March News

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Human Growth and Development Info Session - TODAY March 7 @ 5pm

In grades 5-12 we will be teaching Human Growth & Development lessons the week of March 28. (Grades 11 and 12 will start March 22).

The lessons include age appropriate comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention instruction as required by RCW 28A.230.070 and RCW 28A.300.475.

A parent info session will be held Monday, March 7, 5-5:30pm where we will review the curriculum and have an opportunity for families to ask questions. Zoom link.

Highly Capable Referrals

The window for Highly Capable Services referral is open until March 31. Anyone may refer a student for evaluation.

Which students should be referred for Highly Capable Program (HCP) services?

Highly capable students are students who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences, or environments. Attached is a document that teachers can use to help screen their students for possible referral.

More information can be found online.

The referral packet is available here.

Upcoming ORCA Events

ORCA Meeting March 24; 5-6:30pm Zoom Link

(O.C.E.A.N. Resource & Community Alliance)

Find out about fun upcoming Spring events and ways to get engaged!

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 882 2925 6311

Passcode: 410843

Save the Date: ORCA Family Get Together March 26, 12-4pm

Bring a picnic, bikes, basketball or soccer ball and come play at HJ Carroll Park! An informal get together to connect and have fun. All OCEAN families are invited.

Questions: Contact


Plant-a-thon is almost here! Who's coming? Please let Scott C. know (see below). This is such a fun day of positive work for the earth. Don't miss it. I can't wait to get muddy, have fun and plant trees. See details below. Remember many hands make light work. Please RSVP right away!

Thanks, Daniel

Plant-a-thon is coming up fast! This is a fun event, sponsored by the Northwest Watershed Institute, that allows kids and families to experience the positive impact we can each make on our world by planting trees with our own hands! Other local schools will also be participating in this event.

Date: Saturday 12 March (backup date of 19 March if weather is uncooperative)

Location: Off Center Road, just south of the 104 bridge. Site is south of Trillium Woods Farm, aka the OLD Olympic Music Festival. There will be two parking areas with different addresses and instructions. We will get our exact location one week prior to the event.


09:45 Tree planting volunteers arrive to check in

10:00 sharp until 2pm-ish - main planting event

Parking will be extremely limited, so car pooling is encouraged.

What To Bring:

1. Raingear – Waterproof coat with a hood, and rainpants

2. Waterproof footwear – rubber boots to knee are strongly encouraged

3. Non-cotton Long johns and extra clothing (i.e. socks). Again: No cotton. Cotton bad.

4. Waterproof gloves (they will be dirty and wet immediately)

5. Hat

6. Clippers for adults if you have them. Label tools with your name!

7. Lunch to include : heavy lunch, snacks, beverages.

8. Water Bottle

9. Own drinking water for family (NWI will also provide a cooler of water)

10. A great attitude – It's contagious.

Please contact parent Scott Clifton at or (734) 657-6840 if you have any questions.

Let’s plant some trees!

Bake Sale - Thank You!

Hello, OCEAN families!

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to all who contributed baked goods and/or came by on Wednesday to purchase treats! The bake sale was a roaring success and our ASB students had an awesome time engaging with the community!

With deep gratitude,
Your O.R.C.A. Board

Parent Resources: Teaching Reading

Here are some great resources for parents who want to learn more about teaching reading:

New Student Application Open for 2022-23 School Year

The application for new students to join OCEAN K-12 for the 2022-23 school year is now open. If you know of any students interested in joining OCEAN K-12 next school year their families should complete an online application. We will follow up with application in June to confirm if space is available for new students.

OCEAN 2022-23 New Student Application

Returning OCEAN students will be sent a returning student survey in the coming weeks to indicate if they plan to continue in OCEAN next school year. Returning students DO NOT need to complete an application.

Important Information for High School Students

West Sound Tech Registration Opens Today

West Sound Technical Skills Center offers a half day program for students to earn high school credits and gain job skills. Students attend WST in the mornings and return by lunch. There is a school bus or students can drive themselves. All programs except Maritime Operations are offered at the Bremerton campus.

Programs include: 3D Animation and Drawing, Automotive Technology, Collision Repair Technology, Construction Careers, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Esthetics, Fire Science, HVAC, Professional Medical Careers, Welding, Maritime Operations - Port Townsend.

Enrollment for New 22-23 WST students begins March 7, 2022 at 8:00 am.

Current Students that plan to return to WST for the 21-22 school year, may enroll online beginning January 31, 2022. Priority registration for returning students ends on March 1, 2022.

Wondering if the program is right for you? Make an appointment with OCEAN Counselor Eliza Farrell, 360.379.4544,

Click on this link to begin registration for the 2022-2023 School Year at West Sound Technical Skills Center.

Need help completing the online application? Click here for Instructions or contact Erin McKiernan at 360.473.0557 or through email at

Running Start Info Sessions

Learn how high school juniors and seniors can earn college credit tuition free.
  • Tuesday, March 8
  • Wednesday, April 13

All sessions are at 6:00 pm via Zoom.
Register at

What is Running Start?

It is an opportunity to receive dual credits to fulfill both high school and college credits. This means that each 10 week class at Peninsula College can cover 1.0 credits per subject or electives.

At the end of high school, you can also graduate with an Associate Degree from Peninsula College.

When can I apply?

The enrollment process takes place the quarter before you plan to start classes. You must have all your paperwork in before enrolling in classes. Registration for fall quarter starts on May 27, 2021.

High School Seniors

Your Senior "22" picture, (the one where you all gather in the shape of a 22), will take place on March 15th at 11:25 at the PTHS flagpole. Please wear a black t-shirt if possible.


High School Honor Roll

Congratulations to our high school students who earned a 3.3 GPA higher on their 1st semester grades.

Amapola Barber

Aiden Beil

Gabriel Evans

Maya Feldman

Bianca Fredrick

Dylan Hettle

Alan Hinds

Lucia Kithcart

Zoe Kjeldgaard

Alexander McMahon

Opal Mugrage

Eva Newsome

Lily Newsome

Dylan Peterson

Emilia Ramsey

Lars Wakfield

William Walden

Upcoming Events

Human Growth and Development Info Session - March 7, 5-5:30pm

Running Start Info Session - March 8, 6pm

Plant-a-thon - Saturday, March 12

Port Townsend School Party - Saturday, March 12, 1-4pm @ Blue Heron Middle School

ORCA Meeting - March 24, 5-6:50pm

ORCA Family Get Together at HJ Carroll - Saturday, March 26

Highly Capable Referrals Due - March 31

State Testing - April 25-May 6

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Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator for State Law (RCW 28A.640/28A.642): Amy Khile, 1610 Blaine Street , (360) 379-4603,

Title IX Officer: Laurie McGinnis, 1610 Blaine Street, (360) 379-4602,

Section 504/ADA Coordinator: Shelby MacMeekin, 1610 Blaine Street, (360) 379-4366,

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