Creating pathways to
the future for all students
A Newsletter for Beaverton School District Employees August 2009
Nike Grant boosts learning through
Leap-Start Summer Academy
Submitted by: Veronica Jones
All students will TOSA, Teaching & Learning Department
their personal B eaverton's Leap Start Program, funded by the Nike School Innovation Fund
(NSIF), provided 190 Beaverton students with five weeks of summer school to
help them enter kindergarten or first grade ready to succeed. The $100,000 NSIF
developed in grant provided an innovative program to targeted students from seven Beaverton
collaboration with primary schools. A unique
teachers and feature of this summer
parents, and will program is that it brings
be prepared for school into the community.
post-secondary Instead of attending school,
education and teachers and staff set up
schools in six neighborhood
and housing community
In its third year, the Leap
Start Academy provided
identified, at-risk students Students at Willow Springs Apartments in Aloha thank Nike.
with a head start in their
socialization and literacy skills, as well as developing successful community and
parent partnerships that support learning and student achievement. The program
School Board gives them a “leap start” by preparing them to be successful in a school and class-
Meeting room setting with their peer groups.
The School Senate Bill 484, introduced by Sen. Mark Hass, D-Beaverton, was recently passed
Board will hold a by the Oregon Legislature to encourage programs like Leap Start. These early child-
Business Meeting hood programs seek to improve student achievement by extending the school year
at 6:30 p.m. on through public and private partnerships and other innovations.
17 at the District The Leap Start Academy was created and funded through a partnership between the
Administration Beaverton School District and the Nike School Innovation Fund (NSIF) and builds
Center. on a prior investment of $100,000 by NSIF.
This newsletter is published by the Communications Stay Informed! Follow these stories and more at
& Community Involvement Department, 503-591-4360. www.beaverton.k12.or.us
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this summer! District seeks candidates to serve
Did you know that on Sustainability Committee
several web pages
on the District's he Beaverton School District is seeking interested individuals to serve on the
web site now Advisory Committee for Sustainability. The purpose of the committee is to
have RSS feeds
provide recommendations to the District in its planning and routine operations,
Syndication)? consistent with the District’s sustainability policy.
Subscribe now to The District is accepting applications to fill one parent/community partner posi-
the District's RSS tion and one teacher position. The parent/community partner applicant should
feeds to receive
be either a parent of a BSD student(s) or a community partner with relevant ex-
the latest news
electronically at pertise in the areas of sustainability. The teacher applicant should be a current
www.beaverton. BSD teacher. The committee is comprised of parent/community partner posi-
k12.or.us. It's tions, District school staff positions and District central office positions.
simple! Just click
on the RSS feed
The Committee meets once per month from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., generally on
icon at the top of
the web page you the third or fourth Monday of the month.
are interested in
receiving updated The deadline to apply is Monday, September 14, 2009. Interested community mem-
postings from bers and teachers should submit a letter of interest/resume to:
such as Public
news releases, Beaverton School District
and other timely Communications & Community Involvement Dept.
BSD information. 16550 SW Merlo Road
Beaverton, OR 97006
Clothes Closet Or e-mail: email@example.com
Or fax: (503) 591-4219
For the 2008-09
school year, there
were 1,996 visits Letters of interest and/or resumes should address the following:
made by 1,470 • Your interest in becoming a committee member.
students to the • How your participation will contribute to the committee’s work.
District's Clothes • Any previous or current work in the area of sustainability.
increase of 139 The District defines sustainability as “meeting the educational, environmental,
visits over last social and economic needs of present generations without compromising the
year's total and ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
one of the highest
ending totals for
the program. Areas in which the Sustainability Committee will advise District staff include
curriculum, design and construction of buildings, energy conservation, green
The Clothes purchasing, reduction of toxic materials, sustainable food, transportation, waste
Closet will reopen prevention and recycling and water conservation.
at 10 a.m. on
September 2. For additional information, contact the District’s Communications & Community
Involvement Department at (503) 591-4360.
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Communications & Community Involvement Department
welcomes new Communications Specialist
The Communications & Community Involvement Department is pleased to welcome
Melissa Larson, Communications Specialist, replacing Lori King who had been assisting
the department part time last year. Melissa will be working for the CCI Department three
days a week, and continue some of her current assignments in the Teaching & Learning
Department the other two days.
Melissa earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pacific University, majoring in business
administration and marketing, with a minor in media arts. She is beginning her second
year with the Beaverton School District. Prior to coming to Beaverton, she worked for Forest Grove High
School for six years.
She will be assisting with a variety of communication and community involvement activities, including developing
content for the website. Please send your events and staff and school announcements/accomplishments to
Melissa for inclusion in Future File (media notices) and Staff Talk (monthly employee e-news).
You can reach Melissa at extension 4363.
Kevin Sutherland Sworn in as Beaverton Police Officer
Kevin Sutherland is the new Public Safety Director at the Beaverton School District, replacing Randy
Kayfes who retired in June. Kevin is a native Oregonian. He graduated from Benson Polytechnic High
School in Portland, Oregon. Upon graduation he entered active service in the United States Marine Corps.
After being promoted to the rank of Sergeant, he was selected for the Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning
and Education Program (MECEP). While in the program, Kevin attended the University of Utah and was an
exchange student in Cuernavaca, Mexico. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degreen in History, and Psychology.
He retired as a major from the USMC after twenty-one years of service. Upon entering the civilian work-
force, Kevin managed a branch office of a national staffing
firm. In 2003, Kevin was hired by the Washington County
Sheriff’s office (WSCO). While a deputy at the WCSO,
Kevin was in the patrol division and served as a school
resource officer as well as being a member of the Hostage
In June of 2009, Kevin was selected to become the Public
Safety Director for the Beaverton School District 48. As a
continuing law enforcement partner with the Beaverton
Police Department and the Washington County Sher-
iff’s Office, Kevin was sworn in as an officer with the
Beaverton Police Department by Chief Jeff Spaulding
on August 3, 2009 at Beaverton City hall in front of the
Mayor and City Council.
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Thursday | June 24, 2010 at 7:30pm
and Thursday | July 8, 2010 at 1:00pm
KELLER AUDITORIUM, PORTLAND OR
A Benefit for the Beaverton Education Foundation
In partnership with Fred Meyer Broadway Across America – Portland
These low prices are only available for a limited time - prices increase after September 1st.
To purchase tickets, shop online at www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com/groupsales
Password: befbenefit OR call the Beaverton Education Foundation: (503) 643-7453
Seats Available: Center Orchestra and Center 1st Balcony
June 24: $99.75 each | July 8: $65.75 each
3800 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., #168, Beaverton, OR 97005 | beavertonEDfoundation.org | (503) 643-7453
A portion of all ticket sales through this Beaverton Education Foundation event will beneﬁt thousands of Beaverton students
through the Foundation’s grant programs and is tax-deductible as allowed by law.