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PPE Gets Taken Over for Back to School: Support Your PTO and Save

This is not about an ownership switch. Instead, several local schools and one nonprofit are taking turns taking over Paper Products, for a couple of hours each, to help parents get the right school supplies and to allocate 15 percent of sales to the school’s PTO or to Hope by Twelve, a local nonprofit dedicated…

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New Arrowsmith School Targets Learning Disabilities on Bainbridge

In the book The Brain That Changes Itself, Dr. Norman Doidge tells the story of Barbara Arrowsmith, a woman who as a young girl in the 1950s was labeled “unable to learn” but who, over a decade of studies, came to understand how her brain worked and learned to rewire it. She went on to found…

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Photos of the Day: Odyssey Teacher Gets a Water Balloon Send off on His Way to Harlem

Bainbridge Island’s Odyssey Multiage Program has a bracing tradition that got a new twist this week. Each June Odyssey’s graduating 6th graders have a water balloon broken over their heads while running down a long line of the entire school student body (1st-8th grade), yelling “look out world, here I come,” and high-fiving the whole way. This week Odyssey’s 5/6…

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Photos of the Day: Congrats to the Graduates, 2014

Congratulations, Class of 2014. The Spartan Class of 2014 gathered with hundreds of friends and family today at the BHS football stadium for commencement ceremonies. Photos by Sarah Lane.

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Letter to the Editor: BHS Class of ’74 Seeks Help Locating Members for Reunion

The Bainbridge High School Class of 1974 is planning its 40-year class reunion. The event will be on Saturday, August 23rd and held at the Filipino Hall next to Strawberry Hill Park. We are hoping to get as many former classmates as possible to attend the party and request the help of current Islanders in…

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Wilkes School Wins Prestigious American Institute of Architects Civic Design Award

Constructed in 2012 and more or less completed by early 2013, Bainbridge Island’s new Wilkes Elementary School building has been honored with an American Institute of Architects Washington (AIA/WA) Civic Design Merit Award. The award recognizes the facility’s design quality, functional utility, integration of materials in a cost-effective manner, and community relationship. Winning projects represent…

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Don’t Miss Gripping Immigration Play at The Island School

This is the sixth year for Paved with Gold: Gratitude in Our Veins, the ever-changing annual play put on by The Island School fifth graders and directed and choreographed by Pamela Dharamsey Lee. The reason it’s always changing is that, each year, as a culmination of the fifth graders’ study of immigration, it reflects the ancestry…

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Three Bainbridge Students Earn State Department Language Study Scholarships

BHS juniors Ellen Carpenter and Hannah Kruse and Eagle Harbor High School junior Maggie Hoberg will spend the summer abroad studying language after winning merit-based National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarships this spring. The program was launched by the U.S. Department of State in 2006 to promote what it calls “critical language” learning among…

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OSPI Slaps BISD with Order to Take Corrective Action for 5 IEP Students

A complaint filed with the State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in March by a Bainbridge couple on behalf of their daughter alleging that the Bainbridge Island School District violated the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) has resulted in a decision finding BISD culpable of most of the violations and requiring it to take…

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Bike Day

BIPD’s Enhanced Biking Program Launches to Build Community Relationships

On Friday, May 16, kids all over the Island, many of them accompanied by their energy-challenged parents, cycled their way to school. Joining them were Bainbridge Island police officers Mo Stich, Erik Peffer, Dale Johnson, and Chief Matt Hamner on what was also the official launch of the enhanced BIPD biking program. The new biking…

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School Bus Routes Shuffled Around for Last Few Weeks of School

Starting May 21 until the end of the school year, BISD is putting some bus route changes into effect. Most of the changes affect Blakely, Sakai, Woodward, and the High School. BISD spokesperson Pam Keyes attributed the changes to “a fairly significant staff shortage” in the Transportation Department. Cami Dombrowski, BISD Personnel and Transportation Director,…

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School District Names Interim BHS Principal

The Bainbridge Island School District (BISD) has named Mary Alice O’Neill as Interim Principal of Bainbridge High School (BHS) for the 2014-15 school year. O’Neill has worked in the past as Associate Principal of BHS and Principal of Woodward Middle School. O’Neill will replace Principal Jake Haley, who is ending his one-year stint at the…

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Two BHS Students Bicycling Across America for Pediatric Cancer Research

Lucas Weyand and Matias Francis, both students at Bainbridge High School, are about to embark on the ride of their young lives. They and their teammates—Lucas’s sister Lydia, who is a pre-vet student at Washington State University Honors College, and Meghan Camp, a PhD. student at Washington State University—are cycling across the United States as part…

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Jake Haley Leaving BHS After One Year as Principal

Jake Haley will soon be enjoying more constant sunshine. He’s leaving his post as principal of Bainbridge High School for the milder climes of Costa Mesa, California, where he will become principal of the local high school. The decision was a fast one for Haley, who only found out about the position a few weeks…

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Pump up the Tires and Ride Safely for National Bike to School Day, May 7

Tomorrow, May 7, is National Bike to School Day. The Washington State Department of Transportation reminds motorists to share the road and watch for young bicyclists and pedestrians, especially around school zones. WSDOT also wants bikers to play it safe and reminds them that bicycles are legally considered vehicles on Washington’s roadways, which means bikers must…

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Spartronics Finish in Top 5 Percent at World Championships

Yesterday, April 26, the World FIRST Robotics Championships came to an end in St. Louis. The Spartronics finished up ranked 39th out of 100 teams in the Curie Division, which was one of four at the FIRST championships, meaning they are in the top 5 percent of the world. Their championship match tournament record was…

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Island Theatre Invites You to a Parent-Teacher Conference Showdown About Bullying

Get ready for a parent-teacher conference like no other. Corryn wants to talk about her fifth-grade son’s suspension from school. His teacher Heather wants to avoid talking about it. Corryn won’t take no for an answer, and the clash that follows is unforgettable. Blunt talk about classroom bullying, youth suicide, fantasized violence, artistic freedom, and pre-teen…

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Four BISD Schools Honored with 2013 Washington Achievement Awards

Washington Achievement Award recipients were announced yesterday, April 16, by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. The award is given to schools “selected using the state’s Accountability Index and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver,” or, in plainer language for us regular people, ”Schools are recognized as top performers in one or…

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Interview with NASA Robotics Engineer Paulo Younse, Thursday’s BSF Breakfast Speaker

This year the Bainbridge Schools Foundation Spring Breakfast features a NASA Robotics Engineer, quite fitting for a school district that champions STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education and that has a FIRST robotics team going to nationals. Paulo Younse will talk about his experiences designing robots for the Mars Rover Space Program at the NASA…

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Spartronics Heading to Nationals in 8 Days—Looking for Meal Money

In its rookie year, Bainbridge High School’s FIRST Robotics Spartronics Team 4915 is one of 21 teams from Washington and Oregon to qualify for the FIRST FRC World Championships in St. Louis on April 23-26. There they and their robot ATLaS will compete with 400 teams from around the world. Thanks to generous support from the…

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