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