BSD WEEKLY

March 1, 2021

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Welcome Tumwater Middle School

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The School Board has chosen a name for the new middle school in the Timberland area: Tumwater Middle School. The Native American name was selected to pay respect to the area’s Native American heritage as well as advance the District’s commitment to anti-bias, antiracism work.


Tumwater means “waterfall” in Chinuk Wawa, a contact language used by tribes in the Pacific Northwest, including the Atfalati band of the Kalapuya who lived in the Cedar Mill area. Tumwater refers to the neighborhood’s most prominent — yet hidden — natural feature, the Cedar Mill Creek Waterfall, just east of Cedar Mill Bible Church and only a 3-minute walk from the middle school. In addition to being the site of the first mill in the area (and namesake of the Cedar Mill community), the falls are believed to have been an important gathering place and possible fishing spot for the Atfalati.


Native American elements were already incorporated in the middle school’s design. Kalapuya baskets inspired the brickwork pattern on the exterior of the school. The District and school administrators have already started to talk about possible learning opportunities involving STEM-based creek and land restoration projects or on-site community gardens with Native plants, in conjunction with THPRD and our tribal partners.


Thank you to the Multilingual Department, Title VI, Native American Parent Committee (NAPAC), and our tribal partners.

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Update Your Emergency Contact Information

As we move toward In-person Hybrid Instruction, it’s very important for all schools to have up-to-date emergency contact information for their students.


You can update student information online through ParentVUE. After logging in, click on the Family Updates and New Student Enrollment button located in the top right of your screen.


To learn more, watch this tutorial video or visit our Online Verification webpage.

How to Update your Emergency Contacts in ParentVUE
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New Lightspeed Parent Portal

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BSD is launching a new parent portal to assist parents/guardians with monitoring their students’ internet activity. Parents/guardians will receive a link to sign up for the portal at the bottom of their weekly parent reports during the weekend of March 6 - 7. Through this portal, you’ll be able to see what your student is looking at online and block internet access to your child’s school-issued device after school hours. For more information, please visit our FAQ page.
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Health & Safety Protocols during Hybrid


If you'd like to learn more about BSD's safety procedures, check out our new COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidance webpage.

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What You Need To Know About Kindergarten at FLEX Online

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If you have a child entering Kindergarten in September 2021 and are looking for a fully online learning experience, FLEX Online School may be for you.


FLEX is an online K-12 school, one of the Beaverton School District's Option Schools. The FLEX approach allows students and their families to control when and where they complete assignments and activities. To learn more, visit the Kindergarten webpage on the FLEX website or contact the school directly.


FLEX is open to all families in the Beaverton School District but enrollment is limited, based on staffing. Registration at FLEX is a two-step process:


  1. Register your child at your neighborhood elementary school.

  2. Complete this separate online registration form for your child to attend FLEX Online.


After you have registered at FLEX Online, the FLEX team will process a transfer from your neighborhood school to FLEX.

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BHS Staff Hard at Work

Take a look at how the Beaverton High School classified staff is staying busy supporting their students during distance learning.
BHS Classified Staff
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Scholls Heights ABAR Curriculum

Scholls Heights 2nd grade teacher Michelle Dalmau reads the book You Lift Me Up to her students over Zoom. The book is a part of an English Language Development curriculum adoption that focuses on anti-bias and antiracism (ABAR) work.
Anti-biast, antiracist work: Michelle Dalmau
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CTE Teaching: The Profession that Creates all other Professions

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Do you have at least 2000 hours of business and industry experience and a desire to share your technical skills with high school students? The Beaverton School District is looking for Career & Technical Education (CTE) teachers.


CTE prepares students to be career-ready in high-wage, high-demand fields. A CTE Program of Study is a sequence of courses that integrates rigorous academic knowledge with industry-validated technical and employability skills. CTE teachers inspire the next generation of leaders by providing students with hands-on connections between school and the real world.


There is a pathway to CTE teaching for those without a teaching license who have relevant business and industry experience as well for those who currently hold a teaching license. Share your contact information at http://bit.do/CTEpathway to learn more about becoming a CTE teacher.


Visit our CTE webpage to learn about the programs available in the district.

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Budget 101

Monday, March 8

6:30-9 p.m.

Please join us for a virtual Budget 101 Meeting to discuss up-to-date budget information, significant impacts to the budget and the Budget Committee process. Visit the District Annual Budget webpage for meeting information.


School Board Meeting

Monday, March 15, 2021

6:00 p.m.

Meeting Information


Schools Closed - Spring Break

March 22-26

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District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.

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Published by: Communications & Community Involvement Dept.

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community_involvement@beaverton.k12.or.us