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BHS Grad and UNICEF Fellow Reminds Us to Honor World Tuberculosis Day

Today, March 24, is World Tuberculosis Day, whether you knew there was such a thing or not. BHS grad Sylvia Stellmacher (’10), who is a Global Citizenship Fellow of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, reminds us why it matters and what you should do about it. Stellmacher says two billion people, or about one of…

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Spartonics Finish on Second-Place Alliance at Shorewood

The Spartronics have done it again, climbing their way up the standings, getting selected for a high power alliance, and earning the chance to battle it out for the top spots at the Shorewood Districts Competition this weekend, March 20-22, in Shoreline. The Spartronics finished the FIRST Robotics competition, known as Recycle Rush, on the second-place alliance….

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Common Core Standards: Learn What They Will Mean for Your Kids

The Common Core Standards have nothing to do with a nationally recognized ideal for abdominal muscle strength. Instead, these guidelines, which were developed in 2009 and adopted in Washington State in 2011, set the bar for learning at each school grade level. During this first academic year of Common Core implementation and on the eve of the new…

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Former Seattle PD Detective Turned Educator Hired as New BHS Principal

Duane Fish has been named the new principal of Bainbridge High School. Fish will take over from Interim Principal Mary Alice O’Neill starting July 1. Fish currently serves as principal of Lawrence Jr./Sr. High School in Lawrence, Michigan, where he’s been since 2012. Fish formerly served as a facilitator for a middle-school program in Seattle….

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Spartronics End Season’s First Competition with Coveted Award

At the Glacier Peak FIRST Robotics Competition this past weekend, March 7-8, the Spartronics were awarded the competition’s Engineering Inspiration Award, the second highest honor the team could win. It gives them bonus points, raising their chances to compete with their robot in the Recycle Rush Districts competition in Cheney, Washington. The EIA award celebrates…

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BHS Musicians Win at District Contest, Head to State

by Christine Brown Bainbridge High School (BHS) students competed in the Olympic Educators Music Association (OMEA) Solo and Ensemble district competition at Central Kitsap High School on February 20. This year, three individuals and two ensembles from Bainbridge won their division and qualified to compete at the State Solo and Ensemble competition on April 24-25…

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Spartronics Head into Finals in 8th Place at Glacier Peak District Competition

The BHS Spartronics Robotics Team 4915 and robot GAEA have been making a strong statement at the FIRST Robotics district competition being held at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish this weekend. Yesterday, March 7, the team competed in 12 matches and finished on the winning alliance in 6 of them. This left the team…

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School District Head Comments on Teacher Misconduct Investigation

by Sarah Lane and Julie Hall Regarding the announcement made yesterday, February 25, about allegations of inappropriate conduct between a teacher and student at the high school, the Bainbridge Island School District is consistently on message: Let the investigators do their work. Today BISD Superintendent Faith Chapel declined to address the rumors that the teacher is a woman….

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Bainbridge High School Principal Issues Letter to Parents About Alleged Teacher Misconduct

[Updated 7:22 a.m., February 26, 2015.] Bainbridge High School (BHS) Principal Mary Alice O’Neill released a letter Wednesday evening to BHS families informing them of allegations of “inappropriate conduct” between a teacher and student at the school. The letter followed an official notification of the allegations to the Bainbridge police earlier in the day. Police Chief…

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Bainbridge High School Teacher Accused of Misconduct with Student

[Updated at 7:40 p.m., February 25, 2015.] The Bainbridge Island School District announced today that allegations have been made of misconduct between a Bainbridge High School (BHS) teacher and a student at the school. Bainbridge Island Police Chief Matt Hamner said the police department launched an investigation into the matter as soon as they were made aware of…

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Video of the Day: Take a Gander at GAEA

Last night, February 24, in a special pre-Open House sneak preview, the BHS Spartronics robotics team robot GAEA (Grabber Actuated Elevator Automaton) made her public debut, strutting her snazzle-dazzle pneumatics and Mecanum wheel drive. Tonight you will have the opportunity to meet GAEA in, um, person. Before GAEA’s performance, the Spartronics robotics team had an…

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Spartronics Invite You to Meet GAEA, ATLaS’s Mother

GAEA is the name given by the award-winning Spartronics robotics team to the robot they are making for this year’s FIRST Robotics competition. The name stands for Grabber Actuated Elevator Automaton. But the name is more than an acronym. In Greek mythology, Gaea is the primal goddess of the Earth and the mother of the…

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Learn About the New Smarter Balanced Tests Coming Soon to a Kid Near You

When State Superintendent of Schools Randy Dorn began to adopt the Common Core Standards in 2011, he initiated the alignment of those Standards with our state learning standards and set in motion the process of changing our standardized testing. Washington school districts fully implemented the standards during the 2013-2014 school year. Now, this spring, public…

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Bainbridge Says Yes to CRO, No to SRO: An Examination of the Issues

CRO and SRO are the acronyms for Community Resource Officer and School Resource Officer. Just last month, the Bainbridge Island School District decided, for now, not to take up Police Chief Matt Hamner’s invitation to station a full-time SRO in the schools. But at last week’s City Council meeting, February 3, the City Council approved…

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Are Bainbridge Island Kids Under- vaccinated?

With an escalating Pertussis outbreak on Bainbridge Island and at least five confirmed cases of measles now in Washington state, vaccinating is on our collective minds. Here are some things to consider for your kids and yourself. “Herd” immunity is conferred when a portion of a community is immunized against an infectious disease. As long as a certain percentage…

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Spartronics Start Building Robot for 2015 “Recycle Rush” Competition

The challenge for this year’s First Robotics Competition was announced January 3 to robotics teams all across the world. Locally, teams gathered at Mountlake Terrace High to attend the kickoff event. Bainbridge’s champion Team 4915, the BHS Spartronics, were there with Coach Enrique Chee. Last year, the then-rookie Spartronics finished in the top 5 percent…

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BHS Teacher and Coach Mike Roe Dies Suddenly

Mike Roe, long-time librarian and assistant football coach at Bainbridge High School (BHS), died last night unexpectedly in his sleep. The cause of death is currently not known. Roe was 61 and in apparent excellent health. The news of his passing has sent a shockwave through the school community. It is the second unexpected death of…

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Vicky Marsing to Step Down from Bainbridge Schools Foundation

Vicky Marsing has served as the Executive Director of the Bainbridge Schools Foundation for the past seven years. Now she is set to retire, and BSF is launching a search for her replacement. BSF’s President Jennifer Kim said about Marsing, “Over the last eight years, the Bainbridge Schools Foundation has flourished as a result of…

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22-Year Ometepe Calendar Project Torch Passes to The Island School

Twenty-two years ago former Ordway third-grade teacher Alice Mendoza organized the Ometepe Kids Can Make a Difference Calendar fundraising project with her students to raise money for construction projects, library and school supplies, scholarships, and other activities on our sister Island. In 2007, Ordway teacher Boo Schneider and her third graders took over with Mendoza’s…

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Parenting Right in the Middle: New Program to Help Bainbridge Parents of Tweens

The Bainbridge Island School District, Hyla Middle School, and Raising Resilience have partnered to help parents with that often troublesome and yet overlooked middle age: the Tween years (grades 5 through 8). Tweens are dealing with it all—identity formation, sexuality development, risk-taking behaviors, intergenerational communication challenges, and increased technology use—and yet often lack the skills…

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