Westview Wildcat Weekly
January 11 - January 15, 2021
- MLK Day - No School
- Normal Daily Schedule, No Asynchronous Wed.
- Grading Day / End of 2nd Quarter
Friday, January 8, Progress Day
Friday, January 8 is a a progress mark report day. The six-week period is a grade mark check period, when grades are updated and visible in Parent and Student VUE. This is a great time to check on your student's progress this quarter and help them make plans to finish the quarter (on February 5) on a positive note.
BSD Return to School Update
BSD sent an email to all families on Friday with this information, but here it is again in case you missed it.
On Thursday, many of our students had conversations with their peers that were outside of their content area. We know all of our students were impacted in many different ways following the incidents that took place at our Nation's Capital on January 6. We also know that many of our students are trying to make sense of what is happening in the world around them and what they are seeing on social media.
We wanted to be prepared for potential student questions or anxieties that might find their way into our classrooms. Teachers were encouraged to be prepared to facilitate safe spaces in all of their classes for students to have safe, open dialogue while steering clear of partisan or political pronouncements. The District also provided some resources to support teachers with these conversations. To not allow students to discuss what they’re seeing — as well as the various responses to those movements — would be a lost opportunity to engage in real-time, authentic learning.
Westview takes pride in our intentional focus on safety and inclusivity. We are committed to providing an environment in all our classrooms for students to respectfully learn together from diverse perspectives.
Congratulations Sam Bouchard and Shrey Goel!
One Health Hackathon is an innovation event organized by and for high schoolers, aimed to equip the next generation of global health leaders with the tools to prevent future pandemics. Teams are assigned a particular disease, for which they use One Health principles to come up with a solution; at OHH 2020, the disease tracks were COVID-19, Influenza, Ebola, and Malaria. Over the course of 5 days, teams will come up with action plans to tackle their disease, which can range from policy platforms, to business pitches, to tech prototypes and more. Along the way, they receive direct mentorship from leading experts in the field and attend lectures on diverse topics related to One Health. The 2020 One Health Hackathon took place from October 23rd to 26th virtually, and garnered nearly 300 sign-ups from 20 different countries around the world.
To stay up to date with deadlines regarding all things One Health Hackathon 2021, check out our website at onehealthhackathon.org and follow us on our Instagram at @onehealthhackathon
Here is more information:
Spanish Language Career Month
Spanish Language Career Month is coming in January - Register now!
School to Career is offering lots of opportunities for Spanish speaking students to connect with professionals from a wide variety of careers. More events are being added all the time!
See the current schedule on our calendar:
One registration will get you access to everything and updates all month long!
From Westview Counselors
Counselors are presenting a Brown Bag Lunch Series. Every Thursday in January from 11:15-11:45 in the Zoom Wellness Room. If students are unable to attend or attend and would like access to the information about each presentation, you can go to the Canvas "Counseling Dept. Homepage" from any "Class of" or "Westview High Students" Canvas pages, the click on "Brown Bag Lunch Series".
Thursday, January 7 was College Search/Planning presentation. See Canvas for more information.
- Thursday, January 14: After High School Planning
- Thursday, January 21: Academic & Self-Care Tips during Distance Learning
- Thursday, January 28: Interviewing Skills & Practice
Every Friday following the presentation, counselors will be available from 11am-12pm in the Wellness Room to answer questions and/or assist students.
Links to join the Brown Bag Lunch Series are found on
- the Calendar of the "Westview High Students" Canvas page.
- the Wellness Room Canvas page found on the "Class of" or "Westview High Students". Students can click on the "Visit our Student Drop-In Room".
- the Brown Bag Lunch Series button on the Counseling Dept. Homepage.
Encourage your students to attend!
Our local Hillsboro Chamber is offering a School to Career event for Spanish-speaking students this January.
Are you comfortable learning in Spanish? If so, January is especially for you. Meet professionals from a wide variety of careers-we'll have scientists, business people, a nurse, engineers, law enforcement and more! Register to get on the list! Events in Spanish from January 12-January 28, 2021. Check out their website for more information and to register.
Interested in Signing up for Science Fair?
Georgi Harris will be this year's coordinator.
