Maverick express JUNE 2021

June 2021


As we head into summer, I find myself in a very reflective place. Reflective about all that our kids, staff, and community have overcome over this past year. When you really think about it, it truly is amazing what we have achieved as a community despite the craziness of this year.

I am particularly reflective regarding our Senior class and their upcoming graduation. The first four-year class in MHS history was dealt a tough hand, but they have been so resilient through it all. I am grateful that in these final weeks we have been able to recapture some portion of their senior year, and that we have the opportunity to celebrate them in person. I'm excited for Prom, Senior Awards, Grad Rehearsal, and of course, Graduation. We will send out some reminders and final details to Seniors and their families within the week.

My hope for everyone in the MHS community is to use this summer to rest and relax. We intend to start back in the Fall at full force to regain the momentum and to find the wind that was at our backs before we left in 2020. I am excited for the Class of 2022 to assume the mantle of leadership left to them by the Class of 2020 and 2021. I believe that greatness lies ahead.

Reminder, there will not be a Principal's Coffee in June. We will start back up in September! Thanks to those of you who attended this year!

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


ib diploma programme

CONGRATS to our 206 seniors and juniors who completed the requirements for the IB exams this year.

CONGRATS to our 28 seniors who met all requirements for the IB Diploma: 6 IBDP courses & exams; TOK course, presentation, and essay; Extended Essay; and completion of CAS. Well done!

Oscar Badillo

Pooja Bapat

Damien Brown

Nicole Chan

Jenna Cook

Michael Dinwiddie

Tyler Du

Sejal Dubey

Mollie Halpert

Allison Holsapple

Josh Iascau

Adelle Iseri

Johannah Iyasele

Holden Kays

Yimei Li

Emma McGinn

Emily Payne

Abigail Payne

Natalie Sande

Brien Smith

Mya Smith-Meserole

Alan Tang

Eric Tran

Clio Tsao

Brooke Vandehey

Addison Webster

Samantha Weyant

Brianna Yu


Mountainside would like to announce that next school year we will return to our pre-Covid practice of requiring all Sophomores to complete the MYP Personal Project.

The Personal Project is the capstone of the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP). It embodies many of the aspects of an International Baccalaureate education. It is student-centered, as it asks students to pursue learning that motivates them. It asks students to be reflective, as they keep track of their learning, stumbles and growth. It encourages mentorship, which will be provided by our excellent Sophomore Advisory teachers. Finally, it asks students to be communicators, as they share their final products and reports with their teachers and classmates.

Students will be introduced to the Personal Project when they return to Mountainside in September. They will be given significant time and support in their advisory classes, which are dedicated to ensuring that all students have a positive learning experience while completing the Personal Project. Students will be able to work on their projects between September and February, when they are due.

Current 9th grade students do not need to do anything related to the project before returning to school. Occasionally, students want to get an early start on the project, and sometimes this makes sense. If a student wants to start a community garden, create a project based on family travels, or do anything else that utilizes the summer months, they can get started early. Any student who would like to discuss this further can contact any time between now and the beginning of the next school year.

summer school 2021

Current 9th-12th Graders, did you, or your student, receive an I, N or F as a grade in high school and therefore did not earn credit for the class? If so, you should consider Summer School to make up for the credit you lost! Registration is now open, and there is no cost. You can choose from one of two 2-week sessions, or do both sessions if you need to. That's right, you can earn a .5 credit in only 2 WEEKS! We plan to offer all core classes as well as electives.

Current 9th graders only: We will also be offering "9.5," an enrichment/elective course that will reacquaint you with Mountainside and how to be your best self as a student and community member! This course can only be taken one session and you will earn a .5 elective credit. There is no cost for this program.

Current 8th graders only: Consider joining our "8.5" program! This class is a "bridge" from middle school to high school. If you would like to get to know about life at Mountainside, ease your transition, be your best self as a student and community member, and earn a .5 elective credit, this is for you! There is no cost for this program.

Session 1: June 28th - July 8th (no school on July 5th)

Session 2: July 19th - July 29th.

Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8:00am - 12:00pm

Transportation is provided as well as "grab and go" breakfast & lunch.

All courses will be IN-PERSON only.

Information & Registration: SUMMER SCHOOL 2021 REGISTRATION


Graduating from high school is an exciting time. As students exit high school and pursue their next steps, there are a variety of plans and decisions to make. The Counseling Department created a newsletter (see link below), to provide information and resources to support graduating 12th grade students and their families. Please note: this newsletter includes links to web-based resources. Mountainside does not review, screen, or otherwise manage the information on these websites. Families should make their own decision about whether or not to use these resources.

