Stoller Weekly

October 23, 2020

Message From The Principal

Good afternoon Stoller families,


On Wednesday, the 21st you should have received a survey from the district (sender is Beaverton School District) regarding possible in-person models. If you are able to, please look it over and provide feedback. The district needs this information to make the best possible decision.


As we have settled into CDL, we have been able to better assess student needs. There are two areas we feel we need to direct our focus.

One is the need for school-wide activities/events, whether in-person or virtual. Our goal is to continue to come together as a school community.

We will be looking at opportunities and ways to host assemblies and other events that allow the Stoller community to connect.

Another area is the need for groups/clubs that are outside of the academic hours. We understand how these times can be isolating and difficult for some students. We are working with teachers and staff to brainstorm ideas and create clubs where students may socialize and meet friends. Currently Stoller’s GSA club has started. Sign-ups for National History Bee, National Science Bee, and International Geography Bee are coming soon. See below for more information.


Until further notice, all clubs will be virtual via zoom. Please continue to check the Weekly, the Stoller website and social media outlets for updates on any new clubs.


To help kick-off fall and allow our staff to connect with their students, we would like to invite you to join us for our Harvest Drive-Thru Parade. See the information below for dates and times. Teachers and staff will be wearing their favorite costumes.

I understand that not all students may be able to participate. We will try to find other such opportunities to engage and connect with students and families throughout CDL.


Have a wonderful weekend.

Important Dates

Week of October 26 - November 6 - Student Health Survey, see below for more information

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - GSA Club - see below for more information.

Monday October 26, 2020 - Principal Chat - 9:00am - see below for zoom information

Wednesday October 28th, 8th Grade Harvest drive-thru Parade - 4:00-6:00pm

Thursday October 29th, 7th Grade Harvest drive-thru Parade - 4:30-6:30pm
Friday October 30th, 6th Grade Harvest drive-thru Parade - 4:30-6:30pm

Week of November 2, 2020 - Spirit Week - details coming soon

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - AMC8 Testing - see updated information below

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - School Closed - Veteran's Day Holiday

Friday, Noveber 13, 2020 - Grading Day - No School for Students

November 25th - November 27th - School Closed - Thanksgiving Break

Important News

Principal Chat

Starting Monday, October 26, 2020 Stoller's Prinicpal, Veronica Galvan invites you to join her via Zoom for a Principal Chat.


This informal monthly meeting will alternate mornings, 9am and evenings, 6pm to accommodate parents' schedules through Monday, May 24, 2020. Below are the scheduled chats and they will also be posted in the "Important Dates" section of the newsletter each week. Veronica will prioritize these sessions; however, they are subject to change.


October 26, 9am

November 23, 6pm

January 11, 6pm

February 22, 9am

March 15, 9am

April 12, 6pm

May 24, 9am


She looks forward to seeing you on Monday, October 26, 2020 at 9am.


Please use the following Zoom link, meeting id and password each Monday (morning or evening) to join the chat.


Topic: Stoller Principal Chat


Join Zoom Meeting

https://beavertonk12.zoom.us/j/87538856308?pwd=b3VSbjJRUkNtVzFWU2ZNaFNFQmpYUT09


Meeting ID: 875 3885 6308

Passcode: chat

HARVEST PARADE!

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Harvest Drive Thru Parade

Please arrive in the time frame window based on your student’s last name.

8th Grade - Wednesday October 28th

Last name A-G: 4:00-4:30pm

Last name H-N: 4:30-5:00pm

Last name O-T: 5:00-5:30pm

Last name U-Z: 5:30-6:00pm

7th Grade - Thursday October 29th

Last name A-G: 4:30-5:00pm

Last name H-N: 5:00-5:30pm

Last name O-T: 5:30-6:00pm

Last name U-Z: 6:00-6:30pm

6th Grade - Friday October 30th

Last name A-G: 4:30-5:00pm

Last name H-N: 5:00-5:30pm

Last name O-T: 5:30-6:00pm

Last name U-Z: 6:00-6:30pm


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Important Safety Reminders:


  1. Please stay in your car during the event. No walkers.
  2. Face masks are recommended at this event.
  3. If you are sick or have a family member sick with symptoms resembling the flu or coronavirus, please stay home.
  4. Vulnerable people, such as those with underlying conditions, should stay home.


We can’t wait to see you all!

Student Health Survey

Our school is participating in the Student Health Survey (SHS), a survey sponsored by the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division and the Oregon Department of Education. The survey will gather information about health risk behaviors of students in grades 6, 8 and 11. The survey will be conducted online either in the classroom or remotely and includes questions about:

· Student health and safety

· Student mental and behavioral health

· School climate and culture


Completing the Student Health Survey poses minimal risk to your child, who may feel embarrassed or uncomfortable answering some of the questions. Survey procedures have been designed to protect your child's privacy and allow for anonymous participation. If your child is not comfortable answering a question, he or she can leave it blank. While we encourage all students to participate, the decision to participate is voluntary. You may opt to send a refusal for your child’s participation. Alternatively, your child will have the opportunity to refuse at the time of the survey. There will be no action against you or your child if your child does not participate.


