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2017-18 School Hours

    Hours: 8:45 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.
    Early Release: 8:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
    Hours: 9 a.m. to 3:22 p.m.
    Early Release: 9 a.m. to 1:52 p.m.
    Hours: 8:50 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
    Early Release: 8:50 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
    Hours: 8:45 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. 
    Early Release: 8:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
    Gr. 1-6, 7:50 a.m. to  2:20 p.m.
    Early Release: 7:50 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.

    Gr. 7-8, 8:45 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.
    Early Release: 8:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
    Hours 7:50 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
    Early Release: 7:50 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
    Hours 7:50 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
    Early Release: 7:50 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
    Hours 7:50 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
    Early Release: 7:50 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.


  • New Attendance Requirements: 
    Attendance counts.
    In 2016, the Washington State Legislature passed a bill establishing attendance requirements for school districts. 
    In June, BISD revised its Policy for Excused and Unexcused Absences and it now reflects the new requirements. This includes informing parents about the importance of regular attendance, consequences for excessive absences (excused or unexcused) and the formation of a community truancy board.
    Click here to read Policy 3122 and its Procedure
    As BISD parents complete the online registration process in Family Access this year, they will be asked to read and electronically sign a document indicating they are aware of the new requirements. 
    Questions? Contact Jeff McCormick via email jmccormick@bisd303.org or at 206-780-1058.
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  • From the Desk of the Superintendent:

    Superintendent Peter Bang-Knudsen

    Dear Bainbridge Island School District Community,
    Across the country, students’ social and emotional health are hot-button topics. News reports, student surveys and the rise of depression and anxiety in children, all lead to the conclusion that our students need more support to gain the necessary skills to lead an emotionally healthy life.
    A large body of research shows that social and emotional health education — such as those that teach self- and social- awareness, self-management, and responsible decision making — are associated with students’ long-term academic and career success. Studies have identified benefits ranging from improved classroom behavior, increased reading and math achievement, higher graduation rates and increased ability to handle stress. 
    At BISD, we take pride in the learning that happens in our schools. And while Social and Emotional Health (SEH) has always been a part of our teaching, this fall we’re launching a district-wide effort that places SEH at the forefront — and is designed to create a movement in all our schools and across all grade levels. Think of it less as a new curriculum and more of a cultural shift that places importance on building students’ key assets in a supportive way, while mitigating risk factors.  
    Implementing SEH in our schools will help raise the following assets:
    • Social Competencies such as peaceful conflict resolution, resistance skills, social advocacy

    • Emotional Competencies such as sympathy and empathy, grit and perseverance and self-awareness

    • Positive Values such as integrity, courage and honesty

    • Positive Identity such as resourceful and a sense of self-worth

    Special thanks to Sheryl Belt, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, who has spearheaded this initiative. Sheryl has worked with closely with Bainbridge Island resident Clay Roberts, who is a nationally-recognized educator known for his work creating positive and healthy school environments. Our great community partners — Healthy Youth Alliance, Raising Resilience and Bainbridge Youth Services — have also provided insight and feedback. We are fortunate to have such a power team leading the charge!  And an extra-special thank you goes to Bainbridge Schools Foundation for providing funding for this important movement.
    I would like to acknowledge that many BISD staff members already excel at supporting students' SEH, as I've seen countless examples of this positive behavior across the district. We are fortunate to be starting this initiative from a place of strength and I believe with a little more intention, we will move from a good place to a great one. 
    Recognizing that learning doesn’t end once the school bell rings, BISD is collaborating with local organizations to facilitate parent workshops that will teach parents the same asset-building skills that BISD staff implement. This wrap-around approach will further reinforce the skills and strengthen children’s understanding of how to lead a socially and emotionally healthy life. Look for information on these opportunities as the school year progresses.
    As always, if you have any questions about this or other BISD happenings, please feel free to contact me. 

    Peter Bang-Knudsen, Ed.D.

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  • Back to school

    Important back-to-school dates for the 2017-18 school year:

    • Monday, Aug. 28: Bainbridge High School registration for grades 11 & 12; Eagle Harbor High School registration for grades 11 & 12

    • Tuesday, Aug. 29: Bainbridge High School registration for grades 9 & 10; Eagle Harbor High School registration for grades 9 & 10

    • Wednesday, Aug. 30: Woodward Middle School Registration

    • Tuesday, Sept. 5: Blakely Meet & Greet; Ordway Meet & Greet; Wilkes Meet & Greet; Odyssey grades 1-8 Meet & Greet; Sakai Ice Cream Social; Woodward New Student Orientation (7th graders); BHS Spartan Start-Up (9th graders) 

    • Wednesday, Sept. 6: First Day of School (Grades 1-12)

    • Wednesday, Sept. 6 - Friday, Sept. 8: Kindergarten Intake Conferences

    • Monday, Sept. 11:  First Day of School for Kindergarten



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  • BISD has a new look.

    Why did we refresh our logo? We wanted one that was easier to read, easier to resize for various uses and incorporated our guiding principles.

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  • Ordway Elementary Choir performed the National Anthem at the Seattle Mariners' game.

    The Seattle Mariners had a whopping win on June 6 over the Minnesota Twins (12-3) -- dare we suggest it was partially due to the smashing opening performance of the National Anthem by the Ordway Choir? Congrats Ordway Otters for your stellar performance and congrats Mariners for your big win!

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  • WMS 7th Graders explore Bainbridge gems.

    Woodward 7th Graders recently spent the day at geological gems on Bainbridge Island: the north end's Fay Bainbridge Park and at a private stretch of land on the south end.

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  • Brain Breaks at BHS

    What do therapy chickens and beach balls have to do with learning? Both are part of new “Brain Breaks” at Bainbridge High School. These energizing acts of fun are during lunch and designed to break up the daily routine, invite positive emotions, decrease stress and improve blood flow to the brain.

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  • Congratulations to our Washington Achievement Award Winners!

    A total of 280 schools earned Washington Achievement Awards for the 2016 academic school year, including Captain Johnston Blakely Elementary, Captain Charles Wilkes Elementary, Ordway Elementary and Odyssey Multiage. This is the eighth year that the state has recognized outstanding achievement in Washington schools.

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