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Dr. Suzanne Bond, former Coupeville Schools Superintendent. (Photos courtesy Simonson/Bond family)

Suzanne Bond was a strong leader with a big heart.

During the six years she spent as Superintendent of Coupeville Public Schools, the district blossomed.

Student scores in the Washington Assessment of Student Learning tests rose under her leadership, while a levy passed with a very-strong 72 percent favorable vote.

Dr. Bond was also a kind woman, one who always greeted me with a smile when she and her family came in to Videoville or Miriam’s Espresso.

The following remembrance is from her family:

 

On the morning of March 3, 2021, Suzanne S. Bond of Coupeville, Washington, died peacefully at home at the age of 70.

She was surrounded by her family.

Suzanne was a devoted mother, a loving wife, a leader by example, and a beloved friend.

Named Victoria Suzanne Bednorz by her parents, she always preferred to be called Suzanne.

Born to Twila Darlene Vice and Edwin Gilbert Bednorz, Suzanne arrived on August 9th, 1950, in Tacoma, Washington.

She had one older brother, Edwin Gene “Rusty” Bednorz.

Suzanne’s first husband was Howard Lee Simonson. They were married in 1971.

In 1987 the twins were born, Cavan and Zachary.

In 1994, Suzanne married her second husband, Dan Noel Bond.

She wrote about Dan saying, “He is my heart connection to the world; we have important work to do together.”

In so many ways, Suzanne was exceptional.

She came from modest beginnings. She believed strongly in the power of education and had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.

She earned her B.A. and Masters of Education at Western Washington State College, then her Doctor of Education from Seattle University in 1982.

Suzanne began her teaching career as the business education instructor at Juanita High School and then rose to the Assistant Principal position.

She later became Principal of Mariner High School for a period of eight years before moving into the Mukilteo School District Office as Director of Staff Development and Special Projects.

In 1996 Suzanne accepted the School Superintendent position for Coupeville Schools.

In Coupeville, Suzanne made her deepest impact as Superintendent.

She helped instill character education and development within the school district.

She fostered engagement between the business community and the district.

Numerous businesses displayed the Coupeville School’s “Words to Live By,” which included: Respect, Caring, Responsibility, Contribution, Honesty, Integrity, Courage, Compassion, Cooperation, and Perseverance.

Suzanne retired in 2002 but returned to education shortly after as Associate Professor in the Educational Leadership program at Seattle Pacific University.

Suzanne lived a life of service through education.

With her heart for kids, contagious smile, and ready laughter, she made friends everywhere she went.

She was deeply spiritual and compassionate and raised her children to put others first.

Suzanne is survived by her husband Dan and children, Cavan and Zach.

 

The family is hosting an online Celebration of Life Sunday, March 28 at 1:00 PM PST.

To attend, pop over to the link below, where you can register.

Suzanne Bond Memorial Page | Lighten (lightenarrangements.com)

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Andreas Wurzrainer, seen here with daughter Tia and wife Lisa. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Barricade the parking lots! The foodies are coming!!

The Coupeville School District’s food service program, headed up by Andreas Wurzrainer, has been spotlighted on the US Department of Agriculture’s web site.

Cow Town is in there punching with school districts from Colorado, Georgia, West Virginia, and Oklahoma.

In their write-up, the USDA hails Coupeville for using “homemade, scratch cooked” food and stresses the success of its meal box setup.

To see the full story, pop over to:

COVID-19 School Meal Spotlights | USDA-FNS

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Coupeville Schools Superintendent Steve King

Things are chugging along on schedule.

Coupeville Schools Superintendent Steve King announced Wednesday that the district plans to bring back its high school students to a hybrid in-person learning model beginning Monday, March 15.

That decision covers grade 9-12 and will give all Coupeville students a chance to resume some form of education back inside school buildings.

CHS students follow on the heels of kindergarteners and special needs students, who returned in mid-January.

The Coupeville Elementary School followed in February, and middle school students begin March 8.

Parents are allowed to choose that their students remain in online schooling this school year, however, and it’s been reported that 30% of CMS students will go that route.

Under the hybrid plan, which was approved 4-1 by the Coupeville School Board, middle and high school students, who share a campus, will have distance learning from 8-10:30 AM.

