BSD Staff Updates

March 12, 2019

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"Flash Alerts" provide option for early notice for school delays & cancellations

Staff, parents and community members have another notification option for school delays and cancellations. Anyone can sign up to receive text messages and/or emails from "Flash Alert." When we have a delay or closure, we issue the Flash alert FIRST because this is the tool we use to get the information to local media (which is how they gather information for the "ticker" that runs across the bottom of the screen during morning news shows).

While our goal is to get the email/robo call out to staff and families as quickly as possible, it takes time for the system to get through thousands of calls. The Flash Alert notices are immediate.

We also post information on school closures and delays on the District Facebook page right away. If you aren't following the District page, you can view the Facebook "Feed" on our website (right side above "Quick Links' on the the District Home page).

Reminder: If you are not getting the District robo calls or would like to update your phone number for those calls, you must submit the request to HR in writing.

Inspirus Credit Union looking for projects to fund in the Bremerton School District via

As Inspirus Credit Union opens their branch in Bremerton, they are committed to supporting the students and staff in the Bremerton School District. One way they are doing that is by funding Donors Choose requests. To submit a request, follow these steps.

  1. Visit the Donors Choose website to make sure you/your request qualifies (Donors Choose is for classroom teachers only - not administrators).
  2. Complete the District's Pre-Grant Application request form (link below) for approval.

Apply now for a Bremerton Schools Foundation grant for next school year!

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Welcome to Jurassic Arts: View Ridge certified staff show their appreciation for classified staff for Classified Employees Week!

Yesterday, View Ridge Elementary Arts Academy kicked-off a week-long Classified Employees Week celebration with the theme "Welcome to Jurassic Arts!"

  • Monday was T-Rex Treats
  • Today is Brontosaurus Breakfast
  • Wednesday is Stegosaurus Sandwiches and Salads
  • Thursday is Pterodactyl Potluck
  • Friday is Dinosaur Desserts

Certificated staff signs up to bring in food for the week which will be enjoyed in the staff room - appropriately decorated for the occasion!

Will run for hot chocolate...

BHS staff members Wendy McPhetres, Max Karler and Lisa Casey sport their hoodies and medals from the recent Hot Chocolate 15K. They are just getting warmed up! They now have their sights on running a half marathon and full marathon together this year!

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Kati Carthum puts her "bookworm" knowledge to work!

Years of being a bookworm paid off for Bremerton School District employee Kati Carthum at the Northwest Council for Computer Education annual conference last week. During the opening keynote, sponsor held a Vocabulary Jam for the audience, with a vocabulary quiz taken on phones or laptops. Of the nearly 700 attendees, Kati answered the most questions correctly in the shortest amount of time, and won a $500 college scholarship to be given to the Bremerton School District senior of her choice. She's looking forward to picking a winner to pay it forward!

Board Briefs: March 7, 2019

Compiled by Ioanna Cossack, Board Secretary

Our Student Representative to the Board, Isabella Meyer, was recognized by Principal Zuber and her Choir Director Wendy McPhetres for her project that was accepted by the Seattle Theatre Group (pictured). Isabella wrote a song entitled “Stand with Me,” and because this was accepted, the entire class was able to attend a performance of Dear Evan Hansen at the Paramount Theatre in January. The Board was able to watch her perform this song on the STG website. Ms. Meyer also had a lead role in the musical School of Rock performed this past week-end at BHS. She reported that this was the first Broadway production that the school has done in many years.

Mountain View Middle School and Kitsap Strong are partnering to provide a great learning opportunity for parents. On March 26th, parents and families are invited to attend Hidden in Plain Sight, a simulation and presentation to learn about current trends, how to recognize common warning signs and how to talk to youth about these important issues.

Dr. Leavell reminded the Board of some other important partnerships. Bremerton Rotary held their Wild Game Dinner and Auction and raised over $18,000. The Rotary will add approximately $14,000 more, bringing the total to $32,000 to be used for scholarships for our students. Other upcoming events that raise money for our students as well is the Semancik Foundation’s annual crab feed (already sold out) and the PTA Founders Day Dinner & Auction also coming up this month.

Three of our teachers were recently honored by the Alpha Sigma Chapter of Kitsap. Honorees, who were selected based on exemplary teaching, student success in the classroom and leadership in education, included Tony Sharpe and Karen Horan from West Sound Tech and Desiree Hall from West Hills STEM. Congratulations!

Education Support Professionals Week: The Board passed a Resolution proclaiming the week of March 11-15, 2019 as ESP Recognition Week in the Bremerton School District. Our Associations usually work with the District office to provide a list of employees that will be honored –employees will be invited and certificates will be given out at our March 21st Board meeting. A Resolution was also passed proclaiming March 18-24 as School Retirees’ Appreciation Week. We’re very thankful for our retirees who maintain ties either through substituting or volunteering.

Student Travel Requests not only included students attending the State Solo and Ensemble Contest as well as the FCCLA Leadership Conference, but also Ms. Elise Erickson received approval from the Board to begin planning another trip to France during spring break 2020. They hope to have 15-20 students join the tour.

In order to receive state funding for all or a part of the school days missed due to snow, the Board approved a waiver request to be submitted to the Office of Superintendent of Public Schools.

Upcoming Changes in POLICIES:

This annual review and revision of Policy 2410, High School Graduation Requirements, went to the Board for first reading. Second reading and adoption will occur at the March 21st Board meeting.

Written Reports included revised Procedures 2190P, Highly Capable, 3122P, Excused and Unexcused Absences, as well as information on the West Sound STEM Network. Changes to 3122P are pending further review.

Special Events Coming Up:

  • “Do Not Harm” / Public Forum – BHS, March 22, 6:00 pm
  • “Hidden in Plain Sight” - MVMS, March 26, 5:30 pm
  • WA State Science & Engineering Fair – BHS, March 29-30

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

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Registration is now open for the Admiral Theatre Summer Camp 2019, scheduled for Monday, August 5 - Friday, August 16, 2019. The intensive two-week theatre summer camp offers musical theatre workshops in acting, singing, dance, and backstage production taught by experienced arts educators with professional and academic backgrounds as performers, choreographers, directors, musicians, and backstage/tech professionals. Scholarships available. Visit for more info.
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Visit the OC Foundation website for information!
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Tech Tips

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

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BSD Staff Updates Newsletter Issue #7 distributed March 12, 2019.