The General Gist

Welcome to the General Gist, a weekly communication to John Sedgwick Middle School families and community members.  The General Gist for the week beginning, Monday, September 16, 2019:



This Week’s Events:

Monday, Sept. 16: Baseball @ Curtis, 3:30 pm

Monday, Sept. 16: Fastpitch @ Curtis, 3:30 pm

Tuesday, Sept. 17: EMS Team Meeting, Library, 7:15 am

Tuesday, Sept. 17: School Photo Make-Ups and Retakes, Aux. Gym, All 3 Lunches

Tuesday, Sept. 17: Fire Drill, 6th Period (1:55 pm)

Tuesday, Sept. 17: PTSA Membership Meeting, Library, 6-7 pm

Wednesday, Sept. 18: Late Start Collaboration (Grade Level Content Area), 7:45 am

Wednesday, Sept. 18: Baseball @ Marcus Whitman, 3:30 pm

Wednesday, Sept. 18: Fastpitch @ Marcus Whitman, 3:30 pm

Thursday, Sept. 19: Track and Field @ Cedar Heights, 3:15 pm

*Friday, Sept. 20: TPEP Comprehensive Evaluation Training (Optional), Library, 7:15 am



Events on the Horizon (Tentative):

Sept. 23: Fall Intramural Sports Practices Begin

Sept. 23: Baseball vs. Mountain View, 3:30 pm

Sept. 23: Fastpitch vs. Mountain View, 3:30 pm

Sept. 25: Late Start Collaboration (Grade Level Content Area), 7:45 am

Sept. 25: Baseball vs. Hawkins, 3:30 pm

Sept. 25: Fastpitch vs. Hawkins, 3:30 pm

Sept. 25: Track and Field at Fairview, 3:15 pm

Sept. 26: SKEA/Nuts & Bolts, Library, 7:15 am

*Sept. 27: TPEP Focused Evaluation Training (Optional), Library, 7:15 am

*Sept. 27: IM Baseball @ Marcus Whitman, 3:30 pm

Sept. 30: Baseball @ Cedar Heights, 3:30 pm

Sept. 30: Fastpitch @ Ridgetop, 3:30 pm

Oct. 1: Guiding Coalition Meeting, Library, 3:15-5 pm

*Oct. 1: IM Baseball @ Cedar Heights, 3:30 pm

*Oct. 1: IM Bowling Game 1 @ Hi-Joy Bowl

Oct. 1: Track and Field vs. Hawkins (@SKHS), 3:15 pm

Oct. 2: Baseball vs. Curtis, 3:30 pm

Oct. 2: Fastpitch @ Fairview, 3:30 pm

*Oct. 3: STEAM Team Meeting, A135, 7:15-7:45 am

*Oct. 3: IM Bowling Game 2 @ Hi-Joy Bowl

Oct. 3: Track and Field @ Marcus Whitman (@SKHS), 3:15 pm

Oct. 4: Contract Day 185 Hours Due

Oct. 4: Anti-Bullying Assembly, Gym, 8:10 am

Oct. 4: PTSA Cookies & Canvas Fundraiser, Commons, 6-8 pm

Oct. 4-18: Giving Drive (All-School Fundraiser)

Oct. 7: Baseball vs. Marcus Whitman, 3:30 pm

Oct. 7: Fastpitch vs. Central Kitsap, 3:30 pm

*Oct. 8: 7th Grade Marine Science Field Trip to SEA Discovery Center, 9 am-1:45 pm

*Oct. 8: AVID Site Team Meeting, Upstairs Conference Room, 7:15-7:55 am

*Oct. 8: IM Baseball vs. Marcus Whitman, 3:30 pm

*Oct. 8: IM Bowling Game 3 @ Hi-Joy Bowl

*Oct. 9: SKSD Employee Care Fair, SKHS, 3-6 pm

Oct. 9: Baseball @ Mountain View, 3:30 pm

Oct. 9: Fastpitch @ Klahowya, 3:30 pm

Oct. 10: Staff Training, Library, 7:15 am

*Oct. 10: IM Bowling Game 4 @ Hi-Joy Bowl

Oct. 10: Track and Field vs. Mountain View (@SKHS), 3:15 pm

*Oct. 11: IM Baseball vs. Cedar Heights, 3:30 pm

Oct. 15: EMS Team Meeting, Library, 7:15 am

Oct. 15: Baseball @ Hawkins, 3:30 pm

Oct. 15: Fastpitch vs. Cedar Heights, 3:30 pm

*Oct. 15: IM Bowling Game 5 @ Hi-Joy Bowl

Oct. 15-18: Fall School Spirit Week

Oct. 15: PTSA Board Meeting, Library, 6-7 pm

Oct. 16: End of 1st Six Weeks Grading Period

Oct. 16: Baseball vs. Cedar Heights, 3:30 pm

Oct. 16: Fastpitch vs. Curtis, 3:30 pm

*Oct. 17: IM Bowling Game 6 @ Hi-Joy Bowl

*Nov. 12: AVID Site Team Meeting, Upstairs Conference Room, 7:15-7:55 am

*Nov. 14: Staff Appreciation Lunch Provided by Costco (Pizza and Cookie), Staff Lounge, All 3 Lunches


*New events added to the Monday Message this week


We have a correction to make from last week’s Gist.  Some of our clubs are still finalizing plans, so we have provided more specific information related to our clubs and their start dates.


