September Scholls Heights Knights

Parent/Guardian Newsletter

Back to School Night

It was wonderful to see so many parents and guardians last night. I hope you were able to learn about many of the things your child/children will be learning this year. We also hope that you were able to visit with some of our specialists, the Beaverton Library and other special guests.
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We need your help. If you need to change your child's dismissal plan for the day please send them with a note in the morning. This will limit the interruptions to the classroom during the day as currently the office calls the classroom to tell the teacher. The teacher needs to stop instruction to answer the phone and them make sure to write down the message. By sending a note in the morning, there is less interruption to learning and less of a possibility that your child will go home the wrong way. If you call or come in at the end of the day it is very difficult to find students once dismissal has begun as they have often left the classroom.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Please mark your calendars for Parent Teacher Conferences on October 17 and October 18. Teachers will be holding conferences on Wednesday, October 17 from 4-8 PM (Wednesday is a regular Early Release school day) and on October 18 from 8 AM- 8PM (No school for students.) There is no school on Friday, October 19. More information on how to sign-up for conferences will be coming in the next few weeks.

School Safety

Each month we will practice a fire drill. This practice helps prepare students to know what to do and how to safely evacuate should we ever need to.

Several times a year we will practice a Lock-Out and a Lock Down Drill.

A Lock-Out drill is when everyone is inside the building and there is police activity near the school. During a Lock-Out, no one is allowed into the building.

A Lock Down Drill is when everyone practices as if there was danger inside the building. "Locks, Lights, Out of Sight."

There is a brief video below that explains both drills.

In addition to drills, we practice safety through volunteer background checks and systems to check people into and out of the building.

These practices and systems are not always the most convenient, but our goal is to keep our children safe.
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Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant K-8

The Beaverton School District has been awarded a $669,484 Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant from the U.S. Department of Education and is in year two of the three year grant. The Beaverton School District (BSD) has developed a comprehensive project to improve the quality of physical education in the District, increase physical activity before, during, and after school, and create a school culture of wellness and activity that improves student health, nutrition, social/emotional development, and learning outcomes. In addition to the grant funds, the District has developed several community partnerships to support the project including Nike and Tualatin Hills for a contribution of over $235,000. The BSD program will serve more than 28,000 K-8 students. As part of this grant there is required data that must be collected on physical activity, nutrition and physical fitness. Please read the attached form with more information about the data collection. If after reading you decide your student will not participate in the data collection, print, sign and send the form back to the main office of your student’s school.


Parent Resources

If you haven't had a chance to check out the District's Parent Resources page I highly recommend that you take a look.

District seeks volunteers to serve on Budget Committee

The Beaverton School District has three vacancies on the Budget Committee and seeks a diverse candidate pool. These positions are in School Board Zone 3 (School Board member Eric Simpson), Zone 5 (School Board member LeeAnn Larsen) and Zone 6 (School Board member Becky Tymchuk). The District schools represented in these zones are:

Zone 3: Bonny Slope, Cedar Mill, Findley, Ridgewood, Terra Linda, and West Tualatin View elementary schools, Cedar Park Middle School, and Sunset High School High School.

Zone 5: Elmonica, McKinley elementary schools, Five Oaks Middle School, Health & Science School, Bridges Academy, Early College PCC, Merlo Station and Hope Chinese Charter School.

Zone 6: Cooper Mountain, Hiteon, Nancy Ryles, Scholls Heights and Sexton Mountain elementary schools, Conestoga and Highland Park middle schools and Mountainside High School.

Individuals interested in serving on the Budget Committee need to live in the zone they wish to represent. The School Board Zones do not entirely match school attendance areas. Zone maps are available on the District website.

Candidates must also meet the following qualifications: be a qualified voter of the District, have lived in the District for one year and cannot be a Beaverton School District employee.

The Budget Committee reviews the District’s budget and recommends needed changes. The Committee conducts business in evening public meetings held between November and June. The Budget Committee also approves the Budget Document and forwards it to the School Board for adoption by the end of June.

Budget Committee members will be appointed by the School Board.

Those who wish to apply should send a letter of interest and/or resume by Friday, September 28, 2018 to:

Beaverton School District

Communications & Community Involvement Department

16550 S.W. Merlo Road

Beaverton, OR 97003

Or email to:

For more information, please contact the Communications & Community Involvement Department at 503-356-4360

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Every Day Matters

When it comes to attendance, every day matters. According to the Oregon Department of Education, more than one in six students in chronically absent. Chronic absenteeism means a student misses 10% or more school days. That’s about two days per month.

Regular attendance will help children do well in elementary school, secondary school, college and at work. According to the Attendance Works Organization, by 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of school. By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.

Attendance habits are set the very first week of the school year, so please start building good attendance habits early. As a parent, you can help by establishing a regular bedtime and morning routine. You can also avoid medical appointments during school hours, as well as extended trips when school is in session. We will be sharing more helpful tips and information throughout the school year.