COMMUNITY: Cleanin’ It Up

The Beaverton Community is more than just a group of kids. Here at Beaverton, we are a family, and that family includes more than a few students and teachers, it includes parents and siblings and more.

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A great way to get the community together is through community cleanups hosted at BHS. These cleanups bring many different groups of kids together and help them connect through community service.

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Community Cleanups are held on Saturdays from the morning into the afternoon. They are student managed, and a whole lot of fun. It is so important to keep our school clean and show kids all the hard work that they can accomplish if they work together. Beaverton is committed to creating strong relationships and through service like this, we can make that happen.

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Personally, I love attending these cleanups because it is a great way to get community service hours, and I get introduced to students that I have never met. Attending one of these cleanups is worth it. You will be making a change. No matter how small the change is, it is important. Community is all around us and that is because here at BHS, we work hard to create a family that includes all.

COMMUNITY CONNECTS US.

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Should Adults Listen to Their Younger Generations?

By Naomi Ezra, senior

Adults have a tendency to shut down teenagers when it comes to politics. From gun control to abortion, they think we don’t have a place to be speaking on these impacting problems in our society. I can’t speak for every child and parent, but from my experience, it’s hard to amplify your opinions when no one is hearing you.

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Being born to two parents from Africa was the best. From culture to values to food, they shaped into the best person I could be. I am stubborn in my ways, but so is my Dad. Coming from Africa he was taught very conservative ideology, whether it comes to sexuality, gender, or religion. So, being a very open minded person, it’s always hard for me to understand why he never listens to me when I talk about what I’m passionate about, which is equality. Everyone should not only be equal within their human rights, but also be compensated for their ancestors hard past for the fight of freedom.

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I continuously am never able to come to the conclusion of why, out of everyone, the people of my generation are excluded from these conversations. The laws changing now are the ones that will be affecting us. Our voices are not only important, but super essential so that laws can be passed that help us, not destroy our future. We are the future leaders, legislators, presidents, doctors, lawyers and teachers that will shape our nation into what we want. We have the tools to change the world, so it’s time we are included in the conversations that will make or break our futures. Whether it’s social media platforms or innovative ways of communication, younger generations are taking the reins and really becoming an important part of our world.

Talking to my dad and trying understand his point of view actually made him see mine. We now have open conversations where we understand each other’s perspective and are constantly learning from each other, instead of being stubborn to the point where you’ll only accept your opinion and no one else’s, which makes it so no one has a voice. Everyone has different opinions and we have to start understanding that while continuing to spread our messages. When generations come together and try to understand each other’s standpoint, it makes for an environment of acceptance where people can really learn from one another and become united in many different ways.

Most of us would love to be in a sunny place for our Spring Break, but not all of us can make the trip. Whatever the reason for staying home, you can still have a great vacation…or, should we say, “STAYCATION.” Here are some ideas to make your time in Northwest Oregon one to remember.

While most of us would love to be in California tanning on the beach, not all of us can make that happen. Luckily, Seaside, Newport, and other beaches to the west are close enough for a day trip.

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One of the best parts about traveling is trying the different foods of the area. One way to try a variety of food in little time is heading down to food cart pods. Within walking distance of Beaverton High School you can head down to BG’s Food Cartel.

Sadly, traveling to the eastern hemisphere during our week off is out of reach for most, but we might have an alternative where you can see Japanese culture. The Portland Japanese Garden is one of the prettiest places in Oregon and is only a short drive.

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When most people think of Spring Break, they think of somewhere warm and sunny. This next idea might not fit into that stereotype. An hour-and-a-half drive can get you to one of the prettiest places in Oregon: Mt. Hood. Whether you want to spread the slopes or just relax in the lodge, the mountain is a great place to be on your week off.

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Although it is almost a five-hour drive, this might be the most worthwhile staycation idea. Crater Lake is the only National Park in Oregon, and from first-hand experience, it was the most stunning things I have ever seen. Pictures don’t do it justice, and I suggest spending one of your days off explore the deepest lake in the United States.

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For whatever reason you’re staying home during Spring Break, we all deserve a little get away!

(School) Trip of a Lifetime

By Rianna Ayoub, senior

Everyone looks forward to something during their senior year. Whether it be Prom, Grad Night, or simply getting out of here. Well for me, the thing I looked forward to the most was the Digital Marketing trip to NYC for Social Media Week.

