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NEWS FROM BAINBRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL

December 2016
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
DECEMBER GUIDING PRINCIPLE AT BHS: SOCIABILITY
At the start of the year, we launched our collaborative effort with the students of the Healthy Youth Alliance, Rotary, the Bainbridge Community Foundation, our staff and school community to infuse our new mission statement and eight guiding principles into the fabric of what we do daily with students.  Toward this goal, each department has adopted a guiding principle to highlight each month; October was Curiosity month in Science and November was Empathy month in English.  This month, our Social Studies Department has stepped up to assist our students with developing their understanding and mastery of Sociability.  To best understand why sociability is a critical skill for our kids, let’s listen closely to the Henry Ford quote they’ve placed on the banners, “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success.”  Simply gathering at BHS isn’t enough…working together to make this place special for every student is the collective goal for us all.  Together, we can accomplish anything.   
 
THANK YOU BAINBRIDGE SCHOOLS FOUNDATION!
Seven of our staff members at Bainbridge High School were recently notified of Bainbridge Schools Foundation Mini-Grant Awards.  These awards were based on applications that the teachers submitted earlier this fall to the Foundation Board.  BHS received $13,745 in grants for individual/departmental teacher requests for supplemental curriculum materials and activities to support instruction.
A sincere thank you goes to the Bainbridge Schools Foundation and to the many folks who contribute to the Bainbridge Schools Foundation.  These funds are being put to very good use to supply materials and projects, adding to the richness of instructional programs available to students at BHS.  The grants will support teaching and learning as follows:
  • Inspiring Students to Read by Celebrating Authors
  • STEM and Service Learning via AP Computer Science
  • Bio Medical Engineering STEM Support
  • The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains (Reading / Writing)
  • Link Crew Transition Programming Improvements
  • 360 Degree Classroom – Math Innovation in Teaching
  • Sound Technology Improvements for Work Based Learning

STUDENT OF THE MONTH – FIRST SEMESTER
Each semester, six students are honored as Students of the Month.  I am proud to announce the names of the following students, listed below, who were chosen as Students of the Month based on their accomplishments in community service, leadership, and academic achievement.  They will be honored at the Rotary Dinner at Wing Point Country Club, 811 Cherry Ave NE, on Dec 5th at 6:30pm.  In addition to receiving an award, they will each receive a check for $100 from the Rotary Club.
Congratulations Lia Johansen, Clio Batali, Julia Gray, Annika Thornburg, Lauren Quesada, and Finn Mander.

Go Spartans!
Duane R. Fish, Principal
Questions? Please feel free to contact me at 780-1250 or dfish@bisd303.org
AROUND BHS
JOIN NOW! Are you a current member of the BHS Biomedical Engineering Club or want to become a participant? This year our biomedical club is converting over to HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) and will begin training to compete in biomedical challenges. All students interested in joining the Bainbridge High School HOSA are encouraged to attend our bi-monthly meetings on Monday mornings at 7:15 AM and on Friday afternoons at 3:00 PM. 

We are gearing up for our state competition in March with Nationals to follow in June. Now is the time to register for a competitive medical challenge. Stop by Mrs. Moore's room 311 to obtain the bylaws and check out which competitive event you want to begin training for. For more information, check out www.WAHOSA.org and view the list of competitive events.
WHAT: Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
WHEN: Bi-Monthly Monday mornings at 7:15 a.m. & Friday afternoons at 3 p.m.
WHERE: Room 311
Click here for info on HOSA
BHS Band News
The Band Program led a Floating Pep Rally aboard the WSDOT MV Wenatchee on November 7th, just prior to the Seahawks vs. Buffalo Bills Monday Night Football game.  The rally made several splashes in local press.  An event scrapbook can be found here.
11th grade Saxophonist, Henry Brown is at the NAfME (National Association for Music Education)'s National Convention this weekend, as part of the NAfME National Concert Band.  To earn an invitation to this prestigious event, Henry had to first qualify for the WMEA (Washington Music Educators Association) All-State band last year, and then resubmit fresh video auditions to go up against other All-State students from all over the country.  Henry is the 3rd BHS student in six years to earn this honor.
The BHS Marching Band WON the Single A Division at the Auburn Veteran's Day Parade & Field Show Competition on November 5th.  This is the ensemble's 4th championship in 5 years.
BE SAFE DRIVERS!
Attention parents of zero period students: please remind your BHS students to drive carefully on these dark mornings--especially near school bus stops and where elementary students are walking. Recently, we have had several reports of young drivers-- driving too fast near groups of younger students waiting for their school bus.  
COUNSELING NEWS
BHS Counseling Website
Counseling Office.....206-842-2913
Adam Ward......780-1259.............................Students A-D
Nicole Bakker….......780-1359......................Students E-K
Lauren D’Amico (M-W) ...855-0419...Students L-Q & Running St.
Krista Pal (M, TH, F).......780-1367.....Students L-Q & Running St.
Jamie K. Walter........780-1376......................Students R-Z
 
Registrar - Cris Cannestra…………………...780-1253  
Counseling Secretary - Rilla Hughes……..780-1251
To better serve everyone, counselors operate on an appointment system; students and/or parents can contact, Rilla Hughes, to schedule an appointment.  Counselors try to be available for drop-ins during break and lunch.
 
