Coffee in Kingston, Saturday, March 8th from 8:30 to 10:30

Join me for conversation about NK Schools over coffee at Mystic Mountain Coffee in downtown Kingston, Saturday, March 8 from 8:30 to 10:30. The high school students are pondering class choices for next year. Kindergarten registration is open, and tuition for full day is only $1500. The Community Finance Advisory Committee is looking over the survey and hearing from principals and staff about what is needed.

School Conversation and Coffee, Saturday Feb 22 8:30 to 11:30

I’ll be at the Poulsbohemian coffee house in Poulsbo on Saturday, Feb 22 from 8;30 to 11;30.  I’m interested in hearing about ways schools can best engage parents.  The district is asking for board approval to request a waiver of no more than 5 days  (from 180 days) for parent teacher conferences from the State Board of Education.  The waiver requires articulating how the conferences contribute to student achievement.  I’m wondering what parents and teachers think.  Is 15-20 minutes one-on-one with your student’s teacher worth the loss of two days of instruction?  How can the goal of parent engagement be better accomplished?

Talk with NK Staff: Express Your Values

Voters have approved the M&O school levy by a simple check of the yes box on the ballot. Now use your feet to bring your voice to advocate for your values and help set budget priorities.
The district is hosting its second Community Budget Forum on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 7:00pm-8:00pm at the North Kitsap High School Commons, 1780 NE Hostmark Street, Poulsbo.

Your Voice is Needed to Set Priorities

The North Kitsap School District is requesting input from our community for the 2014-15 Operating Budget through an online survey. Public feedback is a vital part of the budget development process. The survey asks for input in the areas of Basic Education, Special Programs, Instructional Programs, and Enhancing/Restoring funding.

Explanation of survey areas:

•Basic Education on the survey are the areas of funding that are expected to come to schools from the state to amply fund education by 2108. They are Transportation, Class Size Reduction, All Day Kindergarten, and Materials, Supplies and Operating Costs.

•Special Programs include both State/Federally mandated programs (example: Special Education), and programs that may be set up within a school district or school. Examples include: Dual Language Program – all classes are taught within the program. Options – classes are taught within the program. Highly Capable (AGATE) Program – subjects are taught within the program.

•Instructional Programs are the courses taught. Examples include music classes, foreign language classes, advanced placement classes.

•Enhancing/Restoring Funding identifies areas – not programs or classes – where funding has be reduced or eliminated over the past several years.

Here is the link:

The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and will be open through 6:00pm Friday, February 21, 2014.

If you do not have internet access and need a paper copy of the survey, please contact Community Relations at (360) 396-3004.

Sunday, February 9th Meet me for Coffee 12:30 to 2:30

I’ll be contemplating the priorites for NK School District and looking over items from next Thursday’s Board Meeting agenda and would like company to enrich the analysis.  Join me at the Poulsbohemian.  I’ll be there from 12:30 to 2:30 on Sunday, February 9th.  Last Saturday, we discussed importance of all day kindergarten, state legislation on CTE equivalencies, and eliminating the culminating project as a graduation requirement.  Several of us also stepped out afterwards and knocked on doors in Poulsbo to talk about the upcoming levy vote.  Vote Yes for NK Kids!

What do you want school levy funds to buy?

Tell NK School District what you think at their first Community Cafe on Monday, November 18, 7:00 to 8:30 at Kingston High School.  There is a public study session before the cafe from 5:30 to 7:00 that will present how NKSD spent the current levy that expires this year.  This is calculated by looking at actual expenditures and subtracting what the state funds.

If you can not make this meeting, please email your answers to me ( and I will share them with the district.  You can also share them directly with the district to Jenn Markaryan, Coordinator Communications/Community Relations, 360-396-3004,

School Board to Host First Community Café

North Kitsap School Board will host its first Community Café on Monday November 18, 2013, at the Kingston High School Commons from 7:00pm-8:30pm.  This is an opportunity for the public to discuss specific topics with the Board.  The Community Café will be set up so that each member of the Board is at a separate table with a question to discuss with community members.  Although regular School Board meetings are open to the public, the formality of a Board meeting precludes a true two-way conversation.  The board plans to host Community Cafés quarterly throughout North Kitsap in order to gather input on important topics.

Below are the five questions that will be discussed at the first Community Café.

  1. What is the most important function of the North Kitsap School District?
  2. What should the levy pay for?
  3. What are the best ways for the school district to communicate with the public?
  4. What information would you like the School District to share with you?
  5. How can the school district attract and retain students?

The School Board will hold a study session at the same location from 5:30pm-7:00pm on the Prototypical Funding Model.  No action will be taken at the study session and Community Café.