Link to 12th grade newsletter:

Pursuing Your Path

There are many paths that students may choose to pursue after high school, and navigating the financial aid process to pay for those options can be complex. The Beaverton School District is committed to supporting students and families achieve post-high school success, and in this newsletter, we offer information and resources to help families of 9th-11th grade students learn about financial aid and to support students pursuing the path that is right for them. Although your child is still a year or more away from graduating, please note that the deadlines for many of these programs and scholarships will remain relatively within the same timeframe year after year.

Please note: in this newsletter we will provide links to various web-based resources, including YouTube. We are providing these links for the convenience of families; however the Beaverton School District does not review, screen, or otherwise manage the information on these websites. Families should make their own choice about using the resources provided below.

Link to Pursuing Your Path Newsletter:

The United States Senate Youth Program

Established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, this program is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. Students interested in applying for the US Senate Youth Program, please apply here:

Post High School Planning

In May, counselors offered two Wednesday Post-High School Planning information sessions for current 11th grade students. These presentations included information about Apprenticeships and Certificates, 2-Year Colleges, and 4-Year Colleges.

Copies of the presentations from those information sessions are available on the Advisory page in the Class of 2022 Canvas course. We encourage students to review the presentations to learn more about the post-high school planning process! Please note: these presentations include links to web-based resources. Mountainside does not review, screen, or otherwise manage the information on those websites. Families should make their own decision about whether or not to use those resources.

College and Career

As you may have seen in our recent Canvas announcement and the Wednesday All School Announcements, there is a Beaverton School District College & Career Readiness Virtual Series available for current 8th-11th grade students. The following sessions will be available on Thursday, June 3rd:

  • 6:00pm: Rising Senior Year Timeline and Tips. This is geared for current juniors and their families. Learn what to expect for next year and get a jump start.
  • 7:00pm: How to Write a College Essay Do's and Don'ts which make a great essay. Tips to help make sure your writing is noticed.

To learn more about how to attend these virtual events, please visit our district’s website at:

parking permits for the 21-22 school year

REMINDER - Junior Applications close WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16TH AT 3:00PM. Check your Canvas class page (or your student or parent email) for the Parking Permit Announcement if you have not already applied.

Current Junior students and parents will receive a Google form link to a parking application through SchoolMessenger in a couple of days for Juniors to sign up for the first lottery for parking for next year. Be on the lookout for this to come to student and parent emails, though please fill out only one per student.

Here is the current plan for the 21-22 school year:

The process for obtaining a parking permit for the 2021-2022 school year will be completed through a lottery system. The first lottery will be for the Senior Class of 2022 ONLY as there are limited spots available.

  • First round applications will open in the next week with an email.
  • Applications close on Wednesday, June 16th at 3:00pm.
  • If we have under our number of student spaces, all valid applicants will have a spot. If we are over our allotment, a drawing will occur on Monday, June 21st.
  • Applicants selected will be notified by MHS over the summer.
  • All fines and fees must be cleared by August 13, 2021.
  • In the event an applicant has not met the requirements, the student's application will be removed and a new name will be selected from the applicant pool.

A completed application must contain the following:

  • All fines and fees cleared. Please check the ONLINE PAYMENT PORTAL for any outstanding fines or fees. Fines/Fees will be updated by June 30th.
  • A valid driver's license

In the event there are permits still available after the June Senior Lottery, a second lottery will be held in the Fall. This lottery will be open to all Junior (Class of 2023) and Senior (Class of 2022) students who did not submit for the first lottery. Applications for available permits will be available the first week of school in the main office.



Here is the Smore sent out a week ago with all of the upcoming Senior information:


Cap and Gowns

We are starting to prepare for an onsite and drive-thru graduation experience for our beloved senior class. In order to be able to participate in either event, a cap and gown is required. Many of you have already purchased your cap and gown, as well as other graduation regalia from Jostens. If you are in need of making a cap and gown purchase, please contact Jostens right away at 503-660-8032.


Senior Last Day Celebrations

Seniors, as well as parents/guardians), the countdown is on to the last day of school. The 2021 Grad Celebration Committee is excited to celebrate our Seniors on Thursday, June 10th.

There will be a Senior Breakfast featuring the VooDoo Donut Truck from 8:00am to 9:30am.

