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Aberdeen School District No. 5 -- June 4, 2021

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Kindergartners are getting excited for fall

Kindergarten Family Night, an event at Stewart Field for next year's kindergartners, was pretty fun this week. From butterflies released to games, registration and summer supplies being sent home, students and families got to meet staff and get their questions answered.

Next up is Jumpstart Kindergarten, an academy in August where incoming students get to spend a few days at their school getting to know the place, take part in fun activities and learn about expectations as they prepare to start school with the big kids.

Students must be registered in advance to attend Jumpstart Kindergarten. Two sessions are offered -- August 16-19 and August 23-26. You can register at any of our school websites and by following this link.

Joan Hoehn is our lead principal for kindergarten this summer. You can contact her at jhoehn@asd5.org.

Have a great summer!

Also in this Issue:

  • Summary of the June 1 meeting of the School Board
  • Retiree Recognition
  • Graduation information
Enroll today for Kindergarten

Please enroll your 5-year-old for Kindergarten as soon as possible so we can keep you informed about upcoming events and so our principals and teachers know to expect you this fall.

Aberdeen School District Board of Directors

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Summary of the June 1 meeting

Agenda for June 1, 2021 (pdf)

President Sandra Bielski convened the regular meeting of the Aberdeen School District Board of Directors at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, 2021, via webinar following guidance for conducting remote meetings in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act. Directors present were Bill Dyer, Jennifer Durney, Jessica Jurasin and Suzy Ritter, along with Student Representative Katlynn Smith, Superintendent Alicia Henderson and 27 patrons and staff watching remotely.

The meeting began with the Flag salute.

Minutes, Bills, Trips & Gifts

The board approved the Consent Agenda, which included:

  • The minutes from the regular meeting on May 18, 2021, and
  • Order specifications for a new bus that was approved at the May 18, 2021, meeting.

Comments from Board members

President Sandra Bielski congratulated the retirees whose careers were celebrated prior to the board meeting, and thanked the student representatives Katlynn Smith and Brook Solan for their time on the board as they get ready to graduate. She also offered a “shout out” to junior Logan Seguin who played taps at the cemetery for the Memorial Day service.

Director Suzy Ritter also thanked the retirees and commented on the exciting basketball game that the team won on Senior Night.

Director Jennifer Durney reported that she was able to attend the presentation of the Senior Class Gift of new street signs designating the section of G Street in front of the high school campus as Bobcat Way. She also said she appreciates the decision to have seniors learn remotely their last two weeks of school so that none are sent into a quarantine due to a school-based exposure, and thus miss graduation.

Comments from Student Representative

Student Representative Katlynn Smith reported seniors are gearing up for graduation, an offsite prom is planned for Saturday and AP testing starts next week.

Superintendent’s Report

Superintendent Henderson commented on the careers of the retirees, noting how many served in the district their entire careers.

Distance and In-Person Update: Superintendent Henderson commented that the remarkable and highly unusual school year is coming to a close with only 10 more school days on in-person instruction remaining. Everyone is looking forward to fall when the model will be a return to a full schedule of in-person instruction, although some safety protocols and procedures will remain, she said.

COVID-19 Response: Superintendent Henderson provided an update on the district’s response to the pandemic. She noted the area continues to be in Phase 3 as the state moves through a fourth wave of the pandemic.

Extended Learning Program

Superintendent Henderson said plans for the Extended Learning Program this summer are progressing on schedule, and that there are even some plans for field trips that teachers are excited about.

Graduation Update

Superintendent Henderson said planning for graduation at Stewart Field is on track with high school and district staff putting together a plan that complies with safety protocols and allows for as many people as possible to attend in person. Students will be issued six tickets, and admission will be by ticket only. Graduation for AHS will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, June 11. Harbor High graduation is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, and it will be a drive-up ceremony at Harbor High School.

Budget Adoption Schedule

The board approved an adjustment to the Budget Adoption and Summer Meeting Schedule. The budget is now scheduled for adoption at the July 13 meeting and the July 20 meeting is canceled.

Teaching and Learning

Century 21 Program

Career and Technical Education Director Lynn Green provided an overview of the Century 21 After School Program, including how it has been changed to serve students in a remote environment this year and what plans are being put into place for 2021-2022. The board thanked Director Green and her team for their creativity in meeting the challenges posed this year.

New Business

City University Agreement

The board approved an agreement with City University of Seattle to allow students in its alternative paths to certification program to perform their student teaching in the district.

