August 31, 2020
2020-2021 School Year Calendar
We have updated the 2020-21 District Calendar.
Calendar is subject to change based on contract negotiations and resource availability. In the event inclement weather or other emergency closures prevent the District from meeting required instructional hours set by ODE, the days will be made up in June.
We've launched a new section on our website to help parents guide their students through Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). It's a library of on-demand videos and resources called Family Toolkit. We'll continue to add resources throughout the next few months. Check it out today!
Free Kids’ Clothing - The Clothes Closet is Open!
The District-run Clothes Closet is open to distribute new and gently used clothing to any BSD student in need. Given the COVID-19 situation, we’ve had to move to an appointment-based system.
If you’d like to schedule an appointment for your student to shop, please go online. If you’re unable to access our online calendar, call 503-356-4322 to schedule an appointment. Please note: all Clothes Closet visitors will need to wear masks. If you don’t have your own, we’ll provide them.
Internet Connectivity Update
Good news! BSD and Comcast have extended their partnership to provide free internet service to additional BSD families through June 30, 2021! We’re also extending free internet service for those families who have already signed up for the BSD-Sponsored Comcast Internet Essentials program through June 30, 2021. The program is open to students who qualify for free or reduced-cost meal benefits. Applications are available online.
If your elementary or middle school student does not qualify for the Internet Essentials program, fill out this form to request a hotspot.
If your high school student doesn’t qualify for the Internet Essentials program, you can apply online for a free hotspot through our partnership with Sprint’s 1Million Project.
Can you help support students who need internet connectivity? If so, please consider donating to BEF’s Back-to-School Connect Campaign.
Devices for the Fall
New devices purchased through the 2014 Bond have just arrived, and our Information Technology staff is preparing them for distribution. Students, including incoming 6th graders, should continue to use the devices that were issued to them in the spring for now. Here's what you need to know:
Grades K-2 students will receive iPads. Device exchanges will occur between September 1-10. Each school has shared the dates and times for exchange with their communities.
Grades 3-5 and middle school students at comprehensive (non-option schools) will receive new Chromebooks. We anticipate beginning the exchange process in late September. Option school students received new devices last year.
If your student's device is not working, your student did not check out a device in the spring and now needs one, or your student is new to the District, please email our Student Help Desk at email@example.com for assistance.
Change to Student Chromebook login
Beginning September 8, the student login to Chromebooks will change. This change provides important security improvements. Students will log into their Chromebooks with their full student email addresses (i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org).
Setup, login instructions and answers to general support questions can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
Device Protection Program
Anticipating that all students will get a district-owned device (either Chromebook or iPad), the District adds a fee of $20 to students’ Online Payment accounts (maximum fee of $60 per family per school year) to enroll them in the Damage-Loss Protection Program. This fee is waived for families who qualify for the free or reduced-price meal benefits program and have completed the Permission to Share form. Students need to pay the assigned fee prior to any damage or loss claims to be eligible for the Protection Program coverage and no later than 30 days after they begin school.
Students may choose to decline coverage. However, doing so isn't recommended, because a family would then assume full responsibility for any costs due to damage, loss or theft. These costs could be as much as $300 per incident, regardless of how the damage occurs.
Visit the Student Device Resources webpage for more information.
BASE Unites Two Schools as One
Staff at Beaverton Academy of Science and Engineering — known as BASE — are excited to officially celebrate (virtually) the newly unified school. BASE will incorporate the strengths of both the Health and Science School and the School of Science and Technology.
As the mission statement describes, “The Beaverton Academy of Science and Engineering welcomes and prepares a diverse community of students to thrive, lead and contribute to a better world through challenging, innovative and collaborative learning experiences.”
“While we may live in interesting and uncertain times, the BASE community will continue to provide challenging and innovative learning opportunities for students in science and in the pathways of biomedical studies, computer science and engineering,” says Principal Andrew Cronk. “Like the phoenix, we rise — melding two traditions into a single accessible and unified learning environment.”
The school will welcome students back – virtually – on September 14.
“I am particularly excited about all of the students coming together,” says student body president, Natalie Dueltgen. “BASE is very much community- and collaboration-focused. We will all have the chance to get to know and learn from people with different passions and pathways, and that is something I greatly look forward to. Though this year may be difficult and different than we anticipated, I am sure we will find ways to stay involved, connected and unified as a school community.”
Virtual School Board Business Meeting
Monday, August 31, 2020
Middle School Boundary Adjustment Advisory Committee Meeting
Thursday, September 3, 2020
District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.
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