Posted on Oct 05, 2018

Featured Speaker—Dr Laurynn Evans

Dr Lauralynn Evans
Our own Rotary club member, Dr. Evans (Laurynn), gave us an update on the North Kitsap School District (NKSD), where she is superintendent.
 
NKSD hired 58 new teachers this year, each with a level of passion that uplifts everyone. NKSD created a new Choice Academy, a new standalone school for students who require a different way to learn. It offers 3 separate paths to help students graduate from high school on time. Their first Open House had over 100 parents in attendance! 
 
Both Capital Levy measures passed with over 60% of the vote. Several Tiered projects are underway, including purchase of 2,000 computers on carts for student use and needed roof repairs. Other projects are standing by waiting on contractor availability to get started. 
 
NKSD School Board meetings are changing. The first Board meeting of the month is “School Connections”: they meet at each campus (1 per month) to get close connection to the communities. They share intervention data showing dramatic reduction in the number of students who are not meeting standards. The new theme is “Every Student Known”.
 
1. Know Students as People: Know their skills, especially social skills, and their peer interactions. Make eye contact and prepare them for life beyond the school yard.
 
2. Know Students as Learners: Provide individual attention. Give them hard problems to solve and then give them to skills to succeed in solving those problems. 
 
One of NKSD’s goals is to start a First Robotics Competition at Kingston High School this school year. This is a high leverage activity and provides a STEM-ready workforce. Says Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST Robotics Competition, “Instead of 1 in 10,000 making pro in a ball sport, in robotics every student has a chance to go pro”. 
 
Laurynn’s favorite sayings: “How do you learn?”, “A head full of fear has no space for dreams”, “Not all students learn the same”, “Our job is not to prepare students for something, but to prepare them for everything!”, “All In NKSD”. 
 

Upcoming Service Saturday Events

November 10—Poulsbo Cemetery cleanup. Details coming soon.
 

Halloween Gala & Auction @ Clearwater Casino 

Oct 27—Be there! Costumes, a great Auction, and much more! Watch for more information. 
 

Check Presentation – Walk in the Light

Check Presentation – Walk in the LightCheck Presentation – Walk in the Light
Brenda Wall presented a $4,000 check to Katy Cornell from Walk in the Light International for a new kitchen to feed the children lunch in Burkina Faso. In the past we have bought vaccines, bought school supplies, and built a secondary school. We also received updates on how our efforts have helped 1200 children at their school. 
Walk in the Light