Two days a week, half of each school’s student body will attend the school from 11:30-2, where they will remain in the same classroom with the same teacher.

Decisions to resume in-person schooling have come after frequent consultation with the Island County Public Health Department.

As students return, work continues, King said in his statement.

The district is waiting for guidance from state officials before planning the 2021 CHS graduation.

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Coupeville Schools Superintendent Steve King

The return to semi-normal continues.

Coupeville Schools Superintendent Steve King announced Wednesday that the district will meet the next step in its COVID-19 reopening plan.

That means children in grades 3-5 will join hybrid in-person learning Monday, February 22.

Grades K-2 had earlier returned to Coupeville Elementary, while the town’s middle and high school students are next on the list.

Target dates for a return to in-person education at CMS (grades 6-8) and CHS (9-12) are currently Mar. 8 and 15, respectively.

When grades 3-5 return, the schedule which awaits is:

8:45 to 9:00 — CES doors open to students for health screening and entry
9:00 to 11:30 — In-Person classes for Group A
11:30 to 12:45 — Teacher lunch and planning; room sanitization
12:45 to 1:00 — CES doors open to students for health screening and entry
1:00 to 3:30 — In-Person classes for Group B

“While in-person school looks very different from how school operated prior to COVID, we are excited to share this good news for our students, staff, and families,” King said.

The reopening plan, which was created in conjunction with Island County Public Health, was approved Jan. 11 in a 4-1 vote by the Coupeville School Board.

A weekly data sheet created by ICPH places Coupeville currently at “moderate risk,” with all data either flat or decreasing.

“We have had a very positive and successful beginning for our K-2 students who have begun in our Elementary Hybrid model,” King said. “We have no evidence of transmission of COVID-19 occurring in our schools.

“Please know that we will continue cautiously phasing in our students to in-person learning.”

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Coupeville Schools Superintendent Steve King

Despite recent increases in COVID-19 cases in Island County, the Coupeville School District plans to transition to the second part of its reopening plan.

Superintendent Steve King issued a letter Thursday alerting families and staff members that a K-2 hybrid plan will launch during the school week of February 1-5.

This follows on the heels of Coupeville schools bringing back some students Jan. 19 for a restart of in-person learning.

That first group included special services students, kindergarteners, and others identified as “furthest from educational justice.”

The decision to proceed to step two, and launch the K-2 hybrid, was made after careful consideration.

“While we have had some recent increases in COVID-19 rates in our county, the overall case counts are well within the moderate-risk range of the state reopening metrics found on page eight of the K-12 Metrics and Toolkit,” King said.

The district received a letter of support from the Island County Health Department, as well.

For families who choose to send their students to school, the K-2 plan runs four days a week, Monday through Thursday.

 

The schedule:

8:45 to 9:00 — CES doors open to students for health screening and entry
9:00 to 11:30 — In-Person classes for Group A
11:30 to 12:45 — Teacher lunch and planning; room sanitization
12:45 to 1:00 — CES doors open to students for health screening and entry
1:00 to 3:30 — In-Person classes for Group B

 

The first week back will see a bit of a difference however.

“While in-person school will look very different with all of the mitigation work and guidance we are following in our schools, this is good news for our students and families,” King said.

The first three days back, Feb. 1-3, will be “transition days.”

“These days will be devoted to teachers having meetings with students and families who are either leaving or joining their classrooms,” King said.

“We will also spend time working with our families to carefully go over daily expectations and routines, as they are very different from past years due to all of the safety guidelines we are following.”

The regular schedule kicks in Thursday, Feb. 4, with Fridays continuing to be a distance learning day.

At the end of the first week back, King plans to review with staff how things went, with an eye on making any necessary adjustments before students return to class Feb. 8.

If the plan holds, grades 3-5 are scheduled to start a similar AM/PM hybrid Feb. 22.

Target dates for a return to in-person education at Coupeville Middle School (grades 6-8) and High School (9-12) are currently Mar. 8 and 15, respectively.

“There are many more details to come as we transition to in-person learning, so please watch for information coming from your schools and from the district,” King said.

“Please know that we will continue cautiously phasing in our students to in-person learning if we are able to continue to prove we can follow all safety guidelines and demonstrate ability to limit any transmission of COVID-19 in the school environment.”

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