Stories from our Schools, November 2020: The Bellingham Promise in Action

A Message from Communications and Community Relations

Bellingham Public Schools is proud to share these stories of students and staff living The Bellingham Promise. Do you have good news about our students or staff that you want to share? Please submit your ideas here!

Relationships with local Native peoples and Tribes are key in place-based approach to social studies

a photo from the "crossing the bridge" professional development

In 2015 the legislature passed a law mandating the teaching of social studies curriculum that accurately conveys the history, challenges and Native perspectives on tribal sovereignty and Native culture. The resulting Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum was created through a partnership between the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and tribal nations in Washington and was endorsed by all 29 federally-recognized Tribes in Washington. Read more…

A childhood in poverty inspired one woman’s generous gift to reduce school lunch debt

two siblings hold a picture of their mother

“She was talking about Bellingham and her time here the last week of her life,” said her son Duke Zieglmeier. He had traveled to Bellingham from South Dakota with his sister Elizabeth Zieglmeier. They were visiting the BPS Central Kitchen to honor their mother’s request that her estate support Bellingham families struggling to pay for school lunch. Read more…

Solar panels at Sehome showcase community commitment to energy efficiency

solar panels on sehome high school's roof

Through a collaborative community effort, a solar array of more than 6,000 square feet is now operational at Sehome High School. One of the guiding principles for the Sehome Design Advisory Committee was to build a school that would “be a sustainable environment that promotes global citizenship and environmental awareness.” A subcommittee was formed to specifically focus on how to incorporate sustainability into the school. Read more…

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