Click here for more information about the Beaverton Hillsboro Science Expo:
THE WESTVIEW YEARBOOK NEEDS YOUR HELP!
This is a different year, and we are going to create a unique yearbook filled with content provided by our entire community.
Please click the links below to fill in a google form to upload pictures and answer a few short questions to add to your story to some of the topics we will cover in this year’s book.
We plan to come at you with different topics each week, so keep a lookout on how you can participate with this year’s book.
Watch out for us by following @westviewyearbook on Instagram, the school newsletter or your class Canvas page.
This week we are focusing on the following topics. Click the links below to add your photos and answer a few short questions.
COVID Life and Corona Regrets- https://forms.gle/iv5yNYqjYQa3iu7c6
Fall Activities- https://forms.gle/WoTH2h8bonhVXE7t7
Distance Learning- https://forms.gle/pvF6ATcVEJUNi2hv7
Family at Westview/ Twins- https://forms.gle/UpbqUBA9Pd8DCNja6
We are excited to feature YOU in the yearbook. Thank you for helping us tell this year’s story.
-The Westview Yearbook Staff
Westview Works Tutoring and Support Time
From Westview Technology Team
Technology News and Updates
New this week on our WHS Technology for Parents and Students Site http://bit.ly/whsfuture:
Do you or your student need Tech Help?
Every Wednesday after Advisory I will be available in my Zoom room from 10:45-11:30 for anyone that needs help. In the weeks to come, I am hoping to offer small model lessons on tools they can use in your class. Let me know if there is a tool you would like me to share! Here's the link. I have also been at our Westview Works homework help and tutoring sessions on Wednesday afternoons from 2-4p (Here is the link.)
Apply here for a free wifi hotspot. We have a limited number, and they will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.
Signal to Noise
Exciting news! We will be holding our annual Signal to Noise Film Festival in May of 2021 (virtually, of course 😃). We have updated the guidelines on the website and important dates are as follows: Entries due - Monday, March 29, 2021, Online Awards Ceremony/Festival - Thursday, May 20, 2021. Please share out this information with students and parents and for the latest updates have them follow us on Facebook or Instagram (@s2nfestival).
Want to Volunteer?
Here is the volunteer sign up information page: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/communications-community-involvement/volunteer
* Teen Book Boxes: Love is in the Air * | Through January 31 | Grades 6-12
Looking for your next great read? Sign up to pick up a Teen Book Box made just for you by librarians at Beaverton City Library. Sign up here.
Celebrate One Book, One Beaverton: Considering the novel "Just Mercy" (multiple events) Click here to register for this and other online events for all ages at your local library.
Is your student having any issues with their device? Is the stylus not working, the wifi glitchy? The BSD Student Help Desk is available to provide support:
Monday - Friday (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
From College and Career Center
OSAC Scholarship Presentation-January 12, 11am
It's scholarship season! OSAC is due on March 1st. Learn from an expert on how to fill out the OSAC Scholarship Application, how to do the Activity Chart, and what makes an OSAC essay great!
Students sign up here and a zoom link will be emailed before the event.
FAFSA Presentation by Jenn Satalino Wed. Jan. 13th @ 1:00pm Learn why this is such an important form for financial aid and scholarships no matter your financial need. Get your individual questions answered. Get help to get your form submitted.
Find zoom link on Canvas, Class of 2021, College Career Button
PCC Preview Days Jan. 13th 10:30-12:00pm or Feb. 17th 10:30-12:00pm. Are you thinking about attending PCC and wish to learn about their academic programs? Need info on financial aid? Register and attend one of these dates. https://www.pcc.edu/enroll/preview-days.html
FREE Instant Admissions and Decision Event for Grand Canyon University. Jan. 14th @ 11:00am. They offer direct admissions into nursing and their medical career majors are popular. They fly admitted students to their Arizona campus to check it out for FREE!
- Grand Canyon University Instant Admissions-for students with a 2.8 and up. 1/14 @11am,
- Must sign up for event by Jan. 13th so the College Career Center can send your transcripts.
