Dragon News - 11.03.20
Yesterday I shared with ISB families an acknowledgement of the tremendous issues impacting our community and our country. At ISB we strive to foster critical thinking and diverse perspectives, along with the ability to engage in respectful conversation of ideas and opinions. As America goes to the polls today, it does so against the backdrop of COVID-19 and a social justice movement. Regardless of the outcome of the election, students may need time and space to share their election night experiences and reactions.
During our Advisory classes tomorrow, teachers will foster safe, brave spaces to facilitate respectful conversations that bring differing perspectives and experiences into the dialogue. The middle school lesson is focused on having respectful conversations with others while being civically engaged. It was built on the understanding that while middle schoolers can't vote and might not yet fully understand the issues involved, they are watching and listening to the world around them. High school students will spend half the period watching ASB Officer campaign speeches and casting their own votes for student council, with the remainder of the period open for conversation about the state and national elections.
If you haven't yet turned in your ballot . . . remember to vote today!
Schedule for Weeks of Nov. 9-13 and Nov. 16-20
Next week students only have 3 days of school because Wednesday is Veterans' Day and Friday is a Grading Day for teachers. A and B Day rotations remain the same, which might be a little confusing.
Mon., 11/9 A Day (black)
Tues., 11/10 B Day (black)
Weds., 11/11 Veterans' Day - holiday
Thurs., 11/12 A Day (red)
Fri., 11/13 Grading Day - no school for students
Mon., 11/16 A Day (black) First Day of Quarter 2
Tues., 11/17 B Day (black)
Weds., 11/18 Advisory
Thurs., 11/19 A Day (red)
Fri., 11/20 B Day (red)
ISB's First Virtual Costume Contest Winners
Thank you to all who participated in ISB's first Virtual Costume Contest! It was so nice to see so many students dressed up! Congratulations to the following students who won the contest:
Ichiro de Haan
Tyler Miguel- Harrison
Need help in math? Here are two possible resources:
ISB's Math Honor Society is beginning Math Tutoring sessions every Wednesday from 12-1 pm starting this week. Students can find the Zoom link and password in their grade level Canvas Course. Please do not share the link with anyone outside of the ISB community.
Monday-Thursday from 5-6 pm, Western Oregon University's Math Education students are staffing a daily math homework help session for students in Grades 4-12. Each session will have at least two tutors available and on Tuesdays a Spanish-speaking tutor will be available. All sessions are recorded to protect both WOU and 4-12 grade students. WOU expects that all students are supervised by an adult during the tutoring sessions. Questions? Contact WOU's Dr. Rachel Harrington at email@example.com or 503-838-8831.
Save the Date: School Pictures
Mark your calendars: School Picture Days are Monday, Nov. 16th from 3-7:30 pm and Tuesday, Nov. 17th from 3-6:00 pm. Pictures will be taken in the ISB gym. In compliance with social distancing guidelines and in a creative use of facilities, only students and staff will be allowed in the building. Recommended social distancing and sanitization practices will be used to safeguard students and masks will be required for staff at all times and for students except while their picture is taken. Participation is free and all students, including Seniors, are encouraged to participate. Students will receive their Student ID card at the event and the photo will be used in the yearbook.
The school will be sending an invitation soon to sign up for appointments in 20-minute windows and you should receive information from Dorian Studios in the mail. Pre-ordered picture packages will be mailed to your home before Winter Break. Picture Retake Days will be scheduled in February.
Yearbooks for Sale!
The ISB Yearbook is a hard bound, 80 colored page book full of wonderful memories for your son or daughter to cherish. The cost is $35 through the end of the year, and $40 after Jan. 1st. Visit https://or-beaverton.intouchreceipting.com/ to purchase it online.
Senior Portraits Due by January 8th
Senior portraits are due by January 8th. The picture should be a full color digital photograph with clear focus meeting the following specifications: head and shoulders shot, vertical layout, 5" x 7" in size, 300 dpi resolution, no props, pets, or distracting backgrounds, and clothing must follow school guidelines for dress code. Senior photos not meeting these specifications will not be included in the yearbook.
Please submit your photos to this Dropbox link and contact yearbook advisor Andy Ashkinos at
firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.
There are several sizes/costs to choose from, please see document below for details. Payment online is easy via https://or-beaverton.intouchreceipting.com/.
Canned Food Drive for BSD Food Boxes
Please consider helping feed students and families in our district by contributing a non-perishable food item when you come to ISB for Picture Day. We are partnering with other BSD schools to help supply the food boxes that are distributed to BSD families. We are especially in need of peanut butter, pasta, and dry or canned beans.
School and District Report Cards
Our 2019-20 school profile is posted on our school webpage under About Us>School Profile>Oregon Report Card. There is also a link on this page to school profiles for other years and other schools. The 2019-20 district profile is posted on the district report card webpage.
State report cards began when the 1999 Oregon Legislature passed a law requiring every public school and district to receive a report from the Oregon Department of Education about how they are performing overall. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, replaces the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and affords states greater flexibility. ESSA 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. Reports cards also serve as an important tool for continuous improvement planning by local and state policymakers, in conjunction with the communities they serve.
The 2019-20 school and district profiles do not include statewide assessments data, class size data, or attendance data as a result of the necessary statewide school closures and the implementation of Distance Learning for All. The profiles present all available data not impacted by the state’s response to COVID-19.
At the International School of Beaverton WE are committed to using this information to help tailor our school improvement plans and academic programs to meet the needs of every student. During the year we will communicate with you frequently about student achievement and programs in place at our school to foster student learning and success.
If you have questions about our report card or would like a print copy, please contact us. You may also have suggestions for improvements. Please share them! Thank you!
High School Athletics
For high school students interested in participating in high school sports, athletic training and conditioning will begin on Monday, November 9th. These workouts are NOT required and will in no way influence eventual team placement during the regular season for each sport. Again, these sessions are just for training and conditioning; teams will not be competing against other schools’ teams at this time. The return of students for athletic training and conditioning is part of Phase 1 and is following guidance in the Statewide Reopening Guidance K12 School Sports, Limited Return to Play.
All athletes must have the following:
- An updated Medical Physical Form on file with the school
- A valid Athletic Participation Form on file with the school
Look for additional information from your home high school or coach. If you have questions, please contact your home high school’s athletic department. Find contact information here. See the full BSD letter regarding athletic training and conditioning here.
Exclusion Day - February 17, 2021
Immunizations are required by state law for children and students in attendance at public and private schools, preschools, childcare facilities and Head Start programs in Oregon. Nearly every facility that provides care for a child outside the home requires immunizations or a medical or non-medical exemption to stay enrolled.
Children who are not up-to-date on their immunizations by February 17, 2021 will be excluded from school until their immunizations are up-to-date.
IMPORTANT: This year, your child can still be excluded from school even if they only attend online. Keeping children up-to-date on immunizations will help schools transition safely and quickly to in-person learning when they’re able.
CONTACT AND FOLLOW US
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