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					                                                                                         Creating pathways to
                                                                                         the future for all students
 A Newsletter for Beaverton School District Employees                                                    August 2009

                          Nike Grant boosts learning through
District Goal:
                             Leap-Start Summer Academy
                                                        Submitted by: Veronica Jones
All students will                                    TOSA, Teaching & Learning Department
show continuous
progress toward
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
learning goals,
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
career success.
                       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.
Monday, August
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.                                      
                         August 2009                                                            Page 2

Stay informed
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,
(Really Simple
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- 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
Safety notices,
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:
                     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.
Closet. This
represents an
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
 Negotiations Team.

  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.
                              August 2009                                                                                      Page 4

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