Mustang Messages Newsletter

Chehalem Elementary Newsletter- April 23 2021

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Principal's Message

Dear Chehalem Families,

Things continue to go smoothly as we have about half of our students participating in Hybrid model and half continuing in CDL. Thank you for all you have done to make it such a successful transition.

Middle School and High School students began classes on Thursday in Hybrid and it did not affect our bus times. They run high school routes before ours and middle school after ours.

As a reminder, next Wednesday (April 28th) is a no school day for students as teachers are in staff development.

Looking forward to full school days next year. There is no plan to offer a CDL option next year other than the Flex Online program. It is a program offered through the district and is a completely online school.

We have had one confirmed case of COVID from a student that caused the quarantine of some students. We have also had one presumptive case based on symptoms. Thanks to our school nurse and health assistant for their coordination with the Washington County Health Department to work on contact tracing with us, and for determining next steps. Parents of children who were potentially exposed were notified directly if their child needed to be quarantined. If this situation happens the children can switch to CDL temporarily so they won't miss any learning.

Thank you for notifying the office if your child has any of the primary symptoms of COVID. Our office or health staff would reach out to gather additional information and give you guidance. It takes the efforts of the community to keep everyone safe.

Let's all enjoy our last few weeks of school. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your child's teacher or the front office.


Angee Silliman


Social Distancing and Mask Wearing

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Outdoor Movement Breaks

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State Testing

Below is a copy of the information the district sent out requesting that you respond as to whether or not you would like your children to participate in state testing. You, as the parent, get to decide if you would like your child to participate or not. It does not affect your student negatively in any way if they do not participate. Testing will be done on Wednesdays and transportation will be provided by the district if needed, therefore, please complete the form by April 30th if you want your child to participate.

April 19, 2021

Dear BSD Families,

Because of the pandemic, the Oregon Department of Education requested a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education that would have allowed school districts to skip state testing this spring. However, the federal government denied that request. Therefore, to maintain our federal funding, the Beaverton School District must offer testing to our students. Parents and guardians have the right to OPT OUT their students from testing. More on that below.

Shortened versions of the following statewide tests will be offered:

  • 3rd Grade: English Language Arts (ELA) & Mathematics

  • 4th Grade: English Language Arts (ELA) & Mathematics

  • 5th Grade: English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics & Science

  • 6th Grade: English Language Arts (ELA) & Mathematics

  • 7th Grade: English Language Arts (ELA) & Mathematics

  • 8th Grade: English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics & Science

  • 11th Grade: English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics & Science

To maximize in-person instruction time for Hybrid students and to provide testing opportunities for Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) and FLEX Online School students, the district will provide testing opportunities on Wednesdays (asynchronous learning days only) in May and June. Students will take the tests at their home schools; FLEX students will take the tests at the District’s Central Administration Center (16550 SW Merlo Rd.). Transportation will be provided for students who live one mile (elementary) or 1.5 miles (secondary) from their home schools; FLEX families must provide their own transportation. (Note: if a school plans to test outside of the Wednesday windows, the school will communicate an alternate schedule directly with families.)

Testing Start Times

Testing End Times

Elementary (Morning Session**)

9:00 a.m.

11:15 a.m.

Elementary (Afternoon Session**)

12:45 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

Testing Dates

Elementary and K-8 Schools

Secondary Schools

May 12

Grade 3 and 6 (Afternoon Session - ELA)

Grade 5 and 8 (Morning Session - ELA)

Grade 7 (ELA & Math)

May 19

Grade 3 and 6 (Afternoon Session - Math)

Grade 5 and 8 (Morning Session - Math)

Grade 8 (ELA & Math)

Grade 11 (ELA & Math)

May 26

Grade 4 and 7 (Afternoon Session - ELA)

Grade 5 and 8 (Morning Session-Science)

Grade 6 (ELA & Math)

Grade 11 (Science)

June 9

Grade 4 and 7 (Morning Session - Math)

Grade 8 (Science)

To help us schedule transportation and deliver a safe and successful testing experience for every student, we need to know by April 30 whether your student will or will not participate. Please complete this form in English or Spanish.

If you need additional translation services, please call our Multilingual Department at 503-356-3755.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why would a student choose to test?

Test scores provide one piece of evidence of student attainment of state standards.

Will students be penalized or receive a negative grade if they don’t test?


