June 18, 2014  
Have a Great Summer!
Dancing in the Rain

  • Sign Up for Summer Institute
    JUST A FRIENDLY REMINDER to sign up for the Summer Institute today!   Here are some important details:
    • Summer Institute registration is now open! You can register at this link:
    • There are over 120 sessions available over two days, August 19 and 20.  It is free to attend, but all participants must register.  Summer Institute will be held between the BHS and ESD 114 locations.
    • Please be sure to look at the tags at the bottom of each session description. Some sessions are three hours in length; some are only for BSD employees; all are tagged by appropriate grade level, as well as other categories.
    • There is a cap on attendees per session, but if the class you want is filled, please sign up for it anyway. We’ll be keeping a waiting list, and if the demand is there, we may move the class to a larger room or add another section.
    • Clock hours and/or college credit will be available.
    • BEA members must attend minimum of 4 sessions to count as one of the optional supplemental pay days.
    • Check back between now and August 19th! We’ll be posting updates, room assignments, and more information as it becomes available.
    • We look forward to seeing you in August!
    If you have any questions please contact Kati Carthum.

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  • Personnel Office to Human Resources Office! 
    New name, new faces!  The Personnel Office is pleased to announce a name change to Human Resources.  Each of you is our greatest resource, and we want our Department to reflect that. Also, there are two major changes:  We’ll be welcoming Garth Steedman, who is coming from the Eatonville School District to join us as the new Human Resources Director.  In addition, we’ll be saying a fond farewell to Diane Morrill, our Substitute Dispatcher, who will be transferring to the Washington Youth Academy as a Registrar.  Diane has done an amazing job dispatching subs since 1998 and truly deserves a hearty thank-you for keeping positions covered while regular employees are absent.  

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  • Insurance Coverage for Personal Property
    Policy 6540 allows us to cover personal property loss or damage.  Note that it must be approved and listed in the Business Office in order to make a claim, then the District can cover the deductible.  Our insurance coverage can pay up to $5,000 maximum for any one claim.  The required form is available under the Forms section of website labeled “Personal Property Inventory” and should be completed and signed by the supervisor prior to bringing any personal items into the District.  If you have any questions, please contact the Business Office at 473-1032.

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  • Collectable Newspapers

    In cleaning out my father’s treasures I’ve run across many yellowing newspaper articles about significant news events (examples:  Mt. St. Helens, Kennedy Assassination, Local Important News and more). If you are interested in using these in the classroom, please contact Joyce Cowdery.

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  • STEAM for the Summer

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  • Will You Forfeit Your Leave? 

    Employees are encouraged to be proactive in knowing your own leave balances, how much you have used during the school year and how your balance is affected by your working agreement and District policy.  If you earn vacation you should ensure your balance on August 31st is no more than thirty (30) of your work days.  Any days in excess of thirty (30) will be forfeited on September 1st.


    Each employee should review their working agreement regarding their rights associated with personal leave.  If you are allowed to accrue Personal leave, it is accounted for in the “Other Paid” Leave category.  Any excess personal leave not used or cashed out (if eligible) by June 30th  (August 31st for full year employees), will be forfeited on September 1st.  For days that qualify for a cash out (again, read your working agreement) complete a paper leave slip, mark “Other” and write “completed qualifications to receive _(insert number)_ days of personal leave cash out”.  Your request for cash out (leave slip) must be approved (signed) by your building administrator and must be submitted to Payroll by June 30, 2014.  The Leave slip may be printed from the District’s website. Go to Staff Resources, Employee Forms, Leave Slip – Exception Reporting. If you have any questions, please contact Payroll.

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  • Grand Canyon University



    Grand Canyon University is honored to collaborate with Bremerton School District. Our goal is to provide you with resources to enhance your educational environment for all involved. We invite you to explore the opportunities we have available for your students, teachers, administrators and school community. In addition, we constantly strive to discover new ways in which we can best serve our participants' needs.


    DEGREE DISCOUNT-Exclusive 10% degree discount for all staff on tuition for undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degree programs at Grand Canyon University


    CONTINUING EDUCATION/SINGLE COURSE DISCOUNT-Individual courses from GCU’s degree programs, along with a portfolio of six-week online continuing education classes, are offered at a 10% discount



    COHORTS-the district may request that cohorts be developed for continuing education and/or degree programs on GCU’s campus, online or at a regionally approved GCU site.  20% discount for cohort programs


    EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND SUPPORT (EDS)-Your district will have access to GCU’s Educational Development and Support (EDS) services.


