Hello from ACMA

October 2019

Message from Principal Paige

Hello from ACMA, October 2019

Important Info About AP Testing - New Timeline

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Important Changes to the AP Program

CollegeBoard, the company behind the AP exams, has dramatically changed the way AP testing is registered for. What once was done in the Spring, is now done in the Fall. Students have until November 1st to decide if they are going to take any AP tests (administered in May 2020). Cost per test is $85, or free if the student is on a free / reduced lunch. If any students are interested in taking an AP exam for a course in which they are not currently enrolled in, they must let their counselor know prior to the November 1st deadline.

PSAT Registration now open!

The PSAT is coming up right around the corner on October 16th and now is the time to start registering for it. The registration deadline this year is the morning of October 10th. During that afternoon, all students will be filling out their paperwork and no other registrations will be accepted. The PSAT is open for students grades 9th - 11th, though spacing is limited and priority is given to Juniors. The cost to take the exam is $20. This is a great opportunity, particularly for Juniors, as taking the PSAT can qualify them for the National Merit Scholarship Program!

Fall test for 8th grade coming up in November!

On November 7th this year, all 8th graders at ACMA will take the PreACT 8, a test designed for 8th graders to serve as a benchmark check as well as preparing students for the type of testing they will experience in high school. More information will be shared with 8th grade families during October.

BSD Financial Aid Night

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OBOB Informational Meeting Oct 3rd

What: Oregon Battle of the Books Informational Meeting

Who: Any interested middle school students

When: Thursday, October 3rd during first lunch (bring lunch to room)

Where: Mrs. Chapman's room C128

Why: To learn about this year's books and get permission slips

First Friday Coffee with the Principal - October 4th

Join Principal Bjorn in the library at 7:30am to hear what he has to say about the current happenings at ACMA. Coffee is provided by our local Starbucks.

Picture Retakes on Monday, Oct 7th

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ACMA PTO Meeting - October 8th

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Meetings take place on the second Tuesday every month in the Library. Learn of current happenings at the school and what is in store for this school year. We welcome anyone and everyone to attend and welcome all to find out how they can help support ACMA’s staff, teachers and students.

One lucky person will win two tickets to The Spectacular at this month's PTO Meeting

The PTO will be giving away a pair of tickets to The Spectacular Fundraiser at this month's PTO meeting. So come join us, put your name in the hat for a chance to win!

ACMA PTO Emails: Sign Up!

The PTO is building an email mailing list just for ACMA PTO related news. In these emails, we'll update you on recent activities, what's coming up and where we need the most help!

Sign up for PTO emails >

We Are ACMA Fund

Thank you to the families who have helped kick off our 2019-2020 school year by donating to the We Are ACMA Fund! Your support is greatly appreciated. Our goal is to raise a total of $52,000 by December 1, 2019. These funds will help support the many exciting programs ACMA has to offer throughout the school year. Please go to the ACMA PTO website: www.acmapto.com and click on the yellow ‘Donate’ tab to either make a one time donation using a debit or credit card OR set up a monthly donation with a PayPal account. We need YOUR help! Thank you!

Donate Now >

ACMA PTO Committees: We need your help.

Below are the committees that we desperately need help with.

  • Spectacular Fundraiser Committee (Biggest fundraiser of the year)
  • WeAreACMA Fund Committee
  • Performing Arts Center Capital Improvement Plan Committee
  • Concessions Committee
  • Graduation and Senior Day Planning Committee
  • Teacher and Staff Appreciation Committee
Read more about the committees >

Fall Fest Dance - October 25th 7-9:30pm

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The annual Fall Fest Dance will be on October 25th from 7pm - 9:30pm. This year the Theater Department will be doing a Haunted House fundraiser at the same time.

  • Cost: $10 (Dance Only) $15 (Cost w/ unlimited times through the Haunted House)
  • Dance Guest Pass will be available in the Main Office after October 7th. Tickets will not be sold without the approved pass.
  • Tickets will be sold starting Oct 21st during lunch.

Speak Up 4 Student Success: HB 3427 - Student Success Act

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The Oregon Legislature passed and the Governor signed the $2 billion Student Success Act (HB 3427) in Spring 2019. This is an historic and much needed investment in K-12 schools. The Beaverton School District could be able to access an estimated $34 million per year through a state application process.

School districts are required to apply for funds, and must engage their community in a needs assessment process prior to the application for funds. We will host a series of Community Conversations - Speak Up 4 Student Success in several locations throughout the BSD. Schools will also be engaging their communities in these conversations during September and October.

Please join us to talk about what student success looks like in the Beaverton School District? What is going well in Beaverton schools? What areas/services/programs could we improve?

Your voice matters! We welcome your perspective and opinion.

Speak Up 4 Student Success Community Conversations offered in English & Spanish:

  • Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at Southridge High School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Cedar Park Middle School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 7, 2019 at Stoller Middle School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 21, 2019 at Aloha High School, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. (Budget Listening & Learning Session)

For more information, and to complete a BSD Needs Survey, please visit the Student Success Act webpage.

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ACMA's New LITT Teacher

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Hey #ACMA students - get to know Colette Cassinelli as your new LITT (Library and Instructional Technology Teacher) by checking out her #stackofbooks that I like to recommend! #bsdfutureready

Walk with Me

Walk with Me, a campaign by ACMA students for the safety of everyone. More information coming soon at upcoming Capstone Lunches, in Ohanas, and beyond. Be safe. Be aware. Always invite a friend to "walk with me." #ACMAzing

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How Do I Sign Up For ACCESS?

ACMAnicacs, we started Access the week of 9/19. For a reminder of how to sign up on Canvas, check out these slides from the incomparable Burton Reed!
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Not Receiving Our Emails or Messages??

SchoolMessenger Notification System

The Beaverton School District uses the SchoolMessenger notification system to send automated phone calls, emails and texts to parents, guardians, students and staff. These include attendance notifications, inclement weather messages, and important reminders.

Visit the SchoolMessenger webpage for more information.

SchoolMessenger InfoCenter:
Parents can update their notification preferences via SchoolMessenger InfoCenter. Visit the SchoolMessenger InfoCenter website https://infocenter.schoolmessenger.com/, or download the app.

Check out this quick video on how to manage your preferences.

Letter to Parents About Chromebooks

Dear parents and guardians of secondary students,

The Beaverton School District is fortunate to be able to provide Chromebooks to all secondary students. At the beginning of each school year, each student is automatically enrolled in the District's Chromebook Damage / Loss Program and charged a $20 fee. Students who are eligible for free and reduced meals will have the fee waived and removed from their account. In order to be covered by the Chromebook Damage / Loss Program, the $20 fee must have been paid or waived.

On October 18, 2019, any Chromebook Damage / Loss fees that haven't been paid will be removed from student accounts. Students who have checked out a Chromebook but have not paid the Damage / Loss fee or have had the fee waived will not be covered by the program. Students not covered by the program will be fully responsible for any damage or loss of their assigned Chromebook.

For more information about the BSD Chromebook program, please visit: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/future-ready/chromebook-resources

ACMA's 2020 Spectacular Fundraising Event

This year's biggest ACMA fundraiser! The dates have been set so please mark your calendars. On Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8 we will have the 2nd Spectacular Event. Expect a new theme, new content, a new venue and a WHOLE LOTTA talent! As the details become clearer, we will post updates to the ACMAPTO website!
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A/B Day Calendar

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Beaverton School District

The Beaverton School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups. It is the policy of the Beaverton School District that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status, age, veteran status, genetic information or disability in any education programs, activities or employment.

WE Empower all students to achieve post-high school success.

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