Superintendent's Update: December 11, 2019

Educator Award Recipients

I am pleased to recognize PineCrest teacher Silas Berry. He was recently presented with a Student Involvement Award from the Washington Education Association Human and Civil Rights Committee. Next week, two more of our teachers will be honored by the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce for demonstrating outstanding and innovative contributions and efforts in preparing students for the future. The recipients of the Chamber Education Committee’s “Innovator in Education Award” are Melissa Moser, a sixth grade teacher at Central Kitsap Middle School, and Germinia “Mina” Tinson, a third grade teacher at Cottonwood Elementary. They will be recognized during the Chamber Luncheon on December 18. Congratulations to all three of these outstanding teachers!

AVID Class Visit

Last week I spent time with Michelle Simmons’ AVID class at Klahowya Secondary School. AVID is an acronym that stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. This in-school academic support program is for students in grades 6-12, and it helps them succeed on a path to college and career success. AVID students are often those underrepresented in our nation’s colleges, such as low-income or first-generation college students. Ms. Simmons’ class focuses on building skills and developing behaviors that lead to this success—like note-taking, reading and writing strategies, and how to work collaboratively in groups. Additionally, their public speaking skills were practiced and quite impressive. 

Community Group Meeting

On Tuesday, district administrators met with Robert Boddie, Karen Vargas and several community leaders. We discussed how the Central Kitsap School District is taking action toward honoring and supporting a culture of equity. We are challenging ourselves to examine how bias and systems may be acting as barriers to student success throughout our district. This group will continue to meet quarterly to work together in order to challenge the status quo and serve our students and families. 

School Reviews

Last week we conducted school reviews for Brownsville and Cottonwood elementary schools. As I mentioned during our last meeting, I’ve found these sessions to be particularly valuable in helping me better understand each school individually. Next month, we’ll hear from Cougar Valley and Silverdale elementary schools.

Winter Music Concerts

‘Tis the season for holiday concerts! We are proud of our strong music programs, and our students’ talents are on full display this month. I encourage you to take advantage of an upcoming concert. You can find the schedule on our website under Calendar > Performing Arts.

School Start & End Times

Tonight we’ll be hearing from the School Start & End Times Team. This team was formed in response to concerns about the start times of our secondary schools, particularly our middle schools. The team includes staff, parents and community members who have been meeting since last spring to examine research findings on sleep for adolescents, the experiences of other districts, potential benefits to students, and implications for district operations. This fall, they released two surveys as a way to gather input from stakeholders and identify the impact of potential schedule changes on our families. We’ll hear a summary of those results later in this meeting, but I wanted to take a moment now to thank publicly the members of this team for their hard work. We appreciate their time and their commitment to our students, staff and community.