BSD Staff Updates

December 19 , 2018

Update on the Goheen sisters

As many of you have heard, Katie Goheen, BHS graduate and BHS CTE secretary, passed away last week. The family is waiting to do a celebration of life in March. Below is a link to the family's GoFundMe page, and a recent story in the Kitsap Sun that tells of the challenges this family has faced. Our sympathies go out to the Goheen family.

Congratulations on a great 50th Anniversary Celebration, Armin Jahr staff!

The 50th anniversary celebration at Armin Jahr on December 11 was a huge success!

Right: John Sitton, grandson of Armin Jahr, speaks at the celebration. Check out more photos from the event, historical photos of Armin Jahr, and pics of Josh Farley filming the Bremerton Beat Blast at the school on our website. We are still collecting photos from the last 50 years at Armin Jahr. If you have any to contribute, please email them to

Below: Watch the 12/11 Bremerton Beat Blast featuring the Armin Jahr anniversary and the newly renovated East High Gym in story #3.

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Congratulations Crownhill for achieving 100% of Impact Aid forms returned!

Congratulations to Melissa Smith (right) and Emily Bach (left) - and all the staff at Crownhill for achiving 100% on their Impact Aid forms! It is not too late for teachers to earn $100 for their classroom for achieving 100%. Final deadline is this Friday, December 21. Office coordinators whose schools achieve 100% will also get a special delivery from Lori Campbell (center), who is managing the Impact Aid process this year. Questions? Contact Lori at 3-1076..

Why is it important to have 100% of our families return these forms?

Impact aid supports students whose families live and/or work on federal property. Around here, that’s a lot of families! More than 1,000 of our students are federally-connected.

Janice LaFountaine, first grade teacher at Crownhill is featured in the Kitsap Sun's "Teacher Spotlight" this week

Board Highlights - December 13, 2018

Compiled by Ioanna Cossack, Board Secretary

New Board Officers were elected for 2019. Alyson Rotter will, once again, serve as Board President and the WSSDA Legislative Representative. Jonee Dubos was elected for Vice-President and will continue in her role as Board Auditor as well.

Ms. Julie Wasserburger, Citizens for Good Schools, thanked the Board for putting student and staff safety at the forefront by approving a resolution in November to proceed with a new Capital Levy on the Ballots, February 2019. She laid out a brief timeline for getting information out to the community and reaching out to voters. There are many ways for the Board and community/staff to be involved, such as upcoming rallies, Facebook, etc.

As a part of her report, Student Representative Isabella Meyer shared that Bremerton High School is holding a Design competition. Everyone in the Bremerton school community is invited to submit designs. BHS art students will create large mosaic panels based on the winning designs and these will be placed in the new Kokoro Garden.

The Board approved a 3-year working agreement with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Working Agreement, which included a revised salary schedule that adjusts over each of the three years. District office and the Board thanked everyone who participated on the negotiating team.

A revised Salary Schedule was also approved for the District’s Health Care and Social Service Professionals.

A Memo of Understanding was approved by the Board authorizing the District to work with the Kitsap Regional Library to improve student access to public library resources. Similar projects have been implemented in King County, Spokane and Tacoma.

First reading was held for Policy 3122, Excused and Unexcused Absences, and Policy 2190, Programs for Highly Capable. Second reading and adoption of these revised policies should occur at the January meeting.

The Board has adopted its 2019-2020 regular meeting schedule. The schedule is being disbursed to administrators for their use in planning other district and school events so as not to conflict with Board meetings.

The Consent Agenda which included all of the District’s usual business such as payroll and HR Reports was approved. Other items included were an overnight trip for BHS Choir students to Portland, February 15-17, 2019; an extension to the current WA Youth Academy Working Agreement; the Federal Carl Perkins Grant (WST); contracts with Rayann Silva, Check & Connect Professional Development, ESD (DODEA18 outside evaluator) and Panorama; a Professional Services Agreement for School Resource Officer, and WA Student Data Privacy Agreement.

Written Reports included our district-wide enrollment report, Capital Levy Explanatory Statement, and the Parent/Teacher Fall Conference Summary.

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

Next Board Meeting: Thursday, January 10 at 5 p.m. (only one meeting in January).

Have you seen how good the old East High Gym looks?

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In case you missed it, here is a link to a story the Kitsap Sun did in October about the renovations at the gym, and at the BHS Performing Arts Center.

New part-time blended site preschool at View Ridge

We have spots available for preschool aged children (3-5 years) to join our blended site preschool classroom at View Ridge. The preschool is a partnership between Bremerton School District and Treetop Village Early Learning Center. These part-time preschool classes are starting in January! Please contact Katie or April at 360-373-5437 for additional information about the program, hours, and enrollment information.


View Ridge Elementary Arts Academy receives grant

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View Ridge Elementary Arts Academy received a Champion Creatively Alive Children grant from Crayola! The award includes $2,500 and a HUGE stash of Crayola art supplies


Bus route changes effective 1/7/19

There are a few bus route changes as the result of the Boys & Girls Club consolidating their after-school program to the Teen Center on Wheaton Way. More information and a copy of the parent letter is posted on the website.

Save the date: Bremerton School District’s 4th Annual Grad Walk is Thurs., June 6

Bremerton School District’s 4th Annual Grad Walk will be held on the afternoon of Thursday, June 6. Seniors will visit the middle school or elementary schools in the afternoon after their graduation rehearsal. Approximate arrival times will be sent out closer to the Walk. Questions? Contact

BHS Staff Row with Clam Island Rowing Club

Ashley McNeil (first grade teacher at West Hills STEM Academy) and Ellen Strong (speech language pathologist at Kitsap Lake Elementary) row with Clam Island Rowing Club out of Old Town Silverdale. This fall they did two 5k races: One on American Lake and the other on Lake Union into Lake Washington. Here are a few pictures of Ellen and Ashley (with the cap) rowing through the Montlake Cut in Seattle!

Ashley has been rowing for a year and Ellen has been rowing for 4 1/2 years. Their rowing club hosts several adult "Learn To Row" events during the spring and summer. Anyone can join. Feel free to reach out to them if you are interested in learning more or attending an event.

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Staff Updates 2018-19 Issue 3: Distributed December 19, 2018