April 30, 2021
Art Thrives at BHS
The BHS Art department has grown over the past few years and now has three art teachers and an outstanding choice of courses. Amanda Korthuis, who is in her fourth year at BHS, teaches drawing and has recently developed classes for more advanced drawing students. Next year, Amanda is teaching a new, and already popular digital drawing class. Lauren Thomas, who is in her second year here, has three levels of ceramics now. She has grown the program in just one year and her classes are bursting at the seams with talented and enthusiastic pottery students! Both young teachers are exceptional, and our program is top-notch. I am in my 30th year of teaching art, and my 10th year at BHS. I teach the Painting classes, Art One and Two, and the Studio class. I love my job and could not be more proud of the BHS Visual Art department and the work our talented and creative students produce.
We thought you'd like a glimpse of some of the beautiful work that our students have produced this year.
I have to spotlight my amazing freshmen this year! I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with these lovely, dedicated humans. They've brought me so much joy during this tough year, and I'm so excited to see how they continue to grow over the next three years🖤.
Mina Lawson - Graphite
Nascha Poole - Graphite
Jordynn Campbell - Graphite
I am incredibly proud of my ceramics students and the work they have produced while learning remotely on Zoom! It warmed my heart to see such quality work with attention to detail, planned out designs, and proper construction methods on their projects created at home. Who would’ve thought we’d be learning ceramics through zoom, but these kids rose to the occasion and created such beautiful work this year!
Sgraffito Mugs, by Sarah McClanahan, 11th grade
Mushroom Salt and Pepper Shakers - Zoe Goggin, 10th grade
Sgraffito Bottle, Riley Wilson 11th grade
Here are some works by my talented Studio Art Students!
Charlie Goggin working on her imaginary landscape.
Claire Finlay -- acrylic portrait
Kate Handcock -- Contour Self-Portrait, watercolor and pen
You can see more of our awesome students’ work on Instagram at:
Cathy Gersich, Dept. Chair Fine Arts
This Week in BHS Video
Thursday - 5/6 - Question and Answer Session with BHS Principals
Linda Miller is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: BHS Parent Night 5-6-21
Time: May 6, 2021 05:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Take the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation’s
JOY Project Challenge
Monday, May 3rd
DAY ONE: FAMILY GRATITUDE!
A family is a group of people who dream, laugh, play and love together. They are the people in your life who want you in theirs, however that looks and feels.
Tuesday, May 4th
DAY TWO: STAFF APPRECIATION!
Who are the teachers that have made a significant difference in your life? Who are the staff that have supported you in large or small ways? There are SO MANY people who work to make our schools engaging, beautiful, healthy and safe spaces to learn.
Wednesday, May 5th
DAY THREE: DISCOVER ANIMALS & NATURE!
Animals are masters of finding JOY in the ordinary. They make us better humans by expanding our hearts. While nature never fails us − we receive far more than we seek when we explore and spend time outdoors.
Thursday, May 6th
DAY FOUR: CELEBRATE FRIENDS!
Friends are the people who make us smile brighter, laugh louder and live better. Real friendship is the combination of a million little things that add up to one big truth: friends are the bacon bits in the salad bowl of life.
Friday, May 7th
DAY FIVE: MAKE YOUR OWN JOY!
Do one thing today that brings YOU joy! You are awesome so how can you treat yourself with more kindness and respect today?
Monday, May 10th
DAY SIX: GET ACTIVE!
Moving our bodies makes us feel better in nearly every way. For many of us, we have been sitting a lot more than normal this last year – so it is time to get moving!
Tuesday, May 11th
DAY SEVEN: ART & MUSIC INSPIRES!
Music and art can lift spirits, heal hearts and speak truth. Do one thing today that sparks a greater appreciation for music or the arts.
Wednesday, May 12th
DAY EIGHT: EAT GOOD FOOD!
Food has the power to bring people together and transport us to other places. In Bellingham Public Schools, we are lucky to benefit from the Good Food Promise which aspires to provide students with real food, made with love.
Thursday, May 13th
DAY NINE: KINDNESS IS COOL!
In BPS, we believe that we can achieve more together than alone. We want every student to feel included, connected and able to make their unique contribution to their school community. Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese Zen monk, once said that “compassion is a verb.” When we act with kindness to help others become the greatest and truest versions of themselves, we also transform ourselves.
Friday May 14th
DAY TEN: JOY OF GIVING!
Giving is JOYFUL! It is a tangible act of love to share resources with others – in fact studies show you feel more abundance when you give things away. Donations to Bellingham Public Schools Foundation help fund a brighter future for students at every school.
Reduced costs for Advanced Placement (AP) tests
Over the past several years, we have worked to help reduce the fees for College Board Advanced Placement (AP) tests for our students and families.
