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District Transportation

Over the past two weeks, North Mason school buses have been involved in two accidents. In each of these cases the bus driver was not at fault. However, hearing that your child’s bus has been involved in an accident can be scary for a parent. It is definitely scary for the student.

NMHS Band Tour

NMHS Band students are very appreciative of the opportunity to travel and become musical ambassadors for the North Mason School District.

Preliminary FEMA Flood Map Public Meeting

Mason County and the City of Shelton will host the Open House for FEMA representatives to provide information about the revisions to flood insurance rate maps. The Open House is scheduled for March 21 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at North Mason High School's Commons (200 East Campus Drive, Belfair, WA 98528). 

See attached Mason County Flood Risk Open House Press Release and Revised Flood Insurance Rate Maps and Your Property handout.


Buses on Snow Routes - 3-7-17

Buses will take students home at the usual school release times but will travel on snow routes only today March 7, 2017.  Hawkins Middle School and Belfair Elementary after-school activities are cancelled.

NMHS Wrestlers off to STATE



Student Board Members Join Superintendent Rosenbach at Legislative Conference

Student Board Members Grace Collins and Megan Jackson joined Superintendent Dana Rosenbach and Board President John Campbell (also board legislative representative) at the 2017 WSSDA-WASA-WASBO Legislative Conference in Olympia.

Free NM K-12 Community Event: "Compassionate Communication

Tuesday, February 28th from 5:30-8:00pm in the North Mason High School Auditorium

Spanish Flyer


North Mason High School DECA has earned 2017 Chapter Gold Re-Certification for Small Business Enterprise and is moving on to international competition!

To become DECA-Certified, SBEs complete a written project detailing how their business adheres to select model business standards. Re-certification are eligible to participate in the exclusive SBE Academy and competition, held at the International Career Development Conference.

Way to go, North Mason High School DECA!


HMS games against Sedgwick are cancelled tonite because Sedgwick is without electricity. Team coaches may schedule practice instead.  

All other after school activities are continuing as scheduled.

NMSD on 2-Hour Delay 2/7/17 LATE START & SNOW ROUTES


All schools are closed 2/6/17

Weather conditions are widely varied throughout the district. Although main roads are driveable, so many teachers live some distance away and can't make it in today so we are closing schools. Secondary students are already on buses on their way  to school. We will account for them at school then send them home on snow routes.


North Mason School District is running two-hour late start today 2/6/17. There will be no before-school activities, and no morning pre-school. Buses are on snow routes and two hours later than usual.

Distrito Escolar de North Mason está en ejecución de dos horas tarde inicia hoy 6 feb, 2017. No habrá ninguna actividad antes de la escuela, y no hay mañana pre-escolar. Los autobuses están en las rutas de nieve, pero dos horas más tarde de lo habitual.


Our Lady Bulldog Bowling Team took 1st place in districts on Sunday and are now moving on the WIAA State 2A Bowling Championships on February 4th at the Narrows Plaza Bowl @ 2200 Mildred St W in Tacoma.

Mason County Road Restrictions Lifted Eff 1/23/17

Effective Jan 23rd, 2017 Mason County road restrictions have been lifted.  NMSD buses will run their regularly scheduled routes beginning Monday morning.

Razor Rd Bus Route Change eff 01/19/17

All students currently catching the bus on Razor will need to meet at Trails Road & Trails End Drive. 7:05 to 7: 15 AM.

Surplus Sale - HMS, Central Kitchen & Admin Bldg

The North Mason School District will hold a surplus sale, open to all interested parties,

Bus Route Updates Effective Tuesday Jan 17, 2017

Due to county road weight restrictions, we have been running emergency bus routes. As of Tuesday, January 17th, we are being permitted to add additional stops.

UPDATED - Bus Routes as of January 12, 2017



NMSD on 2-Hour Delay 1/10/2017

Due to the probability of icy road conditions in the morning combined with current county road restrictions causing unsafe situations for students, the district will start school two hours late January 10, 2017.  Buses will arrive at the same road restriction bus stops designated for use today two hours later.

