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December 2022 Newsletter

Harbor Learning Center (HLC)

Home of the Dragons


November/December/January Calendar

November 23, 24, 25  No School for Thanksgiving

November 29 Picture Retakes (or photos for students who have not taken photo yet)

December 7 Early Release District Wide for Collaboration 12:45 PM

December 16 Early Release for Winter Break 11:00 AM

December 19-January 2 Winter Break  (School is closed, including the main office.)

January 3- School resumes

January 11 Early Release District Wide for Collaboration 12:45 PM

January 16 No School Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day

Principal’s Message

Hard to believe Winter Break is almost here.  Our school continues to grow as we add students to our in person, on line, and GED programs.  We love that the Harbor Learning Center offers alternative learning opportunities to many of our Aberdeen families.  Some of our students even “choice in” from other districts across the area and the state for our programs.   We appreciate all of our family support for our staff and students.  We are focusing on attendance this year as our county transitions back to Truancy Petitions now that much of the COVID impact to attendance has waned.  Please remember to call or email us if your student is going to be absent from school.  We are fortunate to be working with an Attendance and ReEngagement Specialist this year provided by our local ESD (Educational Service District.)  We believe we can help our students best when they are here with us at school.

Spirit Week - December 12-16

Monday Make and Send a Holiday Card Tuesday Ugly Holiday Sweater

Wednesday Wear Holiday Colors Thursday Holiday Headwear

Friday  PJ’s and Pancakes Day

Counseling Office - Kasi Turner

Graduation Requirements! Graduation Pathways! Personalized Pathway! It can all be so confusing!

Students and parents should be informed about graduation and what has to be completed in order to graduate from the Aberdeen School District. Even if your student is a freshman, it all starts the first year of high school. I was able to meet with some of you during Student Led Conferences, unfortunately, I was unable to meet with everyone. If you have questions about Aberdeen School District graduation requirements, please feel free to contact me. Seniors should be filling out and signing their graduation plans. Credit requirement information can be viewed on Skyward. If you need your Skyward information, please contact the main office, Emma in the computer lab or myself. 

FAFSA OPENED OCTOBER 1st! Create an account at to see if you qualify for money for college!! Need help? Come ask me!

Does your student need someone to listen and assist with problem solving?  I can do that, too.  I also assist families in accessing the BHR counseling services offered on campus. - Kasi Turner, HLC Counselor,

Before and After School Program  (Mon-Thur, 7:00 - 8:00 & 2:45 - 4:45)

Harbor High’s After School Program is growing, and we would love to have YOU join as well! Our After School Program focuses on Social Emotional Learning, Academic Enrichment, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). Our Yearbook club started, and we always welcome new members. Interested in DND, GSA, or Karaoke? Let Emma know!


Student Store

The Dragon Cafe is open:

Monday - Friday from 7:30 - 8:00 am

Tuesday -Friday during lunch (after students have gone through the lunch line)

The Dragon Cafe has specials running through Winter Break 

$2.75 steamers and cocoa 12oz size

$3.50 meal deal - slice of pizza, chocolate chip cookie and an Izze drink

$7.00 Dragon keychains and lanyards make great gifts and we supply the gift bag

Gift Cards (paper for now ) available in $10 & $20 


Technology message- Emma Wimberley

Over the next few months, our Harbor High students will be switching from Lenovo Chromebooks to Dell Laptops. These Dell Laptops have a few less restrictions, and students are able to use Word, Powerpoint, and Excel. This process will be slow, but do not be surprised if your student comes home with a different device than normal!


Open Doors/GED Program

We are in year two of our Open Doors/GED program, and it is very successful!  Last year 30 students earned their GED.  This year 5 students have already earned their GED’s!  We have 50 students currently enrolled in the GED program and room for more! If your student is 16 years of age and behind in credits, they might be eligible to enroll in our GED program.  Many of our local youth fell behind in earning high school credits during COVID and are anxious to find a way to complete their education and move on to community college, a job, or technical schools.  GED might be the right fit for you or someone you know.  The flexible in person time commitment of students working towards their GED allows our GED students to work during the day.  Tedd White, our GED Family Service Worker, works well with our GED students and is available to answer any questions you might have! If interested please contact Tedd White at   


Grays Harbor Academy Information

Our school hosts our district’s online school, Grays Harbor Academy.  We have over seventy K-12 students  enrolled in this online option.  It is important to talk to our principal or school counselor before considering this change. We contract with an online school, Edgenuity.  This online option is very different from the distance learning offered in the 2020-2021 school year or during our temporary switch to distance learning in January of 2022.  It is a 100% ONLINE school with ONLINE teachers and the expectations are VERY HIGH!  It works well with students who are self motivated, self starters, and love working on a computer for over 5 hours a day.


Weekends and Winter break is a great time for GHA students to get caught up on work or get ahead in their classes. Please make sure to let us know if you are not receiving your child’s weekly progress. Their progress is emailed every week and mailed home at the end of the month. First semester ends 1/25/22 for GHA students. Students can ask for make up assignments, retake quizzes/tests, or book a meeting with their Edgenuity teachers. Please reach out to our GHA support team if you have any questions about your child’s education. We appreciate your cooperation. 


GHA Who to Contact

Darby Carroll Online Support Teacher

360-538-2180   EXT 3319


Graduation plans

Senior outreach for HSBP

Edgenuity outreach

Parent meetings/communication

Student learning plans (SLP)


Maintain spreadsheet of classes/teachers

Robert Sutlovich Online Support Teacher

360-538-2180 EXT 3305

Student help sessions

Student outreach 

Workbook disbursement

Parent meetings/communication

Student learning plans (SLP)

Weekly check-ins

Monthly progress reports

State Testing


Kasi Turner Counselor



Graduation plans

Tech Support/Testing

Emma Wimberley MTSS Assistant

360-538-2180 EXT 3303

Work Cell: 360-581-1154

Computer check-outs

Technology Support

Printing for parents

Workbook disbursement

Tech Troubleshooting

Special Education Teachers

Kris Bitar

Mark Borgens

Karen Ellingson





HLC Main Office

The HLC Office Service Window is open Monday- Friday from 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM.  You can also call the main office at (360) 538-2180.  A secure drop box is available for after hours drop off of materials.  Most “business” can be conducted through our HLC service window.