BSD Staff Updates

September 26, 2019

Reminder: This is tonight!

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There is still one more Monday to get your free coffee from Kaiser Permanente!

Kaiser Permanente wants to make sure you are fueled up for the 2019-2020 school year with a free 12oz. beverage of your choice September 9, 16, 23 and 30. We appreciate all your hard work and dedication to your community over the school year.

Coffee in our area is available at any Coffee Oasis.

From your friends at Kaiser Permanente

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Coming soon: Fall Panorama Survey!

Important reminders:

  • Login instructions are personalized for YOUR survey use and should not be shared with other staff.
  • Staff who may work in multiple buildings will receive multiple surveys to complete for the buildings they are assigned to.
  • For more information on the survey, visit

Board Briefs: September 19, 2019

Compiled by Board Secretary Ioanna Cossack

Don’t forget – September has been proclaimed Attendance Awareness Month in Bremerton Schools!

The Board held a study session and discussed the concept of a “balanced” or year-round school calendar. A few Board members attended a session on this topic at last year’s WSSDA conference and wanted to share what they learned, in addition to any data the administration discovered as it relates to the impact of various types of school calendars on academics and retention.

Our 2019-20 Student Representative to the Board, Mr. Gabriel O’Rourke-Dela Cruz gave his first report to the Board. It was great to hear the planning the students do as a part of the ASB in preparing for a new school year. Superintendent Leavell and the Board are all grateful that Gabe is willing to take on this responsibility with the Board, when we know the senior year can already be very busy for our students.

Superintendent Leavell and President Rotter saw firsthand the excitement of our students as the 1:1 devices were distributed during the first two weeks of school.

Dr. Leavell talked about the new law that removes the option for a personal/philosophical exemption to the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine requirement for schools. The District is doing all it can to make sure parents are receiving the information and resources they need in order to understand and meet these requirements prior to the state-mandated deadline.

Superintendent Leavell also shared that visits have begun at all of the buildings as we look at security improvements in our schools. Funding for proposed upgrades will come from the one-year $7.675 million capital levy proposal passed in 2019, and scheduled for collection in 2020.

Policy 3211; Gender-Inclusive Schools is a new policy presented by Assistant Superintendent Iva Scott. The Board had some questions and suggestions for this new policy. The proposed policy was tabled until the October 3rd Board meeting where it will be presented again for first read. Relatedly, President Rotter asked to be made aware of the type of training that will be provided for staff and asked that Directors be invited to participate in the selected training. President Rotter is also proposing to adopt a policy on Equity.

Keeping in line with the staff salary increases approved last year by the Board, a new Substitute On-Call Personnel Salary Schedule for the 2019-2020 school year was presented and approved by the Board.

Dr. Steedman presented a tentative plan for a new Enrichment Levy. There is a new pre-ballot approval process requiring OSPI’s review and approval prior to Board action on new enrichment levies. If approved by OSPI, Dr. Steedman will bring this 4-year levy proposal back to the Board, hopefully, in October for consideration to place on a ballot in early 2020

The Board passed new goals for themselves as well as for the Superintendent. These goals will be posted on the District website.

The Board reviewed this year’s starting enrollment, as well as revised Procedure 3422P, Students Sports- Concussion, Head Injury and Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Directors requested some changes to these procedures to be more specific around the need to immediately follow concussion protocol in the event of a potential injury.

Upcoming Events:

  • Farmer’s Market (historically at Naval) will be held at Evergreen Park, September 26, 3:30- 6:30 pm
  • Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors, October 3, 5:00 pm
  • Homecoming Football Game (vs. N. Mason), Memorial Stadium, October 4, 6:30 pm
  • Homecoming Dance, Bremerton High School, October 5, 7:00 pm
  • BHS Day at the Sounders, October 6, 1:00 pm (Tickets on sale for $25)

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

Check out the article about the Washington Youth Academy on pages 24-25!

Important reminder from IT

Another reminder cyber attacks are real and actively targeting school districts.

Please always watch your email and be careful. It is all about money now, and districts, cities, and hospitals have been easy targets for them to extract a ransom.

If you have any questions or have any concerns, please let us know in Technology Services (360) 473-1052.

Steve Bartlett

Technology Supervisor

Bremerton School District

Kitsap Community Health Priorities (KCHP) Survey

Sept. 9, 2019

Survey will help set health priorities for Kitsap

How satisfied are you with the quality of life in our county? What contributes to the health of your community? What causes the biggest health challenges?

These are among the questions asked in a survey that seeks to understand how Kitsap residents feel about the overall health of their community and ways it could be improved. Results of the Kitsap Community Health Priorities (KCHP) community survey will be combined with health data to develop a set of priorities that can be addressed by work groups.

All Kitsap residents are invited to take part in the survey, which will remain open through Sept. 29. Survey responses are completely anonymous.

What is KCHP?

KCHP is a comprehensive health improvement process supported by CHI Franciscan, Holly Ridge Center, Kaiser Permanente, Kitsap Community Foundation, Kitsap Community Resources, Kitsap County Human Services, Kitsap Mental Health Services, Kitsap Public Health District, Olympic Educational Service District, Peninsula Community Health Services, the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, the Suquamish Tribe and United Way of Kitsap County.

KCHP previously completed assessments in 2011 and 2014. The 2014 assessment identified four community health priorities: Adverse childhood experiences (ACES); behavioral health care access; affordable housing; and obesity prevention/reduction.

