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Creating pathways to the future for all students A Newsletter for Beaverton School District Employees September 1, 2005 Changes, challenges ahead for 2005-06 School District Goal: Increase academic achievement districtwide with a special emphasis on literacy and mathematics gains for each student. Welcome back to a new school year. The on international 2005-06 school year promises changes and studies and lan- challenges. Between new school construc- guage. Planning tion, a capital construction bond measure continues on the headed for the ballot in May (see story, page school, which 3), and continued success in student achieve- also will open ment (see story, page 2), our 4,000 employ- next fall. ees can expect a memorable year. Meanwhile, The ofﬁcial groundbreaking for Beaver- two dozen ton’s newest school will be held at 3:30 p.m. administrators Tuesday, Sept. 27. But as these photos attest, are either in new the heavy equipment is already laying the positions or new groundwork for what will be Aloha-Huber to the District, while we welcome 225 new Park K-8 School near the intersection of S.W. certiﬁed staff and 61 new classiﬁed staff to 170th and Farmington. The new school will the District. open next fall. Welcome to all, and have a great year! Meanwhile, Aloha High School will remain under reconstruction all year with the addition of 18 classrooms and a new cafeteria and kitchen, while Aloha Park Inside This Issue Elementary will be undergoing remodeling results State assessment results, page 2 all year as it makes its transformation into a measure District seeks bond measure, page 3 new secondary magnet option with a focus BEAOP Transition year for BEAOP, page 4 This newsletter is published twice monthly by the Stay Informed! Follow these stories and more at www.beaverton.k12.or.us Community Involvement Ofﬁce, 503-591-4360. September 1, 2005 Page 2 District shows gains in student performance Students in the Beaverton School District showed signiﬁcant improvement across the You can see board in almost all areas, especially reading and mathematics, according to State assessment Beaverton’s results released last month by the Oregon Department of Education. State assessment results on our The District recorded its highest-ever percentages of students who met or exceeded State District website. standards in several categories, including all tested grade levels in mathematics and 3rd, 5th From the front and 10th grade reading. Beaverton also recorded a historic high in the percentage of 5th page, click on graders meeting or exceeding State science standards. District News and look for the Further, the District improved over the prior year at every grade level and in every subject press release area, except 8th grade science, which remained static, and 10th grade science, which fell by called ‘State As- two percentage points. Beaverton scores were signiﬁcantly higher than the State average in sessment Results every subject and grade level. Released.’ The complete District The District’s Goal emphasizes improvements in student achievement in mathematics and results are linked literacy, and the State results indicate that focused instructional efforts in those areas are from the press making a difference. release. Many of Beaverton’s Title I schools made the most signiﬁcant gains in the District, reﬂect- ing a closing of the achievement gap between high-achieving and under-represented student populations. For example, William Walker Elementary made gains of more than 20 percent over the past two years at both 3rd and 5th grades in both mathematics and reading, as well as a 13-percent, one-year increase in 5th grade science. Third graders are not tested in science. Other Title I schools showing signiﬁcant, across-the-board increases include Aloha Park, Barnes, Fir Grove, Kinnaman, McKay and Vose. Eighty percent of Vose 5th graders met or exceeded State math standards, a 16 percent increase over the previous year and 31 percent higher than two years ago. Clothes Closet Opens Girl Scouts (left to right) Eva Decesaro, Anna Geannopoulos and Kasey Martinez sit atop a mound of bags ﬁlled with clothes destined for the new Clothes Closet. From its new location at the Administration Center, the Clothes Closet opened Aug. 31 and served 145 students, almost double the 75 students served on the ﬁrst day last school year! The three Girl Scouts helped set up the Clothes Closet last month as they work on earning their Silver Award. Page 3 September 1, 2005 Board to determine details of bond measure The District is expected to add another 750 students this year, bringing the total enroll- ment to 36,502. This is one of Oregon’s fastest growing school districts, where many build- ings are already at or above capacity, especially at the elementary and high school levels. Due to this growing capacity need, the School Board has determined to put a capital con- struction bond measure on the ballot in May, 2006. Along with increasing student achieve- ment and reaching new contract agreements with certiﬁed and classiﬁed staff, the bond measure will be the top priority this year for the Board and the District. Next week, the District’s Long Range Facilities Planning Committee will hold the last of a series of summer meetings to prioritize possible projects for an upcoming capital con- BEF Family struction bond measure. The Committee’s recommendations will be sent to Superintendent Fun Days Jerome Colonna, who will take a ﬁnalized list of recommendations to the School Board in October. The Board is expected to make ﬁnal decisions about the amount of the bond and The Beaverton the projects it will contain during its October meeting, to be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. Education 10, at Cedar Mill Elementary. Foundation will receive 25 per- District employees will receive information throughout the year as the election approach- cent of proceeds on purchases es, and your input and involvement is welcomed and encouraged. at Silver Dollar Pizza in Aloha The District’s Risk Man- agement crew -- Steph- between 11 anie Wegner, Sharon a.m. and 10 White and Dan Thomas p.m. Monday -- provide informa- through Friday, tion to school support Sept. 12-16. Buy staff during a breakout a pizza during session at the Aug. 19 Beaverton Edu- Support Staff In-service. cation Founda- More than a dozen tion Family Fun District departments Days, and you’ll shared year-opening information. be helping the BEF raise funds for the academic achievement programs that it Some 200 support funds through- staff attended the out the schools In-service, where an in our District. ice-breaker activity was a mass game of Rock, Paper, Scissors. The game culminated in two chains con- verging in the middle of Stoller’s gym for a ﬁnal showdown. September 1, 2005 Page 4 BAEOP to grow membership, change name By Brenda Renning BAEOP President The Beaverton Associa- tion of Educational Ofﬁce Professionals (BAEOP) will spend the 2005-06 year in transition. To follow suit with other districts and states, we are expanding our member- ship to include a broader collection of support staff. Our mission remains the same: Dedicated to promoting professionalism and networking by provid- ing opportunities for the professional and personal Some of the BAEOP Board members got together during the growth of its members. Support Staff In-Service. From left to right they are Nancy Klepper, Lori Gilett, Tammy Hartley, President Brenda Ren- The current members ning, Tammy Taylor, LeAnn Barackman and Mary Benson. voted on a new name, which we feel better repre- sents the members of our organization -- B.E.S.T. (Beaverton Education Support Team). Beaverton School District high school art students will be invited to compete in a new logo design for us once school begins. When the board approves the new logo, a re-designed website will emerge. The current website is http://www.beavton.k12.or.us/baeop We invite you to check us out! The Beaverton chapter is the largest in the state. The Oregon A.E.O.P. board is mainly comprised of Beaverton School District employees. A handful of members traveled to the national conference in Tucson this July, and we are proud to represent our state. All but ﬁve states were represented with over 500 in attendance. Besides the transition, we are planning the following activities: Annual scholarship win- ners, classiﬁed staff and administrator of the year awards, annual installation banquet, member socials and information night, and regular board meetings. All Beaverton School District employees are invited to come and eat Pizza Schmizza from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday, September 20, at 18021 N.W. Evergreen Parkway. A portion of sales will beneﬁt our organization. Bring your hungry families, and help support our worthy cause!
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