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Letter to the Editor: Suzuki Property Should Be a BISD Swap

At the last City Council Meeting July 21, 2015, the City Council voted to remove the “Fair Market Value” requirement from the Suzuki property sale. Why should Islanders lose money on the sale of the one piece of land that is so valuable to our schools and our children’s educational resource’s? At Last January’s intergovernmental meeting,…

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Project Backpack

Project Backpack 2015 Needs Your Packing Help

For 14 years Helpline House has managed Project Backpack, an effort to make sure kids in need on the Island get school supplies. Since 2000, nearly 1,400 students in need have started the school year with community assistance. Last year’s Project Backpack alone helped 155 students. Now Helpline is about to start year 15, and the staff is…

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UPDATE: BISD to Apply Capstone Herbicide Tuesday, 7/28, at Sakai

[The date of herbicide application has been updated to reflect a change made by the BISD because of the rain.] The Bainbridge Island School District is required to alert the public when applying pesticides on school property. Representatives from the Kitsap Noxious Weed Control Board are planning to apply Capstone, an herbicide, this Tuesday, July 28,…

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Kitsap Community Foundation Spreads the Love: The Winning Orgs. and Students

The Kitsap Community Foundation’s annual competitive grant process cycle came to an end in May, and KCF gave out $88,000 to 26 Kitsap County nonprofits. KCF also awarded scholarships from six different funds. Executive Director Kol Medina said the Foundation received 59 grant applications. “Over $254,000 was requested and we were able to fund about $88,000 worth of grants,” he…

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Sara Crowell

2011 BHS Grad Is Now WWU ‘Outstanding Grad’

Sara Crowell, a 2011 graduate of Bainbridge High School, is now an “Outstanding Graduate” of Western Washington University. Crowell graduated in June with honors from the University Honors Program, majoring in Anthropology with a Biocultural concentration. During her college career, Crowell studied in India where she designed and taught nutrition classes and conducted a nutrition…

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Julie Goldsmith Retires from BISD

Bainbridge Island School District (BISD) Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Julie Goldsmith is retiring after seven years of service. Wilkes Principal Sheryl Belt will assume the position on July 1. “Traditionally school board meetings are a venue for recognizing accomplishments and expressing thanks,” said BISD Superintendent Faith Chapel at the June 25 meeting. Instead of…

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Girl Scout Gold Award

Two Bainbridge Girl Scouts Get Gold at Award Gala

Islanders Carolyn Williams and Kate Matthews were honored at the June 7 Gold Award Gala at the Tacoma Art Museum for attaining the highest achievement in Girl Scouts, the Girl Scout Gold Award. Less than six percent of all Girl Scouts ever receive this award. It is given to those scouts who change their communities and the world in…

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Enrique Chee

Spartronics Coach Enrique Chee Named Kiwanis Educator of the Year

The Bainbridge Kiwanis Board annually selects a Bainbridge Island Educator of the Year based on the nominee’s extraordinary efforts toward improving the education of Bainbridge Island children. Selections are made from candidates nominated by students, parents, other educators, and the public at large. The 2015 award winner is Bainbridge High School physics teacher Enrique Chee. Chee is…

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BHS Graduation 2015

Congrad- uations, Class of 2015!

Today, June 13, the Bainbridge High School and Eagle Harbor High School Class of 2015 collected their diplomas at the stadium and headed off into the sunset toward college, jobs, internships, and travel. The graduation ceremony started with the class greeting by co-valedictorians Alexina Boudreaux-Allen, Haylee Derrickson, Riley Irish, Carter Kraus, Teddy O’Mara, Chad Roberts, Emma…

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El Velero

Big Kid/Little Kid Cooperation at El Velero Improves Everyone’s Español

The size discrepancy was in some cases shocking: kindergartners and first graders standing beside high school seniors, a few over six feet tall, hands over hearts, reciting the pledge of allegiance—to the U.S.A.—in Spanish. The seniors are AP Spanish students at the high school, and for the last three weeks 28 of them have been spending their…

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Voyager Peace Pole

Photo of the Day: Voyager Peace Pole Rises Again

Maria Montessori once said, “Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.” The educator based her philosophy of education on her platform of peace, and she was even nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1948. To honor this philosophy, the Voyager Montessori community “planted” a peace pole in…

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Retalhuleu school by BHS Interact Club

BHS Students to Build School in Guatemala

The Bainbridge High School Interact Club is a service club that is part of Rotary International. The teen members, who serve Bainbridge and work internationally as well, have plans to build a school in Retalhuleu, Guatemala. Club members traveled to Guatemala last year for the first time to learn more about the area and determine what…

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BHS kids

Over 92% of Bainbridge High School Juniors Opt out

[Corrected May 23, 2015, at 1:02 p.m. Percentage of opt-outs was 92.4, not 88.4.] 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…

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shining stars

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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