Hello from ACMA

March 2020

Message from Principal Paige

Hello from ACMA, March 2020

Open Mic Night - Tonight!

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Peter and the Starcatcher

March 5, 6, and 7 at 7:00 pm and March 8 at 2:00pm. Tickets now available online.

Peter and the Starcatcher, based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, tells the story of a young orphan Boy and the heroine Molly. They must work together to thwart the plans of the pirate Black Stache, and along the way learn about the bonds of friendship, duty, and love.

This family-friendly show has a little bit of everything: pirates, mermaids, and even singing mollusks! Come join us for some big fun on the high seas.

Poster by student Bethany Kemper

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BSD released a draft plan for the Student Investment Account allocations. These are funds from the Student Success Act and the information in the draft plan shows how resources might be allocated across the district. They include changes, particularly around mental health support, at all schools. ACMA, for instance, would gain a “0.667047 Behavioral Health Paraeducator” but now be staffed at one counselor for every 399 students, rather than the three counselors we currently have on staff to serve our 700 students. You can see ACMA's information is under "Options Schools." The district is inviting students, staff, and families to provide specific feedback on this draft plan, and you can find the link just below the information on the website. https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/get-involved/student-success-act

First Friday Coffee on March 6th

Join Principal Bjorn in the library at 7:30am to hear about what is happening at ACMA. Coffee is always provided.

Keeping Those Germs Away...

With still 4 months of school left, we have exhausted the supply of disinfecting wipes and kleenex. We are working hard to keep the germs away for the rest of the flu season.

Any donations will be gladly accepted in the Main Office to distribute to the class rooms. Thank you!

Senior Field Trip

Seniors, we have a great field trip lined up for you! We have secured a spot for ACMA seniors to visit the NW Youth Careers Expo in Portland on Tuesday March 10th 2020, leaving at 10am and returning by 2:00pm. There will be almost 200 booths to visit, representing the state's leading employers. Please save the date and we’ll bring more info and permission slips to your Ohanas soon.

Check out the website here: https://www.portlandworkforcealliance.org/our-work/expo/

FREE Ballpoint Author Event

Come celebrate the book unveiling with ACMA’s published student writers! Free reading by the authors of Ballpoint 2019, an anthology of literary experiments, poems, song lyrics, essays, prose poems, short stories, flash fictions, personal narratives, and novel excerpts. Thursday, March 12th at 5pm, ACMA Library
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State testing is right around the corner!

The annual state testing kicks off on March 17th and March 18th for Juniors. This year ACMA is splitting up the testing into shorter sessions over more days to help ease the burden of long testing sessions. Middle Schoolers aren’t expected to start their testing until later this year at the discretion of their classroom teachers.

What to know for the 17th and 18th:

All Juniors should show up to the main gym at the start of school well rested with a Chromebook, calculator, and pencil as we will be working on both math tests first. Then, at a later date in April (the 7th and 8th) we will be doing this again but with the reading tests. Just a reminder that these tests are not timed tests, and students can take their time answering each question to the best of their abilities. This is probably one of the easiest ways for students to meet their “essential skills”, which are benchmarks that must be met before they can graduate. If Juniors don’t meet their essential skills benchmarks through ACT or State Testing, then they will need to do additional testing their Senior year.

Opting Out

If you desire your student to be opted out of state testing, the opt out form was sent through district mailing back in January. However if you have lost that link, it can be found here:


Important to know if you are a parent of a middle schooler and you desire to opt your student out, that testing is integrated into their classes. Any students opted out will not get any additional academic instruction during this time, and instead will just be able to read a book or have silent studying time.

If you have any questions, please email Mr. Roberts at matthew_roberts@beaverton.k12.or.us

Story Slam Coming to ACMA

Calling all writers, storytellers, and students who like to own the stage!

Washington County Cooperative Library Services is sponsoring a county-wide storytelling competition and we're looking for a team of ACMA storytellers to compete!

If you've never attended a story slam, prepare yourself for the unexpected. Storytellers spin tales based on their real life experiences. There's no need to write and memorize a long story—instead you get up on stage and tell your story in the way only you can.

No experience necessary! Cash prizes! And you'll have a parent volunteer coach to help you craft your story and prepare your performance.

contact jami@jamicurl.com for more information.

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ACMA Prom ..... Do you have your dress?

The ACMA Junior & Senior Prom will be on Saturday, May 16th. Prom will be located at the Victorian Belle Mansion in Portland.

Don't miss the Prom Dress Giveaway presented by Abby's Closet on March 14th & 15th. There are over 7000 FREE Prom dresses to choose from. Go to Abby's Closet website for more information.

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From Washington County Health Dpt

Open letter to parents: “Dear parent or guardian, It is our policy to alert parents when potential health concerns arise in our schools...” During any given school year, you may be sent a letter, written with the support of the local health department, notifying you of possible communicable disease exposures in our schools. These letters are intended to keep you informed of situations that may require medical attention for your child(ren) or they may be informational on disease trends in our schools and community. It is our intent to keep you and your family informed and healthy during our school year. Parents of students attending in the School District have the responsibility to notify the school any information regarding communicable diseases, as soon as the parent or guardian becomes aware of the condition. It is our expectation that children with communicable diseases will not be sent to school.

