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Core Purpose We believe that ALL students will graduate ​from BHS prepared for, confident in, and excited about the future they choose. ​ Core Values Excellence inspires us. We demand excellence in every aspect of our school. We hold students, faculty, and staff to high standards and support all in reaching their fullest potential. We strive to ensure our academic programs are demanding and that they genuinely prepare all students for success. Our athletic and extracurricular activities programs demand the best from all participants. Learning transforms us. We instill a passion for exploring ideas, questions, and possibilities. We recognize the power of education to shape the future of individuals. Students benefit from rigorous, engaging, and relevant educational experiences. Highly talented teachers and staff foster academic achievement within communities of learners and are learners themselves. Community connects us. We are a caring, inclusive, and collaborative community. We actively engage every member of the Beaverton High School community—students, staff, families, and our community partners—in pursuit of our mission. Together we celebrate the diversity of our community and recognize it as one of our greatest strengths. We enhance our school and community through service and action. Tradition unites us. We recognize and embrace our rich legacy and traditions. Everyone in our community contributes their best to the success of our school. Our traditions keep us mindful of our pursuit of excellence and commitment to our community. We celebrate the accomplishments, both past and present, of our school, students, and staff.​ **Your comments are always welcome, even if they are critiques. However, we will delete your remarks if they are deemed off topic, contain vulgar language, or are disrespectful of others.**

Pick up a book from Ms. Munly’s Story Lorry

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By Beatrice Kahn

Teachers and students spend their Wednesdays at home. Whether students attend office hours with teachers, or whether teachers attend staff meetings, interaction is limited to Zoom. But after five weeks of comprehensive distance learning, staring at faceless names in little boxes on an eight-inch screen can become tiresome.

For English teacher Holly Munly, it was time to hit the road and deliver novels to her students at their neighborhood elementary schools in her Toyota pickup. In an email to students, she wrote, “I have over 400 amazing choice books collecting dust in my classroom and this fact didn’t sit well with me.”

Munly’s pre-pandemic classes used a portion of their time to read, but access to her book collection was removed because of Beaverton’s shift to online learning. Nevertheless, reading stamina and comprehension remain important, even during distance learning. Munly’s Story Lorry, “lorry” being the British term…

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TEDx at Beaverton High School

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By Beatrice Kahn

Covering topics ranging from biology to personal empowerment, TED Talks have become an educational staple. They are shown in classrooms throughout Beaverton High School and are watched by millions on YouTube. “TED” stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design—and the talks have become such a phenomenon that TEDx, independently organized TED Talks, have spread to cities across the globe. TEDx is unique in that it attracts a wide range of speakers and audience members. And on May 1, 2021, one of the cities boasting a TEDx event will be Beaverton, Oregon.

This opportunity for creativity inspired junior Scott Sloop to organize a TEDx event at Beaverton High. Having invested time watching TED talks during the break from in-person school and recognizing the diverse and unique community at Beaverton High, Sloop brings passion to the project. “There are some interesting people in our community who are doing cool things,”…

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Beaverton High’s first week of synchronous learning: success or failure?

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By Melody Cosgrove

For senior Kyah Wright, this school year is unlike any other. Though her classwork is manageable, she’s been robbed of the opportunity to spend class with friends. “There’s no actual physical contact,” said Wright, one of over 40,000 Beaverton School District (BSD) students attending school online this year. “It sucks to not sit in a classroom surrounded by other people.”

BSD plans to continue its comprehensive distance learning model, or CDL, until at least November 13th, when the district will evaluate whether they are ready to resume in-person learning or transition to a hybrid schedule. For this to happen, Governor Brown has mandated that the state must have a COVID-19 positivity rate of 5% or less for three consecutive weeks. Currently, Oregon’s positivity rate hovers around 5-6%. While Oregon may seem close to this margin, Gov. Brown imposed another restriction: every county where a school is located…

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Crew Dragon soars at historic SpaceX launch

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By Cassidy Ochoa

Today, history was made as SpaceX’s first manned launch occurred at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This marks the first time a commercial company has brought humans into orbit around our planet. After cancelling the Dragon’s flight on Wednesday due to weather concerns, the flight was postponed to Saturday, May 30th at 3:22 pm EST. The weather proved to be more favorable, with the initial 50% launch certainty rate rising to 70% around 20 minutes before the launch.

Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are now en route to reaching the International Space Station by 10:22 am EST tomorrow after a 19-hour voyage. Both Behnken and Hurley’s experience serving in the U.S military gave them the qualifications to become astronauts in 2000. Prior to selection, Behnken served as an Air Force pilot, while Hurley was a Marine. The astronauts share 1,391 hours in space.

