School briefs, Feb. 5

North Kitsap students selected as candidates for Presidential Scholars Program

North Kitsap High School seniors Thomas Massey and Sophia Leonard have been named candidates in the 2010 Presidential Scholars Program. Massey is one of the top 20 scorers among males in Washington state on the SAT during the 2007-2009 time period. Leonard is one of the top 20 scorers among females in the state during the same period. Both students are among 3,000 candidates selected nationally for their performance. A panel of educators will select 500 semifinalists for the program in early April. Presidential scholars are selected based on academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in school and community activities.

NK grads named to EWU dean’s list

Six North Kitsap High School graduates were named to the dean’s list at Eastern Washington University for fall quarter 2009. Jordan Gilman, Sean Carlson, Breona Johnson, Kevin Chumbley, Alec Reeves and Sara Barrett, all of Poulsbo, were named to the list. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.5 while taking at least 12 credits in a quarter.

May named to University of Portland dean’s list

James May of Poulsbo was named to the dean’s list at the University of Portland for the fall 2009 quarter. May is a junior majoring in biology. Students must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.5 to be named to the dean’s list.

Wilkie earns master’s degree

Dawn Wilkie of Poulsbo graduated from Kaplan University with a master of business administration degree last month. Kaplan University offers online courses in a variety of degree programs.

Help the school district trim its budget

The North Kitsap School District is looking for ideas about what to cut from the 2010-11 district budget. As part of the budget building process, community members are invited to submit blue note forms suggesting what the district should cut. Blue note suggestion forms are available at each school in the district and in each school district department building. Blue note forms can also be downloaded from the school district’s Web site, at Suggestions can be mailed to Chris Case, North Kitsap School District, 18360 Caldart Ave., Poulsbo, WA 98370. Suggestions will be forwarded to a Citizen’s Budget Committee and an administrative Budget Advisory Team who will review all areas of the budget and make final recommendations to the school board.

Options students perform ‘Bring the War Home!’

Middle school students in the North Kitsap Options Program will perform “Bring the War Home!” a play about resistance to the Vietnam War, the first two weekends in February. Performances will be at 7 p.m. tonight and Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 6, 7 and 13, and at 2 p.m. Feb. 14. All shows are in the Gordon Elementary School multi-purpose room. For more information, contact Bob DeWeese at (360) 394-6711 or

Vinland Elementary hosts ‘Love and Logic’ class

Vinland Elementary School will host a six week parent training course called “Becoming a Love and Logic Parent.” The class will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Feb. 9 at the school. Topics include: How to get children to help with chores, setting and maintaining curfews and more. Cost is $10 per family and includes free childcare.

Have a say in future course offerings

The North Kitsap School District will host an open forum meeting Feb. 10 to discuss academic options for students in the district. The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the North Kitsap High School commons area. Parents and educators will discuss what is currently offered in honors and advanced placement courses, and what the best course of action will be for the future.

Breidablik Elementary hosts ‘Dessert and Drums’ for African school

Breidablik Elementary school will host an evening of “Dessert and Drums” from 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 11, as a fundraiser to benefit a school being built in Ghana, Africa. Chris Wedelyn will perform African drumming at the event. A $10 donation is appreciated. Breidablik students are trying to raise $1,874 to buy cement, roofing materials and textbooks for the school to be built in the village of Dipale. Additional donations can be made at the Breidablik school library through the end of February.

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