BSD Staff Updates

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

BHS Graduation Celebrations

When Freshmen start their academic careers at Bremerton High School, they go through a "gauntlet" of staff and students into the gym. Because the traditional graduation ceremony can't be held due to COVID-19, BHS is going to hold a Graduation Gauntlet to honor the Class of 2020.

The morning of graduation, June 12, seniors will put on their cap and gown and drive around the track while being cheered on by BHS staff (BHS staff only, please!). The track is being resurfaced this summer, so it is perfect timing to allow cars to drive on it! Using social distancing protocols, students will get their graduation program and diploma from Monica Zuber and Superintendent Aaron Leavell. We will have professional photographers there to take photos - which will be posted so families can download/print for FREE. Students are being encouraged to decorate their cars, and of course wear their cap and gown.

BE SURE TO "TUNE-IN" ON FRIDAY, JUNE 12: The Class of 2020 graduation movie will be streamed at 7 p.m. on the BHS website and Facebook.

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Renaissance High School 2020 Graduation

Open Doors Graduation postponed until August

Open Doors graduation has been postponed until August. Since GED testing sites are closed, we didn't want to exclude students who haven't had the opportunity to take their GED exam from the ceremony.

5th grade drive through "moving up" celebrations

Fifth grade is another important transitional year so our schools are working hard to honor and celebrate our fifth graders as they transition from elementary school to middle school. All events will be "drive-through" events and students and families are asked to remain in their cars.

Crownhill: June 16 at 1 p.m.

View Ridge: June 17 from 12-2 p.m.

Armin Jahr: June 18 from 10 a.m. -12 p.m.

Plans for a fifth grade informational meetings/welcome to MVMS activities are on hold until we know more about what is happening in the fall. The parent night in March was canceled due to the school closure.

Moving Up Ceremony Class of 2024

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Board Highlights - June 4, 2020

Policy News:

There is a new policy for the District. Please be sure to review this, particularly building administrators:

Policy 2030; Service Animals in Schools

As Zoom meetings continue, remember: simply go to the BoardDocs website on the day of that meeting, click on the “meeting date,” and a “video” icon will show up that allows you to sign in and be a part of the audience. Each regular meeting will have the opportunity for public input as usual.

Casey Lindberg, Bremerton High School Athletic Director, gave an update to the Board on fall and winter sports and, of course, was disappointed that spring sports had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation. He shared individual and team standings and awards, and was proud that three of the groups that received the WIAA Scholars Award were first time recipients. In regard to what the fall may look like, he has heard rumors, but it’s a wait and see game at this point.

The Board and Superintendent Leavell discussed some of the activities they have been involved with since the last Board meeting and some of the events that are still coming up. Dr. Leavell is pulling together a work group that will review the ideas that come out of the OSPI work group in regard to potential options for school in the fall. He hopes to present their recommendation to the Board at the July meeting.

The Board discussed their goals from 2019/20 and based on the closure of school, some of these may be rolled into the 2020/21 Board Goals. They are currently working on their self-assessment. This will be reviewed at their summer retreat where they will also work on updating the goals for the coming year.

The Board completed their review of the book “Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain,” and will now begin to read “Thrive,” by Erin Jones, et al, which they plan to complete and talk about in July as well.

They received the following written reports for review: Summer (ELOP) Programs, Summer Meal Program, and information on the Algebra Readiness Course for 8th graders.

Compiled by Ioanna Cossack, Board Secretary

Our summer lunch program begins Monday, June 22

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BSD Character trait for June: Responsibility

You can download monthly character trait posters from BSD Teach (click on "SEL & Conduct" and then "SERVE & Character Traits of the Month.")

West Hills staff provide support for students

West Hill STEM Academy "middle level" staff have been hosting a "Taking Care Of What You Need" FREE give away for their families during the meal distribution time.

Families are able to choose from a dozen tables heaped with an assortment of clothes, shoes (many brand new in the box), full size shampoo/conditioner and many other items. There are additional donations each week.

They will be doing this for the last time on Monday, June 15.

