BSD Staff Updates

December 20, 2019

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Severe Weather Shelters open Thurs., Dec. 19 - Fri., Dec. 20

Alert Sent On: 12/19/2019 12:19:22 PM PST

Due to a forecast of heavy rainfall over the next two days, the Kitsap County Severe Weather Shelters will be activated.

Three shelters will be open Thursday, December 19 through Friday, December 20, 2019.

The severe weather shelters serve all citizens in our area who require safe overnight refuge when hazardous weather conditions are expected. Further activation will be weather and volunteer dependent.

Download the flyer.

New National Board Certification Teachers

Congratulations to the following Bremerton School District Teachers for obtaining 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.

Rachel Chamberlain - Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood

Max Karler - Music/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood

Tara White - Generalist/Middle Childhood

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

Check out the front page of today's Kitsap Sun

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New Community E-News

We recently launched a new community e-newsletter for anybody in the community (or beyond) who wants to stay connected with Bremerton School District. While some of the content is information shared in this newsletter, you are invited to subscribe! We hope you'll consider sharing the newsletter with your friends and family as well!

The newsletter (which will be distributed monthly with a few other "special editions" now and then) will also be shared on the District Facebook page, and is available on our website at

BSD Character traits 2019-20

September- Kindness

October- Creativity

November- Gratitude

December- Cooperation

January - Honesty

February- Empathy

March- Perseverance

April- Respect

May -Courage

June- Responsibility

You can download monthly character trait posters from BSD Teach (click on "SEL & Conduct" and then "SERVE & Character Traits of the Month."

Board Briefs: December 12, 2019

Compiled by Board Secretary Ioanna Cossack

Three Directors Sworn In: The Board was honored to have Mayor Greg Wheeler at our meeting to swear in newly-elected directors Dr. Karen Bolton (position #1), Ms. Jonee Dubos (re-elected to position #3), and Mr. John Hurley (position #2). Director Hurley was appointed in August to fill in for a resignation and now has been elected by the community to continue. Dr. Bolton is brand new to the Board.

Outgoing Directors: Ms. Naomi Evans was honored for serving as Director, position #1, December 2015 through June 2019, working diligently for our community and our children. Mr. Dave Rubie was unavailable for the meeting, but the Board and the District also thanked him for his many years of service (2010-2019). A short reception followed.

Board Reorganization:

Our Board for 2020 is as follows:

  • Ms. Jonee Dubos, President & Auditor
  • Ms. Carolynn Perkins, Vice President
  • Dr. Karen Bolton & Mr. John Hurley, WIAA Representative
  • Ms. Alyson Rotter, outgoing president

Board of Distinction: For the second year in a row, the Board was honored by the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA) as a Board of Distinction for middle sized districts.

Our Consent Agenda included many usual business items, as well as several agreements, including an extension on subscription services (through February 2023) with the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate) Training Institute.

Bremerton High School has taken on a new program, Winter Wishes, inspired by a similar program at Meridian High School, and is excited to be helping students and families for the holidays. Our student representative, Gabriel O’Rourke-Dela Cruz shared that they are very grateful for the support they received from the community and are excited about how well the program is going.

Dr. Leavell and Max Karler, BHS Band Director, have been invited to participate on the planning committee for the development of Quincy Jones Square in downtown Bremerton.

Dr. Steedman presented the General Fund Closing Report for 2018/19 and with that the first GF Status Report for 2019/20. These reports can be found on BoardDocs.

The proposed 2020-2021 School Year Academic Calendar was approved by the Board. The Board also set its 2020/2021 Board Meeting Schedule so that schools are able to use this for planning purposes.

A Memo of Understanding was agreed to with the Bremerton Professional Educators Association (BPEA) changing the pay range for elementary clerical assistants.

The Board also approved the transfer of InvestED Funds (previously Saul Haas) from a trust account to the Associated Student Body Fund. A recent Governmental Accounting Standards Board has ruled that InvestED monies should be accounted for in the ASB Fund.

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

Heads-up: January is Board Recognition Month!

