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October 2017 Issue

Early Release: Week 3: Empowering Educator Choice: Elevate Practice

Week 3 is Educator Created and Led Professional Development supported by the Teaching & Learning Department (T&L).

T&L will provide a variety of collaboration and professional development opportunities during the third Wednesday of each month. Most of the Week 3 courses will earn credits on your Professional Development Resume.

Week 3 may include:

  • PDU credits
  • Cross-building Collaboration
  • Travel
  • Webinars

Visit the Week 3 Home page on Teachersource to browse upcoming courses.

Week 3 In Action!

The Teaching & Learning Department has developed Week 3, Educator Created and Led Professional Development which will provide a variety of collaboration and professional development opportunities on the third Wednesday of each month during early release. These opportunities may include courses that offer Professional Development Unit (PDU) credits that count toward teacher licensure, cross-building collaboration, or webinars.

At Westview High School, high school teachers from across the District explored how their experiences, attitudes, values and biases about race, language, culture, gender, and class impact their experiences as educators at a Culturally Relevant Teaching workshop.

At Five Oaks Middle School, teachers from Five Oaks and Stoller middle schools had the opportunity to collaborate on the creation of sketchbooks for working with students individually or in small groups on writing and reading skills. A sketchbook is a tool that is personal, active and responsive to students to teach specific skills or address specific problems in the moment.

The group of five discussed the problems students in their classes are having with various writing and reading learning targets and how to create pages in their sketchbooks that will address these problems in real time. They added brightly colored words, pictures and included post-it notes for students to take away specific examples to use in their own writing.

With the exception of the first Wednesday of each month, all other Wednesdays are for staff-directed collaboration and professional development. Week 3 will support teachers with a multitude of opportunities to deepen their practice.

Section 125 Flexible Spending Account Enrollment Period

What is a Flexible Spending Account (Section 125 plan)?
A flexible spending account allows employees to pay for qualified medical expenses, or qualified dependent care (child care) expenses on a pre-tax basis.

Employees may choose to participate in one or both flex spending options: 1) Flex medical plan; 2) Flex dependent care plan. Under IRS guidelines, these accounts are subject to the “use it or lose it” rule which means that you must file receipts for these expenses by the end of the plan year or you “lose” the money you have set aside for the plan year.

You must re-enroll each year in order to participate in this program. New hires that recently enrolled Sept. 1, 2017 must now re-enroll for the new plan year if they wish to continue beyond Oct. 31, 2017.

For the November 1, 2017 plan year, the annual medical spending account maximum will be $2,550 a year.

How do I enroll in the program?
The enrollment form and plan information is available on the District Intranet on the District’s Benefits web page. Please remember to forward the completed enrollment form to the Human Resources Department; do not send the enrollment form to Allegiance directly. You also have an opportunity to learn more about this program at one of the following meetings with Allegiance Benefits and BSD Human Resources staff.

Section 125 Plan Information Meetings - 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. You are encouraged to attend if you have questions about this program:

  • Tuesday, October 3, at the Administration Center, Conference Room 3
  • Wednesday, October 4, at Highland Park Middle School, Media Center
  • Wednesday, October 11, at Conestoga Middle School, Media Center

Enrollment forms must be received in the Human Resources Dept. no later than Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 to be eligible for the November 1, 2017 plan year.

Please do not send forms by fax; Allegiance requires original, signed enrollment forms.

For more information, please contact Debbie Johnson, Health Benefits Coordinator, at 503-356-4459.

2017 Seasonal Flu Shot Clinics scheduled

BSD Regence medical members may receive free flu shots at the BSD flu shot clinics listed below. They (and their eligible dependents) may also receive free flu shots at a Regence participating pharmacy if the pharmacy electronically bills Regence for the flu shot (e.g. Walgreens, Safeway, RiteAid, Fred Meyer).

BSD Kaiser members may receive their free flu shot at their Kaiser medical clinic beginning in early October; Kaiser has posted their flu shot clinics on their website: (download the flyer below).

BSD Flu Shot Clinics: no pre-registration required, family members welcome, ages 11 to adult - cost: free (Regence Blue Cross members must bring their medical card for the free shot.) There is a $25 fee for non-Regence Blue Cross vaccinations.