Following graduation rehearsal we will be throwing a Senior Celebration from 11:00 to 2:00, featuring free food trucks, carnival and outdoor games, music and PRIZES (over 150 chances to win gift cards ranging from $15-$250)! Seniors will also be able pick up their yearbooks at this event and there is a gift for all who attend. More details to come, but get excited and plan to join us this day!!

Donations and Volunteers for Senior Celebration Needed

To all our marvelous MAV Community, the 2021 Grad Committee thanks you for all your support to date. Now in these final weeks of school we need to ask once more for your assistance. In order to provide ALL our seniors with a day of food and fun for FREE, we are looking for donations of beverages (cases of water, soda, Gatorade) and asking to borrow items like portable canopies, tables and outdoor games (cornhole, smashball). We will be providing specific requests and how to sign up the first week in June, but if you know you can assist, please contact

Of course we always greatly appreciate any financial donations as well to cover the costs. Be our hero and donate here:

Student Laptops

Student Chromebooks

6-11 grade students who will be attending a BSD school in the fall should keep their Chromebook for the summer unless they prefer to turn it in. They should be prepared to bring it with them to their new school, charged and ready, in the fall. These Chromebooks will be used for 6th graders in the fall, so IT will collect from the comprehensive high schools this summer. Options schools will keep them for their 6th graders.

Seniors will need to turn in their Chromebook (with power cord and stylus) to their school as soon as they finish school unless they’re in summer school, in which case they’ll turn it in at the end of summer school. Please communicate this with your families.

Any family using a district issued hotspot will need to return the hotspot as soon as the school year ends.

Any student whose device is damaged should send an email to that includes the following information as soon as possible:

  • Name

  • Contact information (phone number)

  • School

  • Student ID

  • Description of the issue

See IT Updates for information about important technology changes coming for Fall 2021.


Hello Students and Parents, the time has finally arrived where students can pick up their 2020-2021 Yearbook!!

Yearbook Pickup for Seniors will be on Thursday, June 10. For 9th, 10th, and 11th graders, it will be a drive-thru on Wednesday, June 16.

This year, digital signing is once again an option for all students regardless of Yearbook purchase. See the video here for step by step directions.

If you have already purchased a yearbook, slips will be delivered to you in person for those in hybrid, or sent to your student email for those in CDL. If you have purchased a personalized book, you will be given/sent a red ticket and can pick up your book at the tent with the red sign. If you have purchased a regular, non-personalized book, you will be given/sent a green slip and can pick up your book at the tent with the green sign. If you are planning to buy a book the day of, they are $50 and available for pick up at the tent with the yellow sign.

To check if you have already purchased a yearbook, please see this Google Sheet:

For the June 16 distribution day for 9th through 11th graders, students should arrive at the correct time, based on their last name. Please make sure your student’s last name is boldly written on an 8.5” x 11” piece of paper and placed on the dashboard.

  • A- G : 10- 11:30
  • H - N : 11:30 - 12:50
  • O - Z: 1-2:30

***Seniors and others who are interested, we have a limited number of past years’ yearbooks for sale. These will be available to purchase at distribution days for $20 each.***

If you need financial assistance and/or have any questions, please contact the Yearbook Advisor: If you want to purchase a yearbook for a senior in need, please follow this process: Visit the Jostens website above and for student name enter "Graduate Donation" (First & Last Name).

To keep up-to-date on all things Yearbook, follow us at Insta: @mountainsideyearbook


IB Visual Art Exhibition 2021

Every year students completing the IB Visual Art course must complete an exhibition that explores a concept or theme of their choice. The students must create work, write exhibition text, and curate their show. Due to Covid, the exhibition is online this year. We hope you enjoy the amazing work our students have created COMPLETELY at home this year. As their teacher I am humbled by their thoughtfulness, work ethic and skill. Please note the disclaimers on some of the portfolios for language and content before clicking on that student's work. Our kids observe and absorb a lot and it comes through their artwork.

Mav Artists of the Month: May and June

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 one student who has 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 Molani, Christina and Nicole. Thank you for making great contributions to the Mountainside art community!


