BASE Blast 09.27.20

The weekly update of all things Phoenix



It's nice to see the sun again after a soggy week. Looks like we'll have good weather for Back to School Night this week...

You may blinking and thinking, "CRONK!", that's not much notice for Back to School Night and what's the weather got to do with it?

Good questions! First, given the pandemic the format for Back to School Night by necessity has to adapt to our current reality. It will be virtual and asynchronous this year. There's no need to adjust your schedules. You can participate at your convenience. This Wednesday, September 30 around 6pm I'll mail out a link. It will contain video messages from every teacher for every class. Oh! And a message from Yours Truly. You'll be able to peruse at your leisure regardless of the weather. This is a little earlier than most years, but since we're virtual I don't see reason to delay.

The inquisitive may read on to learn more about:

  • AVID Peer Tutors Needed
  • Fees - Navigating the Website
  • Curbside Event - 9/30
  • All Students Belong
  • Counseling Corner
  • Kaiser Internship Sign Up
  • Pacific 201 Internship Sign Up
  • GSA Announcement
  • Manufacturing Day Sign Up
  • International Walk & Roll Day - October 7
  • National Merit Shout Outs

AVID Peer Tutors Wanted!

Are you interested in being an AVID Peer Tutor during 8th period? Mrs. Muggli is looking for mostly juniors and seniors that would like to work with younger students during an AVID class. Tutors have an online training that will teach you how to do the job. Being an AVID Peer Tutor is a graded class, worth 1.0 Elective credit. It looks excellent on college, scholarship, and job applications!! You must submit this application by Wednesday, Sept 30th. If you have any questions, please email

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The Class Supply Fee is for all grade levels and students to help defray the expenses of books and take-home supplies.

You will find it in the InTouch Payment System at:

by following this direction:

Shop School Items/Categories BASE/Categories Fees/Pathway and AP Class Fees Class Supply Fee.

It is a onetime payment of $30 for each student. The above screen shot may help as a visual guide."

Curbside Pick Up, Wed 9/30 12pm - 4pm

We will continue to host a curbside pick up / drop off event this Wednesday, 9/30.

As the need is decreasing since many families have already picked up the available supplies, we'll run a single afternoon window. Any family may come between 12pm and 4pm to pick up supplies or trade in a broken Chromebook. As before, keep the following in mind:

  • We are not handing out schedules, so ask for what you need at the windows.
  • Please enter from 185th by Parr Lumber.
  • An updated list of classes with materials will be sent out Tuesday afternoon. (Not anticipating many if any additions.)

All Students Belong

Last week, the Oregon Department of Education with the support of our Governor released new administrative guidelines to school districts to help ensure our schools are safe and inclusive for all. An overview of "All Students Belong" is available on the ODE website at the link below:

I applaud this move by State leaders. I wanted to take this opportunity to remind all students about the prohibitions against hate speech in our Student Code of Conduct. Please review Code 5 Bullying/Harassment.

Bullying/Harassment includes any form of communication, written or verbal, that attacks, threatens, degrades, insults or expresses prejudice against a person or group based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national or ethnic origin, marital status, age, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, familial status, economic status, veterans’ status or because of a perceived or actual association with any other persons within these protected classes. Such forms of hate-related speech include, but are not limited to language​, gestures or other actions using racial slurs; displaying, writing or wearing items; or communications on social media or other technology where such speech endangers the health, safety or property of others or causes a substantial disruption to the educational environment. “Cyberbullying” is the use of any electronic communication device to convey a message in any form (text, image, audio or video) that defames, intimidates, harasses or is otherwise intended to harm, insult or humiliate another in a deliberate, repeated or hostile and unwanted manner under a person’s true or false identity. In addition, any communication of this form which substantially disrupts or prevents a safe and positive educational environment may also be considered cyberbullying. Students will refrain from using personal communication devices or district property to harass or stalk another. Reports of bullying, as defined in the handbook, MAY be reported to the SRO of the involved school.

If I may summarize in my own words..."Be awesome to each other!" Okay, maybe those weren't my own words precisely, but they capture my wish for every student at BASE quite well. Let the classroom be about learning. As you consider your background image in Zoom rooms, your Google Chat sessions, and posts on social media keep all of the above in mind!

This week's edition of the Counseling Corner contains:

  • Counselors' Office Hours
  • College Rep Visit for the week of Sept 28th
  • College Spotlight: UC Schools
  • Career Events: Manufacturing Day
  • Spanish Language College Financial Planning
  • Scholarships
  • Mental Health Support
  • Parenting During COVID: Parenting Resource

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Kaiser Permanante Internship

Juniors and seniors in the Biomedical Pathway are encouraged to consider applying for internship with Kaiser Permanente by clicking on the link below:

Pacific 201 Internship

All seniors, including students in the computer science and engineering pathways are eligible to participate in the Pacific 201 internship. Students are able to attend study sessions with Pacific University Doctor of Pharmacy students. Students must pay a $100 fee toward the cost of the PTCB Certification Exam and the Biomedical program at BASE will use grant funds to cover the rest of the exam costs. Students may sign up and express their interest by using the link below. Study sessions will be 1-2 times per month in the evening for 1-2 hours. All study sessions will be virtual, using Zoom.

GSA Meeting 9/30

The BASE Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) is a club aimed at providing LGBTQ+ students and their allies with a safe space to speak and learn about LGBTQ+ issues and to meet other students who may share similar identities and experiences. All high school LGBTQ+ students and allies are invited to attend.

Our first meeting will be held this Wednesday, September 30th from 12-12:45 PM on Zoom. If you’d like to attend, please email Reid at to be added to the list of students who will receive the Zoom invitation. Information about middle school GSA meetings will be announced soon.
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Manufacturing Day

The Hillsboro Chamber is sponsoring a virtual Manufacturing Career Day. Sign ups begin this week on October 2. Space is limited! To learn more visit:

International Walk & Roll Day

Join students and families from around the world as you walk or roll in your neighborhood on October 7th. (Please remember to stay 6 feet from those not in your household and wear a mask.) All community members are welcome to participate. Use the link to fill out the google form for each person that joined you on your trip. (BSD students may include name and student ID number for a prize entry). This year students can earn things like flashing safety lights, reflective shoelaces and new bike helmets. Schools with the most participation will also earn a Safe Routes to School book bundle for their school library. Finally, celebrate International Walk + Roll Day with our Beaverton community by visiting our Facebook page @BeavertonSafeRoutes to share a photo of you with a sign telling us why you love to walk, bike, scooter or skate! (Use the hashtag #BSDtogether)

Google Form Link:

Congratulations National Merit Scholars!

Congratulations to our National Merits Semifinalists: Lucas Braun (left) and Matan Shapira (right)!

Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and write an essay. From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.