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September 2018

Message from Principal Paige


Counseling & Main Office Hours

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

First Friday Coffee with the Principal

Join Principal Paige for coffee on Sept 7th 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.

Bjorn's Blog

Memories of youth and a grade school in Beaverton from legendary choral composer Morten Lauridsen. His call to artistic action and his splendid music inspire current ACMA students.


If you’ve driven to ACMA in the morning, you’ve probably seen that traffic in front of school at drop off is a challenge. This is especially the case in the first week or so of school, when more parents need to come into the office than usual, causing cars to park rather than pause in front of the building. Even on our better days, however, the sheer number of cars moving through the driveway is significant and delays are very real. It’s one of the challenges of a school designed for elementary students in the late 1940s, and one that we have for this one more year before new construction helps to provide some ease to the traffic flow out front.

As we navigate this year, and particularly these opening days, I’d ask that we do our best to drop off and then continue out of the parking lot in front. We begin classes at 7:30, but students have the opportunity to come inside earlier than that; they can go to the cafeteria as early as 6:45, and we open the school near 7:00. For some, coming a few minutes early can help avoid the worst of the traffic.

Some have asked about using the Back Lot for drop off and pick up, and the reason we can’t do this is simply the volume of buses we see every morning and the safety concern of students walking across the parking lot. We are a “bus hub” at ACMA, which means every morning at least 14 buses drop students off at ACMA and 7 buses stay to take students to other schools.

Our East Lot is home to much student parking, and this can complicate the traffic flow as well. As a dead end, this lot presents challenges for any use other than students parking and coming in to school.

This leaves our front drive, imperfect as it currently is, as the main artery for parents dropping off students. I was asked recently what could be done to improve this, and fortunately the construction that will begin next July can provide an answer. When campus reopens in the fall of 2021 the front driveway will be widened and a small parking lot added. This will increase both the flow of traffic and the room some need to park and enter the school. It won’t be perfect, no parking scheme I’ve ever seen at a school is, but it should help us in the long term to keep students safe and parents less frustrated with the traffic that comes with students all arriving to school at once.

Until then I hope that all of us can slow down, choose to be respectful to one another, and do our best to keep traffic moving during drop off and pick up. I wish I could make the changes to the front driveway today, but until we can, I will apologize for any frustration, work to provide clarity, and believe that working together we can make the best it can be right now.

Thank you for your help,


Meal Benifits Applications

Families can apply for Free and Reduced Price Meals ONLINE!

The process is SAFE, SECURE, PRIVATE, and available through


Click here for a short video on the online application process.

All students who qualify for free or reduced price meals receive breakfast and lunch meals free of charge. Instructions on completing and submitting your application are provided below. Please contact Laurie Bishop, Meal Benefits Coordinator, at 503-356-3957, if you have questions or need additional assistance.

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Oregon Battle of the Books - ACMA Style!

Oregon Battle of the Books is starting at ACMA! All interested middle schoolers, please bring your lunch to room A132 during first lunch this Thursday, Sept 6th. We'll go over meeting dates, team assignments and be able to check out books! If you can't make it and are interested in being on a team, contact Mrs. Chapman or Ms. Bradd.
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Transportation Help

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Versatrans ​My Stop Bus Location App​​​​

​​This app will show you the location of your student's bus and give real time estimates of expected arrival at your assigned stop. Please note, that arrival times are approximate, and not precise. You can also download a version of this app free of charge for Android and iOS devices. ​

To install the app, simply visit the Google Play Store (for Android) or​ the Apple Store​ (for iOS), and search for "VersaTrans My Stop". Make sure you select Beaverton School District when prompted. See FAQ​.

E-Link ​​​

This application will allow​ you to view your student's bus route information. Routing data is updated every Saturday at 3:30am. Changes will be effective the following Monday.

To log in:

User Name: Enter your student's 6-digit ID number

Password: Enter your student's birthdate in the format mmddyyyy - For example, enter 05052003 for a birthdate of May 5th, 2003

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Picture Retakes Monday, October 1st

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SchoolMessenger Notification System

The Beaverton School District uses the SchoolMessenger notification system to send automated phone calls, emails and texts to parents, guardians, students and staff. These include attendance notifications, inclement weather messages, and important reminders.