FAFSA Agreement

The board approved renewal of a data sharing agreement with the Washington Student Achievement Council that allows for providing assistance to students and families submitting the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Special Education Contracts

The board approved contracts with the following companies to provide special education and related services in 2021-2022:

  • A contract with Presence Learning of New York, N.Y., to place Candice Oleson in the district as a speech language pathologist;

  • A contract with Soliant Health of Peachtree, Ga., to place Lauren Land in the district as a speech language pathologist assistant;

  • A contract with The HELLO Foundation of Portland, Ore., to place psychologists Autumn Schreiber, Jennifer Cockrell and Leandra Evans and speech language pathologists Kelsey Baggs, Kayla Jordan, Sandra Lucas and Heather Higgins, and

  • A contract with Pioneer Healthcare Services of Tucker, Ga., to place Healey Miller in the district as an occupational therapist.

New Market Agreement

The board approved renewal of the agreement with the New Market Skills Center for 2021-2022 that will allow students to enroll in courses through the Tumwater campus.

Personnel Report

Following an executive session, the board approved the personnel matters.

Next Meeting of the Board is Tuesday, June 15

The next regular meeting of the School Board is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, via webinar. Agenda materials and a link to join the meeting are posted on the district website and calendar before the meeting, and often ready and posted on the Friday before the meeting.

The Board welcomes public comment as part of the deliberative process. Comment is accepted until noon the day of the meeting. Submit comments to schoolboard@asd5.org. Additional guidance for submitting comment can be found on the website and is linked here.

All comment becomes part of the public record, but comments regarding agenda items can be shared aloud during the meeting. When submitting comment, please indicate if you would like to read your comment to the board, or have it read on your behalf, up to 3 minutes.

Careers of retirees celebrated

The careers of some pretty amazing staff members were celebrated this week at a virtual reception. The presentation is provided below. Please help us celebrate the careers of the following staff members who have contributed significantly to the lives of the young adults our district has sent out to the world.

Thank you to the following staff members for their service to education:

Certificated Staff

  • Randy Cole, A.J. West Elementary
  • Chris Collin, Stevens Elementary
  • Beth Crollard, Central Park Elementary
  • Toni Houbregs, Aberdeen High School
  • Joan Lesman, Miller Junior High School
  • Gayla Stewart, A.J. West Elementary
  • Kelly Stewart, A.J. West Elementary
  • Janice Williams, Robert Gray Elementary

Classified Staff

  • Debbie Copland, AHS office coordinator
  • Geri Scott, Central Park Elementary office coordinator
  • John Shay, Stevens Elementary custodian
  • Richard Rasmussen, custodian and groundskeeper
See the Retiree Presentation

Read more about the careers of staff who were recognized this week. Their contributions to our district span decades of service and we wish them well in retirement.

The learning will continue into summer

Our schools have developed a robust Extended Learning Program for the summer. Meals and transportation are available at no cost.

Elementary Schools

Contact your student's school for more information on what is planned and where your student can attend. The elementary program will be offered Tuesday through Friday, July 6 to August 13 for four hours per day.

Miller Junior High

Grades 6-8 at Miller Junior High School are invited July 6-Aug. 13, Monday through Thursday. Two periods will be offered: 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to noon. Students can attend one or both sessions.

Grades 9-12

Students will be able to make up required courses they either missed or failed during the pandemic. In addition, the school staff will work with students to hammer out a plan for the fall.

Classes are Monday through Friday:

  • Session One: June 16-July 8
  • Session Two: July 9-July 30

Extended Learning prinicpals:

Twin Harbors offering summer courses

There's still time to sign up for summer courses at Twin Harbors, A Branch of New Market Skills Center.Two sessions will be offered -- June 16-July 2 and July 6-July 22. Registration is open until Friday, June 11 -- but don't wait too long in case classes fill up.

Visit the Twin Harbors Skills Center page for registration information.

Session 1 courses include:

  • Automotive Technology,
  • Electrical Engineering,
  • Computer Animation and
  • Photography and
  • Graphic Arts.

Session 2 courses include:

  • Health Care Careers and
  • Culinary Arts.
Important Link to Graduation Info

Attention Senior Families: Aberdeen High School has posted important information regarding graduation on the website. Follow the links for Graduation Information, Seating Chart, Walking Route at Stewart Field and the Car Parade Route.

Dates to remember

  • Harbor High Graduation is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 8.

  • Senior Awards Night is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, at Sam Benn Gym.

  • Moving Up Assembly/Senior Signing Assembly will be a virtual event via webinar at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 10.

  • J.M. Weatherwax High School Graduation is Friday, June 11, at Stewart Field. Admission by ticket only.
    Graduation Parade: starting from Shoppes at Riverside parking lot at 4:30 p.m.
    Graduation will take place at 7 p.m. at Stewart Field. Based on current guidelines, each graduate will have up to six tickets to share.

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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: Christi Sayres, Title IX Coordinator and Civil rights Compliance Coordinator, 216 North G St., Aberdeen, WA 98520; (360) 538-2222; csayres@asd5.org; Dr. Richard Bates, Section 504/ADA Coordinator, 216 North G St., Aberdeen, WA 98520; (360) 538-2017; rbates@asd5.org.