Whitford Newsletter

June 4, 2021

Principal Message

June 2021

Hello Whitford Families,

As we wind down to the end of another school year. It’s time to give thanks to all the people who made this year possible. I first want to thank all the middle school students. They are overcoming a pandemic, engaging in online learning, attending class through Zoom, and being away from traditional school for over a year. I believe children are resilient and each day they show me in different ways that it’s going to be OK. As we think back to our own middle school days, several of us want to forget it ever happened. Whitford students are different than we were. They seek relationships, they appreciate having the opportunity to return to school, and they roll with the guidelines better than I could have ever expected. I appreciate all our students. The students who came back as well as the students who elected to stay home. The integration of learning from home and at school is something I truly never thought I would see until I was well retired.

The second group I want to thank are you, the parents and guardians. Middle schoolers are not always the easiest to deal with and many parents celebrate the end of summer as they get to ship their 11-14 year old children off to the middle school for the day. While the time in middle school is short, the break of school is wonderful for parents. It distracts the students as they learn to navigate the middle school world. However, until recently, many were at home without much to do socially. All I can say is thank you for taking on this enormous responsibility. I’ll never forget the 1st day of hybrid, there were just as many kids running to the school to escape their parents are there were parents shoving their children into the school. It absolutely sums up the relationship between the parent and middle school student.

Finally, I want to thank our school staff. Not just the teachers, but our secretaries, our food service employees, our custodians, our instructional assistants, our school nurse, and anyone else who was involved in getting kids back in school. Take time the last few weeks of school to thank the teachers and support staff for all the new learning and guidance they have completed in the past year. It is truly remarkable that we got so much done in such a small amount of time. Maybe we as adults are more resilient than we thought we were.

Some of you might have heard or seen the news that Whitford teacher Travis Rooke-Ley recently won the OnPoint Middle School Teacher of the Year. Travis is one of many fabulous teachers here at Whitford. He was recognized for his leadership in creating a Whitford Times newspaper, being an amazing AGS I teacher, and also collaborating with some of our special needs students to make them feel even more part of our school and to create true friendships. Here is the news link to the segment. https://www.kgw.com/article/news/local/whitford-middle-school-teacher-named-onpoint-educator-of-the-year/283-96a7ecd4-2cdf-414f-b91e-3456c11abeed

Finally, Whitford will be hosting an 8th grade drive through celebration on Thursday, June 17th from 4:30-7:00. This event is for both hybrid and CDL students. There will be some similarities from last year, but we also have some new stations in store this year. Of course, we will be following all COVID-19 guidelines as we send another group of Whitford 8th graders on to high school.

Be well,

Brian Peerenboom - Principal

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Whitford Student Newspaper

The latest edition of the student newspaper will be available Wednesday June 9th.


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Whitford Drama Department Presents:

Whitford's second show of the year is My Little Titus Andronicus! It mixes two great flavors: the sparkle and friendship of My Little Ponies and the gory revenge of Shakespeare's most violent tragedy. It's available on-demand at the following link:


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Whitford Drama presents our spring 2021 production Help Desk by Don Zolidis. Music Credits:Garden Music by Kevin MacLeod


Whitford After School Clubs

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Whitford Summer Experience

This amazing program is free to all Whitford bound students who will be in 6, 7, and 8th grade in September 2021. Click on the course catalog to view the different class offerings. Then use the link to sign up for summer school.

Course Catalog

Online Summer Experience Sign up

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Summer School for incoming 9th grade students

High Schools will be offering summer school. Please check your high school web pages for more information.

Mountainside-bound students and families summer school transition-to-high school program. There will be 2 two-week sessions this year to choose from (they cannot do it twice). Only 4 days a week (Mon-Thu) & half days (8-12). This is a great way to get oriented with MHS and to earn a .5 elective credit! It is FREE this year, bus transportation is provided, and "grab & go" breakfast & lunch are included. https://mountainside.beaverton.k12.or.us/academics/summer-school-preview

Southridge bound students -- The link below will take you to Southridge's website with information about the program and links for registration. This is a fabulous opportunity to get oriented with SRHS and to earn a .5 elective credit with only a 2 week commitment!


Summer Schedule
Monday - Thursday, 8am-12pm

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

  • Break: July 12 - July 16

  • Session 2: July 19 - July 29

It is $0 cost to our students this year, bus transportation is provided, and "grab & go" breakfast & lunch are included.

