April 9, 2019
April 8-12 – Midterm Conferences
April 10-11 – Picture Days
April 18-19 – Middle School Urban Outing
April 24-26 – High School Urban Outing
Urban Outings, Round Two!
We enjoyed planning and leading our last pair of urban outings so much, we’re doing it again! Middle school students are sticking close to home this time, and using this urban outing to explore educational activities right here in Bellingham. Next Thursday and Friday students will work with Sustainable Connections to learn about their local green-building initiatives, and will partner with community groups to explore how the city is confronting homelessness. The following week high school students are heading south, to Olympia, where they will have the chance to witness government in action and visit the birthplace of the Riot Girl movement. Both clusters also have the opportunity to visit Evergreen’s campus and sit in on a class or two. We’ll keep you posted as we finalize details.
Students in the rock & roll cluster toured landmarks of Seattle’s music scene, including all-ages music and art venue The Vera Project.
Students in the gender cluster were treated to an incredible laboratory experience at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, supporting their learning in genetics. This all-day lab gave the class a unique opportunity to practice science in a professional setting. They toured the lab, heard Hutch scientists describe their current research projects, and even got to swab their own DNA for laboratory analysis.
Seattle artist Jono Vaughan hosted students in her downtown studio. Vaughan is an accomplished and prolific multi-media artist, and her textile series Project 42 explores the reality of violence against transgender people.
All-School Midterm Conferences
Midterm conferences for middle and high school students will be held Monday, April 8 through Thursday, April 12.
All students will meet with their advisors to check in about goals, expectations, achievements, and progress this term. Advisors will have notes from other teachers and a snapshot grade of each class to share. In addition, we invite parents to set up conferences with their child’s advisor. Please contact advisors directly to set up a time if you would like a thorough check-in at the halfway point of the term. If you’re not sure who your student’s advisor is, contact Bacchus for info.
Photographers in the yearbook class will be taking formal portraits of all students this week. They plan to photograph middle school students and all staff on Wednesday, April 10, and high school students on Thursday April 11. We encourage students to dress “interview casual” for the occasion. Unfortunately we won’t be printing these in multi-sized packets for families, but we will be able to share digital files for your own printing if you like.
Bike Lock-Up and Rider Safety
Bike riders, please remember to bring a U-lock that can be used to lock the frame and rear wheel as well as a cable lock to protect other components of your bike. Bike thieves regularly visit our block with tools that make quick work of thin cables.
Also, keep in mind that riding bicycles on sidewalks is prohibited in downtown Bellingham. For the safety of both cyclists and pedestrians, please ride your bikes on the street.
Save the Date!
We are getting excited about our upcoming Spring Gala auction and dinner. We are still looking for volunteers to help with the event and donations for the auction. If you are interested in helping in any way–large or small–please contact Joy.
Additionally, we have a basket in the office for auction item drop-off. We welcome items of all varieties and values, including donation of services. Your support will help make this event a success!