REVISED Road Restriction Bus Routes

Beginning Wednesday, January 10th, the Transportation Department will begin running REVISED restricted school bus routes in accordance with Mason County road weight restrictions due to cold weather.  Please consult the following revised stop times and locations. This will be in effect until further notice.  We regret any inconvenience that this may cause.  Please be assured that we will do our best to minimize the impact to you and your students.
 Belfair Elementary Road Restriction Routes 1/11/17
 Sand Hill Elementary Road Restriction Routes 1/11/17
 Hawkins Middle School & North Mason High School Road Restriction Routes 1/11/17



School will open at the usual time January 4th, 2017.  The water issue has been resolved at this time.

Testing for Highly Capable Program Participation

Hawkins Middle School - All after school activities cancelled.

North Mason High School - Basketball games are on as scheduled.  Wrestling is cancelled.


Due to a water problem in the upper campus buildings, middle school and high school students will be dismissed at 1:45 today.

New Hawkins Middle School Opens

North Mason School District is pleased to announce the opening of the new Hawkins Middle School this morning, Tuesday, January 3, 2017.  

Please join us in celebrating at the Dedication Ceremony on January 10, 2017 @ 6:00 pm in the Hawkins Middle School.
        6:00-6:30 - Hawkins Middle School Dedication
        6:30-8:00 - Tour and Teacher Room Visits  

Capital Projects Update

Thanks to our community voters, construction of North Mason High School, James A. Taylor High School, District Office and Hawkins Middle School are complete.  Look for more to come to meet the promises we made to our community, students and staff.  

Snow on the First Day of Winter Break

Snow at HMSAlthough it was exciting to have snow to wake up to on the first morning of Winter Break, there are after-school activities planned tonight. The district anticipates rain the rest of the day will allow all after school activities to go on as scheduled.Snow at NMHS & the new HMS

Winter Break - Dec 19th-Jan 2nd

Winter Break begins on Dec 16th when secondary students are released at 11:25 and elementary at 12:50.  All district schools and offices will be closed Dec 19th through Jan 2nd.  You may reach staff by calling (360) 277-2300.

Winter Scene


North Mason School District will be closed on December 09, 2016 due to weather conditions. All after-school and athletic activities are cancelled.  


All after-school activities and events are cancelled today, December 8, 2016.

Possible Inclement Weather 12/8/2016

Good afternoon North Mason families, staff and community members. As we have seen all too well this week, winter weather is upon us. Current forecasts predict a substantial storm may hit us some time tomorrow, most probably after our students begin their school day. As we all know, (remember the Big Windstorm of 2016) weather is not always that easy to predict. However, the safety of our students is of paramount importance to us. For that reason, I want to let you know that based on weather reports it is very possible we will have to release students early tomorrow to get them home before the roads become too dangerous.

At this time, we plan to begin and end the day as scheduled, but if necessary we will make the decision to release students early as the weather develops. Please plan for a possible early release. As always, we will inform you as soon as possible of any decisions to change our schedule in response to the weather.

NMSD on 2-Hour Delay 12/6/16

NMSD is running two-hour late start today, Dec 6 2016, due to icy road conditions. There will be no before school activities and no morning preschool programs.  All staff are expected to report to work as soon as conditions are safe for them to travel.  Staff should always use their own discretion in determining whether to travel if they feel conditions in their particular area are not safe.  If you will not be reporting for work, you need  to communicate  that to your supervisor.

Inclement Weather Procedures
Buses on Snow Routes

Buses are on snow routes at this time.  School is on time.  We apologize for the late notice.  The heavy snow hit after the buses had started their routes so a late decision was made to continue school at their regular times.  Check snow routes here.

NEW Online Payment for Student Fees & Fines

As a convenience to parents, the North Mason School District is excited to announce a new service that provides parents an easy way to pay for their child’s school fees and fines. Beginning December 1, 2016, parents can make online payments from home or work, 24/7. We have contracted with InTouch, a national credit card payment processor, to provide a secure site for making payments. Click here for more information.



Our district nurse and school resource coordinator will be present at the listed below during conference week.  Stop by to find out about resources available in the district! A healthcare navigator will also be on hand to assist with signing up students without health insurance for Apple Health.  


