Hello From ACMA

September 2021

Message from Principal Paige

September 2021 Hello from ACMA

When Is Your First Day of School?

  • The first day of school is Wednesday September 8, 2021 for students in grade 6 and all newly enrolled for the 2021-2022 school year.

  • School for ALL students is Thursday, September 9, 2021.

ACMA Pandemic Plans

In all instances ACMA will follow district protocols and procedures related to pandemic safety. That said, as we move into our new campus there is some ACMA specific Covid related information that is worth sharing before school begins. For really useful and up to date district information you can visit the BSD FAQ page, which is updated as things change (as we know they do). So, some questions and ACMA answers:


How will lunch work at ACMA? Will outside be an option? Will students be 3 feet or 6 feet apart?

School lunches are free for all students and more information can be found here. Students will have lots of space and opportunity to eat lunch outside, on the hardscape on the north and west sides of campus as well as on the grassy area behind the school. Students will be separated by six feet at lunch and we are marking benches and tables to make judging this distance easy.


Will students wear masks in band classes and choir?

Yes. And, as of today, the guidance is that all band and choir classes will play and sing outside. Performers will wear masks unless actively playing an instrument such as a trumpet (or will wear a specialized mask that allows such an instrument.


Can you tell us what percentage of staff is vaccinated?

All BSD school staff must show proof of vaccination by October 13.


How will students be spaced out in classrooms?

Classrooms at our new campus are much larger than many were in our original building and our class sizes have stayed roughly the same. This allows us to separate students from each other by three feet. In addition, our new construction has robust ventilation that exceeds standards.


Again, I can’t recommend enough the BSD FAQ page, which is updated often and is the first place I look for pandemic related information.

Daily Bell Schedule

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Which Lunch Do I Go To?

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Class Schedules - Available Now Online

The District has made available all class schedules online. You will find your class schedule in StudentVue and/or ParentVue. If possible bring a copy with you on the first day of school.

Lockers

As we start the school year amid COVID precautions we are going to continue the practice we started last school year and not assign school lockers to students. Since students share lockers and those lockers are (as lockers are) very close together, we believe we can better preserve social distancing and minimize contact by postponing the use of school lockers to start the year. We will monitor safety protocols through the fall and evaluate at the semester to see if we can open locker use at that time.

Do You Ride The Bus To School? Here Is What You Need To Know

Read more about BSD Transportation Services HERE.

Routing for the 2021-2022 school year is completed. Parents and Guardians were notified by email that routing information is available for viewing.

Students eligible for Transportation Service will be assigned a bus route and a bus stop. The Beaverton School District allows parents to view student bus route information through the E-Link Application. Routing Data is updated every Saturday at 3:30 AM. Changes to routing data are effective the following Monday.


To Log in:

User Name: Enter your student's 6-digit ID number

Password: Enter your student's birthdate in the format mmddyyyy - For example, enter 05052003 for a birthdate of May 5th, 2003


Click HERE for the E-Link Application


If the Transportation Field is blank, it means your student either is not eligible for Transportation or Transportation has not been set up for the student. To learn more about Transportation eligibility, please review our Service Standards.

Will your student be driving to school?

Parking passes will be available at no cost for students driving their personal vehicles to school.


Registration is required CLICK HERE. Once registered, parking passes can be picked up in the Counseling Center starting on the first day of school. Student parking is located on the EAST side of the school building (church side). Parking is not allowed behind the school due to staff parking and school bus pickup and drop off.

Ribbon Cutting/Dedication

Students, staff and community members gathered on Saturday, August 28th for the dedication of the new ACMA building. Take a look!
ACMA Dedication

Back to School Night

Doing our best to be prudent with regard to social distancing and COVID protocol, we will NOT have an in person Back to School Night on Thursday of this week (as we traditionally would on the Thursday before the school year begins). Instead we are planning to share a pandemically safe introduction video from each teacher and link to each course in Canvas that we will post and share with families. We want to be sure that students and families have an opportunity to see teachers (at least in video) as soon as possible and get a sense of their classes. It is our hope to share these introductions with kids and families before the first day of school.

Parent Equity Team

At ACMA we are committed to creating and maintaining a school culture and climate that is welcoming, supportive, and affirming to all students. Helping us in this pursuit are a Student Equity Team (that meets during access once a month), a Staff Equity Team (that helps to plan and provide professional development), and Parent Equity Team. To start this year our Parent Equity Team will meet over Zoom once a month. We will determine if we are able to meet on campus, or want to continue online, later this fall, but for those who are interested in discussing how best to support this work the first three monthly Zoom meetings are: September 23, 9-10 am; October 28, 9-10 am; and November 23 9-10 am. We will share meeting links as we get closer to these dates.

