2018-19 Superintendent's Message
Greetings students, parents, staff and community members!
We are so excited about the new school year! I want to share a bit about a few of the great things happening in the Bremerton School District!
You are going to be hearing a lot about the concept of “social and emotional learning.” Social and emotional learning is the framework for our efforts to support our students’ social, emotional and academic learning and success. Research shows that social and emotional learning substantially improves academic achievement, and also increases positive behaviors (such as kindness and empathy), improves student attitudes toward school, and reduces depression and stress among students.
All District staff have received training on social and emotional learning, and it is a priority and focus districtwide– from our school buses and playgrounds to our classrooms, cafeterias and all school and District offices! We believe it is our responsibility to educate a child’s character as much as their intellect – and that is reflected in the new Bremerton School District video which which is available on our website and Facebook page. We are very proud of this new video and hope it gives you a sense of our commitment to the success of all students in the Bremerton School District.
School Safety & Security
School security and student safety is also an important district priority. As you may be aware, we are implementing the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) system for responding to the unlikely event of a school intruder. We have started training our staff and will be communicating with parents before we begin training in the schools with our students. Family information nights will be held at each school during the upcoming year to share this system with our parents.
We are installing additional security cameras in our buildings, and will be implementing a new school visitor check-in system with a single point of entry for every building. We recognize some of these changes may create an inconvenience for parents and volunteers, but we ask for your support (and patience!) as we make these important changes to keep our students, staff and visitors safe.
2016 Capital Levy Projects
I’m proud to share an update on some of the facility updates that are funded with the 2016 capital levy. We are able to make these improvements because of the community’s support. Thank you!
As you may have seen, the demolition of East High School is complete. The gym is getting a “facelift” and will be ready for use by the community this winter. Grass is being planted on the rest of the property and will remain an open space for the community to use. Moving forward, the Bremerton School Board and staff will be looking at options for the property, and we invite you to be a part of those conversations!
I hope you’ve had a chance to see the new state-of-the-art synthetic turf field (with cork fill rather than crumb rubber) at Memorial Stadium. We will resurface the BHS track and will be installing turf on our practice field in summer of 2019. All of our playgrounds across the District have received upgrades and new equipment as well.
The renovations at the BHS Performing Arts Center are underway, with a target completion date of mid-October! Additionally, the courtyard between the freshman wing and the main building at Bremerton High School has undergone a complete transformation due to a group of District and Community volunteers and donors. I invite you to learn more about the new Kokoro Gardens on Bremerton High School's website.
It is going to be a great year! We truly value our partnership with and support from the Bremerton community.
Sincerely,Dr. Aaron Leavell, Superintendent