Tumwater News

May 15, 2022

Principal 's Message

Dear Tumwater Families,

This week brings the return of a middle school activity that has been paused for the past few years . . . a school-wide social! It's not like the awkward middle school dances of my school days, but rather an opportunity for students to enjoy socializing with their classmates in a wide variety of activities. Here's some of the activities students can expect to see: obstacle course, cake walk, musical chairs, karaoke, dancing, basketball, movie room, face painting, kick ball, bingo, card games, net games, super tic-tac-toe, racetrack game, ping pong ball toss, bucket toss, water bottle flip challenge, life size Trouble game, and much more. Snacks will be available for purchase during the event.

The social will take place from 2:20 - 3:50. If you need to pick your child up early from school, please pre-arrange the time with them so they can meet you in the office or pick them up prior to 2:20.

We'd love to have you join us as volunteers to interact with our students in a fun setting. It's not too late to register as a volunteer and sign up to help. Thank you for helping us make this a terrific event for our kids!


Jill O'Neill


Upcoming Events

May 18 Walk & Roll to School Day

May 20 Monochrome Spirit Day (wear one color)

May 20 School Social 2:20 - 3:45

May 21 Speech & Debate Club Competition at SHS

May 26 Early Release Schedule, school dismissal at 1:50 pm

May 30 Memorial Day - Schools closed

Be sure to check the calendars on ParentSquare and our school website (scroll to the bottom of the home page) for the school all school events.

Learner Profile Focus - Risk Taker

A risk-taker approaches uncertainty with forethought and determination; they work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. Risk-takers are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

Student, reflect on the questions below:

  • How have you demonstrated taking risks to grow as a learner and as an individual?

  • How have you been a risk-taker this year?

  • Have you tried new things? What was the outcome? How did you feel?

  • Have you tried to solve problems?

  • Do you have the courage to stand up for what you believe is right? Have you stood up for others when you see they are being wronged?

This summer, try something new: learn a new skill, make a new friend, volunteer for an organization that is new to you.

Tumwater Summer Camp

Our teachers are EXCITED to have some fun with students this summer!

Who: Enrollment is open to all incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th grade BSD students who live within Tumwater's attendance boundaries, including those attending Option Schools. Enrollment space is limited.

What: Enrichment experiences featuring art projects, sports skills, drones and other technology, learning to play some guitar, and giving students outdoor experiences through mini-field trips - all designed to foster student engagement and positive connections with school. Lunch and transportation is provided.

When: Monday-Thursday from 10:00am - 2:00pm

  • Session 1: July 5 - July 14 (7 days)
  • Session 2: July 18 - July 28 (8 days)

Where: Tumwater Middle School

How: Apply here!

High School Transition for current 8th Graders

Sunset High School's Summer School Program is available to all 8th graders residing within SHS attendance boundaries. Students living within other boundaries should check their neighborhood high school's website.

Students interested in participating in fall sports or activities such as Marching Band, should visit the SHS Athletic and Activities webpage to learn more about registration and summer practices.

State Testing Results

Over the past two weeks, TMS students have been completing state assessments that measure student proficiency and growth in English Language Arts and Mathematics. 8th Graders also have taken a science assessment. Most students have completed the mathematics and science tests and this week most will finish the English Language Arts portion of the tests. Our school will use the scores as a baseline for planning school improvement goals and individual student needs. Students and parents/guardians will able to view results in ParentVue in a few weeks, as described below.

Student Test Results in ParentVUE

State test scores are available in ParentVUE. For the English Language Arts and Math tests, a student’s score is available in Test History in ParentVUE two weeks after both parts of the test are completed. Science scores are available one week after the test is completed. The District’s Assessment webpage has links to additional information about your child’s scores. If you need assistance activating a ParentVUE account, please contact your child’s school. Learn more about ParentVUE. Students whose parents/guardians do not have an active ParentVUE account will receive a paper report of test scores this summer. Parents/guardians may request a printed report by contacting Kristie Hauss by email at kristina_hauss@beaverton.k12.or.us or by phone at 503.356.4594.

Resultado de los Exámenes de los Estudiantes en ParentVUE

El resultado de las evaluaciones estatales estan disponible en ParentVUE. Los resultados de las evaluaciones de inglés y matemáticas de los estudiantes, estarán disponibles en ParentVUE dos semanas después de que se contesten ambas partes de la evaluación. El resultado de las evaluaciones de ciencias estará disponible en Test History en ParentVUE uno semana después de que se complete la evaluación. La página web de evaluación del distrito tiene enlaces con información adicional acerca de los resultados de su hijo. Si necesita ayuda para activar una cuenta de ParentVUE, por favor comuníquese a la escuela de su hijo. Aprenda más acerca de ParentVUE. Los padres o tutores que no tengan una cuenta activa de ParentVUE recibirán un informe impreso con los resultados de las evaluaciones este verano. Los padres o tutores pueden pedirle a Kristie Hauss un reporte impreso comunicándose a kristina_hauss@beaverton.k12.or.us o por teléfono al 503.356.4594.

