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Over 88% of Bainbridge High School Juniors Opt out

This week Bainbridge High School (BHS) and Eagle Harbor High School (EHHS) sophomores and juniors were scheduled to take the Smarter Balanced test, newly implemented this year. Passing the test will be a necessary prerequisite to graduate starting next year, but this year’s 11th graders already took the High School Proficiency Exam last year to determine…

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Two Local Kids Among ‘Brightest Young Students’ in World

The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth annually conducts a Talent Search that consists of a rigorous above-grade test for second through eighth graders. Of the 33,000 students who participated this year, just under 8,500 were selected to attend Awards Ceremonies recognizing them for being among the “brightest young students” in the world. This year,…

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Dave Leedy

Dave Leedy, Life-Loving Renaissance Man, 1947-2015

by the Leedy Family David Merrill Leedy, 68, died peacefully at home on Bainbridge on Saturday, May 16th. He was surrounded by family, friends, kids, dogs, laughter, and music to his last breaths. You’d have to say that Dave had the soul of a renaissance artist, if a renaissance artist played soccer.  He wrote poems and several…

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Bainbridge High Schools Ranked Among Tip Top

In its annual national review of best high schools, U.S. News & World Report has awarded gold-medal status to Bainbridge High School (BHS) and silver-medal status to Eagle Harbor High School (EHHS). Of 458 schools in Washington, BHS was ranked 7th and EHHS was ranked 40th. The 2015 U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools rankings…

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Bike to School 2015

Photos of the Day: Kids Wheel to School

Today, 5/15/15, Bainbridge schools celebrated Bike to School Day. At Sakai, volunteers handed out caramel corn to the kids who rode their bikes to school, and the school bike racks filled up.                                              …

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Bike to School

Bainbridge Bike to School Day Is Tomorrow, May 15

Although National Bike to School Day was next week, we Islanders have to be different and so we’re holding our version of this event tomorrow, May 15. To confuse matters a little bit more, May 15 is also National Bike to Work Day. Members of Squeaky Wheels and the Bainbridge Island Police will be at some Island…

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Lynn Smith Announces Bid for Bainbridge School Board Seat

Lynn Smith, a Bainbridge Island graphic designer and longtime community and education volunteer, yesterday (May 10) announced her candidacy for Bainbridge Island School Board District position 1. Smith, who is 49, moved to Bainbridge Island 16 years ago. She served for two years as Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) President for the Odyssey Multiage Program and currently is president…

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Jessica Fuchs

Fuchs Pleads Not Guilty, Released on Reduced Bail

Jessica Fuchs, the BHS teacher accused of criminal sexual misconduct with a sophomore, appeared in Kitsap County Superior Court today, May 11, for the first time, before Judge William C. Houser. Fuchs, who appeared very nervous and kept her head down as she waited to be called before the bench, pleaded not guilty. The state…

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Law Day

Two St. Cecilia Students Take Top Honors in Kitsap County Law Day Essay Contest

Two of the three winners of this year’s Kitsap County Law Day essay contest are St. Cecilia students: Sam Maher finished second and Caroline Muma finished third in the 7th-9th Grade Category. Last year, for the first time ever in the contest’s history, St. Cecilia swept all three finishes in that category. Maher took second…

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BISD Responds Swiftly to BHS Teacher’s Alleged Sexual Misconduct

The Bainbridge Island School District has responded swiftly to news of yesterday’s (May 7) arrest of Jessica Fuchs, a Biology teacher at Bainbridge High School, for sexual misconduct with a minor. BISD Superintendent Faith Chapel wrote to the community last night, “It saddens me to be reporting this news. We know this is an unsettling, deeply disturbing…

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Police Report Details Alleged Sexual Crimes by Bainbridge High School Teacher

NOTE: This article contains graphic information that might be disturbing to minors.  Forensic evidence obtained by the Bainbridge Island Police Department and reviewed by the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab in the case of misconduct between a Bainbridge High School teacher and student suggests an extensive sexual relationship. According to court documents, the police found…

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Chief Hamner Talks About Arrest of BHS Teacher

Bainbridge Police Chief Matt Hamner said this evening, May 7, after the arrest of 25-year-old Bainbridge High School teacher Jessica Fuchs for felony sexual misconduct, “I hope we never have to go through this type of thing again.” He lamented that “There are no winners here.” The Chief was being hammered by media requests from…

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WSA Lego

West Sound Academy Gets $36,000 Grant to Build Tech Center to Share with Community

An anonymous $36,000 grant awarded to West Sound Academy will benefit WSA students and the surrounding community with a new technology center. The center will help the school expand its Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) instruction and, through partnerships with Kitsap Regional Library and the City of Poulsbo Parks and Recreation, the community too will get new opportunities to…

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Spartronics in St. Louis

Spartronics Finish Season in Top 7 Percent of the Universe

Bainbridge High School Spartronics, Team 4915, sparkled at the FIRST Robotics World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri, April 22,-25, finishing in the top 7 percent of teams across the globe. The team competed in 10 qualification rounds, one of which had a record high score of 265 points. Out of the 608 teams that qualified and attended the competition,…

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teacher strike rally

Photos of the Day: Islanders Rally for Teachers on Strike Day

With a 99% yes vote on Monday, Bainbridge Island public school teachers agreed to join the statewide strike today in our capitol. This morning they gathered to caravan together to Olympia in a show of numbers aimed at pressuring the legislature to provide adequate education funding. Bainbridge Islanders young and older rallied in Winslow today…

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apple core

Poll: Will Your Kid Opt out?

by Julie Hall and Sarah Lane The Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAs) will be administered this spring to kids throughout the Bainbridge Island School District. These new tests are aligned to the Common Core Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics for grades 3-8 and 11. The purpose of the assessment is to determine how well schools are…

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Opt Out

Who Does and Doesn’t Want Your Kid to Take the Smarter Balanced Tests?

This spring public school kids across the state will be taking the Smarter Balanced battery of tests. These are the new tests aligned to the Common Core Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics for grades 3-8 and 11. They are also at the heart of a growing conflict spurring some students across the state to “opt…

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Letter to the Editor: The Fight for Schools Starts in Governor’s Home Town

Even though I have known Governor Inslee for years and I have admired and supported his diverse efforts, I now stand against him in his tepid fight for schools. When he addressed 4,000 teachers on Saturday I was there with my wife and daughter, both intensely proud of their career choice, and together we waited for him to dynamically explain what he believes schools need. When…

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Bainbridge Teachers to Join Statewide Walkout

This afternoon, April 27, Bainbridge Island teachers overwhelmingly approved a districtwide walkout for this Thursday, April 30. The decision to participate in a statewide walkout received a 99 percent yes vote from the union that represents the Bainbridge Island School District (BISD), Bainbridge Island Education Association (BIEA). The Association has 294 members, all but about…

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Free Tuesday and Thursday Nights? Your Chance to Run for City Council or School Board

If you’ve had a hankering to get your hands into city or school government and you don’t mind the occasional pillory of public opinion, get ready to run. The deadline for candidacy filing is fast approaching. Four positions will be opening on the Bainbridge City Council in 2016: Council District 1 At-Large, Council District 2 North…

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