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Four BISD Schools Honored with 2013 Washington Achievement Awards

Washington Achievement Award recipients were announced yesterday, April 16, by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. The award is given to schools “selected using the state’s Accountability Index and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver,” or, in plainer language for us regular people, ”Schools are recognized as top performers in one or…

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Interview with NASA Robotics Engineer Paulo Younse, Thursday’s BSF Breakfast Speaker

This year the Bainbridge Schools Foundation Spring Breakfast features a NASA Robotics Engineer, quite fitting for a school district that champions STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education and that has a FIRST robotics team going to nationals. Paulo Younse will talk about his experiences designing robots for the Mars Rover Space Program at the NASA…

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Spartronics

Spartronics Heading to Nationals in 8 Days—Looking for Meal Money

In its rookie year, Bainbridge High School’s FIRST Robotics Spartronics Team 4915 is one of 21 teams from Washington and Oregon to qualify for the FIRST FRC World Championships in St. Louis on April 23-26. There they and their robot ATLaS will compete with 400 teams from around the world. Thanks to generous support from the…

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Spartronics

Spartronics Qualify for Nationals, Heading to St. Louis in 10 Days

Even though they got overlooked in the finals’ alliances yesterday afternoon, April 12, the Bainbridge High School Robotics Team, Spartronics 4915, had already amassed enough points in the qualification rounds of the Pacific Northwest Regional FIRST Championships in Portland to end up in 16th place out of 63 teams. The top 18 teams get to…

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Award-Winning Spartronics Now Ranked 13th at Regionals, Nationals Still a Possibility

The Bainbridge Bainbridge High School Spartonics FIRST Robotics Team 4195 is currently ranked 13th out of 63 teams at the Pacific Northwest Regionals at Portland’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Yesterday, April 11, they were awarded the tournament’s Rookie Inspiration Award. They finished yesterday’s matches in second place and have a record of 8-4-0 after beating the only undefeated…

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Montessori Country School earth day flash mob 2014

Montessori Country School Earth Day Flash Mob Video

Some 30 kids from Bainbridge Island’s Montessori Country School surprised shoppers at Safeway and Town & Country yesterday, April 11, with a flash performance of an Earth Day song they wrote themselves. Led on guitar by faculty member Shawn Krieder, the kids ranged from first through sixth graders. They trekked in sunny weather from Safeway to…

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Bainbridge Graduate Institute Expands into Pinchot University

The Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI) announced yesterday, April 10, its reorganization and expansion as Pinchot University. Pinchot, named for BGI cofounder Gifford Pinchot III, will join with several other schools, including Organizational Systems Renewal, Pinchot Edge, and the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship. The new larger entity is meant to give Pinchot students a wider range of educational…

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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

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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Ben Taylor

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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ATLaS

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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Spartronics

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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