September 11, 2020
Message From The Principal
Good afternoon Stoller families,
I hope this newsletter finds you well. The smoke and air quality from the fires has added another level of concern for student safety. Our thoughts are with those families who have been affected and displaced by the fires. It is heartbreaking to see communities devastated by them.
At this time more than ever, our students need to connect to something that gives them a sense of normalcy. Even though we will start the school year apart, a return to school will give students an opportunity to connect academically and socially to teachers and peers. When we think about social/emotional support for students, making a school connection is critical.
We are looking forward to welcoming your students on Monday!
Week of October 5, 2020 - Tentative picture week with Dorian Studio & chromebook distribution, updates and details to follow
Friday, October 9, 2020 - Staff Development - no school for students
Instructions on how to use your own device to log in to Canvas and Zoom with your BSD account.
District Buildings Closed To Public
Although we are back to school all District buildings remain closed to the public and many staff members are working remotely. Only those with pre-arranged appointments should be coming to the building.
Stoller's main voicemail is being monitored; however, please keep in mind if you have an urgent need the most efficient way to connect is via email or the contact form on the Stoller Middle School website.
Email is being monitored all day and your concern will be routed to appropriate person to ensure the fastest response.
Stoller Bell Schedule - 6th, 7th & 8th (Except Summa 7)
Stoller Bell Schedule - 7 Summa
Schedule Change Requests
Please note, schedule change requests for encore classes can not be accepted at this time. Budget cuts and decreased enrollment due to students attending online schools resulted in a decreased number of elective courses. We tried our best to honor student choice, but in some cases this was not possible.
We are not able to change attendance day groupings or honor teacher requests. Attendance groupings were carefully balanced during the summer to ensure families with children at multiple schools would have students on site on the same day in the event we return to school in a hybrid model.
Sixth Grade students were placed in Math classes based on 5th grade teacher recommendation along with all available testing data. All 6th grade students qualified for Summa, identified as TAG in math or students placed in Math 7/8 in 6th grade will be sent information by their teacher on Monday offering a AGS 1 placement test on Wednesday, September 16th. This test will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Due to COVID, the building is still closed to parents and students at this time. The Placement tests will take place using an online assessment system called GoFormative. This is a program that many of our Math teachers will use this year to assess student learning online.
Seventh And Eighth Grade
7th and 8th grade math placement testing will take place Wednesday, September 16th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Placement testing for 7th and 8th graders is only if your student is testing to accelerate beyond the class they are forecasted for this year. This is not a requirement for all 7th and 8th Grade students.
To sign your student up for the placement test into AGS 1, AGS 2, or AGS3 Please fill out the form below by 4 pm on Monday, September 14th. Once all registrations have been collected, we will send a follow-up email with more information to the email you place in the form. Again, this is not required if you feel your student is currently placed in the appropriate level of Math.
Canvas for Parents
- If you already have a ParentVUE account, a Canvas parent account has been created for you. Use these instructions to request a Canvas password.
- If you need to reset your ParentVUE password, instructions can be found on our ParentVUE page.
- If you do not have a ParentVUE account, it is easy to sign up! Follow the instructions on our ParentVUE page
- After our ParentVUE account is created, a Canvas parent/guardian account will be automatically generated within 24 hours.
- If you had a previous Canvas parent/guardian account you may receive an email from Canvas asking if you would like to merge them together
- You may merge them by selecting the Parent/Guardian button above. Next, click on Forgot Password and complete the information.
- Here’s a list of “How to Canvas” videos meant to help students.
Curbside Library Service
Stoller Library will offer curbside service while we are distance learning! To pick up books, first place a hold in Destiny. This video explains how to get to Destiny, and how to place a hold.
When the book is ready for you, you’ll receive an email with a link to sign up for a pick-up time.
To pick up holds at school:
-Wait until you get an email notification (in your school mail account)
-Follow the instructions to sign-up for a time slot
(talk with your parents to make sure you can be here at that time)
-Drive or walk to the front of the building. You’ll see us outside to the left of the main entrance.
Students may continue to check out ebooks using BSD Sora and the public library.
Book Returns will be accepted at the following times:
Please place the bin located to the left (west) of Main Hall entrance.
Please return library, classroom and textbooks from last year as soon as possible.
Not sure what to read? Fill out this form and Ms. Anderson will choose a few books based on your responses. Includes “Surprise” bundle option! When your bundle is ready, you’ll receive an email to sign-up for curbside pick-up.
Would you like help getting ideas what to read? Fill out this Reader’s Advisory form to receive a list of books chosen based on your responses. This doesn’t generate holds-it only provides a list of suggestions. Allow 2-3 days for your list to be emailed to you.
Please check the eWeekly for future updates and changes. We're looking forward to sending books home with our students!
Important Safety Reminders:
- Please follow all social distancing guidelines when coming on campus.
- Wear a face covering.
- Stay 6’ apart from staff and other students.
- If you are sick or have a family member sick with symptoms resembling the flu or coronavirus, please stay home.
- Vulnerable people, such as those with underlying conditions, should stay home.
The Student Help Desk is now open. If you have any issues with your device or logging in, you will need to contact the Student Help Desk.
Curbside Meal Service At Stoller
Every year, schools publish suggested lists of school supplies for families to purchase. This year’s district-wide list takes into account the needs of at-home learning. We’re calling these supplies our “Student Success Kits.”
Teachers will be compile a list of any additional supplies necessary and will be emailing their students upon received their class lists.
Student Success Kits for Middle School
Earbuds, preferably with microphone
Pencils and pens
Spiral notebooks or composition books
Free School Supplies
In conjunction with the Beaverton Education Foundation (BEF) and other community partners, we have Success Kits available for those students in our community who qualify for free or reduced lunch. If you qualify please hold off on buying your school supplies and email Cristina Guajardo.
You must complete registration verification for each of your students. Click here to be directed to the site.
Welcome Stoller Volunteers!
Volunteering in the 2020-21 school year will be unlike previous years. Although we are unsure what remote volunteer needs will be, we invite you to create a volunteer profile or update your existing profile. This will ensure you are able to help Stoller staff and students through volunteer work as opportunities arise. A volunteer profile is required for all volunteering within BSD schools. Please follow the steps below to update or create your volunteer profile. Additional information is available at www.stollerpto.com/volunteer.
Existing BSD Volunteers (new to Stoller)
Please send an email to email@example.com and request to add Stoller Middle School to the organizations listed in your mVP account. Provide your full first and last name as it appears in your profile. If you will no longer be volunteering at an elementary school, you may also request to remove that school from your profile.
New BSD Volunteers
If you are a new volunteer to the Beaverton School District, you must create a volunteer account. This process includes a background check.
- Parent/Guardian: Complete the Parent/Guardian Volunteer Application
- Community Volunteer: Complete the Community Volunteer Application (This applies to Grandparents, Nannies, Neighbors, etc)
- Youth Volunteers: Complete the Youth Volunteer Application
Within the application, please include all of the BSD schools where you are a volunteer. You will have one profile for all your BSD volunteering.
- This step also initiates a background check. It will come up for renewal every 2 years.
- Once your background check is complete, you will receive an email from Stoller PTO stating your background check approval status, and your volunteer profile at myimpactpage.com will be active.
IMPORTANT: Remember your log in and password! This is important for both home and school access to your profile. Make it easy to remember and/or keep it accessible. For more information, visit Beaverton School District Volunteer Page.
Thank you for giving your time and talents to Stoller this school year!