BSD Staff Updates

February 14, 2019

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BSD Capital Levy "Road Show"

In January and earlier this month, Dr. Aaron Leavell & Dr. Garth Steedman gave presentations about the proposed 2020 Capital Levy measure to a number of community groups including East Bremerton Rotary, the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce (pictured), Bremerton Kiwanis, the Bremerton Central Lion's Club and the Bremerton PTSA Council. The District also held a public information session at BHS in early February.

Board Briefs: February 7, 2019

Compiled by Ioanna Cossack, Board Secretary

We had a grand opening with members of the Bremerton High School girls’ choir performing the National Anthem and one other selection for the Board meeting (pictured).

The Board recently held a special meeting to tour the recently renovated East Bremerton Community Gym, the new Open Doors location, and the construction site at Mountain View Middle School for the new CNS kitchen.

Director Perkins recently attended NSBA’s Advocacy Institute in Washington D.C., and provided a report to the Board on her attendance and participation in meetings with legislators.

Director Rubie provided a brief report on upcoming changes from the WA Interscholastic Activities Association and advised the Board that they have selected Mick Hoffman as the next Executive Director.

Bremerton High School students recently took part in a joint meeting with the Bremerton City Council. These meetings will occur quarterly. Director Rotter stated that the students did an excellent job and Superintendent Leavell agreed and added that he was very proud of them and surprised at the various issues brought up by students.

Wendy McPhetres, leading the way for Knights on Tour, again presented an opportunity for students to visit Italy in the summer of 2020. The Board approved the trip which will be booked through Educational Discovery Tours.

The Board approved Resolution 2018/2019-12, proclaiming February 4-8 as School Counseling Recognition Week. The Board and Superintendent agreed that our counselors and interventionists do an amazing job.

First reading was held for three policies: Policy 1440, Minutes; Policy 2110, Transitional Bilingual Education; and Policy 3115, Homeless Students – Enrollment Rights and Services. You can find these proposed revisions on BoardDocs.

NEW Policy and NEW Procedures:

  • The Board approved revised Policy 3122, Excused and Unexcused Absences. Please be sure to review the updated Policy. Please see copy of Policy 3122 below. New procedures will follow shortly.
  • 2110P, Transitional Bilingual Education – these revised procedures will take effect upon adoption of revised Policy 2110, which is scheduled for second reading and approval at the next meeting, February 21st. Please see copy of 2110P below.

The Consent Agenda which included all of the District’s usual business such as payroll, acceptance of donations and HR Reports was approved. Other items included were overnight trips for Kitsap Lake and View Ridge elementary students and seven Bremerton High School students to visit the Islandwood Environmental Center (February/March), BHS DECA students to Bellevue, WA, 2/28-3/2/19, BHS Key Club students to Seattle, WA, 3/8-10/19, BHS Student-Athletes to visit colleges in northern California 3/31-4/2/19; BHS Music students to participate in the Sequim Irrigation Parade, 5/10-11/19, BHS Sports Medicine students to Tacoma, WA, 4/19-20/19, 2019; an extension of the Community Truancy Boards MoU; Law Enforcement Off Duty Services Agreement; updated Crownhill Environmental Agreement, a contract with Dennis Pryor for student services; Resolution 2018/2019-11, surplus of WST vehicles (from classroom use); and an Interdistrict Agreement with North Mason for student services.

Written Reports included our annual Insurance Summary, 2110P above, and the February Enrollment Report.

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

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BSD Teacher Emily Thatcher needs help

Emily Thatcher, Title/LAP services and PE teacher at West Hills STEM Academy, is looking for a living kidney donor and needs help to get the word out.

Emily has been a teacher in the BSD since 2007. She is in the end stage renal failure from polycystic kidney disease and started dialysis over winter break. She is extremely hard to match and has been on the waiting list with UNOS for a kidney for a year and a half already. Due to her specific needs the wait time is estimated at 8-10 years. She is blood type O and none of her family members are a match. You can read more about Emily's story on her Facebook page.

Emily and her husband have two young children ages 3 and 8 (pictured above).

Nominations now open for Outstanding Advocate & Golden Acorn awards

Founders Day is right around the corner and Bremerton PTSA Council is looking for recommendations for Outstanding Advocate & Golden Acorn. Please take a moment to nominate a deserving individual within the Bremerton School District. Forms can be emailed back to or may be left in the PTSA council mail box at the Admin building. Forms are due by February 22, 2019.

Click below to download the applications.

Tech Tips

Need a refresher on one of Kati Carthum's "Tech Tip" videos? They are all saved on-line here!

Nominations for 2020 Washington State Teacher of the Year are now open

The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2019. For more information, click here >>.

Visit the VESi website for more information.

Field Trip & Fundraising Opportunities

The Ellison Education Grants for Washington State K-12 Public School Teachers were created to empower and support Washington State’s most effective, innovative and inspirational K- 12 public school teachers. Our goal is to support lifelong achievement and success of Washington State students. We do this by providing support to educators who select and design academic enrichment curriculum for students and or professional learning experiences relevant to their current practice. The Ellison Foundation supports the classroom teacher's expertise in understanding their own professional learning needs and the needs of their students. The Ellison Foundation has awarwded 27 grants and $117,000 in the last two years.

Applications are now being accepted for the “Ellison Education Grants”. Grants are for K-12 public school teachers in Washington State. The Ellison foundation has awarded 27 grants totaling $117,000 to Washington State teachers in the last two years. The Ellison Foundation will award grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 in the spring of 2019 (for use during the 2019-2020 school year). Applications must be submitted by March 9th, 2019. To learn more about the “Ellison Education Grants” please visit


Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) Field Trip program: Admission and field trips are always free, and funds may be available for bus transportation from Bremerton Public Schools.


Silverwood Theme Park: Each year hundreds of schools visit Silverwood for educational trips as well as graduation and incentive trips. If you'd like to get more information on the programs available for schools and school groups, contact: Sheila Suchodolski at 208.216.4305 or


Cold Weather Shelter Information >>>

We have been posting the DEM's cold weather shelter updates on our website. However, the list they send only includes the County-operated shelters so we've added information for some other shelters in the Bremerton area on our shelter web page.

Opportunities for Students

Visit the OC Foundation website for information!
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It is not too late to register!
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Staff Updates 2018-19 Issue #5 Distributed February 14, 2019