SchoolMessenger InfoCenter:

Parents can update their notification preferences via SchoolMessenger InfoCenter. Visit the SchoolMessenger InfoCenter website https://infocenter.schoolmessenger.com/, or download the app.

Check out this quick video on how to manage your preferences.

Sistema de Notificación de SchoolMessenger

El Distrito Escolar de Beaverton utiliza el sistema de notificación de SchoolMessenger para enviar llamadas automatizadas, correos electrónicos y mensajes de texto a los padres, tutores, estudiantes y personal.

Estos incluyen notificaciones de asistencia, mensajes de inclemencias del tiempo y recordatorios importantes.

SchoolMessenger InfoCenter:

Los padres pueden actualizar sus preferencias de notificación a través de SchoolMessenger InfoCenter. Visite el sitio web de SchoolMessenger InfoCenter https://infocenter.schoolmessenger.com/, o baje la aplicación.

Para saber cómo organizar sus preferencias vea este corto video

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ACMA Family Fund Goal....Where do your PTO dollars go?

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Matching Donations - Nike and Intel

Did you know that anyone who is a Nike employee can obtain a matching donation through the Nike "Give Your Best" program through Benevity? Whether donations come through the portal or the match is requested after the fact, Nike will match $ for $ the employee donation to ACMA and ACMA is already set up in the system. Nike will also donate $10 per hour for every hour a Nike employee volunteers at a nonprofit, including ACMA. Intel has a similar matching program.

Buy your YEARBOOK now!

Hurry and buy your yearbook. Cash or check will be accepted on ACMA Day. Cost is $50. If you prefer to order online with a credit card, log in to www.yearbookforever.com

Important Dates For The 2018-19 School Year

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School to Career Program for 2018 Juniors & Seniors

Attention parents of soon-to-be juniors and seniors!

During your student’s junior and senior year at ACMA, they will have the opportunity to participate in a unique customized career experience! The Beaverton School District is partnered with the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce’s School to Career Program. The program provides career day opportunities for Beaverton School District students in grades 10-12. In addition to the career day opportunities, the program offers juniors and seniors a more in-depth experience. For juniors, a customized career day or job shadow experience called a CRLE (Career Related Learning Experience), and for seniors, a customized mini internship called an ELO (Experiential Learning Opportunity). Applications for next year’s juniors and seniors are now open and will close on October 15th, 2018. Spaces are limited. Students can access the application through their Canvas account (under “assignments” in their current ACMA grade level course) or here on the ACMA website. Contact shereena_johnston@beaverton.k12.or.us if you have questions.

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Volunteers are an important part of the WE in the District’s goal of WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success. Thank you very much for sharing your valuable time and talents with students and staff.

As a reminder, for the safety and welfare of students and staff, ALL volunteer activities must be coordinated and tracked through myvolunteerpage.com, the District’s online volunteer management system. Volunteers must sign in and sign out through the volunteer computer located in the school front office.

To use the computer sign in, you need the username and password you created for the Volunteer and Background Check Application process. To retrieve, or reset either of these, go to myvolunteerpage.com and click on the “Forgot Username or Password” link. Your username and a temporary password will be emailed to you. To create a new permanent password, click on the “My Profile” tab on your myvolunteerpage.com home page. Please write down and save these for future use.

Parent/Guardian Volunteers, your Myvolunteerpage profile is NOT linked to your student(s) information and will not follow you to different locations. If you would like to add or remove a school from your profile, please send an email to update_volunteer_locations@beaverton.k12.or.us indicating the changes you would like made.

If you are no longer volunteering, you can also email update_volunteer_locations@beaverton.k12.or.us and indicate that you would like to remove your profile from the system.

Please note, your volunteer profile will be archived if you have not logged hours on your profile, or have not signed in through the volunteer computer for two (2) years after initially being cleared by the District to volunteer.

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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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