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Prepared to be amazed! Sign-up for a tour of the new facilities at Bainbridge High School and see how these spaces will serve students for generations to come.  

Bainbridge Island School District is excited to show the community the beautiful facilities that were recently completed. Tours guides will lead participants throughout the brand new 100 Building and showcase the new commons, composites lab, metal lab, woodshop, culinary arts lab, drafting lab, music rooms, 2-D and 3-D art labs. The tour will also visit the new theater to view the performance area, backstage support, the lighting & audio booths and more.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, tours are limited to 18 participants per time slot. Attendees will be required to enter through the school's COVID-19 station (which includes a temperature check).
DATE: Saturday, March 27, 2021 
TIME: Beginning at noon; tours will leave every 15 mins. Pre-registration is required.
SIGN-UP: Click here to view the available times and sign-up. 
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Are you passionate about the role of public education? Would you like to make a difference in the lives of Bainbridge Island students? Do you live in the central-east area of the island?

If you’ve answered “yes” to the questions above, then Bainbridge Island School District encourages you to apply to fill the vacancy* for the School Board Director representing District 2. School Board Directors provide the district with leadership, strategic direction and help shape the district’s educational programs.

To be eligible to hold the office of school director, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be a qualified voter of Bainbridge Island School District
  • Live in Bainbridge Island School District Director District #2
  • Neither the director nor his/her dependents are employed by the district. However, if a person is employed by the district under contract as a classified or certificated employee before his/her spouse becomes a director, the contract can be renewed for further employment.
Download application materials here. Applications are due by Thursday, April 1, 2021 by noon. Questions? Contact Lani Chaffee at or 206-780-1052. 

*At last night's School Board Meeting, Mike Spence announced that he is stepping down from the School Board. 

Mike has served as a member of the School Board since 2009 and has been a stellar guide and champion of the district. His keen intellect and sense of humor will be missed! (Additional kudos for Mike will be shared at the March 25, 2021 School Board Meeting.) 
Ammi Pratt and Kristen Haizlip

BISD is pleased to announce that it has selected Amii Pratt to serve as Elementary Executive Director of Teaching and Learning and Kristen Haizlip to serve as Secondary Executive Director of Teaching and Learning. 

Both Amii and Kristen have extensive experience in education and will begin their new roles in the district office on July 1, 2021. BISD will now begin the process of hiring the next principal for both Wilkes and Bainbridge High School. The first step in the hiring process is to survey the school communities on the qualities that they would like to see in their next principal. The input garnered from the surveys will be valuable as we move forward with our hiring processes. (Please see the next section for a link to the surveys.)
  • Amii has served as principal of Captain Charles Wilkes Elementary for six years and has also worked as an associate principal at Sakai Intermediate School. Her experience includes serving as a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) for English Language Arts and as a TOSA for the Teacher and Principal Evaluation Project. In addition, Amii has taught first and second grades. 

  • For the past four years, Kristen has served as principal at Bainbridge High School. Prior to that, she worked as an associate principal for Bainbridge High School as well as an associate principal for Bellevue High School. Kristen’s experience also includes serving as an instructional coach and curriculum developer. She has also taught social studies and language arts at the secondary level. 

Please take a few minutes to complete the following surveys:

COVID Data Dashboard

BISD is committed to sharing information to help track the prevalence of COVID-19 in the BISD community. 

We use the most up-to-date data we have available but numbers may change as additional data is received. The chart only tracks those who are in isolation or quarantined because they have been identified as COVID-positive or a close contact to a COVID-positive case. Numbers in this dashboard do not include people asked to stay home because they have a COVID-19 symptom.
The data will be updated weekly (typically on Thursdays) but there will not be an updated dashboard next week due to Mid-Winter Break. 
To access the dashboard, please visit

COVID-19 Data Dashboard
New commons

Raise your hands if you're thinking about the 2021-22 school year!

Please make note of these important dates and deadlines listed below. And please help spread the word to friends and neighbors.

