Aberdeen Schools

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Aberdeen School District No. 5 -- October 15, 2020

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Signs of success

Fall is in the air -- and signs of student success are everywhere. At Stevens School, Principal Jamie Stotler recently handed out her principal awards. These school-issued yard signs don't need to come down in November ...


Don't forget to vote before November 3!

Free school meal program extended through June 30

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the free meal program flexibility through the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.


This means students can continue to pick up their meals at the school closest to their home -- it doesn't have to be the school they attend. This is especially helpful for our secondary students. ID is not required and there is no income test. Parents and guardians are allowed to pick up meals for their children provided they have proper ID.

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In announcing the continuation of free meals for all students, the USDA said it enhances safety for all by eliminating the need to collect meal payments, including cash payments at meal sites, which speeds up service of meals, thereby reducing contact time and potential exposure to COVID–19.


Remember: masks and social distancing are required at all times when meals are being picked up.


However … Family income data still needs to be collected

The free meal program continues this school year, but districts are still required to collect data from families. In our district, this is especially important so that we can remain eligible to serve all students next year.


This data is also used by state and federal agencies to determine our eligibility for a number of programs, not just school meals.


The district encourages all families to complete the process, regardless of whether you think you may qualify for food service. Information collected remains strictly confidential.


Take the Family Survey - English / Spanish

Aberdeen School District Board of Directors

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Survey results coming Tuesday

Thank you to everyone who took part in the distance learning survey, which closed on Wednesday. The results are being compiled and will be shared with the School Board at the regular meeting scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 20.


School Board meetings currently occur via webinar. You can find a link and the agenda on the calendar or on the main page of the ASD5 web site when it becomes available, usually by the end of the day on Friday.

Gradebook update

One of the challenges the district has faced in the distance learning model is integrating the Skyward and Canvas gradebooks, especially at the elementary grades. This has been a frustration for our teachers because it’s a key communication tool between school and home.


We ask for your patience. Our technology team is working tirelessly to try and figure this out. We have the best tools at our disposal, and our team is working with industry experts, but so far we have not cracked the code. It’s a glitch that we sincerely hope can be fixed soon.


Meantime, parents are advised to monitor their students’ progress in Canvas. Each of our schools has an LRC technician available during the day who can assist students and parents with log ins and passwords.

Tech support is an email or a phone call away

Parents: If you are in need of technical support, your school's Learning Resource Center can help!


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A socially distanced 'Shakeout'

Thursday was the annual "Great Shakeout" and, above, the crew at Miller Junior High School took it all outside. Students were encouraged to participate remotely. If your family has not already done so, please talk about what to do in the event of an emergency. What do you want your student to do? And where do you want them to go?


Take care and stay safe.

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Now that's scary!

McDermoth Principal Bryan McKinney recently conducted an attendance challenge. He told all his students that the class with the best attendance could pick out his manicure. Tessa Pfeiffer's kindergarten class posted the best engagement and look what they came up with.


Great job, class! That must have been a fun Zoom session.

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Next best thing

AHS teacher Todd Bridge figures that if his students can't be present in real life, they should at least be life-sized.


The standard school model is on the shelf for now because of the pandemic, but one constant is attendance. Showing up for school is as important as ever, maybe even more so. On the other side of your student's camera is an entire staff ready to support their progress to the highest level possible under the present circumstances.

Sign up for the After School Program

The 21st Century After-School program is up and running (remotely) at Miller Junior High School and at McDermoth, Robert Gray and A.J. West Elementary Schools. The program takes place from 2:30 to 5:30, Monday through Thursday.


Sign up soon because space is limited.


  • Miller: 360-538-2100
  • McDermoth Elementary: 360-538-2120
  • A.J. West Elementary: 360-538-2130
  • Robert Gray Elementary: 360-538-2140

Staying in touch with Leadership

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AHS dates to remember

Jostens Pick-up and Order Drop-off

This is a drive-by event from 1 to 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, October 21, along the covered walkway at AHS on E. Fourth Street.
Please stay in your car as you drive by to pick up any items you ordered or to turn in order forms. This is a good time to ask any questions as Jostens representatives will be on hand.


LifeTouch Yearbook and ID Pictures

From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 1-2, at Sam Benn Gym.

This is a socially distanced event. Masks are required on the AHS campus.

Students should enter via Sam Benn Gym and follow all instructions to maintain safety.

Elementary School Daily Schedule

Find out when the school day starts and ends -- and when to break for lunch.

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The Aberdeen School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: David Glasier, Title IX Coordinator and Civil rights Compliance Coordinator, 216 North G St., Aberdeen, WA 98520; (360) 538-2222; dglasier@asd5.org; Dr. Richard Bates, Section 504/ADA Coordinator, 216 North G St., Aberdeen, WA 98520; (360) 538-2017; rbates@asd5.org.