Maverick Express december 2020


From the Mountainside family of staff to our Mountainside families, we hope you had the best Thanksgiving possible under our current conditions, and we would like to wish you all Happy Holidays during the month of December.

The end of the year is always a time of reflection, and this year has certainly given us much to reflect upon. In our four years at Mountainside, we have yet to have a "normal" year. We opened in 2017 with only 9th and 10th graders and a brand new staff with brand new programs. Year two of 2018 saw us add 30 additional teachers and a junior class. Year three in 2019 had us add an additional 30 staff and the excitement of our first graduating class. Unfortunately, we all know how last year ended up as we plunged into the pandemic. And, now, well, we are all too aware of the strange times in which we are living.

Our hearts break for the seniors and all the senior year experiences they are missing. We worry for our juniors, as they look to position themselves for post-high school options as they take advanced coursework. We are sad for our sophomores, looking to build on the trials and tribulations of 9th grade. And, we are concerned for our 9th graders missing out on the impactful transition into high school. But, we are encouraged with how our student body is responding to these obstacles. Our students are engaging at a high level in the classroom. They are organizing clothes and food drives. Our kids are generally looking for ways to help those around them, and for that, we are so proud.

I don't know what the second half of this year will bring. I do know that our staff is committed to trying to find ways to continue to connect our kids to MHS. Our teachers are working incredibly hard to find ways for kids to engage through CDL. I am an optimist, and I hope that 2021 is a better year to come for all of us.

Together, we are committed to a school culture that allows us to:


If you have any questions about this information or about becoming involved at Mountainside, please do not hesitate to call our office at 503-356-3500.

Mountainside High School. Home of the Mavericks!!!

#MavUP! CONNECTED...together while apart


Todd Corsetti



We are writing to you today in regard to graduation. First and foremost, we want you to know, we will have a graduation ceremony for our class of 2021. What it will look like, we cannot say at this point. We will find a way to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2021. To be ready for that graduation celebration we want to make sure that each and every senior has ordered their cap & gown and any other graduation materials they desire.

We have reached out to our graduation supplier Jostens and requested of them one final extension of the “group order” deadline. To be clear, you may place your order later in the year, but the advantages of doing so with-the-group are:

  1. You receive the lowest prices of the year.
  2. You will receive the earliest possible delivery of your order.
  3. And most importantly, you will help reduce the possibility of delays due to the pandemic.

Jostens is extending the deadline for group orders to Friday, December 11th. There are two ways to place your order:

  • You can go to the Jostens website – the direct MHS link is:

  • You can call toll-free to 1-800-JOSTENS (567-8367) *

* If you wish to place your order without a payment, use this option.

Any questions about graduation regalia should be directed to Jostens.

We look forward to the day that we can welcome you back to our school!


In our second year of IB testing, we have an incredible number of students registered for the IB exams/scores in May 2021:

  • 226 students registered (133 seniors and 93 juniors)

    • 155 course students

    • 28 Full-Diploma Candidates (seniors)

    • 43 (of our 69) Anticipated Full-Diploma Candidates (juniors)

  • 548 subjects tests

    • 219 registrations in 8 HL (higher-level) subjects

    • 273 registrations in 16 SL (standard-level) subject

    • 28 registrations in 12 extended essay (EE) subjects (Full-DP Candidates)

    • 28 registrations in (TOK) theory of knowledge (Full-DP Candidates)

The IBDP curriculum for IB Full-Diploma candidates is made up of the DP core (CAS, TOK, and EE) and six subject groups. The DP core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.

What is TOK?

Theory of knowledge (TOK) is a course about critical thinking and inquiring into the process of knowing, rather than about learning a specific body of knowledge. It plays a special role in the DP by providing an opportunity for students to reflect on the nature of knowledge, to make connections between areas of knowledge and to become aware of their own perspectives and those of the various groups whose knowledge they share. It is a core element undertaken by all IB diploma candidates. The overall aim of TOK is to encourage students to formulate answers to the question “how do you know?” in a variety of contexts, and to see the value of that question. This allows students to develop an enduring fascination with the richness of knowledge. (

What is the EE?