Molani Calderon

Grade 12

Photography & Sculpture 1

"Molani approached every challenge as an opportunity to grow and did not back down from that challenge. Her skills improved due to that approach." ~ Mr. Engilis


Christina Nguyen

Grade 12

Sculpture 2

"Christina always went above and beyond in her concept development and technical execution in Sculpture 2. Her work was an inspiration and a joy to receive." ~ Ms. Ottum

Artist of the Year

Nicole Chan

Grade 12

IB Visual Art

"Nicole founded the National Art Honor Society chapter at Mountainside and has been the president for four years. She has volunteered over 200 hours for the club, creating an incredible program for students at MHS to connect and promote the visual arts in the community. Nicole is an IB Diploma Candidate. Her IB Visual Art exhibition is incredible!" ~Ms. Ottum

national honor society

Attention all sophomores and juniors. Applications to join the National Honor Society chapter at Mountainside are now open! This nationwide organization is for junior and senior high school students that represent and have demonstrated the club pillars of scholarship, leadership, service, and character in the Mountainside community. Applicants must have a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.5, be willing to participate in service activities throughout the school year, and continue to uphold the club pillars while a member. An informational meeting will be held Thursday, June 3rd at 7:30am to provide more details about the club and how it will look next year. A Zoom link for the meeting will be provided in Wednesday's announcements. Applications will be accepted until the end of the school year, June 18th, with applicants being notified of acceptance at the beginning of next school year.

Application link:

*Current members do not need to reapply*

marching band

Rehearsals Begin for the Fall 2021 Marching Season!

In preparation for our return to the football field in Fall 2021, the Mountainside Marching Ensemble will be hosting preview rehearsals to all interested current and future marching band members including wind players, percussionist, and colorguard members, in June. No experience is necessary to join but if you are planning on participating in our fall marching band, these are highly encouraged.

To follow COVID protocols, we will be splitting up these rehearsals by section. Below are the dates and times for each section:

  • Woodwinds & Brass: June 7, 9, 14, 16 from 4-7pm
  • Percussion & Guard: June 8, 10, 15, 17 from 4-7pm

Please fill out this Google Form to participate and fill out the necessary COVID protocol paperwork.

We will also host our Spring Registration for Marching Band members on Saturday, June 12th at 9:00am. More information on this can be found on our website,

If you have any questions about the marching band or color guard, contact Mr. Zander the band director (, Mr. Kuroiwa the marching band director (, or Katy Burns the color guard director (




To our Mountainside students and staff, we hope you have been having a productive end to the school year. We wish you and your families a great summer to come, and good luck to our seniors and their lives beyond high school!

Congrats to the following students who were elected and selected through applications and interviews for next year!

  • ASB Presidents - Alison Kang and Garrett Thornhill
  • ASB Secretary - Jordan Bayon
  • ASB Treasurer - Andy Miller
  • Sr. Class Presidents - Zac Brown, Jane Duncan
  • Jr. Class Presidents - Ella Irving, Stella Lee
  • Soph. Class Presidents - Joelliane (Tucci) Iyasele, Raymond Seng
  • ASB Dir of Activities - Carson Ihde
  • ASB Dir of Assemblies - Mackenzie Kopacz
  • ASB Dir of Design & Publicity - Quinn Johnson, Kristina Trinh
  • ASB Dir of Entertainment - Yasmeen Al Henaidi
  • ASB Dir of Outreach - Bryce Dahlgren
  • ASB Dir of Service - Zoe Kingsley
  • ASB Dir of Spirit - Sam Brown
  • ASB Dir of Spotlight - Joelle Iyasele
  • ASB Dir of Tech - Colin Fracasso-Boone
  • ASB Dir of Unity - Anna Miller

Virtual Mountainside's Got Talent - May 21st

Mountainside's Got Talent premiered virtually May 21st and was a huge success. If you haven’t watched it yet, you can still watch it any time on our Mountainside's YouTube channel at this link:

Voting took place and our winners for Mountainside’s Got Talent 2021 are……. drumroll……..

  • Popular Vote Winner: MJ Lorino
  • Judge’s Choice Winner: Emma McGinn

Congrats to our winners and thank you to our staff and students who helped make this possible. Special shout out to Mr. Engilis and his broadcasting students who filmed and edited our show, the crew who put it on, and our staff judges!



We are proud to announce Mountainside’s first ever Prom on June 5th from 7:30 to 10:00pm held at Mountainside High School. Prom will be strictly for seniors and only their MHS junior guests will be allowed. We are planning to have Prom in the courtyard with everyone attending at one time and no masks since it is outside, under the new guidelines. If it is raining we will incorporate the commons.

To attend, reserve your free prom ticket TODAY!

Fill out the form NOW, which will help us plan with more exact numbers of those going to Prom. Hybrid students can reserve and get their physical ticket during their lunch at the SHUBOX through Friday, June 4th. CDL students will be able to reserve their tickets by filling out the google form and receive their physical ticket at the door at Prom. You must reserve your ticket by Friday, June 4th or you will not be able to attend prom.

