We Are Bremerton

Bremerton School District Community E-News (12/3/19)

Welcome to Bremerton School District Community E-News!

Great things are happening in the Bremerton School District! We look forward to sharing news and updates with the Bremerton community with this e-newsletter because We Are Bremerton!

We hope you'll consider sharing this with others who are interested in getting updates about our schools, students and staff. You can view the newsletter on-line or subscribe at www.bremertonschools.org/E-News!

Bremerton School Board recognized (for the second year in a row!) as Board of Distinction for 2019!

Congratulations to our School Board for once again being recognized as a Board of Distinction for 2019!

What is the Boards of Distinction program?

The Boards of Distinction program is designed to encourage boards to examine their practices as governing bodies and how their actions and decisions impact the success of students. National research on the Washington State School Board Standards shows a correlation between board actions and student outcomes. Those recognized as Boards of Distinction have reviewed their decision-making and shown how that is tied to positive student outcomes.

Boards are also asked to demonstrate their actions and results in efforts to close opportunity gaps. Being selected as a Board of Distinction requires that boards show a clear link between their leadership and closing gaps that impact student success.

How were awards determined?

A panel of 10 judges spent approximately six to eight hours each, not only reviewing applications but also working together with WSSDA staff to calibrate with each other on how applications are evaluated. Judges from across the state included former and current Educational Service District superintendents, State Board of Education board members, former school directors, and others who are involved in education leadership on a statewide level.

We appreciate our Board's tremendous dedication to, and tireless work on behalf of our students!

Bremerton School District levies on the ballot in February 2020

The Bremerton School Board has approved a vote to run a replacement Capital Levy to be collected in calendar years 2021 and 2022. This Levy, along with a 4-year Support Levy, will be on the ballot in February 2020. We will be sharing more information on our website, in social media, and in this newsletter (subscribe here!)

Learn more about Bremerton School Board!

You can find board meeting agendas, reports and more information on the BoardDocs website.

Bremerton School District character traits of the month

Each month, as a part of our Social-Emotional Learning focus, we embrace a character trait of the month District-wide. The character traits for 2019-20 school year include:

  • September- Kindness
  • October- Creativity
  • November- Gratitude
  • December- Cooperation
  • January- Honesty
  • February- Empathy
  • March- Perseverance
  • April- Respect
  • May -Courage
  • June- Responsibility

Photo: Mountain View Middle School students are encouraged to be the "I" in kind.

Renaissance High School recognized by Graduate Strong

Renaissance High School was recently recognized Graduate Strong for increasing the number of students who filed for FAFSA/WAFSA. This was a part of Campaign Plus5Push to encourage schools to increase the number of students who file by at least 5%. RHS numbers increased by almost 16% from the 2017/18 school year to 2018/19.

Photo: Renaissance High School graduation specialist Marissa Watts was recognized by Aly Rotter, Graduate Strong Network Manager (and Bremerton School Board President) at a recent School Board meeting.

National Board Certification Renewals

Congratulations to the following Bremerton School District Teachers who recently renewed their National Board Certification!

National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain, and recognize accomplished teachers, and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education.

  • Cynthia Blinkinsop
  • Valerie Custodio
  • Frances Frampton
  • Desiree Hall
  • Anthony Prowell
  • Debra Strawhun
  • Kelly Welsh

To see a list of all of our District's National Board Certified teachers, please visit our website!

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) leads to student success!

We just got this great news about the Bremerton High School AVID program. In addition to our middle and high school AVID programs, we've implemented the AVID Schoolwide program to ensure college and career readiness for every student in our District.
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Bremerton School Districts Students & Staff in the News!

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Would you like a BSD 2019-2020 printed wall calendar?

Each year, we produce and distribute a printed wall calendar to every family in the Bremerton School District.

We've got a few extras. If you'd like one, please stop by the Bremerton School District office, or email Communications@BremertonSchools.org and we'll mail one to you!

PeachJar electronic flyer distribution

Did you know that we use an electronic flyer distribution service called Peachjar rather than sending paper flyers from outside organizations home with our students? This saves District resources - and trees!

Local non-profits can sign-up for an account on Peachjar to distribute flyers to promote family-friendly activities or services to our families. Peachjar charges a fee to groups who use the service, but we invite all local non-profit groups or service organizations to sign up for a "free community account" which allows non-profits/service organizations to send one free flyer per month. If you are a member of a non-profit in our community and would like to learn more about Peachjar, please visit www.BremertonSchools.org/Peachjar.

You can view the flyers sent out to families in your building by visiting your building's web page, and clicking on the Peachjar logo under "quick links." To view flyers sent to ALL families in the District, click on the Peachjar logo under "quick links" on the District webpage.

Would you like to receive Peachjar flyers that are sent home? You can sign up for a free account at: https://peachjar.com/register.php?c[bypass_registration_code]=1

Bremerton School District Non-Discrimination Statement

The Bremerton School District complies with all federal and state rules and regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. This holds true for all students who are interested in participation in educational programs and/or extra-curricular school activities. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the District’s Title IX/RCW 28A.640 Officer and ADA Coordinator, Garth Steedman, at 360.473.1031 or garth.steedman@bremertonschools.org or the Section 504 Coordinator, John Welsh, at 360.473.4400 or john.welsh@bremertonschools.org. Mailing address: 134 Marion Avenue North, Bremerton, WA 98312.

We Are Bremerton Community E-Newsletter 2019-20 / Issue #1. Distributed 12/3/19. Please contact Karen.Bevers@BremertonSchools.org with questions or feedback.

Background photo: Students at Naval Avenue Elementary's Fall Harvest Festival, hosted by Abundant Life Foursquare Church. See more photos here!