Maverick Express january 2021


Welcome back from Winter Break! We hope the break gave our families time to rest and reflect on a year that we are excited to see behind us. I'm sure you join me in hoping that 2021 brings good health to all and eventually time together as an entire community.

January culminates the first semester/quarter 2 for the school year. Please check ParentVue/StudentVue on Monday, January 11th after 8:00am for updated grades. As we head into the final weeks of quarter 2, it is important for parents and students to know where they stand before final grades. February 4th is the last day of the quarter and second semester/quarter 3 begins on Monday, February 8th.

In addition, information regarding forecasting will start to come out in January, as well. The goal is to create a virtual Curriculum Fair and to share forecasting materials virtually, as well. Look for information to come out from the counseling department in January and through February. Be aware that forecasting may occur later than usual as we determine what the 2021-22 school year schedule looks like.

I was very excited to conduct the first Principal's HERD (Here Everyone Respects Diversity) meeting with over 40 students before the break. We worked with the District Administrator for Equity and Inclusion, Pat McCreery. During the meeting, students learned about one another, discussed ways for MHS to address inequities, and/or how to eliminate hate speech. And, the HERD looked for solutions and ideas to create a welcoming, safe school for all. The HERD will meet monthly and our efforts will be on-going.

Together, we are committed to a school culture that allows us to:


If you have any questions about this information or about becoming involved at Mountainside, please do not hesitate to call our office at 503-356-3500.

Mountainside High School. Home of the Mavericks!!!

#MavUP! CONNECTED...together while apart


Todd Corsetti



Please help to support our Junior IBDP students with their CAS Project by supporting their Toy Drive for Doernbecher children's hospital. The drive will take place for two weeks, from January 11th through the 22nd. Drop-off bins will be available Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 3:00pm. The bins will be located at the front of Mountainside HS. We can only accept new items and are accepting donations for children ages 0 to 10, as well as from ages 11-18, and for parents of children at Doernbecher. Here are a few items we are looking for: (Ages 0-10): teething toys, stuffed animals, Legos, puzzles, wooden blocks; (Ages 11-18): art kits, chapter books, make-up and nail polish kits, clothing, recent movies, gift cards; (Parents): adult level novels/books, adult coloring books, Sudoku, headphones, gift cards. If you would like to donate money to this event, there is an Online Payment System through Mountainside (Toy Drive for Doernbecher). We can only accept money through this online system. Thank you for your support.

anti-hate student reporting form

In the wake of a tumultuous 2020 and with increased awareness of social justice issues, the Mountainside Administrative Team, with the collaboration of the MHS Equity Team and the MHS Counseling Team has developed a Hate Speech Report form for students. The form is intended to address several kinds of situations that create unsafe environments for students at Mountainside, whether online or in-person. With this form we hope to shed light on incidents we may have been previously unaware of by offering students an easy way to report issues that arise. We plan to address all incidents with a process that involves education first, a "calling-in" of hate-oriented behavior, discipline when necessary, and healing where possible.

What do we consider "hate"? Any form of action or lanugage that physically harms a student or creates a "hostile educational environment, including interfering with the psychological well-being of a student" (BSD Student Family Handbook). This action or language may target a student's race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, or physical or mental ability. For more information on these definitions and district policy, please see the BSD Student-Family Handbook, codes 5, 24 and 28.

The FORM will be accessible to all MHS students through the all-student Canvas page. We will be taking names on the form, so it is not anonymous. In keeping with our policy around student discipline, we will keep all student names confidential. Parents can also report incidents by emailing their students' alpha Asst. Principal:

Last Names A-G:

Last Names H-N:

Last Names O-Z:


2021 Grad Celebration Update

Please know that a small, but mighty, team of parents have been meeting and planning to celebrate our graduating seniors this year. We appreciate the parent and student survey feedback we received and in response are planning an in-person Grad night “all night party”, but are also contingently planning for an outdoor event (on a different day than graduation) as well as a meaningful gift if we cannot safely have in-person events. More information will be shared in January, and we will begin the registration and payment process soon. If you are interested in joining the planning committee, have suggestions, or would like to make a donation, please contact

Have a 2021 Senior?

