The Quill 11-13-20

Creating Opportunities Together

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A Thought or Two From Mr. Nieslanik


We have made it to the end of quarter one! I know this may not seem like a big accomplishment, but it is. Teachers have pivoted to Comprehensive Distance Learning, students have leaned into their learning through both synchronous zoom class periods and asynchronous work completion, and we all are making the best out of this situation that no one asked for. It seems like September was a lifetime ago, but in two short months, we have come so far. We all ache to be back together, and soon enough this be our norm once again, but until then I ask us all to continue to lean into our community, our work, our school, and our unified goal of academic success.

Our next edition of The Quill comes out on December 4th. In the interlude, we all will take off from school for Thanksgiving Break. I am so thankful for being part of this community, for being your Principal, and for the students who make up our student body. I also thank each and every one of our families for partnering with us in this work. Thank you and may your Thanksgiving holiday be thoughtful, peaceful, and restful.

Until next time, David

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Grading Options for 2020-21

Teaching and Learning has given schools some variance on how grades can be awarded this year. CDL has caused us to be thoughtful on how we are assessing and marking student performance in a virtual standards based learning system. To summarize:

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BSD has opened up the options for students who are on the verge of learning, but may not have submitted evidence. Thus, teachers may choose to give an incomplete grade instead of an F. Teachers may also chose to give an N (No Basis) grade instead of an F mark if there is no evidence of learning. In some situations a teacher may choose to withdraw a student from the course.

If any grade is given other than an A, B, C, D, or F the teacher must communicate with the guardian, student, counselor, appropriate administrator and case manager if the student is on an Individual Education Plan. If you have any questions please contact your child's teacher or counselor at <first name_last name @>.

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Class of 2021 Information from Jostens

You may have already received a series of emails from Jostens, our graduation partner, about placing orders for your graduation materials. The deadline to place your order has now been extended to Friday, November 20. By placing your order by the deadline, your order will be covered by Jostens' refund policy.

There are 2 ways to place your order:

  1. Order Online at - this is the easiest way to place your order. Click "Shop High School", enter Southridge High School (make sure to select the right SRHS!) then click on the Graduation tile. What is needed at graduation is "The Basic Package" at the bottom of the page to get your cap, gown, and tassel for $42.
  2. Order on the Phone at 1-800-JOSTENS (567-8367). This is the best option if you prefer to make a deposit or to order without payment. Jostens will have Spanish speakers available.

Please note that ordering cap and gown from Jostens is not required for graduation. If your family would like to borrow cap and gown, please contact Assistant Principal Sho Shigeoka,

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Scholarship and Financial Aid Pointers from the College Career Center

  • Create an email folder for specific scholarships.
  • Create individual folder for websites that contain multiple scholarships. If you find a website sending you a lot of junk and invaluable mail, you can delete that specific email and still receive information from other sources.
  • Keep a list of your emails with the website and link on your desk top or someplace you store important information.
  • Valuable websites:
  • FAFSA or ORSAA are important documents in the Financial Aid process
  • Ford Family Foundation (TFFF) will offer scholarships through their own application.
  • Some of your best aid may come directly from the university you choose to attend. Be sure to look for separate scholarship applications on the Financial Aid page of each college you apply to and fill out the applications even if you have not yet been admitted or have not yet decided to go there.
  • Create an OSAC account where you may select up to 20 of the 600 scholarships they offer.
  • Create an account at then if you have more time, also make an account at and
  • Check out the SRHS scholarship list which you can find on Canvas. Go to your class page then tap the College & Career button. It is updated weekly.
  • Do you plan to go to PCC? If so, you may be eligible to apply for Oregon Promise and Future Connect. These are both great!
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2019-20 Report Card Released

Southridge High Schools 2019-20 Report Card was recently released. I have attached a PDF copy of our report card below.
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Hawk Support Time

If your child needs to turn in materials no longer needed, repair their chrome book, or pick up new supplies for the second quarter we will be open for Hawk Support Time during the following windows:

  • Friday 11/13: 8:00am-3:30pm
  • Monday 11/16-Friday 11/20: 10:30am-12:00 noon
  • Monday 11/16-Wednesday 11/18: 2:45pm-6:00pm. Do know that during the last two hours of this time there will be no one on campus to help with chrome book repairs.
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Update from Athletics

It was so amazing to see student-athletes this week. Thank you to all the coaches that came and welcomed our athletes. The athletes were so excited to be back on campus and to see their coaches.

Unfortunately, when the Governor paused Washington Co. for 2 weeks and recommended that schools pause indoor activities. The Beaverton School District has made the decision to pause for 2 weeks and reevaluate on November 30th.

Outdoor athletics may continue during this time and we will be keeping the same weekly schedule.

Please make sure athletes are registered online through Parent Vue with their Participation form, current physical and pre-participation examination form, and COVID-19 wavier. All forms can be found on our Southridge Athletic website page. If you have any questions, please contact Athletic Director, Trisha Shoemaker.

A Snapshot Into This Week at SRHS

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Upcoming Events

Monday 11/16: First Day of Quarter Two

Tuesday 11/17: Latino Parent Outreach @6:30pm

Thursday 11/19: November SEAT Meeting @6:00pm

Wednesday 11/25-Friday 11/27: School Closed, Thanksgiving Break

Thursday 12/3: Principal Chat, @6:30pm: Latino Parent Night

Monday 12/7-Wednesday 12/9: SRHS Accreditation Visit

Wednesday 12/9: PTO Meeting @4:45pm

Monday 12/21-Friday 1/1: School Closed, Winter Break

Monday 1/4: School Resumes