Kinnaman Coyotes

February 2020

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Report Card Explanation

The Beaverton Report Card has been developed to share information with parents, families, and students regarding the “end of year” expectations and targets in the academic areas of Reading, Speaking/Listening, Writing, Language, Mathematics, Music, and Physical Education.


Science, Health, Social Studies, and Visual Arts are based on the targets that were taught during that semester. They are not based on end-of-the-year targets.


When thinking about proficiency grading, imagine a student hiking to the top of a mountain that represents an end of year target. At the mid-way point through the school year, teachers will be sharing information with you about the distance they have travelled toward the mountaintop (or the target), as well as the rate at which they are progressing.


Academic Key

The academic mark reflects proficiency in the areas of Reading, Writing, Language, Speaking/Listening, Math, Music, and PE in relationship to the end of year target. Consider this number the proximity to or distance from the end of year target.

  • 4 → Highly Proficient - In addition to being proficient, working consistently at an in-depth and complex level within, or beyond, the end grade level expectations for the current grade level

    grade level

  • 3 → Proficient - Meeting end of the year expectations for the current grade level
  • 2 → Nearly Proficient - Nearly meeting end of grade level expectations for the current

  • 1 → Developing Proficiency - Far from meeting end of grade level expectations for the current grade level. Please pay particular attention to the Semester Progress Indicators as well as teacher comments

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Semester Progress Indicators

The Semester Progress Indicator reflects the rate of progress at which a student is traveling toward the target. These measures are noted as symbols on the Report Card.

  • + → Significant Progress - Making significant progress toward the end of the year target.
  • = → Steady Progress - Making steady progress that would lead to proficiency by the end of the year.
  • - → Minimal Progress - Not making adequate progress.
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Behavior Key

Behavior marks reflect your child’s performance for this term, not end of year expectations.

  • C → Consistently

  • G → Generally

  • R → Rarely/Sometimes (Needs Improvement)

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Below are the learning targets for behavior:


Manages responsibilities as a student

  • Uses class time appropriately

  • Prepares for class with necessary materials and is ready to learn.

  • Follows directions timely and accurately

  • Demonstrates quality work

  • Makes safe and appropriate choices


Self-directs learning

  • Develops a plan to achieve goals, with teacher support

  • Persists with a task over time

  • Utilizes a variety of sources to find help

  • Advocates for self


Communicates and works effectively within a team or group

  • Actively participates in group work.

  • Listens respectfully and acknowledges the contributions of others

  • Shares ideas clearly

  • Contributes to creating a safe learning environment

  • Adapts to changes in the group process with a positive attitude


Engages with technology in a safe and responsible manner.

  • Practices responsible care and use of technology

  • Demonstrates safety online, and follows guidelines when using the internet and while collaborating with others

  • Recognizes ownership of information, and how to respect the work of others

  • Keeps information private and respects the privacy of others

Report Cards will be on ParentVue (no paper copies)

The Beaverton School District is transitioning to electronic report cards for all students. The electronic report cards will be accessed through ParentVUE (mobile and desktop). If you have not set up your ParentVUE account, you will need to do so in order to view your child's report card which will be available online on Monday, Feb. 3rd. No paper copies will be sent home.

Three are resources and guidance on how to set up a ParentVue account. Please view the FAQ for instructions on setting up your account. There are several benefits to moving to paperless report cards. You 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 your child’s backpack. In addition, moving away from paper is environmentally friendly and cost-effective for the District.


Please contact the school if you need help setting up or accessing your ParentVUE account or need assistance with a printed copy.

Parent Guides for Report Cards-Math Update

To access the link, click on the desired grade level:

Kindergarten

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

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#EveryDayMatters

Parent Tip: Help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night's sleep.


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What Kinnaman Kids Are Working On

Kindergarten:

February will be a celebratory month in kindergarten. An important milestone that we will be celebrating will be our 100 Day of School! Our kinder students have learned so much! For example, we have practiced our Super Reader strategies, worked on math practices such as solving problems without giving up, worked on writing narratives about their lives, and most importantly we are learning how to be respectful, safe and responsible. We will have a 100 Day party and will do many writing, reading and math activities around the number 100. Our second celebration will focus on Friendship. Learning how to be a friend requires kindness, empathy, and respect. Some of the learning your child has made will be reflected on the report card. By this time of the year, a score of 2 indicates that your child is on track to reach the end of the year expectation. A score of a 1 indicates that your child will need extra practice in that area. A score of a 3 shows that your child has met the end of the year expectation. Please celebrate the positives and see the areas that need improvement as an opportunity for you to help your child practice using games or activities.


