October 12, 2020
Indigenous People’s Day and Native American/Alaska Native Heritage Month
The Beaverton School Board has adopted a resolution to acknowledge the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day and the month of November as Native American/Alaska Native Heritage Month.
Along with the coming implementation of the Oregon Senate Bill 13: Tribal History/Shared History curriculum, we are excited to better recognize the historic and contemporary experiences and contributions of our Indigenous and Native American/Alaska Native community.
Thank you to the BSD Office of Equity and Inclusion, the Multilingual Department and the Native American Parent Committee (NAPAC) for their partnership in ensuring the recognition of our students and our community.
BSD Suicide Prevention Week
Did you know that last school year, BSD staff completed 578 suicide screenings and/or interventions? Of those, 138 were for elementary-aged students. Despite those efforts, our BSD community lost two students to suicide last year. That is two students too many.
We can’t stress enough the importance of this work. In conjunction with World Mental Health Day, the Beaverton School District is launching a district-wide Suicide Prevention Week. We’ll be providing age-appropriate suicide prevention/mental health lessons to students, as well as professional development for staff. In addition, we’ll be sharing resources throughout the week on social media. We’ve also developed a resource page on our website.
Given the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health is more important than ever. We offer this reminder: Physical distancing doesn’t have to mean feeling alone.
Google Read & Write
Google Read & Write has been automatically installed as a Chrome extension on all student Chromebooks. The easy-to-use extension provides personalized support to make documents, web pages and common file types in Google Drive more accessible.
Read & Write offers a range of powerful support tools to help students gain confidence including:
Translating words and entire webpages into different languages
Attaching voice recording to documents to pose questions, take notes or add comments
Simplifying the language of any text viewed through the Chrome browser
Entering information into a text document using your voice (speech-to-text)
Hearing the text on your screen read aloud to you (text-to-speech)
Looking up unfamiliar or unknown words in a dictionary without leaving your document
Improving your understanding of a word through a picture dictionary
Students can access Read & Write throughout the 2020-21 school year. It will appear as a purple-colored jigsaw piece icon on the Chrome toolbar.
Fall Food Resources
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