September 11, 2017
District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.
Online Enrollment Verification Rollout a Success
Thank you parents and staff for a successful rollout of Online Enrollment Verification (OLV). From August 21 through September 8, more than 31,000 Beaverton School District parents completed OLV.
We recognize this was a significant change in practice, but there are a number of reasons we made this shift. Most importantly, completing the process before the start of school gives schools a better idea about enrollment numbers and allows us to adjust staffing as needed. Additionally, moving away from paper is more environmentally friendly and saves countless staff hours.
Those parents who were unable to complete OLV by last Friday will need to complete the paper process. The OLV forms will either be mailed or sent home with your child from their school.
Thank you again for your patience as we launched this new system.
This Wednesday - Early Release/Teacher Collaboration Begins!
Beginning this Wednesday, September 13, 2017, the District will implement a 90-minute early release on Wednesday afternoons to allow educators time to collaborate and participate in professional development opportunities.
Beginning Wednesday, September 13, 2017:
- Elementary schools that start at 8:00 a.m. will dismiss at 1:05 p.m.
- Elementary schools that start at 8:30 a.m. will dismiss at 1:35 p.m.
- Hazeldale @ 118th will dismiss at 2:25 p.m. (2017-2018)
- Middle schools will dismiss at 2:20 p.m.
- High schools will dismiss at 1:00 p.m.
- Bridges Academy will dismiss at 1:00 p.m.
- ACMA, Health & Science, SST, ISB, Rachel Carson and Merlo will dismiss at 12:35 p.m.
The Early Release/Teacher Collaboration webpage has an updated FAQ and an animated video (English & Spanish) explaining Early Release and Teacher Collaboration.
District Budget Committee Seeks Volunteers
The Beaverton School District has two vacancies on the Budget Committee and seeks a diverse candidate pool. These positions are in School Board Zone 1 (School Board member Susan Greenberg) and Zone 2 (School Board member Anne Bryan).
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. For more information, or to apply, click here.
SchoolMessenger Notification System
The Beaverton School District uses the SchoolMessenger notification system to send automated phone calls, emails and texts to parents, guardians, students and staff.
Parents can update their notification preferences via SchoolMessenger InfoCenter. Visit the SchoolMessenger InfoCenter website https://infocenter.schoolmessenger.com/, or download the app.
Check out this quick video on how to manage your preferences.
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month at Beaverton City Library
September is Library Card Sign-up Month at Beaverton City Library Main and the Murray Scholls branch. In September, the American Library Association reminds everyone that a library card is the perfect FREE back-to-school supply item available to anyone.
Beaverton City Library reaffirms that public libraries welcome and serve every member of our community. We are a refuge and a place for common ground.
This year, Beaverton Welcoming Week will be celebrated September 15 to 24, 2017. Welcoming Week is an annual series of events in which communities bring together immigrants, refugees and U.S. born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone. In Beaverton, we serve a diverse community that loves libraries and loves the great variety of resources we provide to anyone with a library card.
For additional information regarding Beaverton City Library, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197.
Superintendent’s Message: WE support ALL students
On September 5, 2017 the Justice Department issued new guidance regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program, essentially terminating the program. While there is still significant uncertainty about what this will mean for individuals, there is no change to how the Beaverton School District welcomes and educates ALL students.
Our schools will always remain open and welcoming to all students and teachers. In January the District re-affirmed our commitment to being a safe and welcoming school district.
On the Safe & Welcoming Schools webpage you will find:
- We have established consistent protocols for access to students in schools
- The BSD Board of Directors has re-affirmed it’s commitment to all students by adopting a board resolution in January
- Families can access additional resources and information about immigration and the education of students
The District, as a member of the national Large Countywide and Suburban District Consortium, is calling on Congress to act to create stability and protection for Dreamers.
-Don Grotting, Superintendent of Schools
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
(Students will be dismissed 90 minutes early)
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The Beaverton School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups. It is the policy of the Beaverton School District that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status, age, veterans status, genetic information or disability in any education programs, activities or employment.