BSD Staff Updates

2020-21 Issue #4: Tuesday, October 20

News, Information and Updates for Bremerton School District staff.

Did you miss the last issue of the BSD Staff Update newsletter?

Views were unusually low so we've included a link to the last issue so you don't miss out on all of the great information, including a number of new staff bios, and some features on BSD staff for Hispanic Heritage Month!

Last week was National School Lunch Week!

Here are a few impressive stats about our school lunch program!
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FREE Food Boxes

Reminder: Distribution for FREE food boxes starts at 8 a.m. tomorrow!


Last week we handed out 500 boxes of food (16,233 lbs!) and we ran out before 2 p.m. so get to Mountain View Middle School early!

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Board Highlights - October 15, 2020


Policy News

Several revised Policies were adopted by the Board this month, and, as required, are here for staff review.


  • Policy 3241; Student Discipline (previously “Classroom Management, Discipline, and Corrective Action”)
  • Policy 3510; Associated Student Bodies
  • Policy 3205; Sexual Harassment of Students Prohibited (adopted 10-1)3
  • 3205P; accompanying procedure for above Policy


The Board took a look at Policy 5281: Disciplinary Action and Discharge for first reading and will vote to adopt that revised Policy at the upcoming meeting in November.


Find these documents below. You can also find them, along with the draft/mark-up copies, at https://go.boarddocs.com/wa/wabrsd/Board.


The Board reviewed Policy 3231, Student Records, but have asked for further information about how often transcripts and other documents are withheld from students or requesting schools because of fines or other monies owed to the district.


The Affirmative Action Plan is being updated and the Board requested more time to review and provide feedback for this important document. It was tabled until the Board's meeting in January 2021.

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Special Education Director Jon Bell asked the Board to proclaim October 2020 as Disability History and Awareness Month in our District. Of course they did, and you’ll find that Resolution and his presentation below. Policy 2336 declares that “Disability History Month" will be observed during the month of October by conducting or promoting educational activities such as school assemblies or guest speaker presentations that provide instruction, awareness and understanding of disability history and people with disabilities.” We think you’ll enjoy the presentation as much as the Board did, and, yes, everyone really enjoyed it.


Upcoming Study Session: The Board will meet with representatives from Ignite-Ed. Many district office and building staff will attend - all are welcome to join the meeting on November 12th, 3:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.


To view any of these documents, visit https://go.boarddocs.com/wa/wabrsd/Board.


Compiled by Ioanna Cossack, Board Secretary

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October is National Disabilities History & Awareness Month

Watch Jon Bell's video!

Disability History Month

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Are you of Filipino descent?

We'd like to feature our staff members who are of Filipino descent in the next newsletter. If you are interested in sharing a bit more about you and your heritage, please complete our staff survey.


Thanks!

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BSD in the news

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Comprehensive Sexual Health Education Legislation

There's a lot of misinformation circulating about SB 5395, much of which is leading to a fair amount of parent anxiety. There are a few things for this parent – and others – to know that should alleviate some of their concerns.


  • Senate Bill 5395 is on hold until the results of Referendum 90 are certified.
  • If the bill goes into effect, there is not one curriculum that will be recommended or required for use in WA schools. Districts will have the same flexibility they currently have to select a curriculum that works for their students and community.
  • Requirements in the new law are not very different from current requirements – most districts will see very little, if any changes in their sexual health education. The biggest change is that districts may no longer choose not to offer sexual health education and they must offer sexual health education in multiple grades.
  • Parents will continue to be able to opt their children out of instruction.


OSPI has extensive information on their website. Please see the attached FAQ below and feel free to share if you get questions from parents.

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Custom masks for BHS seniors

Ryan Nickels had a great idea to create Class of 2021 face masks for our seniors and Gregg Scott used his graphic artist skills to create a custom sticker.


These were mailed to all BHS seniors recently.

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Fall 2020 Panorama Survey

The Fall 2020 Family-School Relationship Survey (aka: Panorama survey) opened Wednesday, October 14, and will remain open for students, staff and families to complete the survey until Sunday, November 9.



Information on the survey, including some resources to support families helping their kids take the survey at home are available at www.BremertonSchools.org/Survey.

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October is Principals Month! We appreciate our principals!

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Karen Rommen

Karen is an excellent listener! She's taught me to be a better listener with our kids and to take a breath, slow down and be more mindful when solving problems with kids. I know our at risk kids (and adults!) benefit from the time she spends with them letting them tell their stories!


