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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Science, Celebration and More-April 22, 2014

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                                                                                         

Traffic was a bit slower this morning because so many kids were wrestling science display boards from the backseats or trunks of cars.  Children were certainly enthusiastic about their projects.  I can’t wait to see what questions our scientists investigated and what they discovered through the process.  My most memorable discussions with kids so far this week have been about what they have learned from failure.  When things didn’t turn out as planned, our young scientists have learned important lessons.  I know the positive responses from potentially frustrating situations are the result of family.  Kids learn by example and when we point what has been gained by the unexpected we build a growth mindset in our kids. Thanks for helping kids analyze success and failure so that they can learn from both.

I hope to see you Thursday for Family Science Night between 6:30 and 8:00pm.  If your child didn’t complete a project this year, know that they will be expected to do so someday.  Checking out the projects now plant the seeds for future projects so I hope you’ll come and get some great ideas!

Students may set up projects in the gym on Wednesday, April 23 between 3:05-4:30pm.  Student can also set up projects before school on Thursday starting at 8:05am.  There will be a work party at 2:30pm on Wednesday in the gym so if you are able to help set up tables between 2:30 and 3:00, many hands make the job easier for all.

Friday is a Staff Development Day so while there will be no school for students, teachers will spend the day learning.  Our focus this time will be developing a deeper understanding of Common Core State Standards in mathematics.  Our teachers will work with teams from four other elementary schools to develop a better understanding of what kids need to know and be able to do in order to master a standard, how to assess the standard and how to teach it.  Because the Common Core State Standards are a set of expectations we want ALL students to master, teachers will also discuss strategies for reaching 100% success and what to do if students have already mastered a standard.  This is a complex task that teachers spend time daily working on but it’s a special treat when they have several hours at a time to focus on the work with other teachers with similar positions from around the district.  Teams will continue to work on this later in the spring and math standards will be our focus next year too. 

We continue to have many things to celebrate at Sexton Mountain. 
  • §  Esme represented our school last week in the District Spelling Bee and she won first place!  She also received an honorable mention award for her essay for “Letters About Literature”, an Oregon State Library writing contest.
  • §  Our school had many semi-finalists for Letters About Literature, an Oregon State Library writing contest. Connor H., Will Z., Maire C., Julia V., Abbie P., Alayna J., Emma K., and Rachael O were amount the top writers in the 4th-6th grade group.
  • §  Jackson T., Elizabeth O., and Brendan C. will represent our school at the Oregon Writing Festival at PSU this spring.

Great things are happening at Sexton Mountain School.  Thank you for sharing your children with us!


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

THANK YOU-We are so lucky to have an active and involved community willing to do special things for our kids.  When we work together, our kids benefit.
  • §  Thanks to the Jaber family for a generous donation of hand sanitizer to our computer lab.
  • §  Thanks to the Neely and Naseem family for the donation of teacher snacks for our meetings Friday.
  • §  Thanks to the Murray-Scholls Starbucks for providing our staff with highly discounted coffee for our meeting Friday.
  • §  Thanks to Tiffany Hellum for organizing The Music Workshop experience for our students.
  • §  Thanks to Cheryl Contreras for organizing a Fire Safety visit for our students.

Wish List-These are things or jobs that make a difference to our kids, teachers or school. Send in items or let Mrs. CB know if you can volunteer.
       We will host a meeting for 100 teachers on April 25.  If you can donate any of the items below, please let Mrs. Z. or Mrs. CB know.  They will be very much appreciated!!!
o   Bananas  (about 4 pounds needed)
o   Tangerines  (about 6 pounds needed)
o   Cheese sticks (about 40 needed)
o   Juice (2 gallons needed)
       Donations of large refill type bottles of hand soap will be put to good use.
       Volunteers needed to help with classroom management during our Fire House visit on the morning of May 6.  If you are good at helping kids get from one spot to the next and for staying focused during presentations and you are available, let Mrs. CB know.
       Volunteers are needed to organize and sort a very large order of office supplies in the supply room. 
       Volunteers are needed to organize and stock the remote workroom (near the green pod). 
·          Report off campus traffic issues to
Upcoming Events (bold items have been recently added)
§  April 21-24-Scholastic Book Fair in the Library
§  April 23-OMSI Science Assembly 8:30-9:30-3rd-5th Grade and 9:45-10:45-Kindergarten-2nd Grade
§  April 23-Science Fair Project Drop Off-3:05-4:30pm
§  April 24- Science Fair Project Drop Off-8:05-9:00am
§  April 24-Canfield Lunch Buddy Visit 11:30-12:15
§  April 24-Family Science Night-6:30-8:30pm
§  April 25-No School-Staff Development Day
§  April 28-Regular School Day (this is a restore Budget Reduction day)-Class as usual
§  April28-Holocaust survivor Alter Weiner to present to 5th Grade 1:45pm
§  May 6-TVFR Visit 8:30-Noon-Fire House and Engine will be in our parking lot.
§  May 6-Mrs. Krueger’s class will be honored at 6:00pm at the Beaverton City Hall for their entry in the Human Rights Expression Contest.
§  May 8-Signal to Noise Awards Ceremony at Sunset Pres. Church 7:00-9:00pm
§  May 14-Passport Club (note date correction)
§  May 22-Volunteer Appreciation Celebration 2:00pm
§  May 23-Assessment Day-No School
§  May 26-Memorial Day-No School
§  May 29- Canfield Lunch Buddy Visit 11:20-12:15
§  May 30-Spirit Assembly 8:30am
§  June 4-After School Club Drama Performance 6:30pm
§  June 5-Kindergarten Celebration 10:00am and 2:00pm
§  June 6-Field Day
§  June 12-Last Day of School and 5th Grade Send Off Party
§  June 12-Report Cards will be sent home in backpack mail or mailed.
§  June 16-Beaverton Party in the Park at Sexton Mountain (After School)

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