Maverick Express September 2020


Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! We know the start of this school year is filled with unknowns, but the staff of MHS is committed to finding opportunities for student growth and learning in the Comprehensive Distance Learning model.

Our over-arching staff goal at Mountainside this year is to create a rich Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) experience through the use of Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) practices. Included within our staff training during in-service week will be a focus on creating anti-racism within our school. As part of our work, look for information in the fall regarding parent affinity groups to work alongside us in this goal.

Staff will also work with teachers across the district on common Canvas and Zoom utilization and expectations. The goal is that Canvas will be a uniform experience for all students with all of their teachers.

We will begin CDL starting on Monday, September 14th. Here is a link to a student's daily and weekly schedule in the 4x4 model:


There is information below regarding when student schedules will be public on StudentVue.

In addition, I am looking to establish my monthly Principal's Coffees in a Zoom format. More information and dates to come.

I can tell you that the staff at MHS is excited for school to start. Our continued commitment is to form strong bonds with our students and to give them the tools to be successful, whether we are in CDL or in-person.



The goals of Kickoff Days are for students to take their school pictures for purchase, for the Yearbook and Student ID cards. Ninth graders will also be able to swap their Chromebooks for a newer Chromebook. 10th, 11th and 12th graders should bring all textbooks, novels, calculators, and any other items checked out from the school last year.

Dorian Studios will be here on Thursday, September 10th, and Friday, September 11th to take school pictures. Families will receive picture purchasing packets in the mail the week of August 31st. Please ensure your child brings them on their picture day at their assigned time. Students will be assigned to a time slot based on the first letter of their last names and their grade level. We request that students only come during their assigned times, including siblings. We will not be staffed to take walk ups that are outside the assigned groups and it will slow the entire process down. Not to worry if your child cannot make it to this event. We will hold another opportunity for pictures when students return for on-site classes.

We appreciate families following the protocol. Know that we'll be practicing social distancing protocols so anyone coming to the campus must be wearing a mask and follow the six feet social distancing requirement.

Students will only be expected to be on campus for a little over an hour to complete their business. We ask that families leave the campus as soon as they are finished as parking will be at a premium during the entire event. Thank you for your cooperation.

Please click here for specific times and for the maps of the event:





September 10th:

9th Grade:

A-D: 8:30am-9:30am

E-K: 9:45am-10:45am

L-R: 11:00am-12:00pm

S-Z: 12:15pm-1:15pm

10th Grade:

A-E: 2:00pm-3:00pm

F-K: 3:15pm-4:15pm

L-Q: 4:30pm-5:30pm

R-Z: 5:45pm-6:45pm

September 11th:

11th Grade:

A-F: 8:30am-9:30am

G-L: 9:45am-10:45am

M-R: 11:00am-12:00pm

S-Z: 12:15pm-1:15pm

12th Grade:

A-D: 2:00pm-3:00pm

E-K: 3:15pm-4:15pm

L-Q: 4:30pm-5:30pm

R-Z: 5:45pm-6:45pm

Please consult the Library and Chromebook sections below for information regarding materials checked out and the 9th grade Chromebook exchange.

library items

Library accounts should be updated by September 9. Please check your account prior to Kickoff Days on the 10th and 11th to see what items you have out. You are responsible for returning the item with the specific barcode checked out to you. Fines will not be applied untiil later in September. Use the following directions to access your Library account:

  1. Go to Mountainside HS Library Website

  2. Click on "Find Books"

  3. Click on "Log In" in the upper right hand corner, then click on "BSD User Login".

  4. Use your student ID and password to access the account.

  5. Click on "My Info" to see what is on your account. Barcode information usually is a string of numbers listed right next to the item.

  6. Remove stickers, post-its, bookmarks, etc.

  7. If you have questions, please email the Library Media Assistant, Arona Tai at


Freshmen only will be able to swap their R11 Chromebook for an Acer 512 Chromebook and charger. Be sure and bring both the Chromebook and the charger since the 512 requires a different power adapter. Freshmen need their NAME and ID NUMBER clearly displayed on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper in the front window on the passenger side. For those picking up a Chromebook, be sure you have paid your Damage/Loss payment in the Online Payment System.

