Tumwater News

March 13, 2022

Principal 's Message

Dear Tumwater Families,

I aspire to be a journal writer. It sounds like a fulfilling thing to do, but I have a collection of beautiful journals waiting to be filled by a more idealized version of myself. A friend gifted me a "sentence-a-day" journal on New Years Day 2020. I started off earnestly, taking a few minutes to write a sentence or two each day. Two years ago today I wrote "Last night the Governor announced schools are closed through April 1st. After a hectic day (including a live-streamed concert and snow), as I watched buses pull out I wondered when I would see these kids again and how our lives will be changed." It turned out to be my last day of in-person learning with students at my former school, as I moved to TMS before hybrid learning began. I look back at my words and am wistful for how naive I was to what the next two years would bring.

As they headed to the buses a few days ago, I heard a student gleefully exclaim "COVID is over!" Although it is tempting to think so, we've learned a lot over the last two years and know better. We are living with COVID differently because of all we've learned, as well as the availability of vaccines, and medical treatment.This weekend, we're at a different turning point as guidelines on masking and other protocols are relaxed. It is serendipitous that the TMS Monthly Learner Profile is Balanced. By definition it "understanding the importance of balancing different aspects of ourselves" and "recognizing our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live."

Students and staff will be making individual choices on their path to being well-balanced, including masking and social distancing. I call on all members of our community to be respectful of other's choices and be mindful that we don't always know one another's stories and experiences. For example, I'm choosing to wear a mask at school this week to reduce risk of carrying home any illness to a family member undergoing surgery this week. My choice may be different after Spring Break. Similarly, I expect that other staff and students may choose to not wear a mask in some situations, but do wear one in others. Respecting personal choice without asking for an explanation will be our norm.

Tonight my journal entry will reflect cautious optimism and hope for a healthy future for all!


Jill O'Neill


Upcoming Events

March 14-18 Spirit Week

  • Monday - March Madness Day (wear your favorite college gear)

  • Tuesday - Tumwater Tuesday (wear TMS shirt)

  • Wednesday - Twin Day

  • Thursday - Wear green

  • Friday - Superhero vs. Supervillain Day

March 21- 25 No School - Spring Break

Be sure to check the calendars on ParentSquare and our school website (scroll to the bottom of the home page) for the school all school events.

Learner Profile Corner

This month, our Learner Profile focus is on being balanced.

Definition: We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives - intellectual, physical, and emotional - to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.


Take a personal inventory about how you spend your time every day. How much time do you spend sleeping, eating, completing homework, exercising, watching TV, going to school, playing video games, with family activities, etc. You might be surprised by how much time you spend doing each thing.

Reflect on the following:

  • Where can you be more active?

  • Where is there time to spend learning a new skill? Or exploring a hobby?

  • How can you adjust your lives to be more balanced?

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COVID-19 Protocol Changes

There have been several significant changes to BSD's COVID-19 protocols that go into effect Monday, March 14. Please read the FAQ on the district website. Some of the changes our students, staff, and visitors will experience at TMS include:

Masks are optional for students, staff, and visitors. All members of our community are expected to treat others with respect, including their choice to wear or not wear a mask. Students and staff may have compelling reasons to continue mask wearing. We invite you to watch this video with your child(ren): Either Way, It’s OK. To be clear, we will not tolerate bullying of any kind and will follow disciplinary action as outlined in Board Policy JFCF.

Morning Arrival is shifting slightly. Our doors will continue to open at 8:45, but now students who arrive before 8:55 will be asked to wait in the Commons or Library. Breakfast is available from 8:45 - 9:10. Classroom hallways will open at 8:55 and students will have until 9:15 to eat breakfast, visit their lockers, socialize, and be in class ready to learn on time.

Indoor and outdoor dining will both be able to students (weather permitting) however students will no longer be required to social distance during breakfast and lunch. Rather than 2 students per round lunch table, up to 8 students will now be permitted to sit together. Similar to our masking rule, students who prefer to distance themselves are invited to do so in our outdoor seating area.

Lunch / Recess. Up to this point, each grade was divided into two cohorts and alternated 17-minute time periods for Lunch and Recess. Beginning Monday, all students in a grade will have lunch at the same time. After eating lunch, students will now have the choice to stay inside, go to the library, or enjoy recess outside. Students will spend at least the first 10 minutes in the Commons as encouragement to eat lunch.