Beaverton High School bound students --

Welcome to the 2021 Summer C.R.E.D.(it) experience. We are excited to Create, Reconnect, Engage, and Discover with our students this summer! C.R.E.D.(it) offers experiences.


Session 1: June 28 - July 8 (no school on July 5)
Session 2: July 19 - July 29
Monday - Thursday, 8am-12pm ( tentative/dependent on transportation/4 AM hours)
Students can earn .5 credit per class per session

Student Chromebook and Hot Spot Return Information

Middle School

6-8 grade students who will be attending a BSD school in the fall should keep their device 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.

Any family using a district issued hotspot will need to return the hotspot as soon as the school year ends. We will have a special return time of June 18th 8-4pm and June 21 8-4pm. Hotspots will not work over the summer.

Any students not returning to BSD in the fall need to turn in their Chromebook (with stylus and power cord) to their school as soon as school gets out unless they’re in summer school, in which case they’ll turn it in at the end of summer school.

Any student whose device is damaged should send an email to shd@beaverton.k12.or.us that includes the following information as soon as possible:

  • Name

  • Contact information (phone number)

  • School

  • Student ID

  • Description of the issue


Attention All Students and Parents: Year Books are on sale now through the end of the school year. The cost is $15. If you wish to purchase a book, online go to Beaverton School District website >Families>ParentApps and Resources >OnLine Payment System - If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Sieg at: steve_sieg@beaverton.k12.or.us

You can also write a check made out to: Whitford Middle School, in the memo line write "2021 year book". Send your student to the office and the staff will take care of the order.

Yearbooks will be distributed the Week of June 14th. Students who attend school online, can pick their yearbooks up in the office beginning Monday June 14th.

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Whitford 8th grade Celebration!

Thursday June 17th, 4:30-7:30PM drive through format. You are welcome to decorate your car to show your Whitford Spirit. Please use the Sign-up Genius Link below to sign up for a drive through time. We will have treats, photo booth, lollipop pull for prizes and more. Sign up for a time with your friends.


Beaver Girls Soccer Camp

This is a great opportunity for our feeder schools to connect with the players of our program and build community relationships. Cost is $120

Please send these flyers (Spanish and English at the bottom of this newsletter), google form and COVID release documents to any future BHS Women's Soccer players. We are super excited to connect with our amazing BHS community.


Exciting Summer Camp for BEAVER Football

Beaverton Football teaming up with EForce Football to provide an exciting summer football camp for our Beaverton Youth Football players! Beaverton FB has partnered with EForce Football for the month of July to provide a Youth Football Skills Camp. EForce is a football skill development and performance training program, that has a facility in Beaverton Their staff of skilled coaches bring collegiate level or beyond experiences and have worked with many of the top athletes in the area in a range of sports! This camp will offer our youth players valuable reps and training in all areas of the game and offer tremendous preparation for the up coming season. After being gone for almost 2 yrs, we feel this camp can help our future Beavers get a jump on the season and set them up for a successful season.

Please see details below:

What: Beaverton Youth Football & EForce Football Kick-off Camp
Where: Beaverton HS
When: Beginning the week of July 5th (Tue/Wed/Thu) | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Who: Grades 5th – 8th | All Positions
Cost: $240 (12 sessions), $120 (6 sessions), $40 (drop-in)

REGISTER AT –https://www.eforcesports.com/beavyth

We always want to provide the best possible experience for our players and this is a great way to support our Beaverton Youth Football Program!!!

Got Your Back, Coach Boyer

Summer Lunch Program

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Student State Test Scores

State test scores will be available in ParentVUE after June 18th. The Testing Information tab in ParentVUE has links to additional information about your child’s scores. If you need assistance activating a ParentVUE account, please contact your child’s school. Scores are available on both the desktop and mobile app. Students whose parents/guardians do not have an active ParentVUE account will be mailed English Language Arts and Math test results over the summer. Students with at least one parent/guardian with ParentVUE access may request a printed report by contacting Rayna Flye by email at rayna_flye-fairman@beaverton.k12.or.us.

