Raider Record

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🖤.

-Mrs. Korthuis

Mina Lawson - Graphite

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Nascha Poole - Graphite

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Jordynn Campbell - Graphite

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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!

Lauren Thomas

Sgraffito Mugs, by Sarah McClanahan, 11th grade

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Mushroom Salt and Pepper Shakers - Zoe Goggin, 10th grade

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Sgraffito Bottle, Riley Wilson 11th grade

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Here are some works by my talented Studio Art Students!

Charlie Goggin working on her imaginary landscape.

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Claire Finlay -- acrylic portrait

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Kate Handcock -- Contour Self-Portrait, watercolor and pen

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You can see more of our awesome students’ work on Instagram at:




Cathy Gersich, Dept. Chair Fine Arts

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This Week in BHS Video

Thursday - 5/6 - Question and Answer Session with BHS Principals

BHS Family Q & A session before the PTSA meeting next Thursday.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

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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.

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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.

Thank you,

Greg Baker

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​. 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.

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Youth Peace Poetry Contest open for submissions

April is National Poetry Month, and the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center (WDRC) Youth Peace Poetry Contest is open now for submissions! The contest is open to all youth ages 4 to 18 who live in Whatcom County. For more more information or to submit a poem, please visit the WDRC website:

BHS Solar Spotlight

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Today we conclude a record setting month in our solar energy journey. In April, we exceeded our March daily production on all but 6 days. This led to a new total month record, and we can't wait to see what May, June, and the summer months have in store for BHS solar.

BHS Sports - Livestreaming

The BHS livestream page is here. Please share and save this link, so you can watch Bellingham HS teams without leaving the house.

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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

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COVID-19 Resources

  • 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

Career and Community Events

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Career Center News


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:

If you have not completed your FAFSA or need assistance with Financial Aid please contact

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

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