Day of Week




Starts on…

Anime Club


Portable 3



Oct. 14

Art Club





Sept. 24

Diversity Club





 Sept. 23

Jazz Band






Literature Club







Tues & Thur


Shappler & Vickers



Photography Club


Portable 4







Tetz & Lantz


Oct. 2

Yearbook Club

Wed & Thur




Sept. 9



Ed Fisher Field Dedication Ceremony:

Friday night was a special night for our community.  South Kitsap coaching legend Ed Fisher and his wife, Susie, traveled from their home in Marana, Arizona for the renaming of Joe Knowles Field to Ed Fisher Field.  It was quite a ceremony.  Community members and former players from all over the state and country returned to Port Orchard to honor one of the best coaches in the history of Washington prep football. 


A couple years, ago, I focused a Monday Message on Coach Fisher that highlighted his career on the field.  The gist was that it took Coach Fisher seven years to reach the playoffs, starting a run of excellence rarely witnessed, culminating in a 197-48 career record and an .804 winning percentage.  According to Coach Fisher, “We refined what we did and figured out what we had to do to win.”  Some of the keys to Fisher’s success were technical, such as implementing one of the state’s first and best strength and conditioning programs and simplifying their offensive and defensive schemes so players could play with less hesitation.  There is no question Coach Fisher was one of the best technical football minds our state has ever seen, but equally great was his ability to connect with others and build bonds of loyalty.


Those relationships were on display Friday night.  Twenty-two years after coaching his last game at SK, hundreds of former players and thousands of fans were in attendance to honor Coach Fisher, including Steve Reischman and Lyle Ballew, two assistants who spent all 23 years with Coach Fisher.  Countless other coaches and players expressed their gratitude and reminisced with their old ball coach who meant more to their lives than just winning a bunch of football games.  Winning was important, but the process of building trust and discipline is what established and sustained a tradition of excellence…and it is what created lifelong bonds.


Teaching and coaching are the same.  Both require technical and cultural expertise; and to reach a level of excellence, they require time, patience, trust, and discipline.  Just as I was honored to have known and learned from Coach Fisher, and I am honored to work with a team of professionals at Sedgwick who are striving to reach the same level of excellence.  Thank you for your dedication to our kids, our community, and our profession.



Yearbook Survey:

Our Yearbook Advisor, Ms. Benesh, would like to invite our students and parents to participate in a survey for this year’s yearbook.  To access the survey, click on this link.



School Picture Retakes and Make-Ups:

On Tuesday during all three lunches, Olympic Photo Group will be here to take pictures of students who have not yet had their picture taken for the yearbook.  Students who would like retakes may also have their picture taken.  Pictures will be taken in our Auxiliary Gym, and students can go there any time during their lunch.



Emergency Prep:

Our first fire drill of the year will be on Tuesday at approximately 1:55 pm (that is 5 minutes into 6th period).




AVID is not just another program at its heart. AVID is a philosophy.  Hold students accountable to the highest standards, provide academic and social support, and they will rise to the challenge.  AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities. Established more than 30 years ago with one teacher in one classroom, AVID today impacts more than 800,000 students in 44 states and 16 other countries/territories.  Simply, AVID trains educators to use proven practices in order to prepare students for success in high school, college, and a career, especially students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.


AVID brings research-based strategies and curriculum to educational institutions in elementary, secondary, and higher education.  The AVID System annually provides more than 30,000 educators with training and methodologies that develop students’ critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas throughout the entire campus, in what we call school-wide AVID.  John Sedgwick staff has agreed to incorporate AVID strategies in all classrooms throughout the year.  JS sends teachers to training each year and is striving to take AVID school-wide and provide support for college and career readiness for all our students.




We have some great news to share!  In the coming weeks, our STEAM Coordinator, Candace Tetz, will be submitting our application for a Washington STEM Lighthouse grant.  If we receive the grant, it will mean that we have qualified for Washington STEM Lighthouse status, one of our three long-term goals for Sedgwick.  Please keep your fingers crossed!



PTSA News & Notes:

Thank you to our PTSA for providing cookies at Open House!  Our first membership meeting of the year is this Thursday night from 6-7 pm in the library.  We hope you can join us!  Also, Cookies & Canvas is right around the corner on October 4.  Purchase your tickets on our PTSA Facebook page.



Celebrations and Thanks:

  • Thank you to everyone who made our Open House a success, and thank you to all of our families who attended.  It was great to connect with you!!
  • Thank you to Dena Guglielmo, our Volunteer Coordinator, for organizing our volunteers for Open House.  Our volunteers are such a blessing to our school!
  • Thank you to Rebecca Schmuck for setting up STAR access for our teachers!
  • Thank you to Courtney Willson and our ASB students for organizing a fun and safe Back to School Dance last Friday!  Thank you to our volunteers for helping with supervision.
  • Thank you to Kona Ice for providing snow cones at our Back to School Dance and donating 20% of the profits to our school!



Quote of the Week:

“It was real simple.  I was hired to teach our students and coach our football team, and I just did my job, and I did the best I could.” – Ed Fisher



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