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Social Media Week is a worldwide conference that curates and shares the best ideas, innovations, and insights into how social media and technology are changing business, society, and culture around the world. The people who went on this trip are our Social Media Team who make the content for BHS, so we could apply the ideas we learned to the content we make for our school. We heard from awesome speakers such as Megan Summers from Facebook, and even David Harbour, or “Officer Hopper” from Stranger Things!

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Besides from the conferences, we had plenty of free time to explore the big apple. There were enough chaperones for us to split up and do our own thing, so I did many different things such as go to the Empire State Building, 9/11 Memorial, Central Park, Chelsea Market, cool dessert shops, and more.

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Going to NYC was such a different experience, for I have never traveled to the East Coast. I plan on going back as soon as I can. If you get a good school trip opportunity, take it. Hands down. You never know what you will learn, see, or how much fun you will have!

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Bucky’s Family: Robert Scriven

Meet Bucky’s Family member, Robert Scriven!

COMMUNITY CONNECTS US.

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Robert is a senior at BHS. He was born and raised in Portland and has lived here his whole life. Robert attended West Hills Christian School for years K-8 and has attended Beaverton for all four years of high school. It was a totally new experience for him, going from a smaller private school,to a large public school like Beaverton, but he has enjoyed it, and he loves Beaverton’s atmosphere. When asked what his favorite thing about Beaverton is, he said it is, “A school where everyone has a good, strong sense of unity. Everyone has a good connection and is very caring.”.

Robert’s family has always been a huge part of his life. Growing up with a little sister, who is now a freshman at BHS, as well as five older half siblings, he is no stranger to a big family. Tragically, Robert’s mother passed away last August, after a 10-month battle with cancer. With such a big family, there has always been tons of love and support, which has really helped him, and he very much enjoys connecting with his older siblings. When asked what his favorite BHS memory is, he responded by talking about  the “Jam The Dam!” basketball game during his sophomore year, where the team made a special blanket that he presented to his mother. “The stands were packed, and it was a really cool sense of community and support.”

Although Robert has loved his time at Beaverton, he is looking forward to the years to come, and to following his dream of becoming an officer in the United States Air Force.

An Open Letter to the Newly-Zoned Beaverton Students

By Cameron Monfared, sophomore

LEARNING TRANSFORMS US.
On Monday night a few weeks back(10-17-2016), the Beaverton School District voted to ratify the new school boundaries, which will undoubtedly make changes in the future of the students at different schools. One of the schools who will be undergoing a vast transition of students, will be Beaverton High School. And for many that are now zoned for Beaverton, that’s a scary thought.

It’s really obvious why the people who have been newly zoned for Beaverton would be nervous. Saying goodbye to friends, having to build new relationships, different teachers, and a different environment altogether. I personally had my own test with this when I was transitioning to Beaverton as only a couple of my friends were also going to Beaverton. I was absolutely terrified. What would I do? Who would I meet? What about all my friends? How are the teachers? How’s the school?  

I remember the school info day in August of 2015 when I got my schedule and got a tour of the school. I was so scared and skeptical to see if Beaverton would live up to everything everyone says about it. At first, I was amazed by what I thought was a MASSIVE school (after the first week, I could navigate the entire school in 5 minutes). Seeing all these new people, the school, and all the teachers, I knew that I would have to make it through.

I knew so much about Beaverton when I started school here. Both of my older sisters graduated from Beaverton, and they loved the people they met. They had always talked about the topic of “community” and “tradition” at Beaverton. It sounded cool but I never really understood what they meant. That changed on the first day of school, and I can promise you it will for you, too.

It was a truly memorable day. As soon as the doors to the gym opened, we were showered with high fives, claps, and welcoming words from the staff of Beaverton. I started to figure out what my sisters were saying about “community” at Beaverton. However, it was not until the first assembly, at the end of the first week, when we stood and sang the fight song all together, that I knew exactly what my sisters were talking about. Throughout the year, I went to at least a couple events for each sport and activity. Everyone was so connected with that sense of “community”; and that’s why at Beaverton, one of our core values is Community Connects Us. It sounds kinda fuzzy, but just like me, you, too, will soon discover that it’s true.

As far as our Tradition, it’s not a tradition of five, 10, 20, 50, or 80 years, but it is a tradition of over 100 years since the opening of our school in 1912. It is a tradition of strength, excellence, and compassion for what we all do. It’s a tradition of encouraging and pushing others to strive for the best, and it’s a tradition, that ONLY Beaverton has.  A tradition that this building has carried for more than 100 years.

