Whitford Student/Parent Handbook
Dear Whitford Students and Families,
Welcome to Whitford Middle School! We are proud of our school and excited you will be joining our community.
As an emerging AVID* (Advancement Via Individual Determination) school, we strive to provide the best education for all students. At Whitford, you will have the opportunity to practice skills and behaviors for academic success, build new relationships with staff and peers, and engage in meaningful, relevant, and rigorous curriculum. The learning you do, experiences you have, and the friendships you create will form the path that paves the way to your future. What will you do to enrich your learning? What contribution do you want to bring to the world?
Whitford Vision Statement: We are a community of lifelong learners focused on rigor and equity committed to preparing all students for success in a global society.
*For more information about AVID… http://www.avid.org/default.aspx
- A Brief History of Whitford Middle School
- General Information
- School Schedules
- Our Academic Program
- Dual Language and Summa Programs
- Physical Education Classes
- Behavioral Expectations
- Electronic Devices at School
- Bullying & Harrassment
- Dress Code
- School Breakfast / Lunch Program
- Health and Medical Information
- Student Activities
- Other General Information
- Online / Zoom Etiquette
Many people have wondered about the significance of the train as the emblem of our school. The train represents the old Whitford railroad station from which this area derives its name. As far as is known, the three-sided green and yellow station which used to stand across from the Chevron service station at the intersection of Allen and Scholls Ferry Roads was named for W.A. White and A.C. Bedford, prominent capitalists of New York City, who were directors of the Oregon Electric Railway Company during the early history of the line.
The Bertha-Beaverton Railroad was completed in 1872 and later a branch was added that went through present-day Whitford and extended as far west as Forest Grove. At first the railroad used steam engines, but in 1900 the change was made to electric engines.
Prior to 1920 the small one-room schoolhouse which stood near the present-day McKay School was known as Whitford School. All eight grades were enrolled there with two students to a desk and a large pot-bellied stove in one corner. Toward the rear of the building was a small balcony which was above the cloakroom.
This area had become known as Whitford because of the railroad's importance. However, around 1920 when the electric railway was discontinued through Whitford because of the horseless carriage's popularity and because of debts acquired during the extreme rationing of World War I, the school became known as McKay after the McKay family which owned the property between present-day Progress and Allen Avenue.
Whitford Intermediate School was constructed during the early 1960's and opened its doors for the first time to seventh and eighth graders in the fall of 1963.
During the first year of Whitford's existence, student elections were held to choose colors and a school emblem. Gold and Brown were the chosen colors because they blended with the new school's decor. Wesley Kimber designed the winning emblem which was worked out in mosaics by Whitford's first eighth grade as a gift to the school from the Class of '63. This emblem is displayed in Whitford's front hall.
The railroad theme suggested "The Coachmen" as a fitting name for the Whitford student body. Thus ensued the Coachmen's Code and "Rules of the Road," former names for the student handbook.
The school colors were changed by the student government in 1966-67 to Columbia Blue and White.
The Whitford-specific information that follows is listed by topic. While we hope this helps answer most of your questions, we realize that we cannot list everything students and families need to know in such a limited space. Please feel free to contact our school for further information.
The information contained in this handbook is intended to inform parents and students regarding a few of the most common questions at Whitford Middle School. The staff at Whitford MS believe it is essential for the school and home to work together to promote learning and foster healthy social growth. We hope this handbook provides you with helpful information to enhance your child's education.
Address: Whitford Middle School, 7935 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Beaverton, OR 97008
Attendance Line: 503-356-2701
email protocol: email@example.com
Whitford website: https://whitford.beaverton.k12.or.us/
Principal: Brian Peerenboom
Assistant Principals: Robyn Giacchi and Cheryl Ashdown
School begins at 9:15 am and finishes at 3:50 pm. Breakfast is available to students at 8:40 am and access to the entire building begins at 8:55. There is no supervision prior to this time. Our staff is assigned to supervise parent pick up and bus departure until 4:00 pm. All supervision ends at 4:10 pm. Students are expected to be picked up or gone from campus by this time unless they are participating in a school-sponsored activity.
Whitford Middle School runs on four different schedules. Please click on the button below that represents your student's grade and assignment:
Whitford Middle School provides a program that is designed to serve the needs of the middle school student. Our primary goal is to meet the educational needs of our students while recognizing the unique social and emotional development at this stage of early adolescence. Whitford provides a gradual transition from the more sheltered world of elementary school to the broad choices of high school.
During each school day, students attend three core periods in which instruction is given in Math, Science and Humanities. Two additional class periods are part of the school day, and these are referred to as "Specials."
Each Friday, students attend an Advisory period (a type of Homeroom), where we focus on curriculum relevant to all students (career education, digital citizenship, stress management, etc).
Assignments and Homework
Each team/teacher has established a homework policy. Teachers will share this information with students in their classes and with parents at Back-to-School Night and on their syllabus. Parents are encouraged to help their students complete assignments by providing regular study periods at home and asking to see completed assignments, the student's binder, or the class calendar. Parents should expect students to have some amount of homework every evening, even if that homework consists only of reading time.