The extended essay (EE) is a compulsory, externally assessed piece of independent research into a topic chosen by the student and presented as a formal piece of academic writing. The extended essay is intended to promote high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery and creativity while engaging students in personal research. This leads to a major piece of formally presented, structured writing of up to 4,000 words in which ideas and findings are communicated in a reasoned, coherent and appropriate manner. (


College Application Reminders

As we near winter break, the counseling team would like to provide a few reminders to 12th grade students who are applying to colleges.

  • Pay attention to all due dates for your application process.
  • If you have any January 1st application due dates, remember to check whether those applications require Letters of Recommendation. This is important because counselors and other recommenders will submit Letters of Recommendation before the school closes for winter break. So, if you have not yet requested Letters of Recommendation, we recommend you email your assigned counselor right away to make sure your letter can be completed on time.
  • Remember to file the FAFSA or ORSAA form as soon as possible to be eligible for Financial Aid.
  • There is more information available in the Class of 2021 Canvas course. We recommend you review the "Advisory" and "College and Career" pages of that course to find a variety of resources to support you.

Graduation Recognition Application Reminder

A reminder for all 12th grade students that we are currently accepting applications for the Advanced Career Pathway and Mav Scholar Recognitions. Links to the digital applications for these awards were sent through the "Announcements" of the Class of 2021 Canvas course on November 17.

Both the Advanced Career Pathway and Mav Scholar applications are due by Monday, December 14. We encourage all 12th grade students who think they may be eligible for these awards to apply. Winners will be announced at the Senior Awards event in the spring.

stamp testing

For those students interested in earning the Seal of Biliteracy through STAMP testing, we are happy to let you know that the district will be offering STAMP testing this year. The STAMP test is a language proficiency test that assesses students' knowledge of non-English languages in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

We do not yet have details from the Multi-Lingual Department regarding dates and test protocols, but MHS counselors will be notified as soon as protocols are put in place. Actual STAMP testing is not set to begin until the new calendar year. In the meantime, if you are interested in STAMP testing, please notify your counselor as we are starting to compile a list of interested students.

Who would be eligible for the Seal of Biliteracy? Those students who are heritage or native speakers of a language other than English, or those students who are at high levels of proficiency through AP, IB, or Dual Language programs. If you have further questions, you can contact your student's counselor or Asst. Principal Rebecca Bair.


Want a book recommendation for your next read? One of our District Librarians, Ms. Blair, put together her TOP 20 OF 2020 - YOUNG ADULT list of books complete with some book trailers. All of these titles are available through the MHS Library as either a hardcover book, e-book, or audiobook.

Students can check out e-book or audiobook versions of these titles (and many more) for their Chromebooks by visiting this site: If prompted with “Select your school”, choose “All other users” and search for the book you want!

To put a hard copy of the book on hold to pick up from school, follow these instructions. You can always email your MHS Library staff for help too! Happy reading, Mavs!

Ms. T (

Mr. Niko (


Textbooks have been checked out to students that have Accounting 1 or IB Theory of Knowledge this quarter. Please come to the main doors of the school between 8:00am and 3:00pm any school day to pick up a textbook.Textbooks and books that your students are not using can be dropped off in the bin by the main doors of the school.

Also, just a reminder that students can complete the following form to request text books for other classes they may have: Textbook Check-out Request Form


Any students that have an R11 or Loaner Chromebook and would like to swap it out for a 512 Chromebook can email the student help desk at to start the process.


Mav Artists of the Month: September and October

The Mav Artist of the Month celebrates our amazing student artists in the Mountainside community. At the end of each month, the art department teachers highlight two or three students who’ve embodied excellence in their classes. The classes range from film to design to the traditional arts. The students nominated have displayed amazing creativity, high skill, and good character. Congratulations to the Artists of the Month, Cherie and Josephine, and thank you for making great contributions to the Mountainside Art community!

