Hello from ACMA

November 2018

Message from Principal Paige


First Friday Coffee with the Principal

Join Principal Paige for coffee on Nov 2nd at 7:30am in the PAC lobby. Hear what is happening in the halls and classrooms of ACMA. Coffee is provided each month by our local Starbucks.

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

The ACMA Theatre Department has announced that their Haunted House Event has been cancelled for Nov 1 & 2.

Band Fundraiser for travel to Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

The ACMA Jazz Band is selling Teufel's Holiday wreaths and other greenery to raise money for their upcoming trip to the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. Items can be purchased for local delivery by students or can be shipped by Teufels' anywhere in the country. Please consider ordering by 11/12/18. To order you can contact a Jazz Band Student, or fill out the order form in the main office, or contact Debbie Allen, ACMA Fundraising Chairperson. Debbie's email is Allentribe@comcast.net and her cell is 503-708-8487. Cash or Checks made payable to ACMA Jazz can be paid at time of order or upon delivery. Order forms will be in main office as of Thursday, Nov 1st.
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Upcoming Events

  • 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.

Order Your Hoodies Now!

ACMA student government is selling ACMA hoodies. Funds raised from fundraisers like this go directly towards our college application fund for seniors in need, School Movie Nights, and being able to put on events like our Middle School Talent Showcase, and our High School Art Scholarship Competition.

The hoodies are $25 and can be customized for the different art departments here at ACMA:

Draw and paint




Ceramics and Sculpture




Digital Arts

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.
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ACMA Family Fund

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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.

Thank you

Senior Yearbook Submission Guidelines

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PRICES GO UP December 1st

The price for the ACMA Yearbook will increase from $50 to $57 starting on 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

Growing Up...

Continuing a look back at our school's history, here in the last years before it became Arts & Communication...

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.

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BSD Clothes Closet

The Clothes Closet is located across from the Human Resources entrance of the BSD Administration Office at 16550 SW Merlo Rd. There are donation boxes outside on the covered deck area.
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Strengthening Families

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PTO Meeting - November 13th

You are all cordially invited to our next PTO meeting on November 13th, 7pm in the Library!

Some of the topics that will be discussed are:

  • 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

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Dance West Parent Meetings

Dance West parent meetings start at 6:30pm in room A154. Here are the dates:

Nov. 6th

Dec. 10th

Jan. 7th

Dough for Dollars Fundraiser from Pizzicato

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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).


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

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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.

Counseling & Main Office Hours

Office hours for both the Main Office and Counseling Office are
7:00am-3:30pm Monday - Friday.

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.

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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.

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Attendance Matters!

Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing two days a month. That's about 18 days, or……10% of the school year. #EveryDayMatters

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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.

Attendance Facts:

  • 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.
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Beaverton School District

The Beaverton School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups. It is the policy of the Beaverton School District that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status, age, veteran status, genetic information or disability in any education programs, activities or employment.

WE Empower all students to achieve post-high school success.

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