Oregon Content Standards
The Oregon Educational Act for the 21st Century calls on students, parents, educators and the business community to promote higher academic standards in schools and set specific standards for students in order to prepare them for the challenges they will face after high school. Common Core Standards describe what teachers will teach. Content Standards identify what students should know and be able to do in the content areas of: English (reading, literature, writing, speaking), Mathematics, Health, Physical Education, Science, Social Sciences, the arts and second languages. All lessons at Whitford are linked to Common Core Standards through learning targets.
Assessing and Reporting Student Achievement
The Beaverton School District and teachers at Whitford are committed to the core ideas of a standards-based learning system through:
- clear learning targets in all content areas and all grade levels
- all classroom instruction and assessments aligned to learning targets
- providing multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate growth and learning
- increased use of formative assessment practices; providing feedback focused on student growth and supporting improved instruction
- consistent scoring guides and rubrics to determine a student's level of learning and indicate what a student must do to improve
- regular reporting of progress on each learning target
- reporting academics and behaviors separately
- placing the highest value on teacher judgment and expertise
The Academic Learning Targets for each course taught at Whitford can be found on the class syllabus or on the District Teaching and Learning webpage.
- Academic Grading Practices
- Behavioral Grading Practices
- Academic Reporting Dates
- Parent Academic/Behavioral Support
Teachers will use a rubric or scoring guide to identify student strengths, areas needing improvement and to determine a student's current level of proficiency for each learning target. The rubric will also be used to identify what a student must do to improve understanding and mastery of the target. Rubrics are built using the following scale:
4 - Highly Proficient
3 - Proficient
2 - Nearly Proficient
1 - Developing Proficiency
Rubrics can be viewed through the BSD website or obtained from individual teachers.
Example: A 7th Grade Mathematics teacher may cover the following three learning targets in the first nine weeks:
- Solve Problems with Four Operations
- Create and Manipulate Algebraic Expressions
- Write and Solve Inequalities
The teacher will teach these targets and assess student learning through multiple assignments using the 1-4 rubrics. The 9th Week Progress Report may look something like this:
|7th Grade Mathematics|
|Teacher: Ms. Brown|
|Academic Learning Targets|
|1. Solve Problems with Four Operations|
|-- Quiz #1||3|
|-- Test #1||4|
|2. Create and Manipulate Algebraic Expressions|
|-- Quiz #1||1|
|-- Project #1||2|
|-- Test #1||3|
|3. Write and Solve Inequalities|
|-- Project #2||2|
Whitford Middle School does not summarize numerical scores into a letter grade, either during the course of the year or at the end of the year. You will find the letters SJ in the final grade box (to represent the Summary Judgment nature of the grade). In general, students earning scores of 1 or 2 still have gaps in learning that may impact future academic studies.
In addition to academic assessments, all BSD teachers teach to common Behavior Learning Targets. These targets can be accessed through the website or directly from our teaching staff. Behaviors are those study skills and self-monitoring behaviors students must possess and demonstrate in an academic environment necessary for success. These are sometimes referred to as "soft skills" because they are habits that promote success in a variety of situations and contexts. Teachers will observe your student's skills in these areas over time and report their proficiency level using a scale with three levels:
C/I - Consistently and Independently
G - Generally
R - Rarely or Sometimes
Student progress during the 2019-20 school year will be reported on the following schedule:
November 1, 2020
|Progress Reports with Summary Judgments on each Learning Target addressed in class so far.|
January 27, 2020
|Report Cards with Summary Judgments on each Learning Target address in class during first semester.|
April 10, 2020
|Progress Reports with Summary Judgments on each Learning Target addressed in class so far.|
June 15, 2020
|Report Cards with Summary Judgments on each Learning Target address in class during second semester.|
Parents are an integral part of the education team so they need to stay informed about about student academic and behavioral progress. It is the expectation that parents and students review progress and teacher communication on a regular basis. Student progress is available to parents and students through ParentVue and StudentVue. Parents should communicate with their student and with teachers immediately if there are concerns or questions about specific assignments or overall student achievement. Teachers are expected to communicate to parents if there is a significant change in student achievement or progress, but the system works best when both teacher and parent track student progress. Parents who need help setting up an account should contact the main office staff at Whitford.
There are many ways to support your student academically, but this list offers a few suggestions to establish a routine:
- Students have homework every night, even if that homework is reading an assigned book or a book for fun. The standard "rule of thumb" is 10 minutes per grade level, so a 7th grader should average about 70 minutes of homework each night.
- Establish a routine for doing homework that includes a space and amount of time. For example, do 30 minutes of homework before dinner and another 30 minutes after dinner.
- Encourage working in a public space like the dinning room table if students have a tendency to get distracted in their bedroom.
- Have students teach you something during dinner or another time. One of the best ways to learn something or discover gaps in understanding is to teach it to someone else.