- link to sign up: https://forms.gle/dEwV4UpZrHGzCu6p9
Find zoom link on Canvas, Class of 2021, College Career Button
For All Students:
our-military-blog-pics-1.png Military Week Jan 19th - 22nd Lunch Time Presentations 11:30-12:00 Learn about educational benefits, career opportunities, salaries, and more while serving your country in a branch of the military. Click to see the full schedule & zoom links
Air Force ROTC Zoom Registration.pdf
Find zoom links on Canvas, Class of 2021, College Career Button
Future Connect Scholarship Presentation Feb. 10th 11:00am-12:00pm Jana Daugherty from PCC will cover how to write a compelling 2 paragraph essay, how to also apply for PCC Foundation Scholarships, OSAC, and What to do if your FAFSA needs Verification. Bring all of your questions about FAFSA or ORSAA. She will tackle them all. This is the last chance to get help on all of these important financial aid documents/applications. Final due date is MARCH 1st
Find zoom link on Canvas, Class of 2021, College Career Button
ASPIRE Volunteers Needed
Aspire is the state of Oregon's mentoring program to help students access education and training beyond high school. The program matches trained, supportive adult volunteer mentors with seniors to help them develop a post high school plan which meets their career and educational goals. To learn more, contact Ann Voorhees WHS College & Career Specialist. firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Academies are extended experiences offered by the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce. These offer opportunities for seniors to meet professionals in a variety of fields. Academies may include hands-on experiences, projects, or certifications. Current openings include Academies for Engineering and Business Entrepeneur. Upcoming include Medical, Computer Engineering with Intel, Construction. Law & Legal, Graphic Arts, Fine Arts, and more. To register and learn more go to the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce School to Career website. https://hillsborochamberor.com/stc/stcevents/
College Rep Visits
Over 200 College Rep Visits are coming to you virtually. Often these people are the first readers of admissions applications and it's a great way to learn facts about a college which are not on their website.
To see the full calendar and sign up for a presentation by a college rep, Juniors and Seniors go to your Grade Level Class or All Student page in Canvas and tap the College Career button for all the information.
WHS Scholarship List
Seniors have access to a weekly curated scholarship list. They access this through Canvas in their Senior Class by tapping the College Career button.
Here is a list of upcoming rep visits:
AP Exams Update
Thank you to everyone for your support as we navigate AP testing sign-ups during CDL. If your student is currently enrolled in an AP course, they should have registered for the course exam in their class. We did this because, for this year only, students will not be monetarily penalized should they choose not to test. If your student will not be enrolled in the class until Quarter 3 they will sign up and be billed at that time.
We are getting rosters organized in order to start applying fees for AP exams. All students will be billed for an exam this year. If your student wishes to test, you will need to pay that fee by March 1st. Paying for the fee tells us you intend to test. Leaving the fee on the account unpaid tells us you do not wish to test. Unpaid fees will be removed and exams cancelled after the March 1st deadline.
At this point, AP is still hoping exams will be in person. A final decision on this will be made by College Board in January. Because of this, some families may want to wait until January to make payments.
If a student is interested in signing up for an exam offered at Westview, but it is not taking the course at some point in the 2020-21 school year, please have them contact Kara Ferris, the Advanced Programs coordinator, about registering. The deadline for fall registration is November 15th.
Cap and Gown Orders for Graduation
Dear Senior Families
I know words like “virtual” and “hybrid” are not wording you normally associate with school, and certainly not your senior year. The challenges you and we have experienced have been both substantial and challenging. I do want to recognize and thank all of you for adjusting to this new normal. Our hope is that by year’s end things will have improved dramatically.
While many things have changed, one thing that has not changed is the tradition of graduation. Come June 13, you will be recognized, you will be rewarded, you will be celebrated. To secure that reality, you will be placing your graduation order for your Cap & Gown and other graduation materials in an event we are calling “Senior Graduation Order Week”.
Please visit this page: Jostens.com
If you have any questions, please let me know. We want to make this as simple and easy as possible.
2056 NE Aloclek Drive, #309
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Grading and Reporting and 4x4 Schedule
With the district shift to a 4x4 schedule we would like to send out another reminder of what that does to our grading and academic calendar. Because year-long courses are compressed to 18 weeks and all semester long courses are compressed to 9 weeks, the 9-week grades (Nov. 13th) go on to the transcript as semester grades, part of the permanent record and GPA. Historically, students are in the mindset of having until the end of January to "get their grades up" but that is no longer the case. This is not new news, but we want all parents and students to be aware.