16: Bainbridge High School Future Freshmen Parent Night @ 7 p.m.
23: Woodward Middle School Incoming Parent Night @ 6:30 p.m.
23: Sakai Intermediate Incoming Parent Night @ 6:30 p.m.
2: NEW EVENT! High School students (rising 9th-12th graders) who do not currently attend BISD schools are invited to join the BHS administrators & counselors for a tour, an information session and an overview of course options available at BHS. Register for the event here. 
Kindergarten Presentation

While we wish we could have met in person, Kindergarten Information Night (online) was a great success. 

Did you miss Kindergarten Information Night? Never fear! You can view the recording here. You'll need this passcode to access the recording: O%fe2^16. In addition, you can view the slides from the presentation here. If you have additional questions, please reach out to the principals or office managers at our schools.

Some BISD students will be participating in a state-wide COVID-19 survey.  

Bainbridge High School, Eagle Harbor High School, Woodward Middle School, and Odyssey 6-8 along with schools across the state are participating in the COVID-19 Student Survey in spring 2021. .

The survey includes questions related to physical and mental health, thoughts and feelings pertaining to school during the pandemic; adult and peer support; attitudes towards and use of alcohol, marijuana,
and other drugs and COVID-19 precautions. Survey results are used by teachers, school leaders, parents, community partners and policy leaders to help understand how to meet the needs of the youth in the

Participation in the survey is voluntary and the students’ answers are anonymous.  

BHS is administering the survey: During the week of March 15-19
WMS is administering the survey: Wednesday, March 17
COS (grades 6-12) is administering the survey: During the week of March 15-19
Contact Jennifer Kniseley at if you have additional questions.

Please read the Parent and Student Notification FAQ document for more information about the survey.
Reminder: BISD continues to offer free weekly Meal Kits for any youth 18 and younger.  
BISD's Meal Kit program continues to serve tasty and healthy meals. With options for meat-eaters, vegetarians, gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan, there is something for all diets! Kits are picked up weekly (on Fridays).   View the menu offerings here.  Please place your order here.
Bainbridge Island Rotary and Helpline House have partnered to deliver lunches to youth in need during the school breaks. This began with Winter Break and continues for Spring Break (April 5 to 9) and Summer. 

For Spring Break, lunch bags with a week’s worth of lunches will be distributed at Helpline House on April 8th & 9th between noon and 4 pm. For those unable to pick up a bag, arrangements can be made to deliver them to you. 

To order a special lunch bag or delivery please email
Include the following information:
     1.  Your name and email
     2.  If you need delivery, please include the address where the lunch bag needs to be delivered. 
     3.  Do you have a food allergy, please list.
  You may also just show up to pick up standard lunches.

The Bainbridge Island COVID-19 vaccine clinic scheduled for this weekend will be held at Commodore Options School.  

The Bainbridge Island COVID-19 vaccine clinic scheduled for Saturday, March 13 and Sunday, March 14 will now be held in the gymnasium at Commodore Options School, located at 9530 High School Rd NE, to allow all participants to be indoors in the event of inclement weather. To learn more, please click here


14: Daylight Saving Time Begins (Spring Forward)
16: BHS Future Freshmen Parent Night @ 7 p.m. 
22: WMS Incoming Parent Night @ 6:30 p.m.
23: Sakai Incoming Parent Night @ 6:30 p.m.
25: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m. 
27: Community Tour of new facilities at BHS
2: BHS Tours & course information for high school students not currently enrolled in BISD
5-9: Spring Break (No School)
15: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m.
29: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m.
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Follow us on  Facebook and Instagram to stay-up-to date with BISD happenings like this post highlighting Blakely's mobile library-- where the librarian comes to the students and helps them select a book. 
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The recording of the meeting is available here. 
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BISD is offering COVID-19 tests for students and staff. Learn more here. 
If you choose to travel, please abide by the Governor's Travel Advisory:
Persons arriving in Washington from other states or countries, including returning Washington residents, should practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival).

Or, the Governor's Travel Restrictions which states that those Washington residents returning from travel to the UK, South Africa, or other countries where a new variant of COVID-19 has been circulating must 

quarantine for 14 days. 

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