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Start and End Times shift in 2017-18: another blog about bell time schedules

I’m very excited and proud that today we have released details of our plans for start and end times in 2017-18.

I realize change can bring some challenges – for our families, students, staff and community. But I believe making a change to benefit student health, academic success, stress, mood, attendance, etc. (the list goes on) is change worth making.

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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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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.