First, Virtual Coffee with the Principal 9/17/21 at 9am

Join Principal Bjorn on Zoom to hear what is happening at ACMA. The Zoom Meeting ID will be shared with parents via email the week of September 13th..

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TAG Program Zoom Meeting 9/16 5:30pm

All parents interested in the TAG program at ACMA are invited to attend our virtual meeting on Thursday, September 16th, from 5:30-6:00 PM. If you cannot attend, a recording will made available by emailing lynn_chapman@beaverton.k12.or.us.


The Zoom Meeting Id and passcode will be sent out the day before via Canvas.

Red Robin PTO Fundraiser: Thursday, Sep 16th, 5-9 pm

Order To-Go and raise some dough Thursday, September 16th, 5:00-9:00pm during our ACMA PTO fundraiser with Red Robin.

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Why Do We Have Fees?

To do their best, students need access to the unique materials and equipment of the artistic disciplines that interest them. The fees are specific to the elective courses your student is taking. For dance... costume, music, choreography rights and more are needed for student daily training & performances. They are used to address specialized program expenses that exceed the resources the school receives from the Beaverton School District. A $25 student body fee is also charged to each student. The fee, like other high schools, help support special events and assemblies, student body cards. Also, each student will receive an ACMA t-shirt in September!


Fees can now be paid online. Payments can be made on the BSD Online Payment System with a credit/debit card or with cash or check in the ACMA Main Office .


To be considered for a full or partial waiver of fees, please apply for Meal Benefits from Nutrition Services and agree to share on the application. 2021-2022 Meal Benefits applications are available through www.schoolcafe.com or through https://www.ode.state.or.us/apps/frlapp.

School Volunteers

Starting September 8: Due to limited space and the need for adult volunteers to exercise 6 feet of distance from students, volunteers will not be allowed to volunteer on district property, including inside and outside of schools, during school hours. While the District values the enormous contributions of our thousands of volunteers, we believe that this decision is in the best interest of our students, staff and volunteers in terms of safety. As the year progresses, we will re-evaluate the situation based on the COVID-19 infection trajectory.


Will volunteers be allowed on district property, including schools, during non-school hours?

Before October 18: Volunteers will be allowed to volunteer during non-school hours at all levels — elementary, middle and high school. This includes but is not limited to athletic and performing arts practices, performances and competitions.

Starting October 18: Volunteers will be allowed to volunteer during non-school hours at all levels — elementary, middle and high school. This includes but is not limited to athletic and performing arts practices, performances and competitions.

However, to comply with the governor’s Temporary Administrative Order PH 39-2021, all volunteers will need to provide proof of vaccination either by presenting a vaccination card, digital photo of a vaccination card or print-out from the Oregon Health Authority’s Immunization Registry.


How will volunteers provide proof of vaccination?

The District is currently developing a process for verifying proof of vaccination

Your Child's Safety

We care about your child’s safety and we take suicide prevention very seriously in BSD. Students may need additional support and resources as they return to busy schedules and their social and academic obligations. We encourage you to learn the warning signs of suicide and watch this video regarding talking to your students about the risk of suicide. Please reach out to your child’s school counselor if you feel your child needs additional support.

All Students Eligible For Free Meals

  • All enrolled BSD students will be eligible for free meals through June 2022. No one needs to apply to receive free food.
  • Some families will receive automatic approval letters if they receive SNAP or TANF benefits, or have students qualified as Migrant, Homeless, Runaway, or Foster.


BUT if families wish to receive Pandemic EBT funds (if available) or want other fees waived (for example, Chromebook insurance, testing fees, class fees), they need to apply and qualify for Meal Benefits.


2021-2022 Meal Benefits applications are available through www.schoolcafe.com or through https://www.ode.state.or.us/apps/frlapp.

The Future of ACMA

In September, ACMA students and staff will return to Center Street and their new school building. Student filmmaker Efrem Plawner spoke with students and staff about what the new building means to them and future ACMA students. (Note: This video was shot prior to the announcement of new mask mandates.)

ACMA Dedication (Student Video)

School Supply List 2021-2022

School Office Hours 2021-2022

Our office hours are 7:15am - 3:15pm, Monday thru Friday, starting Aug 24th. Please enter through the front doors of the school and press the button- to the left of the Main Office door. Maria will be happy to buzz you in once you have identified yourself and how we can help you. Masks are required inside the school building.

A/B Day Calendar

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2021 2022 Beaverton School District Calendar

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Beaverton School District

The Beaverton School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups. It is the policy of the Beaverton School District that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status, age, veteran status, genetic information or disability in any education programs, activities or employment.

WE Empower all students to achieve post-high school success.

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