Activities and Events at Sunset HS

December 2019


• We are thankful for all our volunteer community. We had 34 volunteers contribute over 180 hours this month! Considering it was no school November, that's a lot! Also, be sure to send any volunteer hours to your employer for matching contributions.

• Congratulations to our November Volunteer of the Month - Gage Cluff ! Volunteer of the Month comes with a nice gift card, so be sure you are logging all your hours in and you might be our next Volunteer of the Month!

You’re invited to:

· Support the Annual Holiday Charity Drive by 12/17. Sunset’s annual charity drive began November 25th and continues through 12/17. Each year, Sunset students and families show their commitment to service and community spirit by sponsoring a holiday drive for our families in need. Please give whatever you can, and help us help others have a happy, joyful holiday season.

The theme is “Winter’s in the Air, Time to Share!” Our Leadership and National Honor Society Students will sponsor specific Sunset families. Additional contributions will be distributed to local food pantries and organizations. Students are encouraged to bring non-perishable food, hygiene products, blankets, and spare change to their fourth-period classes. Our school-wide goal is 20,000 items in total.

In addition to the fourth-period class competition, our Leadership program will be sponsoring lunchtime activities offering students and faculty a chance to “compete” to help raise funds; this is a great opportunity for students to easily get involved and make a difference.

· Support our Sunset HS Families for the Holidays. Sunset PTO in partnership with Student Leadership is collecting donations for 16 Sunset HS Families for the holidays. This is on top of the charity week collection drive the students are contributing to. We are so excited to say all items have been purchased from our Amazon gift wish list! THANK YOU SHS Families! Also needed but not listed are gift cards for Fred Meyer, Macy's, Ross, and Walmart. Please drop off all gifts items at the office by Tuesday 12/10. If you have any questions, please email Lori White at LWTALKAUTISM@GMAIL.COM. Thank you for being a magical part of this season for these 16 families!!!!

· Apollos Unplugged for Charity – 12/13, 7:00 p.m. NHS and the Sunset music department will be hosting Apollos Unplugged where proceeds will be contributed to our goal. We encourage all of our students and BSD families to participate in any way that they can.

· Winter Choir Concert – 12/17, 7:00 p.m. Another wonderful way to celebrate the season. The concert is free and open to the Sunset community and general public but donations are welcome.

· Winter Band Concert – 12/19, 7:00 p.m. This is a free concert and wonderful way to celebrate the season with the Sunset community.

For Seniors:

· Senior Letter of Recommendation Packet and Scholarships. If your student is considering colleges that use the Common Application or that require a consolidated letter of recommendation from their high school, be sure to read through the Senior Letter of Recommendation documents. For a copy of the Counselor recommendation packet, stop by the Counseling Office or check Canvas.

· Tickets to the Grad Party Make a Great Holiday Gift! All seniors who are eligible to participate in Sunset’s graduation ceremony on 6/10/2019 are invited to attend the all-night Grad Party. The Grad Party is an annual event, organized by parent volunteers, that is alcohol- and drug-free and takes place after the graduation ceremony. The ticket price is now $75. All details – including registration forms, pay/donation links, and information on our fundraisers -- can be found on our SHS Grad party website. And you are invited to follow them on Twitter @shsapollosparty.

· Need to order a cap and gown? If you have not ordered your cap and gown, call JOSTENS at 503.690.7488 or order online @JOSTENS.COM or email

For all Apollos:

· Volunteers are Needed for Winter Sports Concessions. Did you know that all of the proceeds from concessions and gear sales go directly to the PTO? And that the PTO uses this money to support student and school programs that benefit all students at Sunset High School? Concessions and gear sales are the primary source of income for the PTO and we can’t support them without you! Grab a friend and sign up for a shift! It’s a great way to be a part of the action and help the school. Volunteer links are here: Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Wrestling or if the links aren’t working, through Thank you for your support -- it is always appreciated!

· Sunset merchandise available for sale Come by on Thursday and Fridays during both lunches every week at the Spirit Store by the Commons. Be sure to get your holiday gifts early for best selection.

· Walking Tour for Prospective Students on 12/12 & 12/19 – please spread the word. Tours are conducted by a school administrator and are intended for those families seeking information about Sunset, who do not currently have students attending the school. Two tours are scheduled for December. There will be additional tours January through March. All tours meet in the main office and reservations are not necessary. Please share this information with the parents of middle school-aged students who want to explore high school options.

· The Counseling office is here to help: 1) Any student who is in need of financial support to take the SAT or ACT should see their counselor for information about fee waiver support. 2) Students in need of scholarship support for formal dances (Bali, Prom) are encouraged to talk to their counselor about scholarships. 3) As the weather gets colder and school vacations approach, please know that there is community resource information available in the counseling office.

· Double Your Impact – Match It! Remember to request company matching for both donations and SHS volunteer hours. Sunset PTO received over $8K in company matches last year – from companies such as Intel, Nike, and Columbia to name a few for employee volunteer hours. Thank you to everyone who requested matches as it really makes a difference to Sunset’s programs. Search for “Sunset High School PTO” to report volunteer hours on company giving portals or make a donation and/or match request on your company portal by searching for “Sunset High School PTO Apollo Giving Program”.

