School Learning Plan
Whitford Middle School
Who Are We Now:
Whitford Middle School has been educating students living in the Southeast corner of the Beaverton School District for almost 60 years. Our traditions have become a part of the fabric of our community. We are extremely proud of our students and the amazing things that they have accomplished after leaving us and heading to both Beaverton and Southridge High Schools and beyond.
We embrace the opportunities that are ours to teach, serve, and support all kids and their learning. After the challenges of the past few years, we are committed and dedicated now, more than ever, to our focus and mission to provide rich opportunities for learning and growing for our students. We recognize and acknowledge that the work that we are engaged in requires a collaborative, unified effort between home and school.
We have committed ourselves and our community to the principles found in AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination). These foundational principles afford our teachers with a common set of practices, instructionally and systematically, that provide consistent, excellent, and rigorous learning opportunities for all of our students. Every day and in every period, students receive opportunities to enhance their vocabulary, access content that is inclusive and diverse in perspective, and have opportunities to invest in themselves through working with and learning from others. Many of our staff have been trained in AVID strands that explore among other things: use of Academic Language, Critical Reading practices in Content areas, Culturally (Community) Responsive Teaching practices, Writing in Content areas, and the use of technology to enhance learning in the classroom. As we progress through this year and into the future, other staff will be afforded opportunities to better understand how AVID concepts can be implemented in our classrooms and learning spaces. Additionally, we are refining and renewing systems that facilitate professional learning that is guided through these same AVID principles.
We believe that we must educate the whole child. We are committed to maintain a robust Fine Arts, Performing Arts, and Electives program by allocating resources for full time teachers who focus their skills and expertly teach courses like: Band, Choir, Drama, Art, Technology, and Spanish.
We believe that with these courses and our CORE course offerings of Math, Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies, our students are able to access a robust and powerful series of courses that will provide all students with opportunities to prepare themselves for high school and beyond through the development of great study habits and practices, enhanced collaborative capacity to work with others to solve problems, and through a better understanding of the world around them.
WE Expect Excellence
- WE teach students knowledge and skills for our evolving world.
- WE seek, support, and recognize world-class employees.
- WE engage students with a variety of relevant and challenging learning experiences.
- WE create learning environments that promote student achievement.
WE Embrace Equity
- WE build honest, safe, and inclusive relationships with our diverse students and their families.
- WE provide needed support so that every student succeeds.
- WE work and learn in teams to understand student needs and improve learning outcomes.