Cherie Phillips

Nominated for their work in Film.

“Cherie was able to make a film in class that created a classic character, a relatable conflict, and a very good ending...all the while using skills from the class (cinematography, storyboarding, and introducing a character through fractions and actions). She just put it all together so seamlessly in her first film. Her attention to all the details makes her a standout in the film class.” - Mr. Engilis

Link to view film:

Josephine Arnett

Nominated for their work in Intro to Art.

“Josephine created a portfolio of exceptional craftsmanship and creativity in Intro to Art. From work ethic, technique to creativity, Josie is an inspiration.” - Ms. Ottum

culinary arts

We have two winners!

Our Halloween Cookie Decoration Competition winners are Ruby Duncan and Lauren Schermerhorn. If you missed out, you have another chance. We are having a Holiday Cookies Decoration Competition. Below is the link for the recipes and videos to watch. Please send pictures of you with your cookies to by December 31. We want to put pictures in the yearbook too!

Holiday Cookies Decoration Competition Link


Message From the Student Council Executive Board

Happy December. We hope that everyone has a festive winter break and holiday season. A HUGE thank you to everyone who donated homemade cards to our Honoring Our Healthcare Heroes event. We collected over 400 cards to deliver to St. Vincent Hospital. This month, Student Council will be hosting a Student Council meeting open to the whole student body. Students can come listen to what events we are planning, bring up any concerns they may have, propose ideas, and/or ask us any questions. These meetings will occur on the first Wednesday of every month at 11:00am, with the exception that this month it will be December 2nd. Links to join, as well as reminders, will be sent out through Canvas Announcements on those Wednesdays. This month we are also releasing a Google Form where you can ask your questions beforehand if you can’t attend live or wouldn’t feel comfortable asking over Zoom ( This will also be on your Canvas announcements on December 2. The following week we will release the minutes from this meeting so all students can read what was discussed. Can’t wait to see you there.

Holiday Sharing Drive

The Holiday Sharing Drive is finally here. This year we are helping eight schools total, and we have HUNDREDS of gifts to purchase and donate. While our community has already come together and signed up for over 200 items, there are still items that are waiting to be signed up for. You have until the end of the drive to participate.

In this event, Mountainside students, parents and community members have the opportunity to buy gifts for families in our school as well as seven of our feeder schools during this difficult time. If you donate one or more items, you can earn a service hour.

The window to donate began on Monday, November 30th and ends on Friday, December 11th. The donation bins will be out in front of our school on weekdays from 7:30am to 3:00pm.

If you would like to donate money, you can do so through the BSD Online Payment System. Directions for that are available below.

This is a HUGE event, so make sure you participate. We hope to provide ALL of these families with the gifts they requested.

For information on how to donate money or items, as well as access to the sign-up sheet, go to

Participating Schools

Mountainside, Highland Park, Conestoga, Sexton Mountain, Cooper Mountain, Chehalem, Hazeldale, and Nancy Ryles.


If you are still interested in joining or looking at clubs, please go to our MHS school update for all club information.

Community 101

The Outreach committee is fortunate enough to be able to participate in the Oregon Community Foundation's Community 101 Organization. Mountainside will be receiving a grant of $5,000! We have decided through a student survey of the Mountainsides Student bodies that we will be donating $5,000 to promote/bring awareness to and support mental health and suicide prevention in Oregon. We will work towards a more cohesive community through organizations and nonprofits that we deem best to most effectively assist those that suffer from mental health/suicide. Our wish is to bring awareness, help, and give funding to organizations and nonprofits that support and help those battling mental health disorders and struggling with suicide.

Winter Spirit Week
Keep a lookout for updates on our Instagram page and the Wednesday
Canvas announcements about our upcoming Winter Spirit Week. This will
happen the week before winter break and will look similar to the
Halloween Spirit week we had in the Fall. We will have fun dress-up
days and challenges each day of the week. At the end of the week, we
will have prizes to give out to students. This is a great way to show
school involvement while also spreading Maverick spirit during this
time. Stay tuned for more details to come!



