BHS Newsletter
BHS Newsletter
Bainbridge high School
January 13, 2023

Greetings, BHS Community ~ 

On this up and coming weekend celebrating and reflecting on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I want to take a moment to echo both celebration and challenge. This past week at our school wide student-led assembly, we celebrated many of the ways BHS students impact change and make a difference in our community. It was inspiring to hear from students who also challenged their peers to continue to find ways to make a positive impact and also to challenge the status quo in the name of equity and inclusion. We also celebrated community milestones and change-making trailblazers throughout the decades on our island. There is a lot to reflect on and celebrate and yet, there is also so much work to continue to be done. While we all enjoy an extra weekend day, I challenge ALL of us to not think of this holiday as a "day off" but rather as a "day on" - let us consider in what ways do we each make a difference to impact change in our community?  How do we continue to lift each other up? We are always stronger together!
Go Spartans!
Kristina Rodgers, BHS Principal

1st Semester Finals are Jan 25-27

  • Bell Schedule: Finals Days are HALF DAYS. Students will be released at 11:45 AM. Here is the bell schedule for the week.
  • Bus Transportation: Buses will depart BHS at noon. Click here for the adjusted route schedule.
  • Food Service: Sack breakfast ($4) and lunch ($5) options will be available before school on finals days.
  • Library Hours: 8 AM - 4 PM Students are welcome to study in the library after finals each day, but they will need to find alternate transportation home.

BISD is exploring options to rename Captain Charles Wilkes Elementary

to better align with BISD's mission and belief statements.
Students have been invited to hear about the renaming process, ask questions, and provide input during both lunches on January 18.
In addition, there will be one more public hearing where community members can learn more about why the name change is being considered, the Renaming Committee's vetting process and submit name suggestions in-person or online. Click here for more details.

The window to purchase Chromebook insurance has reopened until Jan. 27.

Did you know that the cost to replace a damaged student Chromebook is $428, but accidental insurance coverage for the remainder of the school year is $23.79?

If you do not have Chromebook insurance yet, we encourage families with students in grades 5-12 to enroll in accidental insurance coverage. For more information about Chromebook accidental damage insurance, please visit the Technology Services webpage to read the Student Device Insurance FAQ.

Click here
 to purchase the insurance. 

Families facing financial challenges may request to have the insurance fee waived for the year through this online form


Starting on January 2, 2023, BISD will offer testing that screens for COVID and Influenza A & B.

WHAT: With one nasal swab, BISD students and staff can test for COVID and Influenza A & B using the BD Triplex test.
WHERE: Testing will be available at the District Office Drive-Thru Testing Center, 8489 Madison Ave. N (between the Aquatic Center & Ordway Elementary). The Triplex Test requires special equipment, so this is not a take-home test. 
WHEN:  School days from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. during January. (Depending on the response and the prevalence of the viruses in our community, it may be extended into February.)
A consent form must be completed prior to the test and is provided during the check-in process.
In addition, take-home COVID tests will be available at the District Office Drive-Thru Testing Center and schools' health rooms.
Look for updated information on the BISD website prior to Jan. 2, 2023. 
Did you know? Many COVID-test kits are good for months past the expiration date printed on the pacakge. Check your kits here
Care Connect - Offers free support to those who are isolating or quarantining for COVID-19 infections. Services include food deliveries and personal care kits.  

Happy New Year! 

We kicked off the New Year with our monthly PTSO meeting (1st Tuesday of every month). A big thank you to BYS SilverTech Squad for sponsoring Candy Fridays in January. You may know that BYS offers free therapy and peer tutoring, but do you know about SilverTech Tutoring? School youth volunteers support senior citizens with their technology devices twice a month on Mondays. Get involved with SilverTech Squad today!
The planning for the Snow Ball Dance on January 28 is in full force. Thank you to all of you who have purchased the requested decorations (from the ASB Students) on the Amazon Wish List. The intention is to reuse these decorations for years to come.
Keep your eyes peeled for our Sign Up Genius with ways to volunteer for the Snow Ball in the coming days. Make sure you get your volunteer clearance complete if you wish to volunteer for the dance.
Finally, at our next meeting on Feb 7, we will host the BYS Counselors’ Fireside Chat for parents/guardians. We hope you can attend. A Fireside Chat is a safe opportunity for our community to ask therapists, doctors, youth, and the community questions. We will have an opportunity to submit anonymous questions for the therapists in the coming weeks. 
To learn more about what the PTSO does, visit our website at t You can read the PTSO newsletters here.
Donate to the BHS PTSO

Free and Reduced-price meals may be obtained by any student whose family income falls within the guidelines set by the US Department of Agriculture. 

Those who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch will also qualify for additional benefits such as waived fees for class, athletics, ASB and testing fees. The following is information on how to receive those benefits.

1. Fill out the Free&Reduced-Price Meals Application - instructions found here. To receive benefits, this form must be completed every year. Questions? Contact

2. If your family qualifies, you will be given access to a custom online form in your Skyward Family Access. A link to this form will be posted on your Family Access message wall and you will use the form to indicate additional fees to waive. Please feel free to contact if you have any questions about how to access this form.

Nondiscrimination Statement: Bainbridge Island School District School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. For questions, please contact Civil Rights Coordinator, Erin Murphy at

Martin Luther King Jr Holiday (No School)
18: Winter Jazz Night
25-27: Semester 1 Finals
28: Snow Ball

YES for all!

It is our collective goal to ensure that all BHS students experience high school to the fullest. Need help with a school fee or extracurricular expense? All students and BHS parents/guardians can request assistance through the YES student scholarship application form - linked here.

Important Dates

Senior Students, Parents & Guardians--be sure to refer to the Senior Important Dates list periodically as we will continue to add dates throughout the year.
Culinary 1 students at Chili Cook-Off

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