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Community meetings scheduled in November for superintendent search

November 3rd, 2011 at 1:12 pm by Kipp Robertson
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As the North Kitsap School Board continues to seek input for the superintendent search, two community meetings were setup for November.

The meetings are currently scheduled for Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Kingston High School library and Nov. 16 at 7:40 p.m. in the North Kitsap High School commons.

The board and Superintendent Search Committee want to gather information, which includes what community members see as strengths of the school district and community as a whole, what desirable characteristics people would like to see in a superintendent and what challenges people see for the district in the near future.

A community survey was also posted on the district website late October. It is still available and can be taken here. 

Babe Ruth World Series Executive Board hosts first community meeting tonight

November 1st, 2011 at 10:29 am by Kipp Robertson
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POULSBO — The 2012 13-year-old Babe Ruth World Series is less than 300 days away. There is plenty of work left to do.

The Babe Ruth World Series Executive Board will host its first community meeting at 7 p.m. tonight in Central Market’s conference room — above the bakery/deli. Meetings will be held from now until the World Series.

The Board is still seeking sponsors and volunteers as well as finding host families for the approximately 150 kids that will travel to Kitsap for the baseball tournament. The World Series be held Aug. 13 to Aug. 22 at the Gene Lobe Fiels at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.

For those interested in coaching the host team, applications are still being accepted. Applicants will be selected by the North Kitsap Babe Ruth Board of Directors, with recommendations from the Coaches Selection Committee.

A total of 10 teams will participate including: the North Kitsap host team, eight regional championship teams, Washington state champions. The host team will not be allowed to play in any postseason tournaments.

North Kitsap School Board seeking community input for superintendent search

October 20th, 2011 at 2:58 pm by Kipp Robertson
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A new survey is available on the North Kitsap School District’s website regarding the superintendent search.

The survey can be found here. 

The North Kitsap School Board and Superintendent Search Committee are seeking input from the community regarding “strengths” and “characteristics” it would like to see in a new superintendent. The four-question-survey also asks what challenges the community sees ahead for the district.

The board is currently in the process of searching for a replacement for Richard Jones, who will leave at the end of the 2011-12 school year.

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Vikings girls soccer hosts ‘Kick Pink’ Oct. 25

October 20th, 2011 at 1:21 pm by Kipp Robertson
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On Oct. 25, the North Kitsap Vikings girls soccer team will have its annual “Kick Pink” game against Port Angeles.

Those in attendance are asked to wear pink. Donations will be accepted for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. The foundation has raised more than $1.9 billion to breast cancer research.

Those interested in donating online can visit The team name is North Kitsap Vikings. Team ID is 10968175.

The game against Port Angeles will begin at 6:45 p.m. at North Kitsap High School.

POULSBO — For anyone interested in managing or coaching in the 2012 Babe Ruth 13-year-old World Series, now is the time to get your applications in.

North Kitsap Babe Ruth is now accepting applications to manage or coach the host team for the World Series. The World Series be held Aug. 13 to Aug. 22 at the Gene Lobe Fiels at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.

Applications can be downloaded here. Applicants will be selected by the North Kitsap Babe Ruth Board of Directors, with recommendations from the Coaches Selection Committee.

A total of 10 teams will participate including: the North Kitsap host team, eight regional championship teams, Washington state champions. The host team will not be allowed to play in any postseason tournaments.

Not interested in coaching or managing, but want to help? Volunteer opportunities are available. 



Varsity sports scorecard for Oct. 7-12

October 14th, 2011 at 12:32 pm by Kipp Robertson
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against Olympic Oct. 7

Final: Oly 34, NK 28

RUSHING — K.Golden 5-40; J.Hadden 3-6; C.McCorkle 4-27; A.Milyard 6-(minus 23); D.Mitchell 9-49.

PASSING — A.Milyard 18-32-2-237.

RECEIVING — M.Adams 1-6; K.Golden 2-37; J.Hadden 1-(minus 3); C.McCorkle 1-19; J.Nettleton 9-121; A.Urquhart 4-93.


against Sequim Oct. 11

Final: NK 6, Seq. 0

First half: 1, NK, Delanee Nilles, 1st; 2, NK, Nilles, 4th; 3, NK, Cole (Lovato), 13th; 4, NK Wright, 25th.

