Hello from ACMA

February 2020

Message from Principal Paige

February Hello from ACMA 2020

First Friday Coffee on February 7th

Join Principal Bjorn in the library at 7:30am to hear what he has to say about the current happenings at ACMA. Coffee is provided by our local Starbucks.

2020 Spectacular Parade - February 7 & 8, 2020

ACMA’s only all-school fundraiser of the year

Doors open: 6pm

Show begins: 7pm

3 acts, 2 intermissions, and one grand finale!

We can’t wait to see you at the 2020 Spectacular Parade! The evening features three acts and two intermissions, with every art form at ACMA represented.

The Spectacular is our only all-school fundraiser of the year (replacing the auction), and 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales support school programs, students, and teachers.

The evening will feature student performances and a showcase of interactive/hands-on art experiences.

Ticket price: $45 and can now be purchased on the ACMA PTO website

ACMA Live!

Purchase tickets online at with a credit card at www.acmatheatre.com or at the door with cash or check.

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No School February 17th and 18th

Monday, February 17th - All schools will be closed to observe the holiday, President's Day.

Tuesday, February 18th - No Students. Staff Development / Workday.

ACT Day at ACMA - February 25th

ACT Day is fast approaching at ACMA and here is what you need to know for you and your student:

Middle School + Freshmen

Although many corners of the building will be occupied with testers, no regular classrooms are affected. So for Middle Schoolers + Freshmen, class will continue as normal. One important special occurrence on ACT Day however is that all of high school will be having a 1PM Early Release. This does not affect Middle Schoolers who will still leave at the normal 2:05 time.


While the Juniors are taking their ACT on February 25th, all Sophomores that are testing under standard test timings will be taking the PreACT. Any Sophomores who test using accommodations will take their test after ACT day, the exact date TBD. More information will soon follow, and on the morning of the 25th Sophomores will need to check for a roster posted in the main office to see which venue their test will take place. Sophomores will have early release at 1PM.


Most Juniors will take their ACT test on February 25th, including students with accommodations with a couple accommodations testing during a later date. If your student has an accommodation that will test on a later date, we will be reaching out to you soon to let you know. There are free practice tests available for preparing for the ACT, at Academy.act.org and also on Learning Express through CIS. It’s important to do your best on the ACT, not only for college admissions but also to pass Essential Skills for graduation. Juniors will have early release at 1PM.


Day off to work on their Capstone Presentations coming in March.

Important dates to remember:

February 12th - During Ohana all Juniors go to the library for ACT Math test prep. Assistance for passing the Math section of the ACT will be provided by Mr Bertram in the library.

February 19th - During Ohana all Juniors go to the library for ACT test preregistration.

February 25th - ACT Day!

Traffic Safety

Our Beaverton Safe Routes to School Coordinator has noticed that cars are blocking the bike lane on NW 118th Ave during dismissal time as they line up to pick up students. She reported that "This is causing congestion and blocking off of lanes as well as a pedestrian hazard while students are trying to cross." At a Campus Traffic Safety meeting today there was a request to have law enforcement out along 118th to inform parents that they are illegally blocking traffic and that they are not to park and block off traffic or line up on 118th during dismissal or arrival.

We know that this pick up and drop off are busy and join everyone in wanting to do all we can to help keep our kids safe.

Outdoor School for 6th Graders!

The Northwest Regional Education School District has announced the dates and location for the Outdoor School Spring session. ACMA 6th graders will be going to Outdoor School from April 14th to April 17th. Students will be bused to Cedar Ridge Outdoor School in Vernonia, OR. Read more about Cedar Ridge HERE.

This is FREE to all 6th graders. More information will be sent home with students, along with emails to families in the upcoming weeks.

Additional parent information from the NWRESD can be located on the web at http://www.nwoutdoorschool.org/parents.html

High School Student Survey

  • Each year the District surveys students, staff, and parents to gather information for planning, program evaluation, and assessment of progress on the District's Strategic Plan.

  • The student survey takes about 20 minutes during the regular school day. The data gathered from the survey are anonymous; your child will not put his/her name or other identifying information on the survey. Like other surveys, results will be presented only about groups. No individual data will be reported.

  • Student surveys of middle and high schools include three optional questions for students to identify their gender, ethnicity / race, and sexual orientation. These questions allow for additional levels of analysis of questions on inclusion, safety and bullying.

  • Your child may skip questions or stop filling out the survey at any time. Refusing to participate or withdrawing from the survey does not affect your child's grades or class standing in any way. If you or your child does not want to participate, your child can read or do some other activity while his or her classmates complete the survey.

  • A copy of the survey is available from your child's school under the Annual Surveys tab and is posted at https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/accountabiity/research-reports

  • After reviewing the survey, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify Matthew Roberts at (503)356-3670 or matthew_roberts@beaverton.k12.or.us

Encuesta Anual de Estudiantes

  • Cada año, el distrito lleva a cabo encuestas para los estudiantes y el personal con el fin de obtener información para la planificación y la evaluación del programa así como del progreso del Plan Estratégico del Distrito.

