The Weekly Jr. Oiler

October 4, 2019

Bystander Wraps Up with an Alternate Ending!

Students and staff were disappointed by the ending of Bystander. It was a very anti-climatic, non-Hollywood ending that frustrated many on campus, including some of the teachers. It had some great points that could be used for discussions about real life, but still left some feeling unfulfilled.


Mr. Beer, 8th Grade PE teacher, decided that he was not happy with author James Preller's end to the novel. He spent the past week adding a few additional chapters to the story for an ending of his own! He even included GRIT and some familiar Dwyer names and references. The alternate ending has been posted on the students' Bystander Google Classrooms for all to enjoy.


Students had such thoughtful insights into many social emotional topics that were discussed in the novel. We will continue to teach and reinforce themes from the book all year. We will return to our regular bell schedule on Monday, October 14.


Below you will see the culminating day of the Bystander reading, with Mr. Beer reading aloud his final chapters to all the 2nd period PE classes. He even got a standing ovation and signed a few autographs afterward!

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The New and Improved Library Opens!

Starting Monday, our library will officially open! Students will now be able to check out books, work on homework before and after school, and start to use our new makerspace. Tutoring by Huntington Beach High School National Honor Society students will take place weekly on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 3-4 PM.


Our newly modernized back space of the library has been transformed into a 21st Century Learning Makerspace. Students will have opportunities to use one of the five 3-D printers, build and design on invent-tables, and eventually use Virtual Reality (VR) headsets to take virtual field trips and participate in virtual activities. Mr. Segal, our Library Media Tech is working to garner grants to complete the VR class set this year!


Here are the hours of the library for the school year: Mondays 9:30-4:00, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8:15-4:00, Thursdays 8:00-2:30, and Fridays 9:30-4:00.


Follow to see what is happening in the library on Instagram @dwyerlibrary.

Haunted Basement 2.0

Please join us for the 2nd Annual Haunted Basement Tours and Community Gathering. Starting at 5 PM on October 30, tours will run continuously until 9 PM. There will also be a Country Store, a Cupcake Walk, a Silent Auction and Raffle, as well as dinner options and many yummy treats.


Tickets are $5 for each tour and this year we are offering a $10 tour and meal combo. All proceeds will go directly to our students and staff through the PTSA. Please join in on the fun as a volunteer before that evening or during that evening. Students may volunteer in the courtyard, but adults will be the only volunteers inside the actual basement.


All students attending the event must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Enjoy the sights and frights of the tour!

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October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

For the third year, the HBCSD Board Members passed a resolution to recognize

Dyslexia Awareness Month in October. HBCSD is continuing to raise awareness

through sharing information on the website, Constant Contact notifications at the school

site, professional development for staff, and the West Orange County Consortium for

Special Education Community Advisory Committee.


The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) provides the following definition of

dyslexia, which was adopted by the United States National Institutes of Child Health and

Human Development:


Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.


Below is a link to the new California Dyslexia Guidelines prepared by the California

Department of Education in August 2017 and revised in October 2017. This is a rich

source of information including describing dyslexia, assessment, and best practices to

support students that are struggling with dyslexia.


California Dyslexia Guidelines


If you would like further information about dyslexia, please contact your school site or

the Special Education Department at 714-378-2046.

What's Happening in October?

October 15 - HBCSD Board Meeting

October 16 - Boys Volleyball, 3:30 PM, CMHS

October 17 - Girls Basketball, 4 PM, TeWinkle

October 22-24 - Parent Conferences

October 23 - No School for conferences

October 23 - Boys Volleyball, 3:30 PM, EHS

October 24 - Girls Basketball, 3 PM, Ensign

October 29 - Girls Basketball, 3:30 PM, CMHS

October 30 - Boys Volleyball, 3:30 PM, Ensign

October 30 - Haunted Basement Event, 5 PM

November 1 - No School, teacher development day