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Aberdeen School District No. 5 -- October 22, 2021

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The Great Shakeout 2021

Our school district participated in the Great Shakeout at 10:21 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. All schools and buildings participated. At Aberdeen High School, students and staff made their way to Sam Benn Park via F and G Streets. Robert Gray Elementary School also evacuated to higher ground from B Street to Sam Benn Park. Superintendent Alicia Henderson declared the drills at all schools a success.

The next districtwide drill is planned for the week of June 13, 2022, when our district will participate in the Cascadia Drill being planned by area emergency services agencies in the event of a tsunami.

Great job, everyone! Find more pics on the District homepage.

Rotary Club's Student of the Month

Congratulations to Sarai Vega Leon. She is the Aberdeen Rotary Club’s Student of the Month for October. An honor student at AHS who carries a grade-point average of 3.829, Sarai wants to be a nurse. She is completing the CNA program through the Twin Harbors Skills Center, which is “an amazing feat that takes a lot of dedication and perseverance,” according to Rotary. “She is a natural caregiver and she has a deep connection to culture, family and community.”

Sarai is the daughter of Roberto and Alejandra Vega Leon. She has taken Medical Terminology through AHS and has earned college credit. She also has her nursing assistant license through the Professional Medical Careers program at the Skills Center. Sarai says her hospital training helped show her that she has chosen the right career path. “During clinical, I was able to experience the healthcare field and I enjoyed helping those in need. Witnessing the smiles on their faces made me feel like this was my job.”

Sarai also describes one of her first experiences helping a family that didn’t understand or speak English. “I thought of my parents and all of the millions of Latinos who don't understand or speak English in the United States. Seeing the family smile with joy because I, as a bilingual CNA student, became the voice for them made me feel grateful for the opportunity to serve and helped me understand the need for bilinguals in hospital settings,” she said.

Sarai plans to attend Saint Martin University to earn her bachelor’s of science degree in nursing and minor in Spanish. She wants to be a registered nurse working in Emergency or Labor & Delivery.

Sarai is also the Yearbook layout editor, a World Class Scholar and takes part in Outdoor School, Link Crew, HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) and volunteers at St. Mary Catholic Church.


Get ready for the 41st Annual Kickoff on Oct. 29

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Download the Foodball Calendar 2021

Aberdeen and Hoquiam are teaming up for joint events to benefit local food banks. There are many opportunities for community members to help them succeed. Go Cats!

Aberdeen School District Board of Directors

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Summary of the Oct. 19 meeting

Agenda for the meeting (pdf)

President Sandra Bielski convened the regular meeting of the Aberdeen School District Board of Directors at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 19, 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 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 October 5, 2021;
  • Payroll vouchers for September totaling $3,482,302.06;
  • General Fund vouchers totaling $695,779.71;
  • ASB Fund vouchers totaling $19,326.58;
  • Private Purpose Trust Fund vouchers totaling $2,300;
  • A scholarship in the amount of $10,000 to be awarded to an AHS senior in financial need who wants to become a teacher, and
  • Renewal of the required agreement with the Quinault Indian Nation to consult with tribes under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Comments from Board members

President Bielski discussed the transition following the Nov. 2 election.

  • Nov. 2 is election day and the date for a regular meeting of the board.
  • Nov. 16 is a regular meeting and the last meeting for President Bielski and Vice President Dyer, who both chose not to seek re-election.
  • Nov. 23 is the date by which the county Canvassing Board must certify the election and transmit results to the state.
  • Dec. 14 is the first regular meeting following certification when new board members will be sworn in and officers for the ensuing year will be elected.

Superintendent Bielski reported that the district received four proposals from search firms.

Later in the meeting the board selected two finalists – Northwest Leadership Associates and McPherson & Jacobson, LLC. The finalists will meet with the board at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26.

Old Business

Policy 3112 Social Emotional Climate

The Board approved a new policy, 3112 Social Emotional Climate, as recommended by the Washington State School Directors’ Association.

