February Scholls Heights Knights

Parent/Guardian Newsletter

Report Card Information

Dear Families,


This year you are able to view your student's report card on ParentVUE on February 3rd. We will no longer be printing and sending report cards home. If you have not set up Parent VUE yet, please view the FAQ for instructions on setting up your account. The report card is intended to give parents and students clear feedback on how a student is progressing towards the end of year standards for Reading, Writing and Math. For Music, PE and other subjects, it is based on student performance during that semester. The learning targets in Reading, Writing, Math and other content areas are aligned to the Common Core Standards. Behavior is reported separately from academics. Specific unit of study information for science and social studies, covered during the term, are listed in the comments section.


The standards based grading scale is based on a student’s mastery of skills and knowledge. The scale is from 1-4 at grades levels K-12.


4 = Highly proficient

Student independently demonstrates sophisticated application in new contexts.

Earning a 4 means the student has advanced knowledge and skills that are applied to other situations and new learning. A 4 is not easy to achieve. A score of 4 is earned when students produce truly exemplary work that demonstrates knowledge and skills that exceed grade level standards. Few students will earn a 4. It should not be confused with an "A" in a traditional grading system.


3 = Proficient

Student demonstrates and apply skills consistently.

Earning a 3 means the student has a proficient understanding of grade level content and has mastered the content standard for that grade level. Students at level 3 demonstrate their understanding consistently. A 3 means a student has proficiently met the end of year grade level expectations and indicates high quality work. It is our goal for each student to reach proficiency on the standards by the end of the school year. It is something to be celebrated. A “3" at the end of the school year mean the student is well prepared for content at the next grade level.


2 = Nearly proficient

Student demonstrates skills inconsistently.

Earning a 2 means the student has a basic understanding and has partially mastered the grade level standards. A student receiving a 2 inconsistently demonstrates understanding and requires assistance to master the skill. Students at level 2 have a basic understanding of concepts or skills, but have not yet reached consistent proficiency. At the beginning of the year, when a skill or concept is new, students may not demonstrate proficient mastery of the knowledge or skill because it is new and they have not had the instruction or time to master that standard yet.


1 = Developing

Students demonstrate limited skills and require significant teacher assistance.

Earning a 1 means the student has a minimal understanding of end of year concepts. Even with assistance, the student cannot use or demonstrate mastery of the standard at this time. It would not be unusual to see a “1” if a topic is new and students have not had time to master the content, such as at the beginning of the school year. A 1 at the end of the school year indicates cause for concern.


You will likely see 1's and 2's at mid-year, because your child is learning concepts that are new at their grade level. By the end of the year, “3's” tell you that your child is proficient, or has the skills and knowledge that we expect children to learn, by the end of the school year.


In addition to the grade, there is a progress indicator. The progress indicator (-, =, +) tells you if your student is learning at a significant rate (faster than expected), steady rate (right on track for expected growth), or minimal rate (this may indicate a need for concern).


The comment sections will give you additional information about the standards and your child's progress. However, please do understand that you may not see a comment in all areas.


This year, there are new Math support documents to help you understand the changes to the report card Math targets and how you can support your child at home.

Kinder First Second Third Fourth Fifth


You can find more information on Report Card Grading at this link. Specific questions about your child’s progress should be directed to your child's teacher.


Sincerely,


Tracy Bariao

Kindness Month and Week

Our Focus in February is Kindness. We practice kindness all year but strongly focus on it in February and have a special week dedicated to kindness Feb. 10-14. Staff and students will be engaged in kindness activities and challenges.

Scholls Heights Signal to Noise School Video

Be Nice Scholls Heights 2020

A special thank you to Mrs. Krueger and her class for her helping to make this possible!

Amazing Opportunity with Mary Ehrenworth!!!

Dear Beaverton Parents and Community Members,


What you do at Night, on the Weekends, and on Vacation Can Make a World of Difference to Your Child's Academic Success: Practical Advice for Families from a Leading Literacy Expert Grades K-8


Join Dr. Mary Ehrenworth on Wednesday, February 12th at Springville K-8 to find out how parents can make a tremendous difference in their children's academic success, now, and as they mature. You'll learn about what you can do to help your children become more powerful readers, which helps them be more powerful students in every class. You'll find out more about what kinds of 'work' outside of school make a tremendous difference. You'll learn about different kinds of reading aloud and reading experiences that can add to your children's language acquisition and knowledge. And you'll learn about use of time, including the kinds of commitments, trips and family projects that can help students do better not only with reading but in science and social studies.


