Sexton Mountain Newsletter

May 2021

Dear Families,

It is wonderful to see signs of Spring everywhere. Winter has felt especially long this year. There is quite a bit of information in this month's newsletter. I am sending May's newsletter early due to time sensitive information. First, all third, fourth and fifth grade parents we really need you to fill out the testing survey below to let us know if your child will be testing this year. This will help us with planning. Second, please come to the school board forum tonight. We have many school board seats open this year. It is important everyone vote and have their voices heard. Just a reminder anyone living in Beaverton can vote for all school board seats.

Lastly, thank you for helping us with our new social distancing arrival and dismissal.

State Testing for 3rd, 4th, 5th Graders


Because of the pandemic, the Oregon Department of Education requested a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education that would have allowed school districts to skip state testing this spring. However, the federal government denied that request. Therefore, to maintain our federal funding, the Beaverton School District must offer testing to our students. Parents and guardians have the right to OPT OUT their students from testing.


To maximize in-person instruction time for Hybrid students and to provide testing opportunities for Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) students, we will provide testing opportunities on Wednesdays (asynchronous learning days only) in May and June. Transportation will be provided for students who live one mile (elementary) or 1.5 miles (secondary) from their school.


To help us schedule transportation and deliver a safe and successful testing experience for every student, we need to know by April 30 whether your student will or will not participate. Please complete this form.


Testing Dates and Times

May 12

Grade 3 (Afternoon Session - ELA)

Grade 5 (Morning Session - ELA)



May 19

Grade 3 (Afternoon Session - Math)

Grade 5 (Morning Session - Math)



May 26

Grade 4 (Afternoon Session - ELA)

Grade 5 (Morning Session - Science)



June 9

Grade 4 (Morning Session - Math)


Testing Start/End Times

Morning Session

9:00 a.m.

11:15 a.m.



Afternoon Session

12:45 p.m.

3:00 p.m.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why would a student choose to test?

Test scores provide one piece of evidence of student attainment of state standards.


Will students be penalized or receive a negative grade if they don’t test?

No


Will my child’s school be penalized or receive a negative report card rating if my student doesn’t test?

No. The U.S. Department of Education won’t require the Oregon Department of Education to use summative test data for accountability purposes this year.


Will schools be adhering to the same safety protocols as during In-Person Hybrid Instruction?

Yes. The health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. All safety protocols will be followed including mandatory mask wearing and social distancing.


Who will administer the tests?

School staff who have met training and security requirements will administer the test.


How long is each test?

The Oregon Department of Education has decreased the number of questions in the English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics tests by 40% and removed field test questions from the science test. The estimated testing times are:


English Language Arts (ELA)

1:15 hr.

Mathematics

1 hr.

Science

1:20 hr.


Can my student opt to take one test but not another (for example, take English Language Arts (ELA) but not Mathematics)?

Yes. You determine which, if any, tests your student will take.


My student needs transportation. When will I find out when and where my student will be picked up and dropped off?

Families will receive an email on May 10 with their students’ routes, bus stop locations and pick-up and drop-off times.


When can I expect to receive my child’s test results?

We expect individual overall student test results will be available in ParentVue in August.


Will test results be used to identify students for TAG or Summa?

No. This year’s state test results will NOT be used to identify students for TAG or SUMMA.

School Board Elections

The Communications & Community Involvement Department will host a Candidate Forum on Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. For more information on the candidates running for School Board in the May 2021 election, visit the May 2021 School Board Election webpage. The event will not be livestreamed but posted to the district’s YouTube channel and Facebook page upon its completion.


If you'd like to submit a question for the School Board candidates, please complete the Candidate Forum Questions Form by Monday, April 26 at 5 p.m.
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May Walk + Roll Challenge Week is May 3rd – 7th

Please join Beaverton Safe Routes to School for our final Walk + Roll event of the year! Over 100 prizes will be raffled, and the Wheel Fairy will visit elementary schools to attach an extra prize on any wheels they find in the racks. All students (any grade level, hybrid and CDL) can enter our raffle by completing the May Challenge form. There are five activities to choose from and an extra raffle entry for each activity completed. Find more information at www.beaverton.k12.or.us/safe-routes

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One School, One Book: WishTree

As a school we are reading WishTree. A school committee has set up a website for students and families to enjoy. https://sites.google.com/beaverton.k12.or.us/sxmtwishtree/home Wishtree has a tree as the narrator and animals that talk as characters. In the book a new Muslim family moves into the neighborhood and is met by an act of racism. The story goes on to show the whole community showing support for the family. Hope for the future is symbolized in the form of a wish tree. We will be having a Wishtree for students and families to participate here at Sexton.
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Mark your calendars- End of the year Car Parade- June 16th- 1:00-3:00 pm