She seems to have endless patience with students and staff who are struggling with any situation, albeit work related or personal. She is very kind in that way! --Doris Baxter

Monica Zuber

She is thoughtful in so many areas; being on top of communicating the plan for the school year and sharing what she knew and didn't yet know, showing kindness during the meeting via verbal confirmation and encouraging slides, and encouraging us that despite this difficult time, we can do it! --Deann Irish

John Welsh

Mr. Welsh's nurturing demeanor allows expectations to be met in a more positive and constructive manner. -- A NAELC paraeducator
What do you appreciate about your principal?

October is National Principals Month. We invite you to take a moment to share what you appreciate about your principal. We'll be sharing some of the responses on Facebook, and will share all of them with our principals. Thank you!

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Character Trait of the Month: Creativity

Check out this bulletin board done by Courtney Hjelmaa, interventionist at Crownhill Elementary. After assembling the boards, she shared photos with Crownhill staff to share with their students since they can't be in the building to see them!


Download the creativity graphics here!

Other news of interest

Welcome to the BSD Family, new staff members!

More new staff introductions coming in future issues of the newsletter! They are also being posted on Facebook!
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October is anti-bullying month!

Check out this bulletin board done by Courtney Hjelmaa, interventionist at Crownhill Elementary. After assembling the boards, she shared photos with Crownhill staff to share with their students since they can't be in the building to see them!

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October 19-23, 2020 is National School Bus Safety Week



Designed to promote school bus safety, school districts throughout the country observe School Bus Safety Week. 2020 National School Bus Safety Week: October 19-23, 2020. This year's theme is "Red Lights Mean STOP!"

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Bremerton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition survey

Please take a moment to complete and/or share with students the Bremerton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition annual community survey.


The goal is to assess attitudes, beliefs, and practices related to youth substance use and behavioral health in our community. The completed surveys will be utilized to guide the Coalition's work, and to develop effective substance abuse prevention programs for our community.


ONLINE SURVEY ENGLISH

https://www.research.net/r/KIBREN2020


ONLINE SURVEY SPANISH

https://es.research.net/r/KIBRSP2020

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Flu Shots

Here is a link to a list provided by the Kitsap Public Health District f places to get your flu shots.
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Marvin Williams Center serves as local voting center

November 3, 2020 is Election Day.


Did you know the Marvin Williams Center is a local voting center for Kitsap County where you can vote in person or drop off your ballot!

Saturday October 31, 2020 & Monday November 2, 2020: 8:30am to 4:30pm

Tuesday November 3, 2020 (Election Day): 7am to 8pm

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October/November dates to remember

Do you want to share this graphic with your students and their families?


Feel free! Just "right click" the graphic and "save image as." Additional graphics and stock images are available here.

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www.BremertonSchools.org/Clinic

The PCHS Clinic at MVMS is open while buildings are closed!

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Community Resources

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Educational Administration Program at the University of Washington Tacoma hosts information sessions


The Educational Administration Program at the University of Washington Tacoma is recruiting for itstwenty-first cohort and is holding three virtual information sessions:


October 21, October 27, and November 4. Each session will run from 4-5pm.


Attached is one flyer with the dates for all three sessions.


www.tacoma.uw.edu

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FieldSTEM Training

We are excited to be facilitating two opportunities for FieldDesign: Engineering Design for Field Based Applications. This is PEI's newest FieldSTEM guide (available on our website, pacificeducationinstitute.org). Join us virtually on Zoom to explore how to support the engineering design process outdoors.


Here are the logistical details of these two workshop offerings:


FieldDesign for K-5

Monday, November 9, 2020,

4 PM to 6:30 PM (2.5 hours)

&

Thursday,November12, 2020,

4 PM to 6 PM (2 hours)


LINK TO REGISTER K-5



FieldDesign for 6-12

Monday, November 16, 2020,

4 PM to 6:30 PM (2.5 hours)

&

Thursday,November19, 2020,

4 PM to 6 PM (2 hours)


LINK TO REGISTER 6-12


Participants who attend all sessions for their grade band and complete all required asynchronous tasks will receive:


  • 6 Washington State approved STEM clock hours
  • A $125 participation stipend


Please see the attached fliers for more information. Spread the word! We'd love to have you join us.


Karen Lippy (she/her/hers)
West Sound FieldSTEM Coordinator

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Kitsap Public Health District information for schools

To support planning efforts and promote safe learning environments, Kitsap Public Health will update this page with relevant data, resources, and guidance.

Applying for a grant?

Please review the District grant guidelines before completing your application. A pre-application request must be submitted for grants >$500.

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