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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Mastering Oral and Written Language-January 31, 2017

News, January 31, 2017

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:

Our goal is to prepare our students for an ever-changing world.  Last week, teams of teachers met to analyze students’ written language.  The analysis gave us specific areas of focus for instruction for different groups. Most teams are now sharing students in order to build their collective efficacy as they work to build oral and written language skills. 

Mastery of language allows students to fully participate in academics by enabling them to put ideas together in a wide range of ways.  In order to build students’ mastery of language:
  • Staff continue to engage in a range of professional development opportunities in the area of English Language Development, English Language Arts and Inclusive Practices.
  • Students are receiving instruction with focused attention on their language needs. 
  •  Students are working to rephrase learning targets in their own words and explain why the targets are important.  Students are using success criteria to communicate what they are learning.
Teachers are providing increased time for oral practice through academic discussion. 

By increasing the rigor of accountable, academic student talk and engagement, we expect that we will see:
  •   Talk in the classroom will shift from student talk directed to the teacher to student talk directed to other students.
  • Student talk will reflect discipline-specific knowledge and ways of thinking.
  • Students will use evidence to support their thinking.
  •  Students will respectfully press one another to expand ideas for themselves and others.
  •  Student writing will reflect their growing oral language skills

You can support this work at home by expecting your child to share ideas using complete sentences.  Expect your child to use correct grammar.  Depending on your child, you may want to encourage the use of more descriptive words in order to elaborate explanations OR you may want to encourage your child to be more concise. 

Great things are happening at Sexton Mt. as a result of teacher teams collaborating for your children.  Thanks for sharing your children with us!


Teresa Clemens-Brower, Ed. D.

Schedule Updates-Instructional days have been restored to make up for time lost due to snow days in December and January.  Beaverton Elementary Schools will have school every weekday except for the days noted below.  June 22 is now the last day of school for students.
Feb. 20-No School Presidents’ Day
March 27-31-No School-Spring Break
May 26- No School Assessment Day
May 29-No School Memorial Day

Snow Day Restoration and Impact: The District recently announced the restoration of 6 school days lost due to inclement weather. In collaboration with our teachers’ association, the spring grading day was eliminated so teachers will need a bit more time to complete report cards.  Spring report cards will be sent home on March 24.  Spring conference have been eliminated.  Parents should direct questions and inquiries to their teachers via email or phone call.

·      Early Release Starts Fall of 2017 - In planning for next year, please remember that the District will implement an early release model
·      Thanks for keeping the office informed of any updated contact information.  Thanks also for making sure your list of emergency contacts is up to date.
·      Students will go out to recess every day.  Kids should dress accordingly.
·      Make sure your coats and outerwear are clearly labeled with your child’s name.
·      All medication (including cough drops) must be signed in to the Health Room and delivered by an adult.

Upcoming Events
·      January 31-PTC Meeting at 3:10pm
·      February 10-Kindergarten Orientation 5:30-6:30pm

*Wish List-These are items we’d love to have donated.  If you have something on the list you’d like to donate, please send items to the school office.
·      Bilingual children’s books can be put to good use in our Newcomer Classroom.
·      Children’s magazines can be put to good use in the cafeteria book bins.
·      College pennants are needed for our College and Career bulletin board.
·      Children’s Boots-We have several children in need of warm winter boots.  If you have gently used boots to donate, please send them to the office.
·      Diapers, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Hygiene Products to be distributed to families in need
·      Cereal, canned fruit or vegetables, shelf stable milk, snacks, soup to be distributed to families in need

*Help Wanted-These are tasks with which we’d love to have help.  If you are able to help, email Mrs. C.-B. at and make sure your volunteer background check has been completed.
·      Service Project Organizer Needed-We have a growing need in our community for weekend food backpacks and family care kits (diapers, feminine hygiene supplies, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels and cleaning supplies).  If you would like to organize collecting items for the kits or sorting items for home delivery, please let Mrs. CB know.
·      Declutter Expert or Organizer needed--volunteer or team of volunteers is needed to organize the science supply room.  If you like to sort and tidy, this job is for you and can be done any time between 7:30an-4:00pm. 
·      District Level Volunteers Needed-Do you love babies, toddlers, and/or preschoolers?  You can satisfy your love and help a young mom and/or dad complete a high school education by volunteering with us. The Continuing Education for Young Parents (CEYP) program, part of Beaverton School District, needs people to help take care of babies and toddlers while their teen parents attend high school classes.  Volunteers are asked to give one morning or afternoon a week at our beautiful facility at Merlo Station High School, 1841 SW Merlo Drive, Beaverton, OR 97006, we are flexible in our scheduling. We also need substitutes if you cannot make a weekly commitment.  If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Kate Richman at 503-869-5549, or email Kate at  We would love to have you join us.  

Appreciation to:
·      Thanks to the Ingalls family for donating Sports Illustrated for Kids to our cafeteria reading tubs.
·      Thanks to Hind, Heba and Shayma for volunteering to support home-school partnerships.
·      Thanks to the anonymous volunteer who made an important delivery to West TV school for us 

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