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Weekly Update 1-20-17

Posted by Tom Opstad at 1/20/2017

Weekly Update

January 20, 2017


Next week is the end of the first semester!  It is amazing how fast the year is moving along as we now are entering the last five months of the 2016-17 school year. 


Harbor High School graduation last evening was outstanding.  Some of the students who graduated at the semester had to overcome many obstacles in order to reach this milestone in their life.  I find it refreshing that we have options for students who need something a little different than the traditional high school setting in order to achieve their goal of a high school diploma.  Congratulation to all.


Over the break and the past few weeks, we have installed the security door locks with the remote camera access at Miller and Harbor High/Hopkins.  This completes all of our buildings.  Staff now lock the doors once students arrive in the morning and access is granted only after video confirmation by someone in the main office.  It seems to work fairly well and even though there may be increased wait times, I have had positive comments on taking these security measures.


Building principals and secretaries had training this week on the new Blackboard call out system.  This web-based program is set up to send voice, text and email alerts to parents, students, and staff.   Messages can also be sent to the Blackboard App for Aberdeen.  The app is available in the Apple and Google Play stores.  Search under “Aberdeen School District No. 5” in order find the app.  You should also see the district logo which confirms you have the correct Aberdeen School District.


Our girls bowling team hosted their last home meet of the year yesterday in Aberdeen.  It was very well attended by several high school staff members, friends and parents of our bowlers.  It was also a great way to end the year with a convincing win over Capital from the Olympia S.D.  Several members of the team would like to attend the next school board meeting to share a little about their experiences this year. 


Elyssa Louderback and I are finalizing the enrollment numbers that will be entered into the budgeting software from OSPI.  This will be available once the Senate and House budgets are released and OSPI has time to update the program with any adjustments on salaries, benefits, staffing ratios and more.  It typically takes 2-3 weeks for OSPI to make these changes.  In the meantime, we are able to put together the expenditure side of the budget.  This is something that we work on as a district knowing what our expenditures are to date, along with what we projected as expenditures for this school year. 


I have set up the meeting with representatives from Grays Harbor College, the YMCA, the City of Aberdeen and our district to discuss the building concepts of a joint gymnasium/recreational center with the architects from TCF Architecture.  TCF will also be sharing the results of the District Study and Survey with the school board on Tuesday, February 7 in the regular meeting beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the Community Room at Aberdeen High School.


It is always great to have student art work up in the district office.  Thank you to the students at Robert Gray Elementary for sharing some of their art over the holiday break and into January.


Have a great weekend and thanks again for your ongoing support of our schools and programs.


Sincerely, Tom