Posted by Tom Opstad at 2/24/2017
February 24, 2017
A break in the main sewer line from the south end of the high school, which was discovered last Thursday evening, was repaired by the time students returned to school on Wednesday morning. The concrete work on the ramp was finished on Thursday and dried just in time before the rain Friday morning. There is some flexibility built into the current line that will hopefully help prevent another break.
Our professional development days on Friday and Tuesday covered a number of topics that teachers can use in their classrooms immediately. Much of the training on Tuesday was with staff from the Staff Development for Educators (SDE) Summer Conference we hold each August. The program for this coming August is in development and we plan to open registration later this spring. This year’s SDE Summer Conference will be held at Aberdeen High School on Thursday and Friday, August 17 and 18.
Congratulations to Trace Christiansen on being recognized as the Aberdeen Rotary Student of the Month for February. This is a great program that recognizes students for their community involvement, academic work and overall citizenship. There are eight students from Aberdeen High School who are recognized throughout the year with one selected for an Aberdeen Rotary Scholarship at the end of the scchool year. Congratulations Trace.
The annual People's Choice Awards were held on Wednesday evening in the auditorium at Aberdeen High School. This is a great event that recognizes students for a variety of achievements including grades, attitude, attendance, perservenance, leadership, citizenship and more. Students are nominated by a high school faculty member who present the award to the student. This is a tremendous opportunity to recognize many of the outstanding students we have in our district. Thank you to the faculty and Mr. John Kranich who is the Renaissance advisor for AHS. It was truly a fun evening!
(People's Choice Awards MC's for the evening)
The district calendars for both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years are posted on the district website. We plan to finalize the student conference dates and times over the next few weeks. Next year, we are planning on two full days of conferences at the secondary level that are non-student days. The elementary conference schedule will be the same as it has been with the early release days during conference week.
All the follow-up data and reports from our district Consolidated Program Review (CPR) have been completed and sent to OSPI for review. This involved a number of program areas along with basic Civil Rights updates to policies and wording on our website.
The auditors are finishing up their work in the district and should be ready to schedule an exit conference for the school board and district program staff in the near future. Since this is a shorter audit, the exit conference may take place around mid-March. All previous district audits can be found on the Washington State Auditors website at https://www.sao.wa.gov/state/Pages/SWSA.aspx.
The superintendent search process is continuing with a board meeting next Tuesday evening in the district office in the boardroom. Board members will go into executive session to review the superintendent candidates completed applications as they determine who to invite as finalists to the district for comprehensive interviews.
Congratulations to Miller Junior High for receiving recognition from Governor Inslee on signing up students for the College Bound Scholarship program. The school also received the "Gold Star Award" (shown below) highlighting their success as "one of the top-performing districts in the state." Congratulations to the counselors, administrators and staff at Miller JH for helping eligible students sign up for this outstanding program.
Have a great weekend. Hopefully, from a superintendent's view point, we have no snow on Sunday evening!