Weekly Update 2-4-12

Posted by Tom Opstad at 2/4/2012 7:00:00 PM

Weekly Update

February 4, 2012


The highlight this weekwas the iPad distribution to students at Miller Junior High. This required months ofplanning and work by the iMiller Team to determine the apps needed in eachcontent area, how iPads were distributed, what changes teachers would make intheir classroom instruction, along with all the“little” details that came upduring this process. Studentsand staff are very receptive to change and looking forward to learning moreabout innovative teaching and learning with this new technology.  Thankyou to Principal Mark Decker and all the Miller team for the work and making asuccessful transition to one-on-one learning.  Check out the Miller webpagefor more information.


KING 5 covered the eventfor airing on their five o'clock news Wednesday evening.  For more newsstories on the iPad implementation day at Miller, check out the following newsstories. (DailyWorld)  (KING5 News) (KBKWNews)


Randy Dorn, StateSuperintendent of Public Instruction, spoke to the students at Miller and alsovisited Stevens Elementary to talk with Kathy Werner about their STEM program.


Last Saturday our SkillsUSAmembers hosted a regional competition at Aberdeen High School.  Thanks toChuck Veloni, SkillsUSA Advisor - Aberdeen High School, for the followinginformation sent out after last weekend’s event.

TheAberdeen High School chapter of SkillsUSA hosted five events this past weekend.The Bobcats swept the Photography and Audio Production competitions on theirway to winning twelve of the fifteen medals awarded.

Amber Roche captured the gold while heading upthe list of Bobcats in the photography competition. Miriam Wheeler and AngelaEdwards took second and third respectively.

Not to be outdone, Aberdeen’s very own KAHS staff membersswept the Audio Production competition fending off members from Gig Harbor KGHPmembers. The team of Robbie Kenagy and Selena Alvarado took top honors followedby the team of Kayla Shelton and Sidney Fenn. Taking third was the team made upof Jenna Prater and Bubba Mullilkin.

Double Winner in HVAC & Refrigeration andMajor Appliance & Refrigeration was Bobcat sophomore Tommy Ryan. InResidential Wiring, the gold medal went to Aberdeen’s Michael Vanairsdale.Michael also took second in Major Appliance & Refrigeration.

The other two Aberdeen medalists were ErikaNelson, second in Residential Wiring and Kellen Schroeder, second in HVAC &Refrigeration.


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Our winter sports teams are just about finished with their regular season.  Congratulations to all our student athletes. 
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Saturday evening the Aberdeen Music Boosters held their annual fundraiser dinner and auction.  Thanks to the Miller and AHS music departments for providing an evening of outstanding entertainment.
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We are increasing our K-20 bandwidth to handle the increased Internet traffic.  Along with the use of iPads at Miller, we also have online students at AHS, Harbor HS, and all our elementary schools.  Our technology department continually tracks our usage on the K-20 network,tracking our peak times in order to determine when we need to make changes.  Find district information here.


I am hopeful we will not experience many cuts to education during this legislative session given the Supreme Court decision on the McCleary lawsuit.  For more information, check out the following website.  (Washington Courts Opinions)


Aaron Chidester from Unite 4 Life will be speaking to our high staff on February 17,2012.  There will be a follow up assembly with students later in the month.


I am continuing to speak at various forums to share information about our local levy.  We have posted a levy Q & A section on our website along with an informational brochure that is also available online and at the district office. 


We are continuing to look at ways to provide updates on our website for all members of our community. As we do, we will continue to provide calendar events and post various activities on the different sections of our homepage.


Thanks again for all those involved and who attended the iPad release at Miller on Wednesday.  Have a great weekend and enjoy all this sunshine.