The Voice of Raleigh Park - October 29, 2018
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We Love Mrs. Wilson!
Congratulations to our very own Christy Wilson, recognized as the Society of Health and Physical Education (SHAPE) Oregon Elementary Teacher of the Year! This is certainly well-deserved recognition for an individual who has taken on leadership responsibilities within our building and greater District. I'm thankful she is now recognized at the state level for all she does to promote health, wellness and movement for our students.
It was great to see so many families at parent-teacher conferences last week. While there are a variety of ways to communicate, call me old-fashioned when I say nothing beats a face-to-face discussion. My hope is that you found this time beneficial – whether to meet your child’s teacher for the first time, to better understand their growth as a learner and/or to communicate your hopes and dreams for them with respect to their education.
Special thanks to our outstanding Book Fair Coordinator, and all-around volunteer extraordinaire, Amy Prewett. With the help of several dedicated volunteers, we were able to keep the Book Fair open all week, even with some late nights on Wednesday and Thursday. Aside from building enthusiasm for books and reading, you may not know the Book Fair directly benefits Raleigh Park, with a percentage of sales coming back to our school. I am happy to say our total sales topped $8300, resulting in over $4500 that will come back to Raleigh Park to use in support of literacy throughout the school!
Finally, a byproduct of those long conference days are hungry teachers. Sincere appreciation to Andrea Thomas and Melissa Lee who coordinated the teacher dinner, and to all who contributed such outstanding food!
In Case You Missed It: Erin's Law & Health Education
Below is a parent letter regarding Senate Bill 856, also know as Erin's Law. An important part of the recently adopted health curriculum in the Beaverton School District is to help children with personal body safety and abuse prevention. As the letter explains, the lessons are available on the website www.fightchildabuse.org.
It is important to note our staff is just beginning this very important training, gaining familiarity with this curriculum. Moving forward, instruction for your students is scheduled between February and May 2019. Parents will be notified by their classroom teacher prior to instruction. For additional information, you may learn more using the following links:
Everyone's Favorite Topic: Head Lice
Head lice is always present in our community. Lice is most common among preschool and elementary school aged children. Although, head lice is rarely transmitted from student to student at school.
What are head lice?
- Head lice are tiny insects about the size of a sesame seed. Lice do not jump or fly; they do not have wings. They live close to the human scalp. The eggs, also called nits, are tiny, teardrop shaped eggs are attached to the hair shaft. Nits often appear like dandruff but cannot be removed easily or brushed off. An itchy head is a common symptom of lice. Although lice can be annoying and icky, lice are not dangerous and are not known to spread disease.
Who is affected by head lice?
- Head lice are not related to cleanliness or hygiene. Head lice are mostly spread by direct head-to-head contact—for example, during play at home or school, slumber parties, sports activities or camp. Less often, lice are spread via objects that have been in recent contact with a person with head lice, such as hats, scarves, hair ribbons, combs, brushes, stuffed animals or bedding.
What to do if you suspect your child has head lice?
- If you think your child has head lice, it’s important to talk to a healthcare provider or pharmacist to discuss the best treatment approach for your family. Please contact your child’s school, as they have information regarding treatment and prevention of head lice.
Every Day Matters
Chronic absenteeism is defined as when a student misses 10-percent or more of class days in a school year. Oregon Department of Education (ODE) research confirms national studies showing connections between attendance and student outcomes including improved test scores and graduation rates.
“We know that every day a student attends school means an additional opportunity for learning,” ODE Director Colt Gill said. “Our Every Day Matters campaign is one part of a larger effort throughout the state to improve attendance. Reducing chronic absenteeism requires all of us to do our part. Schools need to make sure students are welcomed and engaged, families need to recognize the importance of attendance and every community needs to look at local barriers that can impact student attendance.”
We look forward to partnering with you to support positive student attendance that keeps all Tigers in school in excess of 90% of the time.
Cedar Park 5th Grade Information Night
State Report Card
El reporte de desempeño de las escuelas y del distrito del año escolar 2017-18 están disponibles en: THIS LINK (En el menú de opciones de la selección del Distrito, escoja Beaverton). Me complace el tener la oportunidad de compartir esta información con usted sobre el progreso que estamos logrando para mejorar el aprovechamiento académico de cada estudiante en el Distrito. Nosotros estamos progresando.
