HLC September 2023 Newsletter
Harbor Learning Center (HLC)
August/Sept /October Calendar
August 29 Building closed until 12:30 PM for district wide staff training
August 30 First Day of School- Orientation, Chromebook Pick Up, and Conferences
August 30 School Photos
August 31 Classes begin at 8:10 AM!
Sept 1 GHA students begin on line school
Sept 4 Labor Day- NO SCHOOL
Sept 18 First day of Before/After School Program
Sept 27 Early Release @ 12:45 PM for District-wide Collaboration
Sept 27 Student of the Month Recognition Ceremony
Oct 13 Early Release @ 11:00 AM for SLC prep
Oct 18 Great Shake Out Drill @ 10:18 AM
Oct 19 and Oct 20 NO SCHOOL, Conferences only
Oct 25 Early Release @ 12:45 PM for District- wide Collaboration
We are looking forward to another amazing year at the Harbor Learning Center. We serve around 300 students K-12 at our school. We always look for ways to improve so don’t hesitate to reach out and offer suggestions. Feel free to give me a call here at school at (360) 538- 2180 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Counseling Office message- Kasi Turner
We are excited to continue using Skyward for students’ classroom contracts. Students and families can log into Skyward like they did at MJH and AHS to see the progress each student is making towards completing a .5 credit in a class. Having trouble with Skyward? Check with me, the secretaries, or Emma in the computer lab. Do you have questions about your student’s progress toward graduation? Give me a call or stop by. Does your student need someone to listen and assist with problem solving? I can do that, too. I can also assist your family in accessing BHR counseling services. - Kasi Turner, HLC Counselor, email@example.com
After School Program
We are still offering a version of the After School Program at Harbor Jr/Sr High. There are slight changes from last year. There is NO Before School Program. Grays Harbor Academy on-line students and GED students can attend our After School Program. The After School Program starts September 18th and is from 2:45-4:15 Monday through Thursday. We offer homework help, state test tutoring, and fun activities. Our focus this year will be to create a community we can thrive in and prepare for success. For any questions, please feel free to reach out to Lisa Griebel at firstname.lastname@example.org
2023-2024 School Supplies
Our district provides school supplies to any student who needs them. Most of our supplies are classroom specific supplies needed to successfully complete classroom assignments. If you are school supply shopping, you might look for: Backpack (we do not have school lockers), Paper, Pencils, Blue/Black Pens, Highlighter, Markers, Colored Pencils, and a Binder (something to keep your student’s papers organized).
Technology message- Emma Wimberley
We provide our students with a one to one laptop or chromebook. Remember, for any student to have an Aberdeen School District device, a Device Checkout Form and Individual User Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) Consent Form must be signed by a guardian EVERY YEAR! All prior devices are required to be returned to their prior school or paid for before getting a new device from Harbor Learning Center. Students who misuse their device can have their account restricted or lose their device. Our district uses GAGGLE to monitor students’ on line communication and computer use when a student is logged into their ASD account, accessing our district network, or using a district provided device.
Safe and Supportive Campus Expectations
Our school is a choice school. Students and families CHOOSE to attend. We follow the same district policies and expectations as our other district schools. We continue to work with our students to follow these expectations which in turn supports a safe learning environment. One change students will notice this 2023-2024 school year is a SIGNIFICANT change in what students are allowed to do during lunch, in the parking lot, and in the areas surrounding our school. These changes will be reviewed at our August 30th Orientation and on August 31st in classrooms. Not 18? You can not leave during lunch. 18 or over? You can sign yourself out for lunch, but will lose that privilege if you return late to class. Students must follow our district and teacher cell phone guidelines and the NO tobacco/vaping guidelines.
On-line Updating of Student Information
All families in the Aberdeen School District are expected to use Skyward to update their student’s information and fill out required back to school paperwork. Let us help you get it done!
Open Doors/GED Program
We are in year three of our Open Doors/GED program, and it is very successful! If your student is 16 years of age and behind in credits, they might be eligible to enroll in our GED program. We had over 30 students earn their GED in 2021-22 and over 50 students earn their GED in 2022-23. Many of our students enroll in the Open Doors/GED program and then return to work on their high school diploma after earning their GED. A completed GED is worth FOUR high school credits.
Grays Harbor Academy Information
We host our district’s online school, GHA. We have over sixty K-12 students enrolled in this online option. It is important to talk to us before considering this on line option. 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 best for students who are self motivated, self starters, and love working on a computer for over 5 hours a day. Students who struggle on line will be required to come to the HLC and receive support as part of an intervention. We have staff on site to support our on line students! Students who do not make progress on line will be returned to in person school. We are still enrolling students into our online school. Let us know if you are interested. Contact Robert Sutlovich! email@example.com
Grays Harbor Academy FAMILY PORTAL- HOW TO KEEP TRACK OF YOUR CHILD’S PROGRESS
To access the Family Portal, request access from one of your student’s teachers by providing your STUDENT’S FIRST AND LAST NAME, YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAME, AND YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. You will then receive an email with a LINK to the portal, and another with a randomly generated access code. Click the LINK, then enter the ACCESS CODE and your EMAIL ADDRESS, and create a PASSWORD.
After initial setup, you can log in with your email address and password at any time to review your student’s progress.
With the addition of more staff to support our students, we have changed some of the tasks/ responsibilities. We hope this helps direct you to the correct contact. As always, anyone can point you in the right direction.
Who to contact
Robert Sutlovich Online Support Teacher
360-538-2180 EXT 3305
Student learning plans
Monthly progress reports
Senior outreach for HSBP
Student help sessions
Printing for parents
Kasi Turner Counselor
Emma Wimberley MTSS Assistant
360-538-2180 EXT 3303
Work Cell: 360-581-1154
Special Education Teacher
Mark Borgens firstname.lastname@example.org
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.