April 19, 2021

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Message from Superintendent: Next Year’s Plan

On April 5, we welcomed our youngest learners into our schools — some for the very first time. On April 8, we continued to see students in grades 3 through 5 happily walk through our doors. Both our students and staff did an excellent job of adhering to our safety protocols while still focusing on the main objective — reconnecting and teaching kids. It was a week of smiles, laughter and pure joy. And we can’t wait to welcome the remainder of our students in middle, high and option schools back this week.

While most of our attention has been focused on successfully implementing In-Person Hybrid Instruction, we are looking ahead to the 2021-2022 school year. Many of you have asked what direction the district will take. As I have indicated previously, we try to do as much planning as possible, but ultimately, we have to react to changing COVID-19 case counts and changing Ready School Safe Learners guidance from the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA).

That being said and with the expanding distribution of vaccines, it is the intention of the Beaverton School District to welcome back all children at all grade levels for five full days of in-person instruction in the fall. Those families who do not wish to send their students back for in-person instruction should apply to our permanent distance learning option, FLEX Online School.

I want to acknowledge what a trying 13 months it has been. There’s been much discussion — and yes, sometimes disagreement — about the best course of action; this has truly been uncharted territory. But one thing that I have never doubted is the passionate commitment of the staff and parents in the Beaverton School District. We all want what’s best for our children. We all care deeply about their social and emotional health, in addition to their academic process. And together, we are all part of the work moving forward.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your steadfast support of your students and the Beaverton School District.


Don Grotting


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William Walker Sensory Bins

As students return to classrooms, they aren't sharing supplies. This can be problematic, particularly in specialized classrooms where students are working on tactile and motor skills. Learn how the Beaverton Education Foundation helped to provide individualized sensory bins for a classroom at William Walker Elementary.
William Walker Elementary Sensory Bins
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State Testing

Because of the pandemic, the Oregon Department of Education requested a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education that would have allowed school districts to skip state testing this spring. However, the federal government denied that request. Therefore, to maintain our federal funding, the Beaverton School District must offer testing to our students. Parents or guardians can opt their children out of testing.

To maximize in-person instruction time for Hybrid students and to provide testing opportunities for CDL and FLEX Online School students, the district will provide testing opportunities on Wednesdays (asynchronous learning days only) in May and June.

Students will take the tests at their home schools; FLEX students will take the tests at the District’s Central Administration Center (16550 SW Merlo Rd.). Transportation will be provided for students who live one mile (elementary) or 1.5 miles (secondary) from their home schools; FLEX families must provide their own transportation.

Please complete this form to tell us if your student plans to participate OR if your student plans to opt out of testing.
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CSPAN's StudentCam National Video Documentary Competition

Congratulations to Alan Zhou and Kyler Wang, students at Sunset and Lincoln High Schools! They are second-prize winners in CSPAN's StudentCam national video documentary competition. They'll receive $1,500 for their documentary, "Finding Common Ground," about political division and partisanship.

StudentCam 2021 2nd Prize - Finding Common Ground
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Clothes for Kids

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Between opening day on August 24 and March 30, there were 1,867 visits to Clothes for Kids. Thank you to all our dedicated and faithful volunteers!

We continue to need volunteer help, specifically to sort incoming donations. Please contact Johanna Shrout at
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Fake & Fatal

We implore all middle and high school students and their parents to join us for “Fake & Fatal,” a community conversation about the dangers of buying fake pills made from deadly fentanyl on social media. This alarming trend has claimed the lives of more than one unsuspecting BSD student in the past year. This virtual event will be held on Thursday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. You can watch the presentation on the District's Facebook page or YouTube channel. In addition to local experts, we’ll hear from Cedar Park and Sunset parents Jennifer and Jon Epstein, whose son, Cal, died of fentanyl poisoning in December.

Your child's life is worth investing the time.

This event is being held in partnership with Washington County Public Health Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Department and the Beaverton Police Department

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Mountainside Leadership

April 19 to 23 is National Student Leadership Week. Building school culture and a sense of community has been challenging for student leaders during the pandemic. As middle and high school students prepare to return to classrooms, Mountainside High School's student leaders shared their experiences and what they have planned when students return.

Mountainside High School Leadership Students
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School Board Candidate Forum

The Communications & Community Involvement Department will host a Candidate Forum on Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. For more information on the candidates running for School Board in the May 2021 election, visit the May 2021 School Board Election webpage.

If you'd like to submit a question for the School Board candidates, please complete the Candidate Forum Questions Form by Monday, April 26 at 5 p.m. ease complete the Candidate Forum Questions Form by Monday, April 26 at 5 p.m.
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COVID-19 Dashboard

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In our efforts to be fully transparent, the Beaverton School District is publishing data on reported positive or presumed positive COVID-19 cases among our students and staff on our website. This data is collected by the Oregon Health Authority and is published weekly in the COVID-19 Reporting Report. The reporting window for cases covers Monday of the preceding week through Sunday; the report is typically released on Wednesday. To protect the privacy of those involved, no names will be released. The data is provisional and subject to change as additional test results are received and public health investigations proceed.
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Spring Food Resources

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Hybrid Starts (Middle Schools + K-8 Grades 6-8)

April 19

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High & Option Schools

April 19-21

Hybrid Starts (Option & High School)

April 22

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District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.

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Published by: Communications & Community Involvement Dept.

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