Hello from ACMA

November 2021

Message from Principal Paige

Hello ACMA Family,

November! It feels like fall has fallen and as we move into November, a month with just sixteen school days, we end our first quarter and begin the second quarter, we see more performances on stage (Twelve Angry Jurors, a Jazz and Orchestra concert, and two Open Mic Nights), and end the month with Thanksgiving break.

This is a time of year when it pays to stay focused on the work at hand. Keeping up in classes now means an easier end to the calendar year. November is a month when wet, cold weather can dampen spirits and it helps all of us to show extra patience, support one another, and encourage those around us.

Doing that might mean applauding at one of the shows, helping pick up the commons as we end lunch (I can’t tell you how much our awesome nutrition services folks appreciate that), or simply saying “thank you” to someone else.

I wish you all a great week and month!


First Friday Coffee With The Principal Nov 5th 7:45am

Coffee with the Principal is a place to get information about what is happening in our school building. Principal Paige also gives you an opportunity to be curious and ask questions about ACMA. A zoom link will be shared via Parent Square prior the this event.

Open Mic Night on Tuesday Nov 2nd 6:00pm

From 6:00pm to 7:30pm, come into The Commons at ACMA to hear student share their art. This event is Free.

PreACT8 Coming to ACMA in November!

8th Grade Parents and Guardians:

Beaverton School District will soon be administering the PreACT8 to eighth graders. ACMA’s testing day will be Tuesday, November 9th. The test is expected to take about two and a half hours. (There is an additional section of the test related to demographic information and student interests that is expected to take up to an hour. We plan to complete that portion on November 5th or 6th.)

The PreACT8 is a great opportunity to see what level your students are at and if they are on track to meet goals for graduation and college. Because this is a test from ACT, the score report you receive can be used to directly interpret how your student may score on a future ACT itself. This link provides information as to what your student report will look like.

PreACT Sample Student Report

If you would like to opt out of the PreACT for your student(s), please email Ericka Kreiss at ericka_kreiss@beaverton.k12.or.us by November 5th. Students who opt out of the test will be expected to attend their normal classes or will be assigned to a supervised study time.

Questions? Please email one of our test coordinators: cynthia_carney@beaverton.k12.or.us or ericka_kreiss@beaverton.k12.or.us

GSA Meeting Nov 3rd 2:10pm

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Tuesday, November 2nd ACMA Dance West is kicking off BEF’s Answer the Call Fundraising Campaign! Dance West will earn money for the department by showing up, meeting incentive goals and through a new social media campaign.

Click to link to ACMA’s Fundraising Page

ACMA Equity Team Meetings

Nov 4th - Parent Equity Team 9-10am (Zoom)

Nov 29th - Combined Staff and Student Equity Team 2:15-3:15 (in library)

Nov 30th - Parent Equity Team 9-10am (Zoom)

All zoom links will be shared via Parent Square prior to the event.

Clocks Fall Back on Nov 7th

Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. local time on Sunday, Nov. 7, and begins again at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13, 2022.

After clocks "fall back," it'll be lighter earlier in the morning and darker earlier in the evening.

PTO Meeting Tuesday, November 9th

The mission of Arts & Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA) and the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is to support visual, performing and communication arts, academics and culture at ACMA.

All families are invited to join the ACMA PTO every 2nd Tuesday of the month. Our next meeting is Nov 9th. A zoom link will be sent out via Parent Square before the meeting.

PTO Fundraiser Thur Nov 11th

Come support ACMA PTO by getting dinner at Panera! A portion of proceeds will go to ACMA PTO. THANK YOU to all ACMA families for your continued support of ACMA PTO restaurant events.

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Ohana Returns Wed Nov 17th

Students should plan on returning to Ohana beginning on the first Wednesday of the second quarter. We know that this time is important for a number of groups, including seniors who are working on their Capstones, counselors who are pushing in with wellness or college/career lessons, and the Behavioral Health & Wellness Team who want to push in to 6th and 7th grade Ohanas to talk about behavior and respect. At this point we will not reintroduce Access.

Seniors Meet With Jostens on Wed Nov 17th

Seniors, now is the time to make important decisions about YOUR Graduation in June. A Josten's representative will be here on Nov 17th to talk Cap & Gowns, invitations and to hand out an order packet to share with your parents. Check in with their Ohana teacher first and then go to the Main Auditorium in the PAC.

Virtual Coffee with Principal Paige Nov 19th at 9:00am

Another opportunity to hear about the all the art that is happening in our building. You can also come with questions that you have been curious about. A zoom link will be shared prior to this event.

