BISD schools win 2014 Washington Achievement Awards

WA State Achievement Awards

Four Bainbridge Island Public School District schools made the state’s highest grade by winning the Washington Achievement Award for student progress. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) named Bainbridge High School and Ordway, Captain Charles Wilkes and Captain Johnston Blakely elementary schools among 401 top-performing schools statewide. The OSPI sited all four schools for Overall Excellence. Ordway, Wilkes and Blakely also stood out for Math Growth. BHS earned additional recognition for Reading Growth. Each school will receive a banner and an acrylic award during an award ceremony Tuesday, April 28 at Spanaway Lake High School.
The OSPI bases selection of Washington Achievement Award winners on the State Board of Education Revised Achievement Index and statewide assessment data for the three previous years. The award honors schools as top performers in the following categories: Overall Excellence, High Progress, Reading Growth, Math Growth, Extended Graduation Rate (for high schools and comprehensive schools only) and English Language Acquisition.

For Ordway Principal Melinda Reynvaan, the rewards are especially sweet. The school, labeled last fall “in need of improvement” under No Child Left Behind, was among only 19 public elementary schools in Washington state out of approximately 1,390 to win awards for both “Overall Excellence” and “Math Growth.”


The federal act requires 100 percent of students to meet standards in math and reading, including those with learning differences and English language learners. Earning two Washington Achievement Awards is proof of the school’s success.

“I am honored to be a part of the amazing learning community here at Ordway,” Reynvaan said. “Our students worked hard last year to grow in targeted areas and they couldn’t have done it without a lot of passion, dedication and support from our educators and our community!”

Bainbridge Schools Foundation Receives a $10,000 Grant from Rotary for Robotics!

The Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island recently awarded a Community Grant of $10,000 to the Bainbridge Schools Foundation to purchase a trailer and robotics components for BHS Spartronics and Middle School Robotics Clubs. Money raised at the 2014 Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale funded this exciting grant for our schools.  For information about the 2015 Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale event,  click here.
Thank you so much Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island!Rotary of Bainbridge

Mairead Shutt is named the New ED at BSF!

Mairead Shutt
Bainbridge Island, WA‐‐ Bainbridge Schools Foundation (BSF) has named Mairead Shutt its Executive Director. Shutt will work with donors, community partners and the school district to develop and deliver sustainable funding resources for Island public schools. Shutt replaces retiring Executive Director Vicky Marsing, who has held the position for the past eight years.

“The Board of Directors is excited to welcome Mairead to the Bainbridge Schools Foundation,” said Jennifer Kim, BSF Board chair. “She brings a depth of non-profit, education and student-centric experience to the job.  Her energy, passion and commitment to creating connections between students, educators, philanthropists and parents is a tremendous asset not only for the foundation but also for the entire school district.” 

Shutt comes to BSF from Islandwood, where she served in various leadership positions, most recently as major gift and planned giving officer. In her four years at IslandWood, she raised over $2.5 million and secured partnerships with dozens of foundations and corporations.  Prior to Islandwood, she was philanthropy manager for The Trust For Public Land, managing development activities in Washington, Oregon and Montana. And before that, she was the program manager for Science Club for Girls, in Boston, MA., an afterschool program that increased competency and interest in science and engineering for girls.

“I am passionate about the transformative impact BSF has on students, teachers and families,” said Shutt. “I want to help BSF expand the number of Island families who actively contribute creativity, wisdom, energy and financial support to the foundation.”

She holds a master’s degree in business administration from Brandeis University, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, in Waltham, MA and a bachelor of arts in sociology. Her husband, Jason Shutt is a science teacher at Woodward Middle School.

In the last seven years, BSF has contributed more than $6 million to fund additional teachers in the classroom to maintain class sizes, teacher training and innovation in the classroom. BSF funds STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) which includes additional K‐12 Math, Engineering, Science, Coding, and Robotics classes. BSF also supports those students facing extra challenges by funding Title One Reading, homework clubs and the Achieve Program in the middle and high schools.

History of the Bainbridge Schools Foundation: In early 2006, the Bainbridge Educational Support Team (B.E.S.T.) and the Bainbridge Public Schools Trust agreed to merge to create a more cohesive, community‐wide foundation committed to raising the essential funds needed to support public education. Between the two organizations, there is a 22‐year history of funding professional development for teachers, purchasing new curriculum materials and lowering classroom sizes. For more information: http://bainbridgeschoolsfoundation.org/

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BSF Is Hiring a New Executive Director

Bainbridge Schools Foundation Executive Director to Retire in May

BSF is hiring a new Executive Director; see job description here BSF_-_Executive_Director_Final1.pdf

Bainbridge Schools Foundation (BSF) today announced that it is seeking a new Executive Director to lead the organization in its mission to work with donors, community partners and the school district to develop and deliver sustainable funding resources that ensure island public school students achieve academic excellence. 