We will be honoring our board at the January 9th meeting, including our two new board members (John Hurley and Karen Bolton) who were sworn-in this month (see board briefs above)!

Applying for a grant?

Just a reminder! Any BSD staff member applying for a grant must receive pre-approval from their administrator for grants under $500, and from the District Leadership Team for grants over $500. This includes requests submitted to

We've clarified the guidelines and have replaced the cumbersome paper pre-approval form with a quick and easy Google Form. Check it out at: You can find a link to this page and the Grant Pre-Approval Google Form under the "Staff" tab on the website, in the "Staff Directory" under Grants.

Kitsap Firefighers Benevolent Fund provide Coats for Kids

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What Supplies Students Really Need

Determining Student School Supply Needs for the Next School Year

A Capstone Project by Jaclyn Marvin

Hello, my name is Jaclyn Marvin and I am a student at Olympic College working towards a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Technical Management. For my capstone project, I am planning on collecting school supplies for next year’s Back to School Fair.

I am working on collecting some data to help me narrow my focus so that students needs are more effectively met next year. I hope you'll consider taking my brief survey as it will really help me with my project, and ensure we are providing the resources our students need the most.

Thank you for your support! Please take my brief survey! Thank you!

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Did you get a BSD 2019-2020 printed wall calendar?

We've got a few extras. If you'd like one, please email and we'll put one (or a couple?) in District mail for you!

Helpful tip for students and parents! How to access "clever" from a non-BSD device

We have gotten quite a few calls/emails from parents asking about logging into Clever on a non-BSD device. This information/video is being shared with parents via our BSD Family Updates (email/ robo call) and on Facebook. Parents/students can access this information, video, and a link to Clever on every building home page under "Quick Links."

"Clever" is the district landing page for software and websites used in instruction. There are math, English, social studies, science, and library resources available. Students use Clever to access their classwork, supplement their learning, and find resources for research and studying.

On district-provided devices such as Chromebooks or computer labs in the school, students have a direct login to Clever, but on home devices there are a few more steps.

This video shows you and your student how to log in to Clever from a non-district device, so they can have access to their resources when away from school. If you have questions, please contact

Accessing Clever from Home
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Check out this article on AVID in Forbes magazine!

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Helping All People Flourish (Training opportunity)

You are invited to an educational opportunity about N.E.A.R. (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience). Learn the science behind human behavior, explore the impacts of trauma & toxic stress on our brains, bodies, behavior, & choices. Develop ideas/strategies for supporting ALL individuals by helping them develop the skills and giving them the opportunities, they need to flourish.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM PST

Calvary Chapel of Silverdale

12791 Central Valley Road Northeast

Poulsbo, WA 98370

For tickets, visit:

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Survey from the Seattle Aquarium

We’re developing a teacher resource to accompany the newly released book Catastrophe by the Sea, and we would love feedback from teachers to ensure we make it a usable, helpful resource for them. Catastrophe by the Sea is an empathy-themed children’s book, which was inspired from our work to develop empathy for animals in order to promote conservation. Please share this email with any of your colleagues who would like to contribute their thoughts.

We’re defining a teacher resource as a tool that will either be used by teachers with their students or be completely student driven. Traditionally these have come in the form of tool kits that can be checked out. Considering the technological resources available today, we would like to identify what a teacher resource means/looks like for teachers in 2020.

This survey takes seven to 10 minutes to complete, and your feedback will help us create the teacher resource materials that will complement the book. For those who are interested, we will have an opportunity for teachers to join our teacher advisory group to further assist the development of the teacher resource materials.

As a thank-you for completing the survey, we’ll be happy to offer 10% off your purchase of Catastrophe by the Sea from the Aquarium gift shop (discount not available online) until December 31. You’ll also be entered into a raffle to receive a signed copy of the book as well as a free field trip for your class (max 40 students; chaperones are also free).

Thank you so much for your time, and we hope you can help us create the best teacher resource for you and your students. Take the survey here.

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BSD Staff Updates Newsletter 2019-20 / Issue #8 distributed 12/20/19.