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Math & Movement Workshop

Are you looking for a whole-body, kinesthetic, professional development opportunity to learn new ways to engage your students?

Consider attending this interactive Math & Movement workshop! Learn kinesthetic strategies that support school curricula, build number sense, develop critical thinking, and deepen conceptual math understanding. This is a fast-paced and fun workshop packed with new ideas for linking movement to daily lesson plans throughout the school day. The workshop is ideal for Pre-K through 5th grade educators.

Attendees will receive a 6-hour professional development certificate (to be approved by your district for continuing education credit). The Math & Movement program is aligned to most state standards and linked to the common core.

Workshop Date and Location:

Date: Wednesday, October 9, 9:00am– 3:00pm

Location: Commodore Options K-12, 9530 NE High School Road, Bainbridge Island, WA

Click here to register and for more information (register soon limited spaces!!).

SEBB Benefits Fairs

In-Person SEBB Benefits Fair

  • October 10, 2019 @ Sheridan Community Center in Bremerton, WA 4:00-8:00pm
    • Carriers/plan administrators on site to answer employees' questions regarding benefits
    • HCA Staff on site to assist with questions about SEBB Program, online enrollment, and enrollment materials.

SEBB Virtual Benefits Fair

  • October 1 through November 15, 2019
    • Provides 24/7 access to SEBB benefits information
    • Optimized for mobile devices
    • Direct access to the ALEX online Benefits Advisor
    • Direct Link to SEBB My Account for easy, online enrollment

Are you up-to-date on your immunizations?

From the Washington State Department of Health

Up-to-date on your immunizations? There’s an easy and free way to find out! Sign up for a MyIR account and access your and your family’s official immunizations records for free!

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Register for the 2019 Becca Conference - Nov. 6 - 8

The 2019 conference theme is "Supporting the Whole Family: Strategies, Practices and Programs to Promote School Engagement, Family Reconciliation, Well-being and Lifelong Success".

Topics will include:

  • The Science of Hope
  • Tools to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism
  • Building Community Truancy Boards that Work for You
  • Meeting the Needs of Families in Crisis
  • Responding to the Elimination of Detention

Registration, agenda and hotel information can be found here.

Who attends? The Becca conference draws an audience from schools, districts, ESDs, local court jurisdictions, policymakers and community service and advocacy organizations.


  • Wednesday, November 6 - Preconference
  • Thursday, November 7 & Friday, November 8 - Conference

Location: Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA

Hosted by Center for Children & Youth Justice, OSPI, and Central Washington University.

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How is SEL connected to attendance?

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OSPI News Release: Reykdal's Budget Prioritizes Safety, Health, Serving Students with Disabilities

The proposals aim to close opportunity gaps by providing equity in wraparound supports and rewriting the 10-year-old funding model, among other items.

OLYMPIA—September 23, 2019—Increasing equity in school nursing services. Investing in student health and safety. Closing the funding gap for serving students with disabilities. Retaining new educators by providing mentoring and other supports.

These are among the top priorities for Superintendent Chris Reykdal during the 2020 Legislative Session.

“The Legislature has made great progress in funding for K–12 education, but our state is still struggling to provide the programmatic, social, and emotional supports that our students need and deserve,” said Chris Reykdal, Superintendent of Public Instruction.

“We battle every year for resources for our students and educators,” Reykdal continued. “This will be a short legislative session, so our opportunity is to continue making momentum on a few critical items, and then go after a larger proposal next year.”

Reykdal’s budget priorities center on the belief that every student must have access to a high-quality education in a school building that is safe. A summary of the proposals is below.

Ensure Students Learn in Safe and Healthy Environments

  • Fully fund the statewide network of comprehensive safety supports that were put in place by the Legislature in 2019.
  • Provide equitable access to nursing services for our small, rural schools.
  • Increase the capacity for schools to hire staff to support the social and emotional needs of students and to engage families in culturally relevant and authentic ways.
  • Provide the resources needed for seismic evaluations and repairs of at-risk school buildings.

Provide Learning Supports for Students

  • Continue enhancing funding for schools to serve students with disabilities through a model that will target funds to individual student needs and promote inclusion in the general education classroom.
  • Support schools in their efforts to accurately identify and provide support to young learners who display signs of having dyslexia.

Provide Robust Supports for Educators

  • Increase supports and mentoring for all new educators, including teachers, principals, counselors, and more.
  • Provide enhanced mentoring for teachers who teach students with disabilities.
  • Fund ongoing professional learning for paraeducators.
  • Research options for beginning a teacher residency program.

Re-imagine the School Funding Model

Our state’s current school funding model, which is used to determine how much funding and staffing each school should receive from the state, was created 10 years ago.

This year, Superintendent Reykdal will propose to redesign that funding model using recommendations from the workgroup the Legislature tasked with deciding how to reform the model.

“Even at the time it was created, our current funding model was not enough to meet the various needs of our students and educators,” Reykdal said. “We cannot expect all of our students to succeed in an educational system that was not designed for them.

“All means all. We want all students prepared for post-secondary aspirations, careers, and civic engagement; but we cannot get there without transforming the system and thinking hard about the kind of schools we want our young people to grow up in,” Reykdal continued. “To succeed, students need great teachers and curriculum, yes – but they also need access to social, emotional, and mental health supports, among many other things.”

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BSD Staff Updates Newsletter 2019-20 / Issue #3 distributed 9/26/19.