El reporte de desempeño de las escuelas y distritos escolares de todo el estado empezaron hace quince años 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) 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.
TODOS NOSOTROS en Raleigh Park 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. Si usted tiene alguna pregunta acerca de nuestro reporte de desempeño, por favor póngase en contacto conmigo. ¡Muchas Gracias!
In 1999, the Oregon Legislature enacted ORS 329.105 requiring that the Oregon Department of Education produce and issue annual report cards for all schools and districts. The Every Student Succeeds Act (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.
The redesigned School At-A-Glance Reports: The school and district report cards have been redesigned to reflect changes to Oregon's educational system so that parents and community members are provided with the most current, relevant, and important information about their school and districts. The new report cards allow schools and districts to better tell their unique stories in a more visual and user-friendly way, and 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.
School and District report cards for the 2017-18 school year are available using THIS LINK (select Raleigh Park and/or Beaverton in the school or district search bar). We welcome the opportunity to share this information with you on the progress we are making to improve academic achievement for each student.
So...what does the report card tell us? Typically, student ACHIEVEMENT and student GROWTH/PROGRESS (from one year to the next) on the statewide assessment are primary data-points used by the state to measure school effectiveness. Overall, Raleigh Park students collectively achieved at a level above their peers in schools throughout the state in English Language Arts (ELA), Math and Science.
Specific to ELA ACHIEVEMENT:
- Raleigh Park students met/exceeded in ELA: 65% (+14% of Oregon average)
- All students are -2% from 3 years ago
- Economically disadvantaged students are +8% from 3 years ago
- English Language Learners are +21% from 3 years ago
- Hispanic/Latino students are +11% from 3 years ago
- Students with disabilities are +3.5% from 3 years ago
Specific to MATH ACHIEVEMENT:
- Raleigh Park students met/exceeded in MATH: 58% (+14% of Oregon average)
- All students are -2% from 3 years ago
- Economically disadvantaged students are +5% from 3 years ago
- English Language Learners are +20% from 3 years ago
- Hispanic/Latino students are +3.5% from 3 years ago
- Students with disabilities are -3% from 3 years ago
Specific to SCIENCE ACHIEVEMENT:
- Raleigh Park students met/exceeded in Science: 75% (+10% of Oregon average)
Specific to ELA GROWTH/PROGRESS (based on a median growth percentile within a student group):
- All students are +2.5% from 3 years ago
- Economically disadvantaged students are +6% from 3 years ago
- English Language Learners are +15% from 3 years ago
- Hispanic/Latino students are +9.5% from 3 years ago
- Students with disabilities are +38.5% from 3 years ago
Specific to MATH GROWTH/PROGRESS (based on a median growth percentile within a student group):
- All students are from -5% 3 years ago
- Economically disadvantaged students are +9% from 3 years ago
- English Language Learners are +12.5% from 3 years ago
- Hispanic/Latino students are +7% from 3 years ago
- Students with disabilities are -3.5% from 3 years ago
- As calculated by the state, the ELA and MATH growth of each student is compared statewide to other students within each grade level and subgroup to which they belong. Each student is then given a normative (comparison) growth percentile based on their score from the previous year. In turn, this growth percentile is lined up with all other students at Raleigh Park (lowest to highest) and a median (half of students above, half below) growth percentile is chosen to represent the growth of the entire school. Finally, the school percentile is judged according to cut scores (levels 1-5) established by the state.
- Over the last 3 years, we have remained relatively consistent with our achievement for all students in both ELA and MATH.
- We have work to do with our disaggregated subgroups and in moving ALL Raleigh Park students toward academic achievement, primarily those who are economically disadvantaged, learning English as a second language (ELL) and are Hispanic/Latino.
- Without minimizing the importance of achievement, I am more focused on student growth/progress across the board. There are positive data points reflected above that suggest our students are indeed growing, and I believe this to be reflective of some targeted and strategic changes in practice. However, we need to do better in getting students on a positive and consistent trajectory commensurate with their peers in other schools.
- The consistent implementation of the new math adoption in all classrooms is a school-wide focus this year. On the heels of an ELA adoption that has pushed our teachers as learners, the math adoption is an equally taxing endeavor, but one from which I believe we will make strides in both achievement and growth.
