August 21, 2017
District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.
Beginning today - Online Enrollment Verification
The Online Enrollment Verification window is now open. Previously, enrollment verification was a paper process and part of the back to school packet. The online process will be completed through ParentVUE. You will receive an email notification today from your child(ren)’s school(s) with a link to ParentVUE.
The Student Verification of Enrollment process is very important. The District uses information provided to support your child's academic success and for safety purposes. Updated data allows us to distribute important information, contact you or others in the event of a school emergency, respond appropriately to a medical situation involving your child, and communicate your child's academic progress.
You will need to verify each child’s enrollment information each year. Carefully review this information to be sure all information is complete, accurate, and current.
Please ensure you have an active ParentVUE account. If you need to create a ParentVUE account, please contact your school to obtain an activation key code. Please visit the ParentVUE Information page for more information.
If you have questions after you receive the notification, please contact your school.
Early Release/Teacher Collaboration – Wednesdays
Beginning September 13, 2017, the District will implement a 90-minute early release on Wednesday afternoons to allow educators time to collaborate and participate in professional development opportunities.
Beginning Wednesday, September 13, 2017, dismissal times will be (subject to change):
- Elementary schools that start at 8:00 a.m. will dismiss at 1:05 p.m.
- Elementary schools that start at 8:30 a.m. will dismiss at 1:35 p.m.
- Hazeldale @ 118th will dismiss at 2:25 p.m. (2017-2018)
- Middle schools will dismiss at 2:20 p.m.
- High schools will dismiss at 1:00 p.m.
- Bridges Academy will dismiss at 1:00 p.m.
- ACMA, Health & Science, SST, ISB, Rachel Carson and Merlo will dismiss at 12:35 p.m.
The Early Release/Teacher Collaboration webpage has an updated FAQ and an animated video (English & Spanish) explaining Early Release and Teacher Collaboration. Check it out and share it today!
Aloha High School CTE Revitalization & Expansion
While school is out for the summer, exciting work is happening inside the walls of Aloha High School. Administrators and staff are working with construction crews to revitalize and expand the school’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. “I think for far too long, almost every school district in Oregon has neglected hands-on learning, hands-on careers, noble careers like construction, and the workforce is screaming for it,” says Beaverton School District Deputy Superintendent Dr. Steve Phillips.
The expansion and revitalization is happening in four program areas: drafting/construction, computer science, film/media technology and business/marketing. Aloha chose to focus on these programs due to predicted industry growth over the next ten years.
The current construction and drafting rooms are being remodeled and updated. Additionally, crews are creating a MakerSpace, where students in the two programs will collaborate. This is the first remodel for the construction room, originally built in the late 1960s. “We are one of the few schools left in Oregon with a woodshop. We wanted to make the most of it and move it into the 21st Century,” says Assistant Principal LaKisha Clark. The curriculum is also being updated. Pallets of modules containing plumbing and wall framing kits have already arrived. The modules will provide hands-on learning opportunities for students.
Crews are also updating two classrooms to support expanded technology needs. One will house the computer science program. A new AP Computer Science course is being added to the program, as well as IT networking courses. The other classroom will be for the school’s new film/media technology program, and will include a TV and sound production room. Aloha plans to offer two film classes this coming school year, with more classes being added in the fall of 2018.
The three rooms for the business and marketing program are also getting an update. An accessibility issue meant that students had to walk through two classrooms to get to a third. The remodel is creating a hallway to provide a better teaching space with easier access to all three rooms. Three new courses are being added to the program as well.
“Every CTE program that we have offers dual credit, so students can earn college credit, along with gaining practical career skills,” says Clark.
Staff have been building connections with community and industry partners to make the program relevant to what’s happening in the real world and ensure its success. “Industry has to be involved in every CTE program we have, or it’s not a CTE program,” says Phillips.
The project is being paid for by money received through Measure 98, passed by voters in November 2016.
Safe Routes to School
School will soon be back in session and there will be more feet on the street heading to and from school. Safety is everyone’s responsibility, whether you have children in school or not.
That means slowing down to 20 MPH in school zones, 25 MPH on neighborhood streets, and watching for children at all times. Younger children aren’t able to judge speed and distance as well as adults can, so it’s the responsibility of drivers to be alert.
- Plan ahead. Give yourself a bit more time to navigate through school zones. Be prepared for school buses with flashing lights and lines of parents dropping off and picking up children.
- Yield to pedestrians at intersections, whether the crosswalk is marked or not.
- Yield to school buses. Don’t pass buses with flashing red lights.
- In school zones, the speed limit is 20 miles per hour. When travelling near schools, be alert and ready to react to pedestrians or cyclists.
- Do not pass other cars stopped at a crosswalk or intersection, the drivers may be stopped for pedestrians.
- When making a right turn at a red light, look to the right and left for pedestrians and bike riders as well as oncoming traffic. And if you drive a “quiet” car, remember, they may not hear you coming!
- Where there are no sidewalks, be aware of pedestrians and bicyclists who might be walking or riding along-side the road, especially in neighborhoods near schools.
Also be sure to mark your calendar for Wednesday October 4, 2017. It’s International Walk+Bike to School Day! Let’s see how many people we can get walking and biking. Stay tuned for more details!
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