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Monday, October 8, 2012

Jogathon, Meetings, Walk to School Day and More-October 9, 2012

Dear Sexton Mountain Families:

The past week has been very busy here at Sexton Mountain School.  As many of you witnessed, we had a successful Jogathon supported by many volunteers.  International Walk and Bike to School Day had a huge percentage of our students getting to school on their own power.  Did you notice how nice our parking lot was that day?  Our second PTC meeting of the year was well attended.  We tripled the number of parents attending our second Community Engagement meeting of the year.  The second fire drill was a success and the students also practiced what to do in the event of an earthquake.  In addition to all of this students were engaged in reading, writing, math or science lessons as I visited classrooms. 

Last week the adult learners in our building continued to look for ways to improve math instruction.  We discovered a great link to vocabulary words.  Math vocabulary flashcards for each grade level will be sent in a separate email with an attachment in case families would like to make their own flashcards at home.  We’ve continued with practice on number stories.  Kids also completed a one minute timed test.  Early last week I got to meet with individual students in Mr. Shotola’s class as they set goals for fast fact improvement and told me about strategies they would use to improve.  These individual conversations were very interesting!  Have you been talking with your child about individual goals in the area of mathematics?   

Sexton Mountain parent Geri Ingalls has found that practicing for a short time daily can really increase the fact fluency for her kids.  She recommends a website called  You may already be aware of the video game Timez Attack.  If not you can look at the website.  It's a multiplication video game that can be downloaded.  They even have a free version.  Geri writes, “I bought it for my kids a few years ago and they really enjoy playing it.  It is like a real video game. I would tell them just to play it for 10 min if they were complaining about doing math but they always played it longer.  I'm sure most of the kids would enjoy it.”

Thanks to Geri this week and to Robyn Jackson last week for letting us know about great resources to support student learning away from school!  This week’s grade level results are below. 


First Grade
Second Grade
Addition and Subtraction
Third Grade
Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division
Fourth Grade
Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division
Fifth Grade
Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division
Week Of Sept. 24
Week of October 2
Kids solved more than 600 problems but some had more than 1 minute so results this week are not valid.
Thanks to our amazing volunteers for correcting all these equations!
Thanks to our amazing data entry volunteer for charting the info for us too!

Number Story Problem of the Week
Here is a problem for your family to think about and discuss.  This is just for fun.  We know that talking about it together will build mat vocabulary.

The Jogathon was a huge success.  Victoria has been surveying students about the Jogathon.  She learned that most of the first graders she surveyed ran 6 laps.  Many of the second graders she surveyed ran 7 laps, third grader ran 8 laps, fourth graders ran 9 laps, and fifth graders ran ten laps.  She wonders if the pattern for kindergarten would be about one less than first grade.  If we average about 100 students at each grade level, what is the total number of laps completed?  If the goal is to raise $17,000 for the PTC, about how much would each child need to have pledged per lap in order to meet the goal?

Aside from all the adventure of special events, teaching and learning, our days are still fun here at Sexton Mountain.  Each day brings great joy!  Earlier in the week a first grader visited my office and was watching my fish.  His face scrunched up and he looked at the tank in disgust.  “You need an ALLERGY eater,” he exclaimed.  When I was at Petco on Sunday getting a new fish to take care of my algae, I shared the story with the person helping me.   She told me I was lucky to have such interesting kids to entertain me each day.  Thank you for sharing your children with us!

Take Care,

Dr. Teresa Clemens-Brower
a.k.a. Mrs. C.-B.

Upcoming Events
October 12     Staff Development Day-No School
October 17     Family Bingo Night 6:30pm in the Cafeteria
October 18     Conferences-No School
October 19     Conferences-No School
October 24     Passport Club Check Day(Grades 3,4,5)
October 25     Spirit Assembly at 8:25am
November 9   Staff Development Day-No School
November 12            Holiday-No School
November 14 Passport Club Check Day(Grades 3,4,5)
November 16 Family Dance 6:30-8:30pm
The Family Dance is intended to bring families together for a fun, social opportunity.  Parents will stay with children and enjoy time as a family so that everyone has fun.  The evening will start with a special time from 6:30-7:00pm just for kindergarten students.  Wiggles songs, the Chicken Dance, and songs targets for the younger group will be featured during this time. The success of the event is dependent on volunteers.  If you can help, contact Kate at
November 21 Budget Reduction Day-No School
November 22  Thanksgiving Holiday-No School
November 23 School Closed-No School
November 30 Holiday Bazaar
December 3  Grading Day-No School
December 2-7  Beaverton Elks Canned Food Drive
December 7 Barnes and Noble Family Literacy Night and Book Fair (at Tanasbourne) 4:00-8:00pm
December 19 Passport Club Check Day(Grades 3,4,5)
December 20 Spirit Assembly at 8:25
December 21 First Day of Winter Vacation (Yes this is a Friday with no school.)

