Our superintendent Dr. Rob Manahan's Message.

In the Peninsula School District, Our Vision is that every student will graduate from our district, capable and able to take advantage of any life opportunity that might come their way. Our Mission is to partner with our community to provide a safe environment where every student acquires the knowledge, skills and character to become productive citizens.

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AP Testing Schedule – 2018
  AP Test Dates and Times – Please note that week one of AP Testing is in the GHHS Auxiliary
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Tours of Peninsula Schools
See for yourself! March 5 or March 7 You are warmly invited to join Superintendent Rob Manahan on a free
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Peninsula School District will be accepting Within District Transfer applications April 1st through April 30th Due to the rapid growth
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Answers to parent FAQ’s about math
Why are we doing Washington State Learning Standards in Math? These standards were adopted in 2011. They outline what students
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Emergency Weather Procedures
  Outlined below are the Peninsula School District’s procedures and expectations during inclement weather and school closures. Below you will
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Informational Notice
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Meet Our Board Members

The board are members of our community who are elected by our citizens. In addition to attending our school board meetings they are engaged in a variety of community and educational activities.

Fauna Engstrom

School: Henderson Bay High School Grade: 12 Fauna is in the 12th grade at Henderson Bay High School. She participates in the Interact Club and is co-president this year. Outside of school, Fauna enjoys volunteering. She volunteered at the zoo this past summer helping to educate visitors on each of the animals.

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Favorite Teacher:
My favorite teacher is Greg Brashear at Henderson Bay. He is a teacher who can get a student excited about anything, even if a student doesn’t like history! The students continually seek self-improvement in and out of his classes due to his positive outlook and growth mindset he instills in each student. Mr. Brashear truly values each student and their opinions and always knows how to make class interesting and fun.

Dora Vaughan

Student Representative
School: Peninsula High School Grade: 12 Dora is involved in A.S.B. and leadership. This is her third year as an A.S.B. senator. Dora plays volleyball and is a member of the UNICEF Club and the Feminism Club. Outside of school, she volunteers at YMCA Camp Seymour year round through the Teen Leadership Development Program, as well as volunteering in the summer. Dora also volunteers for Kids Night Out through YMCA.

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Favorite Teacher: My favorite teacher was my middle school photography and yearbook teacher, Mr. Hunziker. He challenged me to always be my own best self. Better yet, he always believed in me. He taught me to do what you love and step outside of the box. Mr. Hunziker inspired me every day through his passion for photography and empowerment of every student.

Finlay Adamson

Student Representative
School: Gig Harbor High School Grade: 12 He runs on the Varsity Cross Country and Track teams; participates in Speech and Debate; and is the volunteer coordinator the National Honor Society. Finlay joined the school board as a student representative in March 2017. Finlay is sharing the Board responsibilities with his brother, Keir.

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Favorite Teacher: My favorite teacher is Mrs. Kelly Indahl, leadership teacher at Gig Harbor High School. She has taught me much about planning, organizing, and developing projects. From her guidance, I have grown as a student and better understand the idea of the servant leadership.

Keir Adamson

Student Representative
School: Gig Harbor High Grade: 12 Keir is involved with A.S.B.; the Association of Washington State Leaders; the Emergency Food Network; Speech and Debate; Cross Country; and, the National Honor Society. Keir is sharing the Gig Harbor representative to the school board with his twin brother, Finlay.

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Favorite Teacher: My favorite teacher is Mrs. Kelly Indahl, leadership teacher at Gig Harbor High School.  Mrs. Indahl never fails to give every leadership event her full effort.  Mrs. Indahl’s dedication to the class is extremely impressive.

Marcia Harris

Director - District 1, President
Elected: 11/3/2015
Term expires: 11/2019
Phone: (253) 884-4697
“Mrs. Harris has a BA in English from Kansas State University, a MBA from University of Puget Sound, and did Doctoral studies in Educational Leadership at Gonzaga University. Mrs. Harris has 37 years of experience in public education, she represents Director District 1 which is approximately 85 percent of the Key Peninsula. Her dream is a Peninsula School District that provides a personalized and challenging educational program for every student. She feels the school board can help realize that dream by establishing strong and effective two-way communication links with the public and maintaining fiscal integrity and accountability.

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Favorite Teacher My fourth grade teacher, Lena Collins, was my favorite teacher. She loved all of her students (or at least we believed she did!). She introduced us to Laura Ingalls Wilder, reading us a chapter every day after lunch. She treated us like colleagues and friends and helped us stretch “a little further” with interesting and challenging arts and academic projects.

