Hello from ACMA

May 1, 2019

Message from Principal Paige


FIRST FRIDAY COFFEE - May 3rd 7:30am

Please join Mr. Paige for "First Friday Coffee With The Principal" on Friday, May 3rd. Come and hear what has been happening at ACMA and what adventures are ahead!

A Spectacular, Spectacular Event! May 17 & 18th

Join us on Friday, May 17 for Family & Friends Night or Saturday, May 18 for The ACMA Spectacular Gala event.

The evening features art and performances by all of our departments: Dance, film, theatre, choir, drawing, music, painting, photography, ceramics, writing, animation, sculpture, and more. Part live performance and part art show, both evenings are a celebration of everything we love about ACMA.

All proceeds (from ticket and art sales to raffle baskets and concessions) will benefit the ACMA PTO and your dollars will directly support and benefit ACMA students, teachers, and school-wide programs.

What if we got every department together to create the most spectacular show ACMA has ever seen? What if parents could bring kids, alumni were welcome, and everyone could walk away with a piece of ACMA? I'm guessing that tickets will sell out fast... Read More

Tickets are now available on the ACMA PTO website for this Spectacular event!

ACMA PTO Meeting - May 14th

Meetings take place the second Tuesdays of the month in the ACMA Library. Please join us on May 14th and let your voices be heard.

Middle School Social - May 3rd

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Art of the Story Festival - Finale Concert May 4th

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Art of the Story Slam...

On Monday, April 22nd, a student crowd gathered to hear from two storytellers. Art of the Story story slam! It was a very close vote but Grayson Wright will be performing in the finale here at ACMA on May 4th with other storytellers.

AP Testing Is Coming May 6th thru May 17th

Below is all the information needed if your student is wondering where and when they are taking their AP test this year:
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Jr/Sr Prom is May 11th

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It’s Prom Season which means ACMA Prom night is right around the corner! Sadly we can’t keep this prom a secret, but what we can keep a secret, is all the fun we’ll be having in the gardens of the Victorian Belle! Tickets will start selling the week of prom, May 6th to May 10th, in front of the main office during second lunch only. Tickets are going to be $40 each. The dance will be from 7:30pm to 10:30pm at the Victorian Belle.

If you have an questions or concern, feel free to come up to Luca Berti or Mayra Saavedra in the halls.


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Class of 2019 Senior Information

Last Day for Seniors:
Friday, June 7th

  • Senior Breakfast begins at 7:45am
  • Yearbook distribution and signing
  • Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal
  • Senior Assembly 11:00am in School Courtyard

Graduation Ceremony:
  • Saturday, June 8th 11:00am
    in the ACMA Performing Arts Center
  • Students/Staff arrive by 10:00am
  • Doors open to ticket holders at 10:00am.

Each Senior will be given 6 tickets upon completion of check-out

Announcing .... Grad Night - Class of 2019

Each year the ACMA PTO hosts "Grad Night" for the graduating seniors.

When: Saturday, June 8th, 2019
11pm to 5:30am

What: Taco/Burrito/Salad Bar, Games, Yearbook Signing,
Karaoke & Dancing, Photo Booth, Henna Artist(s) &
Body Balls, So Much More!

Where: Indoor Goals, 16340 NW Bethany Ct, Beaverton, OR 97006

Price: $50 till May 5th
$60 May 6th – May 20th

Checks Payable to: ACMA Grad Night Party

Needs based scholarships are available. Please contact the Main office to apply.

Please return completed registration forms
(see below) with payment to the ACMA Main Office.
For more info, please contact Carol Biederman at:
carollc@comcast.net or 503-703-5128

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Thank You Keller Williams Realtors!

Keller Williams Realtors will be at ACMA on May 9th for Red Day, which is an opportunity for all Keller Williams offices to give back to their community. This year we are once again helping out schools in the Beaverton School District, and ACMA is one of the schools we will be at. We will be helping by putting packing boxes together and pack non-curriculum items, etc in preparation for the school wide move. THANK YOU KELLER WILLIAMS!

So many opportunities...

As the school year comes to an end there are numerous opportunities to volunteer at ACMA.

  • All School Pizza feed
  • Dance Recital
  • Music Concerts
  • The Spectacular, Spectacular
  • Middle School Social
  • Graduation

and many, many more. If you have not registered to be a volunteer at ACMA, click the link below to get started. Do not wait!


May 8th Day of ACTION

Due to inadequate and unstable state school funding, the District will be reducing an estimated $35 million for the 2019-2020 school year. Based on information available at this time, this may lead to a reduction of 200 licensed positions, resulting in layoffs and involuntary staff transfers. To that end, the Beaverton Education Association (BEA) notified the District of their intent to participate in a May 8, 2019 walkout “Day of Action” event sanctioned by the Oregon Education Association (OEA). The purpose of the walkout is to draw statewide attention to the need for adequate funding for K-12 education after three decades of instability.

