BSUSD Track & Field Pep Rally


This week we held an all school pep rally on the Bolinas Campus to celebrate our middle school athletes who participated in the area track meet (see how they placed below). Our wonderful BSUSD athletes competed against three other schools. I am excited to share that many of our students qualified for the Marin County Track Meet. This next level of the track and field competition will be held on Friday, May 6, at the College of Marin Kentfield Campus. Let’s all cheer them on!

  • In 6th Grade: 

    • Zoe, Emma, Lila, and Jimena – 1st place 4 x 100-m relay

    • Jimena – 2nd place 100-m dash, 3rd place shot put

    • Zoe and Emma – 5th place long jump

  • In 7th & 8th Grade: 

    • Atticus, Will, Miles, and Jordan – 2nd place 4 x 100-m relay

    • 8th - Natasha - 1st place 100 m dash, 2nd place shot put

    • 8th - Ricky - 100 m, 200 m, and long jump

    • 8th - Will – 4th place 1200-meter run, 5th place long jump

    • 7th - Haley – 3rd place long jump

    • 7th -Miles– 3rd place 1200-meter run, 5th place long jump

  • Atticus, Zoe, Will and Jimena – 1st place 4 x 400-m coed

Congratulations to you all for your outstanding effort and good luck at the Marin County Track Meet! A big thank you to Coach Kelly, Nate Siedman and the 6th, 7th & 8th grade parents for helping to train, support, and drive our kids to and from the track meets!


The votes are in, and the following staff members have been chosen as Golden Bell Recipients. They demonstrate outstanding dedication and have had a positive impact on our students and school. This honor is especially meaningful because they have been chosen by their peers for their work this year. Please join me in recognizing the following 2021-2022 Golden Bell Winners and Nominees:

  • Golden Bell Classified Employee – Roberto Garcia Guzman

    • Roberto is always willing to jump in and help in any way he can! He has spent hundreds of hours training, testing, and practicing to be our newest bus driver. Roberto can always be counted on to brighten the day with a friendly smile and he helps keep our campuses beautiful and running smoothly.

  • Golden Bell Certificated Employee – Mary Lynn (ML) Bryan

    • ML adds pizzazz to our school with her fun spirit and dedication to building respectful and trusting relationships between staff, students, and parents. She has been instrumental in helping us build our school wide Agreement system. ML can always be counted on to bring the fun and music to any event!

  • Nominee for Classified Employee of the year – Joy Von Thaer and Charlie Lopez-Alvarado

    • Joy leads the way everyday by welcoming and supporting our kindergartens. One of my favorite things about visiting the Stinson Campus is the sound of Joy’s laughter. If you need her, you can always find Joy wherever the kids are – she loves them as much as they love her!

    • Charlie is always willing to lend a helping hand. He provides daily, extra support with Spanish translation and family outreach which is greatly appreciated. Charlie is an invaluable asset for our school. He has built trusting and lasting relationships with both staff and students and his good humor is appreciated by all!

  • Nominee for Board Member of the year – Nate Siedman

    • You can see Nate in action at every board meeting as our dedicated board president.  What you may not know about Nate is that he is an amazing Track and Field Coach! I just learned that Nate’s mom originally introduced track and field to BSUSD. Nate is passionate about helping us to build a robust track and field team with Coach Kelly.

Thank you all for your deep commitment and all you do for our kids!


It is the time of year for May flowers and the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress. The full battery of CAASPP tests are back this year and will provide a snapshot of how our school is doing compared to state standards. Third through eighth grade students will be taking practice tests the first two weeks of May. Students will then complete the English Language Arts (ELA) and the Math Summative Assessment and the ELA and the MathPerformance Assessments.

You can help by making sure your child gets plenty of rest and eats a good breakfast. Please contact your child’s teacher if you are interested in sending in a healthy snack for your child’s class on a testing day. Special treats are always appreciated by the students!

If you would like to opt your child out of testing, please send me or the office a note (before testing begins) requesting that your child be excused from state testing this year. You can get more information about CAASPP testing by going to


Our wonderful bus drivers and several parents have reported some very unsafe driving around our buses. Our drivers take great care to keep our kids safe both inside the bus and as they are loading and unloading. Please drive cautiously around our buses and remember that cars must not pass the bus if the red lights are flashing! Red lights mean that students are getting on and off the bus and could be crossing the street.

Please stay out of the bus zone in front of the school. I have seen many parents walking their students through the bus zone. This is dangerous because the buses cannot always see little ones on the road in front or behind them. Parents, please model safe walking at all times by staying on the brick walkway and always using the crosswalk when picking up or dropping off your students to school. The kids are always watching and learning from us. Thank you for keeping us all safe!


Please join me in recognizing our amazing staff and all they do for our kids. Our staff is the most dedicated, hardworking and caring I have had the pleasure of working with. Our fabulous room parents are organizing some special treats for teachers to enjoy and to help them relax during this special week. Big news ~ our School Site Council, the Bolinas-Stinson Beach Foundation and Smileys are planning an extra special lunch for our staff on Cinco de Mayo! Thank you for taking the time to appreciate all the wonderful things our staff does for the school and our kids. Please reach out to your room parent if you would like to participate and join in the fun!


Welcome to Ange Samuels, who will be filling in for Grace while she is off on her lifelong dream of hiking through Spain. We wish Grace well on her journey and look forward to her speedy return at the beginning of the 2022-23 school year. 

Ange and her husband Lewis, are parents of a 2nd grader and a 4th grader at our school. She has a PHD in clinical psychology and is licensed in the state of California. Ange is taking time to help our school while continuing with her own private practice. Thank you Ange for stepping into Grace’s shoes until she returns!


Staff, board members, admin, and parents have been hard at work reviewing applications and conducting interviews for these important positions. Keep your eyes open for good new soon!

Hope you can get out hiking to see all the wildflowers in bloom!