If you do not wish your child to take this survey, return this form to the principal’s office before the survey date of October 26-November 6. You need only return this form if you do not wish your child to participate.


The survey is available on the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Public Health website for you to review before the survey.

If you have other specific questions about the survey, please feel free to call the main office, 503-356-2680.


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Student Device Damage & Protection Plan Enrollment Deadline

The deadline to opt into the Device Damage & Protection Plan for families enrolled on September 14th was Wednesday, October 14, 2020.


If you opted into the program and have not paid the $20 fee please do so asap. Students need to pay the assigned fee prior to any damage or loss claims to be eligible for the Protection Program coverage and no later than 30 days after they begin school.


This $20 fee may be paid via the Online Payment System or by submitting a check and a completed form to the office. Checks must be made payable to Stoller Middle School (NO CASH).


This fee is waived for families who qualify for the free or reduced meal benefits program and have completed the “Permission to Share” form.

Attendance during Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL)

To report all day absences or absences during the day due to appointments, contact Attendance for excused absences.


The Attendance line: (503)356-2681 or email: sms-attendance-shared@beaverton.k12.or.us

This email can also be accessed on Stoller's website.


  • If your student is going to be absent and not going to access curriculum anytime during that day, then you will need to report the absence with attendance for that to be an excused absence.


  • If your student is absent from a class and they access the curriculum, turn in an assignment, or engage in an activity on canvas anytime during the day, they Engaged Online (EOL) and this is not an absence, no need to call or email attendance. This is not considered an absence and the teacher will be able to make corrections in the students' attendance if they are marked absent. You may get an automated call from Stoller at 5pm, you may ignore it.


  • If your student was marked absent from a class that they did attend, please email the teacher to get it corrected. Do not call the attendance line, the teacher must confirm any changes to be made.


See the following link for an easy to follow flow chart for Attendance during CDL

Library Service

Please check your student's Destiny account for any books that were checked out last spring. We still have a lot of books that need to be returned to school. We can also accept books that belong to other BSD schools. The return bins are located to the left of the front (Laidlaw) entrance of school, and are available every school day from 8:30-4. Thank you!


We are continuing to offer curbside as well as other services. Please explore the links below.

Placing holds (for physical books at Stoller)

Sora (for ebooks and audiobooks to download on chromebook or other devices)

Reader’s Advisory

Book Bundles

Project Lit Book Club


Book Return:

School days 8:30-4; Bins to the left of front entrance. Books from any BSD Library can be returned to STMS.


Book Bus:
Starting Tuesday, October 14th, the Book Bus will be making rounds to Stoller neighborhoods! Students can pick up their holds, or select books to check out at the stop. Please let your teacher know if you will need to leave class to meet the bus.


NW Columbia Ave. & NW 192nd Ave. About 1:43pm

NW 178th Ave.( just past St. Juan Diego) About 2:09pm

7284 NW 170th Ave. at Abby Creek Park About 2:35pm

NW Mitchell & 153rd Terrace, near South Parc Apts. About 3:05pm

NW Milford St. in front of Green Space About 3:33pm


Questions about the Library? Email kelly_anderson@beaverton.k12.or.us


Important Safety Reminders:

  1. Please follow all social distancing guidelines when coming on campus.
  2. Wear a face covering.
  3. Stay 6’ apart from staff and other students.
  4. If you are sick or have a family member sick with symptoms resembling the flu or coronavirus, please stay home.
  5. Vulnerable people, such as those with underlying conditions, should stay home.

You Be The Chemist

Sign-ups for You Be The Chemist are coming.


Students in 6th-8th grade are eligible to compete in teams of four (4). Start putting your teams together and watch for sign-up information.


You Be The Chemist is an entirely free program (no registration fee). Please visit the You be the Chemist website for information about this competition.

National History Bee, National Science Bee, and International Geography Bee...

...sign-ups are coming!!!


The National History Bee, National Science Bee and International Geography Bee (with a new structure this year) will run on a three-stage model: Online Regional Qualifying Exams, Regional Finals, and National Championships.


There is no fee to take the Qualifying exam. The fee is $40 per student for those who qualify for Regionals. The fee for Nationals is TBD.

Please watch the Stoller Weekly and the Academic Competitions page on the Stoller website for sign-ups.

Please visit International Academic Competitions for information about this competition.

GSA Club

GSA Club is starting up again. GSA or Gender Sexuality Alliance Club will be starting next Wednesday October 21st and will continue through June.

GSA is a safe space for LGBTQ+ students and allies. We will play zoom games, have a safe space to talk.

The club will meet via Zoom from 2:30 - 3pm on asynchronous Wednesdays.

You will need a parent to complete the linked form to get permission to participate.

AMC8

Thank you for those that signed up to participate in this year's AMC8. The deadline for signing up for the official competition has now passed. Please continue to monitor the Stoller Weekly for updates.

