BSD Staff Updates
2021-22 Issue #10: Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Highlights from February 17, 2022
POLICY NEWS – for Staff Review
No new policy or procedure updates were approved or reviewed by the Board.
The Consent Agenda holds a lot of items that appear regularly on the agenda, such as Payroll and the Human Resources Report. At this meeting, the Board approved the final 2021/2022 Salary Schedules for the many exempt or non-represented staff.
The Board heard from our new Bremerton High School Athletic Director Amber Plummer and had the opportunity to recognize, and hear from, many student-athletes who also attended the meeting via Zoom. There was a lot of positive energy from these students involved in fall sports, including Football, Volleyball, Girls Swim, Boys Tennis, Girls Soccer, Drill, Cheer, and Cross Country.
West Sound Technical Skills Center Director Shani Watkins provided a report outlining the courses being offered, or planned, at the Skills Center, along with information on student demographics and other data. She also announced that under the 2021-23 Capital Budget, if adopted, the Center would be allocated $30 million this year to begin the Improvement Project for modernization and expansion.
Other than the Consent Agenda, the only “Action” item for this evening was the new Working Agreement with the Association of Bremerton Administrators (ABA) covering school years, 2021-22 and 2022-23.
The Bremerton School District Board of Directors expressed their gratitude to the voters of our district who have continued to show support even in these difficult and challenging times. The value of athletics in schools is significant. Athletics is often a building block of promoting school pride. Having a modern sports complex will provide a clean, safer environment for our P.E. classes and our sports teams, serving our schools and community for a long time. We’re sure it will be a source of pride for our community.
To view any of these documents, you may also visit https://go.boarddocs.com/wa/wabrsd/Board.nsf/Public#.
March 14-18 is Classified School Employees week
We will be recognizing it as the week of March 14 for our Board resolution (to be presented/approved this Thurs) so we are consistent with the governor's proclamation. However, several of our principals have already made plans to celebrate their classified staff next week and it would be very difficult for them to change their plans at this time. So there will be some appreciation activities happening next week as well.
Moving forward, we will honor our classified staff during second full week of March.
Bremerton schools superintendent stepping down to take regional role
Bremerton School District Superintendent Aaron Leavell announced on Thursday that he will be leaving his post at the end of the school year to become the superintendent of Olympic Educational Service District 114.
A welcome (home) surprise!
The Bremerton High School NJROTC class had a surprise visitor last week! BHS graduate Jonathan Cissell (class of 2016) recently returned to JBLM from deployment in Poland. He recently surprised his his sister, BHS sophomore Rebecca Cissell, during the NJROTC class at at BHS.
Welcome home, Jonathan! Thank you for your service!
The Kindness Project: refer a staff member or student to receive a "kindness card"
The Kindness Project consists of a group of volunteers who write encouraging notes to students, families and staff who are in need of a bit of extra kindness. More more information.
New bonuses for certificated guest teachers
The Bremerton School District, in an effort to increase the number of certificated substitutes, recently enacted the following incentives for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year. This information is available on our website at www.BremertonSchools.org/GuestTeachers. If you have any questions, please reach out to Leesa Bowie: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Gaggle Teletherapy: confidential, free online therapy
New! Free online tutoring for grades 3-12!
We are pleased to offer free online tutoring through TutorMe for all Bremerton School District students in grades 3-12. Students can access TutorMe through Clever.
More information is available on the District's Family Technology Support website.
Grants for Washington State K-12 Public School Teachers!
Applications are now being accepted for the “Ellison Education Grants”. Grants are intended for K-12 public school teachers in Washington State. The Ellison foundation has awarded 66 grants and $288,000 to Washington State teachers the past five years. The Ellison Foundation will award grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 in the spring of 2022 (for use during the 2022-2023 school year).
Applications must be submitted by March 26th, 2022.
To learn more about the “Ellison Education Grants” please visit:
Kitsap County Resources: HEAL Coalition
Did you know the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Coalition (one of the five networks of Kitsap Strong) created a webpage with an interactive map of resources for transportation, health care, food banks, clothing, free wifi, and other services? Check it out (and share!)
Guide To Reply All Email Etiquette
The reply-all email function allows for efficient group communication, but it's helpful to first make sure you're familiar with the social standards of reply-all emails. Understanding reply all email etiquette helps inboxes stay free of clutter and optimizes workplace communication channels.