CLASS SPOTLIGHT: Concert Choir

Class spotlightCLASS SPOTLIGHT: Concert Choir. Concert Choir is for students with advanced musical skills. This choir studies and performs music literature of various style periods. Vocal technique, musicianship and performance skills are further developed. Students perform in concerts and festivals. Students who plan to try out for Concert Choir should sign up for a full year of Women’s or Men’s Choir to save a period in their schedules for Concert Choir. Auditions for the choir will be held in April. After the auditions, the counseling office will pull the forecasting sheets for the students accepted into Concert Choir and change their placement. #ourBHSstory #ExperienceBHS

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Beth Wright-Kuhns

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Mrs. Wright-Kuhns is a new counselor here at Beaverton High School. She is originally from Southern California and went to Etiwanda High School. After high school, she earned her undergraduate degree at Goshen College, studying Theology and Conflict Transformation. After undergrad, she earned her Masters in Education at Lewis in Clark in School Counseling.

Here at BHS, she is a school counselor for juniors and seniors for the last names F-L as well as everyone in the Newcomers Program. She has been here since November 1st of the 2019-2020 school year. Her favorite part about BHS is how open and diverse the student community is, and how accepting they are of all kinds of diversity. Her advice for the BHS community is to always come to school and be kind to each other.

Outside of work, Mrs. Wright-Kuhns loves to read. Her favorite genres are nonfiction social justice, and good American classics. She is also involved in a book club, and they just celebrated 9 years together! Mrs. Wright-Kuhns has twin 5-year-olds and her husband, Marcos. She spends a lot of time with them at the park and is currently teaching her twins to ride bikes. A fun fact about Mrs. Wright-Kuhns is that she can roll her tongue 3 times into a clover! If you see Mrs. Wright-Kuhns in the halls, make sure to say hi and make her first year at BHS the best one! #ourBHSstory

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Jennifer Kirwan

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Mrs. Kirwan was born and raised in Eugene! She attended Sheldon High School where she played soccer. After high school, she attended Seattle Pacific for soccer. While on the soccer team, she was a 4-year starting goalie, a 2 time All-American, first in the country for the least number of goals allowed, and an ESPN Academic Scholar Student.

This year, Mrs. Kirwan teaches Spanish 1 and Spanish 2. She found her passion for Spanish from a young age because she attended a school that had a bilingual program. Half of her day would be in English and the other half would be in Spanish! She also lived abroad in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Cuba, and Guatemala. After she lived abroad, she earned her teaching license in Spanish and became a student-teacher here at BHS in 2008. Ever since then she has been a teacher here!

She is married to her husband, Wayne, who is an ex-member of the Royal Air Force. She also has a daughter named Korenza! Some of her hobbies include hiking, photography, travel, reading, cooking, doing fun thingsm, and coaching soccer here at BHS. Her one goal this year is to enjoy every day to the fullest and give it her all. One fun fact about her is that she loves Pinterest and putting together holiday festivals from the ideas on Pinterest.

One thing Mrs. Kirwan would like to say to the student body and staff here at BHS is, “Thank you for being an amazing community. The students and staff are amazing. What makes us such a great school are the people here and I value those faculty and student relationships. We also have the coolest kids out of any other high school.”

If you see Mrs. Kirwan in the hallways, make sure to say, ¨Hi!¨

CLASS SPOTLIGHT: Health 2

Class spotlightStudents will have the opportunity to explore health-related issues such as mental and emotional health, violence prevention, alcohol, tobacco & other drugs, human sexuality, including sexually transmitted infections, and unintentional injury prevention. The focus in this class is on accessing information and developing strategies for improving communication, problem solving, and decision-making.

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Mrs. Zimmerman

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Hey Beavs, meet one of your science teachers and Dragonboat coach here at BHS, Mrs. Zimmerman. She has worked here for three whole decades as of 2020! Her favorite part of BHS is being a part of the amazing science department.

Mrs. Zimmerman was born in Los Angeles, California and spent her childhood in Orange County, CA, Fort Worth, Texas, New Mexico, and New Hampshire. Mrs. Zimmerman says she loves spending time with her mom, brothers, cousins, aunts, and uncles many times a year. “However, if I still lived in California, I would see my immediate and extended family much more often.” she says. Eventually, she moved back to California until she graduated from college.