    EVENTS/OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS-GCU offers a number of opportunities throughout the school year for your students to experience our vibrant campus life. Additionally, GCU staff members are available to visit to share information about college and career readiness.

    Please contact your local University Development Representative for more information

    Mark Redal

    (360) 609-9516

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  • Wish List
    School Supply Wish List

    Below are the top 10 requested items as well as a list of other items requested.  If you have anything you would like to donate to this list over the summer, just bring it to the Superintendent's Office (we're here all summer).  



    Top 10 Items Requested

    1. Dry erase markers

    2. Pencils

    3. Graphing notebooks

    4. Spiral notebooks - (standard and with GRAPH PAPER PAGES for science and math)

    5. Composition books

    6. 3-Ring Binders – 1 ½” & 3” are the most requested sizes

    7. Scissors (student size & adult size to accommodate growing hands)

    8. Notebook paper

    9. Colored pencils

    10. Subject dividers 


    Additional Requests:  

    • Colored pens
    • Pencil pouches
    • Erasers
    • Index cards
    • Red pens
    • Paper
    • Tape
    • Duct tape
    • Two pocket folders
    • Colored file folders
    • Clipboards
    • Glue
    • Glue sticks
    • Craft supplies (paints, paper, etc.)
    • Legos
    • Puzzles
    • Coloring books
    • Crayons
    • Thinking books such as:  "Where's Waldo" or "Eye Spy"
    • Brushes or sponge brushes
    • Wood cutouts
    • Colored file folders
    • Plastic page protectors
    • Paints (oil, watercolor, latex, acrylic)
    • Washable markers
    • Collage/craft materials
    • Hole re-enforcers
    • Construction materials (ie. 2X4 lumber and plywood) prefer 8’ 2x4’s but willing to go as short as 4’
    • Portable power tools - Reciprocating type saws like “Saws All” for demolition work, and routers.   
    • Hand tools
    • I-Pads for classroom use
    • Smart Board


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  • Volunteer Corner
    Do you have volunteer needs for the beginning of the school year?

    If so, please share your needs in an email to Joyce Cowdery.


    The District’s volunteer program is growing and changes are in the air. This year we had about 400 volunteers distrcitwide logged 22,000 hours through the end of May! That is amazing! Be sure to thank your volunteers today!!

    It’s exciting to announce that next school year we will be launching an online volunteer sign-in and sign-out system in schools that West Hills has been piloting.  Look for more information in the fall!

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    This section has been added to share policy and procedural changes by the School Board and the District.  Please contact your principal or Patty Glaser if you have questions about how a specific policy change might impact you.
    The following Bremerton School District Policy and/or Procedure(s) have recently been approved by the School Board:
    None at this time.

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    Olympic ESD Opportunities
    Visit the OESD website for more information about PD opportunities.
    Central Washington University 
    The following online or CD-Rom based courses can be taken by education professionals for professional development credits
    (500-level) or Washington State clock hours:

    • Behavior is Language
    • Child Abuse
    • Drugs & Alcohol in Schools
    • Talented & Gifted
    • Why DI?: Strategies for Managing Disruptive Behavior
    • Working with Abused & Neglected Children
    • Understanding Substance Use & Abuse
    • Working with High Achievers
    • An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction

    Visit for a complete course listing. Call 1-800-313-6744 if you have questions. 

    Peer Mediation Program Training for Faculty                         

    Teaching Understanding, Acceptance, and Respect

    Are bullying and harassment making a negative impact within your school? CRU Institute has created programs for elementary, middle, and high schools where students mediate disputes with other students. Training includes mediation skills, listening and communication, cultural diversity, and how to be your own mediator. You will be learning with faculty from around the United States how to implement CRU Institute’s unique programs.

    Elementary School Faculty:         Bellevue, WA     June 25, 2014                                     9:00AM-4:30PM

    Secondary School Faculty:           Bellevue, WA     June 26 & 27, 2014                           9:00AM-3:30PM

    For more information, Contact:

    CRU Institute
    Phone: 800.922.1988
    Visit our website:
    Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling
    South Kitsap School District is offering this professional learning opportunity, Saturday, September 6, 2014.  Learn More

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    Solid 4 bedroom, one-level home on corner lot.  Partially fenced with mature fruit trees. Newly remodeled including roof, upgraded vinyl windows, and electrical panel. Separate utility room plus detatched 8x12 storage shed.  2+ car off-street parking. Conveniently located to YMCA, schools, bus line, and shopping.  Contact Terri Walker for more information at 360.373.1541.


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