Farewell message from Superintendent Faith Chapel
As another school year draws to a close, so do my years with the Bainbridge Island School District. It is a time that is bittersweet. After a 40-year career in education, I am looking forward to spending more time with family and friends and pursuing avocational and community activities that are of personal interest. However, it is difficult to contemplate leaving a profession to which I have been passionately committed for such a significant portion of my life.
I recognize how fortunate I have been to spend the past 15 years in the Bainbridge Island School District. I have been the beneficiary of stimulating and challenging leadership and professional growth experiences as well as opportunities to interact with people of diverse backgrounds and tremendous expertise. I will miss the relationships that I have developed and the daily interactions with colleagues, staff members, parents and community leaders who I have come to admire, value and respect.
I want to express my gratitude to you and to the Bainbridge Island community for the opportunity to serve as the superintendent of one of the finest public school districts in the nation. It has been an honor to work with a dedicated and talented group of administrators, certificated and classified staff to build upon a long-standing tradition of educational excellence and set the stage for the future.
While the last several years have been filled with numerous budgetary issues and other significant challenges in K-12 education, what I will carry with me is a deep appreciation for the resilience and dedication of Bainbridge Island educators and the island’s enduring support for education. Even in the darkest of times, this shared commitment to the children of this community and the desire for continuous innovation and improvement have been sources of inspiration for me. It is my sincere hope that the coming years will prove to be exciting ones as the district continues to consider new educational programs and opportunities that will benefit students and staff.
With gratitude and warm regard,
Faith A. Chapel
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Tova Levine (left) and Sarah Mather perform during the Eagle Harbor High School Senior Celebration. Levine, a National Merit Commended Student, will take a gap year before going to Scripps on a Presidential Scholarship. Mather will spend a year pursuing work as an actor in New York City before heading to college.
The school district nominated the museum for the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) award in recognition of the museum’s educational focus and opportunities for district students, teachers and school art docents. BIMA received a plaque from the district during the June 16 school board meeting.
Students in grades 1-8 at Commodore Options School spent the past school year studying the plight of bees and partnering with several community organizations in support of a city initiative to make Bainbridge "a better place to be a bee." Third-grader Kate Breen and fourth-grader Stirling Thornburgh show off their bee houses.
We are providing families with advanced notice that in the event we do not secure sufficient drivers for the 2016-17 school year, changes in routes and/or school times may need to occur. The district is studying options; nothing is changing at this point.
Eight members of Bainbridge High School’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter will travel to Atlanta, Georgia to compete in the National Leadership Competition, which will take place during the National Leadership Conference June 29-July 2.
Juliette Dashe and Lily Lashmet, as members of “The Connection Between Blue Light and Sleep” team, are among 50 national finalists in new STEM exploration of light, sleep and student health and academic performance.
Erin Murphy will become assistant superintendent of administrative services effective July 1. Murphy, currently principal at Alderwood Middle School, will replace Dr. Peter Bang-Knudsen, who will become district superintendent in July.
Of nearly 20,000 eligible public high schools, U.S. News ranked Bainbridge High School No. 274 in the nation; BHS is among the top five high schools in Washington state.
Schools must achieve at least 95 percent participation on state tests to be eligible for the award; in the seven-year-history of the award, all Bainbridge Island School District schools have been winners.
Since 2010 Dr. Peter Bang-Knudsen has served as associate superintendent of administrative services. He will succeed Faith Chapel, who will retire in June after leading the district for eight years.