Dragon News - 09.21.20

Principal's Message

Thank you, students and families, for your enthusiastic start to the new school year! Our teachers were excited to meet their students and launch learning. During Comprehensive Distance Learning, we will be sending out weekly newsletters every Monday. We'll try our best to streamline communication to keep you informed.


Jill O'Neill

Counseling Center Drop In

Counselors are available to help students and families. To schedule an appointment, please email your counselor:

The Counseling Office also has open office hours from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm on Mondays and Fridays for drop in appointments. See Zoom information below:

Virtual Counseling Office:

Meeting ID: 921 9981 9354

Passcode: dragons

Student Attendance

Just like in a traditional school year, attendance matters during Comprehensive Distance Learning. Students are expected to engage daily in their classes and will be marked absent if they do not participate in the synchronous learning each day. If a student is marked absent, beginning at 5 pm parents/guardians will receive phone calls that their child has not yet engaged in the learning. Students have the opportunity to still engage in the learning that evening in order to have the absence changed.

If you know that your student will not be able to engage in the learning on any school day, please call the Attendance Office at 503-356-3691 to excuse their absence. This may be due to illness, appointments, travel, etc. Excusing an absence through the office will prevent the absent notification call from being made in the afternoon.

Curbside Pick Up

Thank you for everyone's patience and flexibility as we repeatedly rescheduled our first three Curbside Textbook & Material Pick Ups due to poor air quality. We enjoyed reconnecting with students and families during the weekend events. There are two remaining dates for you to make curbside pick up appointments: Thursday, Sept. 24 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm and Friday, Sept. 25 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Using your student's first and last names, please sign up here. Please submit a separate reservation for each ISB student in your family.

8th-12th Graders enrolled in AGS 2 or higher will need a Graphing Calculator. They are available for checkout from ISB. You can request a Graphing Calculator here at least 24 hours prior to your reservation.

If you arrive at ISB in a car, please use the bus drop off lane to pull up to the front of the school. Hold a sign up in the front window with the first and last name of the ISB student(s) clearly visible - large print really helps! Staff will be wearing masks and gloves to place your textbooks and materials in a bag on a table. When they step back, you can retrieve the items from the table.

If you arrive at ISB by walking or biking, please stand by the side entrance (near the couches and gym) and hold up a sign with first and last name of the ISB student(s) clearly visible. We will bring the items to a table near the side entrance and maintain appropriate social distance.

We will schedule additional pick up days if necessary. Please contact your student's counselor if there are extenuating circumstances preventing you from picking up materials.

Art Supply Kits

We are distributing Art Kits for ALL students enrolled in Fine Arts 6, Fine Arts 7, Art 1 / Art 2, and IB Art Year 1. Every art student in these courses will receive the kit at the curbside pick up, however if your family is able to, we ask that if you are financially able, you pay for these through the Online Payment System. The cost is $18 for Art 6 Kits and $23 for Art 7, Art 1 / Art 2, and IB Art Year 1. Whether your student is an art student or not, you can sponsor a student's kit by making a donation online. Thank you for your generosity - your gift will help ensure every student has the art tools they need to fully engage in class.

Canvas ISB All Students Course

In every student's Canvas Course list there is an ISB Students Course. When you open this course there is a Quick Learning Module that provides an orientation to Canvas. We encourage all students to go through the module to learn more about using Canvas to navigate your coursework and leverage its organizational tools.

Student Help Desk

For students needing help with the BSD student device or applications, IT has created a student help desk. Students can email the help desk at shd@beaverton.k12.or.us or call (503) 356-4656 for support. Please visit this link for more information.

NASSP List of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities for Students

Have you ever wondered about the legitimacy of a particular student program, activity, or contest? Every year, NASSP publishes the list of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities for Students. It is designed to help principals, teachers, parents, and students make decisions regarding participation in outside programs. All programs, activities, and contests listed have met specified standards based on educational value, organizational structure, financial support, promotional accuracy, and fair and appropriate adjudication. The list is in the form of an online database where you can sort by program or sponsor name, or filter by school level and discipline/type.

From Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici: Sixth Annual Congressional App Challenge

Congresswoman Bonamici invites all middle and high school students who reside or attend school in the First Congressional District of Oregon to participate in the sixth annual Congressional App Challenge.

Established by members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, the Congressional App Challenge’s mission is to inspire, include, and innovate efforts around STEM, coding, and computer science education.

The competition allows students to compete with peers by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app”, for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to four. Students entering the competition must submit their app’s source code online by midnight on October 19th, 2020 EST, as well as provide a video demo explaining their app and what they learned through participating in the competition.

The apps will be judged by a panel of local judges who work within the academic, software, and entrepreneurial fields. The app of the winning student or team in each participating congressional district will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website www.house.gov, and displayed in a U.S. Capitol exhibit.

In Congress, Congresswoman Bonamici serves on the Education and Labor Committee and is a champion for well-rounded education and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) education.

For additional details or to register, please visit www.congressionalappchallenge.us. Details and updates are also available on the Congresswoman’s website at https://bonamici.house.gov/appchallenge. You can read about last year’s winner from the First Congressional District of Oregon here.

I hope that you and your students will participate in this exciting challenge! (Attached to this email please find a flyer with important details for distribution to students, teachers, and others who may be interested.) If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact me at (503) 469-6010 or Ryan.Seed@mail.house.gov.

Are You Making a Difference through Volunteering?

Middle and High School student volunteers are invited to apply for a Prudential Spirit of Community Award. In each state and Washington, D.C., the top middle level and high school youth volunteer will be named State Honorees and will receive a $1,000 scholarship, a silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C. in May. * During the trip, 10 of the State Honorees will be named America's top youth volunteers of the year. These National Honorees will receive $5,000 scholarships, engraved gold medallions, trophies for their schools or organizations, and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for nonprofit charitable organizations of their choice. Local Honorees who qualify also receive the President's Volunteer Service Award. Go to http://spirit.prudential.com or www.nassp.org/spirit to access the online application. The deadline to apply is November 10, 2020.

* In the event that circumstances surrounding COVID-19 necessitate canceling the in-person event, a virtual event will be held and no trip to Washington, D.C. would be awarded.

Meal Service to Go

The start of school is right around the corner, and our Nutrition Services department has been hard at work developing a plan for providing meals during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). We have just received waivers from the USDA which allow any child (age 1-18) to pick up free meals through December 31, 2020.

Here’s a look at how meals will be distributed this fall:

  • Parents or guardians may pick up meals for students who are not present.

  • Meal pickups will occur two days per week: Tuesday (2 days of food) and Thursday (3 days of food) from 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

  • Meals will be packaged with breakfast and lunch together.

  • Masks must be worn by anyone picking up meals.

Visit https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/meals for meal curbside pick up locations and bus stop locations.

Servicio de Alimentos para Llevar

El comienzo de la escuela está a la vuelta de la esquina y nuestro departamento de Servicios de Nutrición ha estado trabajando arduamente para desarrollar un plan para proporcionar alimentos durante el Aprendizaje a Distancia (CDL por sus siglas en inglés). Acabamos de recibir permisos del Departamento de Agricultura (USDA por sus siglas en inglés) y con estos ahora cualquier niño (de 1 a 18 años) podrá recoger alimentos gratuitos hasta el 31 de diciembre de 2020.

A continuación, se muestra cómo se distribuirán los alimentos este otoño:

  • Los padres o tutores pueden recoger los alimentos de los estudiantes que no estén presentes.
  • La repartición de alimentos se realizará dos días a la semana: martes (2 días de comida) y jueves (3 días de comida) de 11 a.m. a 12:00 p.m.
  • Los alimentos se empaquetarán con el desayuno y el almuerzo juntos.
  • Todas las personas que recojan alimentos deben usar máscaras.

Visite https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/meals para ver la lista de los sitios escolares y las ubicaciones de las paradas de autobús donde podrán recoger alimentos.


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