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Weekly Update 3-17-17

Posted by Tom Opstad at 3/17/2017

Weekly Update
March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

The broken water main at Central Park was repaired by late Wednesday afternoon.  We provided bottled water for staff and students on Thursday and again on Friday morning as a precautionary measure.  Our district testing showed the water was clean and potable, but we are waiting for official testing from the Department of Health before we open up the regular drinking fountains. 

Our district will again be hosting the STAMP Language Assessment for students in grades 8-12 who are proficient in a second language next Tuesday at Miller, AHS and HHS.  This mainly involves students who speak fluent Spanish.  However, we have had a number of other languages assessed in the past including Chinese, Japanese, Samoan and this year, Portuguese.  This is a great way for students to pick up additional credits and also meet the language requirements for college entrance.

We have had several music concerts over the past few weeks that highlight the muscial talent we have in our district.  From the elementary school choral groups to the high school performers in band, orchestra and choir, these concerts are always a joy to attend.  Thank you to all our music instructors for preparing the students as perform for family members, friends and community patrons.

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I had my final meeting for the year with the Grays Harbor College Bachelor of Science in Teaching advisory board on Thursday.  The classes are set and they hired a new dean for the program who is a local graduate, Erin Dilly-Linton.  There are a few more details that will need to be worked out over the summer, but everything is on track for a great beginning.  This program begins fall quarter of 2017 and is a two-year program.  For more information on this tremendous opportunity for our community, check out the GHC website at https://www.ghc.edu/content/bachelor-applied-science-teacher-education.

Dr. Alicia Henderson will be in town on March 20 – 23.  Her schedule is filling up with meetings she would like to have with building principals, leadership groups, technology staff and more.  Her plan is to attend the ESD 113 regional superintendents meeting in Tumwater on Wednesday and make it back to Aberdeen to attend the Rotary lunch at noon.  Dr. Henderson is taking time during her spring break to visit the community and visit with various members of the district.  She is planning to attend the school board meeting on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 5:00 p.m.  For a short bio on Dr. Henderson, please click here.

I am working on the required waiver from the 180-day requirement for all-day conferences at Miller and the high school.  I spoke with the State Board of Education and they provided input on the application and process needed for approval.  The full day conferences for Miller JH and Aberdeen HS next year are Wednesday and Thursday, October 18 & 19, 2017, and Monday and Tuesday, January 29 & 30, 2018. 

Spring conferences are coming up the week after next for all grades K-12.  We then move right into Spring Break and it will be the middle of April before we know it!  Have a great weekend.

Sincerely, Tom

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