April 26, 2021
Middle, High & Options School Students Excited to Begin Hybrid
Fake & Fatal
We implore all middle and high school students and their parents to join us for “Fake & Fatal,” a community conversation about the dangers of buying fake pills made from deadly fentanyl on social media. This alarming trend has claimed the lives of more than one unsuspecting BSD student in the past year. This virtual event will be held on Thursday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. You can watch the presentation on the District's Facebook page or YouTube channel. In addition to local experts, we’ll hear from Cedar Park and Sunset parents Jennifer and Jon Epstein, whose son, Cal, died of fentanyl poisoning in December.
Your child's life is worth investing the time.
This event is being held in partnership with Washington County Public Health Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Department and the Beaverton Police Department
On May 18, voters will elect four Beaverton School Board members to four-year terms. While candidates are nominated from the Board Zone in which they live, all voters in the District vote on all positions. We currently have two candidates running in each of the four races. For more information on the candidates, visit the May 2021 School Board Election webpage.
The Communications & Community Involvement Department will host a Candidate Forum on Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. The forum will not be livestreamed, but it will be posted in its entirety at the conclusion of the event on the district’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. If you'd like to submit a question for the School Board candidates, please complete the Candidate Forum Questions Form by today at 5 p.m.
We’d strongly encourage all voters in the district to cast their ballots in May. Board members are instrumental in setting the tone and direction of the district.
Talented and Gifted (TAG) Identification Update
Identification of TAG students typically includes a test score from a normed national or state standardized test. In response to the challenges and impacts of COVID-19, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) adopted a temporary rule allowing districts to pause TAG identification for the 2020-21 school year.
The rationale provided to ODE for this pause included the following:
“Historically underrepresented populations (students of color, economically disadvantaged, students with disabilities and linguistically diverse) are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. . . The 2020-21 school year has been anything but typical. Adhering to traditional processes and administering assessments that were developed and normed in a time and space that does not reflect our current reality is concerning to many district and state leaders.”
We agree. It is not in the best interest of students in this atypical year, particularly our youngest learners, to take assessments in the last eight weeks of school solely for the purpose of TAG identification. We believe that testing students for TAG identification in the fall after school routines are established is a better plan.
This pause will not affect nominated students in grades 5-8, whose testing has already been scheduled.
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