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Bainbridge’s Island School Is Greenest in the State

The Island School on Bainbridge Island has become the first school in Washington to earn the highest level of certification from Washington Green Schools’ (WGS) innovative sustainability program. During its five years of work through the WGS program, the K-5 private school “where every child matters” has taught its students that every action matters and…

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Spartronics Exceed Fundraising Goal in Just 4 Days—Will Go to District Championship

Spartronics 4195, the BHS robotics team enjoying unparalleled success in its rookie year, in just four days met its goal of raising $4,000 to register for the Portland-based district FIRST robotics championships. The team in fact exceeded the amount, so far reaching $4,495, and has announced that, with an eye toward qualifying for the World…

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Spartronics Raise Over $1K in One Day—Need $3K More to Get to Division Championships

Kevin Hawkins, Team Mentor for the Spartronics 4915, Bainbridge High School’s Robotics team, says that in just one day of fundraising (yesterday, March 24) the team has raised $1,145 toward registration at the District Championship in Portland. But that leaves $3,000 to go and only 11 days before the tournament. The Spartronics are the rookie…

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Sixth in Region, Rookie Spartronics Heading to Division Championship—Need Your Help to Get There

The whirlwind rookie year of the BHS robotics team, Spartronics 4915, could not have gone better for the team, which has racked up accolades, awards, and alliances with other teams, winning this weekend’s (March 21-22) Division Competition at Shorewood High School and earning a ranking of 6 out of 150 teams. Now they are looking…

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Rookie Spartronics Win District Event (with Luck from Gov. Inslee), Qualify for Championship

The BHS Robotics Team is enjoying a rookie team’s dream run in their first two competitions since forming last fall. The Spartronics, Team 4915, went from winning the Rookie All Star Award at the Glacier Peak District FIRST Event on March 7 and 8 to being part of the winning alliance in the Shorewood District…

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PTA Forms on Bainbridge, Independent of BISD, to Help All Types of Learners

The goal of Friends and Families United to Support Education (FFUSE), the first ever local chapter of the national Parent Teacher Association, is to help—specifically through education, support, advocacy, and community—all students gain equal access to effective, appropriate, safe, and healthy opportunities. The emphasis in the mission in on the word all. The PTA was formed…

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An Interview with Ben Taylor (Son of James & Carly)

Ben Taylor was generous enough to take time out from a busy tour to talk to Inside Bainbridge before his concert tomorrow night, March 15, at Grace Church on Bainbridge Island. The concert will raise funds for the Odyssey School garden. It was a distinct pleasure to speak with Mr. Taylor. JH: Ben, thanks so…

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How a ‘Middle-Aged Groupie Mom’ Got Ben Taylor (Son of James & Carly) to Perform on Bainbridge

Self-described “middle-aged groupie mom” and Bainbridge Islander Susan Harman Bass has been a fan of Ben Taylor since the start of his career as a singer songwriter some 15 years ago. Harman Bass, whose sister and brother-in-law live on Martha’s Vineyard, long-time home of the Taylors and Simons, started visiting that island some 20 years…

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Spartronics Win Rookie All-Star Award at District Competition

At the second and final day of the First Robotics District Competition at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish yesterday, March 8, the Spartan Robotics Team 4915 didn’t make it to the finals. But the Spartronics and their robot ATLaS earned what is perhaps the highest honor this rookie team could shoot for, The Rookie…

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After One Big Day at Regional Competition, Rookie Spartronics in First Place

Like all newly formed teams at the First Robotics Competition, the Bainbridge High School Spartronics are called rookies. But these rookies have turned some heads with their robot ATLaS and their team play, reaching first place by the end of the first day of competition in the Glacier Peak Division of the Pacific Northwest Region….

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BHS Band Has a Blast at Regionals; Will Send Eight to State

by Julie Hall and Christine Brown On Saturday, February 22, the Bainbridge High School (BHS) band had an impressive showing at the regional Solo & Ensemble contest, which was held at Central Kitsap High School. All contestants are rated I-V based on their performances, with an I being superior and a V being poor. BHS…

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Robot ATLaS Performs for Crowd at New Spartronics Team Open House

Spartronics is the Bainbridge Island Robotics team lead by BHS physics teacher Enrique Chee. Last night, February 12, the team hosted an open house at BHS to introduce its program and its new robot, ATLaS (Advanced Teleoperated Launcher System), to the community. Over 250 people showed up at BHS for the event. They got a…

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BSF Auction Raises Record Amount for Local Schools

The February 8 Bainbridge School Foundation Auction raised a record $465,000. Nearly 300 people were undeterred by the snow that night to gather at Grace Church for the event. Participants bid on items including full orthodontic care, center-court Wimbledon action plus airfare, a week in Sun Valley, a week in Maui, coffee at a local…

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Bainbridge Electorate Over- whelmingly Supports School Levies

In today’s (February 11) election, voters were asked to decide whether to support two Propositions, #1, which would renew the Bainbridge Island School District Educational Programs and Operations Levy, and #2, which would renew the School Technology Levy. By a large margin, Bainbridge voters are saying yes to both. To Proposition No. 1, 75.4 percent…

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Chief Hamner Offers Strategy to Enhance Police-Youth Communication

Police Chief Matt Hamner has an opinion about how his department relates to high school students: “In my seven months as police chief, I have seen the need for better communication between police and young people.” His solution? A Youth Advisory Group. The BIPD has announced that the group will include about twenty students from…

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Seahooky? 40 Percent of Bainbridge Students Skip School

According to Bainbridge Island Public School District Communications Director Pam Keyes, 1,450 of a total 3,700 full-time equivalent students did not make it to school today, February 5. It’s impossible to say just how many of the kids from Bainbridge schools played Seahooky or actually had the crud that’s going around. But wherever they were…

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Seven BHS Students Win 2014 Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognize talented writers and artists in grades 7 through 12 across the nation. The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers (AYWA) has just announced that seven of this year’s West Region At Large division winners for writing are Bainbridge High School Students. Three of the winners—Sophia Bidinger, Maxwell Brown,…

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Island School Kids Stand up for Justice at Civil Rights Forum

The Island School held its annual Civil Rights Forum today, January 31, with poetry, songs, and visual arts performances that embraced themes of social activism, unity, and respect for difference. Parents and community members filled the school’s large Webster Hall with applause and cameras clicking. Kindergarteners and first graders started the morning event with a poem…

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Emergency Vehicles at Bainbridge High School This Week Not Cause for Concern

It’s usually unnerving to see ambulances and fire trucks at a school, but you can set aside your worries if you spotted them at Bainbridge High School (BHS) today. For the remainder of this week, January 22-24, BHS freshmen are receiving CPR training from the Bainbridge Island Fire Department. The training is a required part…

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Hyla Middle Schoolers Dream up Theme Selected for Seattle’s 2014 MLK Day

In a room packed with adults, four Hyla Middle School students sat in as part of Seattle’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Day celebration planning committee. Hyla English teacher Kimberly Trick had arranged for a small contingent of her eighth grade students to attend the planning process as part of their Mini Term focus on social justice….

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