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B-B-B-Back to School Bus Schedules

Here they are: the back-to-school bus schedules for the Bainbridge Island School District. All times are approximate and kids are advised to arrive at their stops 5 minutes before the time shown just in case. Parents and other adults, slow the heck down and quit blowing school bus stop paddles. Everybody have fun and, remember:…

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BHS Steadily Creeping up the ‘Newsweek’ Best High Schools List

Bainbridge High School is now rated by Newsweek magazine as one of the top 500 high schools in the country. BHS came in at number 459 this year. Although BHS isn’t exactly near the top, spot 459 represents a steady climb for our school. In 2014 BHS came in at 470. In 2013 we were…

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State Is Maybe a Little Smarter, A Little Less Balanced

Office of Public Instruction Superintendent Randy Dorn announced today, August 17, that Washington elementary and secondary students performed better than anticipated on this spring’s new Smarter Balanced assessments and other ongoing tests. But last week’s news that the State Supreme Court is fining the State $100,000 per day until the Legislature approves a plan that will…

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oar lock

Link Crew Coming for BHS Freshmen (Has Nothing to Do with Rowing)

This Tuesday and Wednesday, August 18 and 19, Link Crew is coming to Bainbridge High School. No oar locks will be involved. Instead, 70 peer mentors will be trained to help incoming freshmen navigate the sometimes rougher waters of high school. Link Crew is a program of the Boomerang Project, a Santa Cruz-based company with the goal of…

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Listen to Your Art

West Sound Academy Students to Host Music Festival Benefiting Trevor Project

In May, kids from West Sound Academy, the across-the-bridge 6-12 school attended by many Islanders, were awarded a North Kitsap-Poulsbo Rotary Club community service grant of $500 to support their project: a music festival. The festival, scheduled for later this month, will benefit The Trevor Project, a California-based nonprofit that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ…

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I voted

School Board Candidate Lynn Smith Gets the Lion’s Share of Primary Votes

The unofficial results from yesterday’s (August 4) primary election have Lynn Smith leading opponent Duncan Macfarlane by more than 1,500 votes in the race for Bainbridge Island School District. Since only about 3,500 people voted, that lead is large: 72 to 26 percent. Smith and Macfarlane will both head into the general election. Former candidate Tatiana Epanchin-Troyan, despite having…

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As Kids Head off to College, Here’s Some Good News About Tuition Debt

There’s nothing really good to say about tuition debt as many parents of college-bound kids know only too well. Financial data website Wallet Hub reports that 11.1 percent of all student loans in the United States result in delinquency or default, and student loans continue to be the largest non-housing debt for Americans. But everything is relative….

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So Far, Kitsap Voter Turnout Tepid but Higher Than State Average

[Update: We added Bainbridge stats at 10:04 a.m.] There’s only one selection Bainbridge Islanders need to make on their primary ballots: Who to choose for the Bainbridge Island School District Director of District 1: Lynn Smith, Duncan Macfarlane, or Tatiana Epanchin-Troyan. The top two winners will advance to the general election. But since Epanchin-Troyan dropped out…

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school mailbox by Chad Kainz

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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