BSD Staff Updates

April 24, 2019

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#BloodDrive for Emily Thatcher TODAY!

West Hills STEM Academy is hosting a blood drive this afternoon in honor of Emily Thatcher.

Bloodworks NW will be in the West Hills Stem Academy parking lot for a blood drive today from 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Emily is eligible for a kidney donation, but this life-saving surgery is dependent on finding an exact match for Emily. Interested in being considered as a kidney donor? Visit:

Local businesses and corporations are showing their support fort a safe blood supply in our community by providing prizes as a ‘thank you’ to people like you for taking time out of your day to quietly, but drastically, impact someone’s life. If you donate before April 30 you will be entered to win prizes including:

  • (10) $500 Flight Voucher
  • (5) Mission Tech Backpack (with Pacific Northwest Hiking Book)

  • (1) $100 Gas Card

  • (1) $100 REI Gift Card

  • (1) Discover Pass or Northwest Forest Pass

Please stop by WHSA and donate – don’t forget to invite a friend or coworker!

Mentor training TONIGHT!

No need to RSVP! Walk-ins welcome!
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Kitsap Regional Library Student Accounts are now LIVE!

BSD and Kitsap Regional Library are partnering to provide all Bremerton students with a Kitsap Regional Library Student Account. Students will have easy access using their student ID. These accounts give students full access to Kitsap Regional Library online and print resources. Our goal is to provide Bremerton students with easy and equitable access to community resources. If you have questions, please visit or email

Board Briefs: April 11, 2019

Compiled by board secretary Ioanna Cossack

Board Recognition: Congratulations to all the students who entered their projects into the Washington State Science & Engineering Fair. Twelve students participated this year. Congratulations to Mrs. Lippy who had seven from her West Hills STEM 8th grade class. The remaining five students were from Kitsap Lake, Naval Avenue and View Ridge. We had seven of the young scientists come in for the recognition. Their projects can be seen at the Norm Dicks Center through the month of April.

The Board honored H&R Block for their collection and donation of school supplies and a check for $250 to go toward the upcoming Back-to-School Fair scheduled for August 13, 2019.

For the second year in a row, Bremerton High School has a Washington World Fellow. “The Fellowship seeks to empower motivated high school students through travel and education by offering a life-changing study abroad experience and college readiness program to fifteen exceptional students each year.” BHS teacher Emily Wise nominated Alejandra Pulido, who will now participate in a six-week study abroad experience in Leon, Spain. Wow!

Director Evans, Position #1, announced that she will not be running for re-election in November and wanted to reveal this in an early effort to recruit good potential candidates for the position.

Upcoming Events:

  • Volunteer Recognition – Board Room, April 18th, 4:30pm
  • beBremerton - Evergreen Rotary Park, May 11, 9:00 am
  • Date for the Kindergarten Fair – Monday, June 10

Dr. Leavell encouraged the Board to read online about changes in county regulations that make it legal to locate new group housing for violent sexual offenders in several Bremerton neighborhoods where our students play and walk to school. He and Mayor Wheeler are drafting letters to the County Commissioners in regard to their concerns, and he invited the Board to do the same or to be included in his letter. Public Comment period is open now.

The new Working Agreement with the Bremerton Coaches and Activities Association for 2019-22 was approved. Also approved were two new Salary Schedules for exempt employees.

Policy 6000, Program Planning, Budget Preparation, Adoption and Implementation, which adjusted the Board’s reserve (unreserved ending fund balance) from 3% of revenues to 5% was approved for first reading. Second reading will occur for adoption of the revised policy at the May 2nd meeting.

You can find these reports, other attachments, and more information on the agenda/BoardDocs site

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Did you "Purple Up?" on April 10?

If so, email your photos to Karen Bevers for inclusion in the District's online photo album which will be shared with our DoDEA grant funders! Thanks for your support! Check out the photos on Facebook, or

Bremerton School District well represented at recent City Council meeting

Last week's Bremerton City Council meeting turned out to be (unofficially) Bremerton School District night!

It started off with the invocation read by Bremerton School District staff member Jennifer Chamberlin (representing the Humanist Assoc.). The Mayor then presented his first ever Mayor's Award to Bremerton High School senior Haley Michaelson.

The Mayor also proclaimed April as the Month of the Military Child in Bremerton (for which City staff and City Council Members were wearing purple). Dr. Aaron Leavell and Captain Alan Schrader, Commanding Officer for Naval Base Kitsap both spoke about the importance of recognizing our military families and children for their sacrifices (Approx. 1/4 of our District's students are connected with the military!). Special "shout out" to the Blackwell family for attending and representing military families in our community!

Last, but not least, the Mountain View Middle School Destination Imagination (DI) Team "Pieces 2 the Puzzle" gave a presentation about their project that has earned them a trip to the DI Global Competition in Kansas City next month!

Out in the lobby of the Norm Dicks Government Center, projects done by Bremerton School District students for the recent Washington State Science & Engineering Fair are on display all this month! It was a great night for Bremerton School District.

Districtwide Volunteer Celebration

Last week, more than 80 volunteers and staff gathered for a Dr. Seuss-themed Districtwide Volunteer Appreciation Celebration. Joyce Cowdery, District Volunteer Coordinator, did a great job planning the event, with support from all of our school volunteer coordinators!

<< The invitation artwork was done by Crownhill kindergarten students.

With just the volunteers in the room, we had nearly 400 years of volunteer experience for our District. All together, our volunteers serve more than 23,000 hours annually (and that number doesn't include volunteer coaches' hours!)

Class reunion information

Anytime we get information about East/West High or Bremerton High School class reunions, we share the information on Facebook, and post it on our website at Reunion information can be emailed to
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Five of our Bremerton High School ELL students (above) were accepted into the "Dare to Dream" Summer Academy. They will spend a week as residents and students at Western Washington University. The hands-on introduction to sciences, math, engineering and self-development content builds an academic identity and confidence in students. Academic skills gained during the Dare to Dream Academies help students develop career visions and frames the importance of high school performance. Freshman and sophomores prepare a high school and beyond plan tailored to their specific graduation requirements and create presentations to take back to their parent advisory councils. Juniors and seniors conduct experiments in science and math by working with live cells, reptiles, insects, green houses, rockets, robotics, and the stars. In addition, current students serve as mentors throughout the academic activities and for dorm living. College going mentors are critical to the emerging academic narratives in our young scholars.
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Above: Pieces2thePuzzle -- a team of 6th & 7th grade girls from Mountain View Middle School will be competing in the Global Finals for Destination Imagination!
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BSD Staff Updates Newsletter Issue #9 distributed April 24, 2019.