Mrs. Zimmerman says BHS is unique in many different ways including “how polite and accepting the community is, and how supportive and helpful all of the staff is for the students and the surrounding community.”

Outside of school, Mrs. Zimmerman loves to run, walk, hike, bike, camp and get out into nature. She also participates in a lot of volunteering and mission work. She participates in a mission trip to the Dominican Republic every summer, and hands out scarves, knits, and hats to the homeless in Hillsboro. Also, she loves to do puzzles to keep her mind active! One piece of advice Mrs. Zimmerman would like to share is, “Always try new things and don’t be afraid to fail, but make sure you learn from those opportunities.”

Photo Credit: @beavertonhigh.dambeavers

CLASS SPOTLIGHT: French 1

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Students in first-year language courses will develop the skills needed to communicate at a basic level in their second language. Students build reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills through role-plays, individual and small group practice, and activities based on CDs and videos. Students learn about the culture of countries where the language is spoken through films, readings, guest speakers, and a variety of authentic materials.

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: David Reynolds

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Mr. Reynolds was born and grew up in Upstate New York🏙. There, he attended Saratoga Springs High School. After high school, he went to Cornell University🤓.

Here at BHS, Mr. Reynolds teaches Stem Chemistry, Physics, and AP Physics. He is on his third year here! His favorite part about BHS is getting to read the staff spotlight posts on Instagram :). Outside of work, Mr. Reynolds enjoys playing ultimate frisbee🥏, as well as create his own board games! Swing by his Beaver Lodge (Room 225) if you want to give them a test run.

Mr. Reynolds has a young daughter, Seneca, and a son on the way, who will be born in March! His advice to the student body at BHS is to, “Get more sleep, because it will make you happy, healthy, and smart”. A fun fact about Mr. Reynolds is that his favorite color is Beaverton orange🔶! If you see him in the hallway, make sure to give him a big high five! #ExperienceBHS #ourBHSstory

ALUMNUS SPOTLIGHT: dave furman

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dave furman graduated from BHS with the Class of 1998! He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and moved to Beaverton at age two. After high school, he attended U of O for his undergraduate in English Literature and Japanese Language and Culture, then earned his Master of Arts in Teaching at Pacific University in Forest Grove. He is currently working on his Doctorate in Education Leadership at Lewis and Clark University. Now, dave furman works as an assistant principal at BHS, and is on his second year here! His favorite part of BHS is the kids, and how there is an actual sense of community here compared to other high schools.

Outside of work, Mr. furman enjoys building LEGOs with his 3-and-a-half-year-old daughter, go on family walks, and watch bad TV shows to relax to in the evening. Advice that Mr. Furman would give to students here at BHS is,”If an opportunity comes and is not a danger to yourself and others, say yes!”

CLASS SPOTLIGHT: AP Psychology

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Advanced Placement Psychology is a college level survey course of the discipline. The course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students will be exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. Students also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. It includes physiological psychology, child and adolescent development, abnormal psychology, perception, elements of social psychology, and other psychological topics.

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Mr. Grimm

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Meet Mr. Grimm! “My official title is Library and Instructional Technology Teacher, or LITT, which means I help students and teachers make the best educational use of the technology we have, as well as teaching research skills and promoting a lifelong love of reading and learning.”

He’s been working for 18 years in the Beaverton school district (some current BHS students may remember me from Highland Park or Southridge), but this is his first year at Beaverton High School, and his favorite part of Beaverton is the library!

“I may be biased here, but BHS truly does have the most inviting library in the district, and I love the way that students, teachers, counselors, administrators and even community members all seek out the library as a place to meet and collaborate, get things done, or just curl up with a good book. I am originally from Wisconsin, though I have lived in the Portland area for well over 20 years now. I grew up in the ridiculously quaint town of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, and graduated from the one and only high school there–whose colors were also orange and black! I did my undergraduate studies at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where I took a degree in philosophy. I added a degree in English education from the University of Montana in Missoula, and then completed my Masters degree in Educational Media / Librarianship at Portland State University. You may have seen me arriving at or leaving school on my bicycle–that bike is a big part of my life, and I’m grateful to be able to ride it to work every day. Off the bike, I enjoy cooking for my wife and twin daughters, exploring Oregon’s natural beauty, and traveling–mostly in Europe so far, but the rest of the world beckons.”