Posted by Tom Opstad at 2/10/2017
February 10, 2017
Staff from the Washington State Auditor’s Office started work in the district on Thursday. They are typically in the district for three weeks as they review the financials and other requirements during this time period. It is nice we have a little extra office space for their team that provides a quiet location with internet and phone access.
The Aberdeen High School Girls Bowling team presented a signed bowling pin thanking the school board for supporting their inaugural season.
Our schools are helping students focus on a number of different career opportunities after high school and many place banners for tech schools, colleges, military service and more thoughout the hallways and in front of classrooms. Below are just a few I noticed when visiting schools this week.
We are continuing to follow many of the bills working their way through the Legislature. It is also interesting to see what is occurring at the national level with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) since the new administration has taken office. I think there will be some major changes in the act that will impact K-12 schools in the 2017-18 school year. There is one bill that was introduced this week that would eliminate the Department of Education. That would create some changes.
Aberdeen High School was busy last weekend with the Skills USA Olympic Region Leadership Conference and the 5/6 grade elementary girls basketball tournament in Sam Benn Gym.
(Skills USA Quiz Bowl teams compete in the AHS Community Room)
(Elementary girls teams getting tips during halftime in Sam Benn Gym)
Tomorrow, Aberdeen High School will be hosting the Girls Regional Wrestling Tournament in Sam Benn Gym. Stop by and support our team as many girls are wreslting to earn a spot in the state tournament. The new Bobcat Mascot was on hand during Tuesday night's boys basketball game. It will be a familiar presence at a number of future events.
I will be assisting the interview team at Grays Harbor College next Wednesday as they interview for a new dean for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Teacher Education (BAS-TE) program. This will be a tremendous opportunity to help promote and support people in our community who are interested in becoming teachers. It will be similar to the WSU 2+2 program that was very active about ten years ago. Several of our current teachers went through that program and would be great mentors for the new teachers coming into the profession.
The Thursday article in the Aberdeen Daily World covered the discussion on the district projects very well. It is nice to start early with the discussion and allows time for the new superintendent to build momentum with the new college president, Jim Minkler, and the new YMCA Director, Franzine Potts. Work over the summer and into the fall with TCF Architecture, community members and staff will begin to formalize the plans and costs associated with the various projects.
Several elementary school concerts are taking place over the next few weeks. Last evening, Stevens Elementary School students in grades 1, 2 and 3 performed to a packed house in the AHS Auditorium.
Have a great weekend and enjoy the warmer weather (and rain).