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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Deep Thinkers, Early Release 17-18, and Options Programs--September 27, 2016

Sexton Mt. Families:

Our school is full of deep thinking scientists!  Early Monday morning Kaylie arrived with a fuzzy caterpillar in her palm.  She enthusiastically told me about it before putting it on a bush near the school. Some of our younger students have a hard time saying “good-bye” to family in the morning.  On Monday, Kaylie had a hard time leaving the treasured critter.  Last week, Wyatt found me on the playground and shared a special rock he’d found.  Like Kaylie, he described the characteristics he’d noticed in his discovery.  Our scientists observe, infer, classify, measure, predict, and communicate their thinking.

The skills our students use to explore the world, are also used as they read.  Kids pay attention to the thoughts, words and actions of characters in stories to make inferences and predict what will happen next.  They communicate their thinking by using evidence from the text to defend and support their opinions.

Today’s students are expected to apply higher level thinking skills at deeper levels every year as they work to build a foundation for college and career readiness.  Our teachers work diligently to maximize time for our wide range of learners.

Starting in September 2017, the Beaverton School District will implement a 90-minute early release on Wednesday afternoons to allow teachers time to collaborate and participate in professional development opportunities. The schedule change is a result of the new contract between the District and the Beaverton Education Association. The agreement adds nine student days over the next three years.

We recognize the impact this change will have on families and childcare may be a challenge.  We are exploring opportunities for additional after school activities with the Beaverton Education Foundation and other community partners.  The District recognizes this fact and has already begun the planning process. Some of those steps include weekly planning meetings, conducting parent focus groups and regular communications about the change. Much of the work is focused on determining how to support families and students in the transition.

Sexton Mt. parents will have the opportunity to learn more and to provide input during the Principal’s Time within each Parent Teacher Club meeting throughout the year.  The PTC meeting minutes will capture the major talking points if you are not able to attend the meetings.  You can find these under the “About PTC” section at http://www.sextonmountainptc.org/.

The District has developed an Early Release/Teacher Collaboration webpage . There is a link to this page on our school webpage in the “School Resources” box. The webpage includes a FAQ page that may contain answers to many of your questions.  Planning for Early Release/Teacher Collaboration will continue to take place throughout the 2016-2017 school year. Please check the District’s  BSD Briefs newsletter, our school newsletter and the Early Release/Teacher Collaboration webpage for updates.

Learning Options Information for 2017-18 should be considered.   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 one of a number of small learning options. Transportation is provided.

Learning Options Applications will be available starting Monday, October 24, 2016. All applicants must reside within the Beaverton School District boundaries. Current Beaverton School District students are able to apply online using their student ID. Resident students not currently attending a Beaverton school will need to complete a paper application available online, or at any school office beginning October 24, 2016.

Great things are happening at Sexton Mt. and throughout the Beaverton School District everyday.  Thank you for sharing your children with us as we empower them for future opportunity.

Sincerely,
Teresa Clemens-Brower, Ed.D.
a.k.a. Mrs. C.-B.
Principal
Sexton Mt. Elementary School

503-356-2473

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