- A series of standardized tests currently serve as the primary measurement of school effectiveness on the state report card; this is one data point. While the data point should not be ignored, it does prove to be a limited and incomplete gauge of what students know/can do. It is also no coincidence that school-wide success on standardized tests is often correlated to the school boundaries and/or zip codes in which students reside.
- This is humbling work that entails its share of humbling metrics of success. The perfectionist in me is never satisfied and always motivated to ensure we keep the well-being and success of our students at the forefront of all we do. Successes and challenges aside, Raleigh Park is a special place with many gifts that one can feel when walking in the door and into our classrooms.
- If you have questions about our report card, please contact me. Thank you!
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El Consejo Escolar Aprueba los Calendarios Escolares del 2019-2020 y 2020-2021 / Board Approves 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 School Calendars
En la reunión de negocios del 22 de octubre de 2018, el Consejo Escolar aprobó la recomendación del Superintendente para los calendarios de los ciclos escolares 2019-2020 y 2020-2021. El personal y los miembros de la comunidad prefirieron casi unánimemente la Opción 1 para los dos ciclos escolares.
En el ciclo escolar 2019-2020, el primer día de clases será el lunes 26 de agosto y el último día de clases será el viernes, 12 de junio. En el ciclo escolar 2020-2021, el primer día de clases será el lunes, 31 de agosto y el último día de clases será el viernes 18 de junio. La opción 1 ofrece 10 días de vacaciones de invierno en ambos ciclos escolares.
Los dos calendarios están en la parte de abajo con el propósito de que usted pueda organizarse. Por favor, comprenda que las obligaciones presupuestarias y contractuales pueden afectar la implementación de los calendarios finales.
At the October 22, 2018 Business Meeting, the School Board approved the Superintendent’s calendar recommendation for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years. Staff and community members overwhelmingly preferred Option 1 for both school years.
In the 2019-2020 school year, the first day for students will be Monday, August 26 and the last day for students will be Friday, June 12. In the 2020-2021 school year, the first day for students will be Monday, August 31 and the last day for students will be Friday, June 18. Option 1 provides 10 days for winter break in both school years.
Both calendars are below for your planning purposes. Please understand that budgetary and contractual obligations may impact the implementation of the final calendars.
Safe Routes to School Update
On November 4, 2018, we set our clocks back an hour, making it darker earlier in the afternoon. With shorter days this time of year, motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians need to be extra alert to see each other in low light situations. Improving visibility means improving safety for all road users. Wearing light colors or reflective clothing is one of the simplest things pedestrians and cyclists can to do keep themselves safe.
Here are additional suggestions to help keep you safe while walking and biking:
- Wear bright, reflective clothing and shoes when walking or biking.
- Don’t wear headphones, text or talk on a cell phone while crossing the street.
- Be aware of vehicles around you. Make eye contact before crossing in front of vehicles.
- Don’t assume that cars see you or are going to stop.
- Driving or biking? Expect and slow down for pedestrians in popular walking areas, around schools and parks, and near crosswalks.
When more people walk, bike and take the bus, it makes the route to school safer, less congested and more fun for everyone. Thank you for continuing to walk, bike and use the bus. It’s the way to go!
Proceso de solicitud de ingreso para las escuelas opcionales del 2019-2020 / Option School Application Process for 2019-2010
El tiempo de la solicitud ha cambiado para el año escolar 2019-2020. Se ha reducido el tiempo del sorteo para que las solicitudes a una segunda consideración estén disponibles antes. Esto les permitirá a los estudiantes más tiempo para trabajar en sus solicitudes y las escuelas tendrán más tiempo para revisarlas.
El Distrito Escolar de Beaverton es reconocido a nivel nacional por el alto rendimiento estudiantil y sus programas innovadores. Los estudiantes de Beaverton en los grados 6-12 tienen la oportunidad de investigar las diferentes opciones de aprendizaje que mejor se adapten a sus necesidades académicas. Los estudiantes pueden elegir la escuela que les corresponde por su domicilio o solicitar ingreso a una de las varias opciones de aprendizaje. Se proporciona transporte.
Las solicitudes para el año escolar 2019-2020 estarán disponibles a partir del lunes, 15 de octubre de 2018. Asista a una o más de las reuniones informativas disponibles. Los estudiantes solo pueden seleccionar una de las opciones en su solicitud, por lo que le recomendamos informarse en línea sobre las diferentes opciones.
