Tumwater News

August 26, 2022

Principal 's Message

This week our educators return to campus to prepare for the start of the school year. Our professional development time this week will be focused on implementing effective instructional strategies the help all students engage in meaningful learning. As an IB Middle Years Program (MYP) Candidate School, our staff will be learning and implementing the MYP Approaches to Learning this year. In addition, we are on a pathway for certification as an Advanced Via Individual Determination (AVID) school and will be focusing on strengthening our instruction in the areas of Organization and Critical Reading. Our students will be learning and practicing these skills in all classes throughout the school year.

We're looking forward to welcoming our students and families at this week's Ice Cream Social and hope you can join us!


Jill O'Neill


Upcoming Events

Aug 31 Ice Cream Social 6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Sept 5 Labor Day - No School

Sept 6 6th Grade Orientation Day

Sept 7 First Day of School for all students

Sept 21 Picture Day

Sept 22 Back to School Night, 6:30- 8:30 pm

Be sure to check the calendars on ParentSquare and our school website (scroll to the bottom of the home page) for the school all school events.

Class Schedules - Now Available Online

Student schedules are now available viewable on Canvas and Parent/StudentVue.

Please keep in mind that schedules will not be final until mid-week. We want all students to have a final schedule prior to Wednesday evening’s Ice Cream Social. However we are still finalizing a few new teacher hires and balancing class sizes. Therefore schedules may be adjusted. Note that if you see Ms. O'Neill, Ms. Haskins, or Mr. Nelson as the teacher name, we are still finalizing the hire for that position. The teacher name will be updated before the first day of school.

When you and your child look at their schedule on ParentVue/StudentVue, please note that every student (6th - 8th grade) should have a math, science, social studies, language arts, and PE/Health class. All 7th and 8th graders will have two additional elective classes. All 6th graders will have four semesters worth of elective classes. Band and AVID are yearlong classes (two semesters) at all grade levels. 7th and 8th grade families will notice that your Advisory teacher may be the same as last year. In an effort to build strong, trusting student-teacher relationships, in most cases Advisory students and teachers will stay together throughout the three years of middle school.

When you and your child review their schedule, IF it appears to be incorrect OR you have a unique situation that you need to discuss with your child's counselor, please complete this Schedule Change Request. The vast majority of students will NOT need to complete this form because of the forecasting verification process we followed last spring, providing families an opportunity to verify class placements. Our team has made every effort to ensure that our students received their top elective choices. We made staffing decisions based on student forecasts, so please be aware that many elective classes are now full and we may not be able to approve elective change requests.

School Supply List

Visit the TMS Website for the school supply list.

BSD Calendar 2022-23

Last spring, the 2022-2023 District Calendar was adjusted to reflect the Beaverton Education Association (BEA) contract agreement reached near the end of the school year. Two additional Staff Development/Work Days have been added to the calendar, extending the school year to Wednesday, June 21.

The changes below reflect the adjustments made to the calendar.

  • Schools will be closed on Wednesday, November 23

  • Staff Development/Workday, no school on Friday, January 13

  • Staff Development/Workday, no school on Friday, May 26

  • Tuesday, June 20 and Wednesday, June 21 will now be student contact days, with the last day of school being Wednesday, June 21

Please note that middle schools will be closed for Family-Teacher Conferences on the following dates:

  • Thursday, October 20 and Friday, October 21, 2022
  • Thursday, February 16 and Friday, February 17, 2023

Ice Cream Social

On Aug 31 students and families are invited to tour the school by following the student's class schedule to find classrooms and meet their teachers. Tickets for ice cream can be picked up in students' 8th Period class. This is a self-guided tour designed to build familiarity with the building and to meet teachers. There will not be formal presentations or the opportunity to discuss individual student needs. Tumwater PTO will host an information table, prize wheel, and distribute ice cream to all Tumwater students.

Our school parking lot does not include enough parking for all staff and family at once. In addition, parking is very limited in the immediate neighborhood. Families are encouraged to carpool, walk, or ride bikes to the event. Overflow parking will be at the Peterkort Towne Square on 11070 SW Barnes Rd, Portland 97229. A shuttle bus will be available between that parking lot and the school.

To help accommodate parking needs, we have created three sessions to attend. We have organized them by students' last names (instead of grades) so that families can attend one sessions together. If the children in your household fall into different sessions, feel free to choose one.

  • Student Last Names A-G: 6:00 - 6:30 pm

  • Student Last Names H-O: 6:45 - 7:15 pm

  • Student Last Names P-Z: 7:30 - 8:15 pm

Given the numbers of attendees and current rate of COVID-19 in our community, masking while indoors is encouraged but not required. We will continue to promote "either way, it's okay" for mask use.

