Borderite Report

Published on Thu, Jan 17, 2008
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Diane Berge, Editor
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School Calendar

18 High School Girls Basketball Game
21 Martin Luther King Day – No School
22 High School Solo and Ensemble Performance
22 High School Boys Basketball Game
25 High School Girls Basketball Game
25 Middle School PTSO Movie Night
26 SJMEA Senior Solo and Ensemble – Bellingham
28 Middle School 3rd Sports Season
28 Pacific Science Center – PAC
29 High School Boys Basketball Game
30, 31 Pacific Science Van – Primary School
31 Middle School Talent Show Auditions

1 Middle School Sports Awards – 9:30 PAC
1 Middle School Talent Show Auditions
1 High School Girls Basketball Game
4 Learning Improvement Day – No School
4 High School Knowledge Bowl
6 Primary K-1st Grade Class Pictures
6 High School Boys Basketball Game
7 Primary K-2nd Grade Class Pictures
7 High School Girls Basketball Game
8 Parents for Kids – 6p.m.
9 9-12 NW Math Championship
9 SJMEA Junior Solo and Ensemble – Anacortes
11 Middle School PTSO Meeting
12 Parents for Kids Meeting - 6p.m.
12 High School Boys Basketball Game
13 Trade and Technology Fair – H.S. Gym Foyer
14 Elementary Jump Rope for Heart Event
14 High School Boys Basketball Game
15 Middle School Talent Show – 1 PAC
18 President’s Day – No School
20 6th Grade and Middle School Staff Group Pictures
25 High School Sports Season
25 School Board Meeting
28 – Mar. 4 K-8 Parent Teacher Conf. – 12:50 Dismissal

Upcoming School Election

Did you know that with passage of the Capital Projects Bond on March 11, the newly renovated Blaine High School will include:

• Additional classrooms in response to growth.
• Classrooms that will support the latest educational technology.
• An increase in number and quality of science labs.
• Dedicated space for the instruction of Band, Choir and
the Visual arts.
• A cafeteria that will allow for the separation of High School
and Middle School students.
• Space dedicated to both High School and Middle School
• Vocational Program space on the main campus.
•  Enclosure of the overall campus, supporting a much higher
level of security for students.

Education is Our Future!

Additional information about the March 11 Capital Projects Bond, as well as the Maintenance and Operations Levy can be found at

1st & 5th Graders: Learning Together

For many years, Terre Shapiro’s first graders and Carol Gallaher’s fifth graders have worked together on projects.  This year is no exception.

Thanks in part to a grant from the Whatcom County School Retired Teacher’s Association, these two classes have created art projects and reading/writing projects using WASL stem questions.  In December, the classes worked together to read the Gingerbread Boy, then wrote about character traits of the Gingerbread Boy and the Fox, using evidence from the text to support their answers.  Finally, they had fun creating new endings to the traditional story.  The experience was completed by creating individual Gingerbread Boys and Girls using the children’s photos for the faces. The students always enjoy their times together with their buddies and much learning occurs for all the students involved.

High School

Career Center
The Career Center at the High School is a valuable resource for many students, staff, and parents. You can find all the information you need on 2yr, 4yr, community and technical colleges. You can also find information on scholarships, financial aid, and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FSFSA). Students can sign up for all college required testing and get practice test material. Many colleges around the Northwest come to the Career Center and meet with students to talk about their college. With the new state requirement that each student is required to do a Senior Project before they graduate, the Career Center is the place to go to get the help you need. Mr. Shockey in the Career Center also puts out a weekly e-mail to keep both students and parents informed about events and scholarships. More than half of the parents in the High School are already registered to receive this email. Please contact Mr. Shockey in the Career Center at 332-6045 for more information about the Career Center and to sign up to receive his email.

Advancement Via Individual Determination is a new program beginning with the next freshmen class this coming spring and next fall. AVID prepares students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility. The program aims at largely low-income students who are capable of completing a college-prep curriculum but are falling short of their potential. The core component is the AVID elective, which supports students as they tackle the most rigorous classes. AVID’s teaching strategies, curriculum, and trainings are used not only in the AVID elective class, but by subject-area teachers school wide. The program is being funded in full by a Washington State GEAR UP grant.

Advanced Placement Program
The Blaine High School Advanced Placement Program has a dozen AP courses involving 40% of juniors and seniors. The program continues to be nationally recognized, placing BHS in the top 5% of schools in the United States. All AP instructors at BHS have been specifically trained at intensive summer institutes, and all the BHS AP instructors have had their curricula and syllabi evaluated and approved by the College Board. In addition, most of the AP teachers at BHS are National Board Certified.

Middle School

Morning Math
“Morning Math” is a math program intended to help students improve their basic math skills and concepts. It focuses on learning math skills needed for success in school and life. Currently there are fifteen students attending with two teachers instructing. If you are interested in hearing more contact Aaron Smith or Darren Benson at 332-8226.

Quick Stop
Quick Stop (Blaine Middle School Study Hall and Tutoring Program) is now being offered before and after school. The before session is from Tuesday to Friday from 7:30 – 8 A.M. in Room 204 in the middle school. The after school session is from Monday through Thursday, from 3 - 4 P.M. in room 229. All Blaine Middle School students are welcome.

Elementary School

Blaine Elementary School Men’s Group
Steve Bedow works with a group of students called the B.E.S. Men’s Group. Their main job is to take care of the recycling program at the Elementary School and the Administration Offices. They also try and help other students when they can. In order to participate in this group, the students must earn the privilege with good behavior. Steve has also been able to incorporate discussing social behaviors into this program.

Penny Drive
Rita Spitzer’s class collected pennies during the month of December, while working on math concepts of building 100s to make a 1000.  The students decided to donate all of the collected pennies to the Whatcom Humane Society.  We were able to give them a check for $14. Not only did the students learn about math, they learned about the concept of donating.

Yorky’s grant
Blaine Elementary School received a $500 grant from the Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance Program. Yorky’s #2, located on Blaine Road, was the sponsoring station. Matt Yorkston of Yorkston Oil Company is the local distributor. The grant money will be used to enhance our math/science programs during this school year. Blaine Elementary students and staff are excited and thankful to receive this grant money.

Primary School

On Wednesday, January 9, NED, the Yoyo man, treated the students at Blaine Primary to a wonderful assembly. Throughout the presentation the students heard three key points: Never Give Up, Encourage Others, and Do Your Best (NED). Kindergarten through second graders had their eyes glued to NED as he showed them how to Walk the Dog, Rock the Baby, and Round the World.

After the assembly the students were able to purchase yoyos through our PFK (Parent for Kids) group. It was exciting to see the kids talking about the messages given as they practiced their new yoyo skills.