- Change your language from, "Do you have homework?" to "Let me see your finished homework." The quality of work often increases when students have to share their work with someone.
- Watch for signs of undue stress in your student. Small amounts of stress are normal as we teach students to manage their time and prepare for difficult challenges. Stress that interferes with normal activities like sleeping and eating, or causes a change in typical behaviors, is cause for concern. Please communicate with a teacher or school counselor as appropriate.
- Your student will be issued a Chromebook to use for school purposes. You may also choose to have your student use their own device. Please contact the school for more information. Students are expected to have their Chromebook charged and ready to go each morning. Find a space for the Chromebook to charge at night where the students won't be tempted to stay awake and play games, or email friends.
Dual Language Program
The mission of the Beaverton School District dual language program is to honor and develop multilingual, multi-literate, and multicultural students through rigorous, culturally inclusive education. Students in a Dual Language program experience core curriculum taught in both English and Spanish. This program begins at the elementary school level and continues through high school (at select school sites around the district). Students who do not live in the Whitford boundary may attend Whitford to participate in the Dual Language program. In addition to the core content taught in the program, we support students in meeting the following goals for Dual Language students:
- all students value their bilingualism as a positive asset;
- all students attain a high level of academic biliteracy in English and at least one other language;
- all students meet and exceed grade-level learning targets;
- all students learn to value and appreciate the diversity of our community’s cultures;
all students graduate with an Oregon Seal of Biliteracy, and are successful and well-prepared to thrive as global citizens.
As part of Beaverton's Talented and Gifted program, five middle schools in the district host a Summa Program. Students who do not live in the Whitford boundary may attend Whitford to participate in the Summa program. This program consists of accelerated core classes in the 5th through 8th grades for students who are eligible based on standardized testing criteria:
99th percentile (age-based) on the Cognitive Abilities Test (CoGAT), or 99th percentile on the total Reading or total Math Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS), AND
97th percentile or higher in a different area: Total ITBS Reading, total ITBS Math or CogAT full version
For more specific information about the Summa program and how to apply, please visit the BSD Summa webpage.
Clothing must be maintained in clean condition and worn for P.E. activities only. It should adequately protect the student from inclement weather (when necessary) and not disrupt the normal educational process. Students may purchase a P.E. shirt and shorts from the P.E. Department the first few days of school or bring shorts and a shirt from home to change into for P.E. class. All clothing must be marked with the student's name.
Students will be excused from P.E. with a note from their parent/guardian for reasons of illness or injury. If the excuse extends for more than five school days, a doctor's note must be obtained. If a student does not have a written or verbal excuse from a parent or guardian, he/she will be asked to participate. Notes must be presented at the beginning of class and will not be accepted to excuse a student from participation in a previous class period. Students who consistently fail to dress down in a proper uniform will have parents/guardians notified and be referred to administration for intervention.
Each student will be assigned a locker for physical education clothing and equipment. Combination locks issued by the P.E. department are assigned to provide security for belongings. Students need to secure these lockers with their assigned P.E. lock. It is their responsibility to use their locks and keep the combinations secure. The school or district cannot be responsible or replace personal property lost by the students.
Cell phones are not permitted in the locker room, even in a backpack. They must be kept in the school hallways lockers.
In addition to the policies and practices that are specific to Whitford MS and stated in this handbook, Whitford also carefully observes the policies of the Beaverton School District as set forth in the Beaverton School District Student/Family Handbook. Please read both of these handbooks carefully. If you do not have access to a computer and would like a copy of the handbook you may request a copy from the main office.
All students are expected to behave in a manner that demonstrates safe, responsible, respectful, and kind actions. At Whitford, students are expected to:
- dress for success (see section on Dress Code)
- bring their binder and all needed materials to class each day
- be in the classroom on time and ready to learn
- use class time wisely, be on task, listen attentively
- show respect and courtesy to others
- use appropriate language
- respect other people's property
- meet teacher expectations and follow individual classroom rules
- know and obey all school rules
When these expectations are met, the result is a productive learning environment where every student's right to learn is fostered and protected.
It is critical to arrive in class on time. Students are expected to be in their seats, ready to learn at the beginning of class. Tardiness leads to a decrease in instruction and distracts other students from learning. If students arrive late to class because they were in the office or meeting with a staff member, they should get a Late Pass before proceeding to class. Parents can support punctuality by monitoring appropriate bedtimes, limiting use of screen time for an hour before bedtime, and establishing night routines that minimize "morning chaos." We also suggest all electronic devices charge overnight somewhere other than a student's bedroom to reduce the temptation to be online during the night.
STEAM is our strategy to encourage positive behavior. The acronym stands for:
Students are given "Cool Coachmen" tickets from our staff when they exhibit the behaviors below. The "Cool Coachmen" can be used for fun rewards through the year.
SLANT is a strategy for paying attention in class. By utilizing SLANT strategies, students show their teachers they are being active learners.