Chromebook return:

  • Shut down the Chromebook (not just close the lid)

  • Remove any stickers the student added

  • If your Chromebook is having issues, please describe in detail on a piece of paper and tape around all four edges to the front of the device.

Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors having issues with their Chromebook, please email the Student Help Desk at for technical support or to schedule a swap.

Student Chromebook Login Change

Beginning September 8, students will use their full BSD email address to log into a Chromebook (ex., which provides increased account security. Setup, login instructions and answers to general support questions can be found on the Chromebook Frequently Asked Questions page.

Student Chromebook Usage Summary Report

This fall, parents will automatically receive a report on their student’s weekly Chromebook usage. More information is available on our website.

Chromebook Tech Support

Students having issues with their Chromebook, please email the Student Help Desk at or call phone support after September 8th at 503-356-4656.

accounting department

Library items are due to be returned 9/10-9/11/2020 during your scheduled time. Please head to our Online Payment System to see what is due back and what your student has for fines/fees. Once library items are returned and checked back in, those fines will be cleared. If you have never signed in to the payment system, you will need to follow the instructions. Your password will not be the same as what you use for your ParentVue account, you will need to create a new one.

During the summer the District did decide to reduce class fees for the second semester. If you paid class fees by credit card, you received a refund on the card that was used for payment. If you paid by cash or check, you will notice your refund on your student’s account as funds you can use for other fees.

Please email with any questions or concerns regarding your student’s account.


Schedule Changes

We anticipate that student schedules will be available by the end of the day on Friday, 9/11/20. If available earlier, we will send out a School Messenger as to when they will be live on StudentVue.

Due to the structure of the 4 x 4 schedule and class sizes, there will be limited options for students to make changes to their schedules. Schedule change requests may only be made for one of the following reasons:

  • To change the level of a course within a subject area
  • To fill a hole in a student's schedule
  • Or, due to previously passing the course

For those students who have one of the situations listed above, a digital Schedule Change Request form will be available starting on the first day of classes, Monday, 9/14/20. All Schedule Change Requests must be made using the digital Schedule Change Request form and are due by Monday, 9/21/20. Schedule Change Requests will not be accepted via email.


Many colleges require that students submit an Official High School Transcript as part of their application. Here are the ways that Mountainside students can request an Official High School Transcript:

  • If students are applying to colleges through the Common Application or the Coalition Application, your assigned Counselors can submit an electronic copy of your Official High School Transcript for you. Students will need to invite their Counselor as a "recommender" in those electronic application systems to start the process. Please contact your assigned Counselor if you have questions.
  • Some colleges use an "electronic document transfer service" that will also allow your assigned counselor to submit an electronic copy of your Official High School Transcript." The colleges will tell you if this is an option, and what process to follow.
  • If none of these options are available to you, you can request that a paper copy of your Official High School Transcript be sent to colleges. There will be a digital "Transcript Request Form" linked on the Mountainside website in the next couple of weeks that will allow students to submit transcript requests directly to our school's Registrar, Ms. Monahan, for processing.

Letters of Recommendation

As part of the college application process, some colleges will ask that Counselors complete a Secondary School Report and/or submit a Letter of Recommendation. This report and the Counselor Letter of Recommendation are meant to support a student's application and to provide information about the academic program of your high school.

At Mountainside, the Counseling Team created a "Letter of Recommendation Packet" that has step-by-step instructions of how students can request a Counselor Letter of Recommendation. A PDF copy of this packet will be available in Canvas starting the first week of school.

Please note: students may type and send most of the packet's needed information (except for the Release of Information form) directly to their assigned counselor via email. However, the Release of Information form does require a student and parent/guardian signature. Please print, and sign the Release of Information form, and send a digital copy of the signed form to your assigned counselor via email.

middle years programme

MYP Personal Project

For the past two years at Mountainside High School, our policy has been that all sophomores are required to complete the MYP Personal Project. We have done this because we believe the project is a great opportunity for students to follow their passions, and because we have been able to provide 10th graders with a significant amount of support. That support is delivered within Advisory classrooms, where strong teachers meet with and provide structure for students.