Will my child’s school be penalized or receive a negative report card rating if my student doesn’t test?

No. The U.S. Department of Education won’t require the Oregon Department of Education to use summative test data for accountability purposes this year.

Will schools be adhering to the same safety protocols as during In-Person Hybrid Instruction?

The health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. All safety protocols will be followed including mandatory mask wearing and social distancing.

Who will administer the tests?

School staff who have met training and security requirements will administer the test.

How long is each test?

The Oregon Department of Education has decreased the number of questions in the English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics tests by 40% and removed field test questions from the science test. The estimated testing times are:

English Language Arts (ELA)

1:15 hr.


1 hr.


1:20 hr.

Can my student opt to take one test but not another (for example, take English Language Arts (ELA) but not Mathematics)?


My student needs transportation. When will I find out when and where my student will be picked up and dropped off?

Families will receive an email on May 10 with their students’ routes, bus stop locations and pick-up and drop-off times.

When can I expect to receive my child’s test results?

We expect individual overall student test results will be available in ParentVue in August. Contrary to prior years, the Oregon Department of Education won’t be reporting subscores. For example, in English Language Arts (ELA), students won’t receive subscores in reading, writing, listening and research.

Will test results be used to identify students for TAG or Summa?

No. Statewide, many students continue to learn remotely, and parents may not wish to have their children participate in testing this year. In addition, the circumstances under which students have participated in learning this year have varied widely compared to a traditional school year. If this year’s test participation isn’t representative of students across Oregon, percentiles produced by the Oregon Department of Education won’t be comparable to prior years. While these percentiles may be informative for parents, they won’t be used for identification or placement decisions.

English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics tests are one way for students to demonstrate Essential Skills to earn a diploma. Are Essential Skills required for the Class of 2022?

No. On April 15, 2021, the State Board of Education suspended the Essential Skills graduation requirement for the Class of 2022. The Board previously suspended the requirement for the Class of 2021.

PTO Corner

Raffle Winners!!!

Winners have been randomly chosen!! Meet Doogie and watch the video to see if you won! Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets and all of our donors. We are grateful for our community coming together to support our great school. Winners can pick up their prizes through the office between 8:00 and 4:00 M-F.


Winco Foods, The Portland Timbers, Willamette Valley Vineyards,

Enchanted Forest, Bullwinkles Family Fun Center, Nothing Bundt Cake, Great Harvest Bakery, Bark Zone, Shamrock Community Management, Kaady Car Wash, Music Together Resonate, Amanda Whisman of Be Mandy Things, The Spera Family, Haley Brunner, The Snyder Family, The Newell Family, & Joanie Pape.

Chehalem Challenges!!!

The PTO is sponsoring three optional, fun challenges for students. There's a different challenge each month and winners will be sent a gift card. BONUS: The teacher who has the most students participate in the challenge will also receive a gift card. Help your teacher win! Submissions will be done through a Google Form. See the flier for more details.

It's time for Chehalem Challenge #2! Happy Earth Day!

Upcycle Challenge (Earth Day is April 22!): Upcycling means taking something considered to be an “old” product and modifying it to get a second life as it's turned into a “new” product. Create a unique piece of art, a sculpture, or a new functional item only using recycled or “old” materials (for example: turn a tin can into a beautiful flower pot). This can be creative, fun and better for the Earth!

DUE: Wednesday, 4/28!

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Use Your Blue Bags to Drop Off Your Bottles Next Week

The PTO gets an extra 20% next week in celebration of Earth Day! If you need a blue bag you may call the office and we can send it with your child or can bring it out if you are driving up.
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Volunteer Opportunity

Need Volunteers to Help with Meal Prep at Elementary Schools

There is a need for parent/community volunteers to help with meal prep at all elementary schools. The volunteer shifts would be 1 – 2 hours in the morning to help with bagging up fruit, vegetables, or frozen entrees. Proposed hours are 8 – 10 am for early start schools or 9 – 11 am for regular start schools. Volunteers can be used every day of the week including Wednesdays. Elementary schools will coordinate for volunteers and front office staff can access a list of cleared volunteers through the district's volunteer management software Better Impact.

Please call the office if you are interested in volunteering for this.

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Latino Parent Night at Highland Park with DACA Information

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Spring Food Resources

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Sincerely, Angee Silliman

Principal at Chehalem Elementary