• Advise the Department of Teaching and Learning and superintendent on work to establish long-term programming for parent/child from prenatal to age 5 as a key strategy of The Bellingham Promise.
  • Support the department in highlighting the services,needs and accomplishments of the GRADS Program that helps keep young parents in school and prepared for successful futures.

Basis for Establishment:

  • Fulfill The Bellingham Promise mission that our students are cared for and respected, and that they will graduate from our schools prepared for success in the global community through the key strategies of student, family, and community engagement and great teaching with strong support.

Decision-Making Process:

  • Collaborative group processes will be utilized to form recommendations.
  • Program recommendations will be made to the superintendent.

Plan of Work:

  • Publicize the group and share their with stakeholders.
  • Meet every other month through the school year.
  • Make recommendations for program improvement.
  • Create a business plan to allow for program expansion.
  • Review/update by-laws.
  • Manage GRADS advisory funds in support of the program.

Meeting Dates: Meetings are the fourth Tuesday of the month from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at rotating GRADS classrooms.

2017-18 School Year

  • September 26
  • November 28
  • January 23
  • March 27
  • May 22

2016-17 School Year

2015-16 School Year




  • Kristi Dominguez, Department of Teaching and Learning, Co-Chair
  • Jeff McKenna, BPS Intervention/Prevention Specialist, Co-Chair
  • Michelle Wilhelm, CTE GRADS Teacher
  • Stephanie Schroeder, Child Care Coordinator
  • Debbie Haney, Birth to 3 Coordinator
  • Geraldine Coleman, Community Partner
  • Barb Cummins, BPS Nurse
  • Tracy Dahlstedt-Rienstra, Community Partner
  • Meagan Dawson, BPS Principal
  • Darcie Donegan, Community Partner
  • Raine Dozier, Community Partner
  • Meghan Dunham, BPS Teacher
  • Julie Flint, BPS Psychologist
  • Makenzie Foster, Parent
  • Byron Gerard, BPS Principal
  • Maureen Hodge, Community Partner
  • Susan Hymans, Community Partner
  • Tracey Jaeger, Community Partner
  • Vicki Lee, Community Partner
  • Michelle Malone, Parent
  • Sophia Morales, Parent
  • Carolina Olza-Kelsh, Parent
  • Sandra Perez, Parent
  • Darci Peterson, Parent
  • Kim Peterson, Parent
  • Beth Schille-O’Connor, BSD Counselor
  • Erin Schuldt, Community Partner
  • Erin Shaffer, Parent
  • Johanna Williams, Community Partner


  • Attend meetings and participate fully
  • Develop and adhere to group norms for collaborative process
  • Contribute to and support the creation of  recommendations for improvement

Budget Implications:

  • Shared funds: Career and Technical Education (CTE), managed by BPS; United Way funds, managed by United Way; GRADS Advisory Committee funds, managed by the Advisory Committee