  • La encuesta de estudiantes toma aproximadamente 20 minutos durante el día escolar. La información que obtengamos de la encuesta es anónima; su hijo no incluirá su nombre o cualquier información de identificación en la encuesta. Al igual que otras encuestas, los resultados que se presentan son sólo acerca de los grupos. No se proporcionará información de su estudiante.

  • Las encuestas del estudiante de las escuelas de secundaria y preparatoria incluyeron tres preguntas opcionales para los estudiantes identificar su género, grupo étnico/raza, e inclinación sexual. Estas preguntas permiten niveles de análisis adicionales en cuanto a la inclusión, la seguridad y la intimidación.

  • Su hijo puede no contestar las preguntas o dejar de contestar la encuesta en cualquier momento. El negarse a participar en la encuesta o no terminar de contestarla, no afecta las calificaciones o rango de su hijo. Si usted o su hijo no quieren participar, su hijo puede leer o hacer alguna otra actividad, mientras que sus compañeros de clase completan la encuesta.

  • Una copia en blanco de la encuesta, está disponible en la escuela de su hijo y se encuentra publicada en


Paying For College

There are a number of good scholarships listed on the board across from the Library, including The OSEA Beaverton Chapter 48 Student Scholarship for up to $1000; several scholarships from the Oregon Federation of Women's Clubs for various different arts, ranging from $200 to $2000; and the Beaverton Arts Foundation scholarships in both visual arts and performing arts that range from $1000 to $2500.

The most up to date information available on scholarship money can be found on the District Scholarship List at the district website under Student Services:


Many deadlines are approaching soon, so please check it out!

Also Check Out these Virtual "Paying for College" events coming up in 2020

February 25 Financial Aid Follow Up & Documentation

March 10 Understanding and Comparing Financial Aid Offers

April 28 Oregon Promise

May 26 Budgeting for College

Registration: http://oregongoestocollege.org/ccc/virtual

Each virtual night starts at 6:30 pm, and private chats with a financial aid officer at one of Oregon's colleges or universities are available during each evening.

Senior Field Trip

Seniors, we have a great field trip lined up for you! We have secured a spot for ACMA seniors to visit the NW Youth Careers Expo in Portland on Tuesday March 10th 2020, leaving at 10am and returning by 2:00pm. There will be almost 200 booths to visit, representing the state's leading employers. Please save the date and we’ll bring more info and permission slips to your Ohanas soon.

Check out the website here: https://www.portlandworkforcealliance.org/our-work/expo/

Seniors! Yearbook Submission Deadline - February 28th

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Open Mic Night - February 28th

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Save the Date! Peter and the Starcatcher

March 5, 6, and 7 at 7:00 pm and March 8 at 2:00pm

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Growing Strong Readers - February 12th 6:30pm at Springville K-8

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Dear Beaverton Parents and Community Members,

What you do at Night, on the Weekends, and on Vacation Can Make a World of Difference to Your Child's Academic Success: Practical Advice for Families from a Leading Literacy Expert Grades K-8. Join Dr. Mary Ehrenworth on Wednesday, February 12th at Springville K-8 at 6:30pm to find out how parents can make a tremendous difference in their children's academic success, now, and as they mature. You'll learn about what you can do to help your children become more powerful readers, which helps them be more powerful students in every class.

You'll find out more about what kinds of 'work' outside of school make a tremendous difference. You'll learn about different kinds of reading aloud and reading experiences that can add to your children's language acquisition and knowledge. And you'll learn about use of time, including the kinds of commitments, trips and family projects that can help students do better not only with reading but in science and social studies.

Dr. Ehrenworth is Senior Deputy Director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, a global literacy think tank at Columbia University. She has been an admissions officer at an Ivy League university. Dr. Ehrenworth is the author of dozens of books, including ​The Power of Grammar​ and the best-selling Pathways to the Common Core, ​and most recently, ​Essential Research Skills for Teens, Critical Literacy, ​and, forthcoming, ​The Civically-Engaged Classroom:Teaching in Times of Strife and Discord. ​ Among her more recent articles in Educational Leadership​ are: ​Revisiting Reading Workshop: Autonomy,Liberation, and Love; Growing Extraordinary Writers; Why Argue? ​and Unlocking the Secrets of Complex Texts​. She is also a parent of two children who are widely diverse learners.

Dr. Ehrenworth will be speaking at ​Springville K-8​, starting at 6:30. There will be light refreshments and time to answer questions at the end. If you are interested in attending, ​please register here​. If you have any questions, please call Susan Ouellette at 503-356-4431.

Looking For Future Educators

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A/B Day Calendar

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Beaverton School District

The Beaverton School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups. It is the policy of the Beaverton School District that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status, age, veteran status, genetic information or disability in any education programs, activities or employment.

WE Empower all students to achieve post-high school success.

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