- Sit up
- Lean forward
- Ask questions
- Nod your head
- Track your speaker
Responsibilities of Students:
- Bring supplies to each class, each day.
- Be in your seat and ready to start class on time.
- Respect the rights of others in the class. Listen attentively to the person speaking, whether teacher or classmate, during instruction.
- Complete all assignments on time.
- Take responsibility for communicating with your teacher if you have been absent or missed an assignment.
- Come in before or after school for additional help if needed. Make arrangements with your teacher ahead of time.
All food and drink must be consumed in the cafeteria unless given permission by a staff member. Food and drink are not permitted in the hallways (except water). Students arriving in the morning with food and/or drink are to finish them in the cafeteria. Gum is now permitted as long as students are able to dispose of gum in a trash.
- All food and drink must remain in the cafeteria. Water is allowed in the classrooms, however.
- Students are expected to keep food on the cafeteria tables during lunch, throw all trash in the garbage, and neatly stack trays can when they finish lunch.
- Chromebooks are not allowed at lunch/recess. (We want to support face-to-face interactions with peers during social times.)
Lunch lines are for students who are purchasing items. Students who do not need to purchase food should go directly to tables.
Lunch Recess Guidelines
- Safety First! Any activities that are deemed by a supervisor to be unsafe are not allowed. Any activity that could easily result in harm to a student is not appropriate.
- For safety and hygiene reasons, students are not allowed to run or roll down the hilly slope to the lower play fields.
- All food and drink must be consumed in the cafeteria before students go outside.
- Games that involve tackling, kicking, or pulling students to the ground are not appropriate.
- Be respectful of homes and neighbors adjacent to the playground areas.
- Remain within eyesight of a playground supervisor. If a student cannot see or hear a supervisor then the student is in an area that is off limits and must return to a visible play area. (Whitford Woods are off limits during lunch recess.)
- Follow supervisor instructions about appropriate play areas when fields are wet and muddy.
While in the halls, students should follow all the expectations that apply to them while in classes. In addition:
- keep passageways clear for others to move through the halls
- avoid any unsafe horseplay
- dispose of trash in the appropriate garbage bins
- carry a Hall Pass during when walking through halls during instructional time
- avoid halls that are not part of a student's "team hall" during passing time
Students will need a Hall Pass to visit a classroom or the Media Center before school or during lunch. This Hall Pass can be obtained from a teacher or from the main office based on a specific need for the visit.
- It is the responsibility of the student to attend classes.
- It is the responsibility of the student to consult teacher websites and planners to know about assignments missed due to absences and to complete them.
- It is the responsibility of the student to arrange notification (note, phone call) from parent/guardian regarding absence within the appropriate time.
- It is the responsibility of the student to arrive in class on time, ready to learn.
- It is the responsibility of the parent to see that their student attends classes unless under condition of personal or family illness, legal or family obligations, religious holiday, or a significant family emergency.
- It is the responsibility of the parent to call the Attendance Line at 503-356-2701 to report an absence by 3:50 p.m. on the day of the absence.
- It is the responsibility of the school to provide a quality education that honors the time students spend in our classes.
- It is the responsibility of the school to accurately record absences and provide notice to parents when students are not present.
- Arriving Late or Leaving Early During the Day
- Withdrawal from Beaverton School District
- Reporting an Absence
- Attendance Concerns
Arriving to School Late
If students are late to school, they must sign in with the Attendance Secretary and provide a note or a parent phone call to excuse the tardy. They will be given a Late Pass that allows them to go to class excused from tardiness. If a student arrives without a note or phone call, the tardy or absence is marked unexcused. The school’s auto-dialer will alert parents to the absence. Once a note or phone call from the parent is received by the front office, the tardy or absence is excused.
Leaving Campus During the School Day
Whitford Middle School operates under a closed campus policy. Students are not permitted to leave school grounds without a parent or guardian during school hours. If you would like to check your child out early, please send a note to school with the student or check in with our Attendance Secretary in the main office when you arrive to pick up the student. If a parent or guardian would like another responsible adult to pick up their child, they must call the Attendance Secretary or provide the school with a note. We request notification before 10:00 am if a parent will need to pick up their student early from school.
If you send a Note with your student:
If a student is checking out of school early due to an appointment, the student should have a note, signed by a parent or guardian, indicating the reason for the early dismissal and the time the student is requested to check out.
- Students are asked to show the note to the teacher and then proceed to the Attendance Secretary with the note to check out.
- If students plan to return to school after an appointment, they should check in with the Attendance Secretary when they arrive back on campus.
If your family is planning to move, contact the Registrar as soon as possible. For purposes of records and communications, parents are encouraged to call the school with specific information about where the family is moving. In order to check out of school on the last day, students must return any classroom materials/supplies, turn in all books, clean out lockers, and pay all fines/fees before departing. After this list is complete, the student will be issued a withdrawal slip. Each teacher and the Media Assistant must sign off on this form.
