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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!

Sincerely,

Teresa Clemens-Brower, Ed. D.
Principal

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.

Reminders
·      Early Release Starts Fall of 2017 - In planning for next year, please remember that the District will implement an early release model https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/PS/Pages/Early-ReleaseTeacher-Collaboration.aspx
·      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 Teresa_Clemens-Brower@beaverton.k12.or.us 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 katerh41@gmail.com.  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 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Joyful Readers and Early Release 2017-18-January 10, 2016


Sexton Mt. Families:

At our staff meeting this afternoon we talked about how to grow JOY-FILLED proficient readers. From kindergarten to fifth grade, there were two things we all can do (at school and home) to help children think deeply about text and develop a positive attitude about reading. 

1.  Make sure kids have access to LOTS of high interest books at their level. 
2.  Have AUTHENTIC questions about what kids are reading.    "What does this make you think about?" or "What have you learned by reading this?" are open ended and promote deeper thinking.

Thanks for partnering with us to grow JOY-FILLED readers.

Sincerely,

Teresa Clemens-Brower, Ed.D.
Sexton Mt. Princpal

Early Release/Teacher Collaboration

As you have heard, the Beaverton School District will implement a 90-minute early release on Wednesday afternoons beginning next school year (2017-2018), to allow teachers time to collaborate and participate in professional development opportunities.

The Beaverton School District has communicated with many local child care providers, after school programs and businesses regarding the new school schedule. Please contact your afterschool care provider to ensure they are aware of the change.  Consider scheduling your child’s doctor, dentist, or other appointments on Wednesday afternoons to minimize missing valuable class time.
Beginning in September 2017, dismissal times will be (subject to change as new schools and bus routes are added):
·      Elementary schools that start at 8:00 a.m. will dismiss at 1:05 p.m.
·      Elementary schools that start at 8:30 a.m. will dismiss at 1:35 p.m.
·      Schools housed at Timberland during rebuilds will dismiss at 2:25 p.m.
·      Middle schools will dismiss at 2:10 p.m.
·      High schools will dismiss at 1:00 p.m.
·      ACMA will dismiss at 12:40 pm.
·      Bridges Academy will dismiss at 1:00 p.m.
·      Health & Science, SST, ISB, Rachel Carson and Merlo will dismiss at 12:35 p.m.

The Early Release/Teacher Collaboration webpage has a wealth of information including animated videos explaining the change and an updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Salida Temprana de Clases/Colaboración de Maestros
Como ya habrán escuchado, a partir del próximo año escolar 2017-2018, el Distrito Escolar de Beaverton implementará 90 minutos de salida temprana de clases los miércoles por la tarde, para permitir la colaboración y participación de maestros en oportunidades de desarrollo profesional.
El Distrito Escolar de Beaverton le ha informado acerca del nuevo horario escolar a proveedores locales de cuidado de niños de la comunidad, así como a organizaciones que ofrecen actividades después de clases. Por favor póngase en contacto con su proveedor de cuidado de niños y asegúrese de informarles del cambio de horario. Procure hacer las citas con el doctor o dentista de su hijo los miércoles en la tarde para reducir el tiempo que falten a clases.

A partir de Septiembre de 2017, la Salida Temprana de Clases será así (pueden cambiar a medida que agreguen nuevas escuelas y rutas de autobús):
·      Los estudiantes de primaria que entran a las 8:00 a.m. saldrán a la 1:05 p.m.
·      Los estudiantes de primaria que entran a las 8:30 a.m. saldrán a la 1:35 p.m.
·      Las escuelas que están en Timberland, durante la construcción, saldrán a las 2:25 p.m.
·      Los estudiantes de secundaria saldrán a las 2:10 p.m.
·      Los estudiantes de preparatoria saldrán a la 1:00 p.m.
·      Los estudiantes de ACMA saldrán a las 12:40 pm.
·      Los estudiantes de Bridges Academy saldrán a la 1:00 p.m.
·      Los estudiantes de Health & Science, SST, ISB, Rachel Carson y Merlo saldrán a la 12:35 p.m.

La Página Web de Salida Temprana de Clases/Colaboración de Maestros   tiene una variedad de recursos e información incluyendo videos animados con más información acerca del cambio y Preguntas Frecuentes Actualizadas (FAQ)).




Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year-January 3, 2017


Dear Sexton Mt. Families:

“I love you!” she called as she jumped from the car and headed into school.  I heard this over and over this morning as students returned to school.  As I visited classrooms first thing, students were hard and work.  Ms. Hunt’s fourth graders seemed to have grown much taller over the break.  In Ms. Cobain-Soto’s class, Ms. Weigel’s class, and Ms. Antich’s class, students had already settled into great books.  Happy readers were hard at work! In every single classroom, teachers were teaching and learners were learning! It’s good to be back.

Students got to welcome back several staff members.  Jennifer Yoshida, our school counselor, and Kindergarten teacher Jennifer Blumhagen both returned from leave.  We missed them when they were gone!  Ms. Baldwin welcomed student teacher, Whitney Carlisle.

As students returned this morning, they told me about the fun they had in the snow and about the books they read.  A second grader shared that she’d had a book emergency, with nothing new to read, because the school closures had meant no trip to the library before the break.  We had about 250 students leave early on December 14.  One student made sure she was ready for anything as she left with her arms full of books.  


The pathway to becoming proficient at any skill is practice.  Thanks for providing time for kids to practice reading daily.  Our goal is for all children to read well so that they can be on the trajectory for college and career readiness.  Thank you for creating places for children to practice reading, time for them to build reading stamina, and for talking to them about what they are reading.   When children can read well, they can access a wide range of content. 

With appreciation,

Teresa Clemens-Brower, Ed. D.
a.k.a. Dr. C.-B.

Reminders
·      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.  Please make sure they are dressed for the weather.
·      Make sure your coats, sweatshirts and outerwear are clearly labeled with your child’s name.
·      All medication (including cough drops) need to be signed in to the Health Room and delivered by an adult.


Upcoming Events
·      January 4-College Gear Day
·      January 5-Rescheduled December Passport Club Check
·      January 16-Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday-No School
·      January 19-Family Bingo Night-6:30-7:30pm
·      January 31-PTC Meeting at 3:10pm
·      February 3-Staff Development Day-No School
·      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.
·      Children’s magazines can be put to good use in the cafeteria book bins.
·      Pokeman cards or toys are needed for a behavior incentive program. 
·      Interesting Coins (real or toy) are needed for a behavior incentive program.
·      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.

*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.
·      Reading buddies are needed from 2:30-3:00pm daily.  If you can come to school and listen to a child read, please let us know when you are available.
·      A 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. 
·      Arabic speaking volunteers and Spanish speaking volunteers are needed for a community building project.  Contact Mrs. CB if you’d like to help.