That’s why we have kept so much of our schools traditions the same. Even from the 1915 picture of our school building below.

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It’s the same tradition that the class pictured below of 1931 carried. A tradition that still stands tall and strong today.

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So, I encourage all of you who will be a first-generation Beaverton Beaver for your family to be excited because the friends you will make and the opportunities you will get will truly last a lifetime. Be excited to start a new adventure. Be excited to become a Beaverton Beaver. So now the only question is: what are YOU looking forward to at Beaverton?

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BSAC: It’s Not Just Boundaries!

By Jennifer Caplan, junior

COMMUNITY CONNECTS US.

In the spring, when I was selected to be on Leadership as a School Board Representative, I wasn’t really sure what that meant, but I knew there was a great opportunity ahead of me. This year, I have been lucky enough to have to the opportunity of being on the BSAC (Beaverton Schools Advisory Committee).

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The BSAC is a group of 15 students who represent all of the High Schools in the BSD (Beaverton, Aloha, Westview, Sunset, Southridge, HS2, ACMA, ISB, Merlo, and Early College. Kylee Rench and I serve as the two Beaverton High School representatives.  We get together twice a month at the Beaverton School District office, with our supervisor Mike Chamberlain and the rest of the Committee,  to discuss a variety of topics that vary including community outreach, safety, boundary changes, and the design of the new high school. It has given me the opportunity to meet and work with a diverse group of teens who all want to make a difference in our community.
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At our second meeting earlier this month,  we came up with two concrete goals: Community Outreach and District Unity. For the first goal, Community Outreach, we are going to focus on school safety and awareness of the BSAC. Last year, the group made some awareness videos that were amazing but the outreach was not very successful. We are also hoping to create a bigger presence for the BSAC so we can be the connection between students and adults linked to the district. For District Unity, our goal is to make the transitions for the current freshmen and incoming freshmen easier.

One of the reasons that I really love being on the committee is that it gives me the chance, as  a student, to have a voice and input on many of the bigger issues and topics impacting our community. It gives me the knowledge to be able to bring back information and share it with my peers at Beaverton.  Hopefully from this, I will be able to be part of something will facilitate improvements for the district for our school.

I’m looking forward to the coming months and year on this committee, working with the teens and Mike and seeing what we’re able to accomplish and how we are going to be able to make a difference in our district, community and our schools. So how are you going to make a difference in your community?

Family Is Everything.

By Nicholas Isaak, senior

LEARNING TRANSFORMS US.

There are many different types of things that make people happy. They can be as small as getting to watch their favorite television show, or as big as a vacation to their favorite place. For me though, the thing that makes me happy is time with my family in the happiest place on earth. Every year since I was born, my family has taken a trip to Disneyland in Los Angeles, California. https://disneyland.disney.go.com/

I have made many different types of memories down there that will each last a lifetime. This year, we went the first week of February, and for some reason, this trip will stick with me even more than the other trips. Not because we did anything different or that it was even the best trip we’ve been on, it will stick with me because this was really the first time I realized how quickly I have grown up and how much life changes. I realize that I am only 18, and in the long run that is still incredibly young. I have not even graduated high school yet, but that does not mean I don’t realize that things are changing. I remember standing in line at Pirates of the Caribbean when I was 8 years old, and now here I was at 18. I always thought it would be so cool to turn 18 because that means you are an adult, but honestly I do not feel any different. I still choose to hang out with my parents and brother over everything else, not because that’s my only choice, but because they are the people who have always been there and will continue to be there for me no matter my age.
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I walk around school now as a senior, and here other seniors are constantly counting down the days until we graduate. I get it, we are all excited to start a new chapter in our lives. Within the next year for many kids, lots of things change. They will go to colleges all around the world, they get jobs and are on their own for the first times in their lives. This helps people grow as a person and is a very important part of life. Things for me will also change, I  am planning on moving down to Los Angeles within the next couple of years to pursue my dreams of becoming an actor.The main point I am trying to get across is to not count down days waiting for something that you think will be better, cause that’s how you will spend everyday of your life. Enjoy everyday that you are given and make it the best day you could possibly make it. Because one moment you’ll be standing in line for Pirates of the Caribbean at 8 years old, and then, in the blink of an eye, you’re 18.