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cat on homework by Robin DeGrassi James

Poll: Do Our Kids Have Too Much Homework?

With the new school year underway, how’s it going? Is the drive to meet common core requirements overburdening our kids with homework? Should our kids be more challenged? Are our schools getting it about right with homework levels? Tell us what you think in our new poll here or in the right column of our…

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robotics girls meeting

Photo of the Day: BHS Girls Show up for ‘Ms. Roboto’ Meeting

About one-third, or 20, of the students who attended the first meeting of the Bainbridge High School Robotics Club (Spartronics) this week were young women, a major uptick from last year’s world-ranking inaugural team of 35 boys and 4 girls. According to parent volunteer leader Kevin Hawkins, the female students stayed for part 2 of the meeting about…

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Bainbridge High School

Celebration of Life Scheduled for Michael Anderson

A celebration of life event for Michael Anderson will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, at 10 a.m. in the Bainbridge High School Commons. Anderson drowned in Tiger Lake near Belfair on Sunday evening, September 7. He was pulled from the water by boaters responding to a woman screaming about a swimmer in distress. They performed CPR until…

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There Is, in Fact, a Free Lunch: How to Get One for Your Kid

Three Washington programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture ensure that Bainbridge Island kids get the brain food they need, regardless of their families’ income levels. Families received a packet at the beginning of the school year with instructions on how to apply for these programs. Here are the programs: National School Lunch Program provides…

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Mason County Medic One

Bainbridge Teacher Michael Anderson Dies

Bainbridge Island resident and long-time Bainbridge High School (BHS) teacher Michael Anderson has died. According to Mason County Sheriff’s Office Detective William Adam, Sheriff’s deputies and Mason County paramedics responded to a 911 call at 6:10 p.m. yesterday, September 7, about a distressed swimmer in Tiger Lake near Belfair, Washington. After a woman reportedly screamed…

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Three Long-Timers with 82 Years of Collective Service Retire from BISD

Eighty-two years in public education is like an eon in geologic time, but that’s what recent Bainbridge Island School District retirees Kathy Roberts, Cami Dombkowski, and Bob Houk have among them. The three were honored August 27 at a reception at the Bainbridge High School Commons. Cami Dombkowski Dombkowski worked 24 years for the Bainbridge Island…

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Ordway Elementary School

Complicated Ordway Dropoff Instructions Explained (with Map)

Parents of Ordway students received an e-mail today about new dropoff rules that will affect parents who drive up and drop their kids off for school starting tomorrow morning. The reason for the changes is concern about safety in the parking lot in front of Ordway (to the east) and in the church parking lot…

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Wilkes Elementary School with sunflowers

Bainbridge Public School Schedules 2014-2015

Here are the schedules for the Bainbridge Island School District 2014-2015 year. School begins Wednesday, September 3. Early-release Mondays are in effect. Bainbridge High School School Hours: 8:35 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Early Release: 8:35 a.m. – 1:35 p.m. Eagle Harbor High School School Hours: 8:35 a.m. – 3 p.m. Early Release: 8:35 a.m. – 1:35…

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Bainbridge School District 2014-2015 Bus Routes

Here are the Bainbridge Island School District’s regularly scheduled bus routes for the 2014-2015 school year. The first day of school is Wednesday, September 3. Click to enlarge.                                                      …

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Bainbridge School District Gets Its Report Card, Looks Good Compared to Rest of State

Yesterday, August 27, the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction released performance reports for statewide school districts and schools based on state assessments: Student Progress (MSP), the High School Proficiency Exam, and End-of-Course (EOC) exams. There are at least three ways of looking at the results. One is by comparing last year’s district results…

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Amanda Sageser

Who’s Minding Your Kid’s Brain? Meet Spartan Athletic Trainer Amanda Sageser

Amanda Sageser says it’s good she’s young and has a lot of energy. The reason it’s good is that the hours she maintains might make even a second-year medical resident feel sleepy. Sageser, who is starting her second year in the job at Bainbridge High School, works the regular school day—she teaches Freshman Health, Introduction…

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Ordway Elementary School

Ordway & BHS Get Left Behind: Ordway Parents Have Last-Minute Option to Change Schools

On August 18, Ordway Elementary Principal Melinda Reynvaan posted on the school’s website a letter to the Ordway community announcing that Washington State had lost a U.S. Department of Education flexibility waiver exempting it from the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements. The results of the loss, Reynvaan wrote, were that now (a) Ordway was required to…

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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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barry hoonan odyssey

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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Graduation 2014

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 entrance.

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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