Tonite's (10/14/16) football game against Forks has been cancelled.


Due to loss of power at the Bremerton Olympic College campus, classes are cancelled today.


Due to expected severe weather this weekend the Homecoming Dance is postponed until October 29th from 7:00-10:00 pm.  If students purchased tickets and are unable to attend, please contact Cheryl Burggraaf (360) 277-2163 or cburggraaf@northmasonschools.org for a refund.

Inclement Weather Procedures

Due to recent forecasts, weather may force a change in the normal operating routine of the district. The district has in place a process to make decisions and the ability to communicate information to parents, students and staff in various matters about changes to the normal daily routine.  Click here for more information

Knowledge Bowl Hosting McTakeover

Please join NMHS Knowledge Bowl for a McTakeover on October 19th from 5:00-7:00 pm.

Wall of Honor Celebration - Oct 8, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

North Mason School District cordially invites you to NMHS Athletics Wall of Honor Celebration on October 8th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Flu Shot Clinic - Oct 3rd

NMSD's annual flu shot clinic will be held on October 3rd from 2:00-5:00pm at NMHS in The Commons. This event is open to staff, students, and the community.  This year we are teaming with Rite Aid and will have additional vaccinations available including Tdap, MMR, Varicella, and Hepatitis B  in addition to the annual flu shot.

Vaccination Clinic - Oct 1st

Shelton School District and Mason General are hosting a vaccination clinic on Oct 1st.  Parents must preregister their children by Friday, Sept 23 by calling (360) 426-3102.  Flyer  

Victory Tunnel - Belfair and Sand Hill Elementary

Mallory Blankenship, Principal Sand Hill, and Dan King, principal Belfair Ele, invited the community to support students in ways that enrich their overall educational experience, with the first opportunity on the first day of school.  


Thanks to the generous community and the hard work of the Transportation Department (led by Lori Johnson), many students will have new backpacks filled with school supplies to use throughout the school year.

Parking for NMHS, HMS, JA Taylor, Administration Building

we appreciate everyone’s patience while we complete the parking lot that is central to the entire NMSD Campus.  We are down to the final stages, but this will require closure to the access road of East Campus Drive just past the current Administration Building starting at 2:00PM, Friday, August 26th and will remain closed through August 30th (weather dependent).

30 Day Preview of English Language Development Curriculum

The North Mason School District English Language Development Team recommends the adoption of National Geographic/ Cengage Curriculum Reach, Inside, Edge, In the USA and Inside the USA. 

West Sound Tech Summer Transportation Update

Important: WST – Summer Program transportation UPDATE!

Departure for the WEST Sound Tech Center will be from the district office  not the MS/HS Parking lot at 7:15-7:20.  The drop off place will be also at the District office around 4:00.

Disaster Mitigation Plan for 30 Day Public Review

NMSD is submitting this Disaster Mitigation Plan for public comment for 30 days.  All public comments are to be directed to Director of Finance, Cathie Seevers, either by phone (360) 277-2107 or email cseevers@northmasonschools.org.  The mitigation plan and all public comments will be reviewed by the Board of Directors at an upcoming board meeting.

30-day Preview of Supplemental Writing Curriculum

The North Mason Writing Task Force recommends the adoption of Lucy Calkins, Units of Study K-8 to improve our writing instruction and student's skills in writing.

North Mason Excels at the 68th Annual Armed Forces Day Parade

Congratulations to North Mason High School Band & Color guard and the Hawkins MS Band & Color guard for taking 1st place in their divisions last weekend at the 68th annual Bremerton Armed Forces Day Parade.  

Surplus Sale

NMSD will hold a surplus sale, open to all interested parties, Saturday 5/28/16 @ 9:00am-1:00pm, Tuesday 5/31/16 & Wednesday 6/1/16 @ 1:00pm-4:00pm.  The sale will take place at the Annex Building at 200 E. Campus Dr in Belfair.  Appointments available and appreciated or just stop in.  Contact mswofford@northmasonschools.org or (360) 801-0136 or (360) 277-2165.