For additional updates, please visit the BSD COVID-19 Protocol webpage.

Locker Update

Last week every student was assigned their own locker - we're fortunate to not need to share lockers. There was positive energy in the hall as students learned to use their locker combos and lightened the load of what they needed to bring to class.

If your child is still mastering how to open a locker, consider watching this video together or printing this bookmark-size guide they can personalize. To protect their belongings, students should keep their locker combination private and be sure to always close their locker and spin the dial to lock it. Staff are available before/after school and during passing periods to assist students.

Now that students are gaining confidence in using their locker, this week teachers will lead students through a mapping activity to help students identify strategic times for locker use based on their individual schedule.

Spelling Bee Results

86 Rapids participated in our first-ever Spelling Bee on March 6th. Congratulations who all who challenged themselves in this contest and to our top 3 finishers, all 7th graders:

1st Place: Vendanti Patil

2nd Place: Ryan Yashar

3rd Place: Achyutan Veeraraghavan

Best of luck to our school winner who will represent Tumwater in the BSD Spelling Bee.

OBOB School Champions

15 Teams competed in the first-ever TMS Battle of the Books. All teams engaged in 3 Pool Play rounds. Plans called for the top 8 point-earning teams advancing to the Finals Tournament, but Pool Play contests were close and four teams tied for 7th place, so there was a play-in bracket for two of the Finals Tournament teams.

After outstanding, competitive play by all tournament teams, the Rapid Readers team emerged victorious and will go on to compete in the Regional OBOB Tournament April 9th. Congratulations and best wishes to 6th graders Max Hyatt, Fayyad Ahmed, Story Greene, and Jack Peterson at the next level of competition!

This event would not have been possible without volunteers and the organizational leadership of co-chairs Vandana Kapoor and Kristi Nelson. Thank you to the many volunteers who shared their time and love of reading with our students!

MathCounts Competition Results

Last weekend, five Tumwater students competed at the state MATHCOUNTS competition in Salem. These mathletes have been practicing diligently for the last several months. Attending the competition is a huge achievement in itself, as these students each had to prove themselves in the school competition as well as the chapter competition.

Out of many mathletes from across the state, four are chosen to represent Oregon at the national competition. Congratulations to Anshul Mantri for qualifying for the state team! Look for the national MATHCOUNTS competition to be aired on ESPN in early May to see Anshul in action.

Photo (left to right):

Rishan Chakraborty, Keshav Karumbunathan, Ashvant Daniel, Anshul Mantri, and Audrey Hou.

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BSD Science Fair

The following people from Tumwater Middle School shared their STEM projects to deepen their understanding and propose new solutions for what the earth is asking of us on Friday, March 11, 2022 at the virtual BSD Middle School Expo.

Plant Growth Optimization System- Anushka Nishar

Marigold Project- Eric Zhao

pH Color Indicator- Daaniyaal Uddin

Arduino-based Smart Solar Tracker- Andrew Ma

Product Recalls That Matter- Ved Shah

Offshore Opportunities with Wind Turbines- Anjali Sanjeepan

Mechanical energy to electrical energy- Xerxes Wadi

Familial Birth Order and Effects on Chronoception- Shriya Marla & Clara An

Energetic, Exciting, Electrifying Electrolytes- Achyutan Veeraraghavan

Liquid Sugar- Aadhav Jawahar

Finding the Presence of GMOs using PCR- Kavin Ramadass

An Optimized Solution to Enhance the Lifetime of a Lithium-Ion Battery in Electric Vehicles- Anusha Jeyakumar

After listening to over 80+presentations from 5 BSD middle schools, an OHSU doctor shared their amazement in the quality and dedication our student scientists had given to test their ideas. A chemist commented that student scientists know what is happening in the world NOW, and how people can work together to be part of the solution. A retired engineer is eager to help support people with their projects and mentor them when needed now and in the future. A number of the Tumwater participants will advance to the virtual Northwest Science Expo on April 29, 2022.

Thank you to Dr. Susan Duncan, TMS Science Teacher, for chairing Tumwater's Science Fair and to all our science teachers for fueling curiosity and helping students with their research and experiment design.

