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Weekly Update 2-17-17

Posted by Tom Opstad at 2/17/2017

Weekly Update
February 17, 2017

Our AHS girls wrestling team will be recognized on Saturday morning for being Academic State Champions.  The team had the highest GPA of all other 2A girls wrestling teams in the state.  This is a great honor and I think the first team in Aberdeen’s history to earn this honor.

Our high school boys swim team, boys and girls wrestling teams all left yesterday afternoon for the state contests in their respective sports.  It is fun to see so many students make it through the district and regional competition in order to earn a spot at the state meet.  To follow the tournament results online, check out the WIAA website at http://www.wiaa.com/.  

Best wishes to all our athletes over the next few days. 


Today and next Tuesday are district professional development days for certificated staff .  The professional development days provide a great opportunity for a lot of work staff need to do in their field.  Having time to reflect with your colleagues and share what works in classrooms is a great way to learn from each other.  I suggested to our Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Governor that we look at extending the time teachers work by providing more professional development days as part of the salary increase that is being discussed in the Legislature.

We applied for a district-wide Para-educator training grant through OSPI on Thursday.  This grant is designed to assist with training for Right Response, specific program training, ESD classes and Para-educator classes at Grays Harbor College.  It is a $20,000 maximum grant and we should know if we receive any or all of the funds by the end of February or first part of March.

This past Sunday at the 2017 WSSDA-WASA-WASBO Legislative Conference we received a handout outlining the three proposed budgets – Governor, House and Senate.  It is part of the Aberdeen School Board meeting packet for Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 5:00 p.m, and provides a good overview of the various ideas put forth to meet the requirements of the McCleary lawsuit filed 10 years ago.  This is something that we track very closely in the district office since a compromise budget needs to be passed before any salary allocations can be prepared for budget purposes.  Hopefully, the Legislature can come to an agreement sooner rather than later in order to allow districts to move forward with the budgeting process.

Aberdeen HS spring sports begin practice on Monday, February 27, 2017.  For more information on the spring sports and requirements to participating in athletics at AHS, please check out the following link, http://www.asd5.org/domain/60.

Have a great President’s Day Weekend and enjoy the warmer, sunny weather (At least on Friday afternoon!).

Thank you,