Maverick Express october 2020


Thank you for your patience and partnership in getting this school year off the ground. Our teachers have been encouraged by the attendance and engagement from our student body. We are still finding our "teaching groove" as our teachers adjust to virtual learning and the pace of the 4x4 schedule. The end of the quarter is November 12th, so please check your ParentVue account to track your student's progress. The official Progress Report for Quarter 1 is October 23rd.

In terms of 2nd quarter and the rest of the semester, the District sent out a communication on Wednesday that Comprehensive Distance Learning will be extended for grades 4-12 through the first semester. Our staff will continue to work hard to provide meaningful, engaging curriculum for our students during this time. As updates are made available, I will let you know.

On October 8th, we will send out links for our Meet the Mavs (Back to School) event. We will have links to an opening video and links to each individual teacher's introduction and course overview. This is an "on-demand" event and is intended for you to view at your leisure. We hope you are able to Meet the Mavs on October 8th!

Each year at this time I like to review how students and parents might address questions or concerns with teachers or coaches/advisors as they arise. We would like our community to follow the district protocol in addressing any concerns or questions. This protocol allows our teachers and coaches to respond to your concerns first and enables them to clarify any misunderstandings or concerns.

Steps to take:

  1. Have your student address their concerns with the teacher/coach first. Our goal is for students to become advocates of their education. This is especially true of our juniors and seniors.
  2. If your student’s concerns are not addressed in the way you would like, then we would ask the parent contact the teacher/coach to discuss those concerns along with the student/player.
  3. In most cases, the questions/concerns are taken care of at this point. In the event those concerns are not addressed, however, then it is appropriate to contact the department administrator or Athletic Director Bryan Sorenson.
  • Todd Corsetti - Language Arts, Performing Arts, Activities, Athletics
  • VP Rod Barraclough – Science, CTE Programs, PE/Health
  • VP Greg Therrien – Math, Counseling, Visual Arts, Resource, ELL
  • VP Rebecca Bair – Social Studies, World Language, District SPED

Advocacy is a life-long skill that we want our students to obtain before they move onto life after high school. Together, we want to problem solve and have an open line of communication with everyone in the Mountainside community.

Go Mavs!





This is a chance for parents to meet teachers virtually, as well as

have the classroom expectations and syllabus reviewed.

Links of the school overview and each teacher's course links will be sent on October 8th.

Make your calendars.

kick off day - rescheduled

We have rescheduled the book drop off and picture day that was originally to have taken place on September 11th to Wednesday, October 14th. If your student was unable to make their time on Thursday, September 10th, please have them come at the END of any of the times for groups below or during the Open Period. Please refer to map below for times and direction.
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message from dorian studios

Hello, Mountainside families and friends,

We hope you are all staying healthy and safe through the challenges of COVID and the recent fires. We are excited to be able to take your students' school pictures in spite of all the obstacles this school year has brought.

This is to let you know that because of the air conditions, the picture days for your school were interrupted. Fortunately, we will be able to finish taking the pictures of those students we missed on October 14th. You can expect your picture packages the week of November 9th. In order to avoid confusion, all picture packages will be sent together regardless of which date your student's picture was taken.

For any questions or concerns, please contact one of our customer support advocates at 1 (800) 826-3535 or


Your friends at Dorian Studio


Please note that the District will follow a different student schedule next week. Students will have a regular synchronous ("Live") learning day on Wednesday, October 7, as opposed to an independent asynchronous ("On-Demand") learning day due to no classes for Staff Development Day on Friday, October 9.

For your planning purposes, the following Wednesdays also will be synchronous learning days: January 20, February 17, and June 2.


Guidelines for CDL Attendance

If your student will be unable to attend class at the scheduled time because of an appointment but will be able to log in to Canvas later in the day, you do not need to call the attendance hotline, nor do you need to contact the teacher. Your student will not be counted as absent if they engage on-line at any time during the school day. If students engage in their classes on-line after the scheduled time, absences will be adjusted by the teacher the following day. An auto-call may still be made to inform you of the absence before it is adjusted.

If your student will be unable to log-in to their classes at any time during the day because of sickness or travel, please call the attendance hotline 503-356-3501 to excuse your student.


Congratulations to the following seniors who have been recognized as Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. These students placed in the top 50,000 scorers out of 1.5 million test-takers in the PSAT

Joseph Abruzzo

Tyler Du

Maya Luther

Abigail Phillips

And, a special congratulations to our National Merit Semi-Finalist: Yimei Li! Yimei is one of 16,000 semi-finalists in the nation.



We know this may change, but currently the date for Graduation for the Class of 2021 is Sunday, June 13th at 7:00pm at Portland State University. If details change, we will make sure to update our information right away.


BSD will be promoting its first Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Week (October 12-16) to spread awareness of actions that we can all take to prevent suicide and reduce the stigma related to mental health concerns. As part of this important campaign, students at Mountainside will receive a lesson in Advisory to promote positive mental health, recognize the warning signs for suicide risk and encourage help-seeking behaviors. Parents and guardians play a critical role in preventing youth suicide. Please see the resource below to learn more information about suicide prevention and steps that you can take to protect yourself, your community, and your children.


