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Suquamish Elementary staff, parents and community will have the opportunity to meet the two finalists for the principal position at 7-8 p.m. April 30 it the Suquamish Elementary School gymnasium.
The principal position is being vacated by Jon Torgerson, who will be leaving at the end of the school year. The two final candidates are Andra Murray and Bridgit Reichel. Murray is currently the principal intern and dean of students at Vinland Elementary School, as well as the district instructional coach for the North Kitsap School District. Reichel is currently the assistant director of curriculum and instruction in the Peninsula School District.
The “Meet the Candidates” event will begin with a brief introduction from each final candidate, after which attendees will meet in smaller groups to ask questions, interact with and get to know the candidates. After the meet and greet, there will be forms available for attendees to provide feedback.
For more information, contact Suquamish Elementary at 360-396-3850.
Members of the North Kitsap Education Association will be meeting at 4:30 p.m. April 30 to decide whether teachers in the district will participate in the state-wide walkouts. These walkouts are being done in protest of school districts in the state being under-funded. Below is a press release from Chris Fraser, president of the NKEA, in regards to the upcoming vote.
North Kitsap Education Association members will be voting on Thursday whether to hold a one-day walk out on May 18th. North Kitsap educators are deeply committed to student success and this is not a decision that we take lightly. Students need access to resources in order to reach their full potential and we don’t have enough funding to meet the needs of our students.
Washington State has been ordered to fulfill their paramount duty to amply fund public education and has been found to be in contempt of court for failing to make adequate progress. Washington is 45th in the nation for class size — we can do better. Educators are advocating for full funding for all students in our state. It is past time for the Legislature to provide the resources that our students need and deserve, which includes lower class sizes at all grades and professional compensation which will attract and retain high-quality staff.
Three positions on the North Kitsap School Board will be on the ballot in November: Districts 2, 4 and 5, currently filled by Bruce Christen (appointed), Scott Henden and Bill Webb.
Terms are for four years. A candidate must be a registered voter and a resident of the director area for which he or she files. Boundaries of the districts are available at www.nkschools.org under the “School Board Information” link in the “Site Shortcuts” section, or by calling the superintendents office at 360-396-3001.
The Washington State School Directors Association divides board responsibilities into four major areas.
— Vision: The board focuses the work of the district and community on student achievement through a comprehensive strategic planning process.
— Structure: The board governs the district through prudent financial planning and oversight, and diligent and innovative policy making.
— Accountability: The board infuses all programs and crucial policies with specific goals and a process for evaluation, reporting and recommendations for improvements.
— Advocacy: The board champions public education in the local community and before state and federal policy makers.
For more information on the responsibilities of school board directors, visit www.wssda.org, and select “For School Board Candidates” under the “Resources” link.
Declarations of candidacy may be filed through the Kitsap County Auditor’s Election Office from May 11-15. Candidate filings sent by mail will not be accepted after 5 p.m. May 16.
For more information on filing for candidacy, visit www.kitsapgov.com/aud/elections.htm.
The North Kitsap School District Board of Directors has created a Community Partnership Board Committee that will assist the school district in improving formal and informal partnerships with the community. These partnerships will align with the district’s mission statement, “The North Kitsap School District, in partnership with the community, will provide an academically challenging educational program to meet the diverse needs of all students in a safe, nurturing environment and empower them to be competent, creative, compassionate and contributing citizens.”
The Board of Directors is seeking applicants from community organizations and citizens within the district. Applications are available at the superintendent’s office or online at www.nkschools.org, under the headline “Community Partnership Board Committee Seeks Applicants.” Completed applications may be submitted by email to Kori Henry, email@example.com, or by mail or in person at the North Kitsap School District Administration building, 18360 NE Caldart Ave., Poulsbo, WA 98370. Mailed applications should be addressed to Kori Henry, Room 101.
The deadline for applications is Monday, May 11. For more information, contact Kori Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-396-3001.
May is a great month to experience — and learn more about — some of the cultures of North Kitsap.
The Suquamish people are the indigenous people of the greater Poulsbo area. The Treaty of Point Elliott of 1855 made land in the region available for non-native settlement, and Norwegians began settling in what is now Poulsbo in the 1880s, attracted by similarity in climate and resources to their native country. Poulsbo’s population doubled and diversified during the Second World War. Today, people of Mexican and Central American ancestry comprise 10.9 percent of Poulsbo’s population, according to the U.S. Census.
May 1: Meet pop culture artist Jeffrey Veregge, Port Gamble S’Klallam, at the Suquamish Museum, 6 p.m. He’ll discuss why he chose pop culture icons as subjects for his current works.
May 3: Lucha libre wrestling, 1 and 3 p.m., at La Poblanita Mexican Store, 2624 6th St, Bremerton. Free.
May 9: Beach seining with biologist Paul Dorn, meet at noon at the Suquamish Museum Auditorium. After a short film, join Dorn for a walk to the beach where you will take water quality measurements and look at the sea life that surrounds us.
May 15-17: Viking Fest, downtown Poulsbo. A celebration of Norway’s Constitution Day. Carnival, Viking village reenactment, Suquamish artists, Scandivanian music and dance, contests, parade. (For schedule, see www.vikingfest.org/home/#/schedule/)
May 18: Ribbon cutting, 3 p.m., Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort hotel expansion.
May 21: Grand opening, 11 a.m., Suquamish Seafoods. A blessing by elders, tours.
May 23: Exhibit opening — “Archeology of Old Man House,” Suquamish Museum. A return of the exhibit depicting the history of the largest longhouse in the Pacific Northwest. Including artifacts from the 1950s University of Washington excavations at the Suquamish Village site.
