REMINDER: HCL Parent Night!

Don’t forget the HCL Family Night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26 at Shuksan Middle School.

Bellingham Public Schools and the Bellingham HCL Parent Association have partnered to bring you two very special guests: UW professor and national expert in Gifted Education Nancy Hertzog and UW Robinson Center for Young Scholars Academic Advisor Kathryn Grubbs. They will help us learn about meeting the social-emotional, behavioral and executive functioning needs of our children.

While we are working with our UW guests, your children will be involved in an art activity.

Please RSVP if you haven’t already, thanks!

Reminder: HCL Parent Meeting

HCL Parent Meeting Wednesday, June 11, 7pm, at Whatcom Middle School

Topic: Highlights of the Program Service Model for 2014-15 school year
You will hear about professional development, student learning plans, differentiated instruction within the classroom, the Highly Capable support team, and ways you can be involved.

Please bring your questions regarding any of these topics to the meeting, and in particular, student learning plans. Student learning plans will be developed with next year’s teachers, not with your student’s current teachers.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!

Correct Meeting Dates!

Oh, yes, it’s the end of the school year and all the wrap-ups are blending together! Here are the correct days and times:

HCL Parent Meeting, Wednesday, June 11, 7 PM – 8 PM at Whatcom Middle School in the Commons (door to your right when facing the front door at WMS.)

HCL Parent Association Board Meeting, Monday, June 9, 6 PM – 7 PM at Bellingham High School in the Career Center.

Will You Have a High School Student Next Year?

Families of upcoming high school students, We know many of your students anticipate taking AP classes in high school. We want to encourage you to take advantage of the information nights at the high schools to get advice and direction for taking AP classes offered. Some AP classes have prerequisites and require planning – even for freshman year.

Squalicum HS has already hosted an AP Information Forum on February 25. Over 400 people attended, including people from the feeder middle schools. What a great showing of interest and support! If you still have questions specific to Squalicum, please contact the counseling office there.

Squalicum HS also provides a flow chart of classes within subject areas on pages 26-32 of their course catalog. This could be a helpful visual when planning, but keep in mind the high school AP programs are not exactly the same. Be sure to check your student’s high school specific catalog.

Bellingham HS will have their Informational Night Monday, March 3, 6:30pm. They will have a “breakout session” focusing on AP classes and college readiness. Come prepared to learn about these options for your children and with any questions you may have.

Sehome HS will be hosting the 8th Grade Parent Night on Tuesday, March 11, 6:00pm. They are currently planning on having a table with information regarding their AP offerings and college readiness. Use this resource to start the conversation about what prerequisites are needed for what classes. Leave any questions you might have at the table for Jeff Smith, Sehome HS Counselor, to address.

We are also working on hosting a Parent Meeting regarding high school classes, testing, outside resources and other useful tips that parents of older students have learned along the way. Be on the lookout for more information regarding that meeting.

Input Request

Thank you for attending the HCL parent meeting last Wednesday. The HCP Committee presented a summary of their process and potential program options. Michelle Kuss-Cybula discussed the new state requirement and gave a summary of the HCP review conducted last fall.

The district is working to update the HCP in accordance with the new state law. During the meeting parents broke out into two groups to discuss some possible programming services and options for next year, as well as long term plans for the program.

Please go to this link to read the potential HCP options the district is considering.

The district is seeking comments on those options at this time. The HCP committee will be voting on the options at their meeting on Tuesday, February 10, 2014, and if you would like to comment on the options or program in general to send an email to and Veronica Douglas at

HCP Parent Meeting

Please come to the Highly Capable Program (HCP) parent meeting 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in the Whatcom Middle School commons.

Topics will include:

  • HCP Consultant Review Results – Summary: the results encourage our review committee to make improvements to our communication between staff and family, improve our screening methods using multiple measures, clearly delineate the services we provide to our students in grades K through 12, and create and measure outcomes of success for our students.
  • BSD HCP Committee Work – Please reference the BSD HCP Committee Meeting Minutes for January to be up-to-date. A link to the minutes are at the bottom of the page.
  • Changes to Legislation Regarding Gifted Education

See you at the meeting!

Parent Group Board Meeting

Tomorrow, December 17 is the HCL Parent Association Board Meeting (all are welcome) at Bellingham High School in the Career Center, 6 PM – 7 PM.

Meeting agenda:

  • Welcome
  • Update on Review Committee work
  • Future meetings—partnership idea with district; switch HS prep topic w/ Program Review topic dates
  • Parent Rep check in—what to do about Shuksan & Squalicum?
  • Repository for minutes?  Google account?
  • Communication requests from TOSAs: set up help for project showcase, mentors for showcase
  • Ideas for money w/ BPSF (scholarships? Books for Alderwood site? FPS practice writes evaluation? FPS teams? Young Author’s Conference? Author visit & set of books.
  • Announcements, Next Board meeting (January) items to discuss
  • Adjourn

Wednesday Meeting – Middle School & Math Curriculum

Bellingham Public School’s Department of Learning and Teaching, in conjunction with the Bellingham HCL Parent Association, are hosting an HCL Parent Meeting on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, from 7:00-8:00 pm at Whatcom Middle School Commons.

Topics include the Future Problem Solvers program for middle school and math curriculum review process and changes.

Guest speakers will include:  Adrienne Somera, Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) for the HCL program and Charisse Berner, Director of Teaching and Learning, chair of PreK-12 Math Committee.

All parents welcome!

Parent Meeting Tomorrow

General HCL Parent Association Meeting at Whatcom Middle School in the Commons.
Tomorrow – Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 7 PM – 8 PM

We are seeking parent representatives for each school. If you or anyone you know would like to pass information (HCL conferences, district changes, coordinate carpooling) on to your HCL parents, volunteer at the meeting. We will also be selecting our board members – please nominate yourself or someone you know. Click here for the position descriptions.

Meeting Agenda:
~ HCLP Review and upcoming survey
~ Official Board Member Positions
~ Member Representatives from each
school/group of schools
~ Update by Michelle Kuss-Cybula