Second half: 5, NK, Becca Cates (Nilles), 63rd; 6, NK, Brennan (Cates), 70th.


against Sequim Oct. 11

Final: NK 3-1 — 23-25, 25-21, 25-11, 25-20

Leaders: Sarah Baugh 16 kills, 8 assists, 22 digs; Meaghan Houser 12 kills, 35 digs; Briar Perez 5 kills; Nicole Weber 21 assists; Kalie Weible 9 digs.


against North Mason Oct. 7

Final: NK 7, NM 0

Singles: Zach Fohn (NK) def. Cody Champine 6-0, 6-0; Tyler Swansboro (NK) def. Bretty Kroum 6-0, 6-0; Sebastian Ford (NK) def. Villar 6-0, 6-0.

Doubles: Steven Breitmayer/ Alex Olson (NK) def. Nick Harkin/ Beau Eddy 6-0, 6-0; Shawn McBurney/ Zack Turley (NK) def. Nick Kissler/ Noah Wilson 6-0, 6-0; Nick Tedford/ Chris Gracey (NK) def. Ben Cook/ Ty Garland 6-0, 6-2; Butler/ Cardoso (NK) def. Brennan Ayers/ Terron 6-2, 6-2.


against Olympic Oct. 6

Final: NK 91, Oly 79

Top finishers: 200 Medley Relay — Vanichkul, Younie, Nelson, De.Ana, Reynaga (Oly) 2:11.81; 200 Free — Barnick (Oly) 2:12.27;  200 Individual Medley — B.Aban (NK) 2:18.92; 50 Free — Nelson (Oly) 28.33; 100 Fly — Nelson (Oly) 1:05.97; 100 Free — B.Aban (NK) 57.58; 500 Free — N.Lemon (NK) 6:33.43; 200 Free Relay — Aban, Lemon, Richardson, Schuman (NK) 1:58.54; 100 Back — Torres (Oly) 1:17.64; 100 Breaststroke — Vanichkul (Oly) 1:20.73; 400 Free Relay — Aban, Donnelly, Lemon, Shook (NK) 4:15.17.


against Port Townsend and Klahowya Oct. 12

Top NK results

Boys 5K: 1, Ian Christen 17:42.53; 4, Kyle Ramsey 18:06.44; 5, Cooper Wall 18:08.25; 10, Sam Zimmerman 18:26.11; 12, Adam Beck 18:42.36; 14, Shawn Swanson 18:46.11; 15, Dutton Polk 18:49.59.

Girls 5K: 1, Reagan Colyer 19:32.47; 2, Clara Lund 20:16.06; 3, Katrina Weinmann 21:28.42; 4, Olivia Krol 21:34.18; 7, Mikhaela Woodward 23:52.88; 8, Kristina Reid 23:56.16; 12, Lilian Raymond 24:30.42; April McCabe 24:33.13; 14, Abbey Swanson 24:56.08; 17, Lily Masters 26:02.32; 18, Maria Warns 26:10.39; 19, Taylor Benson 26:13.83; 20, Sara Berry-Maraist 26:24.40; 21, Sara Cannarella 26:25.47; 24, Anna Rutledge 28:11.68; 25, Malia Espinosa 28:21.28; 27, Lydia Sedy 28:56.85; 31, Rachel Fowers 34:48.99.


against Sequim Oct. 7

Final: Seq. 27, KHS 13

RUSHING — S.Byers 23-93; B.Reece 1-4; C.Setterlund 5-16; B.Sundquist 2-4; D.White 3-8.

PASSING — S.Byers 4-13-2-48; B.Reece 1-1-0-14.

RECEIVING — B.McMullen 2-16; B.Reece 1-16; R.Sander 2-30.


against Sequim Oct. 6

Final: KHS 4, Seq. 1

First half: 1, KHS, Maddy Daley (Katie Keller).