** Early Senior Graduates are now allowed to come to PROM!**

***If you already signed up for prom and would like to bring a guest you will need to sign up and fill out the google form again***

Prom Spirit Week

June 1 through June 4 is Prom Spirit Week! This gives senior’s an opportunity to dress up and have some fun while honoring their last couple weeks of high school! The spirit days will be as follows:

Tuesday - Senioritis (Pajama Day!)

Wednesday- Peace Out High School (Tie Dye Day!)

Thursday AND Friday- Future Day (Wear college gear/ future occupation gear!)

Prom Song Suggestions

Attention all seniors! Prom is right around the corner and we want to know what you would like to hear. Please fill out the following google form with school appropriate songs you want to request.

Senior Instagram Page

As part of our efforts to highlight our senior class, check out @mountainsideseniors on Facebook and Instagram for senior spotlights highlighting each senior’s post high school plans and more! Seniors interested in having their plans featured on the account just need to DM their name, future plans, and favorite MHS memory. Also make sure you’re following @mountainsidehs (Instagram and Facebook) for school announcements and activities information.

mpact parent group

Thank you for supporting the Mountainside Parent And Community Team (MPACT) this school year! Ready to make an impact with MPACT? Here are a few more upcoming opportunities:

  • Thank you to all who have helped MPACT make a difference this year! Despite the unusual circumstances, MPACT was still able to fund programs, celebrate seniors, and provide scholarships because of your generous support. You recycled, dined out, shopped, volunteered and donated this year. Thank You. We could not do it without you!

  • Dine Out, Give Back! Celebrate the end of the school year with pizza and salad from MOD Pizza on Thursday, June 17th from 10:30am to 10:00pm! Visit the store at 12196 SW Scholls Ferry Rd and mention Mountainside, or use promo code GR172384M for online orders and MOD will donate 20% back to MPACT! Yum...

  • AmazonSmile: Purchase with purpose! As you fill your Amazon cart with fun summer items, make sure you’ve selected to support Mountainside PACT. Each time you shop via AmazonSmile, Amazon donates a portion of your purchase to MPACT!

  • Board Positions: MPACT is looking for leaders to join the MPACT Board! Open positions include Vice President at Large, Secretary, VP Marketing, and VP Fundraising. You can make a difference in the Mountainside High School experience! Interested in volunteering with MPACT? Email

district news

The Oregon eviction protections are set to expire at the end of June. This means renters will need to pay back rent that's still due. The state will start taking applications today 5/18/21, for additional rental assistance through the Oregon Emergency Rent Assistance Program. People are eligible if at least one person in the household had a financial impact from the pandemic (a lost job, decrease in income), and their household income is at or below 80% of the area's median income (about $77,000 for a family of 4 in the Portland metro, or $51,000 in rural communities).

Tenants can be approved for up to 12 months of past-due rent, and three months' upcoming rent. The payments will go directly to landlords, property owners, and utility companies.

The money will be allocated based on need, so everyone who applies for the program will go through a review process.

Assistance is offered to all renters, regardless of citizenship or immigration status.

Here's a link to the application and information on how to apply:

Las protecciones de desalojo de Oregon expirarán a fines de junio. Esto significa que los inquilinos deberán pagar el alquiler atrasado que aún se adeuda. El estado comenzo a recibir solicitudes ayer para asistencia adicional para el alquiler a través del Programa de Asistencia para el Alquiler de Emergencia de Oregon. Las personas son elegibles si al menos una persona en el hogar tuvo un impacto financiero de la pandemia (un trabajo perdido, disminución en los ingresos) y el ingreso de su hogar es igual o inferior al 80% del ingreso medio del área (alrededor de $ 77,000 para una familia de 4 en el area metro de Portland, o $51,000 en comunidades rurales).

Los inquilinos pueden ser aprobados para hasta 12 meses de alquiler vencido y tres meses de alquiler venidero. Los pagos irán directamente a los dueños, propietarios, y empresas de servicios públicos.

El dinero se asignará según la necesidad, por lo que todos los que soliciten el programa pasarán por un proceso de revisión.

Se ofrece asistencia a todos los inquilinos, independientemente de su ciudadanía o estado migratorio.

Aquí hay un enlace a la solicitud e información sobre cómo presentar una solicitud:

upcoming dates






SUN., 6/13 @ 1:00 - GRADUATION