· Amazon Smile Fundraiser. Support Sunset when you shop at Amazon. Access through, choose SHS as your charitable organization, and then when you purchase items, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to Sunset High School PTO. Your Amazon shopping experience will be exactly the same and the SHS PTO will earn money to continue to help the school. Bookmark the link and support SHS every time you shop. Sunset PTO received over $400 in donations from Amazon in the previous year through this program.

Digital Citizenship Resources

Digital Citizenship Resources

As we approach winter break, students will have more opportunities for screen time and digital interaction. We’ve developed a digital citizenship resource webpage to share with families.

Digital citizenship refers to using technology safely and responsibly. The District has been teaching digital citizenship to students for the past several years. In our continued work, we are now offering families information and resources to support safe and responsible digital practices.

Topics on the page include digital health and wellness, media literacy, and online privacy and safety. You can view the webpage at, or simply go to our website and enter “digital citizenship” in the search tool.

Recursos para la Ciudadanía Digital

A medida que nos acercamos a las vacaciones de invierno, los estudiantes tendrán más oportunidades para pasar tiempo frente a la pantalla y para tener interacción digital. Nosotros hemos desarrollado un sitio web de recursos de ciudadanía digital para compartir con las familias.

La ciudadanía digital se refiere al uso de la tecnología de manera segura y responsable. El Distrito ha estado enseñando ciudadanía digital a estudiantes durante los últimos años. En nuestro trabajo continuo, ahora estamos ofreciendo a las familias información y recursos para apoyar prácticas digitales seguras y responsables.

Los temas en el sitio web incluyen salud y bienestar digital, educación sobre los medios de comunicación; y privacidad y seguridad en línea. Puede ver el sitio web en el siguiente enlace, o simplemente vaya a nuestro sitio web y escriba “digital citizenship” en la herramienta de búsqueda.

Report Cards Are Going Paperless

The Beaverton School District is transitioning to electronic report cards for all students. This upcoming Progress period will be the last time we will be printing and mailing paper progress reports/report cards. The electronic report cards will be accessed through ParentVUE (mobile and desktop). If parents/guardians have not set up their ParentVUE account, they will need to do so by January 2020.

There are resources and guidance on how to set up a ParentVue account. Please view the FAQ for instructions on setting up an account.

There are several benefits to moving to paperless report cards. Families will be able to view grades days after grading days, rather than wait up to two weeks for a report card to come by mail or in their child’s backpack. In addition, moving away from paper is environmentally friendly and cost-effective for the District.

Please encourage parents/guardians to contact their school if they need help setting up or accessing their ParentVUE account or need assistance with a printed copy. We will be sharing more information about this transition in the coming weeks.


Parent & Guardian Information

Inclement Weather Information
Beaverton School District Parents and Guardians

School closure or delayed start decisions will typically be communicated to media outlets and posted on the District website, Facebook and Twitter by 5:30 a.m. and SchoolMessenger text, email or phone (depending on selected preferences).

We encourage families to make transportation and attendance decisions for their child(ren) based on their own assessment of travel conditions at their location.

When all district schools and facilities are closed

• All daytime and evening activities/events on closure days are canceled.
When there is a 2-hour delay in opening school and buses are on snow routes

• All schools will open two hours later than regularly scheduled.
• The following classes/programs are canceled:
  • AM early intervention
  • AM Preschool Classes
  • AM Health Careers & Auto Program

• Terra Nova Program is canceled all day.
• There will be no bus service for Bonny Slope, Nancy Ryles and Sato elementary schools.
• Bus services will not be provided to McKinney-Vento students living outside of the district.
When school is on time and buses are on snow routes

• All schools operate on regular daily schedules.
• There will be no bus service for Bonny Slope, Nancy Ryles and Sato elementary schools
• Terra Nova Program is canceled all day.
• If the weather forecast calls for declining weather conditions throughout the day, the district will implement snow routes for PM dismissal.
When weather conditions necessitate an early dismissal/closure of schools

• We encourage you to refer to the BSD website, SchoolMessenger and local media for more detailed information.
• All daytime and evening activities/events are canceled.

Upcoming Events and Activities:

12/10 – Tuesday

· Women’s basketball vs. Sherwood HS – 7:00 p.m.

12/12 – Thursday

· Walking tour for prospective students – 4:00 p.m.

12/13 – Friday

· Apollos Unplugged for Charity – 7:00 p.m.

· Men’s basketball vs. Newberg HS – 7:15 p.m.

12/14 – Saturday


12/17– Tuesday

· Winter Choir Concert – 7:00 p.m.

· Last day to donate items for the annual Holiday Charity Drive

12/18 – Wednesday

· Latino Parent Night – 6:30 p.m.

12/19 – Thursday

· Walking tour for prospective students – 4:00 p.m.

· Swimming vs. Southridge HS – 4:00 p.m.

· Winter Band Concert – 7:00 p.m.

12/20 – Friday

· Men’s basketball vs. Centry HS – 7:15 p.m.

12/23 through 1/5

· NO SCHOOL – Winter Break; classes resume on 1/6


· Sporting events listed here are varsity home meets/games. For a complete list of all school meets/games, including freshman/JV and “away” events, go to Only sports sanctioned by the OSAA are included on the Metro League site.

· Activities/events listed here take place at Sunset HS unless noted otherwise. When you arrive, look for signs indicating the meeting room.

· Dates/times can change due to weather and unforeseen circumstances.