Second half: 2, Seq., Nikke Nace, 46th; 3, KHS, Rebecca Tafte, 51st; 4, KHS, Tafte, 67th; 5, KHS, Sara Fick (Kristi Mullem), 69th.


against Sequim Oct. 6

Final: Seq. 3-1: 25-18, 25-9, 25-17, 25-23

Leaders: Kiani Clissold 7 kills, Kimie Gerken 12 assists, Sarah McMullen 7 digs.


against Olympic Oct. 7

Final: KHS 6, Oly 1

Singles: Chris Daniels (KHS) def. Brandun Fontelar 6-0, 6-1; Andren Jones (Oly) def. Patrick Daniels 6-3, 6-4; Keenan Clark (KHS) def. Ben Parrish 6-1, 6-0.

Doubles: Kyle Hamal/ Loren Klemesrud (KHS) def. Christian Burnett Darren Toure 6-0, 6-0; Beau Rabedeaux/ Tyler Shuey (KHS) def. Brenden Horn/ Taylor Huddleston 6-0, 6-0; Cody Combs/ Cody Sweeeney (KHS) def. Sergio Menendez/ Will Leshley 6-1, 6-1; Erik Reichert/ Aaron McCanna (KHS) def. Noah Issac/ Jaehee Lee 6-2, 6-1.


against Port Townsend Oct. 6

Final: PT 113, KHS 56

Top finishers: 200 Medley Relay — 1, (PT) Madison Braeden, Serena Vilage, Olivia Cremeans, Renada Walcome 2:05.10; 200 Free — 1, (PT) Darby Flanagan 2:20.22; 200 Individual Medley — 1, (PT) Serena Vilage 2:35.93; 50 Free — 1, (PT) Rode Ridder :27.57; 100 Fly — 1, (PT) Raven Elis 1:10:55; 100 Free — 1, (PT) Averi Richert 1:05.10; 500 Free — 1, (PT) Flanagan 6:21.84; 200 Free Relay — 1, (PT) Richert, Cremeans, Vilage, Walcome 1:56.19; 100 Back — 1, (PT) Madison Braden 1:12.98; 100 Breast — 1, (PT) Vilage 1:18.30; 400 Free Relay — 1, (PT) Elis, Braden, Ridder, Flanagan 4:28.03.


against Olympic/ Bremerton Oct. 12

Team totals: Boys — 1, Oly 25; 2, KHS 35; 3, Brem. 73. Girls — 1, KHS 19; 2, Brem. 49; 3, Oly 64.

Top KHS results

Boys 5K: 3, Thomas Gill 17:55; 6, Devon Jacob 18:12; 7, Anthonmy Woelke 18:35; 8, Lucas Thompson 18:36; 11, Kevin Fox 18:57; 12, Luke Wenberg 19:09; 14, Nicholas Thibault 19:45.

Girls 5K (JV/Varsity): 1, Marina Roberts 18:46; 2, Annie Roberts 20:38; 4, Ivy Rodolf 22:53; 5, Troiahna Williams 23:27; 7, Cailyn Crossland 23:42; 11, Sarah DeAscentiis 25:10; 13, Lajoie Bradley 25:26; 14, Tatianna Finch 25:32; 15, Ashley Spooner 25:40; 17, Alexandra Ekonomakis 26:02; 22, Paige Heaps 28:55.

Meeting reminder | Community budget, levy meeting tonight at Kingston High School

October 4th, 2011 at 1:36 pm by Kipp Robertson
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The first of two community budget meetings begin tonight at 7 p.m. at the Kingston High School Library.

Superintendent Richard Jones will give a presentation followed by a discussion regarding the North Kitsap School District’s budget and a potential supplemental levy.

The district currently has a four-year school support levy, approved by 72 percent of North Kitsap voters in February 2010. The levy taxes homeowners a maximum of $1.96 per $1,000 of property value; the number can fluctuate with changes in property valuation assessments. A maximum of $13.6 million can be collected in 2012 from the current levy. The levy expires in 2014 and was a renewal of a 2006 levy, which expired in 2010.

A second meeting is scheduled for Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in the North Kitsap High School Library.

Rotary Youth Exchange seeking students to travel abroad

October 4th, 2011 at 9:38 am by Kipp Robertson
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Students in the North Kitsap School District have the opportunity to travel abroad for one year with the Rotary Youth Exchange program.