Oregon law requires our school to drop students who do not attend for 10 consecutive school days. If you are aware of a reason that your student may not attend school for 10 days, we ask you to please contact the Attendance Secretary. In addition, we encourage you to work with a counselor if the long-term absence is linked to health or family issues.
Regular attendance and punctuality are essential for success and are expected in all classes. Absences should be limited to personal/family illness, medical appointments, dental appointments, legal appointments, family emergencies, death of an immediate family member, religious holiday, or school-sponsored field trips. If your child will be absent from school, please call the Attendance Secretary at 503-356-2701.
Please provide the child's full name, grade, team and the reason for the absence. You may also request homework if the child is expected to be gone for more than two days. A 24-hour notice is required, and homework may be picked up in the main office after school. Teachers also place homework on the website where students can obtain current assignments.
Students who are absent are expected to complete all assignments missed. In most cases, the time given for make up work is equal to the number of days absent.
Whitford Middle School is committed to providing parents with the information they need to support the regular attendance of their students. If you would like to monitor your student’s attendance patterns, we encourage you to use ParentVue or to contact the Attendance Secretary.
When a student has a pattern of absences that indicate irregular attendance, administrators, counselors, and teachers will work with students and parents to develop a plan to improve attendance. We encourage parents who are concerned about attendance to contact a counselor to facilitate communication with teachers and to access resources for their student.
Chromebooks and School Devices
Chromebooks and school devices should only be used for school projects and assignments, and they should be used in accordance with the responsible digital citizenship lessons we're taught in school. When students are doing research using a web browser and inadvertently find an inappropriate site, they must quickly leave the site and inform a teacher. Students should also avoid any tampering with district settings or attempt to circumvent filters on their Chromebooks.
Personal Electronic Devices (P.E.D.)
In general, the only possessions appropriate to have at school are those that relate to the educational process. If a student needs to bring a cell phone or P.E.D. to school, the Whitford expectation is that devices are “Off and Away” from 9:15-3:50. Students should keep their phones in their locker or backpack the entire school day if they must be brought to school (with students accepting the risk of possible loss). Students are no longer allowed to use these devices during passing period or lunch as we focus on encouraging students to engage in face-to-face conversations with peers and limit social media exposure during the school day.
Inappropriate use of cell phones or electronic devices will result in a consequence.
- A first offense of this policy will result in a restorative conversation between student and adult.
- A second offense will result in checking the device into the office for the remainder of the school day. The student will be given the device back at the end of the day.
- A third offense will result in the device being checked into the main office for the duration of the day. The parent or guardian will need to pick up the device in the main office.
Students with repeated cell phone issues will be subject to a plan of action to change behavior for their misuse of technology.
Parents: Please do not text your student during the school day to relay a message as students may face consequences if they are instructed by you to watch for a text on their phones. If you must communicate with your student during the school day, please email their BSD email account. Students will likely use their Chromebooks at some point during the day and may ask a teacher for permission to check for email communication from home. In the event of an emergency, contact the school and we will communicate promptly with the student.
Students worried about their P.E.D. being damaged, lost, or stolen should not bring such items to school. The school or district cannot be responsible or replace personal possessions that are damaged, lost, or stolen at school.
Bullying and harassment are unwanted, aggressive behaviors that involve a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. It includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. It has the effect of:
- Physically harming a student or damaging a student’s property;
- Knowingly placing a student in reasonable fear or physical harm to the student or damage to the student’s property;
- Creating a hostile educational environment including interfering with the psychological well being of the student.
The District is committed to providing a safe, positive and productive learning environment for all students. The district will not tolerate hazing, harassment, intimidation, menacing, bullying and cyberbullying, as well as teen-dating violence by students in schools or school campuses, school sponsored buses, school-related or school-sponsored events, or through the use of data or computer software that is accessed through a computer, computer system, or computer network. The physical location or the time of access of a computer-related incident may not be raised as a defense in any disciplinary action initiated pursuant to this policy when such incident has the effect of substantially interfering with or disrupting another student or employee’s rights.
Students are encouraged to report incidents of harassment, bullying, cyberbullying, and teen-dating violence to any staff member. Bullying Report Forms are also available from counselors and in the main office. Once reported, a prompt investigation will be conducted and appropriate steps will be taken. Students may also report concerns at the SafeOregon Tipline (through this link or at the top of the Whitford homepage).
“Cyberbullying” is the use of any electronic communication device to convey a message in any form (text, image, audio or video) that defames, intimidates, harasses or is otherwise intended to harm, insult or humiliate another in a deliberate, repeated or hostile and unwanted manner under a person’s true or false identity. In addition, any communication of this form which substantially disrupts or prevents a safe and positive educational environment may also be considered cyberbullying. Students will refrain from using personal communication devices or district property to harass or stalk another. Reports of bullying MAY be reported to the School Resource Officer (SRO).
Contacting/Meeting with Teachers
For Students: Problems are most easily solved when the student deals directly and promptly with the teacher. Students should speak privately with their teachers whenever they have a question or concern. The best time to do this is usually before or after class. Most teachers are available to work with students before or after school with prior arrangements.