The May 8 walkout impacts our ability to safely operate schools. Therefore, we have determined May 8 will be a non-student day, with the exceptions noted below.

  • AP/IB testing (to be proctored by administrators and classified staff; transportation will be provided, routes TBD)
  • Previously scheduled Outdoor School taking place the week of May 6
  • Extra-curricular athletics and activities
  • Free student breakfast and lunch at limited sites, TBD
  • After school programs currently in place (contact provider for hours of operation)
  • Students attending Early College High School (licensed staff will not report)

BEA has agreed to a reduction of the contractual work year from 198 licensed days to 197 licensed days. Therefore, May 8 will be an unpaid day for all licensed employees, and the day will not be made up. The savings will help mitigate next year’s anticipated staff reductions.

We support the goal and urgency of convincing the Legislature to make a significant new investment in Oregon schools, however, we regret a walkout prohibits us from safely operating schools and the impact this decision will have on students and families. Therefore, May 8 will be an administrator-directed work day for classified staff allowing adequate supervision of the limited activities outlined above.

Further details will be forthcoming. The Beaverton School District will continue to tirelessly advocate for adequate and stable school funding for our students.

Don Grotting, Superintendent

2019-2020 BSD Budget and potential impact at ACMA

The proposed budget that was presented at the District Budget Committee meeting on Monday, April 22, was reflective of:

  • An anticipated District-wide shortfall of $35 million for 2019-20
  • District-wide personnel reductions that include administrative, teacher and classified staff
  • A budget reduction of 15% across schools
  • An increase in student-teacher ratio/class sizes
  • Elimination of funding for PYP coordinators and PYP world language teachers (among other programs)
  • Reduction of elementary intervention teachers from full-time to half-time

Our classroom staffing allocation will potentially decrease by 4 teachers. This could change in the coming months as enrollment numbers settle and the budget picture becomes more clear.

While this will mean class averages rising across all disciplines, electives and core programs, we will continue all of our pathways and performances

I encourage all parents to stay informed of the BSD BUDGET PROCESS and participate as you see fit. We are also dependent on Oregon State Legislative decisions that can either add to or detract from our funding estimates.

Bjorn Paige

No School on May 27th

Significance of Memorial Day 2019

Memorial Day formally known as Decoration Day, is a federal holiday observed yearly on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day 2019 is a day that commemorates all men and women who have died while serving in the military for the United States of America.
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Thank you to the ACMA Community & BEF!

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Congratulations! Through support from our generous community and the Beaverton Education Foundation, the Ballpoint has reached full funding.

We can now continue an integral part of ACMA’s writing culture - Ballpoint. This project allows 250 writing students to publish their work in gorgeous, professional anthologies through Amazon's self-publishing arm.

Mr. Reed receives a Science grant

Mr. Reed was fortunate enough to receive a grant from the Timothy B. Campbell Memorial Scholarship Foundation to build and enhance an aquaponics system that will reside in 148. You can check out updates on the system on Instagram @ACMAGreenTeam or stop by 148 when you have some free time. Timothy Campbell was a student in the Beaverton School District and went on to universities in Washington State and California. You can read about him at CampbellScholar.org.

Special Visitors on Campus

In April, ACMA welcomed special guest, Bruce Reed and his daughter. What a delight to hear about stories of his teaching days here on the C.E. Mason campus in the early 1950's.

New Digs For Carl & Friedrich!

A big thank you to Ms. Thackray and her students for the new habitats for Carl and Friedrich! They researched rats, designed and built their habitats to test, and then observed their behavior to see what they preferred. Combining science, engineering, and art doesn't get better than this!

Congratulations National Scholastic Art Award Winners!

As you might already know, ACMA students did very well with the Scholastic Art Awards in the regional competition with 140 awards (Gold, Silver & Honorable Mention). The Gold winners went on to compete nationally and the results came in this morning.

Congratulate the following students if you see them around because winning at the national level is a great honor...

Eli Boverman (Silver for drawing)

Isabel Kristensen (Silver for photo)

Chloe Montague (Silver for photo)

Annarose Speede (3 Silver for drawing/painting & 1 Gold!!! for painting).

NHS Elections

Thank you for a great National Honor Society election....well done and congratulations to the new board. Our last all NHS meeting will be May 2nd.

