher requesting the best way to contact you. If not, you can expect such a communication by the end of next week. Connecting with you is key to offering “wrap-around” support for our awesome BHS students. While we certainly encourage you to contact individual teachers directly over concerns/questions you may have in a particular class, please know your student’s Advisory teacher is an important “go to” person.
Have a fantastic weekend,
Joseph Doucette – Assistant Principal
Estimadas familias de BHS,
El final de nuestra primera semana completa de clases está aquí y nos alienta mucho el nivel de participación de los estudiantes y la asistencia diaria en este entorno de aprendizaje remoto. ¡Gracias a todos por unirse para aprovechar al máximo esta nueva forma de estar en clase y por mantener nuestras conexiones vivas! ¡Somos BHS!
Tenga en cuenta que la Asesoría a primera hora de la mañana, de lunes a viernes, es el lugar para que los estudiantes obtengan apoyo, escuchen anuncios de toda la escuela, se conecten con sus compañeros y se preparen para el día. Los maestros, con el apoyo de otros miembros del personal, están monitoreando cuidadosamente el progreso académico general y la participación de sus estudiantes de Asesoría. Una prioridad para nosotros es ofrecer todo el apoyo que sea necesario para ayudar a los estudiantes a mantenerse comprometidos y aprendiendo.
Padres y tutores, es posible que ya hayan recibido una llamada o un mensaje de correo electrónico del maestro asesor de su estudiante solicitando la mejor manera de comunicarse con ustedes. Si no es así, puede esperar una comunicación de este tipo a fines de la próxima semana. Conectarse con usted es clave para ofrecer un apoyo integral para nuestros increíbles estudiantes de BHS. Si bien ciertamente los alentamos a que se comunique directamente con maestros individuales sobre las preguntas que pueda tener en una clase en particular, sepa que el maestro asesor de su estudiante es una persona importante a la que acudir.
Tengan un fantástico fin de semana,
Joseph Doucette - Subdirector
BHS "Curbside" Library Service Starts Wednesday 9/23
Starting on Wednesday, 9/23, the BHS Library will offer "Curbside" Service each Wednesday afternoon from 4 – 5:30 pm at the doors to the BHS Commons. Students can request library books, textbooks, or other learning materials by completing this Curbside Service Book/Learning Materials Request Form. Complete the form by noon on Wednesday, and you can pick up your books that afternoon.
We also have a Book Return Box available at the doors of the BHS Commons on Wednesdays from 4 - 5:30 pm, so students can return library books or textbooks from any Bellingham Public School.
Need help with your school computer, account, connecting to Teams?
Student Technology Help:
- BHS Student Tech Support - Get in touch with technology support from staff and students of BHS
- Tech Request Form - Get replacement or fix stylus, charger, sleeve & computer
Broken Computer? We can swap out your laptop if it is broken. You still need to fill out the tech request form, but then you can call or email the school to set up a time to bring your old computer and swap for a new computer at the high school.
Keep on learning,
Mr. Balsiger, Mr. Bachmeier, and BHS Tech Desk Students
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?
Ask the Librarian w/ Mr. Bachmeier
Q: I got an overdue notice for "Hewlett Packard HP X360 11 G2” – what’s up with that?
A: Sorry that you received an overdue notice for your school computer. This notice was incorrect. You should keep your device for this school year. The district is working to renew the devices remotely. If you have more than one device checked out, you should return any extra devices.
Q: When/where can I return books from last school year?
Q: What if I need to check out a textbook or I want a great book to read over the weekend?
A: Starting on Wednesday, 9/23, the BHS Library will offer "Curbside" Service from 4 – 5:30 pm at the doors of the BHS Commons. Students can drop off library books and/or textbooks. Students can also request library books, textbooks, or other learning materials by completing this Curbside Service Book/Learning Materials Request Form.
Keep on reading,
Mr. Bachmeier - BHS Library
Late breaking news from the USDA! Free meals continue for all students...
