Hello from ACMA
Message from Principal Paige
Attention 8th graders, PSAT 8 is on Tuesday, November 13th!
On Tuesday, November 13th (A Day), all 8th graders will be taking the PSAT 8 in the PAC. This is a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with the types of tests you may be taking in high school on the road to college.
CollegeBoard, the people behind the PSAT, will give you individualized score reports that will tell you where you might be exceeding, as well as what you may need additional support with.
Make sure you get to the PAC as soon as the bell rings. No need to go to your first period class, as you will already be excused. Because this is a timed test, if you arrive to school too late you may not be let in. Come well rested, and bring a calculator and pencil!
Haunted House CANCELLED
Band Fundraiser for travel to Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival
- ACMA Theatre presents "Much Ado About Nothing", Nov 8, 9 and 10th in the Blue Box
- PSAT 8 testing for 8th graders, November 13th @ 7:30am.
- Dough for Dollars Fundraiser @ Pizzicato, November 13th (see flyer below)
- Junior Mock Interviews, November 14th
- Synergy Vocal Group will be singing at the Beaverton Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 30th @ 7:45pm in the City Park.
Non-School Days this month:
Nov 9th - Grading Day
Nov 12th - Veterans Day
Nov 21st-23rd - Holidays
Much Ado About Nothing
Tickets for sale online.
$10 adults $5 Students
Poster by Bethany Kemper
Beaverton Tree Lighting on Friday, November 30th at 7:45pm. The Synergy vocal group will be singing.
Order Your Hoodies Now!
The hoodies are $25 and can be customized for the different art departments here at ACMA:
Draw and paint
Ceramics and Sculpture
To order a hoodie, submit a completed order form with full $25 payment attached in cash or check (checks can be made out to ACMA), to Linda the bookkeeper in the main office before November 14th. Student Government Spiritwear deliveries should occur by December 21.
ACMA Family Fund
Thanks to your support, ACMA PTO has been able to help our school already this year.
Here's just a few of the things that we've been able to support:
- Back to School Ice Cream Social
- Oregon Shakespeare Festival Field trip
- Camera kits for our Film Department
- Educational games
- PAC lighting improvements
With your contributions to the ACMA FAMILY FUND, we'll be able to support many more programs!
ACMA PTO NEEDS YOUR HELP to raise $45,000 annually!
The PTO Fund is at 15% of our goal so far this year, can you help us do better?
We are asking ALL families to support ACMA with a donation, any amount is welcome.
Our goal is to average $60/student. What would you like to see your artist student experience? ACMA PTO helps to make it possible!
Click here to donate online.
Senior Yearbook Submission Guidelines
PRICES GO UP December 1st
Yearbooks may be purchased in the Main Office with cash or check or credit card can be used on the yearbook web site of www.yearbookforever.com
School Board Approves 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 School Calendars
At the October 22, 2018 Business Meeting, the School Board approved the Superintendent’s calendar recommendation for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years. Staff and community members overwhelmingly preferred Option 1 for both school years.
In the 2019-2020 school year, the first day for students will be Monday, August 26 and the last day for students will be Friday, June 12. In the 2020-2021 school year, the first day for students will be Monday, August 31 and the last day for students will be Friday, June 18. Option 1 provides 10 days for winter break in both school years.
Both calendars are below for your planning purposes. Please understand that budgetary and contractual obligations may impact the implementation of the final calendars.
Dance West - Top Call Team!
It takes a community to make strong public schools; thank you, Beaverton, for your support
The Beaverton community rallied in support of our 53 public schools by donating over $109,000 to the Beaverton Education Foundation (BEF) during our 20th annual Phone-a-thon. Thank you to all families who answered the call. Your donation impacts over 41,000 Beaverton students!
As the non-profit school foundation for Beaverton’s public schools, BEF enhances our students’ education by raising money to fund hands-on, innovative, academic enrichment and advancement programs and projects that otherwise would not be possible with normal school funding. BEF mobilizes community resources to fund innovative classroom, summer and after-school programs.
Excellent work by over 350 high school student volunteer callers and to the top calling teams of each night: ACMA Dance West, Aloha Choir, Aloha Literary Magazine, Southridge Ski Team, and the Sunset Key Club. Each one of these teams were able to raise the most dollars on their respective calling nights.
We are grateful to our generous community partners, Reser's Fine Foods and First Tech Federal Credit Union, for offering challenge grants to new donors and increased gifts. We are honored to offer this option and thank you for making this possible. An additional thank-you goes to our hosts, Ruby Receptionists, who graciously opened their Beaverton offices to BEF volunteers during the five nights of Phone-a-thon, and to the Beaverton Valley Times/Pamplin Media Group, who kindly donated advertising space. Over twenty local businesses provided refreshments and incentives to our volunteers; thank you! We appreciate the support of our Beaverton community.
If you missed the call, you can still help our 41,000 Beaverton students to have the opportunity to be inspired, think innovatively, and succeed by donating today at www.beavertonEDfoundation.org
ACMA Oregon State Report Card
School and district report cards for the 2017-18 school year are available at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/data/reportcard/reports.aspx. (Select Beaverton in the District Selection drop-down menu). I welcome the opportunity to share this information with you on the progress we are making to improve academic achievement for each student in the District. We are making progress.
State report cards began fifteen years ago when the 1999 Oregon Legislature passed a law requiring every public school and district to receive a report from the Oregon Department of Education about how they are performing overall. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, replaces the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and affords states greater flexibility. ESSA encourages schools and educators to innovate and create systems that address local needs. As a part of this work, the Oregon Department of Education redesigned the School and District report cards to engage and inform families about their school’s approach to learning, academic and extracurricular offerings, and student performance. Reports cards also serve as an important tool for continuous improvement planning by local and state policymakers, in conjunction with the communities they serve.