Thanksgiving Week Schedule Change

Our school district continues to face challenges. BSD has been impacted by a nationwide labor shortage. Currently, we’re down 250-300 substitute teachers and 400 classified substitutes, as well as many full-time positions. This shortage is putting a considerable strain on our entire system. Mechanics and dispatchers are driving buses on a daily basis; teachers are forgoing planning time to fill in for absent colleagues; principals are spending their days in classrooms as teachers. Our staff is overextended and in need of some relief.

For that reason, we’re altering the school schedule in late November:

  • Monday, November 22: No school for students; professional development day for licensed staff; work day for classified staff (Previously, this day was an instructional day.)
  • Tuesday, November 23: No school for students or staff (Previously, this day was an instructional day.)
  • Wednesday, November 24-Friday, November 26: No school
  • Monday, November 29: Regular school day for students and staff; A/Odd Day (Previously, this day was a no student/staff professional day.)

The result of the calendar change is one less instructional day in favor of a Wellness Day for our students and staff. While this change may pose a challenge for some, I hope that you will agree that a focus on wellness is needed at this time.

NEW! ACMA College Career Corner

High Schoolers and their families will want to visit the College Career Corner Newsletter for the latest information brought to you by ACMA's College and Career Readiness counselor, such as Career Days, in-depth Career Learning Opportunities, College Visits, Career Ed Credit requirements, and College Planning Information. Keep checking back as the College Career Corner newsletter will be updated throughout the school year.

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Robotics Team Fundraising

Email Ms. Passmore for more details. Dottie_Passmore@beaverton.k12.or.us
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ACMA School of the Year!

BSD's Arts & Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA) received the WE Awards School of the Year award for its efforts to combine art with equity to create a meaningful learning experience for students. One student explains the project as an effort to shine a light on the lane for BIPOC artists who attend the school. Get an overview at Beaverton School District via YouTube.

We are so proud of our ACMA students whose hard work supporting equity, and particularly the BIPOC artist panels they developed and hosted, won a WE Award!

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Determining Whether Or Not Your Student Should Come To School

We would like to remind you about our guidelines for determining whether or not your student should come to school if they are ill.

If your student shows primary symptoms of COVID-19, defined as fever of 100.4F or higher, cough, loss of taste or smell and/or shortness of breath, we ask you to keep your child home and contact your health care provider to get a COVID test. You may also find THIS website helpful for covid testing locations.

  • If the COVID test is positive, please notify the school and isolate your child at home for 10 days or as directed by Washington County Public Health.
  • If the test is negative, please follow the Keep Ill Children Out of School guidelines and provide a copy of the result to the school nurse or office staff.
  • If you do not want to test your student for COVID and they are showing primary symptoms, they should isolate at home for 10 days.
  • If your child has any other communicable disease symptoms, please follow the Keep Ill Children Out of School guidelines.

In the case that your student becomes ill during the school day, they must come to the health room to be evaluated and signed out by a guardian from the office. We appreciate your assistance in picking up your ill student in a timely manner as our health room has limited space.

If you have a child who has a health condition that the school is unaware of, please contact our school nurse, Stephanie Ciftci, via email at stephanie_ciftci@beaverton.k12.or.us or via Parent Square to update their health information.

Please notify the office if your child will be out sick. It is important to be specific regarding the reason they are out in order for us to properly follow up. We appreciate your help keeping our school community safe and healthy.

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ACMA Spectacular Save the Date Jan 21st and 22nd

Day to day, hour to hour, ACMA is a magical place. For those of us who get to be on campus during the school day, the sight of students singing in the hallway, applauding around a lunch table, or playing an impromptu piano concert in the commons is part of our usual ACMA experience. Our students carry portfolios and sculptures to class, ACMA filmmakers seem always to be shooting a scene, and during passing periods groups of dancers dash from studios to changing rooms like schools of colorful fish. What we see when we’re here from 7:30 in the morning until school lets out at 2:05 is striking both in artistic diversity (poets, painters, animators, actors, singers and set builders) and talent. To be immersed in ACMA is to live Neil Gaiman’s line: “The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.”

All too seldom do we have an opportunity to share this wild artistic abundance, and…Once a year all of our disciplines pull together to do something spectacular. For a night or two audiences come to campus and have the opportunity to be immersed in art and surrounded by creative students doing what they love. It is a big, big, big show that we call the ACMA Spectacular!

This is a chance for the world to experience ACMA and support the arts and artists who make up our creative community. The Spectacular takes the fundraising place of what other schools do for an auction. We like the big show because it involves more students and artistic pathways, highlights the creative joy of our school, and is welcome to everyone. We’re still a few weeks away from ticket sales, but just in time for you to save the date. I hope to see you there. It will be ...spectacular!

