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.”
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.
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."
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.
TACOMA, Wash. - The National Coalition for Public School Options (NCPSO), an alliance of parents working to protect parents' rights to access the best public school options for their children, today announced the winner of the Washington Pioneer of Teaching Award. Lisbeth Little, a sixth grade teacher from the Washington Virtual Academy, is the state award winner. This award recognizes the top performing elementary and secondary teacher in a public charter, magnet, virtual and online schools.
NCPSO President and parent of virtual academy students Lori Cooney said, “Teachers play a vital role, creating innovative and individualized techniques that enable all types of students to learn. For the second year, the Coalition is excited to acknowledge teachers who are deeply dedicated, go above and beyond, giving students every opportunity to excel outside the traditional classroom.”