  • Wed. Oct. 11 - 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. - Administration Center - Conference Room 3
  • Wed. Oct. 18 - 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. - Conestoga MS - Media Center
  • Mon. Oct. 23 - 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. - Westview HS - Media Center
  • Tue. Oct. 24 - 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. - Whitford MS - Media Center
  • Wed. Oct. 25 - 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. - Sunset HS - Community Room
  • Thurs. Oct. 26 - 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. - Aloha HS - College & Career Center
  • Tue. Oct. 31 - 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. - Beaverton HS - Lower Cafeteria

Additional dates with priority for Transportation staff:
  • Thurs. Oct. 12, 9:15 - 10:45 a.m., TSC (1270 NW 167th Place)
  • Thurs. Oct. 19, 9:15 – 10:45 a.m., 5th Street Transportation, 10550 SW 5th St.

For more information, please contact Debbie Johnson, Health Benefits Coordinator, at 503-356-4459.

The Special Education Department seeks licensed and classified applicants for Special Education Staff Advisory Council

Licensed and classified staff members are encouraged to apply to serve on the Beaverton School District Special Education Staff Advisory Council. The Council will begin meeting on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, and will meet once a month on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 4:15-5:45 p.m.

The Special Education Staff Advisory Council will review and provide input regarding special education practices, policies, procedures, curriculum, assessment and professional development.

Membership on the Special Education Staff Advisory Council will include:

  • Resource Room Teacher from Each Level (3)
  • Academic Learning Center Teacher (1)
  • Emotional Growth/ Emotional Learning Center Teacher (1)
  • Independent Skills Center Teacher (1)
  • Social Communication Center Teacher (1)
  • Structured Learning Center/ ACE Teacher (1)
  • Structured Routines Center Teacher (1)
  • Community Transition/ Transition Teacher (1)
  • Speech Language Pathologist (1)
  • School Psychologist (1)
  • Motor Team Representative (1)
  • Special Education Program Assistant (1)
  • Special Education Instructional Assistant (1)

Applications for the Special Education Staff Advisory Council are due by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 13, 2017.

In the event there are more applicants for a position than available spots, a lottery will be conducted to select the participant.

The application can be found at:

If you have any questions please contact:

Danielle Hudson, Ed.D.

Special Education Department

17880 SW Blanton St.

Beaverton, OR 97078

(503) 356-3904

OR email:

Options School Application Process for 2018-2019

The Beaverton School District is nationally recognized for high student achievement and innovative programs. Beaverton students in grades 6-12 have the opportunity to investigate learning options that best fit their academic needs. Students can choose their neighborhood school or one of a number of small learning options. Transportation is provided.

Applications for the 2018-2019 school year will be available starting Monday, October 23, 2017. Please plan to attend one or more of the open houses that are available. Students may only select one option on their application. All applicants must reside within the Beaverton School District boundaries. Beginning October 23, current Beaverton School District students are able to apply online using their student ID. Resident students not currently attending a Beaverton school will need to complete a paper application available online, or at any school office beginning October 23, 2017. Please give careful consideration to your choice of school. Once an application has been submitted, no changes will be allowed.

Students who do not have Internet access or are not Beaverton School District students can complete a paper application or pick one up at a school office.

Applications must be received in our office no later than Friday, January 5, 2018 at 4:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time ). - Please note the deadline has been extended.

Tues., January 9, 2018 ------- Electronic Lottery conducted for the 2018-19 School Year.

Wed., January 10, 2018------- Letters offering enrollment OR notification of wait-pool status will be sent via email.

Wed., January 24, 2018 ------- Deadline to accept/decline enrollment.

International Walk + Bike to School Day - October 4

Join children and adults around the world for International Walk + Bike to School Day to celebrate the benefits of walking and biking on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

International Walk + Bike to School Day is an annual event that promotes walking and biking. It is great for kids and it is great for the community. Why?

• More walking and biking reduces traffic congestion near schools
• Less traffic congestion means increased community traffic safety.
• More walking and biking means increased physical activity.
• It’s FUN!

If your school isn’t registered yet, talk with your principal or PE Teacher. The Beaverton Safe Routes to School webpage has all the information you need to plan a successful event.

Your school can order incentives for walkers and bikers, there are BSD pencils, stickers, reflectors, shoelaces, and one really cool Nutcase helmet for every registered school – which can be given away as a prize or as needed.

