Holsten honor as distinguished principal

South Kitsap High School Principal Jerry Holsten has been named as the Narrows League Regional Principal of the Year.

The award honors principals who have demonstrated excellence in a variety of areas from personal achievement to collaborative leadership.

Holsten was named principal at the high school in 2008.

“I am truly appreciative and humbled by this recognition, as it comes from my colleagues,” said Holsten. “However, any recognition or accolade that I receive is a direct reflection of the dedication and effort put forth from the great people I have the opportunity to work with on a daily basis.”

The regional-level winner will go on to compete at the state level. The winner of the Washington State High School Principal of the Year award is recognized annually at the Association of Washington School Principals’ Conference, along with individuals who received the state’s elementary and middle school Principal of the Year awards.

Volunteers need for budget advisory team

Application are due by 4 p.m. Nov. 27 for individuals who are interested in volunteers for South Kitsap School District’s Community Budget Advisory, according to a press release from South Kitsap School District officials.

The group will review annual budgets and make recommendations to the school board. The team will advise the board on improving budget analysis to better align with the district’s mission and goals. Budget recommendations will include a three- to five-year plan. Members will serve a four-year term — three years of studying the budget by program area and the fourth year preparing for replacement of the maintenance and operations levy.

The board will review applications and make appointments for balanced representation of various community interests.

Applications are available at and at the district office.

Benefit planned for DeSmet family

An “hometown holiday benefit” is set for the DeSmet family from 4-9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13, at the Port Orchard Pavilion.

Kai DeSmet is at the Ronald McDonald House in Seattle and is undergoing treatment for his cancer at a Seattle hospital. He is suffering from a desmoplastic small round cell tumor.

More than 30 vendors, raffles and free pictures with Santa and a silent auction are planned. All proceeds from the silent auction and raffle going to the DeSmet family.

To make a donation to the silent auction, contact

Vote for South Colby school

Online voting runs through Dec. 15 to help South Colby Elementary School win $200,000 for school security.

The school was nominated to compete for the “Together for Safer Schools” grant from Stanley Security. The school which receives the most voter will win the money in products and services. The three runners ups will share products and services valued at $100,000.

Each vote qualifies the school for daily prizes. To vote, got to or text “South Colby Elementary, Port Orchard” to 99222.

Standard messaging rates apply to texts.

Holiday portraits for needy families

BREMERTON — More than a dozen Kitsap County photographers, make-up artists, hair stylists and other volunteers will donate their talents to host Help-Portrait — an event to give a special professional portrait experience for those in need this holiday season.

The event is set 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Kitsap Rescue Mission, (Family Church of God) 1003 5th St.

The event is sponsored by Kitsap Rescue Mission, The Salvation Army, Newlife church, and Help-Portrait.

KACE seeking ESL volunteers

BREMERTON — The Kitsap Adult Center for Education (KACE) is seeking volunteers who could help adults improve their read- ing, writing and other basic skills. There are opportunities to assist foreign-born adults in English as a Second Language (ESL).

To receive an application packet, contact KACE at (360) 373-1539 or via e-mail at info@kacewa. org. Applications are available at of stop by the KACE office and complete your application and to receive further information.


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