Dear Sexton Mt. Families
When Nevaeh arrived this morning she told me that last night her grandpa was busy so she read a book to herself. She thought it would be too hard but she tackled it anyway and was delighted that she could understand it on her own!
When I met with Zoe last week she told me that she attributes her reading success to having discovered the science fiction genre. The vocabulary is stretching her in ways that realistic fiction doesn’t. Her dedication to exploring next texts while thinking deeply about the meaning has resulted in nearly 2 years growth in reading achievement since September.
I’ve shared in past newsletters that we are working hard to increase student achievement in reading.
Our goals are:
• Students starting the year Below Grade Level will make 1.5 years growth in reading achievement as measured by IRLA.
• Students starting the year at or above grade level will make at least one year of growth in reading achievement as measured by IRLA
87 Students have made 2+ years of growth in reading as measured by IRLA
46 Students have made 1.6-1.9 years of growth in reading as measured by IRLA
105 Students have made 1-1.59 years of growth in reading as measured by IRLA
67% of Students are working at or above grade level in reading
26 Students and their families are receiving support in meeting basic needs through the Planting Seeds-Community Partnership Team
We have 2340 minutes of literacy instruction still to come between now and summer break. We will finish strong!
We prepare children for an ever-changing world by teaching children to critically read and respond to increasingly complex text. Mastery of language (reading, writing, speaking and listening) allows students to fully participate in all content areas. We are inclusive and have high expectations.
Thank you for sharing your children with us!
Teresa Clemens-Brower, Ed. D.
Help Wanted--On June 1 our school will have a Family Literacy Night at the Beaverton City Library. The library has just acquired a bunch of bilingual children's books so we were hoping that our families might showcase some of the 23+ languages at Sexton Mt. by hosting a table with a simple project that showcases the language or culture. During the family night, kids will come to your table to learn something and complete a simple project.
• Early Release Starts Fall of 2017 - When planning for next year, please remember that the District will implement an early release model beginning September 13. https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/PS/Pages/Early-ReleaseTeacher-Collaboration.aspx
• Thanks for keeping the office informed of any updated contact information.
• All medication (including allergy medicine and cough drops) must be signed in and out of the Health Room by an adult.
• Volunteer Background Checks must be completed by all volunteers. With so many field trips and special events coming up, please complete your background check today if you haven’t already OR call if you’re not sure if you have completed the updated form. Volunteers must complete Background Checks and must have been approved to volunteer prior to any event.
*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.
• We are collecting cardboard paper towel tubes for an upcoming project. Please send donations to the office by May 30.
*Help Wanted-These are tasks with which we’d love to have help. If you are able to help, email Mrs. C.-B. at Teresa_Clemens-Brower@beaverton.k12.or.us and make sure your volunteer background check has been completed.
• Year End Project
• Bulletin Board
• Thanks to Ziggurat Deli and Catering for providing food for our Family Literacy Night last week.
• Thanks to Liwaa, Heba, Hind and Shayma for providing translation services at the literacy night last week.
• Thanks to the Beaverton City Library for sharing their new multilingual titles with families.
• Thanks to Anna Grass for doing such an amazing job with the Jog-a-Thon.
• Thanks to Camden, Mr. Hayhurst and Ms. Heaver for representing our school so well at the School Board meeting Monday.
• May 18 We the People Celebration for 5th Grade Students
• May 19 Carnival 5:30-8:00pm (Volunteers must complete Background Checks prior to the event. Complete your application today if you haven’t already. https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/depts/CCI/volunteer-engage/Pages/default.aspx)
• May 26 No School Assessment Day
• May 29 No School Memorial Day
• June 1 Family Literacy Night at Beaverton City Library @ 5:30pm
• June 2 Volunteer Appreciation Celebration 2:00 – 3:00 pm
• June 3 Run with the Eagles 5K
• June 7 4th and 5th Grade Music Program at 6:30pm
• June 16 Field Day (Volunteers must complete Background Checks prior to the event)
• June 16-Field Day Clean Up Party at 3:45pm-Please help bring items in from the field and get them sorted and put away.
• June 22 Last Day of School for Students. At 3:00pm we will make a “Send Off Archway” for our 5th Graders- Families are welcome to join us!
- Kinder through Fourth Graders have backpacks on and line hallway with backs to wall at 3:00pm- As 5th graders walk by, younger students do the silent Sexton Mt. Cheer (high arm jazz hands)
- Fifth grade students leave cafeteria, travel past lost and found, work room, first grade pod, fifth grade pod, purple pod restrooms, 4th grade pod, kinder pod, office, back to cafeteria to meet up with parents or to buses or pick up area (they can’t stop by office or we will have a traffic jam).
- Other students dismiss as usual
• June 23 All Lost and Found Items not picked up by 4:00pm will be Donated
• June 26 All Medications not picked up from the Health Room by 4:00pm will be disposed of.
• Aug. 2 School Office Open 8am-Noon
• Aug. 9 School Office Open 8am-Noon
• September 5-First Day of School for 1st-5th Grade
• September 5-First Day of School for Kindergarten Students Last Name A-L
• September 5-No School for Kindergarten Students Last Name M-Z
• September 6-No School for Kindergarten Students Last Name A-L
• September 6- First Day for Kindergarten Students Last Name M-Z
• September 6-This is the only Wednesday of the school year with a 3:05pm dismissal due to it being the first day of school for some kindergarten students and some students at the middle and high school level too.
• September 13-Early Release Wednesdays Begin-Sexton Mt. students will be dismissed at 1:35pm