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«sky 1 new ‘\ - . . .e **************ORIGIN MIXED ADC 840 466 12-31-20 7P 2S SMALLTOWNPAPERS , INC. “COOS 927 W RAILROAD AVE ## SHELTON WA 98584 -3847 Vol. 41 108th Year The Aberdeen School District Board of Trustees met in regular ses- sion Wednesday, Dec. 18, and discussed some of the policies that were given for approval. Present at the meeting were Elaine Blik, Todd Lowder, Sherrie Mauroner and David Wahlen. Sixteen policies were presented for approval. They were: Agenda Prepara- tion, Board Meetings, Waivers of State Board of Education Rules, Superin- tendent Appointment, Superintendent Evaluations, Principal Evaluations, Emergency School Closures, Reporting New Employees, Staffing Patterns, Ju- venile Sex Offenders, Foreign Students, Tracking Foreign Students and Foreign Exchange Visitors, Student Use of Per- sonal Communication Devices, Proof of Age and Identification, Student Tracking Safety Devices, and Student Support Organizations. The big discussion was on the final policy, Student Support Organizations. Superintendent Jane Ward said that if. they put that policy in place they will have to follow it and that may create somé;,ii$$ttes.* It'isa policy that is not re- quired by state, but suggested. She said , they have'not had any issues yet, but what the policy states is the separation between the school district and other organizations, like Booster Club, Edu- cation Foundation, PTSA, etc. None . of the funds from these organizations . x .3991 the . 8.613.991 01?. ' d any issue, could be that rganizations in other areas guns to raise money' and if iszir'iot'worded correctly, V sk how the schools can be. issues are if people 9 are 'pixrchasing something as n to a particular grade and it etto that grade, they could get he added this policy has some pr I. ‘¢.,Cons~'to it; High school princi- pal, 'vis Pincock said the policy may make those organizations feel like the schgglis trying to control them. also discussed the Board Meeting policy, stating that they need to turn cfftheir cell phones. The meetings are Open meetings, but if they happen to be texting someone else about the meet- ing to get input, that is against the law. If they receive a phone call they need to answer, Ward said they should an- nounce who is on the phone and leave the meeting‘to talk on the phone. Ward also said the Student Use of Personal Commnication Devices policy stated that it is a privilege for a student to have a cell phone in class. If they abuse that privilege, the teacher can take the phone away fiom them until after class or the end of the day. All other policies except for the Su- perintendent Evaluations are required eré'they spend December 25. 2019 A6,. Trustees discuss policies for approval by state law. This policy is close to the one that Aberdeen currently has in place. ' Trustees tabled the Superintendent Evaluations policy and the Student Support Organizations policy and ap- proved all the others. Superintendent’s report Ward said the last day of school is Friday, Dec. 20, and turkeys will be handed out to all school employees on that day. 1 She met with the Power County Hospital representatives to make sure the district insurance was in their net- work. . She is still trying to get the specifi- cations on the boiler replacement. She will need the specifications in order to open the project up for bids. ' Ward wished everyone a “Merry Christmas”. Administrator reports Pincock congratulated Cody Park on receiving the IQPS grant to continue with the high school greenhouse proj- ect. The FFA had district competitions. The Ag Sales team placed first. Fred Ledesma placed third in customer re- lations and MariaPartida placed sec- ond in telephone skills. Rhett Schritter placed first in sales presentation A and Connor Johnson placed second in sales presentation B and Ivan Cema placed third. The ,Officer .C_eremonies,.»team placed fOurth. In impromy‘u speaking ‘ Samantha Jackson took second, Pax- ton Pratt took fourth and Micah Nelson took fifth. Blik said she thinks it is great to have girl wrestlers. She feels they could get scholarships and bets the district could see a championship banner. Middle school principal Ann Men— near reported that the Chain Link Chal- lenge and food collection project for the Aberdeen Food Bank was finished. They had reached their goal of raising $5,000 to donate to the food bank. , The middle school musical “Xana- ' du” will be