Merlo News

Week of February 3rd - February 7th

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Admin Team Message

It is National School Counseling Week! The week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), highlights the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and the tremendous impact they can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. To learn more about National School Counseling Week, visit

At Merlo we are incredibly fortunate to have an amazing Counseling Team. Kelly, Jeremy and Ulla have a profound impact on our building everyday. Please take a moment this week to thank our counselors for their good work.

Your Administrative Team

Upcoming Dates

February- Black History Month

Friday, February 14th- Urban Cleaners

Monday, February 17th- President's Day Holiday- NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, February 18th- Staff Development Day- NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, February 25th- ACT Day

Friday, February 28th- Urban Gleaners


Voter registration drive!

As part of Black History Month Andrea's focus class will be putting on a voter registration drive. Look out for tables during lunch time outside the cafeteria!

Key issues in every election increasingly relate to the concerns of students, making it essential for students to educate themselves on political issues and take to the polls. Among 18- to 29-year-olds, voter turnout went from 20 percent in 2014 to 36 percent in 2018, the largest percentage point increase for any age group — a 79 percent jump. Get out and vote your voice is important!

Thank you Andrea's focus class for coordination this effort!

Merlo Food Pantry!

You may have noticed the regular food and snacks we have been putting out by our office, this has been coming from a partnership with Al at Holy Trinity. We have cleaned out one of the closets in the school lobby and have also created a food pantry for students and their families. We hope to keep regular snacks and supplies by our office and have a pantry for students and families to get food for evenings, weekends, and holiday breaks. If you have a student who could use some food let us know and we can help them pack a bag. Parents are also welcome to come by. We are keeping inventory and tracking what foods are going and which foods are not as popular.

We are also working to find some regular donations for toiletries. If you have any ideas to help please let us know!


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We realize that keeping up with technology and the various outlets students have on their phones can be difficult. This article addresses these concerns and gives some guidance around apps to look out for.

15 apps parents should look out for on their kids' phones

Exciting Student Opportunity!

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District News

Beaverton Black Parent Union Forming!

A new organization is forming to support Black Students in the district. We are a collective of parents of black students to support their success through culturally relevant education, support and resources within the Beaverton School District. If you are interested in joining our efforts please email or look for us on Facebook.

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In Every Issue

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Period 1 (Focus)- 7:30-8:35

Period 2- 8:40-9:50

Period 3- 9:55-11:05

Lunch- 11:05-11:35

Period 4- 11:40-12:50

Period 5- 12:55- 2:05

**Schedule is subject to change. Updates will be sent through School Messenger email and on our website.

Phone Numbers and Support Contacts

Attendance: 503.356.3651

Main Office: 503.356.3650

Administration Team

Rachel Sip, Principal

Yoonwa Saechao, Assistant Principal

Jessica Pierce, Alternative Solutions Coordinator

Peggy Delay, Student Manager

Counseling Team

Laura Bond, Social Emotional Learning Support

Ulla Dosedal, Counselor (9th & 10th)

Kelly Logan, College & Career Counselor

Jeremy Trotter, Counselor (11th & 12th)

Erin Wirtz, Social Support Liaison

Community School 2019/2020 Calendar

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District News

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