February 2, 2021

FROM THE PRINCIPAL'S DESK

It's like Groundhog Day...

Prior to March 11th, 2020 when asked about what it's like to be a high school principal, my common refrain was, "every day is different!"  However, for the past ten moths I have often felt like I am stuck in the time loop that Bill Murray experiences in the classic early 90s movie Groundhog Day. So, it's fitting to share with you today - on Groundhog Day - that I can not wait for the "every day is different" refrain to return!  I am looking forward to seeing  high school kids on the BHS campus on February 22nd. 
We are busy working behind the scenes (see photo above) - getting books, supplies and materials into the hands of students learning at home, preparing classrooms for teaching and learning and laying out the logistics of our school day from start to finish. The BHS admin team has been on site at the K-8 schools as they have opened up over the past week, and we are learning from our colleagues about small moves that make a big difference. We will be pushing out detailed information about our campus reopening to students and families in the weeks ahead - so stay tuned to your email and be sure to check out the linked sites below.
Link to BHS Updates
Also - please review the BISD Return to Learn Handbook
Thank you for your partnership as we embark on a return to learning on the Bainbridge High School campus.   
~ Kristen Haizlip, Principal

Sexual Harassment & Sexual Assault

We are committed to creating a safe environment for all students on the Bainbridge High School Campus. Please click on the infographic above for details on how to report and get support for sexual harassment and sexual assault.  Details about the action steps we have taken as a district can be found in the email sent to students & parents from Dr. Bang-Knudsen on January 29th. Click here for BISD policy & procedure and additional resources.

Stories of Survival

In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day (Jan. 27th):
Former BHS English teacher Esme Weigand co-wrote The Choice, a memoir with survivor Edith Eva Eger.  Featured here in the NYT.
Lest We Forget is a photo exhibition featuring victims of Nazi persecution, conceived by the German photographer and filmmaker Luigi Toscano, in commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day.
"The International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust is a time to mourn those who disappeared and to reflect upon the choice of the individuals and governments that allowed this genocide to unfold. It is also a call for vigilance and for action, to address the root causes of hatred and prevent future atrocities from happening."  - Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO

Reminder: head to the ballot box

If you are a registered voter and live on Bainbridge Island, you should have received your ballot for the February 9th Special Election. There are two BISD renewal levies on the ballot that would replace levies expiring in December 2021. Learn more about how the Technology Levy and Enrichment & Operations Levy directly impact BHS students at www.bisd303.org/2021RenewalLevies.

Check this out before coming to campus

Please review the new attestation questions above, and be sure that you can answer NO to all four questions prior to coming to any BISD campus. This message applies to all staff, students, families and community members ~ thanks for helping to keep our schools healthy!

School Meals Available

For the 2020-2021 school year, lunch is available to students at no cost.
Order here online to pick up each Friday a meal kit which includes a complete heat and serve breakfast and lunch for each calendared school day for the following week.

Yay for Yearbooks!

The deadline to purchase your 2020-2021 Yearbook is February 12th! The BHS student yearbook team is hard at work pulling together a meaningful chronicle to recognize this unique school year. Click here for online payment.

YES for all!

We would like for ALL BHS students to have a yearbook ~ please don't hesitate to request financial assistance through the YES student scholarship application form - linked here.

Senior Spring

Attention Seniors students & parents/guardians ~ get ready for upcoming Senior Spring planning meetings. We'd love to hear your input on how to make the Spring memorable for the outstanding Class of 2021.
Seniors: Our next 4C Friday on February 12th will include Zoom meetings for seniors interested in helping plan Senior Spring. Check your frogrock email next week for details!
Parents/Guardians: Stay tuned for an email invitation to join brainstorm meetings with the Administration and Activities Team to help plan Senior Spring!  Let's take the ideas the seniors come up with and make it happen! Coming in the end of February to your inbox.

Ready, Set, Go! 

Season 1 Sports
Co-Ed Cross Country, Football, Girls Soccer, Girls Swim and Dive, Girls Volleyball, Sideline Cheer, and Winterguard are up and running February 1, 2021 and run through March 21, 2021. 
Click here to learn more and register!

Get Involved!

BHS Clubs & Activities are in full swing ~ meeting virtually for now but with plans to meet in person soon! Click here for a comprehensive list of BHS clubs & activities. 

Parent/Guardian Webinars

In case you missed the last two Parent/Guardian webinars ~ check them out! Both presentations were packed with insight & information - webinar recordings & slides below:
Jan. 20th - Return to Learn
Dec. 15th - Wellness
Worried about your teen? Check out the Wellness Webinar linked above for solid advice and helpful resources. 

We Are Grateful For...

Jill Colley & Sarah Bullock
Our awesome front office duo at BHS!  They keep us all smiling and the school up and running!

Student Showing Symptoms?

Students that are showing symptoms of COVID-19 are encouraged to get tested at the BISD testing site. Click here for info.
We Are Hiring!
Bainbridge Island School District is hiring to expand our pool of available substitute teachers! If you have a college degree, we encourage you to learn more!

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 emurphy@bisd303.org.