presented for the public on Friday, Jan. 10, and Monday, Jan. 13, at 7 pm. She added that the Health Fair will be Wednesday, Jan. 15, from 8 am. to 1 pm. Blood screening tests will be avail- able for staff starting at 7:30 am. Betty Enriquez has forms in the office so staff can have them filled out when they ar- rive. There will be a sign-up sheet for mammograms in the office for both Thursday and Friday. They will also have free well water testing for those interested. Ward applied for and received an additional mini-grant from Gear Up for $10,000 to purchase supplies for the STEM program. . ' Elementary principal Robi J o Colton reported that on Monday, Dec. 9, the fourth and fifth grade students at- , «array», . ~ High school choir plus tax tended the Steered-Straight: The Dan- gers of Vaping assembly. She thanked I Debbie Ellis for organizing that. The Christmas program will be held in the new auditorium at 6:30 pm. and she wished eVeryone a “Merry Christ- mas”. . Christmas break will begin Mon- day, Dec. 23, and school will resume Monday, Jan. 6. David Vaughn said that Darla Wright and Kristina McClurg attended the Idaho Transition Conference in Boi- se. They were able to get a lot of ideas and resources to help students in their transition to post school education and activities. The state department is allowing districts to apply for a $10,000 grant to . update assessments for teachers, school psychologists and speech and language pathologists to update their assessment library. Vaughn reported they received no- tice that they are in compliance for the percentage of students taking the alter- nate assessment. Consent items The following consent items were presented: approval ' of November regular meeting minutes, approval of See School page 12 Members of the Aberdeen High School choir performed six songs at the Christmas concert held Wednesday, Dec. 18. They sang three songs from Broadway musicals Seasons of Love, The Prayer and Corner of the Sky, a trio of Shakespeare po- ems - Three Madrigals, that included 0 Mistress Mine, where are you roaming?, Take, 0 take those lips away, and Sigh no more, ladies,‘sigh no more!, and two Christmas songs All on a Cold Winter directed by Wayne Millett. , I‘ . i ’5 Night and A Swingin’ Christmas. The choir is ! llII.Imll|III||I].IllI.lllullllllllul|lnlllullulll|||3 Starting to form The ice is starting to form on the lake at Sportsman’s Park. The water is a beauti-~ ful blue color and the ice is starting at the edges. With the colder temperatures, it probably Won’t be long before the lake is iced over and fisherman are anxious for that time. Many lights Houses in the Aberdeen area are decorated with lights and are ready for the Christ- mas holiday season. A person can see houses lit up on every street while driving through the town. Winter sports ROAR schedule In order to promote school spirit, all sports fans are encouraged to wear the particular color to the. home games of girls’ basketball, boys’ basketball and wrestling. The schedule is as follows: Wednesday, Jan. Super Hero Night Saturday, Jan. 18 Cultural Heri- tage .- wear clothing from your favorite culture. V Anyonewho comes dressed in the correct theme will receive $1 off admisi-L sion fee. Family Night discount dealfi Immediate family currently living in the home gets in the game for $25. 1 Winter homecoming ‘ Or Tiger Week will be the week of J an. 20‘ through 24,1 " The theme is “Tigers Rock On”. “ *' 3 Power Outages are uncommon, but it’s easy, and smart, to be prepared The average Idaho Power customer is without power for fewer than two hours a year. But in the case of extreme winter weather, outages can last longer. That’s why Idaho Power recently created a vid- eo with the top five tips to help customers prepare for any outage, short or long. The video is available on YouTube and high- lights the following tips: 1. Before an outage hits, prepare a home emergency kit with items like wa- ter and flashlights. 2. Sign up to receive outage alerts Via My Account at my. idahopOWcmom; ; M 3. Check Idaho Power’s online out-Ir . age map to View current outages and res-9%? toration times. . p t V“ '2 . 4. During an outage, keep your» C fridge/freezer doors closed to keep cold air where it’s needed most. 5. If you notice a downed power line, stay at least 100 feet back and report it to Idaho Power by calling 1-800-488- 615 1. ' . For more tips about preparing for out- ages, Visit idahopower.com/outagetips. \ .