Elementary Bus Delay Anticipated Today

It is anticipated that NMSD elementary students will arrive home approximately 15-20 minutes late today.  This delay is caused by one of our buses being involved in an accident as it was leaving the secondary campus.  It appears there are no injuries to anyone involved in the accident.

Thank you, Nurse Catherine Shutty!

Staff, students, and the North Mason community appreciate everything you do as the district's school nurse.

The Sound of Music - North Mason Theatre's First Musical on the New Stage

Join us May 13, 14, 15 and 19, 20, 21 @7pm
Tickets: $7.00 Students/Seniors or $10.00 General Admission
Special Sing-A-Long Matinee:  Saturday May 14 @ 2pm
$6.00 All Ages
Includes Strudel with Sister Maria @ 1pm
At North Mason High School’s Toni M. Smith Auditorium
For more information call 360-277-2197.

The Every 32 Minutes Program (AKA The Mock Car Crash)

The NMHS Band (in connection with NM Music Boosters & Stan Yantis' Swing Fever) are hosting a dance!  

THIS SATURDAY (April 30th) from 7pm-9pm come dance the night away to the music from 2 great LIVE jazz bands.  

Admission: $6.00

Where: NMHS Commons

  All ages are invited.  

For more details contact Mr. Drewry in the band room.  

NMSD Childfind

North Mason School District conducts specific activities for the purposes of locating, evaluating and identifying students ages birth to twenty-one with suspected disabilities and who reside within school district boundaries.

Approximately ten to fifteen percent of all children have a disability that hinders their educational development. Early identification of disabilities assists parents, students and schools in the design of appropriate educational services.

First Day of School

1st Graders through Seniors - SEPT 7
Kindergarteners - SEPT 12


NMSD Stadium Project Survey
Bus Routes

The following printable bus routes are for the 2016-17 school year.

Belfair Elementary
Sand Hill Elementary
Hawkins Middle School & North Mason High School

North Mason Students Give Back to their Community and Beyond

North Mason students help train guide dogs.  High School teacher, Michelle Carter, brings this innovative program to NMHS.  Kitsap Sun article

WSSDA (Washington State School Directors' Association) 2017 Legislative Update



School Supply Lists

The following printable school supply lists are for the 2016-17 school year.

Belfair Elementary
Sand Hill Elementary
Hawkins Middle School

West Sound CoderDojo

Does your child want to learn to make the next Flappy Bird, Minecraft, or maybe even the next Facebook?  West Sound CoderDojo is an open source, free, and inclusive learning environment where kids ages 7-18 learn code, leadership, peer collaboration, computational thinking, and so much more!  Parents also join in the self-paced, interactive, and problem-solving fun!  Click here for more information.

All-Community Health Event
District Budget

The district has completed the budget and placed it on file in the district administration office. To review the budget open the link:  2016-2017 Budget

Article in "Learning by Design"
Attention Teachers!! Join us at the Microsoft Innovative Educator Teacher Academy

Join us Tuesday, August 23rd from 9AM-4PM at North Mason High School for a special Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Teacher Academy.  It is designed for the K-12 classroom educator who wants to learn more about Microsoft's best tools and resources for classroom learning in a one-day professional learning experience.


Free Training: High in Plain Sight

Nomination Deadline - April 10, 2017

Do you know someone who…

  • is a high school graduate from North Mason School District, graduated at least 10 years ago?
  • is an exemplary citizen and has distinguished accomplishments in his/her community, profession, or career (need not be a current North Mason resident)?
  • should be forever remembered for service to humanity, exceptional career achievements, or accomplishments in many areas?

Due to a snow day Feb 6, 2017, June 22nd will be the last day of school.  This will be a 1/2 day early release day.  June 21st will be a full day of school.

NEW Online Payment for Student Fees & Fines

As a convenience to parents, the North Mason School District is excited to announce a new service that provides parents an easy way to pay for their child’s school fees and fines. Parents will also be able to purchase ASB cards, yearbooks, event tickets, field trips and much more. Click here for more information.

Contact Us
North Mason School District71 E. Campus Drive
Belfair, WA 98528
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Phone: (360) 277-2300
Fax: (360) 277-2320