Superintendent's Update: February 10, 2020

Equity Symposium

Earlier this month I attended a national Equity Symposium. This event provides a forum for school board members, public school advocates, and community leaders to examine and discuss the strategies, current trends, research, and best practices around equity in our nation’s public K-12 schools. Sessions focused on why inequity exists in our schools and how school boards can work to ensure that all students are given the best opportunity to succeed.


Jump Start K

Our Jump Start K program started last Monday. This free program helps students without access to high-quality preschool gain the skills and confidence they need to be ready for success when they start kindergarten in the fall. Students will attend school full time through mid-June. Visiting these schools and helping with our newest little students was the highlight of my week!


Student Discipline Rules

OSPI adopted new student discipline rules in July 2018 based on statewide legislation. The intent was to build systems that support positive behavior in schools and reduce instances of excluding students from school in order to discipline them. The new rules were phased in over a two-year period with full implementation starting this school year. These changes have required updates to our student discipline policies. Last Monday, I attended a joint meeting at the WEA Olympic Council Office with our association leaders, OSPI, WASA and WEA to discuss ways to best support students and staff with these new changes.


Naval Base Kitsap Outreach

Last Thursday, I met with Capt. Richard Rhinehart, the commanding officer of Naval Base Kitsap. Doug Newell joined us for a tour of Clear Creek Elementary. That afternoon, I met with Juan Nevarez, volunteer coordinator for Naval Base Kitsap. I’ve also been working with Kelly Scheese, Navy Region Northwest Regional School Liaison Officer, to schedule community meetings at NBK-Bangor and at Hawk Elementary. Our partnerships with our military families is something we value and desire to strengthen across our district.


Black History Month Celebration

Our schools will be recognizing Black History Month in different ways throughout February. The district’s Black History Month Celebration will be held at Barker Creek Community School on Thursday, February 27, 6:00-7:30 p.m. We’ve invited our families and community to join us for performances, food and a gallery showcase of student work.