For Parents and Guardians: The staff of Whitford Middle School looks forward to working with parents and guardians in order to provide opportunities for student success. Making an appointment is the most efficient way to see a staff member. This can be accomplished by contacting your child’s teacher or counselor by phone or e- mail during the day. For the safety of Whitford students, all visitors upon arrival must enter through the front entrance and obtain a visitor’s pass at the main office.
All Whitford Middle School staff have access to e-mail at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Telephone Messages to Students
Messages for Whitford students should be given before the student reports to school for the day, eliminating the need for individual messages delivered to students during the school day. However, if you need to relay an urgent message to your child, please call the front office. Do not text them on their cell phone as it should be off and away during class time (please see information about electronic devices below). Students are not excused from class to accept phone calls, except in emergency situations.
At the conclusion of the school day, students riding a school bus are to proceed directly and promptly to the bus loading area at the east end of the school. Students who miss the bus will need to call a parent or guardian to arrange for transportation home. Students not riding buses are expected to either leave campus or wait for their ride in front of the school.
Students are expected to ride their own bus home from school each day. If students wish to go home with a friend or leave the bus at a stop other than their own, they must bring a note for signed by a parent for administrative approval prior to the end of the school day. Approved notes are good only for the date listed directly on the note and are subject to seat availability (as determined by the bus driver). For long- term bus route or stop changes, please contact the transportation department directly at (503) 356-4200 or https://transtime.beaverton.k12.or.us/TSR/
Students are expected to conduct themselves appropriately when riding the bus. This includes:
- Remaining seated while the bus is in motion with arms, hands and heads inside the windows.
- Being courteous to the driver and all other passengers.
- Using appropriate language.
- Respecting district property by keeping the seats/floor clean and undamaged.
- Following any other instructions about bus conduct given by the bus driver.
When you arrive at school, please park and lock your bike in the slotted rack in front of the building (the school is not responsible for stolen or damaged bikes). This is the only area available for bikes. Students are not permitted to ride bikes during lunch or at any other time during school hours, and students should walk their bikes while on school grounds. Students have no need to be near the bikes during the course of the school day.
According to Oregon law, children under the age of 16 must wear approved protective headgear when riding bikes. Failure to do so may result in the loss of riding privileges to and from school, and their could be a citation from law enforcement. Most bike helmets will fit in student lockers.
Roller blades, Heelys, Skateboards, etc.
Student safety and security are among our highest priorities. Roller blades, skateboards, skates, and scooters pose potential health risks to students on the busy streets and parking lot near the school. If a student chooses to use this mode of transportation, they will need to walk these items on to campus and place them in their lockers upon arrival. The wheel part of Heelys may not be used on campus. Longboards do not fit in student lockers and should not be brought on campus.
A large number of students walk to and from school. Parents should review with students safety precautions, especially in dealing with strangers who might stop them, and in walking home during emergency conditions including bad weather, or the winter months when sunset occurs early. Students should always walk on the sidewalks and cross the street in marked crosswalks.
Whitford Middle School is committed to maintaining an appropriate climate in our school and making every effort to be consistent in establishing an acceptable dress code. A dress code policy enables the school to promote a safe and appropriate educational setting which is free from unnecessary disruptions or outside influences. Our main purpose as an educational institution is to assist students in presenting themselves in a manner that promotes a positive and productive school environment, personal pride, and academic success.
Beaverton School District Disruptive Appearance/Student Dress - Code 10:
Dress and grooming are primary responsibilities of students and parents/guardians. However, students may be directed to change dress or grooming if it interferes with the learning process or school climate, is unclean, or threatens the health or safety of the student or others. Clothing, jewelry, or wording/graphics on clothing or on the person (e.g., tattoos) that is sexually suggestive, drug or alcohol-related, vulgar, which depicts violence, insulting, gang membership related or ridicules a particular person or group may be prohibited.
Students' dress shall be modest, neat, clean, and in keeping with health, sanitary, and safety practices. Beaverton School District Middle Schools have worked to establish a consistent set of dress expectations or standards that all students and staff are expected to follow:
Hats and Head Wear
Students may wear hats and hoodies as long as they can be identified from the front and profile view. Face paint and masks that prevent us from identifying a student are not permitted.
Minimum Safe Attire
Student attire and grooming must permit the student to participate in learning without posing a risk to the health or safety of any student or school district personnel.
- Students must wear clothing including both a shirt with pants or skirt, or the equivalent (for example dresses, leggings, or shorts) and shoes.
- Shirts and dresses must have fabric in the front and on the sides (under the arms).
- Clothing must cover undergarments (waistbands and straps excluded).
- Fabric covering breasts, genitals and buttocks must be opaque.
- Clothing must be suitable for all scheduled classroom activities including physical education, science labs, wood shop, and other activities where unique hazards exist.
- Specialized courses may require specialized attire, such as sports uniforms or safety gear.