“Over the last eight years, the Bainbridge Schools Foundation has flourished as a result of inspired leadership, a great team and remarkable donors and partners. Our organization has impacted the lives of our island’s children and supported our schools as we strive to meet the potential greatness of all our students.  We wish to thank Vicky Marsing for her incredible work on behalf of BSF and we look forward to raising the bar even higher with a new Executive Director,” said Jennifer Kim, BSF President.

BSF works to support the school district’s vision and mission by raising funds, gathering resources and acting as a catalyst to involve the community in public education. The foundation’s goal is to help bridge the gap between what the district receives to fund education and what it needs to adequately fund its programs to achieve educational excellence for all students. 

In the last seven years, BSF has contributed more than $6 million to fund additional teachers in the classroom to maintain class sizes, teacher training and innovation in the classroom.  BSF funds STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) which includes additional K-12 Math, Engineering, Science, Coding, and Robotics classes. BSF also supports those students facing extra challenges by funding Title One Reading, homework clubs and the Achieve Program in the middle and high schools.

History of the Bainbridge Schools Foundation:
In early 2006, the Bainbridge Educational Support Team (B.E.S.T.) and the Bainbridge Public Schools Trust agreed to merge to create a more cohesive, community-wide foundation committed to raising the essential funds needed to support public education. Between the two organizations, there is a 22-year history of funding professional development for teachers, purchasing new curriculum materials and lowering classroom sizes. These separate organizations provided over $6 million to Bainbridge public schools..

The Executive Director job description is available here:BSF_-_Executive_Director_Final.pdf

BHS Spartronic Girls Finish Second in Tacoma!

Spartronics Girls Team takes second place this weekend at Girls Gen.  First Robotics Club, led by Enrique Chee, is in its second year at BHS and is generating interest in Engineering and Robotics at all grade levels.Spartronic Girls

BHS Spartronic Girls Finish Second in Tacoma!

Spartronics Girls Team takes second place this weekend at Girls Gen.  First Robotics Club, led by Enrique Chee, is in its second year at BHS and is generating interest in Spartronic Girls!Engineering and Robotics at all grade levels.

STEM Camp Registration is Open!

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The Bainbridge Schools Foundation funded STEM Initiative is growing! We are excited to offer fantastic learning opportunities both in the classroom and in natural settings. Bainbridge Island School District teachers will be participating in all of these camps! Registration is open now and places are filling fast!

The Bainbridge Island School District is hosting four different camps:
1.    Elementary STEM+ Camp (Entering Grades 2, 3, and 4) for the Week of July 21 - 24 at Wilkes. $230
2.  STEM Specialists Classes for the week of July 21-24
Intermediate Mindstorm Robotics (Grades 5, 6, 7) at WMS. $230
Advanced EV3 Robotics at WMS. (Grades 5, 6, 7, 8) $230
Beginning Tetrix and EV3 (Grades 6, 7, 8, 9) at WMS. $230
CSI BioTech (Grades 6, 7, 8) Wilkes. $230
Girls in STEM (Grades 6, 7, 8, 9) Wilkes. $230
STEM Math Blast! (Grades 6, 7, 8, 9) at BHS. $230
3.  Intermediate STEM+ Camp: (Entering Grades 5, 6, 7) July 28 - 31 at WMS. $230
4.  Specialists Classes for the Week of July 28 – 31 at BHS
STEM Math Blast! (Grades 6, 7, 8, 9) at BHS. $230

We look forward to your students experiencing the connections of our STEM summer camps.

Our Donors Made May 6th a Great Day of Giving!

Many thanks to the 112 donors who supported BSF yesterday in the National Day of Giving!

BSF was the top designated donor at Kitsap Great Give! We surpassed the second most popular donor, Village Green Foundation (Kingston) by $1550 thanks to our night owl donors.
It looks like the match amount from Kitsap will be about $18.5%.

Final tally from May 6th:
Kitsap Great Give….. 82 donors $22840+ $250 prize
Seattle giveBig .........25 donors $3580
Misc donations on the day via our site, PayPal, Amazon
                      5 donors $2515
Total $29,185 from 112 donors!

Great job!!