Superintendent’s Report

Instructional Program

Superintendent Henderson provided an update on instructional programs in the district. She noted that secondary schools are conducting conferences this week, with elementary schools schedule the first week in November. In addition, she reported all district buildings will take part in the Great Shakeout on Thursday and that ASD5 will also take part in the June Cascadia drill; that the movie The Social Dilemma will be shown to students in grades 8-12 later this month; that the Aberdeen Police Department is collaborating on a presentation for Miller Junior High and the high schools on legal issues students could face for using technology and social media platforms inappropriately; and that school improvement plans will be presented in November with each school scheduled to provide more detail at future board meetings.

Health & Safety

Superintendent Henderson reported that the number of COVID cases in the schools has been going down and that the plan is to maintain the mitigation measures that are in place to help keep case rates low. In addition, the substitute shortage continues in all areas and the Transportation Department might need to reconfigure some routes.

Financial Services

Fiscal Status Report

Executive Director of Business and Operations Elyssa Louderback presented the Fiscal Status Report for September. She reported ending fund balances of

  • $2,957,320.51 in the General Fund;
  • $1,837,574.39 in the Capital Projects Fund;
  • $2,510,631.89 in the Debt Service Fund,
  • $270,102.23 in the ASB Fund, and
  • $357,882.45 in the Transportation Vehicle Fund.

With 8.33 percent of the fiscal year elapsed, the District has received 5.6 percent of budgeted revenue and used 6.25 percent of budgeted expenditures. Read the report (pdf)

New Business


Ashley Kohlmeier, AHS leadership advisor, shared information about this year’s Foodball events. Foodball is a joint project between Aberdeen and Hoquiam again this year. Kick-off is Friday, Oct. 29, and weigh-in at the Grays Harbor PUD is at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8.

Personnel Matters

Following an executive session, the Board approved the Personnel Report.

Superintendent Search

The Board decided to invite Northwest Leadership Associates and McPherson and Jacobson LLC as finalists for the contract to work with the district as consultant in the search for the next superintendent. Interviews will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

Next meeting of the School Board is Oct. 26

The next regular meeting of the School Board is a special meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, to meet with finalists as part of the process of selecting a consultant to assist the Board in the search for the next superintendent.

Chart shows the number of students out of school due to a positive COVID test.

Click on the chart above for a slideshow breaking down the data by school.

You can also find this data and more information under the Health & Safety tab on the district website at www.asd5.org.

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Download a PDF of the 2021-2022 Calendar

Calendar includes first and last days of school, vacation days, teacher collaboration days and School Board meeting dates.

Health & Safety Info

FAQ: Where can I get tested?

GH Public Health Department, Aberdeen

  • Monday-Friday 7:00 am to Noon
  • All ages, Pre-registration required
  • Results in 48 hours by text or email
  • Free, but if you have insurance you will be asked to provide it for billing.
  • Support: 1-888-702-9042
  • To make an appointment, go to www.curative.com

Rite Aid on Myrtle Street in Hoquiam

  • Monday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Ages 4 and older, Pre-registration required
  • Free, but if you have insurance you will be asked to provide it for billing.
  • To make the required appointment, visit the Hoquiam Rite Aid web page.

Summit Pacific (Elma) / Curative

  • Available 5 days a week 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • All ages, Pre-registration required
  • Results in 48 hours by text or email
  • Free, but if you have insurance you will be asked to provide it for billing.
  • Support: 1-888-702-9042
  • www.curative.com

Health Mart Pharmacies (Elma & McCleary)

  • All ages, Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Please visit DoINeedaCOVID19Test.com to register and schedule the required appointment.
  • 1(800) 635-8611 for those with no internet & printer access
  • Free, but if you have insurance you will be asked to provide it for billing purposes.
  • Elma (360) 482-2442
  • McCleary (360) 495-0700

Decision-Making Flow Chart for Families

You can also find this on the district website under the Health & Safety tab.

More FAQs on the COVID School Rules

Masks are required for everyone in school, although currently optional outdoors.The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has published FAQs that you can find on the Health & Safety page on the district website.

What to do if you were potentially exposed to COVID

This document from the Health Department can also be found on the district web site under the Health & Safety tab.

What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID

You can also find this document on the district web site under the Health & Safety tab.

Staying in touch with Leadership


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.