BSD Staff Updates

Monday, April 13, 2020

Resending since some of the video links didn't work when I embedded this newsletter into School Messenger. Sorry about that! Note: You do NOT have to have a Facebook account to view the videos below. Just click the link! --Karen

Board Highlights - April 9, 2020

Compiled by Ioanna Cossack, Board Secretary

Note from Ioanna: Our first remote meeting, held via video conference/Zoom. All five Board members attended, several administrators and even a couple folks in the audience. If you’re interested in the next meeting, simply go to the BoardDocs website on the day of that meeting, click on the “meeting date,” and a “video” icon will show up to allow you to view/listen in. That is if we’re still in the stay home/stay safe mode.

The Pre-Design Study/report for a new or modernized West Sound Technical Skills Center was provided to the Board as a Written Report. This is potentially an $80 million project. Many related items were on the agenda, such as more consulting agreements and signature authorization required by OSPI.

The Board is considering a special meeting within the next two weeks to 1) further discuss the WSTSC project and 2) to hire our new building administrators for West Hills STEM Academy and Mountain View Middle School.

Another major project that was included on the Consent Agenda was an agreement with TCF Architectural to begin District-wide Security Upgrades at all of our school buildings. This is being funded by our one-year Capital levy approved in 2019. Other work funded by this Levy going on currently are the two new roofs, one at the Administration Building (actually already completed over spring break), and the second at Crownhill, as well as the recently completed new locker rooms at Bremerton High School.

More from the Consent Agenda are the two Memos of Understanding with our classified bargaining units in regard to the COVID-19 school closure.

Linda Sullivan-Dudzic provided a report on the new West Hills Restorative School set to open in September. They reviewed the draft handbook that states “This optional educational program blends Kitsap Mental Health, special education, cognitive behavioral therapy, education and community services.” The new alternative program will serve students, grades 2-8, with significant behavior challenges.

All in all, the Board has seen and heard a lot of good things going on in the District, particularly with school closure through the end of the school year. The Restorative School is another example that we care about every one of our students. Several times, the Board and Superintendent Leavell shared their appreciation for all of the hard work being done by our staff and coming together with the community and as a community. During this current week, April 6-10, staff served over 17,000 lunches and breakfasts, and teachers have been working hard preparing and delivering lesson plans to their students.

You may review any of these documents on our BoardDocs site.

BPEA Staff Recognition

A a part of our celebration of Classified Staff Week last month, BPEA was on the agenda for last week's School Board meeting to present years-of-service pins. Board meetings are now being done on Zoom so we don't have an opportunity to recognize these long-time Bremerton School District employees in person - but we wanted to give them a "shout out" electronically and say "thank you!" for the many years of service to our District.

10 years of service

15 years of service

20 years of service

25 years / 30 years of service

Where to find links to BSD Teach

  1. In your short cuts under "BSD Staff" in Google Chrome.
  2. On the bottom, right corner of the District home page (look for the BSD Teach graphic below the District calendar.
  3. Under the "STAFF" drop-down tab on any District webpage.
  4. On the BSD "Directory" on the website (

Ask Joe! Tech help available every Wednesday!

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).

Click here to get your staff Google site linked!

Please complete this short Google form so we can get your BSD staff Google site linked to your building's website!

Bremerton School District in the news!

Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 19-25, 2020

While we can't celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Week in person, we want to encourage you to reach out to volunteers who have served in your building or your classroom to say thanks and let them know we are thinking of them and appreciate their service to our students!

Helpful links

NOTE: There are links to these pages at the top of every home page, too.

Click here to sign-up to help with meal distribution (staff only).

Kitsap Cares website: the latest information about the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact here in Kitsap.

Check out this creative, fun stuff our staff has been doing!

Music teachers (including Allan Anderson from MVMS) collaborate on Zoom

The Washington State Virtual Wind Ensemble - First Suite in E flat mvt. 3

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BSD Staff Updates Newsletter 2019-20 / Issue #15 : 4/13/2020

Photo: Sunset over Port Washington Narrows taken 4/8/2020 by Karen Bevers.