West Hills STEM Academy

March 2020


West Hills STEM Academy is dedicated to working with our community to serve the whole child, fostering the lifelong learner skills of persistence, confidence and readiness to thrive and contribute to society.

Life, Career and College Ready!

March & April Calendar

March 5 - Reptile Man Assemblies

(K-4 @ 1:00 p.m. & 5-8 @ 2:00 p.m.)

March 5 - Reptile Man Family Night Experience

in the Gym @ 6:30 p.m.

March 9 - Best Dental Here

March 17 - School Spirit Day - Green Day

March 20 - Non-Student Day

March 25 - School Spirit Day - Super Hero Day

March 26-27 - Parent Conferences - No School

March 30-April 3 Spring Break

April 12 - Family Night, 5:00-6:30, Flex Space

April 21 - Spring and Class Pictures

April 24 - School Spirit Day - Crazy Sock Day

Big picture

COVID-19 Update for Families

Dear BSD Families:

While no cases have been confirmed in Kitsap County as of noon today, the Kitsap Public Health District advises that we should be prepared for “community spread.” (Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.)

It is important to note that persons who are older or who have underlying health conditions are at higher risk to develop complications from this virus. The Washington State Department of Health has some guidance for people who are at higher risk for serious illness.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that school districts work closely with local health officials regarding any decision to close schools or cancel events. At this time, local health officials do not recommend school closures or event cancellations. Recommendations may change as we learn more about this virus. We will keep you updated.

We want to assure you that swift action will be taken if/when necessary, or when it is recommended by public health officials to protect the health of all of our students and staff.

  • We will continue sending updates to families via email and text message.
  • We will NOT be sending out robo calls for every COVID-19 update we send by email, unless there is urgent or timely information.
  • If you know of families who are NOT getting our updates by text or email, please have them contact their school or call 360-473-1076 to obtain their Skyward Family Access log-in so they can update their communication preferences.
  • We’ve created a web page on our site (www.BremertonSchools.org/COVID-19) where we will be posting our updates to families, and links to other resources.
  • We also invite you to follow-us on Facebook.
  • You can also sign-up to get updates directly from the Kitsap Public Health District at: https://kitsappublichealth.org/ (look for the “Sign Up for Notifications” link in the bottom, left corner of their website).

We again want to remind everyone of the importance of taking these simple steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Cough and sneeze into a bent elbow or tissue, then throw away the tissue
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you or a family member is sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces

Per the Kitsap Public Health District, people with mild symptoms should stay home and rest. People who are severely ill or at high risk for severe illness should stay home and call their health care provider.

Traducciones al español disponibles en www.BremertonSchools.org/COVID-19

Outstanding Educator Award - Allyson Smith

The Outstanding Educator Award was created to recognize individuals who have provided outstanding educational opportunities for children and youth that are beyond the normal scope of their jobs. Congratulations, Mrs. Smith!!

Golden Acorn Award - Jessica Diehl

The Golden Acorn award is presented to the individual that has taken it upon themselves to dedicate time and energy to supporting the staff and enriching the lives of the children with which they interact. They take time from their busy lives and use it to make a difference, affecting all those around them. Congratulations, Mrs. Diehl.

Student Led Conferences

Student led conferences will be on March 26th & 27th. Please schedule a time to meet with your child’s teacher.

Students of the Month for February

Our building focus for January was Empathy. The following students were honored at the monthly Spirit Assembly:

Jerome Quintanilla

Ashton Baur

Jaiden Skelton

Naomi Mapes

Iris McQuillan

Renesmae Dawson

Bri'ana Levingston

Aiden Warren

Yadira Pablo Jeronimo

Kihana Young

Kairi Dean

Lovyn Reid

Taylor Blackwood

Tesla Strahan

A'nya Thompson

Holden Neel

Kyryn Littlejohn

Christian Gillo

Aaron Jones

Jade Rainbow

Jude Evans

Selena Taylor

Impressive Attendance!

Every month we have a random drawing for those K-5 and 6-8 students who had PERFECT Attendance for the Month. In addition, the classroom with the HIGHEST average gets to have a stuffed GRIFFIN in their classroom for the month. Below are our honorees for the month of February.


Gavyn Braunesreither

Selena Jones

Siara Wilson


Kinder- Mrs. Vela

1st- Mrs. Jewett

2nd- Mrs. Tubberville

3rd- Mrs. Porter

4th- Ms. Chapman

5th- Ms. Straume

6th-8th Mrs. Magiera and Mrs. Nelson

Congratulations to Our New Griffin Champs

Kale Grimmage

Sophia Gresham

Tesla Strahan

Brooklyn Ross

Abel Bassen

Brodie Smith

Keo Mallilin

Leila Schroeder

Mio Morris

Garid- Ider Weiner

Raven Bagan

Michael Neff

Zyler Crow

Allison Murphy

Keanu Curly-Blas

Emini Haze Quintanilla

Uriel Rodriguez

Ceci Sandoval

Ellie Smith

Connor Jones

Jossy Ceronio Rhea

Kandace Draayer

Sirius Dockery

Charles Shilts

Hayden Metcalf

Lily McQuillan

Jesse Hernandez

Lucy Cao

Yandel Funez Ramos

Brody Zuchowski

Keagan Burwell

Raelynn Long

Hilda Pablo Ramirez

Malachi Savage

Holden Neel

Mecia Barrett

Ethan Warren

Alezara Aguigui

Zoe Leplat

Layla Jurado

Katherine Mask

Desmond Coleman

Aisha Sadullah

Graham Burwell

Jaiden Mankins

Carter Rawls

Vienna Grace

Austin Nanez

Brailynn Worley

Aaliyah Hoban

Family Access

Get Connected with EA+ (Skyward)

Family Access!

Check in with our front office to get signed up for online access and update your information. Through this service you can:

  • check on lunch funds
  • check grades (Middle Level students)
  • receive e-flyers, including notice of PTA Events

eBooks Available

eBooks are available from the West Hills STEM Academy library. If you are interested in checking out our selections of eBooks, you can download the app, “Destiny Discover” on your ios device or Android device. Choose the school West Hills Elementary in Bremerton. All students can then login as themselves like they login the computers. You can then browse the book list and check out any book that is available. You get the eBook for 1 week then it will get checked back into the library.

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