Here are the official grading dates for the remainder of the year:
November 13 (9 weeks)-End of Semester (Final Grades/Grading Day--Grades Updated)
January 8 (15 weeks)--Grades Updated
February 5 (18 weeks)--End of Semester (Final Grades/Grading Day--Grades Updated)
March 19 (6 weeks)-- Progress Report (Grades Updated)
April 16 (9 weeks)-- End of Semester (Final Grades/Grading Day--Grades Updated)
May 28 (15 weeks)-- Progress Report (Grades Updated)
June 21 (18 weeks)--End of Semester (Final Grades/Grading Day-Grades Updated)
Your Help Keeping Social Media Safe
We have seen social media interactions that are harmful, harassing, and racist amongst some of our students. While some of these exchanges take place away from school, we expect our students to model the Wildcat Way all hours of the day.
We appreciate your help maintaining a safe community for all of our Westview students.
BSD - Social and Political Expression
Health Curriculum Review
As always, you are welcome to reach out with any questions or concerns.
Dear Health 1 Parents:
Welcome to Health 1! Health 1 Apex Overview.pdf is an overview of the lessons we will be covering in Apex this quarter, they are highlighted in yellow. The lessons are also listed in the parent Canvas course in the modules (along with the study guides). However, in order to view the lessons in their entirety, you will need to have your child log-in to Apex through their Canvas course. For this reason, you will not be able to view the full lessons until the quarter for Health 1 starts for your child. From there you can click on the lessons we will cover to view content. To join the parent Canvas course to preview curriculum you can join with this link: https://bsd.instructure.com/enroll/8KPRPE
Please note, the sexual health unit begins at the start of week 6 of the course, so you will have 5 weeks from the start of the quarter to review the lessons in that unit. Please click this link below for opt-out information including the form (“Exemption from Instruction” near the bottom of the page): https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/curriculum-instruction-assessment/health-secondary
All other lessons (not in Apex) are in the parent Canvas course and can be viewed by clicking on them in the modules.
The Health 1 Team
Here is a link to the Health 2 class Canvas page (https://bsd.instructure.com/courses/82849). Everything is up so our community can find all the presentations, assignments, and information for the Sexual Health Unit at the very bottom of the Modules section.
We are always welcome to work alongside our parents and guardians if you questions or concerns. Know that you can always contact your Health teacher.
Please click this link below for opt-out information including the form (“Exemption from Instruction” near the bottom of the page): https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/curriculum-instruction-assessment/health-secondary
BHS Family Toolkit
Westview Zoom Norms and Expectations
Students - This is our virtual classroom. Let’s keep it a positive space that is conducive to learning. We’ve got this!
Be sure you are logged into your BSD student account.
Show up to class a couple of minutes early and wait to be admitted.
We will ask that you identify yourself with your preferred first and last name before your teacher welcomes you in from the waiting room.
We look forward to hearing your thoughts and joining conversations, but please keep your audio on mute until you want to speak. This will help limit background noise.
Whenever possible, find a quiet place free of distractions (siblings, parents, television, etc.)
You are welcome to keep your video off, but please stay present with us.
If you have a question, use the chat box, or raise your hand.
Respect others' privacy by not taking screenshots of participants or recording sessions.
Have patience with yourself and others. We’re all in this together.
Remember, Zoom sessions are recorded.
BSD Return To School Site
Important Phone Numbers and Support Information
Attendance Phone: 503-356-3022
Main Office Phone: 503-356-3020
Counselor Alpha List:
Mr. Baker (A-Caq) email@example.com
Ms. Budhi (Car-Fo) firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Shaw (Fr-Ji) email@example.com
Mr. Rosser (Jk-Mb) firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Silva (Mc-Pg). email@example.com
Ms. Stremme (Ph-Sr) firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Pearson (Ss-Z) email@example.com
Admin Alpha List:
Mrs. Myers (A-Ji) firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Fitzpatrick (Jk-Pg) email@example.com
Mr. Westhora (Ph-Z) firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Pedersen email@example.com
Other links that may be helpful:
2020-2021 School Calendar
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Looking forward to a great year!
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