District Dress Code
District policy provides: “Attire or grooming depicting or advocating violence, criminal activity, use of alcohol or drugs, pornography, or hate speech are prohibited.” All BSD students are expected to comply with the requirements of this policy. Specifically:
- Clothing may not depict, advertise or advocate the use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other controlled substances.
- Clothing may not depict pornography, nudity or sexual acts.
- Clothing may not use or depict hate speech targeting groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation or any other protected classification.
- Clothing must not pose a threat to the health or safety of any other student or staff.
- Enforcement must accommodate clothing worn by students as an expression of sincerely held religious beliefs (head scarves, for example) and worn by students with disabilities (protective helmets, for example).
Breakfast is served daily from 8:40 - 9:10 am. No meals will be served after 9:10 am so that students may get to class in a timely manner. Lunch is served by grade level between 11:38 and 1:30.
In each lunch period of the school day, students have available for purchase a variety of foods. They may select the menu which includes a hot entree, vegetable, fruit, dessert and milk; the menu which includes a salad, fruit, dessert and milk; or other a la carte options. For those students who bring their lunch from home, milk may be purchased separately. Each lunch period, food sales will stop 5-10 minutes before the end of the lunch period so students can finish eating and be punctual to class.
Because of health department regulations concerning sanitation, students should wash their hands before eating and are not allowed to share any portion of their meals. Students may deposit money into their accounts using their memorized personal ID numbers (ID numbers should not be shared with other students as it is linked to the meal account). They are encouraged to make their deposits before school. Meal prices and menus are available on the district website.
Student Meal Accounts
Students may pay for their meals with cash or a check. Parents may deposit money in a student's account with cash or a check (with the school cashier or in the cafeteria dropbox), or online through the SchoolCafe system (there is a fee for this online service). When your student is promoted to high school or transfers to another school within BSD, the student's account balance will transfer with them.
Free & Reduced Lunch
If a family is experiencing financial need, parents may complete one application for free or reduced price meals for all students in their family. The Free and Reduced Lunch Program application is available online, or an application is available in the main office. The application process and each student's meal benefit status are completely confidential. Families may apply for meal benefits at any time throughout the school year, even up to the last day of school. However, a new application is required for each school year. For more information, please call the Nutrition Services Meal Benefits Office at 302-356-3957.
If students become ill, they should speak to their teacher and report to the Main Office Health Room. Parents will be contacted if a student is unable to return to class. Students may not leave campus unless someone listed in their emergency contact screen is able to come for them.
If a child has a fever, the child should remain at home for at least 24 hours after the fever breaks. Please refer to the Too Sick for Schoo? document if you have additional questions.
The administering of any prescription medicine by school personnel to students is only possible if accompanied by the parent's written directions and approval. The medicine must be in the original, properly labeled prescription containers. Parents will complete a medication record and authorization card in the school office.
Students at the elementary and middle school level may not carry any non-prescription medication on them (this includes Tylenol, ibuprofen or even cough drops). These medications must be stored in the office with proper documentation from the parent as to when it may be administered to a student by school staff.
The only exception for a student to carry medication is in the case of an asthma inhaler. All proper documentation for this medication from a doctor and the parent must be on file in the office for this exception to be made.
There are many ways students at Whitford can become involved beyond the classroom. Some activities include: service activities, grade level events, student celebrations, assemblies, fundraisers and a variety of after school clubs.
Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District
Middle School sports are organized through Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District. In the past, offerings have included competitive football, basketball, soccer, baseball, track and field, and cross country. Program and fee information are available in the school office and through your local Parks & Recreation site. For more information, call:
- Sports Leagues - Tualatin Hills Athletic Center: 503-629-6330
- After School Sports: 503-629-6340
Competitive teams are also formed through the high school your child will attend. For more information, call:
- Beaverton High School Athletic Department: 503-356-2830
- Southridge High School Athletic Department: 503-356-2890
Fundraisers and Donations
Student Advisory Council
Volunteers are role models for students and help maintain a safe learning environment. At Whitford, volunteers are needed, welcomed, and valued by teachers, staff and students. Volunteering is a great way to become better acquainted with the school and understand the entire middle school experience.
To protect the safety and welfare of our children, the Beaverton School District conducts background checks on all volunteers. Volunteers will need to complete a one page form available online. You may also come into the school office and use one of the computers to complete this very brief online application. The confidential background checks will be conducted by the District's Public Safety Office at no charge to the volunteer. Once completed, your name and phone number will appear on an approved volunteer list available to appropriate staff and volunteer coordinators. No other information will be included on the list. If you have any questions, please contact the school office or the District's Public Safety Office at 503-356-4444.
Our AVID program is always looking for volunteers to specifically work within this program. For more information about the AVID program and for information about volunteering to be an AVID Tutor, please see the District AVID webpage.
- Gifts and Deliveries
- Lost or Damaged School Property
- Visitors at School
- Weather Related Closures
- Library / Media Center
- Field Trips
- Dangerous Devices
- Closed Campus
Lost or Damaged School Property
Each student is responsible for all books, Chromebooks, locks and/or materials that are issued by the school. A fine will be assessed if materials receive more damage than is expected through normal usage. The student will be expected to pay for replacement of lost or destroyed material.
