A Tradition of Excellence

"A Tradition of Excellence" Staff Recognition

ASD Staff Recognized During
“A Tradition of Excellence” Ceremony

Nearly 100 Astoria School District staff, friends and family, filled Patriot Hall at Clatsop Community College on May 21, 2018 for the annual “A Tradition of Excellence” Awards. This annual awards event recognizes individuals for their accomplishments in and out of the classroom. As part of “A Tradition of Excellence”, staff members who have worked in the district for 10 and 20 years were recognized for their longevity and dedication to the district. Four additional recognition awards were given out including: Classified/Support Staff Member of the Year, Certified Staff Member of the Year, ASD Collaboration Team Award, and a Community Recognition Award. The Astoria School Foundation sponsored this event.

Staff members recognized for 10 or more consecutive years in the District include: 
Meche Brownlow
Angela Calvin
Heidi Fastabend
Dindy Fischer
Deborah Foley
Christina Grauff
Don Johnson
Tami Jones
Brian Ploghoft
Travis Roe
Mary Smith
Rebecca Sutton
Heli Williamson

Staff members recognized for 20 or more consecutive years in the District include:
Mike Baker
Lee Cain
Nicole Jacobson
Missy Johnson
Donna MacDonald
Carrie Thoreson
Kandie Thornton


One staff member was recognized for 30 or more consecutive years in the District:  Denise Richardson


Classified/Support Staff Member of the Year: Kandie Thornton

The Classified/Support Staff Member of the Year honors a staff member who demonstrates excellence in work performance, school and community involvement, and leadership and commitment to our district. The Classified/Support Staff Member of the Year award was presented to Ms. Kandie Thornton. Kandie has worked for the Astoria School District for over 20 years. Kandie has worked as an Occupational Therapist Aide as well as a Transitional Aide for all the schools in Astoria. Kandie has shown strong dedication to her position and to the services she provides students in the Astoria School District. 

Stanette Klatt

Certified Staff Member of the Year: Stanette Klatt

The Certified Staff Member of the Year recognizes and honors the contributions of an outstanding Certified Staff Member who has demonstrated a commitment to the mission and vision of the Astoria School District. The Certified Staff Member of the Year also inspires, motivates, encourages and helps students excel in school. The Certified Staff Member of the Year was presented to Ms. Stanette Klatt. Stanette has worked as a science teacher at Astoria Middle School for over 15 years. Astoria High School Senior, Claire Albright, presented the 2018 Teacher of the Year Award to Ms. Klatt. In presenting the award to Stanette, she mentioned that Ms. Klatt has not only been a great teacher, she has been a great role model for students. Ms. Klatt has made a difference in how students learn by providing many opportunities in different science categories.


ASD Collaboration Team Award: Astor Engagement Team

The ASD Collaboration Team Award honors a group of staff members who work together to positively impact student learning while striving to ensure students meet the mission and vision of the Astoria School District. “A Tradition of Excellence” Collaboration Team Award will go to a team of teachers who demonstrate outstanding teamwork, exemplary work performance, and improve student learning through their collaborative work. The Collaboration Team Award was presented to the Engagement Team at Astor Elementary. The Astor Engagement Team consists of Brian Babbitt, Meche Brownlow, Jessica Jones, Kassia Nye, and Emily Townsend. The Astor Engagement Team provides opportunities for staff, students, and parents to participate in activities throughout Astor Elementary. The participation rate of parent and student engagement activities is at an all-time high at Astor Elementary thanks to the work of the Astor Engagement Team. 


Community Recognition Award: Clatstop Community College

Astoria School District, in partnership with the Astoria School Foundation, recognizes an individual or organization to honor for their contributions to our schools and community. This year’s honor is bestowed upon Clatsop Community College.
Clatsop Community College is being recognized for their strong partnership with Astoria School District. The partnership between Astoria School District and Clatsop Community College has created a number of opportunities for students to further their education and explore possible career paths. Students at Astoria High School have the opportunity to participate in CCC courses in several ways. Students can take classes at the MERTS campus, including Fire Science, Welding, and Automotive Technologies. As juniors and seniors, students can participate in the Expanded Options program, which allows them to access courses in areas such as Criminal Justice, Sociology, Philosophy, History, Nutrition, Speech, and more. Students can also earn CCC credit while taking courses at AHS through two programs - one called College Now, and the other a unique collaboration titled "Coastal Commitment". It is the result of this partnership between Astoria School District and Clatsop Community College that has allowed AHS students to collectively earn thousands of credits in the last several years:
2014-2015: 1312 credits
2015-2016: 1618 credits
2016-2017: 1498 credits

Students are able to use these credits in a variety of ways. They are able to transfer these credits towards a degree program at CCC, including a transfer degree, saving them time and money. Students are also able to transfer these credits to 4-year public schools and many 4-year private schools to meet requirements for bachelor's degrees, again saving time and money.

Clatsop Community College's commitment to the education of Astoria School District children continues to provide unique and beneficial opportunities, allowing students to access post-secondary options in a more affordable way, as well as accessing coursework beyond what is offered in our schools.


2018 Retirees Steve Wedell, Deb Nelson, Connie Brewington, and Dan Foss.

In addition, at the awards ceremony four teachers were recognized for their commitment to Astoria School District. These four teachers are retiring at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. The teachers include Dan Foss, Deb Nelson, Connie Brewington, and Steve Wedell. These four teachers together have over 100 years of teaching experience. Astoria School District is honored to recognize these staff members for their special skills, longevity, dedication and service to our District. The District is fortunate to have a caring and talented staff, committed to the success of our students. The Astoria community should be very proud of the education our students receive and the fine graduates the District produces each year.

We would like to thank the staff at Clatsop Community College for providing the facility (Patriot Hall) for A Tradition of Excellence Awards ceremony.