We look forward to welcoming our students and families at this event!

Device Coverage

BSD provides Damage and Loss Protection Coverage for a fee of $20, or maximum fee of $60 per family, per school year. This program protects families in situations where the student’s device is damaged, lost or stolen. The $20 fee, to participate in the program, is waived for CEP Designated Schools and families who qualify for the free or reduced meal benefits program and have completed the Permission to Share portion of the Meal Benefits Application.

Students using BSD district-owned devices may choose to decline the “Damage and Loss Protection Program”. However, this is not recommended because the family is assuming full responsibility for any costs due to damage, loss or theft. These costs could be as much as $300 per incident, regardless of how it occurs.

The enrollment period for Damage Loss Protection Program coverage is no later than 60 days after the student begins school or has been issued a district-owned device. Fee payment is required prior to any damage or loss claims.

Parents/guardians indicate whether the student will be using a district device as well as whether they're choosing to have coverage from the Damage and Loss Protection Program during the Online Verification process that they are required to complete in ParentVue each fall.

Applying for Meal Benefits:

Since Spring 2020, all students have been eligible for free school meals. This pandemic relief program is no longer available, so families must complete a Free and Reduced Meal Application to determine eligibility. Families can apply for Free and Reduced Price Meals ONLINE through a safe, secure, and private online application. The application is available through SchoolCafe.com.

All students who qualify for free or reduced price meals receive breakfast and lunch meals free of charge or at a reduced rate.

Please contact our Meal Benefits Coordinator, Laurie Bishop, at 503-356-3957 or email: NS-MealBenefits@beaverton.k12.or.us, if you have questions or need additional assistance.

We encourage all eligible families to submit a new application for free and reduced price meals prior to the start of each new school year. This allows the application to be processed and the correct eligibility established before school starts. Families have the ability to fill out the Free and Reduced Price Meal Application online at www.schoolcafe.com. Copies of applications will also be available at every school office.

Mail completed applications to:

Nutrition Services Department 10740 NE Walker Rd Entrance D1 Hillsboro, OR 97006

Applications can also be emailed to NS-MealBenefits@beaverton.k12.or.us.

Those who qualify for Free or Reduced Meals may receive also help with schools fees, including Chromebook insurance. Make sure to mark "Yes, share information". See example below.

Online Verification is OPEN!

At the beginning of every school year, we request that parents/guardians begin to review and/or update their family and student information. ​Keeping your family's information up to date is crucial to receiving timely communication from Beaverton School District and ensures that you can be contacted in case of emergency. Be sure to complete the Google Apps consent section. If this section is left unsigned, that students will not receive access to Google Apps for Education or a student email account.

A parent/guardian with custody rights can verify and change student enrollment information from the parent's/guardian's ParentVUE account. LOG IN HERE TO BEGIN

On the BSD Online Back-to-School Verification webpage, you can access valuable information to help you complete this required, annual process including this Online Verification Guide and video.

Safe Routes to School

Plan Your Trip

Back to school planning includes how your student will travel to school this fall. Beaverton Safe Routes to School invites you to explore your options for safe travel on our website:

  • Suggested walk and bike routes for each school
  • Safety tips for all modes of travel (walk, bike, bus, car)
  • Arrival/Departure maps for each school (how students who travel by foot, bus and car should arrive and leave school)

The safety of our students depends on you!

To learn more visit: www.beaverton.k12.or.us/safe-routes

Bus Transportation

Routing for the 2022-2023 school year is currently in progress. Parents and Guardians will be notified by email through ParentSquare when routing information is available for viewing (August 30th).

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 Student ID number

Password: Enter your student's birthdate in the format mmddyyyy - For example, enter 05052010 for a birthdate of May 5th, 2010.

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.

Read more about BSD Transportation Services here.

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First Day of School - 6th Graders

The first day of school for 6th graders is Tuesday, Sept. 6th and they will have the school, 8th Grade WEB Leaders, and all the staff to themselves!

When you arrive in the morning you will be greeted by Tumwater teachers and staff who will guide you through a fun day designed to help you get to know your teachers, classmates, and our building. This year we are adding Where Everybody Belongs (WEB) as a transition program for incoming middle schoolers. 8th Grade WEB Leaders will lead small group activities and serve as mentors to our 6th graders throughout the year.

Whether students are dropped off by bus, by a parent, or are walking to school, students will arrive around 9:00 am, have the choice to eat a Grab & Go Breakfast in the cafeteria (optional), then go to your Advisory classroom.

