From the Merlo Admin Team
IMPORTANT SENIOR DATES
May 27, Wednesday: 10:00am-3:00pm
Seniors Return: Chromebooks, Library Books, other school materials to Merlo Station Campus
Seniors Pick Up: AVID Stoles, Dual Credit Cords, Valedictorian and Salutatorian Medals, Caps/Gowns
June 4, Thursday: 1:00pm
Livestream via Zoom of Senior Assembly: Scholarship Awards, Spirit of Community School Award, Teacher Awards, and Senior Speeches
June 6, Saturday: 1:00pm
Graduation Ceremony at Capitol Center Parking Lot:
18640 NW Walker Road, Beaverton, OR 97006
August 28, Friday: 12:00pm
Senior BBQ at Merlo Station Campus (COVID-19 permitting)
Dear Beaverton School District High School Students and Families,
On Wednesday, Governor Kate Brown announced the decision to close in-person classes for the remainder of the school year. Though many of us anticipated this reality, the announcement hit us hard and has numerous implications. This is a collective letter to you from all of the high school principals in the Beaverton School District. We are united in our commitment to providing clear communication to all of our families.
Students and staff are the heart of our schools. We love our students and colleagues and cannot wait to bring life back into our buildings. We realize that in addition to academic learning, the opportunities for students to grow socially, be a part of a team, and be nourished in mind and body all happen at school. It was difficult to see that taken from us. During this time, it is essential that we stay connected to our students and families. Together we will help one another navigate these difficult times. We believe that Remote Learning is one way to help our students continue to move forward in their academic journeys.
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) released directives for the final two months of school that all public schools must follow. They include pathways that allow high school seniors to earn their final remaining high school credits and graduate on time. In short, any senior who was on tract to graduate as of March 13th will be able to earn credits and graduate. Those who were not on track will have the opportunity to earn additional credits and graduate. All seniors will be contacted, by their counselor, by April 30th to discuss their individual plan. The district will also publish information about specific programs such as IB, AP, and Dual Credit courses.
We know, given the current realities, that we will not be able to hold the many end of year ceremonies/events to celebrate our seniors as originally planned. That does not change our desire to recognize and celebrate this amazing class of 2020. We are pursuing plans for either a delayed graduation, should social distancing guidelines allow, or a virtual graduation. In addition, we are revisiting all of our end of year celebrations and finding new and creative ways for them to take place.
At this time, we are moving forward with Phase 3 remote learning plans. All 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students will continue their coursework remotely through the end of this school year. Teachers will continue to design engaging opportunities so students progress in their learning. We will do everything possible to ensure that our students are held harmless during this pandemic.
Matt Casteel, Aloha High School
Michael Crandall, Early College High School
Todd Corsetti, Mountainside High School
Andrew Cronk, Beaverton Academy of Science and Engineering
Anne Erwin, Beaverton High School
John Huelskamp, Sunset High School
David Nieslanik, Southridge High School
Jill O'Niell, International School of Beaverton
Bjorn Paige, Arts & Communication Academy
Matt Pedersen, Westview High School
Rachel Sip, Merlo Station High School