Aberdeen Schools

Keeping you informed about our schools -- January 20, 2023

They scored! Board approves Miller soccer request

Joshua Alcala and Dylan Brown, above, 8th Grade students at Miller Junior High School, teamed up with Athletic Director John Crabb and asked the School Board to add Boys' Soccer to the sports offerings at Miller. They shared information from other students at the school, including results of a survey. The Board, clearly impressed with the their initiative, asked a few clarifying questions and voted unanimously at Tuesday's meeting to proceed.

Joshua and Dylan's Presentation

Athletic Director's Report


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Summary of the Jan. 17 School Board meeting


Vice President Suzy Ritter convened the regular meeting of the Aberdeen School District Board of Directors at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 17, 2023, in the Community Room at Aberdeen High School and via webinar following guidance for conducting remote meetings in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act. In attendance were Jessica Jurasin, Annica Mizin and Jeremy Wright, along with Superintendent Jeffrey Thake, 24 patrons and staff in person, and two attending remotely. President 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 regular meeting on December 13, 2022;
  • The December payroll vouchers totaling $2,055,964.13;
  • General Fund vouchers totaling $758,630.26
  • Capital Projects Fund vouchers totaling $396,246.90;
  • ASB Fund vouchers totaling $19,510.92, and
  • A gift to the FFA Program at Aberdeen High School in the amount of $500 from the Lokken family fund at the Grays harbor Community Foundation.

Comments from the Board

Jessica Jurasin commented that she appreciates the information from Superintendent Thake about the upcoming legislative session. She also noted that the Bobcat Music Booster’s Auction is set for 5 p.m. Saturday, January 28.

Annica Mizin commented on how much she appreciated the music clinic for parents that Gordon Shaw, the elementary music and band teacher at Robert Gray, put on for parents.

Superintendent’s Report

Superintendent Thake read a proclamation from Governor Jay Inslee celebrating January as School Board Appreciation Month. He also noted that he attended the annual Legislative Sendoff in advance of the 2023 session and that he is following several education bills.

Athletics and Activities

Boys’ Soccer at Miller

Athletic Director John Crabb introduced Dylan Brown and Joshua Alcala, eighth-graders at Miller Junior High School, who presented a report requesting that Boys’ Soccer be added to the athletic offerings at Miller Junior High next year. The Board thanked the students for their proposal and voted unanimously in support of the request.

Athletic Director’s Report

Director John Crabb presented an overview of student participation rates in fall and winter athletics this year.

Football Transportation Request

Football Coach Todd Bridge presented a request that the district pay for the transportation costs of the football team’s overnight trip to Prosser last September. The Board asked for more information and tabled the matter.

Instructional Services

Cross Credit Classes

CTE Director Lynn Green presented the list of approved cross-credit classes at Aberdeen High School. These are classes where the content of a career and technical education class is equivalent to another required course.

Wonder Media

The Board approved an agreement with Wonder Media to provide lessons in the Visual Communications classes at Miller Junior High School during second semester.

Chavez Beauty School

The Board approved a contract with Chavez Beauty School to begin offering cosmetology classes in second semester at the Twin Harbors Skills Center.

Financial Services

Fiscal Status Report

Executive Director of Business and Operations Shannon Ramsey presented the Fiscal Status Report for December.

CSG Contract Addendum

The Board approved an additional scope of work adding the Hopkins Building to the contract with Construction Services Group on indoor air quality.

New Business

Policy 3424 Overdose Reversal

The Board accepted for first reading an update to Policy 3424 Opioid Related Overdose Reversal expanding the availability of overdose reversal medication to all schools.

Juvenile Court MOU

The Board approved an agreement with Grays Harbor County establishing procedures for truancy cases.

School for the Blind

The Board approved an agreement with the Washington State School for the Blind to provide orientation and mobility services in the District.

Personnel Matters

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

Next School Board meeting is Feb. 7

The next regular meeting of the Board is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 7, in the Community Room at Miller Junior High School and via webinar.

Those who attend are welcome to sign up at the meeting to provide public comment on agenda items. Written public comment for the record can also be submitted up to noon the day of the meeting by writing to schoolboard@asd5.org. Other comments or concerns can be brought to the attention of the district by contacting the Superintendent's Office or by contacting individual board members.

Taking a 'Day On' instead of a 'Day Off'

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Instead of taking Monday off this week, the SkillsUSA Chapter at Aberdeen High School decided to take what they called a "Day On For Action" in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

"We believe that Dr. King's vision of activism extends to making this world a better place for all by doing what you can where you are," Chuck Veloni, the advisor, said.

The members worked at Morrison Riverfront Park by the Log Pavilion from 9 a.m. to noon. "Parks Director Stacie Barnum provided the materials and tools for SkillsUSA to do their part in making our community a better place for all," Mr. Veloni said. "The Aberdeen SkillsUSA Chapter is looking forward to working with the Aberdeen Parks and Recreation Department in the future."

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Upcoming Events

Saturday, January 28

  • Music Booster Auction, AHS, 5 p.m. Please note this is a change from the date printed in the annual calendar.

Wednesday, Feb. 1

  • Information Night on the Sexual Health curriculum, 5:30 p.m., Stewart Building

Thursday, Feb. 2

  • All City Elementary Band and Orchestra Concert, Sam Benn Gym, 6:30 p.m.
Sexual Health Curriculum -- Parent Information Night

An informational night for parents to learn more about the state-required sexual health curriculum is planned for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Stewart Building, 900 Cleveland St.

COVID Data by School and Week

A chart showing confirmed COVID cases in the District updated as of Jan. 19, 2023.

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Staying in touch with Leadership

School Office Hours

A.J. West Elementary School
  • Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • (360) 538-2130 / Interim Building Leader Nani Villarreal

Central Park Elementary School

  • Office Hours: 8:15 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • (360) 538-2170 / Principal Joan Hoehn

McDermoth Elementary School

  • Office Hours: 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • (360) 538-2120 / Principal Mindi Hammill

Robert Gray Elementary School

  • Office Hours: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • (360) 538-2140 / Principal Sherri Northington

Stevens Elementary School

  • Office Hours: 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • (360) 538-2150 / Principal Jamie Stotler

Harbor Learning Center

  • Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • (360) 538-2180 / Principal Lisa Griebel

Hopkins Preschool

  • Office Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • (360) 538-2190 / Principal Joan Hoehn

Miller Junior High School

  • Office Hours: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • (360) 538-2100 / Principal John Meers

Aberdeen High School

  • Office Hours: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • (360) 538-2040 General / Principal Aaron Roiko
  • (360) 538-2060 Attendance Line


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.