Todos los interesados deben residir dentro de los límites del Distrito Escolar de Beaverton. A partir del 15 de octubre, los estudiantes inscritos en el Distrito Escolar de Beaverton pueden inscribirse en línea usando su número de identificación de estudiante. Los estudiantes residentes que actualmente no están inscritos en una escuela de Beaverton, deberán llenar una solicitud en papel paper application disponible en línea o en cualquier oficina escolar a partir del 15 de octubre de 2018. Considere cuidadosamente su elección de escuela. Una vez que haya enviado su solicitud, no se permitirán cambios.
Las solicitudes se deben recibir en las Oficinas Administrativas del Distrito Escolar antes de las 4:00 p. m. del viernes, 7 de diciembre de 2018 (hora estándar del pacífico).
OFICINA DE OPCIONES DE APRENDIZAJE
Línea de información: 503.356.4440 • FAX: 503.356.4415
Nuevas fechas importantes para la solicitud de ingreso a los programas opcionales
Lunes, 15 de octubre de 2018 ------- Están disponibles las solicitudes de ingreso para el año escolar 2019-2020.
Viernes, 7 de diciembre de 2018 ------- Las solicitudes deben presentarse antes de las 4:00 p.m. PST (hora estándar del pacífico).
Miércoles, 12 de diciembre de 2018 ------- Se lleva a cabo el sorteo electrónico para el año escolar 2019-2020.
- Las notificaciones que fueron aceptados o en lista de espera se enviarán por correo electrónico.
- Los estudiantes que no fueron seleccionados en el sorteo recibirán por correo electrónico una solicitud para una segunda consideración a la escuela que presentaron su solicitud.
Jueves, 10 de enero de 2019 ------- Fecha límite para entregar a las escuelas la solicitud para una segunda consideración.
Miércoles, 30 de enero de 2019 ------- Fecha límite para aceptar o rechazar inscripción, antes de las 4:00 a.m. PST (hora estándar del pacífico).
The application timeline has changed for the 2019-2020 school year. The lottery application phase has been shortened to make Second Consideration applications available earlier. This will allow students more time to work on their applications and schools more time to review them.
The Beaverton School District is nationally recognized for high student achievement and innovative programs. Beaverton students in grades 6-12 have the opportunity to investigate learning options that best fit their academic needs. Students can choose their neighborhood school or apply for one of a number of learning options. Transportation is provided.
Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be available starting Monday, October 15, 2018. Please plan to attend one or more of the open houses that are available. Students may only select one option on their application, so do some early investigation of the options online.
All applicants must reside within the Beaverton School District boundaries. Beginning October 15, current Beaverton School District students are able to apply online using their student ID. Resident students not currently attending a Beaverton school, or who do not have Internet access, will need to complete a paper application available online, or at any school office beginning October 15, 2018. Please give careful consideration to your choice of school. Once an application has been submitted, no changes will be allowed.
Applications must be received no later than Friday, December 7, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. (PST).
OFFICE OF LEARNING OPTIONS
Information Line: 503.356.4440 • FAX: 503.356.4415
New Options Application Timeline
Mon., October 15, 2018 ------- Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be available.
Fri., December 7, 2018 ------- Applications due no later than 4:00 p.m. PST.
Wed., December 12, 2018 ------- Electronic Lottery conducted for the 2019-20 School Year.
- Acceptance or wait pool notifications will be sent via email.
- Students who are not selected via the lottery will be emailed a Second Consideration application for the school for which they applied.
Thurs., January 10, 2019 ------- Second Consideration applications due to schools.
Wed., January 30, 2019 ------- Deadline to accept/decline enrollment – by 4:00 p.m. PST
10:00 a.m. PST
DATES TO REMEMBER...
- 31 - Passport Club, 8:00a
- 31 - Early Release, 1:30p
- 1 - Community Meeting, 8:40a
- 7 - Early Release, 1:30p
- 9 - NO SCHOOL - Grading Day
- 12 - NO SCHOOL - Veteran's Holiday
- 13 - PTO Meeting, 7:00p
- 14 - Early Release, 1:30p
- 15 - 3rd Gr Music Program, 6:30p
- 16 - Picture Re-Take Day
- 21 - 23 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
- 28 - Passport Club, 8:00a
- 28 - Early Release, 1:30p
- 30 - RPTV, 8:40a