Whitford Newsletter

March 2022

Principal Message

Hello Whitford families,

It’s hard to believe that we are already through February and into March. Spring Break is only two weeks away and hopefully the sun will come out soon bringing some much needed warmer temperatures.

March is a busy time for middle schools. We are beginning to forecast our incoming 6th graders this week and prior to Spring Break, we will be forecasting our current 6th and 7th graders. It’s extremely important that all students forecast for next year as some of my staffing decisions will be based on what electives our students choose. Please talk with your student about what electives they are wanting. Next year, changing of student electives might not be an option.

Believe it or not, we are also talking about the 8th grade end of year celebration. On March 16th at 6:00pm here at Whitford, we will be having our monthly PTO meeting where we will begin brainstorming ideas for the end of the year as well as trying to recruit PTO members for next year. I’m inviting everyone to this meeting where I will give an update on Whitford, district news, and answer any lingering COVID-19 questions.

State testing will begin just after Spring Break. Our plan is to have students test in their classrooms during their core classes as not to disrupt our schedule any further. Core teachers will give more information as we approach April. State testing is a single measure that we use to see how students are doing at a point in time. This will be the first time we will have state testing information in over two years as we didn’t test in 2020 and only about 12% of students tested last Spring 2021. We will be analyzing this data to make school improvement plans over the summer and into next year. I ask that you have a conversation with your student to do the very best they can as it will help inform our decisions.

Please keep your eyes open for updated COVID-19 guidance through Parent Square. At this time, we are still waiting to hear what our district is going to decide when it comes to masking, social distancing, and other COVID-19 protocols. Our students have done a good job of staying masked and distanced this school year, however, I know they’ll be relieved when they’ll no longer hear me tell them to pull up their mask up or to separate at lunch. Trust me, I won’t miss it either.

All in all, we are in a better place than we were prior to Winter Break when it comes to student conduct. It took half the year to get them settled into school mode. We are building positive relationships with students, getting to know families, and learning how to best communicate, work, and support each student.

Take care,

Brian Peerenboom, Principal

Whitford Middle School

After School Club forms

After School Clubs will be starting the week of March 28th! Please see the link below for information about each club and how to sign up!


LatinX Club

Art Club

Science Bowl

Magic the Gathering




Student Newspaper : Whitford Weekly

Whitford Weekly (Student Newspaper)

Link to the Student newspaper: https://sites.google.com/bsd48.org/twt-issue-whitford/home?authuser=2

Mr. Rooke-Ley's class was featured in a recent BSD news. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYKiXnHP3KU

Whitford Drama Presents:

The Love of Three Oranges


3/4 at 7PM

3/5 at 2PM and 7PM

cost is $5 per person

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8th grade Forecasting for High School

Just a reminder... High School Forecasting is due March 11th. Below are the links to our feeder high schools.

Beaverton High School
  1. Course selection form: bit.ly/9bhs2022
    1. Students must be logged into Google on their BSD address.
    2. They may complete the form as many times as they need to- it overwrites each time. So if they change their mind, they can just do it again.
  2. Online Academic Planning Guide: https://bhs.beaverton.k12.or.us/academics/academic-planning-guide
    1. Includes course information and links to videos about the course offerings.
  3. Campus Tours: https://bit.ly/BHSTours
    1. We are offering evening tours for current 8th grade students and their families to help them learn about THE Beaverton High School. You will get a chance to explore our campus on a tour led by Principal Anne Erwin or one of the assistant principals and a current BHS student or two. Tours start at 5:00 pm and take about 75 minutes. Come for a tour on March 4 or March 11 to learn about academics, athletics, activities, and all that BHS has to offer.

Southridge High School

General presentation

Dual Language Presentation

Mountainside High School

Mountainside 9th Grade Forecasting Information & Form

Info about CTE at all of our high schools.


6th and 7th grade Forecasting

Current 6th and 7th graders will be forecasting for next year's electives the week of March 14th-19th.

