Students and teachers from Whatcom Middle School are likely to remember this first day of school more than any other: on November 12th, they began classes in their new school home – at least for the time being.
One week after 106-year-old Whatcom Middle School was severely damaged in an early-morning fire, 580 students joined together in an assembly at Bellingham High School. There, they celebrated what makes them Whatcom Wildcats – not a school building, but their connections to each other. After the assembly, they loaded on buses to take them to their temporary host schools – likely to be “home” to them for the remainder of the school year.
Sixth graders now attend Geneva Elementary, in the Whatcom Falls neighborhood. Seventh graders are in class at Fairhaven Middle School. At both schools, students out front held large signs and cheered the new students on as the bus arrived.
Eighth graders now attend Bellingham High School – they have their own wing, dubbed “The Wildcat Wing” – while students in special education go to Squalicum High School in the Mount Baker neighborhood.
Teachers hope that the warm welcome their students received will make it easier for them to settle into a new routine in a new school. They are proud of the students who’ve helped to welcome new kids to their school, and are proud to be a part of this great Bellingham community.