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Weekly Update 3-3-17

Posted by Tom Opstad at 3/3/2017

Weekly Update
March 3, 2017

The annual language assessment (STAMP) is scheduled to be given this month on Tuesday, March 21, to students who are fluent in a second language.  This provides a tremendous opportunity for students to receive credit for competency in a language other than English.  Over the past five years, we have had more than 100 students receive high school credit for demonstrating proficiency in a second language and one student who was recognized at graduation with the Washington State Seal of Biliteracy. 

Dictionaries from the Aberdeen Rotary Club were handed out to all 4th grade students in our district, St. Mary's and Cosmopolis over the past few weeks.  It is always enjoyable to see how excited students are to receive these dictionaries as their own.

Yesterday, Aberdeen High School went into a modified lockdown as the Aberdeen Police Department pursued a suspect in the neighborhood.  The high school was notified by our SRO who suggested the modified procedure.  In a modified lockdown, students are not allowed to leave the building and students who come to the building are only allowed to enter after being cleared by an administrator or office staff member.  The modified lockdown lasted less than 20 minutes.

On Friday, Elyssa Louderback, Michael Pauley, Aaron Roiko and I met with Alan Gozart from Harbor Architects to review the overall plans for Stewart Field.  This included a preliminary plan for a storage/concession/restroom building to replace the current north bleacher (junior high) section.  Mr. Gozart is planning to attend the March 21 board meeting to provide an update for the school board.

The Aberdeen High School construction program is preparing a "tiny house" for the CTE Homeless Shelter Project Showcase event that will be held on the Capitol Grounds Monday, March 27, 2017.  The class needed to prepare a home for $2,500 or less and transport it to the venue on Sunday, March 26.  We are still looking for a flatbed trailer or truck that will be able to drive the tiny home (without the roof) to Olympia for reassembly on Monday.  For more information, check out the following website - http://www.wtb.wa.gov/CTEHomelessHouseProject.asp.

We continue to follow the legislative process as we work on our district 2017-18 K-12 financial and program planning.  The further into the spring negotiations take, the more challenging it will be to put together a total budget package for school board approval.  Information from the Washington School Directors Association (WSSDA) and the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) are two websites I review weekly to read what is occurring during the legislative session.

Our orchestra students are traveling to Canada this weekend as part of their annual tour to enhance their learning.  They left this morning and will be back next Tuesday evening.

The Aberdeen School Board of Directors has selected four superintendent candidates to bring to the district next Thursday and Friday for interviews.  Two candidates will be in the district all day for sessions with staff, students, parents and community members.  Check the district webpage for updates and schedules.

Have a great weekend as we get back to a more typical rainy spring.

Sincerely, Tom