Dr. Ehrenworth is Senior Deputy Director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, a global literacy think tank at Columbia University. She has been an admissions officer at an Ivy League university. Dr. Ehrenworth is the author of dozens of books, including The Power of Grammar and the best-selling Pathways to the Common Core, and most recently, Essential Research Skills for Teens, Critical Literacy, and, forthcoming, The Civically-Engaged Classroom: Teaching in Times of Strife and Discord. Among her more recent articles in Educational Leadership are: Revisiting Reading Workshop: Autonomy, Liberation, and Love; Growing Extraordinary Writers; Why Argue? and Unlocking the Secrets of Complex Texts. She is also a parent of two children who are widely diverse learners.


Dr. Ehrenworth will be speaking at Springville K-8, starting at 6:30. There will be light refreshments and time to answer questions at the end. If you are interested in attending, please register here.


If you have any questions, please call Susan Ouellette at 503-356-4431.

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Open House/Science Fair February 27

We hope you are able to join us for our Open House/Science Fair on Thursday, February 27! Classrooms will be open from 5:30-6:30. We will have OMSI and activities for teachers and families to enjoy together! For safety, all children need to stay with their adult. Our event ends promptly at 7:15 so staff can help clean up and get home to their families and significant others. We appreciate your understanding with this.


5:30-6:30 Open House in Rooms and Activities

6:30-7:15 Teachers and Families enjoy activities (Classrooms closed)

  • Reptiles in 3rd-grade pod

  • Technology Activities in the Library

  • Recycled Robot Challenge Display

  • Design Challenges

  • OMSI

Health Info

There have been some concerns about the recent outbreak of the coronavirus. Beaverton School District has been in contact with Washington County Public Health and have been provided the attached information and guidelines for the public. As of right now, we are directing concerned parties to the information being provided through Washington County Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Due to the virus being new, the information that is being released to the public may change and evolve as more is learned.

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Health websites from above information

Friendly Lunch Reminders

We welcome you to join us for lunch anytime. Here are a few reminders to make the experience positive for everyone.
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Resource Room

We are happy to announce that we have hired a Resource Room Teacher! Amy Benventano has been a resource room teacher for many years as well as an intervention teacher, student success coach and specialized program teacher. Welcome Amy!

Common Middle School Experience: Family Listening & Learning Sessions

Please join us to learn more about the Beaverton School District’s efforts to create a common experience at all of our comprehensive middle schools. This effort includes middle school course offerings and schedules that are standardized across the District.


The Family Listening & Learning Sessions will be held at every middle school on Thursday, February 6, 2020, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.


We look forward to seeing you there!

Message from Beaverton City Library

Award Winners and Honors: This was a big news in the library world:


New Kid by Jerry Craft won the Newberry Award—this is a great graphic novel for 4-7 graders. It’s about a 7th grader who starts at a new school, and needs to navigate the new environment as one of the only students of color.


There were 4 Newberry honor books this year:


Scary Stories for Young Foxes, a really scary chapter book for kids in grades 3-6 written by Christian McKay Heidicker, illustrated by Junyi


Other Words for Home a chapter book for grades 4-8 written by Jasmine Warga

Librarian note: I LOVE this book about a Syrian refugee making a home in America, and am thrilled it got an honor!


Genesis Begins Again, a chapter book for older readers (grade 5-8) written by Alicia Willams about a 13 year old trying to lighten her black skin.


The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Kadir Nelson takes home the gold Caldecott Medal. This picture book combines poetry and beautiful illustrations to tell the stories of African American heroes in sports, the arts, political activism, and more. Share it with all your students from pre-K to grade 5 and beyond!


There were 3 Caldecott honor books this year:


Bear Came Along, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, written by Richard T. Morris


Double Bass Blues, illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez, written by Andrea J.