Wish List--These are little things or jobs that will make a difference to our kids. Feel free to send them in.
·         Celebrations-Please e-mail me if you have a school related celebration or send in a written note about the celebration. Celebrations inspire our work.
·         Volunteers to distribute math vocabulary words before school once a week.  Kids will wear a word in the form of a sticker once a week.  Would you like to help pass out stickers from 8:05-8:25 on a day of your choice? 
·         Donation of postcards or postcard stamps-We love to send notes to our kids.
·         Donation of small prizes for the music class prize box.
Spotlight on Staff-Meet Kim Stoecker
Kim Stoecker joined our staff this year as a member of the kindergarten team.  She teaches two sessions of kindergarten each day.  Mrs. Stocker is a newlywed.  She loves to travel to warm, sunny destinations.  She loves to read.  She adores being a mom to her 5 year old son.  Mrs. Stoecker has an Orange tabby cat and a Doberman.  She attended OSU as an undergraduate and is a Beavers fan.  We are thrilled to have Kim Stoecker on the Sexton Mt. team.
Spotlight on Staff-Meet Kristin Antich
Kristin Antich joined the second grade team this year.  She has served students in Beaverton for the last 6 years and taught for 10 years before coming to our area.  She has taught kindergarten, first and second grades.  Kristin has 2 children, Tyler, age 13 and Emma is 9 years old. They both enjoy sports. Tyler plays football, basketball and baseball. Emma enjoys cheerleading, basketball and softball. Kristin met her husband in college (playing baseball/softball).  Mr. Antich teaches Science at Westview and is the head baseball coach.  They will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary this year!  They have 2 cats and a bulldog named Ozzie.  Mrs. Antich is very close with her family who all live in the Gresham area.  They spend a lot of time either at sporting events or hanging out with the family in Gresham!  We are thrilled that Kristin Antich has joined the Sexton Mountain team.
Thanks to:
§  Michelle Vondecamp and Karyn Johnson for organizing the Jogathon. 
§  Thanks to the countless volunteers who made it a successful day for all students.
§  Thanks to Susie Wilson to treating our staff to delicious snacks at our last staff meeting.
§  Thanks to Trish Thompson for cleaning up the staff room each afternoon.
§  Thanks to Tiffaney Culligan, Jen Fife-Adams, Erin Coker, Mesina Lunz, Leisl Jeck-Buzan, Danelle Isenhart, Heather Hough, Terri Rottman, Lori Laraway, Shirley Yau, Debbie Stout, Kristin Hayes, and Geri Ingalls for correcting math for us.
District Goal for 2010-2015:  All students will show continuous progress toward their personal learning goals, developed in collaboration with teachers and parents, and will be prepared for post-secondary education and career success.
The Beaverton School District recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups.  It is the policy of the Beaverton School District that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status, age, veterans' status, genetic information or disability in any educational programs, activities or employment. 

Preparing for Conferences

With conferences approaching, it is a great time to talk about how you can ensure a good conference with your child’s teacher. Our conferences will be 15 minutes this year and, as in the past, the Plan and Profile will be the centerpiece. This provides a great opportunity to discuss strengths and needs. Please review the SIGNATURE ideas listed below, written by Kay Pugh, a 25-year veteran school-teacher.
S peak: talk with your child about their classes before the conferences
I nitiate: bring up the tough topics or concerns you or your child might have
G ratitude: thank your child’s teachers for the commitment they’ve made
N otes: write down each teacher’s specific comments or recommendations
A ttend: make every effort to meet personally with your child’s teachers
T eam: work with your child’s teachers to determine goals and expectations
U nderstand: teacher feedback is critical to your child’s academic success
R ealize: as a parent you are the most important teacher in your child’s life
E ngage: help your child implement their teachers’ recommendations
Please be sure to arrive on time for your scheduled conference. We look forward to working closely with you this year.

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