February 1, 2021
Black History Month
Since 1976, February has been designated as Black History Month. It’s our duty to highlight and recognize the significant accomplishments and contributions of Black Americans that have shaped and built our country but often have been historically neglected in our school textbooks and curriculum. This month also is a time for our staff, students and community to remember the injustices that have occurred, the struggles that have been endured and the victories that have been achieved by the Black community to ensure that all are able to experience the basic civil rights that are afforded to us and which can be often taken for granted.
Black History Month in the Beaverton School District will allow our students and teachers a time to pause, reflect, teach and learn. In our classrooms, we’ll revisit some of the worst times in our nation’s history as well as times that exemplify our best efforts. Moreover, this month allows us the time and space to critically assess where we are as a country and chart a course to where we need to be to truly achieve equality for our people.
I am encouraging and supporting our educators to provide opportunities for our students to celebrate Black history, both during Black History Month and throughout the year, by presenting and teaching factual information about both past and current times in a caring, candid and affirming manner. Most importantly, it’s an opportunity for our students to share their voices and help create a vision for their futures.
Don Grotting, Superintendent
WE Celebrate National School Counseling Week
Free & Reduced Meals - Apply Today!
Families can now apply for free and reduced-price meals online. The process is safe, secure, private and available through SchoolCafe.com. All students who qualify for free or reduced price meals receive breakfast and lunch free of charge. Instructions on completing and submitting your application can be found on the Meal Benefits webpage.
If your student qualifies for free or reduced price meals, discounted or free school services may also be available. Benefits vary from school to school. When applying, please make sure to fill out the Permission to Share form, so we can share your information with other school programs. Benefits may include:
Waived Athletic Fees
Waived Event Fees
Medical, Dental and Vision Care
Waived Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District fees
Please if you have questions or need additional assistance, contact Laurie Bishop, Meal Benefits Coordinator, at 503-356-3957.
2020-21 30-Day Notice for Statewide Tests
Under the Student Assessment Bill of Rights, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon’s school districts must provide families with a Notice of Statewide Tests and Opt-out Form 30 days before the start of statewide testing.
This year, school has been significantly disrupted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other factors. In response, ODE plans to ask the United States Department of Education for a temporary pause (also known as a “waiver”) in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math testing. A pause is also being requested for science testing, but science testing is not subject to this opt-out rule.
If this waiver request is approved, then statewide ELA and Math testing will not happen this year, and there will be no need for parents to submit opt-out forms to their child’s school.
If the waiver request is not approved, test windows will open on March 4, 2021.
ODE will update the district regularly with news about the waiver.
Save the Date - Community-Wide Conversation Around Race
CTE - Career Technical Education
STEM Bites Website
Oregon’s regional STEM Hubs are coming together to bring engaging, hands-on science and engineering learning ideas to educators and students across the state. Hands-on science can be challenging to do during distance learning; these bites are designed to help. Each “Bite” can be done at home or in a classroom. Bites primarily use simple materials that families already have or can readily acquire.
The STEM Bites are organized by grade levels (K-2, 3-4 and 5-6). The collection includes environmental explorations, engineering challenges, science investigations, observations and more! New Bites will be added to the website monthly throughout 2021.
Try one Bite with your learners or try them all!
Winter Food Resources
Downloadable SBHC Flyers
District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.
Beaverton School District
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