Westview Wildcat Weekly
December 14 - December 18, 2020
Newsletter for WHS Students and Families
Here is this week's newsletter.
Thank you for your partnership and support!
December 21-January 1
- NO SCHOOL (Winter Break!)
- 2nd Quarter Progress Marks
Coat and Can Drive Thank You!
Interested in Signing up for Science Fair?
Georgi Harris will be this year's coordinator.
Click here for more information about the Beaverton Hillsboro Science Expo:
Please Help us Thank Our Staff
We would like to send a special thank you to our staff for all the work they have been putting in during our distance learning period. We are asking you to help us show some love and appreciation by making a "Thank You" or "Happy Holidays" sign, taking a picture of you holding it, then drop your picture in the google form below. We would like to have all pictures by Wednesday, December 16. THANK YOU!
THE WESTVIEW YEARBOOK NEEDS YOUR HELP!
This is a different year, and we are going to create a unique yearbook filled with content provided by our entire community.
Please click the links below to fill in a google form to upload pictures and answer a few short questions to add to your story to some of the topics we will cover in this year’s book.
We plan to come at you with different topics each week, so keep a lookout on how you can participate with this year’s book.
Watch out for us by following @westviewyearbook on Instagram, the school newsletter or your class Canvas page.
This week we are focusing on the following topics. Click the links below to add your photos and answer a few short questions.
COVID Life and Corona Regrets- https://forms.gle/iv5yNYqjYQa3iu7c6
Fall Activities- https://forms.gle/WoTH2h8bonhVXE7t7
Distance Learning- https://forms.gle/pvF6ATcVEJUNi2hv7
Family at Westview/ Twins- https://forms.gle/UpbqUBA9Pd8DCNja6
We are excited to feature YOU in the yearbook. Thank you for helping us tell this year’s story.
-The Westview Yearbook Staff
Senior Portrait Timeline Extended
We were hoping for more Senior Portraits and wanted to extend the deadline for submissions to January 3, 2021.
Please go to https://westview.beaverton.k12.or.us/activities/yearbook for Senior Portrait Guidelines and how to submit your photo.
-The WHS Yearbook Staff
Westview Staff Interviews
If your family needs support this winter, please reach out to Mitzy King, our school social worker. WHS is organizing food, jackets and other support for families before winter break. Mitzy King (503) 356-5054. Mitzy_king@beaverton.k12.or.us
An article on supporting children and teens this winter/holiday season:
Westview Works Tutoring and Support Time
From Westview Technology Team
Technology News and Updates
New this week on our WHS Technology for Parents and Students Site http://bit.ly/whsfuture:
Does your student need Tech Help?
Every Wednesday after Advisory I will be available in my Zoom room from 10:45-11:30 for any student that needs help. In the weeks to come, I am hoping to offer small model lessons on tools they can use in your class. Let me know if there is a tool you would like me to share! Here's the link. I have also been at our Westview Works homework help and tutoring sessions on Wednesday afternoons from 2-4p (Here is the link.)
Apply here for a free wifi hotspot. We have a limited number, and they will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.
Have a student travelling outside of the country?
Be sure the teacher / Admin. completes a Help Desk to ask for exclusion for the student while traveling.
A teacher/Admin can fill out a help desk ticket to request that a student be placed on exclusion list so they can access Canvas outside of the US.
Signal to Noise
Exciting news! We will be holding our annual Signal to Noise Film Festival in May of 2021 (virtually, of course 😃). We have updated the guidelines on the website and important dates are as follows: Entries due - Monday, March 29, 2021, Online Awards Ceremony/Festival - Thursday, May 20, 2021. Please share out this information with students and parents and for the latest updates have them follow us on Facebook or Instagram (@s2nfestival).
[Online] Aloha's Kanopy Film Club
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Twice a month, we host a discussion of a movie that is available through Kanopy - a streaming service that is free with your library card.
A link to each selection is posted to our Facebook page on Tuesday of the previous week, to allow 10 days to watch it before our talk over Zoom. Join the live discussion for a great way to connect while socially distancing!
Is your student having any issues with their device? Is the stylus not working, the wifi glitchy? The BSD Student Help Desk is available to provide support:
Monday - Friday (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
From College and Career Center
Top Reasons to Complete a FAFSA:
1) You’ll get details on your financial aid award letter about your colleges’ options for paying for college
2) This is the gateway for federal student loans and parent loans. A reasonable amount of loan debt may be a positive option.
3) You may be eligible for scholarships and merit or need based aid from your college
4) You may be eligible for work study
5) You may be eligible for federal or state grants
6) There is not a down side to completing the FAFSA. Avoid assuming you won’t qualify for any aid. Even if your neighbor says they didn’t get anything from FAFSA, you may be surprised at your outcome. Don’t leave money sitting on the table.
It’s best to have the FAFSA completed and successfully submitted in January, must be US citizen or permanent resident.