Advancement Via Individual Determination classes visit WOU

AVID Elective students visited Western Oregon University last week, learning about college life, admission process, scholarships, as well as hearing from current college students what it is like to learn, live, and work on campus. Learn more about AVID here.

Beaverton Together Tournament

Kudos to the students and coaches of TMS' Beaverton Together basketball team! This weekend, 18 sixth, seventh, and eighth graders participated in a basketball tournament sponsored by Beaverton Together, whose mission is “to work together to mobilize community action and resources to promote safe and drug free lifestyles in Beaverton youth.” The double-elimination tournament included 6 BSD middle schools. Our students represented TMS very well with positive attitudes and solid teamwork! Go Rapids!

Walk & Roll to School Day - May 18th

On May 18th walk, bike, scoot, skate or bus to school to get active, be green, spend time with friends, have fun and win prizes!

Why encourage youth to roll to school? Walking and rolling to school can be an easy, fun way to travel to school while increasing metal and physical health while helping our planet. On average BSD sees an additional 12,000 cars that travel an extra 2 miles to transport students to school. That translates to 11+ tons of carbon emissions daily. Some additional benefits include:

  • Youth who are active perform 20% better at school and arrive more focused.

  • Youth who walk and roll receive about 2/3 of the daily recommended physical activity

  • More walking and rolling means less congestion in our busy parking lots and safer routes to school.

  • More students walking and rolling makes them more visible and safer.

Visit www.beaverton.k12.or.us/safe-routes for more information

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Monochrome Spirit Day - May 20th

Students are encouraged to earn Class Competition points by dressing in a monochrome theme this Friday, May 20th. Pick your favorite hue and rock it head to toe!

Mental Health Awareness Month

If you have questions or concerns about your child's mental health, seek assistance. Contact your child's doctor, school counselor/social worker, or community mental health professionals for assistance. If you think your child is in danger of harming themselves or others, seek immediate assistance by contacting 211 or one of the following resources:

  • Police non-emergency for crisis assistance: 503-629-0111
  • Washington County Crisis Line: 503-291-9111
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Oregon YouthLine: 1-877-968-8491
  • Oregon YouthLine text: teen2teen to 839863
  • Oregon YouthLine: Chat via computer- www.oregonyouthline.org

Restaurant Deliveries

TMS only allows food delivery from parents/guardians during the school day. Students can pick up the food from the office during their lunch period or after school.

We do not allow pizza and other food deliveries to students during the school day, including services like UberEATS, Door Dash, or GrubHub. We will decline the delivery to avoid disruption to students' learning and to staff's other responsibilities.

Student Recognition

Congratulations to Rishan Chakraborty who earned Grand Honors with the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. Each year thousands of students across the globe participate in Johns Hopkins CTY tests, and Rishan's scores placed him in the highest tier of CTY testers.

Also, Rishan also recently competed in the International Academic Competition's Science Bee and made it to the National Finals which will be held in mid-June in Orlando, Florida.

Sahit Jayaweera also recently competed in the International Academic Competition's Science Bee. He was selected to compete at the Science Bee Nationals which will be held in Orlando in June. Sahit also won the second place in the Lemelson-MIT invention writing contest and his winning piece titled "Looking Toward a Brighter Future With Technology" will be published in the Lemelson-MIT website. Kudos and best wishes, Sahit!

Vedanti Patil earned 4th spot in the International Academic Competition's National Science Bee online regional for 7th grade for states in the Mountain, Pacific, Alaska, and Hawaii time zones. She advanced to the IAC National Science Bee 2022 this summer that will be held in Orlando, Florida. Congratulations and good luck, Vedanti!

SHS Dance Team Auditions

Current 8th graders are encouraged to try out for Sunset High School's dance team. Auditions for the Sunflares are May 18th & 21st. More tryout information is available on the team's heck the team's instagram page: @sunsetdanceteam

Apollo Boys Basketball Camp

Sunset High School Boys Basketball is holding a youth basketball camp June 27-30 at Sunset High School from 9:00am-12:00pm. The camp is hosted by Varsity Coach David Saultz and members of the high school basketball program and is for any boy who will be in grade 4-9 in the fall, regardless of experience or skill level, who is interested in improving at basketball, learning about the Sunset Basketball Program and having fun. For more information and to register for the camp please visit sunsetboysbasketball.com

Annual Parent Survey/ Encuesta Anual de Padres de Familia

Annual Parent Survey

Please take a few moments to complete the BSD Annual Parent Survey! Our goal is to ensure that every member of our school community feels welcomed, valued, and informed, so it is important for all parents/guardians to complete the survey.