POULSBO — Top local Toastmasters will participate in Evaluation and International Speech contests at 7 p.m. May 1 at the Poulsbo Fire Station, 911 Liberty Road.
Contestants will represent clubs in District 32’s Division B, which covers Kitsap, Jefferson and Clallam counties, as well as part of Pierce County. The competition is open to the public.
According to the organization, Toastmasters speak to motivate, entertain, inspire, and inform. Through self-paced educational programs, Toastmasters shed their fear of public speaking, while gaining organizational and leadership skills that help them progress in their professional and personal lives.
Winners at the division contest will compete at the District 32 Toastmasters spring conference on May 16 at Pacific Lutheran University. That event is also open to the public.
The winner of the district speech contest will compete against speakers from around the world at the Toastmasters International Convention in August in Las Vegas. The convention attracts Toastmasters from 129 countries where Toastmasters clubs have formed.
Competitors in the May 1 event have won first place in their club and area contests: Daryl Morris, Port Angeles Toastmasters, Area 21; Michael Niall, U Speak Easy Toastmasters on Bainbridge Island, Area 22; Larry Watson, Bremerton Toastmasters, Area 23; and William Michael Paul, Key Peninsula Toastmasters in Key Center, Area 24.
Each speaker will have five to seven minutes to impress the judges.
Participants in the evaluation contest will provide feedback on the same “test speech.” Evaluation contestants are Wes Peper, Professionally Speaking Toastmasters in Poulsbo, Area 21; Lesley Doyle, Sound Speakers in Bremerton, Area 23; Julie Brummond, Port Orchard Toastmasters, Area 23; and Thomas Longley, Key Peninsula Toastmasters in Key Center, Area 24. They will have two to three minutes to analyze and suggest improvements to the test speech.
Representatives of local clubs will be on hand at the contest to answer questions about Toastmasters.
ONLINE: District 32 Toastmasters, d32.toastmastersdistricts.org
Chris Fraser, the president of the North Kitsap Education Association, submitted the following in regards to the North Kitsap Education Association’s participation in upcoming teacher protests throughout Washington state. The association’s Representative Council will meet April 28 to decide whether to put the issue before members for a vote. If so, they will meet April 30 to vote.
“Members of the North Kitsap Education Association (NKEA) are considering a one-day walk out to protest legislative budget proposals that fall far short of funding the smaller class sizes our kids deserve and the professional compensation needed to attract and keep qualified teachers and support staff.
The Legislature is in its final week, and all of the current budget proposals fail to provide adequate funding for K-12 public schools, especially in the areas of class size, pay and benefits.
Educators feel a sense of responsibility to advocate for schools and our students, and neither the Senate nor the House budget provides funding for smaller class sizes beyond 3rd grade, in defiance of voter-approved I-1351. All students need reasonably sized classes so that they can reach their full potential. Washington is 45th worst in the country for class size — our kids deserve better than almost dead last. We can do better.
Ample funding is not limited to class size reductions for all students, it must also address professional compensation for educators. Salaries have been stagnant and the voter-approved COLA has been suspended for six years in a row while the cost of everything has been increasing. Educators are losing ground. The suspension of the COLA has cost a typical teacher personally almost $30,000 over the past six years. We are on the cusp of a significant teacher shortage and professional compensation is a key piece in terms of being able to attract and retain educators who provide the high-quality learning opportunities that our students need and deserve.”
SUQUAMISH — Representatives of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, Suquamish Tribe, and the North Kitsap School Board will meet at 5 p.m. on April 16 in the Suquamish House of Awakened Culture.
You can read the agenda at www.nkschools.org
By MICHELLE BEAHM
KINGSTON — Local residents will meet tonight — March 16 — to brainstorm ideas on how to help the victims in last week’s head-on collision on Highway 104 and Parcells Road.
James Norberg, 53, and his 14-year-old daughter were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for their injuries March 11. The teenager was initially in the Intensive Care Unit, but was discharged over the weekend, according to Harborview. Her father has been transferred out of ICU and is in stable condition, according to Harborview spokeswoman Susan Gregg.
“In the past, when tragedy’s happened like this, we’ve banded together for fundraisers,” said Cheryl Steele, one of the meeting organizers. “The community just really has an outpour of love and wants to help.”
Steele said Norberg is a single father who works “odds-and-ends jobs” to support himself and his daughter. The work he does enables him to be at home with her.
The meeting is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. at the North Kitsap Fire & Rescue station at 26642 Miller Bay Road NW, Kingston.
Steele said residents can sign-up to help take Norberg to doctor’s appointments and physical therapy, and share their ideas on how to raise money to help pay for the Norbergs’ medical expenses.
Steele said Norberg’s daughter is supposed to be at the meeting as well, though she’s still recovering from her injuries.
“People are really … dialed in to this, as Jim would say,” Steele said. “(There is) a lot of love and support behind them.”
For more information, call Steele at 360-297-4112.
By MICHELLE BEAHM
Starting with the class of 2020, students in the North Kitsap School District may be required to complete an additional science credit, as well as a credit in career and technical education and two credits in world languages, in order to graduate.
The school board is expected to vote on these changes during the regular board meeting March 12, 6 p.m., in the administration building at 18360 Caldart Ave., Poulsbo. The meeting is open to the public.
Jeff Sweeney, director of secondary education in the district, said the changes come from the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. OSPI mandated that school districts in the state work toward requiring 24 credits from graduating seniors starting with the class of 2019. NKSD was granted a waiver to make those changes beginning with the class of 2020.
“We did that because we felt like we had some more work that we needed to do,” Sweeney said.
For more information or to view the agenda for the meeting, visit the North Kitsap School District website at www.nkschools.org.