Dragon News - 10.12.20

Principal's Message

This past week seemed to usher in Fall in full force. As I cleaned up the yellowing and withering plants in my backyard vegetable garden and wondered how much longer my tomatoes would last, I was surprised to find a few small, but bright and shiny strawberries. What a juicy and sweet treasure to find in mid-October! My garden surprise was recorded in my sentence-a-day gratitude journal. Striving to practice gratitude each day helps me see the good in the world and promising glimmers of hope. I see so much hope as our students return day after day to each of their classes. Their engagement, tenacity, and persistence are bright, shiny beacons of light! This week as your family gathers, I encourage you to share with one another something that brings you hope. Be well.


Jill O'Neill

Get involved in Student Government

All current 9th - 12th Grade students interested in serving on Student Council are encouraged to submit an application for ASB or Class Officer candidacy. Applications will be available on Canvas on Wednesday, Oct. 14th and are due Wednesday, Oct. 21st. A required candidate meeting will be held on Friday, Oct. 16th - watch for the links in Canvas. Looking forward to seeing many aspiring leaders there!

Senior Family Meeting - Weds., October 14th

12th Grade Students and their parents/guardians are invited to virtually attend a DP Family Information Night on Wednesday, October 14th at 7:00 pm. IB Diploma Program Coordinator Amy Schuff and Counselors Kathryn Hirsch and Tracy Muilenburg will share information about registering for IB Courses, IB Assessments, College Applications, and Financial Aid. On Tuesday, we will send links to 12th Grade families on Canvas and through direct emails.

Senior College Information Week - Oct. 26-29

The College and Career Counselors of BSD will be hosting a virtual Senior College Information Week, October 26-29th. There will be a series of evening and day time sessions offered for students and their families about financial aid, scholarships, and the college application process. All sessions will be offered in English through a YouTube livestream, English with interpretation available in languages other than Spanish through Zoom, and Spanish-only through a Zoom webinar. We ask if you do not need interpretation that you use the YouTube link to view the session. Information and links to these sessions can be found here: www.beaverton.k12.or.us/SCIW.

Here are the week’s events:

  • Monday, October 26th at 6:30 pm – Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Tuesday, October 27th at 6:30 pm – Four-Year Public Universities
  • Wednesday, October 28th at 10:00 am – Applying to Art Schools (English with interpretation available only)
  • Wednesday, October 28th at 2:30 pm – Writing the College Essay (English with interpretation available only)
  • Wednesday, October 28th at 6:30 pm – Four-Year Private Universities
  • Thursday, October 29th at 6:30 pm – Community Colleges and Oregon Promise

Additionally, your ISB counselors are here for you! In addition to our regularly scheduled office hours on Mondays and Fridays from 2:30-3:30 and the ability to book appointments, we will offer two evening office hour sessions on Tuesday, October 27th and Thursday, October 29th from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. See links below:

Worried about taking the SAT?

As schools implement distance learning and we practice social distancing, many 11th and 12th graders and their families wonder how they will take the SAT this year. This New York Times article challenges us to consider if we even should take the test. Most universities have adjusted their admission requirements in light of the pandemic. To learn more about the requirements for the universities you're interested in, visit the universities' websites. Read the article here.

PSAT / National Merit Scholarship Program - Class of 2022

Due to the school closure, ISB will not be offering the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) this academic year. 11th Graders who wish to enter the National Merit Scholarship Program will need to submit an Alternate Entry.

To enter the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program, a student must meet all of the following requirements. A student must:

  1. be enrolled as a high school student (traditional or homeschooled), progressing normally toward graduation or completion of high school by 2022, and planning to accept admission to college no later than the fall of 2022;
  2. attend high school in the United States, District of Columbia, or U.S. commonwealths and territories; or meet the citizenship requirements for students attending high school outside the United States; and
  3. take the 2020 PSAT/NMSQT or complete Alternate Entry requirements in the specified year of the high school program and no later than the third year in grades 9 through 12, regardless of grade classification or educational pattern.

A student who does not take the PSAT/NMSQT in October 2020 or January 2021 because of illness, an emergency, or other extenuating circumstance (including school closures), but meets all other requirements for NMSC program participation, may still be able to enter the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by submitting scores from an administration of the SAT. The student or a school official must visit www.nationalmerit.org/resources after the missed PSAT/NMSQT administration to download information about procedures for Alternate Entry to the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. To be considered, a student must complete certain requirements before April 1, 2021.

IMPORTANT: Alternate Entry is only for students who do not take the October 2020 PSAT/NMSQT or January 2021 PSAT/NMSQT. Students who are uncertain about whether they will take the January PSAT/NMSQT are welcome to download and complete Alternate Entry requirements beginning in late October; however, NMSC will not consider a student’s SAT scores for entry to the program if it receives an official PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index score from College Board.

NOTE: The procedure described above for requesting Alternate Entry differs from information that is published in the PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide. For the 2022 competition only, students and school officials will be able to download Alternate Entry instructions from NMSC’s website instead of submitting an individual written request to NMSC for approval.

For more details about entry to the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program, please refer to the PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide or visit www.nationalmerit.org

Coca-Cola Scholarship

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. With the 32nd class in 2020, the Foundation has provided over 6,300 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $72 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship. The application is open through October 31st. High school seniors can apply here.

Now Students Can Check Out Library Books

Good news! The library can now start taking requests for library book check outs. Books are available from ISB's library only. At this time there are no Inter-Library Loans.

Watch this video to learn how to place a hold for a book in Destiny, the ISB library book catalog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dI4j9c_Tac&t=2s

Once a book is ready for a student, they will receive an email from Audrey Schiefelbein. Pick-up days and times are Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm. When students arrive they can call the school's phone number and tell the office staff they are picking up a library book.

Pie Sale Fundraising Campaign!

Greetings from the ISB Grad Night 2021 Committee! Hope you and your families are staying well, and your students are engaged in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). A big shout out to all the teachers and other support staff who have been working behind the scenes relentlessly to keep the CDL experience engaged and positive to all our students and families!

Now, it’s time to start planning for our Grad Night for our senior students! Holidays are coming and how could we not start thinking about celebrating it with special pies from Willamette Valley Pie Company?

Willamette Valley pies are handmade with all-natural ingredients in Silverton, OR. You can find a description of the pies in the flyer below.

· Large Fruit Pies $15

· Artisan/Cream Pies $18

· Mini pies (sold by the case only) $30 for a case of 6 pies

100% of the profit goes towards Grad Night 2021.

How to order?

This year, we are doing this fundraising via online ordering. Please use this Order Form to submit orders. All orders must be turned in by Sunday, October 18, 2020.

When to pick up?

Tuesday, November 3, 2020, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at ISB. All pies MUST be picked up on this date/time. More instructions to come regarding curbside pickup!

Please share this fundraising campaign with your family and friends, the proceeds of which will directly benefit our seniors’ Grad Night! If you have questions, email us at isbgradnight2021@gmail.com.

Thank you for your support!

ISB Grad Night 2021 Committee

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