Sexton Mountain

November 2019

Principal's Note

This Fall is flying by so quickly. This month the character trait we are focusing on is Gratitude. November is a good time of year for reflection.

Here are a few things I am thankful for:

The PTC- They give their time to support students and staff at Sexton Mountain. They volunteer, coordinate, and fund fun community events such as the Family Dance. They support education in the classrooms through fundraising events like the Jog-a-thon. The money from these events fund field trips, new technology, books, and so much more.

The students- I enjoy visiting classrooms to watch all the great learning happening. Students working hard and developing stamina.I see students during recess, in the cafeteria, and before school developing their social skills and building friendships with peers. Every day there are many examples of students showing kindness to each other.

The staff- This group of people are hard working. They believe deeply in education and our Sexton Mountain mission to challenge hearts and minds. They give freely of their talents and time because they believe in your children.

The parents- I am grateful you entrust us with your children. It is an honor to be part of such a wonderful community. Thank you for attending conferences and partnering with us to support your child's academic goals.


Did you know Sexton Mountain is a green school? We have several projects including composting and recycling happening here. One of the ways we show kindness to the Earth is by having real silverware in the cafeteria. The PTC purchased over 600 pieces in September. Unfortunately our supply is getting low. We are working with the kids not to accidently throw them out with the garbage at the end of lunch. You can help us by sending any silverware back to school that makes it way home by mistake. Also if you want to get rid of old silverware or find a great deal and want to donate them to Sexton Mountain. We would appreciate it.

State Report card

School and District report cards for the 2018-19 school year are available at (Select Beaverton in the school or district search bar). We welcome the opportunity to share this information with you on the progress we are making to improve academic achievement for each student in the Beaverton School District. We are making progress.

In 1999, the Oregon Legislature enacted ORS 329.105 requiring that the Oregon Department of Education produce and issue annual report cards for all schools and districts. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, encourages schools and educators to innovate and create systems that address local needs.

As a part of this work, the Oregon Department of Education redesigned the School and District report cards to engage and inform families about their school’s approach to learning, academic and extracurricular offerings, and student performance.

The School At-A-Glance Profiles include graphics showing how a school or district compares to the statewide average in categories like chronic absenteeism, graduation rates, average class size and more. The profiles were developed with extensive input from Oregon families, including families of historically underserved students.

The data points represent a more comprehensive approach to evaluating and measuring a school’s impact on students. In five minutes or less parents can get the comprehensive look at their school or district that they’ve been requesting. All of these changes are part of Oregon’s Plan which is the state of Oregon’s plan for meeting federal requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Lost & Found- Now located in the front hallway

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Report card are going paperless

The Beaverton School District is transitioning to electronic report cards for all students. This upcoming Progress period will be the last time we will be printing and mailing paper progress reports/report cards. The electronic report cards will be accessed through ParentVUE (mobile and desktop). If parents/guardians have not set up their ParentVUE account, they will need to do so by January 2020.

There are resources and guidance on how to set up a ParentVue account. Please view the FAQ for instructions on setting up an account.

There are several benefits to moving to paperless report cards. Families will be able to view grades days after grading days, rather than wait up to two weeks for a report card to come by mail or in their child’s backpack. In addition, moving away from paper is environmentally friendly and cost-effective for the District.

Please contact the office if you need help setting up or accessing your ParentVUE account.

Inclement weather

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When the weather gets snowy or icy, school schedules may be affected. The District generally posts the announcement of delayed school opening or school closure by 5:15 a.m. All Portland Metro area media outlets announce the information on TV newscasts and online.

The District makes decisions based on the ability to operate school buses safely; the ability for students and parents to get to school safely, and the ability for employees to get to work safely and on time. The decision that is made will be for the entire District. As always, parents may choose to make different decisions based on their particular location.

The District will notify parents and staff via SchoolMessenger with a Non-School Hours Emergency message. Please manage your communication preferences in SchoolMessenger InfoCenter.

For the latest inclement weather information:

Parking Lot

We are experiencing an increase in safety issues in the parking lot. A district committee will be helping us update our safe routes to school plan. They will guide us into making a few changes to support student safety. I will keep you updated about any changes. Until then please remember the following safety guidelines:

*Cross the parking lot only in the designated crosswalk areas.

*Model to students respect for our crossing guards by waiting for them to cross you.

*Please do not bring dogs onto school property during school hours. This is for student and animal safety.

*Only let your child out of the car when you are in the upper parking lot next to the curb.

*Drive slowly.

November/December Calendar

November 8- School wide reward- PJ Day

November 11- Veteran's Day-No school

November 21-Cultural & Art Fair

November 22- Picture retake Day

November 25- Author Visit- PTC sponsored

November 26- Assembly

November 27-29- Thanksgiving Holiday-No school

December 2- Staff development Day-No school

December 23- January 3- Winter Break-No school