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Aberdeen School District No. 5 -- February 19, 2021

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Miller 6th Graders started this week

The first day at Miller Junior High School for incoming 6th Graders finally arrived on Thursday, Feb. 18, when the building reopened in the hybrid model. Miller is now offering in-person classes with students able to choose between the hybrid model or remain remote.

Staff and students alike were excited to return to the building, Principal Lisa Griebel said. "Students did an excellent job of following our new health and safety protocols," she added. "It was great to hear the halls and classrooms echo with laughter again. Smiles were SO big we could see them behind the masks."

The hybrid model with an in-person option becomes available to Grades 7-8 on March 1 and to Grades 9-12 on March 17 (the start of Trimester 3).

The hybrid reopening adhere's to the state metrics, Department of Health, and Labor and Industries rules and regulations for the safe operation of schools during the pandemic. More information on the safe reopening of schools can be found here.

The school schedules can be found here.

Students who are attending in-person have been assigned to either Cohort A on Monday/Tuesday or to Cohort B on Thursday/Friday.

The Three Ws are:

  • Wear a mask;
  • Watch your distance, and
  • Wash or sanitize your hands. Multiple opportunities are provided during the day.

Students are required to bring a health attestation form signed by a parent/guardian to school each day they are in-person. The attestations are collected at the entrance to school, where there is also a quick temperature check as you can see in the photos below.

Elementary adds Grades 4-5 this week

The third week of the hybrid model with in-person option saw Grades 4-5 join PreK-3 in the buildings. Principals report the addition of more students in this third week went smoothly, with students remembering their attestations, stepping up for temperature checks and maintaining social distancing.

Next up: Grades 7-8 on March 1.

School Schedules

Link to the preschool, elementary, middle school and high school schedules.

Bobcat fans can watch from home

Even though in-person attendance at games is very limited under state and WIAA regulations during the pandemic, Bobcat fans can still catch all the action. The district has joined the NFHS Network. Cameras have been installed at Stewart Field and Sam Benn Gym and the games will be livestreamed. Subscribers can watch remotely from anywhere in the country.

A monthly subscription to the NFHS network is $10.99 per month, annually is $69.99. You can find more information here.

Visit the Aberdeen page on the NFHS Network to subscribe.

Visit the COVID Updates for Athletics

Aberdeen School District Board of Directors

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Summary of the School Board meeting on Feb. 16

School Board Agenda and Meeting Materials (pdf)

President Sandra Bielski convened the regular meeting of the Aberdeen School District Board of Directors at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 16, 2021, via webinar following guidance for conducting remote meetings in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act. Directors present were Bill Dyer, Jessica Jurasin and Suzy Ritter, along with Student Representative Brooke Solan, Superintendent Alicia Henderson and 26 patrons and staff watching remotely. Director Jennifer Durney was excused.

The meeting began with the Flag salute.

Minutes, Bills, Trips & Gifts

The board approved the Consent Agenda, which included:

  • The minutes from the meeting on February 2, 2021;
  • January payroll vouchers totaling $2,844,667.27;
  • General Fund vouchers totaling $553,378.26, and
  • ASB Fund vouchers totaling $9,341.01.

Comments from Board members

Director Jessica Jurasin commented that she is looking forward to attending the WSSDA Legislative Conference on Sunday, which is being conducted remotely.

Director Suzy Ritter commented that she enjoyed watching sporting events on the new NFHS network.

Comments from Student Representative

Student Representative Brooke Solan provided an update. She also commented on watching sports via NFHS network and said students are ecstatic to be playing and supporting sports. She said students have continued to hold social zooms, the yearbook staff is reaching out to students, and students are awaiting spring trimester and the beginning of the hybrid plan.

Superintendent’s Report

Distance and In-Person Update: Superintendent Henderson provided an update on school operations. She discussed how “snow days” are different in the distance and hybrid learning models because students were able to access school from home and she praised the Food Service staff for ensuring that students had food for the missed days and for the weekend. She also discussed the Professional Development day for teachers, which was building-based and noted that hybrid instruction begins for Grades 4-6 on Feb. 18, which will mean grades PreK-6 have an in-person option for instruction.