It's Time to Gear Up for Fall

As our days turn a bit darker and much wetter, with the right gear, you can keep walking and rolling all month long. Use these tips to make it easier to get out the door with the things you need to keep your children warm and comfortable for their trip to school.

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Native American/Alaska Native Heritage Month

November is Native American/Alaska Native Heritage Month. Join us in celebrating the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, histories and contributions of Native People.
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ACMA Oregon Report Card

Our 2020-21 school profile is posted on our school webpage under About Us>School Profile>Oregon Report Card. There is also a link on this page to school profiles for other years and other schools. The 2020-21 district profile is posted on the district report card webpage.

State report cards began 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.

The 2020-21 school and district profiles do not include statewide assessments data, class size data, or attendance data as a result of the necessary statewide school closures and the implementation of Distance Learning for All. The profiles present all available data not impacted by the state’s response to COVID-19. As part of the federal response to COVID-19, all students in our school were eligible for free school meals last year. As a result, our Free/ Reduced Price Lunch percentage is reported as >95%.

At ACMA WE are committed to using this information to help tailor our school improvement plans and academic programs to meet the needs of every student. You’ll find our current school improvement plan HERE. During the year I will communicate with you frequently about student achievement and programs in place at our school to foster student learning and success.

If you have questions about our report card or would like a print copy, please contact me. You may also have suggestions for improvements. Please share them! Thank you!

perfil del año escolar 2020-21

Nuestro perfil del año escolar 2020-21 está publicado en la página web de nuestra escuela y lo puede encontrar al hacer clic en About Us>School Profile>Oregon Report Card (Sobre Nosotros, Perfiles Escolares, Boleta de Calificaciones de Oregón). También hay un enlace en esta página a los perfiles de las escuelas para otros años y otras escuelas. El perfil del distrito del año escolar 2020-21 está publicado en la página web de boleta de calificaciones del distrito.

El reporte de desempeño de las escuelas y distritos escolares de todo el estado empezaron cuando la legislatura de Oregon en 1999 aprobó una ley que requiere que todas las escuelas públicas y del distrito reciban un reporte del Departamento de Educación de Oregon acerca de cómo les va en general. La Ley Cada Estudiante Triunfa (ESSA por sus siglas en inglés), firmada por el Presidente Obama el 10 de diciembre de 2015, reemplaza la Ley Que Ningún Niño Se Quede Atrás (NCLB por sus siglas en inglés) y otorga a los estados mayor flexibilidad. ESSA anima a las escuelas y educadores a innovar y crear sistemas que atiendan a las necesidades locales. Como parte de este trabajo, el Departamento de Educación de Oregón rediseñó las boletas de calificaciones de la escuela y el distrito para involucrar e informar a las familias sobre el enfoque de la escuela al aprendizaje, las ofertas académicas y extracurriculares, y el desempeño de los estudiantes. Las boletas de calificaciones también sirven como una herramienta importante para la planificación de mejoras continuas por parte de los políticos locales y estatales, en conjunto con las comunidades a las que sirven.

Los perfiles de las escuelas y los distritos para el período 2019-20 no incluyen datos de evaluaciones a nivel estatal, datos sobre el tamaño de las clases o datos de asistencia como resultado de los necesarios cierres de escuelas a nivel estatal y la implementación de la Educación a Distancia para Todos. Los perfiles presentan todos los datos disponibles no afectados por la respuesta del estado a COVID-19. Como parte de la respuesta federal al COVID-19, todos los estudiantes de nuestra escuela fueron elegibles para recibir comidas escolares gratuitas el año pasado. Como resultado, nuestro porcentaje de almuerzo gratis / precio reducido se informa como> 95%.

TODOS NOSOTROS en ACMA nos comprometemos a usar esta información para acoplarnos a los planes de mejoramiento y a los programas académicos de la escuela para satisfacer, de esta manera, las necesidades de cada estudiante. Usted encontrará nuestro plan de mejoramiento escolar en curso: https://acma.beaverton.k12.or.us/about-us/school-learning-plan. Durante este año, yo me comunicaré frecuentemente con usted acerca de los programas y aprovechamiento estudiantil de nuestra escuela para fomentar el aprendizaje y el éxito.

Si usted tiene alguna pregunta acerca de nuestro reporte de desempeño o desea obtener una copia impresa, por favor póngase en contacto conmigo. Usted también puede darnos sus sugerencias para mejorar. ¡Por favor compártalas! ¡Muchas Gracias!

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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