1st grade:

We are continuing to work on both our Non-Fiction Units in Reading and Writing. Our students are becoming experts on many topics that they have read about and our enjoying teaching others through their writing.


In math we are working on the concept of place value dealing with tens and ones. Thinking about numbers and what would be ten more or ten less, sequencing and problem solving with larger numbers.


Report Cards will be available online the first week in February. Remember the district is going paperless and will not be sent home by the teacher. Here are a few things to think about when looking at your child's report cards:


The Beaverton Report Card has been developed to share information with parents, families, and students regarding the “end of year” expectations and targets in the academic areas of Reading, Speaking/Listening, Writing, Language, Mathematics, Music, and Physical Education.


Science, Health, Social Studies, and Visual Arts are based on the targets that were taught during that semester. They are not based on end-of-the-year targets.


When thinking about proficiency grading, imagine a student hiking to the top of a mountain that represents an end of year target. At the mid-way point through the school year, teachers will be sharing information with you about the distance they have travelled toward the mountaintop (or the target),as well as the rate at which they are progressing.


Hope this information helps when looking at your child's report card. Any questions, please feel free to contact their teacher.


2nd grade:

In writing, we are wrapping up another narrative unit and will be moving back into Expository by the end of this month, with our introduction to Biographies. This is a big unit with many celebrations including a culminating Biography Bash. In reading, we will continue to learn about characters and their traits/motivation and we will be using that knowledge in our studies of historical figures and their contributions.


3rd grade:

This month some are finishing persuasive and opinion speeches in their classrooms. All of us are beginning our Reading to Learn unit which focuses on nonfiction, expository texts. In this unit, students will focus on reading expository texts and determining what the main ideas are and what supporting details are there to those main ideas. They will use the structure of boxes and bullets writing to record their reading ideas. Students will be working on synthesizing the ideas, as well as growing their literal comprehension skills. Students will also be starting nonfiction writing along with their nonfiction reading. In third grade we move away from the younger grade’s language of “all about” a topic and toward a more sophisticated way of exploring and teaching their readers about topics they are interested in learning about and then teaching their readers about. In math, we are continuing our understanding of multiplication, division and the properties and strategies associated with those areas. Practicing multiplication facts at home is great and we appreciate families who want to spend time together doing this. At school, we invest time in having students understand what multiplication and division really are in a conceptual way. For example, if they know that 6x5=30, do they also know how to show with a picture or with items that 6x5 is really 6 groups of 5 that total 30? Do they then know that 30 divided into 6 groups means there are five things in each group? These are ideas we really work to help students become fluid with understanding and applying to their work.


4th grade:

Your 4th graders are continuing to build up their Math strategy tool boxes as they learn to make sense of 3 digit multiplication and division. It helps to think, "Which number times the divisor will get me close to the dividend without going over?" Having a strong grasp of multiplication facts will also help your mathematician to be more efficient with problem solving.


Language Arts finds us exploring the world of non-fiction, paying close attention to text structure, text features, and format. Note-taking is a very important learner skill, so your fourth grader is also learning to use graphic organizers to pay attention to the most important parts of the text. Along with academic skills, we are continuing to teach, practice, and reinforce social skills such as treating others with kindness and respect, inclusivity, working productively with partners and groups, and having empathy. We appreciate your support with discussing these important issues at home with your child. Thank you!


5th grade:

Who are those big kids running laps outside Kinnaman all the time? Don't they have school today? It's just Mr. Havner's fifth graders, getting their daily dose of exercise for the Kinnaman Running Club! His class has gone for a short run / jog / walk 60 days so far this year, and they don't intend to stop! So far 11 students have reached a marathon, at 5 - 8 minute increments. As a class, they have run 615.54 miles so far (that's about two marathons PAST Sacramento, CA). In the next few days they will have three more members of the Marathon Club, whose members will most likely include the entire class by year's end. A big thanks to the PE teachers for bringing this initiative to Kinnaman!


