Jefferson schools gear up to reopen

By Arwyn Rice
Peninsula Daily News

Public schools in Jefferson County are gearing up to open, and back-to-school events are scheduled leading up to the first day of the 2014-15 school year.

Port Townsend and Chimacum schools will open for classes Sept. 2, followed by Quilcene and Brinnon schools Sept. 3.

Some back-to-school events are happening this week.

The new school year will bring a new mascot — the Redhawks — to Port Townsend High School and usher in the first year of mandated Common Core standards taught in all state classrooms.

Each district will be accepting new registrations at the district offices before school offices open and at schools after school staff return from summer break.

For kindergarten enrollment, children must be 5 years old before Sept. 1.

Parents or guardians are asked to provide a birth certificate and immunization record for new student registration.

Applications for free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch will be available at school offices.

For the 2014-15 school year, a family of two earning less than $29,101 annually, or a family of four earning less than $44,123, is eligible for a free or reduced-price school breakfast and lunch.

Port Townsend

Port Townsend High School’s main office at 1500 Van Ness St. will open for new student enrollment at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

A fall sports parent meeting is set for 6 p.m. Monday in the high school library.

The Associated Student Body office will be open from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and Aug. 25-27 for fall sports paperwork.

The health clinic at the high school will be open for sports physicals from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Friday and Aug. 26.

To make an appointment for a physical, phone 360-385-9400. Walk-ins are welcome.

High school registration is set at the school from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 26.

A freshman parent meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Aug. 25 in the auditorium. Freshman orientation will be from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Aug. 26 in the auditorium.

The Blue Heron Middle School office reopens 8 a.m. Wednesday at 3939 San Juan Ave.

To schedule an enrollment appointment at Blue Heron, phone 360-379-4543 after Wednesday.

To reach Grant Street Elementary offices at 1637 Grant St., phone 360-379-4535.


Chimacum School offices will reopen for new student enrollment Monday at 91 West Valley Road.

A sports physical clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Aug. 25 and 27 at the high school health clinic.

Cowboy Day at Chimacum High School will be from 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 28 at the high school.

Students will receive schedules, pay fees and get school portraits and identification cards.

An orientation, tour and parent meeting will be held for new students.


Quilcene school offices at 294715 U.S. Highway 101 will open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday for new student enrollment.

School supply lists for all students are on the school website,

A welcome-back teacher and staff luncheon will be held Aug. 27.


Brinnon School at 46 Schoolhouse Road has no scheduled back-to-school events.

Enrollment forms and other information for the kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school are at


Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at

Last modified: August 16. 2014 4:37PM
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