Going Down Home with Daddy, illustrated by Daniel Minter, written by Kelly Starling Lyons

For a complete list of the 2019 Youth Media Awards visit: http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2020/01/american-library-association-announces-2020-youth-media-award-winners


Parent Education Nights at the Library

On February 4, we are kicking off a series of monthly Parent Education Nights starting with a film screening of Screenagers Next Chapter followed by discussion. Building upon the first Screenagers film (2016), Screenagers: The Next Chapter (2019) explores the challenges teens face in a screen-filled society and what parents and educators can do to help teens build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age. While many of the students you work with are not quite teenagers yet, this topic is definitely on parents minds when they think of their children’s world in just a few years.

Events

Here are just a few of the events at the library for your students in February in English, and in Spanish.

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· Lunar New Year

· Película para ver en familia: Dora y la ciudad Perdida

· Ramona Quimby Party

Murray Scholls

· THPRD Nature Mobile Camouflage

· Sculpey Art

· Leaping Lizards it’s leap year!

PTO Family Dance

Thank you to the Family Dance Committee and Parent Volunteers who made the Family Dance a fun, successful event!

Recycled Robots Engineering Challenge

All students are invited to participate in our 3rd annual Recycled Robots Engineering Challenge at Scholls Heights. Participation is optional and the purpose is to be creative, inventive, collaborative, and to have fun! We encourage participants to use items like those found in the Maker Space that could be RECYCLED or old toy parts or household items that could be REUSED! Could be a great snow day activity! Robots will be displayed during Open House/Science Fair on February 27th in the library. Please see below for more details.

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Mark Your Calendar

February 5- Global Play Day

February 5- PTO Meeting 6PM

February 11- Dining for Dollars: Pizzicato (all day)

February 14- Friendship Parties

February 17- No School: Holiday

February 18- No School: Teacher Professional Development

February 26- Passport Testing

February 27- Open House/Science Fair 5:30-7:15

March 2- Read Across America and Book Character Dress Up Day

March 3- Dining for Dollars: Baja Fresh (12-close)

March 4- 5th Grade Field trip to Symphony

March 4- PTO Meeting- Guest Speaker Angela Healow (Social Emotional Learning)

March 11- 5th Grade Fly-Up to Conestoga Middle School

March 12- 4th Grade Music Program 6PM

March 13- Kindergarten Cozy Read-in 9AM

Dining for Dollars- Pizzicato

Dinning for Dollars this month is at Pizzicato on February 11. Enjoy pizza and support Scholls Heights PTO. 20% of the sales will go to our school!

3rd-5th Grade State Testing

Below is a screen shot from the first page of the link below. The link has Information about why we take the test and the opt out procedure. Third-Fifth grade students usually begin testing around spring vacation. Teachers will be communicating with parents as it gets closer.

https://www.oregon.gov/ode/educator-resources/assessment/Documents/Opt-Out_Form_2019-20.pdf

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Too Sick Too School

It's normal for children to get sick from time to time. But when should a parent keep a child home? Please visit the Washington County Health & Human Services Department School Exclusion webpage for guidance, rules and communicable disease facts.


Below are some guidelines to help you make the decision about when to keep your child home from school. The recommendations are based on the guidelines provided by the Communicable Disease Program of the Washington County Department of Health and Human Services. They were developed to help prevent the spread of potentially contagious disease.


  • Fever: With fever greater than 100.5° F; student may return when fever-free for 24 hours (WITHOUT use of fever-reducing medicine).
  • Vomiting/Diarrhea: Any unexplained vomiting episode. May return 24 hours after last episode. Diarrhea equals three or more unexplained episodes of watery or loose stools in 24 hours OR sudden onset of loose stools. May return 24 hours after last episode.
  • Cough: Serious, sustained coughing, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing.
  • Rash: Any new rash accompanied by a fever. May return after rash goes away or clearance given by a health care provider.
  • Skin Lesions/Sores: Drainage from a sore that cannot be contained within a bandage OR sores are increasing in size OR new sores are developing day-to-day.
  • Other: Symptoms that prevent the student from active participation in usual school activities OR student is requiring more care than school can safely provide.


Home is the best place for a child who is ill. If your child is sick with a diagnosed communicable disease, please notify the school as soon as possible. This notification will greatly assist others who, due to medical reasons and/or treatments, have weakened immune systems and may require immediate and specialized care.

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