• Aberdeen School District to Honor 19 Retiring Employees

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – A reception honoring a principal, 10 teachers and eight members of the support staff who are retiring from the Aberdeen School District is set for 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, in the Commons at Aberdeen High School.
    Community members, family, friends and students, both past and present, are invited to stop by as the district thanks the retirees for their years of service to our community.
    The reception is co-hosted by the Aberdeen School District and the Aberdeen Education Association.
    “I have been honored these past two years to work with the fine staff members who are retiring this year in the Aberdeen School District,” Superintendent Thomas Opstad said. “They have given much to our schools and the community, and we wish them the very best in their retirement.”
    “I look at this list and we have a huge hole to fill,” Joan Lesman, president of the Aberdeen Education Association, said. “There are hundreds of years of experience here. We might be able to fill their positions, but we are not going to be able to replace them.”
    The high schools, in particular, are saying good-bye to a wealth of institutional knowledge, Mrs. Lesman observed. “But again, when I look at the whole list – all of these people have given so much,” she said. “Our community is so much better for having them. They’ve dedicated their lives to making Aberdeen a better place and I am so grateful.”

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  • Hoquiam School District Talks Early Release

    HOQUIAM, Wash. – School board members heard from more teachers than parents at a meeting Monday night on the proposed shortened class schedule for the coming school year, as one parent spoke against the plan “I don’t think less seat time for our students is going to improve their education.”
    School Superintendent Mike Parker detailed the proposed options for an early-release Wednesday “We put together two alternatives, actually three if you count doing nothing, maybe we go to twenty days instead of every Wednesday, then the other option was to do every Wednesday.”
    Marissa LaLonde is a 4th grade teacher, she says Hoquiam’s teachers are stressed for time as it is.
    The standards keep going higher and higher, and we’re getting asked to do more and more, and we have to be effective. To be effective Teachers have to collaborate. – Marissa LaLonde
    The extra 90 minutes created by an early release would allow teachers of core curriculum to collaborate on teaching practices, make needed changes, and analyzing student performance.
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  • Kurt Cobain Art Teacher’s Art to be Featured at Aberdeen TRL

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – An Art show coming to the Aberdeen Timberland Regional Library December first will feature former Aberdeen High School Teacher Robert Hunter’s Visual Stories. The former art teacher of Kurt Kobain taugh at Aberdeen High from 1979 to 2005, and said that one piece, titled “The Legend of Kurt Cobain” is the only work he’s created on his former student. The show “Visual Stories” will run for two months at the Library, and Hunter says most of the pieces are for sale – with a percentage of sales to be donated to the Kurt Cobain Memorial Fund to assist in the building of a Grays Harbor Youth Center.

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  • US Cellular is “Calling All Teachers”

    Waashington – U.S. Cellular is giving $1 million to help teachers erase classroom needs with the return of the company’s Calling All Teachers campaign. The pinch of budget cuts has compelled many teachers to supplement shortfalls by purchasing basic supplies like crayons, textbooks and calculators with personal resources.

    In a partnership with www.DonorsChoose.org, U.S. Cellular and its associates are encouraging teachers to register on the site and register as a “U.S. Cellular Teacher” June and throughout the summer. Then, they can come back this fall and post their classroom projects for potential funding.

    Last year, U.S. Cellular funded 51 projects in Washington valued at nearly $26,000 that impacted more than 3,600 students.

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  • Town history found on the shelf of garage sale

    MONTESANO, Wash. – Snagging Montesano’s history, right off the shelf of a garage sale. Carol Beck of Elma was out garage sailing recently when she spotted, and recognized, a lost piece of the town’s history. She explained to the Montesano city council last night “I’m a teacher, so I’m interested in old books. I started thumbing through them and I realized they were a primary source of the establishment of Montesano. So I asked what he wanted and he said ‘oh, ten bucks?’ and I said ‘how about five?’ cause I’m a garage saler.”
    Carol found 11 books written by Montesano’s city engineer from 1910 to 1914, and contacted the city. Mayor Ken Estes responded with a citizen appreciation award, and said the books will be put on display in the new city shop.
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  • Aberdeen Concert Combines Five Elementary Bands

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – All five elementary schools in Aberdeen are sending their bands to the High School tonight for the All City Band Concert.
    Elementary School Band Teacher Wendy Koski tells us this is the first time in her 18 years with the district that they’ve attempted this “We’re combining some of the Elementary wind players, flutes, clarinets, trumpets, trombones, and percussion, with the strings and that’s the first time that’s ever happened.” No word on how they sorted out first chair.
    Thundering, thundering all along the way, the All City Band Concert starts tonight at 7 at Aberdeen High School.
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  • Aberdeen Teachers Begin Each-One Teach-One Program to Incorporate Financial Education

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – Educators from around Washington State will converge in Aberdeen this week, August 25-26, for a teach-the-teacher-style training designed to aid the local school district in its effort to implement personal finance and financial education components across its curriculum and in all grades K-12.

    The training, a result of the state’s financial education push through its Financial Education Public Private Partnership (FEPPP), will be conducted by teachers for teachers. The Aberdeen teachers being trained will take what they have learned and teach other educators in the district so they may implement similar curriculum in their classrooms.

    “We are very happy that (Aberdeen School District) Superintendent Thomas Opstad, as well as the local school principals and educators see financial education as an important component of public education,” says FEPPP Chairman and State Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos. “The Aberdeen School District has been a leader in working with community organizations, including NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor County, to deliver this type of education to its students. We applaud its efforts.”

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