DEADLINE TO DROP A CLASS
Even though most students are scheduled into six classes, five courses define a “full-time student.”  Friday, September 23th was the last day for students who carried six courses to drop down to five courses without it showing on the high school transcript.  From September 26th through October 14th, if a student dropped a 6th class it shows as a “W” on the transcript with no penalty to the GPA.  Drops after October 14th carry a grade of “F”.   Students who drop below five courses are no longer full-time; this may have implications for athletics and insurance and/or support benefits.
   
A NOTE TO PARENTS AND THEIR SENIORS: DON’T PANIC!
Typically at this time of the year, concerns surface with parents and seniors about whether the counseling office sends application materials (i.e. transcripts ordered through Parchment, school reports and letters of recommendation) in a timely manner. What fuels this concern are email messages or other notices from the colleges indicating that the “student’s file is incomplete.”  Colleges inform us that these messages are automatic and don’t always reflect what’s really on file due to the lengthy task of processing the multitude of materials (literally thousands upon thousands of pieces of mail and electronic submissions that must be opened, sorted, filed, and entered into a database) that they receive.
One college in particular sends applicants an email message noting that they are missing a particular piece of the application, but to wait until a specific date as they are still sorting paper and electronic mail. Once that date has passed, they will send another message indicating that the piece was found or that the mail is still being sorted.  We ask parents and students to be patient; if you wait a week or so, usually things get sorted. In the rare instance that something might have been misplaced, colleges have assured us that re-submitting information past the deadline does not jeopardize an applicant’s chances. 
SCHOLARSHIP NEWS
Students should check the “Scholarship” link on Naviance for the latest known information for scholarships that are currently available. Seniors interested in specific 2-year and 4-year schools should contact these institutions directly for scholarships available through them.  Parents should check to see if their places of employment offer scholarships for dependents.  Membership in fraternal organizations, service clubs, religious affiliations and past or current military service may qualify a student for certain scholarships.  Many scholarships do not require affiliation with the organization offering the scholarship.

We also recommend registering with FASTWEB.com, MERITAID.com, www.thewashboard.org, and www.BigFuture.collegeboard.org and other scholarship matching websites. Most financial aid is acquired through FAFSA (see below).
 
FAFSA- FREE FINANCIAL FEDERAL STUDENT AID (SENIORS)
FAFSA—The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is available online. It is required of all students who will apply for any need-based financial aid for colleges. As of Oct. 1, FAFSA is now open and accepting filings using may be filed using 2015 tax information. See the BHS Counseling website “Paying for College” for more information and links to helpful websites. It is important for families to begin organizing and collecting the required data now.  The FAFSA 4Caster can be found under the link above or by a web search.  

FINANCIAL AID - “CSS Profile” form (SENIORS)
The “CSS Profile” is required of applicants applying for need-based financial aid by a relatively small number of colleges (almost all are private).  Information on this program for students planning to enter college in the 2017-2018 school year is available here.

SERVICE ACADEMIES & ROTC SCHOLARSHIPS (SENIORS)
Now is the time to be applying for the above.  If you are not already in the application process, the counseling office has information to get you started.

A Service Academy Information Night will likely be presented in December at the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Seattle. Once we receive details, we will post them on the BHS website under Site Shortcuts and in Naviance College Visits. Note: an RSVP and a photo ID will be required for admission to the Base.

There will also likely be an ROTC/Service Academy Information Night for all grades, especially sophomores and juniors at Central Kitsap High School in January, 2017. Registration starts at 6 p.m. for this event.  Details will be in the Naviance College Visits and on the BHS website under “College Rep Visits” in “Site Shortcuts” as soon as we get them.

COMMON APPLICATION (SENIORS)
Nearly 700 private colleges accept the Common Application and the applications are available here.

FOUR YEAR BACCALAUREATE PUBLIC COLLEGES (SENIORS)
Applications for Eastern, Evergreen, Central, University of Washington, Washington State and Western Washington are available on-line through the colleges’ websites. Please note:  All state schools prefer online applications.  While these schools will not respond to applications before December 1, seniors may submit them prior to that.  Early applications are especially recommended if a student is interested in a campus-based scholarship and priority housing.  No recommendation letters are needed for most state colleges.

BHS counselors are available for appointments with students and/or parents to assist in the post-high school planning process.

COMMUNITY COLLEGES (SENIORS)
The entrance requirement for the 34 public two-year colleges and technical colleges in Washington is a high school diploma.  All prospective community college students should submit applications no later than early spring since most campuses assign registration appointments based on receipt of a completed application.  The ASSET or Compass test (taken at the Community College) is used to determine appropriate placement in courses.

