• Welcome to the 2021-22 School Year!

    It is with pleasure that I begin my fifth year with the Aberdeen School District to serve as your superintendent. We have been through so much together over the past few years, and I am very impressed with how we have come together to provide the best education possible for the students of Aberdeen - despite so many challenges. This is a great school district, with excellent staff, in a wonderful community. 
    This year is scheduled for a "regular" school year with five days of full time instruction. We will, however, be required to follow the continuing health and safety precautions throughout the school year. We should be prepared for changes throughout the school year, so please be sure to keep up to date by following our newsletter.
    We are committed to supporting our students with both academic and social-emotional needs as they return to school this year. We are continuing with the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) at each of our schools. In the area of academics, we will be utilizing information about student learning to identify when academic needs arise during the school year, and provide prompt academic support as part of our MTSS program. Our support system also includes the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) framework for a positive school climate with clear behavioral expectations that are supported with consistency from all adults. The PBIS framework has been enhanced to support Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) for our students, as we know it is a critical foundation for learning in school and in life. In addition, we have expanded many of our partnerships with community agencies to provide support for our students including mental health.
    To support health and wellness, we now have school gardens at each of our schools. This will provide an opportunity for students to grow produce that will be incorporated into our school lunches. Our district has also joined the Farm-to-School initiative, which means we will be buying produce from local farmers and cook meals on site as much as possible.
    This will be the inaugural year of the Harbor Learning Center, which is located in the Hopkins Building. The Center includes Harbor Junior/Senior High School (alternative education), Grays Harbor Academy (online learning), and the Open Doors program (for General Education Diploma / GED). We look forward to including Grays Harbor College at the Center for their adult learning program in the near future.
    I look forward to working together this year!
    Sincerely, Alicia Henderson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Last Modified on August 5, 2021