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Weekly Update 1-13-17

Posted by Tom Opstad at 1/13/2017

Weekly Update

January 13, 2017


The January Aberdeen Rotary Student of the Month was Jake Metke.  Jake is the fourth student of the month honored by Rotary for their service to the community, excellent academics and involvement in extracurriculuar activities.  Congratulations to Jake and all the students who have been or will be selected as the student of the month by Rotary.


Elyssa Louderback and I were able to meet with Alan Gozart this week to review the plans for Stewart Field.  Mr. Gozart will be at the next board meeting on Tuesday, January 17, to share a breakdown of costs and share his thoughts on the best approach to replace the roof, add lighting and provide storage and restroom facilities at Stewart Field.


I often visit our schools during the week and enjoy talking with students, teachers, principals and other staff who work daily to provide a great learning environment for everyone.  This week, a teacher and student brightened my visit just by the shoes they were wearing.  It is always wonderful to leave a school with a smile on my face after seeing what such a simple piece of attire can contribute to brightening someones' day! 


Our district Consolidated Program Review (CPR) took place on Wednesday.  We had eight staff from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) who met with district staff and visited several schools and programs throughout the day.  We had a number of accolades and a few areas that need to be addressed to be in compliance.  Thank you to all that were instrumental in collecting the data from all the programs and uploading documents to the CPR website.  Overall, it was a good review and helpful in making sure we remain in compliance with federal programs and guidelines.


TCF Architecture is putting the final touches on the Study and Survey.  The architects are planning to be in the district on Tuesday, February 7, to update the board and provide an overview of the work they are doing for a new Stevens Elementary School.  The team from TCF plan to meet with the staff at Stevens to get input on the educational program needs and spaces needed in a new school.  They will also meet with representatives from the YMCA, Grays Harbor College and the City of Aberdeen to review the Grays Harbor College site for a combined school gymnasium-college recreational center complex.  This has tremendous potential to be a great project for the community as part of the process of building a new elementary school.


All elementary schools are focusing on AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) instructional practices and will be adopting a college in each classroom.   Stevens Elementary has been in the practice of adopting a college in their classroom for several years.  In 2015, my daughter and her boyfriend from Edinburgh, Scotland were guest speakers in Mrs. Collins classroom and shared their experiences at college and what it allowed them to do in their lives.   It is exciting to see what various teachers have acquired from their "adopted" school to help decorate, both inside and outside, their classroom.  Below is just one example of what I found when I visited classrooms on Thursday.  I know of at least one teacher in the district who may have contributed to this elementary display - or definitely approved of their choice!


Thanks again and have a great weekend. 


Sincerely, Tom