Weekly Announcements

January 18


Celebrate Each Other!

What AWESOME things are your kids doing? Send me a picture or a video so that I can share it with the staff in the weekly announcements.

Here is a Padlet from Kelly Muskat's class on Martin Luther King!

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January 29th Staff Development

  • Music teachers will have a Professional Development opportunity for 2 hours at Scholls Heights from 12:30 -2:30

Learning Teams Tuesday 3:15pm

Please turn in your agenda and meeting minutes to either Karla or Angela.

SMART/TITLE Team Meetings

We are moving along with getting the mid-year Reading and Math screeners completed. Attached is a schedule of the follow up meetings. We will be combining the Title meetings with Angela/Karlas SMART meetings - many of the topics overlap.

Along with the schedule is a list of the agenda items we are planning to cover. Julie will be ordering subs.

As always we are looking forward to getting time to all be together and chat about students.

Feel free to contact us with any questions, concerns or topics you want to make sure we cover.

2016 here we come


20th - Fourth and Fifth Grades

These will be combine with your Title meetings. Please check Maureen's email for details about times and agenda.

Google Education January 19th

Please check your email from Denise regarding your time slot and what your class will be exploring with their Goggles!

Jeff Rose will be joining us for the fun!

Principal's Advisory January 19th at 12:00noon in Bundy's Lab

If you have not already done so, please allow your student representative to talk to your class about how they are feeling about the boundary process. This can include questions, comments, concerns and possible solutions. Jeff Rose will be here to listen to their feedback. This will be especially important for our middle school Reps to come prepared. Thank you!

Smarter Balanced Testing Grades 3-8

The time has come! How are you getting your students ready to take the test? Here are some resources to begin to familiarize them with the specifics of taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment. The more comfortable students are with the format and the language of the test, the less anxious they will be. Please take the time to look at the test prep resources and make sure to give your students the opportunity to practice. http://www.smarterbalanced.org/practice-test/

District Announcements

District Goal

At their December Business Meeting, the School Board approved the following updates to the Strategic Plan language:

District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.

WE Expect Excellence

  • WE Teach students knowledge and skills for our evolving world.

  • WE seek, support, and recognize world-class employees.

WE Innovate

  • WE engage students with a variety of relevant and challenging learning experiences.

  • WE create learning environments that promote student achievement.

WE Embrace Equity

  • WE build honest, safe, and inclusive relationships with our diverse students and their families.

  • WE provide needed support so that every student succeeds.

WE Collaborate

  • WE work and learn in terms to understand student needs and improve learning outcomes.

  • WE partner with our community to educate and serve students.

Social Studies Integrated Unit Project Team

Modeled after the Writing Project Team, the District is recruiting members for grade level teams interested in meeting for 16-24 hours between February and June to create integrated units of study that focus on using Social Studies content and context as a pathway for literacy and critical thinking. This collaborative professional learning community will support Project Team participant’s Social Studies instruction, develop an increased confidence to teach Social Studies, and create quality units of study for all Beaverton School District elementary teachers. Interested teachers should read the Social Studies Integrated Unit Project Team Information document and complete the Project Team survey by Friday, January 22nd. All classroom and ESL teachers will be sent information about this opportunity via e-mail on Friday afternoon

Kindergarten NGSS Force and Motion Physical Science Support Sessions

All kindergarten teachers are strongly encouraged to learn about instructing the NGSS Kindergarten Force and Motion unit from kindergarten leaders who had an early start implementing the unit. Teachers can attend either the Force and Motion Physical Science Unit Support session on Monday, January 25th session from 3:45-6:15 with extended contract educational rate compensation for 2.5 hours or from 12:30-3:30 sub release on Wednesday, January 27th. This time includes unit sense making and planning time. TeacherSource TL-788 registration link.

ELPA21 Kindergarten and Grade 1

Receipt of Paper Testing Materials

All Kindergarten and 1st Grade English Learners participating in ELPA21 are required to complete a paper writing section of the assessment. The ELPA21 paper-pencil writing forms will be delivered to STCs by the end of January.

Grade 2 and Grade 4

CogAT testing February 1, 2016. Test booklets and test information will be sent to school principals. For your school's 2015-2016 CogAT testing schedule click on this link.

Middle School Teachers

Oregon Student Wellness Survey

Every two years, the District surveys students on a variety of health and wellness topics. The District will participate in the Oregon Student Wellness Survey (SWS) which provides information about social development and health risk behaviors of students. The survey includes questions about tobacco, alcohol, and drug use, harassment and fighting, mental health, and interactions with peers and school staff. The survey is to be administered between February 1st and April 8th in a paper and pencil format and takes around 45 minutes. As in the past, parents may elect to have their child not participate in the survey. A preview of the survey for parents is available in the links at the right. Please distribute the opt out information to parents of 6th and 8th grade students after you insert into the letter at the bottom of page 1 your due date for opting out.

Please return the completed surveys in their original boxes via courier to Rayna Flye in Teaching & Learning.

Parent Opt Out English

Parent Opt Out Spanish

SWS Grade 6 and 8

Synergy Training

Synergy Open Lab—Middle School

The purpose of these help sessions is to provide an open lab setting with several Synergy trainers from your building and

Teaching & Learning staff to answer questions and troubleshoot issues/concerns that have come up so far in use of the

Standards-based grade book. These are optional sessions, and will be paid at sub rate.

* January 19 from 4-5:30pm at Cedar Park Middle School

Room B7

* March 8 from 4-5:30pm at Mt. View Middle School Room


* April 21 from 4-5:30pm at Stoller Middle School Room TBD

* June 1 from 4-5:30pm at Highland Park Middle School

Room TBD

Angela and Karla OUT

January 21st ALL DAY

Good Reads