ISC:

Hello Kinnaman families. Megan and Cassi in the ISC, have appreciated you all working with your kiddos on the concepts we are going over at school. This month we are focusing on taking turns. It is important to learn how to take turns. As adults we have to take turns all the time. From waiting our turn at a stop sign, waiting for our turn to talk, and waiting our turn in line. It is important to teach kiddos’ these skills that they will use for the rest of their lives. We use play as a way to teach taking turns. For example, one student plays with a toy for one minute while another student waits. Then when the timer goes off, the other student gets to play with the toy. The adult is there to support the activity. Students may need help waiting. We do our best to teach concepts in a fun and exciting way. Students learn better when they are interested in what they are learning. Another fun way to teach taking turns is picking songs at morning circle. Each student gets to pick a song of their choice when it is their turn. Students are learning how to take turns, in fun ways, that they will remember for the future. To combine it with last month’s theme, the students had to wait for their turn to play with the snow we made. Is there a concept you would like us to work on? Reach out to Megan or Cassi. Thank you for all that you do!


So far in STEAM...

  • K: We are working on two things at the same time! The first is learning how to use SeeSaw fluently to share the work we are doing in STEAM. Drawing, taking photos, and posting videos are all tasks which students should be able to do by the end of kindergarten. The second thing we are doing is learning about pushing, pulling, and the way matter behaves in our physical science unit!
  • 1: In first grade, we are studying sound and light waves. We have used synthesizers to learn about pitch and volume, as well as how the behavior of waves changes their sounds. We are currently making guitars out of cardboard, rubber bands, and a 3d printed bridge, and will be taking slow motion video to post to Seesaw in order to explain how the movement of the strings makes sound. We will start learning about light waves in February.
  • 2: In second grade, we are continuing our coding work using Spheros. Students are learning about angles and velocity to program a Sphero to move in patterns to complete mazes.
  • 3+4: In 3rd and 4th grade, we are getting intimately aquinted with the design and prototyping process. Students have the choice of making either a controller or an instrument out of cardboard, wires, and other conductive materials. This controller will connect to a Chromebook using a Makey Makey to control games and instruments which run on Scratch!
  • 5: 5th graders are currently working on graphic design, making advertisements on Canva.com. This is part of a set of skills students are learning to create their own businesses with a small team of friends. Businesses and products will be on display during STEAM night and the PTO Carnival in May.

Extreme Safety Hazard – TikTok Challenge on Social Media

A recent social media challenge presents both an electrical shock hazard and fire danger. Students are inserting a phone/USB charger into outlets ¾ of the way and dropping a coin in behind to create an intentional electrical short. Besides potential shock, burn, or spark causing skin/eye damage, this can create a fire inside the electrical chase. It should be noted that to our knowledge, no Kinnaman students have participated in this challenge, but we wanted to pass along the information to families and staff so they are aware.


Here is a link to the One Page Summary from TVF&R.

AVID Volunteer Tutors Needed and Paid College Student Tutor Position!

AVID Tutorial and Tutor Training

February 4, 2020 and

March 14, 2020

BSD Staff Registration & Outside BSD Registration


AVID Volunteer Tutors Needed and Paid College Student Tutor Position!

AVID Volunteer Tutor Flyer Website Link


Paid College Student Tutor Position Flyer

AVID Volunteer Tutors are needed in all the Middle Schools, Options schools and High schools


And now, just added a new Paid College Student Tutor Position! Information regarding this position can be viewed here: Detailed Handout


AVID=Advancement Via Individual Determination

The Beaverton AVID Program teaches students the skills and behaviors necessary for academic success in high school, college and beyond.

  • AVID tutors work with small groups of middle school students under the supervision of a teacher.

  • Tutors are trained to use specific strategies that help develop students’ critical thinking, literacy, and math skills.

  • Tutoring is held mainly on Tuesday & Thursday, and times vary depending on the school and volunteer availability.

  • Training and ongoing support provided.

Upcoming Events

  • 2/11: PTO meeting 6:30 p.m.
  • 2/17: No school for students (President's Day holiday)
  • 2/18: No school for students (Staff development work day)
  • 3/10: PTO meeting 6:30 p.m.
  • 3/12: McTeacher Night 5:00-8:00 p.m.
  • 3/20: Spirit Day (favorite literary character)
  • 3/23-3/27: No school for students (Spring Break)

District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.

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