Port Angeles School District

NEWS AND NOTES - NOVEMBER 2022

November is Native American Heritage Month

Port Angeles School District recognizes the importance of honoring the indigenous history, traditions, languages, and cultures of Indigenous people in the district, local area, State of Washington, United States, and worldwide. We acknowledge that we are on the indigenous lands of Coast Salish people, who have reserved territory rights to this land, specifically the Klallam Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here since Time Immemorial.


Please join us in recognizing the importance of Indigenous Peoples, history, traditions, cultures, and languages. To learn more about PASD's commitment and partnership with the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, click here.

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This mural artfully illustrates and recreates the early days of the Port Angeles waterfront in 1750 (Klallam tribal village). The artist is Cory Ench, an internationally known artist who now lives in nearby Joyce.
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A Peek Into a School Day at Hamilton Elementary

PASD's Administrative Team members spent a morning at Hamilton Elementary to see what students and staff were up to. The answer is learning and having fun!


There are so many moving pieces to a typical school day, and it takes an incredible staff to pull it off. Way to go, Hamilton Hawks!

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Help with Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Whether you or your student has one last question before submitting your FAFSA or need the motivation to get started with financial aid, these no-stress financial aid drop-in sessions can help you on your path!


Join Kennedy, FAFSA Liaison with United Way of Clallam County, on November 17th from 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm.


Register to access the Zoom link for all the sessions here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvce2vpz8pGtaHcAFIMI9nahL1hH41CRwQ

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Capital Levy Progress Update

We are excited to announce that our district has chosen Vanir, a construction management company that will oversee the building of Monroe Athletic Field and the remodel and expansion of Stevens Middle School. In 2020, our community voted on a capital levy that approved the work of these two great projects.


We are done with the design phase of the field, which includes a quality synthetic turf field for soccer, football, and fastpitch. This project will also feature a quarter-mile walking path the public can use. High-performance athletic fields are a part of the necessary infrastructure in a high-quality district like Port Angeles, and I can't wait to see our student-athletes in action! The next step in this process is to put the project out to bid after the first of the year. We will break down the project into two bids:


1. Site Work - We hope to hire a local company to do the ground/site work at Monroe Field. It is important to us to keep as many jobs local to support our community!


2. Turf Work - We will hire a contracted synthetic turf company to install the field.


The anticipated completion date for the field is in the fall of 2023. If all goes to plan, this time next year, our community will have another quality athletic field! Stay tuned as we will provide more updates as things progress. This is an exciting time for our school district!

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PAHS Fall Festival

The PAHS Rider Crew hosted their first ever Fall Festival in October. Students had a blast trick or treating in the 400 hall, bobbing for apples, pressing their own cider, decorating pumpkins, participating in a costume contest, and so much more! See if you can find Waldo in the photos below.


Thank you to Mr. Logan, the Rider Crew, and all the staff who helped host another great event at PAHS!

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Referral Window for Hi-Cap Students - CLOSES Tuesday, November 15th!

Highly capable (hicap) students perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels compared to others of their age, experiences, or environments. Click here to learn more.
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Free Meals for ALL Students & New Menu App!

PASD is participating in a National School Lunch and Breakfast Program called Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). This program allows ALL students attending school in person to receive breakfast and lunch at no charge throughout the 2022-2023 school year.


Did you know Sodexo offers a new app where you can check out what is served for breakfast and lunch at all of our schools? Cool!


Now, more than ever, we want to understand what’s in our meals – the ingredients, especially the nutritional and allergen information. So Happy provides transparency, with clear product descriptions and graphical representations for every nutritional category.

Rely on So Happy to tell you what's on the menu in your school's cafeteria, and utilize the allergen alert features to highlight recipes of concern. Have a question? Use the Talk to Us portal to quickly and easily contact a member of the food service team.

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Foster Care Awareness Night

Clallam County is in critical need of foster families. Recently passed and adopted legislation states that if there is no available foster home in a county where a child is requested to be brought into care, the judge may keep that child in the home they're requesting to be removed from.


Clallam County needs 15 more foster families to end our critical need. To create a supportive community, we need closer to 50 foster homes.