The exchange program is open to high school students, or those who just graduated. Students must be born between Aug. 16, 1994 and Aug. 16, 1996. Participants in the one year (long-term) exchange program attend the local high school. Each student will live with up to four different host families.

Craig Adams, the youth exchange officer for Poulsbo rotary, participated in the program in the late 1980s. Adams travelled to Germany and East Berlin, before the Berlin Wall fell. Since that time, the program’s become more organized; but it remains similar.

“It was really one of the best years of my life,” Adams said.

Currently, a student from Kingston High School is living in Venice, Italy. Adams said finding a student willing to spend their final year of high school in another country is difficult. Leaving behind friends and sports is something students may have difficulty with.

“I think it was absolutely worth spending my year abroad during my fourth year of high school,” Adams said. “Its better than sitting around at home.”

Though students will attend the local high school in the area they live, they will not receive high school credit.

If accepted, the cost for the one year is about $900 from the participating student. This covers approximately $600 in round-trip airfare and $300 in emergency funds — any money not used in emergency funds are returned. Families can provide as much money to the student as they want outside the required funds.

The rest of expenses are covered by the Rotary club. Adams said in all, the program is equivalent to about a $10,000 scholarship. Students are provided a monthly allowance of $50-$100 US, which varies by location.

If interested, contact Craig Adams (360) 620-1941 or

More information available here:

Applications can be downloaded here:







As of Monday afternoon, student enrollment was higher in the North Kitsap School District than originally expected.

The preliminary enrollment is 6,073. The district was budgeted for 6,055.

The district receives $5,242.46 per student annually from the state. If the number stays the same once enrollment numbers are finalized, the district will receive $94,364.28 in additional funding. Administration will continue analyzing the enrollment numbers to get a finalized outlook for the 2011-12 school year.

Enrollment breakdown (Per-school enrollment is not available.):

  • Elementary: 2,478
  • Middle school: 1,385
  • High school: 2,096
  • K-8 parent assisted learning: 83
  • Options: 24
  • Served outside district: 7

Kipp’s Corner | Getting away at Silver Lake

September 9th, 2011 at 9:47 am by Kipp Robertson
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OLYMPIC NATIONAL FOREST — The trail to Mount Townsend is well used. If you have lived in the Northwest long enough, chances are you have hiked — or have thought about hiking — the trail which extends more than five miles to the summit.

On any given weekend, vehicles overflow out of the parking lot at the upper trailhead. And it becomes standard to stop every few yards to wait for hikers traveling in the opposite direction.

The popularity of the trail may deter those looking to get away from crowds. The views, however, are well worth sacrificing quiet. An alternative to the top of Townsend also exists for an extra three miles of effort, Silver Lake.

My trip to the Silver Lakes trail began at the upper Mount Townsend parking lot on trail No. 842, departing around 5:30 p.m.

Hiking so late in the day gave me the comfort of ascending about 2,900 feet in cooler temperatures. However, there was about four hours of natural light to make it to the lake.

The way up offers great views along with a plethora of fauna and wildlife. There is no lack of switchbacks either. The trail ends at a Y, where hikers may go right to summit Mount Townsend, or left to Silver Lake. From the Y, it’s about three easy miles to the lake.

As I prepared to descend to Silver Lake, the sun was just going behind the peaks. Perfect — and lucky — timing.

Though there are no specific camp sites at Silver Lake, many commonly used grounds exist. The lake offers trout fishing — fishing license required — and opportunities to explore higher peaks.

During the second day, our group scrambled up an easterly slope to find not only spectacular views of Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens and the geography of Kitsap and the Seattle area; but also a forest fire.

The smoke from the fire, which began in the Duckabush River Valley, at first looked similar to low clouds. As we began eating our lunch, the smoke rose high enough to block out many of the surrounding peaks.

Of course, cell phones were not receiving service. So we ate and waited.

Though the smoke continued to billow, our group did not feel we were in immediate danger. The possibility of having to quickly leave the area, however, stayed on my mind.

Despite the potential danger, the trip was a success. Silver Lake works as either a day hike or backpacking trip, but once there, leaving is difficult.

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