Students identified Highly Capable, as with all children, have a range of needs which include the specific areas of qualification used by the Bellingham Public Schools. We recognize that our students’ needs often fall outside of the identified areas and therefore work with families to make the best educational decisions. Based on a formal program review conducted by OSPI (Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction) in collaboration with a committee representing families, teachers, administrators and community members from Bellingham Public Schools the Highly Capable services have undergone significant change. Our focus is in alignment with state guidelines and requirements. We consider the needs of each child and provide a variety of supports to nurture their areas of strength and/or strengthen their areas of struggle.
As a district, we use an MTSS Model model providing tiered instruction based on student need:
For a larger image: Bellingham Public Schools MTSS Model
Continuum of Services:
For a larger image: Continuum of Services.
2019-20 Highly Capable Learner Liaisons:
To support teachers and families, HCL Liaisons are available to answer questions, collaborate and support the unique needs of students identified highly capable.
Alderwood – Gretchen Stiteler
Birchwood – Melanie Haines
Carl Cozier – Miranda Savory
Columbia – Kirstin Copeland
Cordata – Michelle Hornof
Geneva – Erin Connolly
Happy Valley – Carrie Vining
Lowell – Precious Bryngelson
Northern Heights – Jayme Rios
Parkview – Ralph Hayden
Roosevelt – Susan Kagel
Silver Beach – April O’Halloran
Sunnyland – Amy Berreth
Wade King – Sara Swetish
Middle Schools – Jenny Lawrence, TOSA
High Schools – School Counselors