Whitford Newsletter

December 9, 2022

Principal Message

Greetings Whitford Families.

There are so many amazing things happening here every day at Whitford. In the past weeks, we have completed Outdoor School (non-COVID style) for our 6th graders, Choir concerts, field trips, science projects, 3-D design and development, mastery of integers, and much, much more. Your students… Our students… are amazing people are doing and learning amazing things. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to help shape and influence your children.

There are so many exciting things on the horizon for Whitford. Coming very soon will be the beginnings of bond funds supported by Beaverton voters that will help Whitford begin to modernize with replacement of old furniture and equipment. Additionally, in anticipation of Whitford turning 60th anniversary next year, we are beginning the process of rebranding and re-visioning our school, our purpose, our role, and what we are all about. There will be opportunities for students, staff and parents alike to contribute to this process. We invite you to engage in this important work for your kids AND for the future students of our school community.

As we approach a very welcome winter break, we wish to extend to you all a very happy holidays and an excellent new year. We hope that this vacation is filled with excellent memories.
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Students Re-Designing Cafeteria through BSD Modernization Project

We have begun to do some planning for our BSD Bond modernization projects. One of the projects is getting brand new cafeteria tables and getting rid of the old, broken down, and heavy tables. Ms. Otermat's 7th & 8th Grade technology classes have used the Design Process to identify which style of tables would be the best fit for our cafeteria and to allow 300+ kids to eat at one time.

Students begun by researching by identifying the problem by talking to experts and analyzing our old tables. They then began mapping and measuring the cafeteria, before they began to research their tables from manufacturers. Once they selected their furniture, they created a spreadsheet of their supplies including budget and total amount of seating. Finally, they used Tinkercad a 3D design platform, to measure out and map their designs. Students are finishing their presentations in WEVideo to submit to the Bond Committee and our Principal for them to select one of their designs.

Above are some pictures of them working on this project.

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Battle of the Books

Calling All Readers

Join the Oregon Battle of the books for the 2022-2023 school year

The Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is an exciting tournament of reading. Students will form teams of four to five players and share reading the list of 16 books prescribed by the OBOB statewide organizing committee. The Whitford tournament will begin in mid-January 2023. Battles will be either before or after school to determine the school champion. The team that wins the Whitford title will then move on to compete against other schools in the regional meet, which will take place on a Saturday in March.

There will also be an OBOB after school club beginning in January. Join the club and prepare with other students for the school and regional battles.

May the best team become Champion of the Books!


  • There are 16 books

  • You may pick your own team of 4-5 players. If you CANNOT find a team, sign up and look for prospective teammates in class or in the library.

  • Each student must read at least 8 of the 16 books. Each team member is encouraged to read as many as possible to be prepared for the battles.

  • Teams must create a team name.

  • Each team must have a team captain.

  • All teams will battle at least twice in the preliminary round.

  • If you wish to join, pick up the contract outside the Library or from Mr. Miller in room B12.

  • Questions? Please contact Mr. Miller at school or by email.

Students and parents must sign the contract and register their teams by January 6th.

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Thank you Whitford Community!!

I'd like to thank the WTMS community for going above and beyond in funding our Maker Space update! The $5000 will be used to supplement existing curriculum with hands-on maker space activities including 3D printing, Direct to Film (DTF) printing, duct tape crafts, various circuit board engineering projects and more.

New maker space items will help students gain design and production skills through opportunities to create original 3D printed items, graphics for t-shirts and other apparel and experience with ardunino-type circuit boards and processors.

Thank you!! Tim Livingston

PTO Meeting 2nd Tuesday Each Month

Our PTO will be meeting on the 2nd Tuesday each month at 7pm at Whitford. We will have representatives here from the Bond Modernization Committee to talk about upcoming projects at Whitford. Please come listen and meet some other Whitford Parents and see how you can become involved at Whitford.

PTO meetings will be every 2nd Tuesday at 7pm Whitford. The next meeting will be January 10th.

