Raider Record

April 24, 2020

In this Time of Isolation, Art...

Hello everyone! I hope you and your loved ones are well. Normally during this time I would be notifying everyone about the art shows that we participate in during the month of May including the all-county show in Lynden and the Bellingham Children’s Art Walk. Obviously, those have been cancelled so I thought I would write a bit about how art might be helpful for families and individual students to cope with all the feelings that might arise during our current way of life.

In this time of isolation, art has proven to be an important outlet for people throughout the world. There is street art popping up on boarded-up businesses, friends are making playlists for each other, children are putting art in windows of their homes and drawing joyful images and messages on sidewalks, and we all witnessed the folks in Italy playing music from their balconies while locked in their homes. Art not only helps us express and soothe ourselves but illuminates the world around us and gives us hope!

The arts may be a good way for you and members of your family to cope with complex emotions and regulate stress during this lockdown period. There are several projects that can help organize thoughts and feelings during this time of separation, but one excellent endeavor would be journaling and/or collaging. This includes writing, drawing, assembling pictures and collecting ephemera and compiling them into a sketchbook. Or record your thoughts and feelings into voice memos each day. These kinds of projects not only record the historical relevance of what we are living through but they can help with expressing feelings and reactions one may be having. What’s more, the results will be treasured years from now when we are trying to explain this unprecedented time to future generations.

Other helpful artistic endeavors might include getting outside and drawing or painting from observation, a relaxing and mindful exercise and can be done as a family or individually. As I frequently tell my students during some of our projects, “don’t worry about the product, it’s the process that is important.” Just grab some paper and pencil/pen, or some paints, locate a comfortable spot outside then draw what you see. Listen to the sounds around you and feel the air, try to observe the world around you and you will most likely feel more relaxed. It’ll be beneficial even if your art isn’t a masterpiece. Studies have shown that spending just 30-40 minutes being creative can relieve stress, strengthen critical thinking skills and improve memory. This is a perfect time to put this to the test!

Instead of increasing screen time with this extra time, try to get creative and see if you feel the benefits of the arts in your life. Listen to music, write a poem, draw something, paint, make bread or cook a great meal and enjoy the process!

Cathy Gersich

Please enjoy checking out our Instagram accounts for wonderful examples of Bellingham High Artists!

Ms Gersich - bhsart

Ms Korthuis (Mayers) - mrsk.drawing

Ms Thomas - bhs.ceramics

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BHS - This Week in Video

Here is today’s Red Raider Report:

Other videos featured this week:

WE [hoco] BHS:

WE [2020] BHS:

WE [senior night] BHS:

Spring Sports Athletes

Hey all you spring sports athletes…we want your photo for the yearbook! The yearbook staff would like to do a shout-out to all of you by including your photo in the spring sports section. Please take a photo of yourself wearing your uniform (if you have it) and/or with sporting equipment for your sport (golf clubs, tennis rackets, bats, running shoes etc) and email them to Ms. Steele ( no later than Thursday, April 30. Thanks! We look forward to getting your pictures!

Teacher Office Hours - Spring 2020

Students: Do you have questions for your teachers? Get answers during office hours via email, Teams, or Zoom. Starting Monday, April 20, teachers will be available at set hours each week to answer questions and support students in real time.

View the schedule.

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.

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.

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.

"Book Talks with Bach" (Mr. Bachmeier - Library Media Specialist)

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!

Be well, and keep on reading.

Updated AP Testing Information

Hello Raider Students Enrolled in AP Classes!

As you likely know, the College Board has moved its May testing model from a traditional three-hour test taken at school, to a forty-five minute free-response, individual assessment taken online at home.

For context, the College Board has done this in the past for smaller pockets of populations due to localized national disasters (hurricane, floods, earthquake, etc.) but this is the first time they have offered this alternate testing model at this type of COVID 19 scale.

Read more.

Q: How do students return library books, textbooks, and/or computers?

A: We will continue with remote learning until June, and by then we will have more information about how students return books and computers to the school.

Please stay tuned to school communications (email, school messenger calls, Raider Record Weekly Newsletter, etc.) for details about computer and/or book returns.

Keep on reading,

Mr. Bachmeier

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Career and Community Events

Career Center News

Take a Virtual College Tour!

There are new student resources on the Career Center web page.

Look at the the Expanded Scholarship Bulletin Some Scholarship deadlines have been extended and scholarship offers for all grade levels are now included.

On the BHS website, go to the Student tab, click on the Career Center and open the Scholarship link.

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.

Questions? I am still here for you.