Pandemic Support for Families

Great news! Oregon has been approved to issue retroactive Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) funds for the 2020 -2021 school year. This will provide more than $550 million in food assistance for approximately 572,000 children in Oregon. Funds will begin going out in the US Mail in July 2021. Apply now for Meal Benefits at www.schoolcafe.com to be sure you are eligible for P-EBT funds!

Some households do not need to apply for P-EBT if they already qualify for free meals. Students in the following categories will automatically receive P-EBT funds. You DO NOT need to apply if ANY of the following are true:

  • You receive SNAP or TANF benefits
  • Your students qualify as Migrant, Foster, or Homeless
  • You have already received a Meal Benefits approval letter for 2020-2021
  • All of your students attend a CEP* (Community Eligibility Provision) school

    *CEP Schools:
    Aloha Huber Park
    Beaver Acres
    Fir Grove
    William Walker

Some households DO need to apply for Meal Benefits by June 30, 2021 to be considered for P-EBT. Go to www.schoolcafe.com to apply if:

  • You have any students at a non-CEP school
  • You have not applied or been approved for Meal Benefits for the 2020-2021 school year

If you're not sure if your students are eligible, go to www.schoolcafe.com. From there, you can:

  • Check your existing account for student eligibility
  • Create a new account
  • Apply for Meal Benefits

Qualifying for free or reduced meals for the 2020 –2021 school year before June 30, 2021 will ensure you receive P-EBT when the benefits are issued. P-EBT benefit eligibility and amounts will vary. Visit pebt.oregon.gov for more information.

¡Buenas noticias! Oregón ha sido aprobado para enviar fondos retroactivos EBT por la pandemia (P-EBT) para el año escolar 2020-2021. Esto proporcionará más de $ 550 millones en asistencia alimentaria para aproximadamente 572,000 niños en Oregón. Los fondos comenzarán a enviarse al correo postal de los Estados Unidos en julio de 2021. ¡Solicite ahora los beneficios de comidas en www.schoolcafe.com para asegurarse de que es elegible para los fondos P-EBT!

Algunas familias no necesitan solicitar P-EBT si ya califican para recibir comidas gratis. Los estudiantes en las siguientes categorías recibirán automáticamente fondos

P-EBT. NO es necesario que complete una solicitud si lo siguiente aplica a usted:

  • Recibe beneficios de SNAP o TANF
  • Sus estudiantes califican como migrantes, niños de crianza temporal o personas sin hogar
  • Ya recibió una carta de aprobación de beneficios de comidas para 2020-2021
  • Todos sus estudiantes asisten a una escuela CEP * (Community Eligibility Provision)

    *Escuelas CEP:
    Aloha Huber Park
    Beaver Acres
    Fir Grove
    William Walker

Algunas familias DEBEN solicitar los beneficios de comidas antes del 30 de junio de 2021 para que sean considerados para P-EBT. Vaya a www.schoolcafe.com y complete su solicitud si:

  • Tiene estudiantes en una escuela que no es CEP
  • No ha solicitado ni ha sido aprobado para recibir beneficios de comidas para el año escolar 2020-2021

Si no está seguro si sus estudiantes califican, vaya a www.schoolcafe.com . Ahí usted puede:

  • Verificar su cuenta existente para verificar la elegibilidad de los estudiantes
  • Crear una nueva cuenta para la elegibilidad de los estudiantes
  • Solicitar beneficios de comidas

Al calificar para comidas gratis o reducidas para el año escolar 2020-2021 antes del 30 de junio de 2021, le asegurará que reciba fondos de P-EBT cuando se envíen los beneficios. Los montos y la elegibilidad para los beneficios de P-EBT variarán. Para obtener más información visite pebt.oregon.gov

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June 7th – All library books and text books are due.

June 7 Pride celebration event during lunches

June 8 Pride celebration event during lunches

June 11th Deadline for Whitford Summer School Applications

June 9th Student Newspaper available

June 9th 8th grade Science State Testing at Whitford 10:30-1:30

Week of June 14th – Yearbooks distribution (CDL students can pick up their yearbook at Whitford)

Week of June 14th Medication Pick up

June 17th -- 8th Grade Drive through celebration 4:30-7:30

June 18th HotSpot and Chromebook** return 8-4pm

June 18 Last Day of School

June 21st Hot spot and Chromebook** return 8-4pm

**Chromebooks need to be returned if your student will NOT be attending a BSD school next year.