WHSA "Drink Parade"

Thanks to a generous donation from Jeff White and Pepsi, West Hills STEM Academy held a "Drink Parade" recently for their students. Staff drove the bus routes and delivered drinks to students at designated bus routes! The donation was valued at $8,200!

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Retirement parade for Julie Wasserburger

Colleagues from throughout the District surprised Julie Wasserburger with a retirement "parade" last week. Congratulations on your retirement, Julie! Thanks for your many years of service to the Bremerton School District!

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Update from NBK: Navy to conduct late night, low level flights June 16 & 19

The Navy will conduct late-night low-level air operations June 16 and 19 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility on Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton as part of equipment maintenance and performance testing.

Residents of the surrounding community should anticipate flights to begin after nightfall (as late as 10 p.m.) through daybreak (around 3 a.m.) on both nights, weather permitting.

Flights will be conducted by a Fairchild Merlin III aircraft, and involve passes over the shipyard at altitudes between 1,000 and 10,000 feet.

Air operations are subject to change due to mission demands. The public's cooperation and support is appreciated.

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Kitsap Musicians Project: United for Kitsap

"United for Kitsap" is a special concert featuring the Kitsap Musicians Project in partnership with the United Way of Kitsap and BKAT. It is set for Saturday, June 20th at 9:00 am & Sunday, 21st at 9:30 pm. We are presenting a program designed to raise awareness and help raise resources for our neighbors in need as a result of the effects of the COVID-19 crisis.

The following Naval Avenue Early Learning Center (NAELC) staff (and one BHS student!) are involved in this project:

  • Tony Avenson- special audio/video digital consultant
  • Kim Hurst - songwriter/ guitar/ performer
  • Ian Jones- saxophone ( he is NAELC's Megan Jones' husband)
  • Pablo Flores- guitar/bass player and audio/video editing (co-producer)
  • Rick Cortes- songwriter/ guitar/performer (co-producer)
  • Andrew Kehm, BHS senior - songwriter/performer

Thank you,

Pablo & Rick

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Reminder: It is Important to review your leave balances. Will you forfeit any?

Employees are encouraged to be proactive in knowing your own leave balances, how much you have used during the school year, and how your balance is affected by your working agreement and District policy.

If you earn Vacation you should ensure your balance on August 31st (June 30th for Administrators) is no more than thirty (30) of your workdays. Any days in excess of thirty (30) days will be forfeited on September 1st (July 1st for Administrators).

Additionally, each employee should review their working agreement regarding their rights associated with Personal leave. If you are allowed to accrue Personal leave, it is accounted for in the “Other Paid Leave” category in the Time Off Section of EA+. Any excess personal leave not used or cashed out (if eligible) by June 30th (August 31st for full-year employees), will be forfeited on September 1st. If you are on a July - June Contract you must use your Personal leave by June 30th. For Personal Leave that qualifies for cash out (please read your specific Collective Bargaining Agreement, located on the District's website), complete a paper leave slip, mark “Other” and write “completed qualifications to receive _(insert number)_ days of Personal leave cash-out”. Your request for cash-out (leave slip) must be approved (signed) by your building administrator and must be submitted to Payroll by June 30, 2020.

Link for Leave Slip

Ask Joe! Tech help available every Wednesday (through June 17)

The amazing Joe Marquez, tech guru extraordinaire, has offered us weekly drop-in tech help on Wednesdays from noon to 1 pm. Stop by to get your tech questions answered!

And for more tech help, especially as it relates to this brave new online learning world we're exploring together, visit BSDTeach. There's a whole new section on Digital Teaching and Learning you can find here:

If you need assistance, you can also contact Kati Carthum (360-473-1056).


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Complete this form to request a BSD "hot spot" for students who do not have internet access at home. Do not share this link with families. It must be completed by a BSD staff member.

This is our school closure information page with copies of all of our updates, helpful links and information about community resources.

Information about our meal distribution program and other free meals available in Bremerton.

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BSD Staff Updates Newsletter 2019-20 / Issue #20 : 6/9/2020