West Hills STEM Academy News

November 2021

An Update From Principal Melissa Rohr

Hello Griffin Families,


Winter is fast approaching and the weather is getting colder. We know that this time of year can be difficult for many of our families. Financial, holiday, family, grey skies, and many other things can get to us and those emotions are seen and picked up on by our students. Please know that we are here to help in many ways.

This year we have a new Family Liaison, Becca Disbrow, that has joined our team. Mrs. Disbrow is here to help connect our families with outside resources to help you get through the school year. She has an abundant connection to our Kitsap County resources such as counseling, financial supports, and holiday supports. We also have some coats, backpacks, and school supplies for students ready when a student needs it.

If you have any needs, please feel free to contact us and we will do our best to connect you with the best resources.

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November, December & January Calendar

November 4 & 5 - Parent/Student Conferences

November 11 - Veterans Day

November 12 - Picture Retake Day

November 25 & 26 - Thanksgiving Break


December 20-31 - Winter Break


January 17 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

January 28 - Non-Student Day

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Come Join Our PTA

You can participate in volunteer opportunities to benefit our school. You will have the opportunity to connect with other parents!


We'd love to have you!!


Join at http://www.memberplanet.com/s/westhillspta/join

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Character Trait for November - Gratitude

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Please Complete Your Family ABCs!

The ABCs are our improved Annual Back-to-school Check-in process or ABCs (formerly known as the Annual Demographic Update). Please take a few moment to complete this important process.


The ABC process must be completed for all students in the district - including both previously enrolled as well as newly registered students.

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Coming soon! Federal Impact Aid forms

In early November, we will be sending home an "Impact Aid" form with students for families to complete and return to school.


Every year the Bremerton School District must apply for Federal Impact Aid funds from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds compensate the District for the loss of local tax dollars from tax exempt federal property in the Silverdale and Bremerton area. The Bremerton School District receives approximately $300,000 in Impact Aid funding each year.


The federal funds from our Impact Aid survey help all our students and are used for basic education programs district wide so it is critical that we receive this completed form information from every household in the District.


The school district only reports the number of students living with families who live on and/or work on federal property. We do not report information about individual students in the Federal Impact Aid form.

If you have more questions, contact Connie.Long@bremertonschools.org

or Catherine.seevers@bremertonschools.org or call 360-473-1033.


Thank you for your cooperation and support!

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Tech Support for Families

We have updated our Tech Support for Families website for 2021-22 and invite you to check it out!


A link to the tech support webpage is on every school and the District website (look for the graphic like the one on the left), and can be accessed at BremertonSchools.org/TechHelp.

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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.

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FREE therapy available to all Bremerton School District students and staff

The mental health of our students is a top priority. That’s why we’re offering a free new service: Gaggle Teletherapy.


If your student is feeling sad, hopeless, angry, or anxious—or having challenges with family, friends, or relationships—therapy could help.


Gaggle Therapy is a free, confidential option to connect weekly with a therapist online and on your student’s schedule. Students can be referred by a teacher, counselor or parent, and students age 13 and older can self-refer.


Getting started is easy and only takes a few minutes. Learn more or sign-up your student here.

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PCHS School-Based Health Clinic at Mountain View Middle School

The Peninsula Community Health Services clinic at Mountain View Middle School provides services to Bremerton School District students (Preschool - 12th grade) and staff. PCHS can bill most insurance companies. Learn more at BremertonSchools.org/Clinic.

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