This year, we cannot guarantee that support. Indeed, most sophomores will not have their Advisory classes until the 2nd semester, around the time the Personal Project is due. For that reason, this year we are making the Sophomore Personal Project optional. It may be that many students will decide that this is not a good time to pursue the project, and that is okay.

That said, all sophomores are encouraged to complete their Personal Project. Students who do complete it and who earn C's or above in all 9th and 10th grade courses will receive a certificate from Mountainside designating them as a “Full IB MYP Graduate.” This project has been highly useful for students on college applications and resumes, and fits with the kind of long-term, self-driven learning that so many institutions and employers value. It is also an inherently valuable project, so it is our hope that many students choose to complete it.

For those sophomores who do intend to complete the project, there are a few things to know. The project itself would be due in February, but students will need to decide by early September whether or not they intend to complete the project.

As MYP Coordinator, I will provide support by holding a virtual meeting every Wednesday to help students stay on track. Finally, while these weekly meetings will be helpful, students need to be prepared to complete a significant amount of the project independently.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions at



At Mountainside, the only way to purchase a yearbook is by going directly to the Jostens website: Yearbook sales are not done through the ParentVue online portal.

Due to the pandemic and the realities of what the school year will look like, the yearbook staff and advisor, Katie Noah, have decided to offer a lower price on books. The price will start at $30 and be this price through September 30, 2020. After that, there will be a $10 increase. Don't worry, though, this book will still be a good one albeit a bit smaller than last years! We're working hard to create a memorable, beautiful, creative piece that you and your family will want to have for years to come.


We will begin collecting senior photos and senior quotes at the beginning of the school year. Please check our Instagram and Senior Canvas page for details on how to do this after the school year starts.

Senior ads are also for sale at Parents, this is a great way to honor your senior! All pictures and formatting can be done on the website. You can also pay for your space on the website. Prices are as follows:

$75 - full page

$50 - half page

$35 - 1/4 page

$25 - 1/8 page

Further Info

To keep up to date on all things MHS Yearbook, please follow us on Instagram: @mountainsideyearbook

If you have any additional questions, you can email the advisor,

speech and debate

The Oregon School Activities Association has approved Speech & Debate for the upcoming season, and we would like to invite students to join our team. We have a strong group of student leaders, many experienced team members, and a variety of events - from debate to poetry reading to impromptu speaking - to participate in.

For now, all practices and tournaments will be virtual. While communicating effectively in person is not exactly the same as doing it on-line, the skills our students will develop will help them for years to come. Our speakers and debaters develop confidence, clarity and the ability to convey persuasive messages. We encourage students in all grades to participate this year.

We will be holding a virtual meeting on Zoom for all interested students on Wednesday, September 23rd at 2:30 pm. Please sign up on this form if you’re interested in attending. Feel free to e-mail coaches or with any questions.


Clubs Update

Mountainside WILL have clubs this year! Although meetings will be done virtually this, at least to start with, we want to give students as many opportunities as possible to interact with other students in areas that interest them, have some fun, and make meaningful memories. Each year clubs must re-register, so if you are a student who wants to continue a club from last year or start a brand new one, please click on the online application link below. For a list and description of last year's clubs and other club/organization related information, see our MHS website or contact Activities Director with questions. You must also have a MHS staff adviser to supervise your club meetings, so start by asking last year's staff adviser to see if they would want to supervise again. Otherwise, you will have to find a new adviser. We will be advertising approved clubs through our official school social media and will hopefully have a virtual Club Fair of sorts in the fall.

Online Club Application(must use your school account)

dates to remember

Sept 10th: 9th and 10th Grade Pictures, Chromebook swap (9th only), textbook/material return

Sept 11th: 11th and 12th Grade Pictures and textbook/materials return

Sept. 14th: Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) begins