IB Test Registration Deadline Oct 31

This 2020 CDL IB EXAM INFO slide presentation is intended to help explain how IB testing will work for those junior and seniors who are taking IB Diploma Coursework this year and who are eligible to test. We have a cohort of students who are full IB Diploma candidates, but we also have hundreds of additional students opting to take anywhere from one to five IB courses this year and who also may be eligible to test.

We are aware that our new 4x4 schedule has posed some new challenges with respect to registering students for exams and scheduling of some classes. In the slide deck you will find our most up-to-date answers to the students’ most common questions:

● Who is eligible to test with the IB Organization?

● What are the benefits to me if I test for the IB Organization?

● What if I’m taking my IB class in the second semester?

● Will the test be the same as it has been in the past?

● Will colleges accept my IB scores this year?

● How do I sign up for testing?

If your questions are not addressed or not fully answered in the slide deck, please contact one of us and we will be happy to talk more about your student’s specific situation. For questions regarding the nature of the test itself, your student’s teacher will be the most informed about the details of the exams.

Brooke Mayo, IB DP Coordinator

Rebecca Bair, Asst. Principal


Information About ACT/SAT Testing

At this time, most testing centers are closed in the State of Oregon. For the most up-to-date information about testing center options, please visit the websites for ACT or SAT.

Additionally, most colleges have moved to a “Test Optional” policy which means they do not require you to send in ACT/SAT test scores to apply to their college. Each college will have information on their Admissions webpage about whether test scores are required for their application process. Also, each college will have information on either their Admissions webpage, or their Financial Aid webpage about whether test scores are required for their financial aid process.

ACT has stated that Pre-ACT scores should be released sometime this fall.

At this time, MHS is NOT offering the PSAT on the October date. There are some schools in the area who MAY be offering it. If your student would like to take it, you may reach out to smaller districts/schools in our area.

Class of 2021!

On September 29th, the counselors presented via Zoom to Senior Advisories. We presented on life after high school and next steps. We will post the presentation on Canvas this week for any students who do not have Advisory or missed it this week. Also loaded on our Canvas page will be an FAQ on the college admissions process as well as information on applying for scholarships, the FAFSA, etc. A PDF copy of the counselor’s presentation is linked below.

Thank you for supporting our students and their next steps!

Community Service Hours

This week we received updated information that the Career Education credit has been waived for class of 2021 students. This is for 12th grade students only. What this means is that class of 2021 students are not required to complete the Senior Presentation, any additional CRLEs, or any additional Community Service hours.

The updated required Community Service hour totals by graduation classes are listed below:

  • Class of 2021: waived
  • Class of 2022: 30 hours
  • Class of 2023: 30 hours
  • Class of 2024: 35 hours

Please note: Class of 2021 students may still choose to complete Community Service hours if they would like to pursue the Mav Scholar (reduced to 60 hours) or the 150-hour Community Service Award. Information about required hours and application due dates for those awards will be available later this month.

If you have questions regarding community service, please contact our College and Career Staff:

Counselor Emily O'Quinn @ emily_o'

Specialist Sue Mishkin @



At Mountainside, the only way to purchase a yearbook is by going directly to the Jostens website: Yearbook sales are not done through the ParentVue online portal.

Yearbooks are now $40 and will remain this price until March 31, 2021.


While this year will be different, the yearbook team will still include important traditions for the seniors. Seniors will be able to send in a photo of their choosing to be in the yearbook and a quote for free.

Please follow these requirements for senior photos & quotes

  • Vertical portrait. Head And shoulders only no horizontal poses.

  • Front facing photos only.

  • Color only.

  • Indoor or outdoor background is okay.

  • Props are okay as long as the face is visible.

  • It is not required that a professional takes the photo, but the resolution of the photo needs to be at least 300 dpi (8000x8000 pixels MAX).

  • Make sure the photo is not blurry.

  • Make sure the photo is bright enough to clearly see your face.

  • The file must be JPEG.

  • Add the photo, not the link.

  • Keep in mind that these photos will be cropped at the shoulder to approximately 2" wide x 3" high.

  • Senior quotes will be due on Friday January 15th, 2021.

  • Senior photos will be due on Friday January 15th, 2021.

Please send in senior quotes & photos to:

Please follow these directions for senior ads

This year, parents, guardians, or students will have the option to create their own format for their senior ads on

  • Senior ads will be due on Monday February 1st, 2021.

