District response to the Lego news article – Following the release of a recent news article, the Bainbridge Island School District (BISD) has received inquiries that reflect inaccurate perceptions about student access to Lego bricks in Karen Keller’s kindergarten classroom at Blakely Elementary School. In keeping with a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education grant, Ms. Keller gave girls a designated time to play with the building toys during a 30-minute “free-choice” time block in September 2015. This isolated, short-term practice ended in October. All students in all classrooms have and will continue to have access to all instructional and noninstructional materials.
BISD is committed to providing equal opportunities for all persons, and complies with all state and federal rules and regulations. The district does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin (including language), sex, sexual orientation (including gender expression or identity), creed, religion, age, veteran or military status, disability, or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability.
Legislative Roundtable on Education Dec. 2 – Hear your local legislators and get answers to your questions on K-12 education and school funding. Attend a Legislative Roundtable on Education with Sen. Christine Rolfes, Rep. Drew Hansen and Rep. Sherry Appleton Wednesday, Dec. 2, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Bainbridge High School Commons.
After a 40-year career in education, Superintendent Faith Chapel has announced her intent to retire from the Bainbridge Island School District at the end of this school year. Chapel joined the district 14 years ago as the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. She has been superintendent since July 2008.
On Monday, Nov. 9, Blakely Principal Reese Ande took Governor Jay Inslee and first lady Trudi Inslee on a tour of the school. The first stop was the library, where students and librarian Kathleen Pool shared a few of their favorite books.
Families who use Auvi-Q, please note Sanofi US is conducting a nationwide recall of all Auvi-Q epinephrine injection devices due to problems with dosage delivery. Please contact a health care provider regarding a replacement prescription. Questions? Contact school health room nurse Heidi McKay at 206-780-1453, or Sandy Halbert at 206-855-0540.
The longtime Bainbridge High School social studies teacher will collaborate with colleagues and local and state leaders to develop and present to national policymakers strategic, practical solutions for improving teacher preparation programs.