BSD Staff Updates

JANUARY 17, 2019

Below are PDFs of the 2019-20 academic calendars, approved by the Bremerton School Board in December.

Links to the academic calendar are posted (in English and Spanish) in three places on our web pages:

2020 Replacement Capital Levy information web page

Click here to visit the website for information on the February 12th election. You can download a copy of the fact sheet (below) from the web page.

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Compiled by Ioanna Cossack, Board Secretary

January is School Board Appreciation month, and the Board had many special guests via the Annual Fall Sports Recognition. They like nothing better than to have students and their families at a meeting so they can hear about their seasons. The coaches are fantastic and passionate about their teams and their student-athletes. Thank you to our students and staff for making this a special evening.

A reminder from the Board – The Washington State Science & Engineering Fair is coming soon at Bremerton High School – Save the dates – March 29-30. We hope that staff will 1) encourage their students to participate, 2) encourage your students to visit and see all the wonderful projects, and 3) volunteer! Judges are always needed. See you there!

The Board approved a 2-year working agreement with the West Sound Technical Skills Center Education Association (WSTSCEA). This included an updated Salary Schedule and other changes we’re excited to see. These are retroactive to September 1. To view the newest agreements, visit the Staff area on the district’s website. A big thank you to everyone who participated on the negotiating team.

A new working agreement between the District and the Washington Youth Academy was approved for the 2018-19 school year.

Two Letters of Agreements were also approved by the Board that will enhance the Cooperative Working Agreement with the Bremerton Education Association that was ratified in September. 1) Adjusted Article V, Section R5 (Special Education Case Management), changing “compensation at the curriculum rate” to “compensation at the per diem rate,” and 2) Amending Appendix B-2: Certificated Hourly Rates / Preparation and Presentation of District-hosted Training, to include new language: Pay to staff member for time spent presenting at a District-hosted training that occurs on non-work days, or when staff member (trainer) would not otherwise be required to work.

Policy 3122, Excused and Unexcused Absences, came to the Board for second read, but the Board has asked for further revisions to the policy before adoption.

POLICY UPDATE! The Board did adopt revised Policy 2190; Programs for Highly Capable on second read.

The Consent Agenda which included all of the District’s usual business such as payroll and HR Reports was approved. Other items included were an overnight trip for Armin Jahr students to the Islandwood Environmental Center, March 2019; a contract amendment with the Olympic Educational Services District (ESD) for Special Education and Related Services; and an MOU with the ESD for assistance in the Business Office.

Written Reports included our district-wide enrollment report and the annual District lease summary.

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

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BHS Robotics Team begins "Destination Deep Space"

The BHS Robotics team's 6-week FIRST Robotics build season started this week under the guidance of adviser Blake Greisinger. Blake says this is the largest team he's had in the 7 years BHS has participated, and there are more girls participating than ever before! Learn more about the competition here, or watch this video.

Congratulations to BHS NJROTC's Orienteering Team

Congratulations to NJROTC's Orienteering Team, who competed this past Saturday at Fort Steilacoom Park, in Lakewood. The Girls and Boys teams both continue to bring their A-game! JV Girls came in 1st and remain in 1st place in their division, and JV Boys came in 3rd and are in 4th place in their division. Awesome job, Knights!

New View Ridge Elementary Arts Academy banners

Check out the new entry way banners at View Ridge Elementary Arts Academy. Photographed: student Evan Criswell, who helped assemble the banners. FYI for those who might be interested in ordering something similar: These were produced by Minuteman Press out of Olympia (Lacey branch) which offered the best price and free shipping.
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OSPI news release: federal discipline changes have no effect on Washington’s law

In December, a federal school safety commission led by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recommended Obama-era school discipline guidance be rescinded. Here is Superintendent Chris Reykdal’s statement.

Community News, Events & Information


Citizens for Bremerton Schools: Check out your school’s staff room for information and materials from Citizens for Bremerton Schools. Information will be available on Friday, 1/17. You can also follow us on Facebook at Citizens for Bremerton Schools.


Applications now being accepted for Mayor's Youth Leadership Award: Check out this great new opportunity for youth in Bremerton. Graduate Strong is working with the Mayor's office to help support the promotion of a Mayor's Youth Leadership Award. Please see eligibility and application information below- the deadline for submission is Friday, February 8.

Bremerton has some pretty exceptional youth- let's provide an opportunity for them to be recognized and for the community to celebrate them!

Please pass this along to others and encourage students to apply.

Click the links below to download the informational flyer and the application!


Kitsap County Martin Luther King Day event at Kitsap County Fairgrounds: Join the community in celebrating the life and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the 25th annual program for remembering this honorable civil rights leader. The event will take place at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds Presidents' Hall on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 10 a.m. Admission is free but attendees are asked to bring donations of non-perishable food items to help supplement area food banks. Download the flyer below.


MLK Day at Marvin Williams Center: Holly Ridge Center and the Marvin Williams Center are partnering to host a free community event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 21.

The event will be held from 3 PM to 5:30 PM (performances throughout, speakers at 3:30 PM) at the Marvin Williams Center located at 725 Park Ave, Bremerton, WA 98337. The event is focused on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s incredible commitment to service while also highlighting food insecurity in our community and how we as a community and as volunteers can fulfill a dream to make the issue of food insecurity diminish. The event featured guest speaker is Richard LeMieux, author of Breakfast at Sally’s.


Naval Base Kitsap School Liaison Officer: Did you know that Naval Base Kitsap has a School Liaison Officer available as a military resource to students, parents and staff at our schools. If you have military students who are struggling in school or dealing with deployment or transition issues, she can provide extra supports to the family. She can also provide support information to staff in regards to military life, deployment cycles, Permanent Change of Stations (PCS) and Military Interstate Compact Rules, etc. If you have questions or want to request assistance for a student, contact Marcella L. Atwood at 360-476-7243 or


H&R Block offers discount to BSD staff; donating supplies to BSD: H&R Block offices on Wheaton Way and 6th Street in Bremerton are collecting school supplies this month for Armin Jahr Elementary and Naval Avenue Early Learning Center. H&R Block offers discount program for Bremerton School employees. Learn more here.


Staff Updates 2018-19 Issue 4: Distributed January 17, 2019.