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April 2022

Dear Woodward Families,

Spring is definitely in the air.  Just as the flowers are opening up, so too is Woodward.  More joyous and vibrant than all of the beautiful cherry blossoms around campus are the smiles that we can now see on students’ faces.  It absolutely transforms the school to have more human interactions again.  We had our first band concert in over two years, and it absolutely warmed my heart to see the smiles and hear the applause… not to mention how awesome the bands sounded. 

We also had our first field trip in two years this week.  The Woodward Leadership class and a group of Sakai students traveled to the Japanese American Exclusion Memorial for the commemoration of 80 years since internment.  They were able to witness and support four Woodward students participate in the ceremony as they honored the efforts of our school’s namesakes.  Walt and Milly Woodward demonstrated the true meaning of allyship when they were the only newspaper editors on the west coast to speak out against that mistreatment of these American citizens, these Bainbridge neighbors.  It was moving and reminded me that in-person, experiential learning is second to none and just how much it has been hampered over the past two years.  It also reminded me how relevant this story arch is for modern days, making our shared efforts to raise compassionate, critical thinkers such an imperative.

Coming up after Spring Break, we will begin gearing up for the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAs).  There’s a lot of logistics involved which we will communicate after the break but for now, please note the dates provided below.

May 10,11,12:  7th & 8th Language Arts Smarter Balanced
                         Assessment (SBA)
May 17 & 18:   7th & 8th Math SBA
May 24 & 25:   8th Grade Washington Comprehensive Assessment                           of Science

I hope that you and your family have a wonderful Spring Break!  I especially hope that you find some time to have your own experiential learning with your student, be it a trip to a museum, a visit to a new spot of local importance, or just enjoying the beauty of springtime outside in the Pacific Northwest.

Sebastian Ziz
Principal, Woodward MS

The April PTO meeting will be held on Friday, April 15th at 9:30 am via Zoom.  The link for the meeting follows:
Also, the Woodward PTO is looking for parents and guardians who'd like to be a part of the 2022-2023 board to plan fun and meaningful ways to support teachers, staff, students, and parents at Woodward.  We're proud to provide the Woodward favorites, like the annual Fallapalooza Fundraiser and celebration, curriculum-enhancing teacher grants, and Staff Appreciation, just to name a few things that the PTO sponsors.

We have five roles that need to be filled: President, Treasurer, Secretary, Grants, Volunteer.  The role is 1 year and a new board is elected every year.  This is open to all Woodward parents and no PTO experience is required.  If you're interested in joining the 2022-2023 PTO board, please contact Val Ramirez Mukherjee at:
We look forward to hearing from you!
Val Mukherjee
PTO President

Hi Parents and Guardians of the Class of 2026,

8th Grade Banquet is just around the corner!  Save the date for June 4, 2022!  Holly Rohrbacher and Karen Hall are this year's co-chairs and will be hosting the first parent/guardian planning meeting on Thursday, April 14 at 7PM in the Woodward Commons.  No worries if you can't make it, there will be plenty of volunteer roles to fill.  All questions can be directed to our email:
Please join our Facebook page Bainbridge Class of 2026 Parents.  Thanks!
On March 30, 2022 the Bainbridge community gathered to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the exclusion of Japanese Americans from their homes on Bainbridge Island during World War II.  Many speakers shed light and perspectives on what our Japanese neighbors experienced both during the war and upon their return home to Bainbridge Island.  Four Woodward students spoke on Walt and Millie Woodward's contribution to keep our community engaged with our Japanese neighbors while they were encamped during the war.  Pictured below are Woodward students from left to right:  Dolly Courtway (8), Averie DeGuzman (8), Daniel Camacho (8) and Leo  Matcho (7).
African Library Project Book Drive
For the second year in a row, Builders Club hosted a book drive to support the African Library Project.  The goal was to collect 1000 children's and young adult books and we are happy to announce that we exceeded our goal!  Students, staff, and community members rallied together to bring in 1200 books.  The African Library Project seeks to "expand opportunities by creating spaces that nurture literacy" and with help from Kiwanis Club (to pay for shipping), these books will be shipped off to create a school or community library.  Thanks for all of your support with this important project.  Below are some club members sorting, counting, and boxing books.
Woodward's Knowledge Bowl team wrapped up their season on March 29.  Despite being unable to compete against other schools this year, 12-18 students attended each Tuesday after school and vigorously competed against each other, answering a wide variety of academic trivia competitions.  After 10 years serving as coach, Keri Schmit is stepping down to pursue her interests in history and geography while teaching in Ecuador.  Betsy Carlson will become Woodward's new Knowledge Bowl Coach!  Welcome Coach Carlson!  The 2021-2022 Knowledge Bowl Team is pictured below.
NEW!  Effective Monday, April 11, BISD will implement the DOH’s updated requirement regarding student notifications of possible COVID-19 exposure.  We will no longer send general notifications to classrooms, athletic teams/activities or bus routes but instead, we will directly notify (via email) guardians of high-risk students regarding potential school-based exposures. High risk is defined as immuno-compromised, medically fragile or otherwise having an increased risk for severe COVID-19

With assistance from the school nurses, BISD has compiled a list of guardians who will receive these notifications when their students have been potentially exposed.  If you have not informed your student’s school nurse about a health condition, please complete this form.

In addition, we recognize families or staff may have additional situations (such as younger siblings who are unable to be vaccinated or other family members with underlying health conditions) where it would be helpful to be notified of possible in-school exposures.  Families and staff have the option of signing up for these more specific notifications by completing this form.

NEW!  If staff or students test positive using an at-home test or are tested at a non-BISD testing site, please report the positive result via this form.


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