Celebrate your graduating Senior by purchasing a yard sign! You are supporting your student and the 2021 Grad Celebration. Look for upcoming news on how to purchase and what they will look like for 2021.

club hope

Club Hope is a club here at Mountainside dedicated to supporting students experiencing homelessness through advocacy, awareness, assistance & outreach. Last year the Beaverton School District had over 2,500 students experiencing homelessness, with about 40 at MHS. This year we are on track and unfortunately expected to have more. So, we need the incredible Mav community!!! Club Hope has always given Hope Baskets to students during the birthdays (or as close as possible depending on mobility and identification of homelessness). The baskets include necessities, a few fun items and a MHS t-shirt and spirit gear thanks to generous donations from MPACT. To keep on creating the baskets and providing these much needed necessities, we need donations from community members! To donate, we created an Amazon wish list where you can purchase items. Here is the link to the Amazon wish list: These items will be delivered to MHS and all will go into our Hope Baskets and given to MHS students experiencing homelessness (according to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act). It would be amazing if you are able to donate!

If you and/or your family are experiencing homelessness, please contact a MHS counselor, someone at MHS, or call the BSD H.E.L.P. Center at 503.356.5071 (English) / 503.356.5072 (Español).

Thank you!

MHS Club Hope


MHS Art Department is asking for donations of newspapers and old fabric or sheets that can be cut up for paper mache projects in the 3rd quarter. Donations can be left at the school between January 4th and January 20th. Place them in a bag labeled "Tamara Ottum" and drop off between 8:00am and 3:00 pm.

Mav Artists of the Month

The Mav Artist of the Month celebrates our amazing student artists in the Mountainside community. At the end of each month, the art department teachers highlight two to three students who’ve embodied excellence in their classes. The classes range from film to design to the traditional arts. Students nominated have displayed amazing creativity, high skill, and good character. Congratulations to the Artists of the Month Aliza and Vincent and thank you for making great contributions to the Mountainside Art community!



At Mountainside, the only way to purchase a yearbook is by going directly to the Jostens website: Yearbook sales are not done through the ParentVue online portal. Yearbooks are now $40 and will remain this price until March 31, 2021.

Students Grades 9-11

Parents, we are once again extending the deadline to collect school photos for grades 9-11. This is for students who missed Picture Day back in the fall. The deadline will be Monday, January 11, 2021 and the survey will close.


Senior quotes & quotes are due on Friday January 15th, 2021

  • Please send in senior quotes & photos here: (See the survey for senior photo requirements.)

Senior Ads

This year, parents, guardians, or students will have the option to create their own format for their senior ads on

Senior ads are due on Monday February 1st, 2021.

Senior Ad Prices

  • Full page : $75

  • ½ page: $50

  • ¼ page: $35

  • ⅛ page: $25

Further Info

To keep up to date on all things MHS Yearbook, please follow us on Instagram: @mountainsideyearbook

Yearbook Advisor: Kathryn Noah -

Yearbook Staff:


A Message From Our Student Council Executive Board

Happy New Year! We hope that everyone had a festive winter break and holiday season. To start the new year off strong, on January 6th, Student Council will be hosting a Student Council meeting open to the whole student body. Students can come listen to what events are being planned, bring up any concerns they may have, propose ideas, and/or ask us any questions. This will occur on the first Wednesday of every month at 11:00am. Links to join as well as reminders will be sent out through Canvas Announcements on those Wednesdays. We are also releasing a Google Form where you can ask your questions beforehand if you can’t attend live or wouldn’t feel comfortable asking over Zoom ( This will also be on your Canvas announcements on January 6. The following week we will release the minutes from this meeting so all students can read what was discussed. Can’t wait to see you there!

Holiday Sharing Drive

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who participated in our Holiday Sharing Drive! Through the incredible spirit and generosity of our community, we were able to purchase 421 gifts to help support families in our school, as well as our feeder schools, over the holiday season.

Your holiday giving spirit was so incredible that we have leftover donations, which will continue to support families suffering from poverty and homelessness in our community, even after the holiday season.

We are so grateful for our office staff and Grad Night parents, as well as all of our students, parents and community members for everything you did. This event would not have been able to happen without your time, energy or support. Once again, thank you to everyone who participated!.We’re so proud of you Mavs!