YOU are invited to attend a “Foster Care Awareness Night” to support this endeavor! During this time, you can learn different ways to be involved and what the process looks like if you want to help answer this call.

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We Are Hiring For All Positions!

PASD provides many opportunities to work a similar schedule to your child. Did you know that we offer full and part-time positions? There are a variety of workplace settings to fit what you're looking for. Visit our Careers webpage to learn more!


For substitutes, in addition to the base pay, substitutes could qualify for bonuses and health insurance after working 90 assignments! Click here to learn more!

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Port Angeles Community Awards

Each year, the people of Port Angeles nominate outstanding individuals in our community.


YOU are invited to nominate a community member for multiple categories! In particular, we need YOUR help with these categories:


  • Educator of the Year: Recognizes a teacher, coach, or educational staff member employed by the Port Angeles School District or a private school in Port Angeles who has exhibited impressive leadership and achieved exceptional results toward the overall development of youth in grade levels K-12.


  • Young Leader of the Year: Awarded to an individual, age 18-39, who exemplifies a commitment to the health and future of our community and has made an impact during the past year beyond the responsibilities and expectations of their job.



A panel of judges from the community will select three finalists from each category. The finalists in each category will be announced in mid-December.

Finalists MUST be available to attend the Community Awards Gala on January 28, 2023.

A winner from each category will be announced at the awards gala.


Click here to nominate someone who has gone above and beyond in 2022.

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Thank you Frugals!

With the support of our amazing community, Frugals donated $1,070 to Lincoln High School! Students will decide together how to use these donated funds!


Stay tuned to see what projects or fun things they get up to thanks to this generous donation!


Pictured: Principal Mace Gratz, Kalika Nicolaysen, Theresa Beausoleil with Frugals, Meadow Robinson, Jolie Creech, and Sonni Creech

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Check out these upcoming community events!

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Port Angeles Fine Arts Center Events

Sculptural Lantern After-school Workshop
Tuesday, November 15th | 4PM-6PM
$25 Member | $30 General
Ages 11-13 (Middle School aged students)
Choose from an array of designs to create a sculptural illuminated work of art all made of popsicle sticks! It's amazing what you can do with this simple art supply and some glue.

Tickets at: https://pafac.kindful.com/e/sculptural-lantern-after-school-workshop


Cocoon Lantern After-school Workshop
Tuesday, November 29th | 2:45PM-5:00PM
$25 Member | $30 General
Ages 7-12

Join us for an afternoon of making the beautiful and popular cocoon lanterns! With sticks, tissue paper, and some glue, we'll be creating works of art that can be strung up or set on a table to be admired.


Tickets at: https://pafac.kindful.com/e/cocoon-lantern-after-school-workshop

I also have these upcoming events if there's room to share more info!


Light Art Experience
November 25 - December 28, 2022
Free | Lit nightly from 4pm-8pm
Let your path through Webster's Woods be guided by Light Art sculptures during the dark months of winter. The selected works will be exhibited alongside over 100 existing sculptures throughout 5 acres of forested parkland, transforming the park with light and color.


Wintertide Festival of Lights
Saturday, December 10, 2022

Enjoy lighted art illuminating the forest paths, lantern workshops and a community lantern parade, food & drink vendors, glow in the dark art stations and thrilling performances down in the meadow. Visitors can also enjoy the Makers Market in the gallery.

Tickets at: https://pafac.kindful.com/e/wintertidefestival2022

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Digital Art Contest!

Got a high school student who is great at creating digital art? The Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife need their talent! They are holding a digital art contest, with the winning design to be placed on WDFW's new invasive species trailer.


Plus, there's a $500 Amazon gift card! More info can be found here!

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Upcoming District Dates

  • November 11: Veterans Day (No School)
  • November 23: 1/2 day for students - NO LATE START
  • November 24 & 25: Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 19 - January 2: Winter Break
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Port Angeles School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Port Angeles 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: Title IX Coordinators, Civil Rights Compliance Coordinators: Scott Harker, 905 W. 9th Street Port Angeles, WA 98363, (360) 457-8575, sharker@portangelesschools.org, for Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Dr. Rachel Summers, 905 W. 9th Street Port Angeles, WA 98363, (360) 457-8575, rsummers@portangelesschools.org.