Summer Options: Superintendent Henderson announced that the district is planning for a robust summer program and is hopeful students will take advantage of opportunities to continue learning. There will be a focus on closing gaps at grade levels, she said, as well as reconnecting students with "the world of school." High school students will have opportunities to complete required course work so they can stay on track for graduation.

Covid 19 Response: Superintendent Henderson provided an update on the pandemic response. She noted that the case rates are going down, with the rate currently at 176 per 100,000 over a two-week period, which keeps the district on track for implementing the hybrid model for all grade levels. She noted that sports are moving forward with adjusted seasons thanks to the work of the athletic director and coaches, and that there is considerable demand in the region to use Stewart Field.

Legislature: Superintendent Henderson noted that the Legislature is about a third of the way through its session and schools are keeping an eye on bills that will help mitigate the impacts of reduced enrollment and the impact on school budgets due to the pandemic.

Mid-Year Retreat: Superintendent Henderson and the board discussed a mid-year retreat for discussion about planning for 2021-2022, preferably to be scheduled on a Saturday in March.

Teaching and Learning

Grays Harbor Academy: CTE Director Lynn Green, who is also principal for Grays Harbor Academy, provided an overview of the school.

Financial Services

Fiscal Status Report: Executive Director of Business and Operations Elyssa Louderback presented the Fiscal Status Report for January. She reported the ending fund balance was

  • $4,007,650.77in the General Fund;
  • $324,912.63 in the Capital Projects Fund;
  • $793,367.73 in the Debt Service Fund;
  • $276,896.29 in the ASB Fund, and
  • $334,760.62 in the Transportation Vehicle Fund.

With 41.67 percent of the fiscal year elapsed, the district is at 38.06 percent of revenue and 35.72 percent of expenditures.

Under enrollment, Director Louderback reported that the annual average enrollment of 3,113.68 FTE for February is 115.32 less than budgeted.

Superintendent Henderson announced that Maintenance & Operations Manager Mike Pauley will provide a facilities report at the next meeting that will include how buildings are being adapted to meet COVID 19 safety protocols.

Personnel Report

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

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Grays Harbor Academy Overview

See the presentation by Principal Lynn Green for the School Board about Grays Harbor Academy, the district's online (all remote) virtual school.

Next Meeting of the Board

The next meeting of the School Board is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, via webinar. You can find agenda materials and a link to join the meeting on the asd5 website prior to the meeting. Materials are often posted as early as Friday before the meeting.

Written public comment is accepted until 3:30 p.m. the day of the meeting. Public comment should be submitted to schoolboard@asd5.org. Comments are shared with the board and become part of the online meeting record.

Food Service

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Important information about school lunch

As students return to school for in-person instruction, parents are reminded that the district can only accommodate known milk/dairy and nut allergies at this time. The district is not able to accommodate other, individual dietary requests.

Parents are reminded that when students bring lunch to school from home, under the safe school metrics, all items must be brown bag style (disposable) -- no lunch boxes, plastic storage or thermoses. Thank you!

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Q&As and other helpful information

You can find a Q&A page on the district website on the Reopening tab, along with school schedules and other information about a safe reopening.

Visit the Q&A Page

If you have a question, please submit to the attention of Superintendent Alicia Henderson at ahenderson@asd5.org.

Next Tech Session for Parents is Feb. 24

The Aberdeen School District, in partnership with some parent volunteers, offers online weekly technology help sessions on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

This offering was developed in response to Survey No. 1 where many parents expressed the desire to learn more about Canvas. Sessions are offered via Zoom and are open to parents of any age students in our district.

February 24, 2021 Session

March 3, 2021 Session

March 10, 2021 Session

March 17, 2021 Session

There's still time to join a pod

The Aberdeen School District and YMCA of Grays Harbor have teamed up to offer free activities to students enrolled in the Aberdeen School District.

Register online at ghymca.net. Masks are required and social distancing strictly enforced.

Need more information? Contact Sarah Channel at: schannel@ghymca.net

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.