Participating Schools:

Mountainside, Highland Park, Conestoga, Sexton Mountain, Cooper Mountain, Chehalem, Hazeldale, and Nancy Ryles.

Community 101

The Outreach committee is fortunate enough to be able to participate in the Oregon Community Foundation's Community 101 Organization. Mountainside will be receiving a grant of $5,000. We have decided, through a student survey of the Mountainsides Student bodies, that we will be donating $5,000 to promote/bring awareness to as well as support mental health & suicide prevention in Oregon. So far we have researched and found a list of 501c registered non-profits that we have contacted and invited to a virtual interview. Based off each of the interviews we will conclude our search for a non-profit, and that will be the non-profit organization our grant money will be donated to.

Holiday Spirit Week

In December we had an amazing spirit week with plenty of submissions and winners! If you were chosen for a prize, your reward is coming soon. Thank you Mavericks for all your spirit and energy. It's been a rough year, but our school spirit is still booming!

Among Us Tournament

An upcoming event we have planned will be an Among Us tournament. Sign-ups will be in January and you will have a chance to win an awesome prize. More information will be given soon.

Mental Health/ Wellness Week

Hey Mav’s, we know the end of the semester can be a very stressful time. Especially now with these circumstances, we want to help relieve some of your stress. The week before the semester is over there is going to be a mental health/wellness takeover on social media. Each day there will be activities or tips to help you relax, improve your self-care, and laugh a little. Be looking for more details in the Wednesday announcements and on our social media!


If you are still interested in joining and looking at clubs, please go to our MHS school update for all club information.

mpact parent group

New Mavs Spirit Wear

We are excited to announce new Mavs spirit wear to our online store! Check out all new styles and start your holiday shopping!

Mountainside Merchandise (

Save the Date

Our Mountainside High Electronics Recycling Event will be held in the student parking lot on Saturday, April 24th, 2021, from 9:00am to 12:00pm. We want to encourage everyone to start setting items aside now as this is a chance to help the school with your donations as well as properly recycle items in conjunction with Earth Day 2021. Please find a list of acceptable items below.

Bottle and Can Recycling

Lots of Bottles & Cans after the holidays? Save yourself a trip and help support our graduating seniors! Donate your recyclable bottles and cans on Sunday, January 10th from 10am-12pm in the MHS student parking lot. All money raised will go to the 2021 Grad Celebration, reducing the cost for all and supporting students unable to pay. If you are not able to make it that day, we will be doing Bottle Drives every month through May, or you can contact to arrange for large donation pick-ups. You can also set up your BottleDrop account to donate directly to Mountainside PACT, which will also support our Seniors. Go to to DONATE NOW or set your account up to auto-donate for the year!

Monte's Closet

Monte’s Closet is a service at Mountainside High School, located in the Counseling Office, that provides free clothing, personal items, and school supplies to students and families in need. Monte’s Closet is a judgement free and completely confidential room where families who need a little extra help can access basic necessities.

Monte’s Closet is made possible through generous donations from our MSH community. If you have a need please contact Social Worker Amy Wirtz so she can add items to the Monte's Closet Amazon Wish List. If you would like to donate to Monte’s Closet, please check out our Monte's Closet Amazon Wish List and consider purchasing any item or items listed.

If you have any questions, or would like additional information, please contact our Social Worker Amy Wirtz-

MHS Volunteers

If your company offers matching gifts for your volunteer work, please remember to log your volunteer hours with them.

The BSD Clothes Closet

The Clothes Closet is looking for donations of new and gently-used clothes and shoes as well as volunteers to help sort through donations. You can drop off new or clean, gently-used boys, girls, mens and womens clothing and shoes to the BSD Clothes Closest located at 16550 SW Merlo Road in Beaverton. The Clothes Closet is located in grey portables on the west side of the building. You can drop off donations between 9:00am-3:00pm, Monday, Tuesday or Thursday, or 12:00pm to 6:00pm on Wednesdays.

The BSD Clothes Closet provides clothes free of charge to school age kids in our district, including those doing home school and online programs.

They are also looking for volunteers to come in and help process donations, and assist families getting clothes (covid-style precautions are in place). If you are already an approved BSD volunteer, you can sign up by emailing the district volunteer coordinator, Johanna Shrout, at

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