President - Luca Berti

Vice President - Sasha Beall

Secretary - Marley Sherwood

Treasurer - Hannah Marty

PR Officer - Ashley Killian

State Assessment Score Reporting - Student Test Results in ParentVUE

The administration of our state assessments will take place between May 13th and May 24th. State test scores will be available in ParentVUE! You will be able to see your child’s test results sooner than in prior years with less impact on the environment. For the English Language Arts and Math tests, a student’s score is available in ParentVUE two weeks after both parts of the test are completed. Due to the implementation of the new state science test this year, science scores will not be available until next fall after passing scores are identified by the Oregon Department of Education. The Testing Information tab in ParentVUE 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. Please note: these scores are not currently available in the ParentVue phone app. Students whose parents/guardians do not have an active ParentVUE account will receive a paper report of test scores. Paper score reports with English Language Arts and Math test results with will be sent home with students on the last day of school. Score reports will be mailed over the summer for students with English Language Arts and Math test results that arrive after the paper score reports are printed in June. Students with at least one parent/guardian with ParentVUE access may request a printed report by contacting Kay Jenkins by email at kay_jenkins@beaverton.k12.or.us or by phone at 503.356.4594.

Online Parent Class

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Registration is now open for OHSU’s online Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) parent class, which begins on April 15th! These classes are sponsored by the Oregon Health Authority and are open to any parents, foster providers, or primary caregivers living in Oregon (and potentially SW Washington) which allows one to attend at no cost. The flyer and registration form is attached. Space is limited, and it is first come first serve, so register early. And no later than April 8th.

About This Class

This is an 8-week course in CPS, broken into 8 sessions, each 90 minutes long. It is basically the equivalent of a CPS Tier 1 training, but tailored for parents, and it takes place entirely online. Parents will need to have access to email, basic computer skills and internet access with a web camera in order to participate in the sessions. Parents who attend all 8 sessions will be awarded a certificate for 12 training hours.

The class takes place on Mondays from 5:30-7:30pm in a virtual classroom using Zoom.

Session 1: April 15

Session 2: April 22

Session 3: April 29

Session 4: May 6

Session 5: May 13

Session 6: May 20

Session 7: May 27

Session 8: June 3

Please complete the attached registration form and return no later than April 8th to cps@ohsu.edu

Erin's Law

What Is Erin’s Law?

In 2015, the Oregon legislature passed SB 856, also known as Erin’s Law. Erin’s Law requires the development and adoption of child sexual abuse prevention programs for students in

kindergarten through 12th grade in all Oregon public schools. SB

856 mandates that all Oregon Public Schools provide:

  • A minimum of 4 instructional sessions (equal to or greater than a standard class period) of sex abuse prevention instruction per year for grades kindergarten through 12.
  • Sexual abuse instruction that is integrated and part of required district comprehensive sexuality education plan and is aligned with state standards.
  • Instruction that is age appropriate, medically accurate, and is not shame or fear based.
  • Instruction that is culturally inclusive and is responsive to diverse students including race, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation.

ACMA will begin implementing the 4 Erin’s Law lessons starting in May. Skills addressed in the lessons include techniques to recognize sexual abuse, effective communication skills to establish boundaries, and skills to tell a trusted adult.

In all areas, parents and guardians are a child’s first and most influential teachers. Parents, guardians and schools share a common goal: we want students of all ages to be valued, respected, and safe in all aspects of their lives. Additional information on Erin’s Law can be found on the district website listed below:

BSD website regarding Erin's Law

Parent Opt Out Letter

Applications for the 2018-2019 Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board now open

The City of Beaverton invites youth in grades 9-12 to apply for a position on the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board (MYAB). MYAB is an ad-hoc committee made up of 20 high school students from Beaverton area high schools.

The application can be found at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/MYAB. Application deadline: Friday, May 20, 2019.

MYAB was established to provide a voice for youth in our community. Students are selected by Mayor Denny Doyle to serve on the board. MYAB reports to the mayor and city council on issues of concern to youth. MYAB’s mission is to serve the common good of the community and provide a voice for youth in decisions and policies of the city. MYAB focuses on community service projects and promoting youth activism.

For questions, contact Emily Van Vleet at 503-526-2543 or mailboxmayormyab@beavertonoregon.gov

Attention Students in grades 9-12: Beaverton Youth Summit is Back!

Sponsored by the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board, the Beaverton Youth Summit will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Beaverton City Library Auditorium, 12375 SW 5th St.

Two separate panels will discuss entrepreneurship and local government and will be a great opportunity for students to explore career opportunities in both of these fields. A burrito lunch will be provided.

RSVP at BeavertonOregon.gov/YouthSummit

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Beaverton School District

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, veteran status, genetic information or disability in any education programs, activities or employment.

WE Empower all students to achieve post-high school success.

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