Liberate Yourself at the Holidays

Liberate Yourself at the Holidays

A series of messages from our Head of School to help you parent with heart Have you ever thought that having children was “incredibly liberating”? Toni Morrison, author of the Nobel Prize-winning Beloved, shared this comment in an interview on NPR, and I found myself immediately wondering, “Why?” Fortunately, she explained by replying, “All my children wanted from me was honesty, competence, a sense of humor and to be myself.” For her, that was “incredibly liberating.” What I came to understand is that Morrison was describing how children expect us to be our…Read more
Academic Success Depends on Self-regulation, Part I

Academic Success Depends on Self-regulation, Part I

 A series of messages from our Head of School to help you parent with heart As a member of the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS), we are, indeed, fortunate in being able to access wonderful professional development opportunities, such as the workshop led by Bob Sornson a few years ago. Thirty year veteran teacher, administrator and founder of the Early Learning Foundation, Bob has published extensively, including such works as Creating Classrooms Where Teachers Love to Teach and Students Love to Learn, Fanatically Formative, and Meeting the Challenge. In his workshop, Bob…Read more
Calming the Holiday Frenzy

Calming the Holiday Frenzy

A series of messages from our Head of School to help you parent with heart I so enjoy this time of year; however, I also recognize that the holidays can be challenging for young children due to the heightened expectations that adults often “feed” without realizing the consequences. Kids can become frenzied and feel exhausted when taken to too many evening activities, family gatherings, holiday parties and special events. Even worse, families often relax structure this time of year when children most need structure and routine to feel safe and secure amidst all…Read more

Teacher Spotlight – Ursula Pontieri

The Kitsap Sun shone a spotlight on our second grade teacher Ursula Pontieri. Ursula respects young learners and their ideas, and encourages all of us to really listen to kids. Read the Kitsap Sun article here: Teacher Spotlight - Ursula PontieriRead more

Welcome New Faculty Members

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to The Island School’s newest faculty members!   Christine Broga joins us as our first grade teacher. Christine has taught elementary school for 14 years at Central Kitsap, Silverwood School and Montessori Country School.  She is a certificated teacher with a degree in U.S. History from University of Puget Sound. She has conducted a number of professional development workshops for teachers, including co-teaching at the University of Washington’s Summer Institute in Life Sciences. She was also nominated for the Disney Teacher of the Year Award for Creativity…Read more

Mike Derzon Receives Kiwanis Educator of the Year Award

The Bainbridge Kiwanis awarded Mike Derzon the Educator of the Year Award on June 12. Both Mike and the school received $500 checks from the Kiwanis. Some of us think the best part is that Mike got to ride in the Grand Old Fourth parade down Winslow Way! Mike is the first independent school teacher to receive the award. We couldn’t be prouder to see him recognized for excellent teaching of our children and community. Derzon says that what’s kept him at The Island School for the last 15 years is the individual…Read more

Hiring News and Teacher Openings

We have some news to share about our teachers for 2017-18. Cindy Brickley, our current 1st grade teacher, will be shifting gears and teaching kindergarten in the 2017-2018 school year with Jessie Dameron continuing as the teaching assistant. Cindy brings many benefits to the position. She has 36 years of teaching experience (20 of which are at The Island School), understands the needs of kindergarten and first grade children from team-teaching K/1 learning buddy projects with Kathy, and demonstrates leadership by bringing the Responsive Classroom and Wired for Reading to our classrooms. Cindy…Read more

Betsy Carroll to Retire; Mike Derzon Continuing as Music Teacher and Roving Resource

After 20 years of teaching at The Island School, Betsy Carroll is retiring from the 5th grade at the end of the 2016-2017 school year. She is looking forward to having more time to spend with her husband and to enjoy the outdoors. Mike Derzon, her 5th grade teaching partner, will be leaving our 5th grade at the same time. However, Mike will continue here as our music teacher, and will add the role of Roving Resource, which was formerly held by our co-founder Dave Leedy. We are thrilled to have Mike stepping…Read more

Retirement Announcement for Kathy Schott

June 9, 2016 Dear Families and Friends of The Island School Community, Kathy Schott, our amazing Kindergarten teacher for the past 38 of The Island School’s 39 years in existence, has decided that next year (2016-2017) will be her last year of teaching here at our school. As impossible as it is to conceive of The Island School without Kathy Schott’s spirit radiating through our hallways, Kathy insists that she is going out in a blaze of glory at the top of her game. Would we expect anything less from this amazing human…Read more
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