A link to the 2022 Annual Parent Survey was sent to all valid parent email addresses via ParentSquare on Sunday, May 2. The deadline to participate is Sunday, May 22.

Encuesta Anual de Padres de Familia

¡Tómese unos minutos para completar la Encuesta Anual de Padres de Familia del Distrito Escolar de Beaverton! Nuestro objetivo es asegurar que todos los miembros de nuestra comunidad escolar se sientan bienvenidos, valorados e informados, por lo que es importante que todos los padres o tutores completen la encuesta.

Se enviará un enlace a la Encuesta a todas las direcciones de correo electrónico válidas para padres a través de ParentVue el domingo, 2 de mayo de 2022. La fecha límite para participar es el domingo, 22 de mayo de 2022.

Social Sciences Instructional Resources Review & Input

The Oregon Department of Education has adopted new standards for Social Sciences. The Beaverton School District is currently engaged in the second year in the Quality Curriculum Cycle to address these required changes. Beaverton Middle Schools implemented Social Sciences courses in the Fall of 2021 that are aligned to the 2021 Social Science Standards Integrated with Ethnic Studies. BSD High and Elementary Schools will be implementing Social Sciences courses in the Fall of 2022.

The district has conducted an extensive search for appropriate instructional resources to address the state standards, meet the BSD Learning Targets, and support meaningful and engaging Social Sciences learning for all of our students. As part of the adoption process, staff, students, families and the community are encouraged to view the instructional resources under consideration for our high schools and elementary schools and to provide input. Viewing/Input window closes May 8, 2022

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Volunteers & Cakes Needed for Student Social THIS Friday, 5/20

Our first TMS Student Social is on the calendar for this Friday, 5/20 from 2:20-3:40pm.

Students will have free choice to participate in the many planned activities, including arts & crafts, board games, dancing, basketball, cakewalk, & musical chairs.

Food will be available in the Commons. Volunteers will have staff support in supervising various stations.

Check out the remaining open volunteer shifts below:

DONATE TO THE CAKEWALK: Cakes, cookies, & donuts are needed for the cakewalk. This is ALWAYS a popular destination, so the more goodies, the longer we can play! Sign-up here to bring a store-purchased & packaged baked good.

8th Gr. Families: Ensure Volunteer Eligibility Before 6/1

The 8th grade celebration will be held on Friday, June 17th from 12pm-3:30pm. Volunteers will be needed to make this event a success. However, all volunteers will need to be in our TMS volunteer database prior to the event. Parents not in our database will be unable to attend.

Step One: Fill out the online application or email BSD to have your volunteer profile moved to Tumwater (your profile was not automatically moved from your previous school).

Step Two: Upload proof of vaccination or submit medical or religious exception.

Head to www.tumwaterpto.org/volunteer for more info or email Kristi & Jyothi at tumwaterpto.volunteer@gmail.com.

Don’t miss out on this memory-making event!

8th Grade Celebration Donations Needed

Thank you to the 84 families who have donated to this celebration effort! Please consider making your $25 donation sooner than later so that we can properly plan for food and activities. Consider sponsoring another student as well if you are able. Donations can be accepted via Paypal.

If you have any questions or would like to pay by check, please email amber.fer@frontier.com.

Dear BSD Families,

We understand that it can be challenging to access current information regarding your child’s schooling in your own language. We do our best to send out messages about important updates, especially during these challenging times. However, you can access the BSD website — and specifically, our return-to-school page — at any time. Below, we’ve included a link that will take you to our website, where you’ll find it already translated into your language. Please know, the translation is generated by Google Translate. It’s not perfect, but we do hope it’s helpful.

If you need additional assistance, please contact our Multilingual Department at 503-356-3755.

View the BSD website in Arabic قم بزيارة الموقع الإلكتروني للقطاع التعليمي لمدارس بيفرتون باللغة العربية

View the BSD website in Chinese 请浏览中文版的BSD网站

View the BSD website Japanese BSDウェブサイトを日本語で見る

View the BSD website in Korean. 한국어로 BSD 웹사이트를 보십시오.

View the BSD website in Russian Посмотрите веб-сайт школьного округа Бивертон на русском

View the BSD website in Somali Ka fiiri bogga BSD ee ku qoran af-Soomaali

View the BSD website in Spanish Vea la página web del Distrito Escolar de Beaverton en español

View the BSD website in Vietnamese. Xem trang mạng BSD bằng tiếng Việt