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6th & &th Graders -- Interested in AVID for next year?

Interested in applying for AVID for the 2022-2023 school year? Use this link for information on how to apply! --> https://bit.ly/AVID2223.

Not sure if you should apply? AVID typically serves first generation college students who are driven to be successful in middle/high school and beyond!

Counselor Appreciation Week

A few weeks ago, was Counselor appreciation week. Students wrote notes of appreciation for their counselor and posted it on the counselors doors. Mrs. Miller's class posed for a picture showing love in a special way.
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OBOB Oregon Battle of the Books Winner

The Oregon Battle of the Books School Champion has been determined. Congratulations to the:

Geico Geckos

Akshara Ashok

Yunah Kim

Halle Longgood

Emily Coutino-Lopez

Jeesoo Kim

They will move on to the regional competition.

Thank you to all the teams that competed.

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OH BABY, BABY!! Yearbook Pics

Attention All Whitford Students: This year our yearbook will feature a "Baby Picture" page for all grade levels. If you would like to have your baby picture in the yearbook, send a digital copy to Mr. Sieg at: steve_sieg@beaverton.k12.or.us. All photos are due no later than March 8th Thank you.

Purchasing a Yearbook

The Yearbook is now available for purchase. The cost is $15. To purchase a yearbook with a credit card, you can go through the online payment system. To pay with cash or check, have your student bring payment to the office. Yearbooks are handed out to students the last week of school.

Introduction to Trades

Whitford's UpGrade students attended the "Girls Build" construction program at Merlo Station this week. All students were engaged in creating extremely beautiful clipboards by using chop saws, drills and other shop tools under the guidance of a professional team of highly qualified women. Fantastic introduction to the "trades".

February Cool Coachmen Winners

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Ms. Shipley's Spanish Class Learns Spanish in a Different Way!

Students hear popular and relevant examples of Spanish through real-life examples. This new curriculum, which creates stronger and more lasting connections than traditional textbooks, was made possible through BEF’s crowdfunding platform, Beaverton’s Choice.


4th Annual Special Education Parent Resource Fair

Please join us for the 4th Annual Special Education Parent Resource Fair via Zoom on April 6, 2022 from 6-8pm!

Parents will have an opportunity to listen to presentations from different organizations and businesses that serve children with disabilities and their families! Parents will also have an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters after their formal presentations.

The fair will include presentations from:

  • Spectra Gymnastics

  • Oregon ABLE Savings Plan

  • Decoding Dyslexia

  • Palladio Consulting

  • TriMet: Ride Connection

  • Disability Resource Center at PSU

and more!

To register please visit: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/special-education/parent-resource-fair

We hope to see you there!

OUTDOOR School for 6th Grade Students


Outdoor school will be Tuesday May 10 through Friday May 13th. Students will participate in 4 day trips to different locations for Outdoor School.

Upcoming Events


3/4 Fall Play 7-8PM

3/5 Fall Play 2-3pm and 7-8pm

3/11 8th Grade Forecasting is Due

3/16 Parent Meeting at Whitford (PTO) 6PM

3/17 Band Spring Concert 7:00 PM

3/21-25 Spring Break (No School)


4/7 Breaking Barriers 6-7:30 PM

4/7 6th Choir Concert 7:00 PM

SUMMER SPAIN 2023 Travel Plans?

Do you want to travel to Spain in the summer of 2023? We will visit Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, and the Alhambra while tasting local foods, experiencing local culture, and learning about the rich history of these beautiful places! Mrs. Dearborn will have an informational meeting on the evening of March 10 at 7:00pm. Let her know if you are interested in this trip! Email: carolee_dearborn@beaverton.k12.or.us

See attached PDF for more information

Free Dental Clinic

Wednesday 3/9 Walkup appointments start at 10:30am (first come, first served)
Tualatin School House Pantry
3550 SW Borland Rd, Tualatin
For an early scheduled appointment, call: 971-930-5013