As of Aug. 31, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the free meals program into the 2020-21 school year. This means all children ages 0 to 18, plus our students who attend Community Transitions, will continue to receive free meal boxes. You will no longer need to provide a name or PIN at pickup. This is late-breaking, great news and differs from the informational meal flyer you will receive shortly in the family handbook mailing.
We encourage all families to pick up a free box of 14 meals and support our food services program and the Good Food Project in Bellingham Public Schools, as well as our local community. In every week’s box, we will provide a scratch-made entrée out of our Central Kitchen with ingredients sourced from local farms when available. Now is a great time to bring the school cafeteria into your home with these meals. By picking up a box, you will keep farmers in business, district staff employed and families fed.
Every Wednesday starting Sept. 9, boxes will be distributed from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at 15 school locations and six community locations.
The school locations are as follows:
Alderwood Elementary School, 3400 Hollywood Avenue
Birchwood Elementary School, 3200 Pinewood Avenue
Carl Cozier Elementary School, 1330 Lincoln Street
Cordata Elementary School, 4420 Aldrich Road
Geneva Elementary School, 1401 Geneva Street.
Happy Valley Elementary School, 1041 24th Street
Northern Heights Elementary School, 4000 Magrath Road
Roosevelt Elementary School, 2900 Yew Street
Wade King Elementary School, 2155 Yew Street Road
Fairhaven Middle School, 110 Park Ridge Road
Kulshan Middle School, 1250 Kenoyer Drive
Shuksan Middle School, 2717 Alderwood Avenue
Whatcom Middle School, 810 Halleck Street
Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Avenue
Sehome High School, 2700 Bill McDonald Parkway
The six community locations are:
Evergreen Ridge Apartment Complex, 3451 Woburn Street;
Regency Park Apartment Complex, 2050 Fraser St.;
Sterling Meadows Apartment Complex, 512 Sterling Drive;
Sudden Valley Community Center, 8 Barn View Drive;
Villa Santa Fe Apartment Complex, 804 West Bakerview Road; and
Bakerview Mobile Park, 4015 Eliza Avenue
Note on free and reduced priced meals application: Families should apply for free and reduced priced meals online as we start the school year. It is unclear how long the USDA funding for free meals will continue. Go to bellinghamschools.org/food-services for the Letter to Household which gives the income guidelines and a link to the online application.
Career and Community Events
Career Center News
I am still here for you! Check out the resources on my webpage. Virtual college tours, announcements. scholarships. Email me at email@example.com
See me? Let me know if you would like to Zoom
Fall is College Tour time
Join these Virtual Tours, Live Chats and Events
- WSU Virtual admission events https://admission.wsu.edu/visits/prospective/
- September 21 - Amherst, Bowdoin, Carleton, Pomona, Swarthmore, and Williams Joint Student events sixcolleges.org
- September 26 1-4 pm U.S. Army Leadership Fair Register
- Thursday, Oct 1 - FAFSA website open! Complete the FAFSA
- Tuesday, Oct 6 2:00 pm - Corban University (send me an email I will send a Zoom link)
- Wednesday, Oct 7, 1:30 pm - Renssalaer Polytechnic Science, Engineering, Architecture, Math ..oldest Technology University in the US https://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/medinm3.
- Wednesday, Oct 7, 2:00 pm - Reed College (send me an email I will send a Zoom link)
- Monday, Oct 12, 2:00 pm – Cal Poly & SDSU (send me an email I will send a Zoom link)
- Wednesday, Oct 14, 1:00 pm - Willamette (send me an email I will send a Zoom link)
- Wednesday, Oct 21 1:00 pm - Seattle University (send me an email I will send a Zoom link)
- October 19-23 - NACAC Washington Student Week National College Fair
- Nov 5, 3-8 pm – Virtual Christian College Fair Register
The WSU Regents Scholars nominations are open! Send me an email if you want to be considered!
The Career Center webpage has been updated.
Take a look at the new scholarship bulletin and virtual college and career events.
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