At Mountainside, the only way to purchase a yearbook is by going directly to the Jostens website: Yearbook sales are not done through the ParentVue online portal.

Yearbooks are now $40 and will remain this price until March 31, 2021.


While this year will be different, the yearbook team will still include important traditions for the seniors. Seniors will be able to send in a photo of their choosing to be in the yearbook and a quote for free.

Please follow these requirements for senior photos & quotes

  • Vertical portrait. Head And shoulders only no horizontal poses.

  • Front facing photos only.

  • Color only.

  • Indoor or outdoor background is okay.

  • Props are okay as long as the face is visible.

  • It is not required that a professional takes the photo, but the resolution of the photo needs to be at least 300 dpi (8000x8000 pixels MAX).

  • Make sure the photo is not blurry.

  • Make sure the photo is bright enough to clearly see your face.

  • The file must be JPEG.

  • Add the photo, not the link.

  • Keep in mind that these photos will be cropped at the shoulder to approximately 2" wide x 3" high.

  • Senior quotes will be due on Friday January 15th, 2021.

  • Senior photos will be due on Friday January 15th, 2021.

Please send in senior quotes & photos to:

Please follow these directions for senior ads

This year, parents, guardians, or students will have the option to create their own format for their senior ads on

  • Senior ads will be due on Monday February 1st, 2021.

Senior ad prices

  • Full page : $75

  • ½ page: $50

  • ¼ page: $35

  • ⅛ page: $25

Further Info

To keep up to date on all things MHS Yearbook, please follow us on Instagram: @mountainsideyearbook

Yearbook Advisor: Kathryn Noah -

Yearbook Staff:


MHS Signing Day

We would like to celebrate our Mountainside Athletes signed this November 11, 2020.

Congratulations on all your hard work and dedication to make it to the next level. We are very proud of all your accomplishments and wish you the best!!! GO MAVS!!!!

Following are our 2020 signees:

mpact parent group

Dining For Dollars

Chipotle Dining for Dollars is Monday, December 7! This is a great fundraiser to help support Mountainside programs, activities, students and staff. You can order online for pick-up or walk in. Just tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to Mountainside PACT.

Chocolate for a good cause, what could be sweeter?

Buy delicious See’s Candies as holiday gifts and support this year’s graduating seniors with $5,000 in scholarship awards!

See's Yum-Raising - MPACT - Mountainside PACT

Mavs Holiday Shop is Now Open

Lots of great items including blankets, fleece pullovers and vests, hats and hoodies that can be embroidered with your choice of Mavs logo. These items are special order for the holiday season and will only be available to order until December 4. Orders will be available beginning December 18!

Holiday Shop - Choose Your Own Logo! | Mountainside Merchandise (

Help Mountainside Students in Need

Mountainside's Club Hope supports students experiencing homelessness through advocacy, awareness, assistance and outreach. If you are able to help, please check out their Amazon wishlist.

New Mavs Spirit Wear

We are excited to announce new Mavs spirit wear to our online store! Check out all new styles and start your holiday shopping!

Mountainside Merchandise (

Did you know Mountainside PACT is a registered charity?

Your donations can go even further if your employer offers a program like Benevity or YourCause to match employee donations or volunteer hours. Take advantage of this benefit before year end funds run out! For more information, please contact Julie Blaufuss at

Don't forget to choose Mountainside PACT for your Amazon Smile charity

Amazon will donate a percentage to MPACT from your purchase! It takes less than one minute to set up your Amazon account to support Mountainside PACT.

1) Go to

2) Select Mountainside PACT as your charity

3) Start shopping! Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more

dates to remember

Dec 21-Jan 1 - Winter Break

Jan 18 - MLK Day, No School

Feb 5 - Grading Day, No School