BSD Clothes Closet
PTO Meeting - November 13th
Some of the topics that will be discussed are:
- Our upcoming SPECTACULAR SHOWCASE!
- Forming committees to best serve our students and teachers
- What ARE our kids dealing with in the halls? And how can we support them as a community?
Looking forward to seeing you there! Your ACMA PTO
Dance West Parent Meetings
Dance West parent meetings start at 6:30pm in room A154. Here are the dates:
Dough for Dollars Fundraiser from Pizzicato
The application timeline has changed for the 2019-2020 school year. The lottery application phase has been shortened to make Second Consideration applications available earlier. This will allow students more time to work on their applications and schools more time to review them.
The Beaverton School District is nationally recognized for high student achievement and innovative programs. Beaverton students in grades 6-12 have the opportunity to investigate learning options that best fit their academic needs. Students can choose their neighborhood school or apply for one of a number of learning options. Transportation is provided.
Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be available starting Monday, October 15, 2018. Please plan to attend one or more of the open houses that are available. Students may only select one option on their application, so do some early investigation of the options online.
All applicants must reside within the Beaverton School District boundaries. Beginning October 15, current Beaverton School District students are able to apply online using their student ID. Resident students not currently attending a Beaverton school, or who do not have Internet access, will need to complete a paper application available online, or at any school office beginning October 15, 2018. Please give careful consideration to your choice of school. Once an application has been submitted, no changes will be allowed.
Applications must be received no later than Friday, December 7, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. (PST).
OFFICE OF LEARNING OPTIONS
Information Line: 503.356.4440 • FAX: 503.356.4415
New Options Application Timeline
Fri., December 7, 2018 ------- Applications due no later than 4:00 p.m. PST.
Wed., December 12, 2018 ------- Electronic Lottery conducted for the 2019-20 School Year.
- Acceptance or wait pool notifications will be sent via email.
- Students who are not selected via the lottery will be emailed a Second Consideration application for the school for which they applied.
Thurs., January 10, 2019 ------- Second Consideration applications due to schools.
Wed., January 30, 2019 ------- Deadline to accept/decline enrollment – by 4:00 p.m. PST
Did you know...Beaverton School District parents can create their own Canvas Parent Observer Accounts.
The Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) is used by many middle and high school teachers as an extension to in-class instruction. Teachers using Canvas can post assignments, give feedback, and communicate with students.
Parents or guardians do not need a Canvas account to monitor student progress, you can continue to use ParentVUE; however, you can create a Canvas account to view more detailed assignment information, view feedback and communicate with the teacher.
Think of Canvas as a virtual backpack, giving you a look at the day-to-day assignments. ParentVUE will still be the source for attendance and permanent record grades.
Visit the BSD Canvas for Parents webpage to learn more about how to create your own Canvas account, as well as answers to frequently asked questions.
BSD Communication About Lockouts
We received inquiries from parents about practices for communicating about lockouts following two instances of lockouts during the first week of school.
We encourage parents to watch our video outlining the difference between a “lockout” and a “lockdown.” A lockdown is called when there is a possible threat inside the school, while a lockout is called when there is a possible threat near the school or in the neighborhood.
The Beaverton School District does not typically send out parent notifications for lockouts for the following reasons:
- They are most often unrelated to what is happening inside the school.
- They are often due to police activity in the neighborhood.
- They are usually resolved quickly, often within minutes.
We always post a banner on our website when a lockout is in effect and is cleared. You can subscribe to our RSS feed so that you are always notified when a banner is placed on our website.
We do not typically send out notifications about lockouts via SchoolMessenger because the lockout will likely be resolved before the system is even finished sending out the notification. We do make exceptions to this practice if a lockout goes on for an extended period of time, or if it affects dismissal.
If a lockout happens during arrival, we work closely with our Transportation Department to hold or reroute buses as necessary, as well as with law enforcement agencies who provide support to ensure that students can be ushered into the school building safely.
College Planning Info Night
Please consider attending these upcoming BSD College Planning Information Nights:
November 6th 5:30-7:30pm at Beaverton High School is Latinx College Info Night with Spanish translators available.
November 8th 6:30-8:30pm at Beaverton High School is Finding Affordable Colleges Info, 8th grade families and all high schoolers are welcome to attend.
Stay Healthy this Cold & Flu Season
Cold and flu season has already begun, but there are things you can do to keep yourself and your children healthier. Prevention measures include washing your hands frequently, getting lots of rest, drinking plenty of fluids, and avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Home is the best place for a child who is ill. The Too Sick for School informational flyer has guidelines to help you make the decision about when to keep your child home from school.
Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing two days a month. That's about 18 days, or……10% of the school year. #EveryDayMatters
Good attendance habits are developed in the first month of the school year, and we want to reinforce that message with our campaign in these first weeks. We have developed a logo, newsletter article, social media graphics and posts. We have created a page on the Communications & Community Involvement staff intranet page. You can find all of these assets there, available to download. When ODE launches its campaign, we will upload those assets as well.
- 1 in 6 students in Oregon is considered chronically absent.
- Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing 10% of school days (about 2 days a month).
- By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of school.
- The academic impact of an absence is the same, whether the absence is excused or unexcused.
- Students who live in communities with high levels of poverty are four times more likely to be chronically absent than others.