Spirit Week

Students are encouraged to show their school spirit this week and win points for their grade in the yearlong Class Competition.

Monday: March Madness, wear your favorite college gear

Tuesday: Tumwater Tuesday, wear your TMS shirt or school colors

Wednesday: Twin Day, dress like your friends

Thursday: Wear Green

Friday: Superhero vs Supervillain Day

For Friday's Superhero vs Supervillain Day, students are expected to adhere to the school dress code, particularly those related to safety. The following costumes/accessories are not allowed:

  • Masks or full face paint
  • Dripping or gooey makeup/accessories
  • Inflatable costumes
  • Weapons or look-alike weapons (daggers, scythes, swords, light sabers, etc.)
  • Implements (shields, bats, etc.)

Community Conversations Around Race - Save the Date

The BSD 3rd Annual Community Conversations Around Race event will be held virtually on April 6, 2022 hosted by Southridge High School. Additional information and registration coming soon. Staff, students, families and community are welcome to attend. Please mark your calendars.

BSD Survey - School Resource Officers

Beaverton School District wants to know what you think about school resource officers. A school resource officer is a police officer who works in schools. The leaders in the school district are trying to make decisions about how to make sure students feel safe at school and whether school resource officers help do that.

You should have received a link to a survey through ParentSquare on March 7th. If you need help finding the survey on ParentSquare, please email info@seechangenw.org to have the link emailed to you. You don’t have to take this survey if you don’t want to, but your opinion is very important.

When you fill out the survey, you’ll also have an opportunity to express interest in participating in a focus group to share your opinions verbally. The number of focus groups is limited, so consultants will use random selection with consideration for diversity and geographic representation.

4th Annual Special Education Parent Resource Fair

You are invited to participate in the 4th Annual Special Education Parent Resource Fair via Zoom on April 6, 2022 from 6-8pm!

Parents/guardians will have an opportunity to listen to presentations from different organizations and businesses that serve children with disabilities and their families! Parents will also have an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters after their formal presentations.

The fair will include presentations from:

  • Spectra Gymnastics

  • Oregon ABLE Savings Plan

  • Decoding Dyslexia

  • Palladio Consulting

  • TriMet: Ride Connection

  • Disability Resource Center at PSU

  • and more!

To pre-register please visit: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/special-education/parent-resource-fair

We hope to see you there!


February 2022 Tumwater PTO Community Meeting Minutes

The February Community Meeting included two guest speakers and updates from Principal Jill O’Neil and your Tumwater PTO Board. Highlights include:

  • Information about Sunset High School
  • Information about a proposed Beaverton School District bond
  • An update on school activities and clubs
  • A report on additional grants that your support funded
  • TheTreasurer’s Report
  • Approval of an amended budget

Read the full minutes & click through the slideshow to learn more. Remember to check out the action items for parents/guardians.

We look forward to seeing you at our next Community Meeting on Thursday, 4/7.

Questions? Email Hannah (tumwaterpto.president@gmail.com)

Dear BSD Families,

We understand that it can be challenging to access current information regarding your child’s schooling in your own language. We do our best to send out messages about important updates, especially during these challenging times. However, you can access the BSD website — and specifically, our return-to-school page — at any time. Below, we’ve included a link that will take you to our website, where you’ll find it already translated into your language. Please know, the translation is generated by Google Translate. It’s not perfect, but we do hope it’s helpful.

If you need additional assistance, please contact our Multilingual Department at 503-356-3755.

View the BSD website in Arabic قم بزيارة الموقع الإلكتروني للقطاع التعليمي لمدارس بيفرتون باللغة العربية

View the BSD website in Chinese 请浏览中文版的BSD网站

View the BSD website Japanese BSDウェブサイトを日本語で見る

View the BSD website in Korean. 한국어로 BSD 웹사이트를 보십시오.

View the BSD website in Russian Посмотрите веб-сайт школьного округа Бивертон на русском

View the BSD website in Somali Ka fiiri bogga BSD ee ku qoran af-Soomaali

View the BSD website in Spanish Vea la página web del Distrito Escolar de Beaverton en español

View the BSD website in Vietnamese. Xem trang mạng BSD bằng tiếng Việt