What Type of Socks Do Whitford Students Wear?

Nike sock engineers visited with Ms. Bray's PE classes to find out what kind of socks students like to wear and why. So fun to be part of the design process.

Whitford Choir Concert

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Whitford 8th Grade Choir visits Southridge HS

Mr. Wilson took the 8th grade choir to Southridge High School to perform.

Whitford YEARBOOK is Looking for Artists & 8th Grade Baby Pictures

Hello Whitford Students,

This year, the yearbook committee is looking for student art for one of our pages! There are lots of wonderful artists at our school and we want to display your pieces so that they can always be remembered! Anyone can send in art that will be featured on this page! Submissions can be turned into Ms. Wakeham or in the office.

Thank you, Ms. Wakeham and Yearbook Staff

Hello 8th Graders,

We are looking for baby photos to put in the yearbook! A tradition for 8th grade every year! I’m sure you have tons of baby photos of yourself that others should see! We can’t wait to see those cute photos!

Thank you, Ms. Wakeham and Yearbook Staff

If you would like to participate, please email me your photos by January 31st, 2023!

Send them to Ms. Wakeham: wakehamal@beaverton.k12.or.us or you can drop it off in Room B3

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Ms. Caverino's Art 7th and 8th Grade Art Class

These Kanji are the character traits and values important to our students. Some of the most valued traits include: Honesty, Kindness, Friendship, Joy, and Peace. Made out of copper and silver metal foil.

Beaverton Library -- Maker Space, Tutoring and More

Combining Sora With the public library & the Libby app
Did you know that you can get access to two libraries in one app by adding your Student Library Card or regular public library card in the Sora app? It’s easy! You can also access the public library offerings via the Libby app.

Design and Make: Beaverton City Library’s Makerspace

DAM is a space for community members of all ages to learn, practice skills, collaborate, prototype, and problem-solve. During Open Lab hours, the space is open for anyone to drop in and use any equipment available.

Open Lab Schedule / Horario de Open Lab

· Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays / lunes, martes y miércoles 12-2 PM & 4-6 PM

· Thursdays & Fridays / jueves y viernes 12-2 PM & 3-5 PM

· Saturdays & Sundays / sábado y domingo 3-5 PM (Closed 12/24, 12/25, and 1/1)

FREE Tutoring

Did you know that you can get free live tutoring online or in-person homework help from the Beaverton City Library? Login to Brainfuse using your library card for live online tutoring between 1 p.m. and 10 p.m. Stop by the Teen Room at the main Beaverton City Library Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m. for free homework help. Call 503-350-4001 before heading to the library to check on availability.

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Breaking Barriers for our Spanish Families

Rompiendo Barreras (Juntas para padres Latinos)

La escuela secundaria de Whitford cumplirá 60 años el próximo año y, en el proceso de hacerlo, estamos trabajando para redefinir la misión y la visión de nuestra escuela. Necesitamos la opinión de los padres para asegurarnos de que estamos trabajando hacia objetivos comunes con nuestras familias. Únase a nosotros para pasar un tiempo discutiendo cuáles son sus esperanzas y sueños para la escuela secundaria de Whitford. La opinión de los padres es esencial en este proceso. Tu voz necesita ser escuchada.

Vengan a nuestra junta de padres Latinos, Rompiendo Barreras, el 15 de diciembre a las 6pm en la biblioteca!

Dental Sealants for 6th and 7th Grade Students

December 12th is our next date for sealants for 6th and 7th grade students. PDF copies of the form are attached. If you would like to sign up online, please click the link below. Please send in the form, even if it is a no. We need to have a form back from everyone. Thank you.

Dental Sealant Form ENGLISH

Dental Sealant From SPANISH


December 12th Free Dental Sealants

December 15th Breaking Barriers for Spanish Families 6pm

December 19-January 2 Holiday Break No School

January 3rd Students return to school

January 13 Staff Development Day -- no school for students

January 16th Martin Luther King Day -- no school for students