BSD Staff Updates

July 24, 2019

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Board Briefs: July 11, 2019

Compiled by Ioanna Cossack, Board Secretary

Policy News: The Board adopted revised Policy 2418, Waiver of Graduation High School Requirements. It is attached here so that everyone can be familiar with the changes. The Board considered revisions to Policy 5253, Maintaining Professional Staff/Student Boundaries, and did not approve it as presented for first reading. The Board has asked for some clarification and legal interpretation. Dr. Steedman will work with legal on a new draft which will come back to the Board for first read on August 1, 2019.

School Surplus Items: The Board requested to know the disposition of the items that often come to the Board to be surplussed. Tonight, as part of the Consent Agenda, there were seven Convection Ovens from Bremerton High School’s CTE program, and many old tables, chairs etc. that have been stored in the warehouse for quite some time.

Contracts and other items on the Consent Agenda included:

· Star of the Sea agreement for CNS services

· Kitsap Strong Consulting LLC Contract

· Express Staffing (nursing services)

· BHS students to NatureBridge at the Olympic Park Institute, August 5-9, 2019

Child Nutrition Services: Central kitchen has moved over to its new location at Mountain View Middle School. Ms. Lynn Johnson, CNS Supervisor, provided a brief report to the Board regarding the process for determining who is eligible for Free & Reduced meals. For 2018-19, the District’s F&R average was 61%. She shared that since breakfasts are no longer provided free to all students, participation did dip, but did pick up again. 184,632 breakfasts and 453,679 lunches were served over the school year. The summer lunch program is smaller this year but is in full swing. She also responded to questions regarding “Breakfast after the Bell.”

Board Vacancy: The Board held an executive session to review the application received for interim Director, position #1. Only one application was received and that was from Mr. John Hurley who is currently on the November ballot, running for Position #2. As this position #1 is on the ballot this year, the appointee will serve until the election process in November is complete. The Board invited Mr. Hurley back for a public interview on August 1st, the Board’s next regularly scheduled meeting. The public or staff may also submit questions at that time.

The Board may choose to offer the position to Mr. Hurley at that meeting so that he may be sworn in and able to attend the Board’s upcoming Retreat/Study Session on August 7th.

The Board has completed chapters 4 and 5 of “Disrupting Poverty: Five Powerful Classroom Practices,” and discussed those chapters.

Upcoming Events:

· Regular Board Meetings, August 1 and August 15

· Special Board Meeting/Study Session (goals, self-assessment), August 7

· Admin Retreat, August 12

· Annual Back to School Fair, August 13

· MVMS 6th gr. Orientation, August 28

· MVMS Back to School Night/Open House, August 29

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

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Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, all district staff will receive 50% off fees related to YMCA Child Care*. This includes Before and After School Care programming and Child Care Day Camps.

Contact the Child Care Membership team for more information!

P: 360-813-1813

*Please note that this reduced fee ONLY applies to YMCA Child Care related fees. Other YMCA fees, such as membership to a facility branch, will remain the same.

Please share this information with kids and families!

Each year, our Bremerton High School Lady Knight returning varsity players, host a two-day soccer clinic for kids in late August. This has been a popular event over the years and we always look forward to giving back to our local community. We keep the clinic affordable to encourage active participation. Soccer is a lifetime sport and this youth soccer clinic is so much fun to be a part of, and we hope to see lots of our great Bremerton kids for this special event!

Lance McCoy

Bremerton High School

Lady Knights Varsity Soccer Head Coach

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Professional learning grants are now available

July 9, 2019

The Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) is offering up to six $15,000 grants to support educator learning through professional growth plans (PGPs). Each grantee will be required to support at least 20 educators completing PGPs in a learning community. Grant applicants must describe how they will include equity in identifying participants and designing their local grant structure. See application and additional details.

Focus areas:

Learning communities will focus on PGPs aligned to:

  • the National Board Five Core Propositions, or
  • the Washington state Social Emotional Learning (SEL) standards, or
  • the focus may be on collaboration across roles: teacher, administrator, educational staff associate (ESA), and paraeducator.

Who may apply?

Washington state school districts, ESDs, approved clock hour providers, and Washington higher education institutions.

What is a PGP?

Professional growth plans (PGPs) are job-embedded, self-directed professional development. Educators set goals aligned to standards, design an action plan, collect evidence, and reflect. PGPs for certificate renewal are eligible for 25 clock hours. Learn more about PGPs.

How can grant funds be used?

Compensation, release time, grant-related efforts and programming.

Grant applications due:

Friday, September 27, 2019, by 5 p.m.


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The Play & Learn group meets at:

Bremerton Community Services Office

4710 Auto Center Blvd
Bremerton, WA 98312

Training Opportunity: Teach Like Their Lives Depend On It

This engaging, effective, enjoyable experience takes place over 6-days with a cohort of 15 extraordinary educators.

For the summer of 2019 choices are: July 8-13 or August 5-10 in Bremerton, WA. Space is limited. Sign up now to take part in this amazing opportunity, and/or share with friends or colleagues.

60 Clock Hours from the State of WA available (other states’ continuing education credits are often attainable with the right documentation).

Early bird pricing available until June 1; special pricing for groups of 3-5 coming together from a school/district.

For more information or to register, click here.

New Website Marks the Beginning of a New Era at OSPI

OLYMPIA—July 1, 2019—When the last Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) website launched, President Bill Clinton was nearing the end of his second term in the White House. A gallon of gas cost $1.26. Superintendent Chris Reykdal was about to earn his Master of Public Administration degree.

Finally, after decades of hope, years of planning, and months of work, OSPI has finished a complete redesign of its website.

“The new OSPI website underscores our commitment to accessibility and continuous improvement,” said Superintendent Reykdal. “The new site was developed with the input of parents, families, educators, school district administrators, and community members to create a site that is accessible and easy to navigate.”

In developing the site, OSPI conducted surveys with hundreds of respondents from across the state to find out what they thought of the agency’s current site, how they thought content should be organized, if they liked the new design and layout, and more. All major decisions about the design and structure of the new site was driven by this user feedback.

Based on their input as well as discussions within the agency and with experts, OSPI sorted content into six main categories:

  1. Student Success (graduation, learning standards and materials, special education, health and safety, support programs, and more).
  2. Certification (certification requirements, National Board Certification, fingerprint and background check requirements, and more).
  3. Educator Support (mentoring and supporting beginning teachers, the Teacher/Principal Evaluation Program, educator awards, and more).
  4. Policy & Funding (school apportionment, special education funding, legislative priorities, grants, school facilities funding, and more).
  5. Data & Reporting (the School Report Card, logging into the Education Data System, student data privacy, and more).
  6. About OSPI (the superintendent and the agency, contacting OSPI, news releases, and more).

The second phase of the redesign process is an overhaul of content on the website. Agency staff will work to make content easier to read and understand.

To provide feedback on the new site or ask a question about something you can’t find, please fill out the Ask OSPI form.

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Background photo: The Hoh Rainforest (taken by Karen Bevers).

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BSD Staff Updates Newsletter Issue #14 distributed July 24, 2019.