Sexton Mountain Elementary

March 2021

Dear Families,

We are quickly approaching Spring Break. Spring Break will mark a year students have not been in the building. The staff is working to have a smooth transition to the next phase of welcoming Hybrid students back for in person instruction. Today the governor released a statement about changing the timeline for the start of Hybrid. As many things during this pandemic this was unexpected news. The district will be releasing a response to the change in timelines soon. No matter what happens with timelines we are excited to be moving forward. Next week I will share the Hybrid numbers by class. If you have changed your mind about Hybrid or CDL please call the office they will assist you.


Lastly, I want to share some sad news for Sexton Mountain. Margaret Zwetschke has announced her retirement after 17 years of serving the Sexton Mountain families. Margaret's contributions to Sexton Mountain are too numerous to count. April 2nd will be her last day. If you wish to drop off a card or letter we will have a box to collect them. We will miss Margaret terribly but wish her the best in her retirement.

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NEW HOURS beginning April 5th for K-2, April 12th for 3-5

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Update on State Testing- (Only students in Grades 3-5 take state tests.)

There was a story in the media this week which was inaccurate. The current correct information about state testing is as follows:

  • The Department of Education said it will not approve a blanket, nationwide waiver.
  • The State of Oregon has applied for a statewide waiver. The state has not received a decision on that waiver application.
  • The district will create a plan IF the state waiver is not approved.
  • The Department of Education has given a lot of flexibility, including shortening tests and allowing states to extend the testing window into the fall.
  • Parents have the option to opt their students out of standardized tests.

Tree removal

During Spring Break we will be having the large cedar trees in the front and back of the building removed. These trees have grown quite a bit since they were planted. The Cedar's root systems are beginning to create cracks in the foundation. If we were to leave the trees they would cause long term damage to the building. While we will miss the beauty of the Cedars, we have a plan for replanting dogwoods and firs in a different location on the property to replace them.
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Lightspeed Parent Portal- Technology Safety Controls for your child

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Calendar

March 12- PTC Bingo

March 22-26-Spring Break-No school

March 23, 24, 25- Old Spaghetti Factory Fundraiser

April 5th- Hybrid begins for K-2

April 12th-Hybrid begins for 3-5