CLASS OF 2017
IMPORTANT:  The counseling office will not send applications or release transcripts through Parchment if a student owes money to BHS. If students are not certain of their status, please check the fine list or ask the accounting clerk, Ms. Spray. Also, in order to participate in graduation ceremonies, seniors have to PAY all fines as well as PASS all required courses.  

MIDYEAR REPORTS (SENIORS)
Seniors applying to colleges that require a Mid-Year Report must wait until February 8th, 2017 to have this portion of the application sent.  First-semester grades need to be submitted and posted to Parchment.com before a student’s “most recent” transcript can be sent.  

Please note:  Common Application Mid-Year Reports will be submitted by your counselor including the Mid-Year Transcript after February 8th, 2017.

For all non-Common Application Colleges that require a Mid-Year Report:  Students request the transcript to be sent through Parchment.com after February 8th, 2017.

PARENT BRAG SHEETS (SENIOR PARENTS)
We are extremely appreciative of all the parent brag sheets that we have received for those students who needed recommendation letters. These brag sheets are an invaluable piece of information and have helped us in writing your student’s letters of recommendation. Thank you for your touching stories and information about your students.


FREE TUTORING (ALL GRADE LEVELS)!!!
BHS National Honor Society members offer free tutoring in all subject areas. Students and parents are encouraged to contact the BYS (Bainbridge Youth Services) website and sign up to request a tutor. Email: tutoring@bainbridgeyouthservices.org to get linked with a tutor. Tutoring is available on Mondays from 1:30 – 3:00 and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 3:00 – 4:30. We encourage students to take advantage of this wonderful, FREE tutoring opportunity!

PSAT RESULTS (FRESHMEN, SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS) Thank you to the Bainbridge Foundation for funding.
Approximately 400 students took the PSAT this year. We anticipate the results of these tests arriving at BHS in time for them to be mailed home prior to winter break. The mailing will include your student's score report, the test booklet and an interpretation sheet to help understand the scores. Counselors will be available in the Counseling Conference Rooms to go over test score results on Thursday, January 5th, before and after school. A bulletin announcement will be made to remind students. 
 
Students are urged to review their score reports in conjunction with their test booklet to assess their strengths and weaknesses to better prepare them for the SAT. College Board has created a tutorial to further explain student’s PSAT score reports here

All students who took the PSAT will receive free, personalized SAT study through Khan Academy based on test results, a personality profiler that suggests majors and careers to explore, access to college search, and major/career search on BigFuture.

In addition, students have free access to Method Test Prep, a personalized computer-based test preparation program as part of the Naviance.  We encourage all students to use this incredible program.

A MESSAGE FROM UW HONORS PROGRAM ADVISOR:

Hello all,

     I am the lead advisor in the UW Honors Program, and wanted to provide some thoughts and information regarding the UW Honors Program.  Students who are usually competitive applicants for UW Honors are, in short, students who have consistently gone far above and beyond what was required of them while in high school. If offered at their school, they take Honors, AP, IB or other accelerated courses. If possible, they take on independent study or research with teachers, they take on roles of leadership in the activities they do both in school and in their communities, and though they may do a lot of activities, they really, really invest themselves in at least a few. Sound like a lot of students you know? Exactly why admissions to Honors is pretty competitive. We receive about 1500 complete applications a year and in the past have admitted about 550 students which yield an incoming class of about 250. There are a lot of amazing students out there. 
     What end up being very important for us are the student's essays - both their personal statements and their honors essays. We of course want them to be well written but also personal, creative, and really show a great enthusiasm for learning. We want to see that they are going to make the absolute most of their experience in UW Honors.  That being said, here are some numbers. Last year the average GPA of our incoming freshman class was a 3.93 and the average SAT (old SAT scores) was a 1390.  We have always done a comprehensive review of our applicants, so GPA and SAT are definitely only part of the admissions process.  I encourage you to take a look at our website for more information about the program, what types of courses we offer, and about applying to Honors. Of course, please get in touch if you have any questions. Thanks!

Aley Mills Willis
Assistant Director of Academic Advising
And Student Community
University of Washington Honors Program
http://depts.washington.edu/uwhonors

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CALENDAR 

DECEMBER
13- CHOIR CONCERT, LGI 6:30
19 - WINTER BREAK BEGINS
JANUARY
3 - SCHOOL RESUMES
16 - NO SCHOOL: MLK HOLIDAY
25 - 1/2 DAY FINALS PER 1 & 2
26 - 1/2 DAY FINALS PER 3 & 4
27 - 1/2 DAY FINALS PER 5 & 6
FEBRUARY
2 - WINTER ONE ACTS - LGI 7:30
3 - WINTER ONE ACTS - LGI 7:30
4 - WINTER ONE ACTS - LGI 7:30

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