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    Jim Starrs

    Social Studies/Language Arts Teacher         

    Phone: 780-6552
     
     

     

    Welcome back and happy 2020. I had a very restful and restorative winter break. I got to sleep a bit later and see people I don't usually see. Some friends from our sister island of Ometepe visited Bainbridge and I got to host one at my house. I also enjoyed a three-day getaway with other friends up outside Port Townsend.

    My holiday ended with a super fine dinner out with my wife at BaSa thanks to the generosity of my students and their families. The gift certificate encouraged me to try this new-to-me restaurant. The food was delicious. (I also used the other gift certificate to put two books on order at Eagle Harbor Books.)

    I'll wear my new hoodie with pride.

    Thank you all so very much.

    Christmas dinner

     
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    This will be another year with great teaching partners. Ms. Barrett and I will each teach language arts and social studies to half the students on our team. Ms. Evans will teach all the science classes. Ms. Haas will teach all the math classes.
     
     
     

    Biography

    1958: I was born in New York City and lived there three years.

    baby

    1961: I moved to Chicago. There I started my school career in Ms. Hanburger’s kindergarten class.

    kinder

    {Skip forward many years during which I continued my schooling through elementary school, high school, college, and post-graduate studies. I also developed my love of travel, bicycling, reading, the outdoors, art, and many other things.}

      travel    bicycle    reading    outdoors    art

    2018: I teach 6th grade social studies and language arts at Sakai Intermediate School. Even though I have been teaching in the Bainbridge Island School District since 1990 (a long time) where I’ve been happy and lucky to work with great fellow teachers, great families, and the best students in the world, every year brings something new for me. 

    This year we'll have some things the same and some different. We'll still have our classrooms side by side on the 100-south level of Sakai. We'll still teach the same subjects and get to know you as individuals. Students will have language arts and social studies classes with one teacher and those classes will still be scheduled to be back-to-back. The new things this year will be details like our new ChromeBooks and small tweaks to the curriculum.
     

    I've had a good summer--some travel as mentioned above and some work on projects at home. I'll take one more quick trip to visit family in the DC area and then I'll be back getting our classroom ready. I hope to have fun working and learning with you this year. 

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