Need help with FAFSA, ORSAA, Oregon Promise, Future Connect, PCC Foundation Scholarships, or OSAC? Attend the workshop Wed. Dec. 16th @ noon and get all of your questions answered!
Jana Daugherty of PCC will do a mini overview of the scholarships and spend time helping students with their questions, applications, and edit their essays. Our goal is to help you make progress on these applications and be ready to submit them ahead of deadlines!
https://portlandcc.zoom.us/j/4663890806 (Links to an external site.)
Top College & Financial Aid Tasks for Seniors to Work on Over Break
1) Complete and submit college admissions applications
2) Complete the FAFSA/ORSAA if eligible to do so https://studentaid.gov/ for US citizens or permanent residents, https://oregonstudentaid.gov/grants.aspx for DACA students. Best to complete by end of January
3) Complete Oregon Promise https://oregonstudentaid.gov/grants.aspx Due June 1st
4) Complete OSAC https://oregonstudentaid.gov/scholarships.aspx Due March 1st
5) If eligible, complete Future Connect for scholarship & coaching @ PCC https://www.pcc.edu/future-connect/ Due March 1st
6) Check Canvas College & Career page in Class 2021 page for other scholarship ideas
Yale Young Global Scholars https://globalscholars.yale.edu/about-yygs Informational Session- Beaverton, OR School District on Dec 16, 2020 11:00 AM PST Please register at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
ASPIRE Volunteers Needed
Aspire is the state of Oregon's mentoring program to help students access education and training beyond high school. The program matches trained, supportive adult volunteer mentors with seniors to help them develop a post high school plan which meets their career and educational goals. To learn more, contact Ann Voorhees WHS College & Career Specialist. firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Academies are extended experiences offered by the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce. These offer opportunities for seniors to meet professionals in a variety of fields. Academies may include hands-on experiences, projects, or certifications. Current openings include Academies for Engineering and Business Entrepeneur. Upcoming include Medical, Computer Engineering with Intel, Construction. Law & Legal, Graphic Arts, Fine Arts, and more. To register and learn more go to the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce School to Career website. https://hillsborochamberor.com/stc/stcevents/
College Rep Visits
Over 200 College Rep Visits are coming to you virtually. Often these people are the first readers of admissions applications and it's a great way to learn facts about a college which are not on their website.
To see the full calendar and sign up for a presentation by a college rep, Juniors and Seniors go to your Grade Level Class or All Student page in Canvas and tap the College Career button for all the information.
WHS Scholarship List
Seniors have access to a weekly curated scholarship list. They access this through Canvas in their Senior Class by tapping the College Career button.
Here is a list of upcoming rep visits:
JUST A REMINDER REGARDING ATTENDANCE:
- Parents/guardians must still call the 24-Hour Attendance Line (503-356-3021) to have their student's absence excused. Please do not email the teachers as they do not have access to mark a student excused. You can email the teachers if you would like to let them know, but it is not necessary. Please remember - students may not call and excuse themselves. This will result in the absence remaining unexcused.
- If a student misses a class for any reason, they can still access and do the work later in the day and the teacher will remove the unexcused absence once they see the student has engaged.
- If you see an error in attendance, i.e. your student did attend class but was marked absent by mistake, you do need to contact the teacher directly in that situation. The teacher will then correct the absence once they verify that the student did engage in class. Please make sure your student checks in to each class on time to avoid being marked absent.
If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a message on the Attendance Line and Diane Jordan will get right back to you. 24 Hour Attendance Line: 503-356-3021
AP Exams Update
Thank you to everyone for your support as we navigate AP testing sign-ups during CDL. If your student is currently enrolled in an AP course, they should have registered for the course exam in their class. We did this because, for this year only, students will not be monetarily penalized should they choose not to test. If your student will not be enrolled in the class until Quarter 3 they will sign up and be billed at that time.
We are getting rosters organized in order to start applying fees for AP exams. All students will be billed for an exam this year. If your student wishes to test, you will need to pay that fee by March 1st. Paying for the fee tells us you intend to test. Leaving the fee on the account unpaid tells us you do not wish to test. Unpaid fees will be removed and exams cancelled after the March 1st deadline.
At this point, AP is still hoping exams will be in person. A final decision on this will be made by College Board in January. Because of this, some families may want to wait until January to make payments.
If a student is interested in signing up for an exam offered at Westview, but it is not taking the course at some point in the 2020-21 school year, please have them contact Kara Ferris, the Advanced Programs coordinator, about registering. The deadline for fall registration is November 15th.
Cap and Gown Orders for Graduation
Dear Senior Families
I know words like “virtual” and “hybrid” are not wording you normally associate with school, and certainly not your senior year. The challenges you and we have experienced have been both substantial and challenging. I do want to recognize and thank all of you for adjusting to this new normal. Our hope is that by year’s end things will have improved dramatically.
