Sexton Mountain Newsletter

January 2020

Principal's Note

January is a time of reflection. We look at student work and measure student progress. We create individual goals for students to support their academic growth for the second half of the year. Report cards are one way we communicate to parents how a child's learning is progressing towards grade level academic standards. Report cards will come out at the end of the month. The district has created a new parent guide for understanding math grades on the report cards. The document includes ways to support your student at home. The math guide for report cards will come home printed. However, the district has moved to digital report cards. You will not receive a paper copy of your child's report card. You will be able to view it on online on ParentVue. We will be scheduling a math session at a PTC meeting with a District Curriculum Specialist for parents to learn more about math instruction at Sexton Mountain. Watch for a date in the coming newsletters.

Autumn McConnell, Intervention Teacher and Cassandra Buyserie, Volunteer coordinator have coordinated efforts this year on updating and organizing our bookroom. The PTC has donated funds to help bring in new books. The bookroom is a place students can borrow books at their reading level to read in class or take home and read. When the bookroom is complete we will have opportunities for parents to take a tour.

The Safe Routes to School audit will be happening on January 15th. We need volunteers to help us walk the routes and to fill out surveys. Thank you for helping us gather data. We will use this data to make safety improvements.

The news is reporting possible snow in the forecast next week. At the bottom of the page is a link to information on inclement weather. Students are excited about the possibility of a day of playing in the snow.

Middle School Boundaries

Dear Parents:

The Beaverton School District has held four (4) community meetings with the Middle School Boundary Adjustment (MSBA) advisory committee. Attendance boundaries for all of the middle schools are being considered for adjustment and the advisory committee is seeking community input from residents in the central and southern part of the District.

The City of Beaverton is planning for almost 7,000 new residential dwelling units in the Cooper Mountain area near Mountainside High School over the next 10-15 years. Which middle school(s) should serve these new developments? Do you have reasons why your neighborhood should attend a different middle school? Do you understand that changes to attendance boundaries in the north part of the District will impact other attendance boundaries? Are you concerned about the potential for the size of student enrollment at middle school?

If you are concerned about any of these questions, or if you have other questions about the MSBA project, please visit the District's MSBA web page (link). Read the materials, visit the advisory committee calendar, and/or submit written comment to the committee. Please come to an advisory committee meeting or watch the meeting livestreamed in real time. The district wants and needs to hear from you.

Thank you for your support!

Steven A. Sparks, AICP | Executive Administrator for Long Range Planning | Beaverton School District

16550 SW Merlo Road, Beaverton, Oregon 97003-4348 | (503) 356-4449

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Digital Safety Tools for Families

Digital citizenship refers to using technology safely and responsibly. The District has been teaching digital citizenship to students for the past several years. In our continued work, we are now offering families information and resources to support safe and responsible digital practices.

Topics on the page include digital health and wellness, media literacy, and online privacy and safety. You can view the webpage at, or simply go to our website and enter “digital citizenship” in the search tool.

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Our school counselor, Jenny Yoshida returned this week from her maternity leave.

January Calendar

January 10- Winter reading sheets due

January 17- Movie Night @6:30 pm

January 20- MLK Day-No school

January 27-No school- Grading Day

January 28- PTC meeting-3:10 in the Library

January 31- Report cards available in ParentVue