Deborah Krishnadasan

Director - District 2
Elected: 11/3/2015 Re-Elected: 11/3/17 Term expires: 11/2021 Phone: (206) 484-1280 Email:krishnadasand@psd401.net   Mrs. Krishnadasan has a BA in Communications from Western Washington University. She worked at Microsoft, Visio and Burlington Resources, focusing on compensation and benefits, along with communication and integration planning. This is her first term as a Board Director, and she represents the upper Key Peninsula and parts of Gig Harbor North. Her desire to volunteer in her children’s classrooms and schools has grown into a passion to help provide a quality education for all PSD students. Deborah has served as Purdy PTA Treasurer, auction chair and room parent coordinator. She is also involved in the Franciscan Foundation and coaches’ Little League fast pitch.

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Favorite Teacher My favorite teacher was Mr. David Tate, my 10th grade Humanities’ teacher. He taught me to look within and accept myself and fully appreciate the differences and uniqueness of others. He later married my second favorite teacher, Ms. Cindy Elhers, who taught me to love art and inspired me to become a better athlete.

Rand Wilhelmsen

Director - District 3;
Appointed: 12/09/2010 Elected: 11/8/2011 Re-elected: 11/3/2015 Re-elected: 11/3/2017 Term expires: 11/2021 Phone: (253) 209-3370 Email: wilhelmsenr@psd401.net Mr. Wilhelmsen has served on the Board since December 2010. He represents District 3 which includes the central, east and part of north Gig Harbor. As a past teacher, he is committed to making sure our students get the best education available. His passion is to help guide our District to achieve the honored status of best district in the state. Rand served on the District’s audit committee before being appointed to the school board. He has also served on several bank boards. Rand is retired.  

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Favorite Teacher: I had a great second grade teacher named Mrs. Ferguson whom I adored. She taught me to love learning and challenged me to be better each and every day.

Leslie Harbaugh

Vice President
Elected: 11/3/2015
Term expires: 11/2019
Phone: (253) 265-6977
  This is Mrs. Harbaugh’s first term as a Board Director. Leslie has been involved as a volunteer in the Peninsula School District for 13 years. She has served in leadership positions within the Parent-Teacher Associations at Artondale Elementary, Kopachuck Middle School, and Gig Harbor High School; served on Artondale’s School Improvement Planning Team and Site Council; Parent District Council representative since 2007; Co-Chair for Citizens for Peninsula Schools; sits on the Technology, Equity & Diversity, and Early Childhood committees; and is the WIAA representative for the board. Leslie represents District 4; the west side of Gig Harbor, including Fox Island. Leslie strongly supports approaching our students’ education by striving to address the “whole child” with a focus on learning mastery by providing a rigorous, enriched and personalized academic experience. She believes that in order to successfully provide effective and sustainable solutions for the future, collaboration and community engagement are key.

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Favorite Teacher
Each of my teachers taught me valuable lessons throughout my childhood. They taught me how to dream, achieve, stretch myself, persevere, and most importantly, that what is happening now is not the end.

David Olson

Director - District 5
Elected: 11/05/2013
Term expires: 11/2017
Phone: (253) 678-4904
  Mr. Olson was elected to the school board in November 2013. Mr. Olson represents District 5, the southern part of Gig Harbor which includes the Goodman and Harbor Heights areas. David is a retired US Navy officer and over the course of his military career lived in Korea, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Italy. His wife, Tonia, was a school teacher for the Department of Defense Education Activity. David has four children, three of which attended schools in the Peninsula School District. While in the Navy, he served as Pacific Northwest Director of the Drug Education for Youth Program and served on the Board the of the US Navy’s Community Service Council. He is passionate about helping children make healthy and positive life choices. David also serves on the Board of the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation and the City Club of Tacoma. David is a Business Banking Officer for US Bank covering the greater-Tacoma area

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Favorite Teacher
Mrs. Dickson, my 12th grade Algebra II teacher. During my difficult teen years, she never gave up on me and always provided positive feedback and encouraged me to set high goals. I would not be where I am today without her mentorship. It proves that parent and teacher support are critical to a student’s education and life-skills.

Our Community Partners

The Peninsula School District believes a learning-focused environment blossoms best when its relevant and engaging . Partnerships allow students to have more opportunities to acquire knowledge, skills, and character to become productive citizens in a changing world.