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Bellingham School District Counselors and Support Specialists provide comprehensive, developmentally appropriate education and support to meet the academic, personal/social, and future planning needs of all students.  We empower students to be self-aware, resilient individuals, who can overcome challenges, build healthy relationships, and thrive in our global community. (Bellingham Public Schools Procedure 2140P Instruction, 2014)

Our Role in Student Success:

As per the ASCA (American School Counselor Association) Model, Bellingham Middle School Counselors provide both preventive and responsive services in:

  • Academic Development

  • Career Development

  • Personal/Social Development

The overriding themes of the program will be leadership, advocacy, collaboration and systemic change.  School counseling programs will be an integral part of students’ daily educational environment and school counselors and social workers should be partners in student achievement (Bellingham Public Schools Procedure 2140P Instruction, 2014).


Our Team

Cat Roosma, Registrar

Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

360-676-6470, Ext. 4860

Jennifer Cowan, School Counselor  (Students A-P)

Monday – Friday 8:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

360-676-6470, Ext. 4846

Coco Besson, School Counselor (Students Q-Z)

Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

360-676-6470, Ext. 4845


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Dinners at Shuksan

Providing healthy meals and snacks is part of our collective commitment to the children in our community, ensuring they have the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow. Offering this program promotes healthy, active individuals and supports the whole child as outlined in The Bellingham Promise. The after-school dinner program is sponsored by the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). For more information, contact Mark Dalton, Director of Food Services for Bellingham Public Schools.

Whatcom County Community Resource Directory

(An Online Community Resource Guide Provided by the Opportunity Council)

Medical & Health Services

Catholic Community Services (Case Managment, Housing, Behavioral Health, Family Education Services, and Drug & Alcohol Treatment Services)

Sea Mar Community Health Centers (Medical, Dental, Behavioral Health Services)

Interfaith Community Health Center (Medical, Dental, Behavioral Health Services)

Department of Social and Health Services (Provides multiple services)

Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement (provides assistance obtaining health insurance and accessing health care services)

Compass Health (Behavioral Health Services)

Crisis Services

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services

24 Crisis Hotline: (360) 715-1563 or TOLL FREE (877) 715-1563
Business Line: (360) 671-5714

North Sound Mental Health Administration

Crisis Line:  (800) 584-3578

If there is a life-threatening emergency, please dial 911.

Basic Needs & Housing

Opportunity Council (Basic needs, Child Care Resources, Housing, Job Skills & Money Management, Home & Energy, Food & Nutrition)

Bellingham/Whatcom Housing Authority

Education and Support for Students & Families

Bridgid Collins Family Support Center

Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center

Gender Diversity

Safe Schools Coalition


Bellingham Parks & Recreation

Whatcom County Parks & Recreation

Whatcom County Special Olympics


Youth Organizations

Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellingham

Whatcom Family YMCA

Northwest Youth Services