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Beaverton Rural School teachers participated in the 2nd of 3 days of professional development with Colin Ripmaster on the 5D+ Evaluation tool.
Students in Mrs. Hubble’s 8th Grade English classes have just started reading the novel, The Devil’sArithmetic by Jan Yolen. The novel begins with an unappreciative teenage girl celebrating the jewish tradition, Passover. In order to help the students better understand this sacred tradition, Pastor Martin Hodge visited the class as a guest speaker on Wednesday, November 23rd!
Students were both entertained and educated as Pastor Hodge spent time giving them an overview of what the meal consists of, followed by a sample of each course prepared by Mr. Hodge, himself. Learning about the Passover is very big part of The Devil’s Arithmetic; students were able to get a feel for what the meal was actually about and what each portion of the meal represented. It was amazing to see the students so interested and intrigued while learning something new.
“The guest speaker was awesome. He taught us about Passover and it was really cool to eat the food and learn what they do on Passover,” said Adrianna Smith, 8th grade student. Eight grade students, Ryan Walters and Jacob Uhl also commented that, “Pastor Hodge was great and his presentation was cool!”
Our student council officers are working hard to make our new recycling program a success. From left to right: Kaytlin Hall, Wyatt Grove, Mason Oldani, Carson Longstreth, and Dallas Longstreth
Beaverton Teachers Take Action on Priority #1:
Building Positive Student Relationships
Friday, September 27th, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students enjoyed the first of what is to become a monthly tradition, complete with donuts, cider, and socializing. Students and teachers walked the hallways together in celebration of a new beginning.
It is common knowledge that public schools are faced with the reality of declining budgets and larger class sizes. Rather than giving up during tough financial times, teachers chose to come together with a plan. Their goal was fundamental; to create a school environment that reflects positive values based on respect, community, and personal pride. Students are taught and expected to behave with dignity at all times. One expectation is hallway etiquette. Teachers are talking to their students about things as simple as how important saying "good morning" to each other is, and the benefits of a quiet hallway in the morning rush and other transition times.
After less than a month, the positive effects have already been realized. Below is what the teachers have noticed.
- Calmer classroom environments (conducive to an increase in quality learning time)
- Instances of teasing/bullying have significantly declined (and continue to decline)
- Less disruptions throughout the day
Students are noticing the change too. Chas, a fifth grader in Mrs. Wildfong’s class said, “I get work done better in the morning now that it’s quieter.”
Brenna added, “Other kids aren’t all up in my face in the halls.”
Another student, Hunter, stated, “There’s not as many fights. In the morning you can get through the halls a lot quicker without stopping.”
Beaverton Middle School is excited to continue their journey together in building a safe and respectful atmosphere where success happens everyday!
*Donuts and cider courtesy of BMS Student Council.
Raegan and Mrs. Wildfong enjoying their monthly reward.
Beaverton Middle School Improvement Team members gathered in the middle school library on Oct. 16 for the monthly school improvement team meeting. Several important topics were on the agenda:
School Improvement Initiatives
Annual Parent Meeting
If you would like to join our School Improvement Team, please feel free to call the office at 246-3020. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, November @ 3:20 p.m. in the middle school south library.
Monthly Parent Meetings at the Middle School
Communication is one key to a successful building and successful students. Therefore, Beaverton Middle School will be offering monthly parent meetings to further the dialogue between the school and home. Please feel free to call the middle school office if you have any concerns that you would like to bring up at the meetings. It is important that we keep our communications professional and on a general theme level. Bringing up individual issues would best be handled with a meeting with either teachers, counselors, or the principal. All meetings will be held at the Middle School south library starting at 6:00 p.m.
October 23, Wednesday
November 26, Tuesday
January 23, Thursday
February 27, Thursday
March 24, Monday
April 23, Wednesday
Beaverton Middle School continues to be in a leadership role when it comes to collecting, analyzing, and using data to effect our instruction. Under the guidance of Melissa Woods (Literacy Coach) and our Title 1 team (Jill Wagner, MaryJo Andera, and Renee Hargrove) the teachers put together data walls on all of our 4th-6th grade students. Test scores from multiple sources on each student are analyzed and put in visual form on the data boards. Students are grouped together based on their individual needs and instructional plans are then developed to meet those learning needs. This process is done several times each year so we can graph the progress of our students and change our instruction to meet their evolving needs. Pictured here is Ms. Woods leading our 4th grade teachers through the process.