On the first day you only need to bring these supplies:

  • Tightly sealed reusable water bottle
  • Sack Lunch (if you are not getting a school lunch)
  • Pen or pencil

First Day of School - 7th & 8th Graders

Tumwater teachers and staff will greet you as you arrive the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 7th.

Whether you are dropped off by bus, by a parent, or are walking to school, you will arrive around 9:00 am, have the choice to eat a Grab & Go Breakfast in the cafeteria (optional), then go to your Advisory classroom.

At the very beginning of the day your Advisory teacher will provide you a printed copy of your schedule and a school map. Your teacher will help you develop a plan for traveling to all your classes.

On the first day you only need to bring these supplies:

  • Tightly sealed reusable water bottle
  • Sack Lunch (if you are not getting a school lunch)
  • Pencils (sharpened) and pens
  • Colored Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Notebook with paper

High School Football Games - A Message from the Metro League Principals

Dear BSD Families,

We’re excited for the start of another fall season! The Metro League high schools have always experienced tremendous community support for all of our sports and activities. We look forward to the start of another fantastic year of competition and camaraderie amongst our student-athletes.

We’ve outlined several expectations for our Friday night football games to ensure a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for all fans. We ask that our home and visiting fans adhere to the following guidelines when attending games:

  • Elementary & middle school students must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Elementary & middle school students should remain in the stands unless at concessions or restrooms.
  • No fan footballs and other similar items are allowed in the stadiums.
  • No backpacks or skateboards are allowed in the stadiums.
  • No outside beverages for any aged students will be allowed in the stadiums.
  • Only high school students from the two teams competing are allowed in the stadium; student IDs must be presented at the gate.

Please have a conversation with your students to make them aware of these expectations. If you have any questions, please contact the athletic director or principal of your feeder high school.

Good luck to all of our Metro League schools as they embark upon the 2022-2023 season!


Principals of the Metro League

WELCOME COFFEES, Tuesday, 9/6 & Wed 9/7

All parents/guardians are invited to the Tumwater Commons from 9:45-10:45am to enjoy coffee, pastries, and each other's company, hosted by the Tumwater PTO.

6th Grade Families: Tuesday, 9/6

7th/8th Grade Families: Wednesday, 9/7

These are drop-in, casual events, so pop in for a few minutes, or stay the whole hour. Hope to see you!


Instructions on how to join our Tumwater volunteer database are available at www.tumwaterpto.org/volunteer. This is a two-step process. We’ve also included an extensive FAQ with the most common volunteer questions.

**Please note: your profile does not automatically move from your previous BSD school. Email update_volunteer_locations@beaverton.k12.or.us in order to add your profile to Tumwater Middle School.

The covid vaccination & medical exemption requirements remain in place, per state mandate. Please ensure that you have completed this process so that volunteer opportunities can be available to you.

Email our Volunteer Coordinator, Kristi Nelson (volunteer@tumwaterpto.org) with any questions.

Connect with Tumwater PTO

The Tumwater Parent Teacher Organization is excited for another awesome year of supporting the students, classrooms & families of Tumwater Middle School. As parents/guardians of a TMS student, you are automatically a member of the Tumwater PTO.

Here are three ways to connect:

  • Join our volunteer database: Volunteers are NOT automatically moved into Tumwater’s database. Read on for more info.

  • Discover our website: www.tumwaterpto.org to learn more & subscribe to our blog

  • Like our social media: Follow along on Facebook or Instagram: @tumwaterpto

Dear BSD Families,

We understand that it can be challenging to access current information regarding your child’s schooling in your own language. We do our best to send out messages about important updates, especially during these challenging times. However, you can access the BSD website — and specifically, our return-to-school page — at any time. Below, we’ve included a link that will take you to our website, where you’ll find it already translated into your language. Please know, the translation is generated by Google Translate. It’s not perfect, but we do hope it’s helpful.

If you need additional assistance, please contact our Multilingual Department at 503-356-3755.

View the BSD website in Arabic قم بزيارة الموقع الإلكتروني للقطاع التعليمي لمدارس بيفرتون باللغة العربية

View the BSD website in Chinese 请浏览中文版的BSD网站

View the BSD website Japanese BSDウェブサイトを日本語で見る

View the BSD website in Korean. 한국어로 BSD 웹사이트를 보십시오.

View the BSD website in Russian Посмотрите веб-сайт школьного округа Бивертон на русском

View the BSD website in Somali Ka fiiri bogga BSD ee ku qoran af-Soomaali

View the BSD website in Spanish Vea la página web del Distrito Escolar de Beaverton en español

View the BSD website in Vietnamese. Xem trang mạng BSD bằng tiếng Việt