The AMC8 will be administered digitally this year on November 10th. Exact times will be announced in a future date. Families will be responsible for proctoring their student’s exam and providing reliable internet access. Please work with your student to establish realistic goals before they choose to take the official test.

Students may instead choose to take the test unofficially and score their own work in a non-competitive setting. Practice materials for The AMC8 can be found here.


Please contact Mr. Nelson directly should you have any questions and/or concerns.

Regional Science Bowl 2021

Northwest Regional Science Bowl 2021 is back on!


The competition will be hosted online, on January 23, 2021. If you are interested in trying out for the Stoller team, please sign up via this link. After signing up, you should expect to receive, on a later date, an invite to a 30-minute online test. The test should be taken no later than Wednesday, October 28th.


For more information, please contact Stephanie at stephaniezmok@hotmail.com.

National History Bee 2019/2020 Preliminary Results

Preliminary results for all four blocks of the National History Bee are now posted in the Participant Materials folder.


National History Bee Updates

1. If you think there is an error in your score(s), please let me know as soon as possible. If it's an error that would affect your ability to play in the playoff match this coming Sunday or Monday (10/25 or 10/26), I need to know within the next 24 hours to make any adjustments necessary.


2. Students in the top 60% in their age division in each block qualify for the National Championships, and the top 30% qualify for the International History Olympiad. The 2020 National Championships will be held entirely online, and the International History Olympiad will be held in person (at a location to be announced) in either the summer of 2022 or 2023. Both the 60% and 30% thresholds are rounded up when the cutoff is fractional or includes ties.


3. Students competing in playoffs are noted in each results sheet. Additional instructions about playoffs will be available in the Participant Materials folder tomorrow evening. Playoffs for each block will be held at the same time as the Preliminary matches, but will only last one round.


National Science Bee and US Academic Bee Updates

1. We are still accepting registrations for both the Science Bee (until Sunday, 10/25) and Academic Bee (until Sunday, 11/08) for the Monday blocks ONLY (both Sunday blocks are no longer available on the registration form). If you have already registered for the Sunday block, this does not affect your registration. The Science Bee is open to students who qualified through the ORQE last winter, and the Academic Bee is open to all students (without any qualification requirements).


2. The participant block assignments and schedules for these events will be available on October 28 (for the Science Bee) and November 11 (for the Academic Bee).


As always, let me know if you have any questions.


Warm regards,

Arthur Ramsay

arthur@iacompetitions.com

Presidential Volunteer Service Awards

Congratuations to the following students, they have received a “Presidential Volunteer Service Award” for their outstanding service to our community.

They have participated in several activities throughout the 2019-2020 school year which has resulted in positively impacting local & global communities.

Their services have inspired those around them to take action and start helping people in need.


Sai Harshith Kodali, 8th grade, Gold - 130 service hours

Akhil Dhuthaluri; 8th grade, Bronze - 58 service hours

Sindhuja Muduganti; 7th grade, Bronze - 57 service hours

Curbside Meal Service At Stoller

We will begin serving meals curbside next Tuesday, 11am – 12pm. Meals are free to all children ages 1-18, there is no meal benefit application or enrollment requirement to receive meals.
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Stoller PTO

Stoller Volunteers


Welcome Stoller Volunteers!

Volunteering in the 2020-21 school year will be unlike previous years. Although we are unsure what remote volunteer needs will be, we invite you to create a volunteer profile or update your existing profile. This will ensure you are able to help Stoller staff and students through volunteer work as opportunities arise. A volunteer profile is required for all volunteering within BSD schools. Please follow the steps below to update or create your volunteer profile. Additional information is available at www.stollerpto.com/volunteer.



Existing BSD Volunteers (new to Stoller)

Please send an email to update_volunteer_locations@beaverton.k12.or.us and request to add Stoller Middle School to the organizations listed in your mVP account. Provide your full first and last name as it appears in your profile. If you will no longer be volunteering at an elementary school, you may also request to remove that school from your profile.


New BSD Volunteers

If you are a new volunteer to the Beaverton School District, you must create a volunteer account. This process includes a background check.

If you are a…


Within the application, please include all of the BSD schools where you are a volunteer. You will have one profile for all your BSD volunteering.

  • This step also initiates a background check. It will come up for renewal every 2 years.
  • Once your background check is complete, you will receive an email from Stoller PTO stating your background check approval status, and your volunteer profile at myimpactpage.com will be active.


IMPORTANT: Remember your log in and password! This is important for both home and school access to your profile. Make it easy to remember and/or keep it accessible. For more information, visit Beaverton School District Volunteer Page.




Thank you for giving your time and talents to Stoller this school year!

Student Help Desk

The Student Help Desk is now open. If you have any issues with your device or logging in, you will need to contact the Student Help Desk.

How to Log In With Your Own Device

Instructions on how to use your own device to log in to Canvas and Zoom with your BSD account.

Online Verification

You must complete registration verification for each of your students. Click here to be directed to the site.

Family Tool-Kit

Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) resources to support your student.

Community Resources

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information and Resources