Reflections on MLK Day

     “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance

     and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

               – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Monday, our community and country took a break from many of our usual routines in order to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King.

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Sleep and School Start and End Times

One subject that keeps coming up, whether I’m in the grocery store or out on the soccer fields is start and end times for our schools. Many families are curious about our current thinking and whether we will pursue any kind of schedule change after we determined last spring (thanks to valuable feedback from families and staff) that our most recent start and end times proposal needed additional refinement.

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Going 1:1 with Technology

Bellingham Public Schools will put two replacement levies on the ballot this February. These levies, our operations levy and our technology levy, are to help pay costs that the state does not fund. They would replace two voter-approved levies from 2012 that are set to expire. Our operations levy comprises about 25 percent of our budget.

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New Math Curriculum: It All Adds Up (Watch Video)

Whether you have kids or work with kids, you are probably noticing the anticipation-for-summer-vacation energy, which is normal and understandable.

But before we get too far down the path of putting this year behind us, I’d like to share a reflection on some exciting and important work that has been happening in all 22 of our schools this year around math.

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Measuring The Bellingham Promise

I often get questions about how we measure our students, staff and schools. “How are our kids doing in Bellingham Public Schools?” “How do you determine a school’s success?”

To answer these questions, folks often go right to state test scores as the most important indicator of how successful a school is. While standardized tests do offer value, I believe much of our country is overly-focused on state test scores. Standardized assessments are only one measurement of a student, a school and a system’s success. But there is a much bigger picture.

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