Shortly after…

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How to thrive in quarantine: spring edition

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By Cassidy Ochoa

With springtime already here, it is easy to imagine the activities that we would have been doing if not for the current pandemic. But there are still plenty of activities and events that you can take part in from the comfort of your own home or backyard.

30 Days of Yoga

Created by the YouTube channel Yoga With Adriene, this program takes beginners through a variety of new stretches, warm-ups, and poses meant to ease, stretch, and strengthen muscles. Topics include full-body awareness, breathing exercises, and special techniques to heal the spine. All thirty videos are available on-demand, making it easy to complete the program on your own time. Yoga mats are optional but helpful.

Birdwatching

If you’re anywhere near trees, birds are closer than you think. Birdwatching is a simple calming activity that only requires you to spend some time outside in a lawn chair or…

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Quarantining and healthy eating

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By Natalie Foote

It can be easy to relax healthy eating habits as quarantine drags on. Without sports, school, or in-person interpersonal interactions, the motivation to have a well-rounded diet can dwindle. But it’s important to bring joy into cooking and healthy eating. Here are a few ways to do this and add variety to your life.

Stay fueled throughout the day. Sometimes, three meals a day won’t cut it. Snacking between meals increases energy, reduces stress, and increases productivity. Fruits and vegetables are the best and prevent overeating during meals. Combined with protein, the perfect healthy snack will keep you full throughout the day. Here are ideas to try, and experiment with different snacks to see what you prefer.

Desserts can be healthy and fun. Yes—dessert. Desserts can be a healthy part of a well-rounded meal and are fun to assemble. Fruit-based desserts are best, such as all-fruit…

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ASB voting during a pandemic

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By Melody Cosgrove

For students at Beaverton High School, it is once again time to vote for next year’s student government positions. Despite school not reconvening until the next Fall term at the earliest elections are still being held. Like years in prior, voting will be online. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors can fill out a form and choose their student representatives.

Normally, this time at school, posters would be hung in the hallways and classrooms announcing who’s running, but unfortunately, that isn’t an option this year. As such, it’s important for BHS students to spread the word and encourage others to vote as those who win the elections will represent the student body next year.

During confusing times like this when the school community remains separated, it is crucial that the students choose representatives that they feel speak for them, as right now they aren’t able to do so as…

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Puns: sPUNky or PUNgent?

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By Melody Cosgrove and Cassidy Ochoa

Puns are an oddity. The word itself originated around the same time in both English and Sanskrit: pun (meaning “heaps together”) and pundit (meaning “learned man”). The Sanskrit meaning goes meats and bounds to say that a user of puns is learned, aren’t they? Puns have been a constant source of both grinning and groaning, and the world seems divided on how to feel about them. For some, they are an age-old way of expressing creativity and intelligence. To others, they are weak and overused jokes. But right here, right now, the age-old debate will be settled. Only by seeing both sides can you decide for yourselves which side of the pun war you reside on.

For those learning English, the use of puns can help develop eyetal word-building and connection skills that better acquaint them with the language. Puns are recognizable due to…

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A glimpse into the lives of teachers

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By Melody Cosgrove and Anouk Clendenning

Teachers are an integral part of the educational experience, yet not many students know much about them beyond their personalities in class. So, to wrap up Teacher Appreciation Week, several teachers at Beaverton High School gave insight into their lives outside of school* to shed light on their interests and experiences their students may not be familiar with.

Luke Rien, Physical Education

Q: What’s something students wouldn’t know about you?

A: Something not a lot of people know about me is…I will only eat Original Goldfish.

Q:What’s your favorite part about being a teacher at BHS?

A: My favorite part about being a teacher and teaching at BHS is the interaction I get to have with students on a daily basis. I feel like many, if not all, of the students at BHS have seen Mr. Rien sitting outside the locker room or…

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A student’s guide to the 2020 AP test

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By Natalie Foote

With AP tests right around the corner, students may worry about how the tests will work this year. But the organization in charge of AP tests—College Board—is committed to helping students prepare for tests by providing review videos through their Youtube channel. Now though, new information about how tests will go has emerged, and with it, some useful resources.

Test Material

If you haven’t yet taken advantage of the review videos on Youtube, start now. They offer tips for the tests in specific subjects, cover important material, and come with additional material for practice and study. Catch them live several times a week or go to the Playlist section to watch past videos.

For more practice and additional resources, check your AP teachers’ Canvas page frequently. Many teachers are offering learning opportunities for students to prepare for the upcoming tests. Engaging with this material and exploring…

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