Outdoor Schools are Looking for Student Leaders 10-12th Graders

Outdoor Schools will run from March 9th - May 29th this spring throughout the state. Be a Student Leader of sixth-graders at Outdoor School for one week and you can earn community service hours & college credit. 10th – 12th graders are eligible. Visit the Counseling Office or www.nwoutdoorschool.org
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Career and Technical Options Fair

Career and Technical Options Fair is coming up on March 11th, 6-7:30 @ Merlo Station High School.

This event is intended to support students looking for an alternative to 4-year university. Trades, manufacturing, job training, military and community college and more will be represented. There will be resume and interview technique workshops this year as well.

Outdoor School for 6th Graders!

The Northwest Regional Education School District has announced the dates and location for the Outdoor School Spring session. ACMA 6th graders will be going to Outdoor School from April 14th to April 17th. Students will be bused to Cedar Ridge Outdoor School in Vernonia, OR. Read more about Cedar Ridge HERE.

This is FREE to all 6th graders. All forms are due ASAP to the Main Office.

Additional parent information from the NWRESD can be located on the web at http://www.nwoutdoorschool.org/parents.html

"Don't Freak Out" at Sunset High School Thurs, March 19 at 7:00pm

Come learn the secret to staying calm and how to best help when those you care about need your support. Presented by David Kozlowski, TED talk presenter, Child and Family Therapist and Heidi Swapp, mom, and entrepreneur from the "light the fight" podcast.

David Kozlowski and Heidi Swapp, for an evening community event to learn how to partner with your children, help them combat anxiety and depression and build high-quality relationships for life. This event is PERFECT for parents that need tools for dealing with their students that have anxiety and depression.

This event is free but you do need a ticket. Email margaret_fitzgerald@beaverton.k12.or.us for tickets that can be picked up in the ACMA office.

Signal to Noise Moving Image Media Festival

The 2020 Signal to Noise Festival will be held on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at Mountainside High School, 12500 SW 175th Ave., Beaverton, 97007. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the festival begins at 6:00 p.m.

The Signal To Noise Festival is a film awards ceremony and exhibition that originated at Beaverton's Arts & Communication Magnet Academy in 2001 and has occurred every Spring since then at various locations across the District.

High School Student Survey

  • Each year the District surveys students, staff, and parents to gather information for planning, program evaluation, and assessment of progress on the District's Strategic Plan.

  • The student survey takes about 20 minutes during the regular school day. The data gathered from the survey are anonymous; your child will not put his/her name or other identifying information on the survey. Like other surveys, results will be presented only about groups. No individual data will be reported.

  • Student surveys of middle and high schools include three optional questions for students to identify their gender, ethnicity / race, and sexual orientation. These questions allow for additional levels of analysis of questions on inclusion, safety and bullying.

  • Your child may skip questions or stop filling out the survey at any time. Refusing to participate or withdrawing from the survey does not affect your child's grades or class standing in any way. If you or your child does not want to participate, your child can read or do some other activity while his or her classmates complete the survey.

  • A copy of the survey is available from your child's school under the Annual Surveys tab and is posted at https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/accountabiity/research-reports

  • After reviewing the survey, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify Matthew Roberts at (503)356-3670 or matthew_roberts@beaverton.k12.or.us

Encuesta Anual de Estudiantes

  • Cada año, el distrito lleva a cabo encuestas para los estudiantes y el personal con el fin de obtener información para la planificación y la evaluación del programa así como del progreso del Plan Estratégico del Distrito.

  • La encuesta de estudiantes toma aproximadamente 20 minutos durante el día escolar. La información que obtengamos de la encuesta es anónima; su hijo no incluirá su nombre o cualquier información de identificación en la encuesta. Al igual que otras encuestas, los resultados que se presentan son sólo acerca de los grupos. No se proporcionará información de su estudiante.

  • Las encuestas del estudiante de las escuelas de secundaria y preparatoria incluyeron tres preguntas opcionales para los estudiantes identificar su género, grupo étnico/raza, e inclinación sexual. Estas preguntas permiten niveles de análisis adicionales en cuanto a la inclusión, la seguridad y la intimidación.

  • Su hijo puede no contestar las preguntas o dejar de contestar la encuesta en cualquier momento. El negarse a participar en la encuesta o no terminar de contestarla, no afecta las calificaciones o rango de su hijo. Si usted o su hijo no quieren participar, su hijo puede leer o hacer alguna otra actividad, mientras que sus compañeros de clase completan la encuesta.

  • Una copia en blanco de la encuesta, está disponible en la escuela de su hijo y se encuentra publicada en


Paying For College

There are a number of good scholarships listed on the board across from the Library, including The OSEA Beaverton Chapter 48 Student Scholarship for up to $1000; several scholarships from the Oregon Federation of Women's Clubs for various different arts, ranging from $200 to $2000; and the Beaverton Arts Foundation scholarships in both visual arts and performing arts that range from $1000 to $2500.

The most up to date information available on scholarship money can be found on the District Scholarship List at the district website under Student Services:


Many deadlines are approaching soon, so please check it out!

Also Check Out these Virtual "Paying for College" events coming up in 2020

March 10 Understanding and Comparing Financial Aid Offers

April 28 Oregon Promise

May 26 Budgeting for College

Registration: http://oregongoestocollege.org/ccc/virtual

Each virtual night starts at 6:30 pm, and private chats with a financial aid officer at one of Oregon's colleges or universities are available during each evening.

Looking For Future Educators

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A/B Day Calendar

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Beaverton School District

The Beaverton School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups. It is the policy of the Beaverton School District that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status, age, veteran status, genetic information or disability in any education programs, activities or employment.

WE Empower all students to achieve post-high school success.

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