While many things have changed, one thing that has not changed is the tradition of graduation. Come June 13, you will be recognized, you will be rewarded, you will be celebrated. To secure that reality, you will be placing your graduation order for your Cap & Gown and other graduation materials in an event we are calling “Senior Graduation Order Week”.
Please visit this page: Jostens.com
If you have any questions, please let me know. We want to make this as simple and easy as possible.
2056 NE Aloclek Drive, #309
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Grading and Reporting and 4x4 Schedule
With the district shift to a 4x4 schedule we would like to send out another reminder of what that does to our grading and academic calendar. Because year-long courses are compressed to 18 weeks and all semester long courses are compressed to 9 weeks, the 9-week grades (Nov. 13th) go on to the transcript as semester grades, part of the permanent record and GPA. Historically, students are in the mindset of having until the end of January to "get their grades up" but that is no longer the case. This is not new news, but we want all parents and students to be aware.
Here are the official grading dates for the remainder of the year:
November 13 (9 weeks)-End of Semester (Final Grades/Grading Day--Grades Updated)
January 8 (15 weeks)--Grades Updated
February 5 (18 weeks)--End of Semester (Final Grades/Grading Day--Grades Updated)
March 19 (6 weeks)-- Progress Report (Grades Updated)
April 16 (9 weeks)-- End of Semester (Final Grades/Grading Day--Grades Updated)
May 28 (15 weeks)-- Progress Report (Grades Updated)
June 21 (18 weeks)--End of Semester (Final Grades/Grading Day-Grades Updated)
Your Help Keeping Social Media Safe
We have seen social media interactions that are harmful, harassing, and racist amongst some of our students. While some of these exchanges take place away from school, we expect our students to model the Wildcat Way all hours of the day.
We appreciate your help maintaining a safe community for all of our Westview students.
BSD - Social and Political Expression
Health Curriculum Review
As always, you are welcome to reach out with any questions or concerns.
Dear Health 1 Parents:
Welcome to Health 1! Health 1 Apex Overview.pdf is an overview of the lessons we will be covering in Apex this quarter, they are highlighted in yellow. The lessons are also listed in the parent Canvas course in the modules (along with the study guides). However, in order to view the lessons in their entirety, you will need to have your child log-in to Apex through their Canvas course. For this reason, you will not be able to view the full lessons until the quarter for Health 1 starts for your child. From there you can click on the lessons we will cover to view content. To join the parent Canvas course to preview curriculum you can join with this link: https://bsd.instructure.com/enroll/8KPRPE
Please note, the sexual health unit begins at the start of week 6 of the course, so you will have 5 weeks from the start of the quarter to review the lessons in that unit. Please click this link below for opt-out information including the form (“Exemption from Instruction” near the bottom of the page): https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/curriculum-instruction-assessment/health-secondary
All other lessons (not in Apex) are in the parent Canvas course and can be viewed by clicking on them in the modules.
The Health 1 Team
Here is a link to the Health 2 class Canvas page (https://bsd.instructure.com/courses/82849). Everything is up so our community can find all the presentations, assignments, and information for the Sexual Health Unit at the very bottom of the Modules section.
We are always welcome to work alongside our parents and guardians if you questions or concerns. Know that you can always contact your Health teacher.
Please click this link below for opt-out information including the form (“Exemption from Instruction” near the bottom of the page): https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/curriculum-instruction-assessment/health-secondary
BHS Family Toolkit
Westview Zoom Norms and Expectations
Students - This is our virtual classroom. Let’s keep it a positive space that is conducive to learning. We’ve got this!
Be sure you are logged into your BSD student account.
Show up to class a couple of minutes early and wait to be admitted.
We will ask that you identify yourself with your preferred first and last name before your teacher welcomes you in from the waiting room.
We look forward to hearing your thoughts and joining conversations, but please keep your audio on mute until you want to speak. This will help limit background noise.
Whenever possible, find a quiet place free of distractions (siblings, parents, television, etc.)
You are welcome to keep your video off, but please stay present with us.
If you have a question, use the chat box, or raise your hand.
Respect others' privacy by not taking screenshots of participants or recording sessions.
Have patience with yourself and others. We’re all in this together.
Remember, Zoom sessions are recorded.
BSD Return To School Site
Important Phone Numbers and Support Information
Attendance Phone: 503-356-3022
Main Office Phone: 503-356-3020
Counselor Alpha List:
Mr. Baker (A-Caq) email@example.com
Ms. Budhi (Car-Fo) firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Shaw (Fr-Ji) email@example.com
Mr. Rosser (Jk-Mb) firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Silva (Mc-Pg). email@example.com
Ms. Stremme (Ph-Sr) firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Pearson (Ss-Z) email@example.com
Admin Alpha List:
Mrs. Myers (A-Ji) firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Fitzpatrick (Jk-Pg) email@example.com
Mr. Westhora (Ph-Z) firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Pedersen email@example.com
Other links that may be helpful:
2020-2021 Tentative School Calendar
Follow us on Instagram and Facebook
Looking forward to a great year!
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