For students who qualify for the free/reduced lunch program, the entire $95 fee is covered by a combined state and federal grant. Our district discounts test fees for all other students and families so they only pay $47.50, which is half the cost.
For spring testing this year, Bellingham Public Schools has received an additional Washington State AP subsidy grant, reducing the AP testing fee to $32 for all full pay students. If students and families have already paid the $47.50, they will receive a refund of $15.50 through the ASB office at BHS after June 11, 2021.
A Message from Superintendent Greg Baker
Dear graduating seniors and families,
As we continue to plan for graduation in this unique school year, we want to thank our staff, families, students and community partners for providing input in our planning efforts.
We are cautiously optimistic to announce that we are planning to host in-person graduation ceremonies at Civic Field for the class of 2021 on Saturday, June 12. The capacity and outdoor space at Civic allows us to stay within phase 3 restrictions and guidance from the Washington state Department of Health; however, it’s important to note that plans may be adjusted if our phase designation or other guidance changes.
Our tentative time schedule for the events are as follows:
- 10 a.m. Squalicum High School
- 1 p.m. Bellingham High School
- 4 p.m. Sehome High School
- 7 p.m. Options High School
As is typical for our high school graduations, we anticipate providing limited tickets per graduate for each of these four events. The number of tickets will be determined by the size of each graduating class and the capacity at Civic. All four high school graduation ceremonies will be live streamed for those unable to attend the event in person, and recordings will be available for viewing after the event.
We plan to hold an in-person graduation event for graduates of our Community Transitions program on June 17, and we will share more details soon. This event will also be live streamed.
Just a reminder that the last day of school for seniors is Friday, June 11.
Essence of Bellingham Photography Contest
Student photographers are invited to join in the 16th annual Essence of Bellingham Photo Competition. Student categories are by age/grade: K-4, 5-8, 9-12. Complete competition details are available online, including a submission form and winning photos from previous years, at cob.org/eob. Entries are submitted free of charge and are due by Saturday, May 1, 2021.
The City of Bellingham and Whatcom Museum sponsor this photography competition annually highlighting what we love most about our community, inviting residents to submit photos that capture the “essence” of living, working, or playing in Bellingham. Awards will be given for Best of Show, Best of Class, Best of Category, and Honorable Mention. A new Climate Actions award will honor images that capture actions our community is taking to address climate change and its impacts. Winning entries from the competition will be featured in an upcoming First Friday and Art Walk as COVID-19 restrictions allow. All entries will be added to the Whatcom Museum photo archives and may appear on BTV, the City website, and in other City online and print publications.
Youth Peace Poetry Contest open for submissions
BHS Solar Spotlight
Energy Assistance Available
If you are in need of energy assistance during this ongoing pandemic, please contact 360-255-2912 to schedule an appointment or go online to tinyurl.com/OC-Energy-Assistance.
- State COVID-19 Assistance Hotline is a general information line related to COVID-19. If you need information or have a general question, call 1-800-525-0127 or text 211-211 for help. You can also text the word “Coronavirus” to 211-211 to receive information and updates on your phone wherever you are. You will receive links to the latest information on COVID-19, including county-level updates, and resources for families, businesses, students, and more.
- Washington Listens helps people manage stress and anxiety they may be experiencing because of COVID-19. If you or anyone you know is having difficulties managing stress, call the Washington Listens support line at 1-833-681-0211. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. TTY and language access services are available by using 7-1-1 or their preferred method. Resources and self-help tips are available on walistens.org.
Career and Community Events
Career Center News
RUNNING START 2021-2022
NEW and RETURNING Students
Please go to the Running Start Page to find out the latest updates and information for Fall 2021.
**Scholarship High Lights new Local awards include…. Pete Zamora, Parkview Alumni, Fair Foundation check the updated bulletin
The Career Center webpage is updated weekly.
Check out the Scholarship Bulletin for Juniors on the scholarship webpage.
Financial Aid questions? Now that you have submitted your FAFSA … what’s next? What is included in your SAR (Student Aid Report) and who sees it? What is your family’s EFC? (Estimated Family contribution)
Learn the answers to these and more at: https://www.collegecovered.com/resource/9001/
If you have not completed your FAFSA or need assistance with Financial Aid please contact email@example.com.
SAT/ACT University admissions for Fall 2021 are in the majority test blind due to the pandemic. Meaning this year admissions departments will not consider scores even if submitted for admissions Fall 2021. * But Universities are in the process of deciding whether or not to continue the test blind policy or whether they will go back to being test mandatory post Fall 2021. Please check University websites for updates on admission guidelines for Fall 2022
More Career/College Events found on the Career Page website