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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Kind Kids, Report Cards, Gifts, and Learning Goals-November 15, 2016

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:

Sexton Mt. children are caring. On Monday, a tired child returned to school; he reluctantly took my hand and walked into the building.  There, he was immediately greeted by a classmate.  Her warm welcoming smile and invitation to join her changed his posture and expression immediately! They walked hand in hand to the library.

Sexton Mt. volunteers are difference-makers!  Daily, countless small things are done for children and teachers to make our school a better place for children.  Many volunteers have found the work so gratifying, they apply for open positions.   We have many open positions in the district.

OBOB and Passport Volunteer Jen Fif-Adams is also a substitute Instructional Assistant

 Sexton Mt. is working to develop joyful, engaged learners!  The Beaverton School District’s mission is to engage our students in rigorous and joyful learning experiences that meet their individual needs so they can thrive, contribute, compete, and excel. Our goal is to empower all students to achieve post-high school success.  At Sexton Mt. we are working to make sure that all children achieve a minimum of a year’s growth in literacy ever the school year.  In order for students to be on the trajectory for post-high school success, we are paying particularly close attention to some groups of students and have even higher expectations and are working to ensure the right supports.  Our schools report card ratings show where we need to grow and this week I’m meeting with teams to dig deep into our data and to plan next steps.

Sexton Mt. employees work hard for the success of every child. Thank you for telling staff when you appreciate their effort.  Your words are TREASURED. The media would have us believe that the season of gift giving (in order to show appreciation) is upon us.   Please remember that school employees are public officials and therefore ethics laws regarding gifts apply.  In order to avoid both potential and actual conflicts of interests, employees must abide by ethics rules, Board policy defines gift as anything of economic value (including baked goods and coffee) so we encourage families to write a kind note rather than give gifts.  


I met with the third grade team and as a unit was planned, I realized that we have only 19 school days until winter break.  2017 will be here before we know it!  Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, the District will implement a 90-minute early release on Wednesday afternoons to allow teachers time to collaborate and participate in professional development opportunities. Over the course of the next three years, nine additional student contact days will be added to the District calendar.  An informational video as well as links to FAQs can be found at the site linked here  

Sexton Mt. is growing!  As our SRC class sizes have grown, we’ve added three new assistants.  Fabian Sifuentez, Kerri Truesdell, and Kammi McQueston have joined our SRC team.

Kerri Truesdell

Kammi McQueston

Fabian Sifuentez

Candace Larson will serve as our afternoon crossing guard on 158th and Rigert.   Elaine Smith will serve as Ms. Tanksley’s guest teacher when she is on leave during the upcoming months.  Ms. Smith has taught in Georgia and Illinois.  With fourth grade experience and background as a reading teacher, she is the perfect match for our team!  We have several student teachers in our building this year.  Allison George, Whitney Carlisle, Crystal Brooks, Madiha Guezguez, and Erin Kellenberger. 

Allison George, George Fox Student Teacher


Madiha Guezguez,  PSU Student Teacher

Katie Davison returned to California and we’ve hired Geri Ingalls to replace her.  She has been a frequent sub in our building.  She will serve on our intervention team, recess supervision team and as a morning crossing guard.

Geri Ingalls, Intervention Instructional Assistant, Playground Supervisor, Crossing Guard

Sexton Mt. students have been hard at work for almost ½ of the school year.  The first grading period will end next Tuesday.  Teachers will work on report cards on November 28.  Report cards will be sent home with children on December 2.  Remember that report card marks are based on end of year learning targets so it is not uncommon to see scores of 1 or 2 at this time of year.  Pay close attending to the learning progress marks to see if significant, steady or minimal progress is being made. 

Thank you for sharing your children with us!  Sexton Mt. School is a great place to learn and grow.




Teresa Clemens-Brower, Ed.D.

a.k.a. Dr. C.-B.


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