Dragon News - 11.09.20

Principal's Message

This week is an unusual week with two non-student days. Wednesday we recognize the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces as we celebrate Veterans Day. To all in our ISB community who have served, please accept our gratitude for your service.

Friday is the Quarter 1 Grading Day during which teachers will assess student work and enter grades summarizing student progress so far. For most ISB classes, the 9-week grade is a progress report at the halfway point of the semester. The progress report is intended as a way for students and families to monitor student progress and plan for the remainder of the semester. For semester-long classes, only the semester grade issued in February is reflected on the student transcript. Exceptions include quarter-long 6th grade World Language classes and 11th grade Extended Study classes. Next week you will be able to access the progress reports in the ParentVue/StudentVue report card tab. If you have questions about the marks in a specific class, please ask your child, check ParentVue gradebook, and/or contact your child's teacher. All teacher email addresses are firstname_lastname@beaverton.k12.or.us.

It is difficult to believe that this week we mark nine months since schools moved into remote and distance learning. Along the way, students, families, and educators have adapted remarkably and creatively. Thank you for your willingness to partner with ISB to support your child as we learn and grow together. Wishing your families good health!


Jill O'Neill

Options School Information

Current ISB students do not need to reapply for enrollment at ISB, however siblings of current ISB students do need to apply for the lottery. Information nights for current 8th and 10th graders will be held in February as students and families prepare for the transition to high school or the IB Diploma Program.

If students are interested in applying to an Option School other than ISB, please visit the Learning Options webpage. Applications are due Friday, Dec. 11th at 4:00 pm.

Quarter 2 Course Changes

The end of Quarter 1 this week signals course changes for all 11th grade students and some 6th grade students. Beginning Monday, November 16th, 11th Grade students will rotate to their next Extended Study course and any 6th graders currently in an introductory World Language class will rotate to a different World Language. 6th Graders in an MYP Design class will remain in that class through the end of the semester.

Schedules are available on ParentVue/StudentVue - look for Q2 in the term column.

School Pictures - Nov. 16 & 17

School Picture Days are Monday, Nov. 16th from 3-7:30 pm and Tuesday, Nov. 17th from 3-6:00 pm, by appointment only. Schedule your picture appointment here.

In compliance with social distancing guidelines and in a creative use of facilities, only students and staff will be allowed in the building. Recommended social distancing and sanitization practices will be used to safeguard students and masks will be required for staff at all times and for students except while their picture is taken. Participation is free and all students, including Seniors, are encouraged to participate. Students will receive their Student ID card at the event and the photo will be used in the yearbook. Dorian Studios has mailed picture ordering information to our families and pre-ordered picture packages will be mailed to your home before Winter Break. Picture Retake Days will be scheduled in February.

For families driving to school, please pull up in the bus lane alongside the cafeteria window for the following staging areas:

  • Main school entrance (by cafeteria): This is an optional stop for students who have books, technology, or other instructional materials to drop off or pick up. If you are picking up, please hold up a sign in your car window with your student's first and last name largely written. If you are dropping off items for our food drive, a collection table will be available.

  • Side entrance (near couches and gym): A staff member will greet you and let you know when the student should step out of the car. Drivers should remain in their cars. From here students will enter the school, receive their picture card, then enter the gym for their picture. After their picture, they will exit the opposite side of the gym and walk to the Blanton Street entrance to meet their driver.

  • Blanton Street pull-through: After drivers drop off their student, they should pull forward to the stop sign and when it is safe to do so, enter the Blanton Street pull-through. Students will exit through the Blanton Street entrance (near the flag pole) and meet their drivers there.

For students walking to school. Please check in with the staff member at the side entrance. Students who drive themselves to picture day should park in the parking lot and check in with the staff member at the side entrance.

Hats, sunglasses, costumes, and other props will not be allowed in these school pictures.

Canned Food Drive for BSD Food Boxes

Please consider helping feed students and families in our district by contributing a non-perishable food item when you come to ISB for Picture Day. We are partnering with other BSD schools to help supply the food boxes that are distributed to BSD families. We are especially in need of peanut butter, pasta, and dry or canned beans.

OHSU Partnership for Scientific Inquiry Accepting 10th & 11th Grade Applications

The Partnership for Scientific Inquiry (PSI) is now accepting applications for the 2021 Program. Current Oregon sophomore and junior high school students who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine or biomedical research can participate in a free 16-week course. The PSI Program introduces high school students to the scientific process and provides access to research scientists from OHSU and other Portland research institutes. This is a semester-long program with a potential opportunity to be paired with a mentor for a summer research experience. There is no cost to students. Attendance at virtual meetings is required on Tuesday nights for two hours from February to May. Students must submit an application and arrange for one teacher or counselor recommendation to be submitted by December 21, 2020. For program details and application forms visit: www.psiprogramohsu.com.

Math Tutoring

Need help in math? Here are two possible resources:

ISB's Math Honor Society is hosting Math Tutoring sessions every Wednesday from 12-1 pm (except on Nov. 11 - Veterans Day). Students can find the Zoom link and password in their grade level Canvas Course. Please do not share the link with anyone outside of the ISB community.

Monday-Thursday from 5-6 pm, Western Oregon University's Math Education students are staffing a daily math homework help session for students in Grades 4-12. Each session will have at least two tutors available and on Tuesdays a Spanish-speaking tutor will be available. All sessions are recorded to protect both WOU and 4-12 grade students. WOU expects that all students are supervised by an adult during the tutoring sessions. Questions? Contact WOU's Dr. Rachel Harrington at harringtonr@wou.edu or 503-838-8831.


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