Senior ad prices

  • Full page : $75

  • ½ page: $50

  • ¼ page: $35

  • ⅛ page: $25

Further Info

To keep up to date on all things MHS Yearbook, please follow us on Instagram: @mountainsideyearbook

Yearbook Advisor: Kathryn Noah -

Yearbook Staff:



ASB Presidents - Johannah Iyasele, Rylee Piondexter

ASB Secretary - Jordan Bayon

ASB Treasurer - Garrett Thornhill

Sr. Class Presidents - Jack Cramer, Lucy Doggett

Jr. Class Presidents - Brooke Hatch, Alison Kang

Soph Class Presidents - Ella Irving, Stella Lee

ASB Dir of Assemblies - Madeline Smith

ASB Dir of Entertainment - Neekie Bonakdar

ASB Dir of Design & Publicity - Maddie McCalley, Kristina Trinh

ASB Dir of Outreach - Bryce Dahlgren

ASB Dir of Service - Zoe Kingsley

ASB Dir of Spirit - Jane Duncan

ASB Dir of Spotlight - Maida Tahirkheli

ASB Dir of Tech - Colin Fracasso-Boone

ASB Dir of Unity - Anna Miller


To our Mountainside students, staff, parents, and community, Happy October! Although these first few weeks have been extremely unique, we hope everyone has had a good school year so far. We wanted to bring to your attention that starting on November 4th, Student Council will be hosting Student Council meetings open to the whole student body. Students can come listen to what events we’re planning, bring up any concerns they may have, propose ideas, and/or ask us any questions they may have. These will occur on the first Wednesday of every month at 11:00am and links to join/reminders will be sent out through Canvas Announcements on those Wednesdays. Can’t wait to see you there!


As a way to unite and recognize our student body and staff, birthdays will continue to be posted on all Mountainside social media accounts each week, minus the actual date for security reasons. If it is your birthday you should also be receiving something in the mail, so be on the lookout!


October is right around the corner and you know what that means- Socktober is coming! Socktober is a sock drive to collect new socks for families in need in our community. We will be taking both regular and fuzzy socks of all sizes. Socktober is from Monday, October 5th to Friday, October 16th. This year, you will be able to get a service hour for donating! During the drive, donation bins will be placed near the front entrance of the school. Don’t forget to donate!

Virtual Club Fair - October 14th

Hey Mavs! Are you looking to be more involved in your school? The Club Fair will be taking place on October, this time virtually. If you are interested in joining a club, Club Fair will be held online over google slides.This will be accessible online in students advisory announcements on October 14th. Anyone interested in joining a club will be able to easily join, learn, and participate. Each Club will include a slide with plenty of important information such as ways to contact them, Zoom meeting links, photos, descriptions of their club, etc. We are so excited for students to get involved and continue to participate in Mountainside clubs!

Chemo Bags From Caring Mavs Update

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Chemo Bags from Caring Mavs drive! Together we were able to make more than 450 cards and have gotten plenty of supplies to donate to the Breast Friends of Oregon’s Warrior Wellness Conference. We are very proud of our school’s kindness and support of the organizations in our community. Be sure to hold onto the pictures you took of your donations, and thank you again!


Meet the new MPACT Board of parents working to engage the Mountainside parent community! We are excited to have some new and returning faces to MPACT!

The first MPACT General Meeting of the 2020-2021 school year was held over Zoom on September 30th. To watch the replay, please use the following link and enter the passcode S%mG6^d2

The next General Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18th. Please visit for more information.

Also, a quick reminder to all as you start to think of Holiday Shopping online. If you use the Amazon Smiles account, and designate Mountainside PACT as your charity, Amazon will give us 0.5% back as a donation!

grad night 2021

Hey Senior Parents, the school year might have just started but it is not too early to be thinking about Senior Grad Night!! We’re definitely going to have to be creative this year to celebrate our students’ big night, so we would like all of you to be a part of the planning. We will have our first planning meeting in October and also elect committee leadership (Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Registration, Fundraising and more). To learn more or to volunteer to be a part of this year’s fun contact .

international walk + Roll to Anywhere Day

Join students and families from around the world as you walk or roll in your neighborhood on October 7th. (Please remember to stay 6 feet from those not in your household and wear a mask.) All community members are welcome to participate. Use the link to fill out the google form for each person that joined you on your trip. (BSD students may include name and student ID number for a prize entry). This year students can earn things like flashing safety lights, reflective shoelaces and new bike helmets. Schools with the most participation will also earn a Safe Routes to School book bundle for their school library. Finally, celebrate International Walk + Roll Day with our Beaverton community by visiting our Facebook page @BeavertonSafeRoutes to share a photo of you with a sign telling us why you love to walk, bike, scooter or skate! (Use the hashtag #BSDtogether)

Google Form Link:

dates to remember

Oct. 7 - School Instruction Day

Oct 8 - Meet the Mavs

Oct. 9 - Staff Development Day - No School

Nov. 11 - Veteran's Day - No School

Nov. 12 - End of Quarter 1

Nov. 13 - Grading Day - No School

Nov. 16 - Start of Quarter 2

Nov. 25-27: Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 21-Jan. 1 - Winter Break

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CONNECT with our local and global communities,

EXPLORE new experiences, and

PURSUE our goals toward a better future.

Mountainside Mavericks: #MavUP!