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Brackets, Barack, and Bruce

Well, it was a week for a couple of major upsetting defeats…

My beloved No. 1 seed Kansas Jayhawks were sent packing after falling in their second game of the NCAA Tournament to 9th seeded Northern Iowa.

And, after some serious arm-twisting and back room pay-offs, President Obama’s National Healthcare Bill was passed and signed into law.

Well, at least for the Jayhawks, there’s always next year!

On a more positive note, I had the pleasure of attending the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce President’s Luncheon this past Wednesday. As the Vice-President of CSTOCK’s Board of Directors, I’ve recently started attending our Chamber events to network with local businesses.

I have to say that newly hired Executive Director Michael Broome is doing an outstanding job of generating positive buzz and organizing meaningful Chamber events. The future of Silverdale’s Chamber is looking very bright!

During the luncheon, the Chamber bestowed an “Excellence in Education” award to one of our local educators within the Central Kitsap School District – well-known and well-loved teacher, Bruce Larson.

For 36 years, Bruce has been a teacher and basketball coach at Central Kitsap Junior High. He had been commended the night before by the CKSD Board of Directors for his devotion to his students’ academic and athletic success.

Throughout his teaching and coaching career, Bruce Larson has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to academic success in the classroom as well as good sportsmanship on the court. His fellow teachers describe him as a positive role model who connects with his students through humor. He understands that lessons taught in the classroom and in competition are tools for future success and works closely with parents to motivate and monitor students progress.

I can personally vouch for Coach Larson’s abilities and valued service to our students. As a Father of 3 boys who passed through the hallowed halls of CK Junior High, I observed first-hand the respect and rapport he engendered with students.  He also coached my son, Elliot, in basketball during 8th grade.

Central Kitsap Schools and our community-at-large is fortunate to have so many gifted educators like Bruce Larson who provide such valued role models and equip our students to excel.

Central Kitsap Junior High celebrates 50th Anniversary

central-kitsap-junior-high-school-50th-anniversayCentral Kitsap residents won’t want to miss out on the upcoming celebration recognizing 50 years of educational excellence, history, and tradition at Central Kitsap Junior High.

The school will mark its 50-year anniversary next week with a community celebration on Tuesday, January 19th. Festivities will begin at 3:00 p.m., when the CKJH Boys Basketball Team will host the John Sedgwick Generals in the New Gym.

A special recognition ceremony honoring alumni and staff will occur at halftime. Also beginning at 3:00 p.m., the school will host an Open House in the cafeteria and Old Gym. Members of the public are invited to view memorabilia from CKJH’s earliest days, watch a commemorative slideshow, and enjoy some light refreshments. The Open House is scheduled until 6:00 p.m.

As a parent of 4 kids who have all gone through CKJH, we have benefited greatly from the incredibly gifted and dedicated school staff. We are extremely fortunate to have educators who are so diligently committed to the rounded development of our children.

All the more reason to vote ‘YES’ on the upcoming School Support Levy Replacement!