Mark your calendars and get ready to walk or bike to school on October 4, 2017. Plan now for a safe walk and bike ride to school. If you need help, contact Lynne Mutrie, BSD Safe Routes to School Coordinator.

BEF Phone-a-thon - October 17-18 & 24-26

The 19th Annual Beaverton Education Foundation Phone-a-thon will be held October 17-18 & 24-26, 2017 and provides critical funds that support innovative educational programs for students in the Beaverton community.

During the five-fun-filled nights, more than 350 student volunteers make more than 30,000 phone calls, dedicating their time, energy and enthusiasm to supporting BEF programs. The Phone campaign, hosted by Ruby Receptionists, and the associated mailings are the Foundations largest fundraising activity of the year. Funds raised are reinvested in a wide variety of after and summer school programs for students at all of Beaverton public schools.

2017-2018 BEF Beaverton's Choice Grants

District staff, at all locations, are encouraged to apply for Beaverton’s Choice Grants of $500-$1,000, in-kind materials and/or specialized volunteers to support student-engaged projects that enrich learning and encourage classroom innovation in any content area.

Beaverton's Choice is a site like Donors Choose that helps individuals and businesses match up their time, resources or a tax donation with specific classroom projects in our Beaverton public schools.

Teachers list their needs online; donors choose which ones are of interest. It’s as simple as that! Now Beaverton Education Foundation can help make your fabulous classroom project go viral through Beaverton’s Choice!

How to apply:

Creating a classroom project, or campaign, using Beaverton’s Choice is a simple online process. Go to the Beaverton’s Choice application site. You will need to enter 5 pieces of information, click submit, and BEF will do the rest to get your project online and the fundraising started!

You will need the following to submit a project:

  • Title | A good title can make your request stand out. Identify your classroom problem or opportunity, and use a personal tone.
  • Intro | This will be the introduction to your project and the default message shared on social media.
  • Goal | Enter the goal for the project – the amount of money you are trying to raise
  • Picture | Use a horizontal photo that helps donors connect emotionally with the project maximum benefit.
  • Story | This is where you can go into more detail on your classroom or school project. Include your school name and grade level(s) served. At the end of the story include the budget details for the project.

That is all you need to submit a project. If you have questions, refer to details of creating a project for step by step instructions.

Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis and will be posted to Beaverton’s Choice for funding by the public. You will be notified via email when to begin promoting and sharing your project. The BEF Grant Review committee reviews your project and considers your active sharing in their funding decision.

(Download the flyer below)

School Board Fall Work Session

Tuesday, Oct. 10th 2017 at 8am

18640 Walker Road

Beaverton, OR

School Board joint Meeting with Beaverton Student Advisory Committee (BAC)

Thursday, Oct. 12th 2017 at 6-8pm

Beaverton School District Administration Center, 16550 SW Merlo Rd., 97006

School Board Business Meeting

Monday, Oct. 30th 2017 at 6:30pm

Beaverton School District, Administration Office, 16550 SW Merlo Rd., Beaverton, OR 97003

Construction Updates

BEF Employee Giving Campaign

The Beaverton Education Foundation (BEF), one of our key partners, is reaching out to all BSD staff to ask for our support. BEF raises funds for in-school projects and programs, designed by you, our teachers and staff, to support your important daily work with students.

This past school year, BEF funded ten summer and nine after-school programs, helped advance Future Bus programming as part of our BSD Future Ready initiative, recruited 35 after-school high school activity groups as recipients of Community Awards as part of the annual Phone-a-thon and continuously accepts applications for BEF Classroom Innovation Grants through Beaverton’s Choice.

Since 1988, BEF has awarded more than $3 million for educational programs that would not otherwise exist. These programs positively impact our students’ achievement and school success and are possible due to funding from the Foundation. Last year BEF awarded more than $314,900, reaching more than 26,000 of our students. BEF Safe and Sound 4 Student Support Awards which help provide after-school academic programs and healthy activities for all middle school grades. BEF Kids Count Grants fund after-school and summer achievement and enrichment programs at the elementary and high schools. And of course, Beaverton’s Choice Grants fund innovative classroom projects in K-12 classrooms across the District. These programs make a difference and provide valuable opportunities for students.

Please consider supporting the Beaverton Education Foundation and the thousands of staff and students who are reached through these vital programs. Payroll deduction form below or find your favorite project.

Download the form below.

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