At the end of each year, or when students leave Whitford, they must return books, locks, Chromebooks, and other materials in good condition or a fine will be assessed. Until all fines/fees are paid or cleared:
- all record of fines/fees owed will follow the student to the high school
- students may be restricted from participating in activities, including graduation
Lost and Found
If a student has lost an item or found any personal property, he/she should make inquiry regarding the item in the main office. It is the responsibility of any student to turn in lost items belonging to others as soon as possible to the office Lost and Found. In the event that a student finds any item that violates school rules, the student should not touch the item and immediately report the information to an administrator or any adult. The first day of each month, all lost and found items will be donated to local organizations that support families in need.
All visitors must check in with the Main Office first to receive permission and a nametag. If a staff member asks for certain identification from a visitor, please remember they are trying to ensure safety for students at Whitford. We appreciate your support in this effort.
Parents who want to visit a classroom should make arrangements with the teacher a minimum of 24 hours in advance and check in at the main office when they arrive.
It is not possible for non-Whitford students to shadow or visit classrooms during the school day. If students or families are interested in seeing the facility, they should contact an administrator for arrangements.
Winter often brings problems caused by inclement weather and poor road conditions. School may be canceled or, on occasion, require that the opening of school be delayed. For a delayed opening (always two hours), Whitford will begin school at 11:15 am. Buses will operate two hours later than their normal pick up time at each location. Some buses may be on snow routes. In the event of an early release, the district will determine the scheduled time for pick up based on bus availability and road conditions.
When snowy or icy weather hits, please listen to any of the major television or radio stations, or check the Beaverton School District or Whitford home page between 6:00 am and 7:30 am for information regarding school closures or delayed openings. Communication through School Messenger will also take place for all home and parent cell phones and parent email addresses in the district database. Please do not call the school, except in an emergency.
It is helpful to communicate with your son or daughter in advance of a weather-related event. For example, if you normally pick up your child will you also be there for an early dismissal should one occur? If not, what should the child do? What happens if road conditions prohibit you from getting to school at all? Please have this conversation ahead of time.
The Whitford Library / Media Center is open from 8:55 am until 4:00 pm most school days. The area is designed for research, homework assignments, pleasure reading, quiet study , group work, or computer work.
Students check out their textbooks from the Whitford library in September. Students will be reminded when they check out textbooks about their responsibility to take care of and return books in good condition. Please discuss this with them and help them understand the importance of good stewardship. It is the financial responsibility of students and their parents for any lost or damaged books.
Field trips are an extension of the Whitford curriculum activities and are provided for educational enrichment. The supervising teacher conducting the field trip will send home a permission slip for parent approval/signature before each trip. School rules will apply to any activity that is sponsored by the school or district.
In an effort to maximize the safety and security of individuals and their possessions, the following items are not to be brought to school:
- laser light pens, water guns, balloons or water devices
- weapons of any kind (knives - including pocket knives, guns, weapon look-alikes, and any item used dangerously)
- lighters, matches, firecrackers or fireworks, or any other explosive
- any other dangerous items or items that appear to be dangerous (toy guns, knives, etc. will be treated as real weapons)
- cigarettes or other tobacco/nicotine products including vape or electronic cigarette devices
- drugs or alcohol
- pornographic/suggestive materials
- medication that has not been authorized by the main office
- any other item(s) deemed inappropriate for school
A more extensive list of items that should never be brought to school are listed in the District Student/Parent Handbook. Discipline consequences are attached if any of these items are brought on to campus.
Students may not leave the school grounds during the school day without permission from a parent/guardian and the school administration. Once a student is delivered to the campus, he/she must remain on campus until the end of the school day. If students leave the campus for any reason, a parent/guardian must sign out the student in the front office. If they return to school the same day, the student must sign in at the front office.
Having a locker is a privilege. Students are expected to treat lockers gently and with respect. Lockers are issued to students for storage of coats, books, and school supplies. Two students usually share one large locker. This also applies to gym lockers. Lockers are school property and may be checked periodically by the school staff for neatness, lost books, materials, etc.
- Keep lockers shut and locked at all times; do not share your combination with other students.
- Do not keep money and other valuables in the locker. The school or district will not be responsible for any missing or stolen property from your locker so please keep valuable items at home (particularly electronics).
- Lockers should remain clean and graffiti free. Do not place stickers on lockers or display any inappropriate materials inside the locker.
- Respect other students' lockers. Do no tamper with anyone else's locker.
- Close doors quietly without slamming.
- Respectfully share locker space with partner.
- Backpacks, purses, and bags remain in lockers during the school day.
- Report locker issues to a staff member, especially if there is damage.
- Do not switch lockers and/or locker partners unless given permission to do so.
- Personal locks may not be used on student lockers.
Just as we have expectations for behavior in classes, we also have expectations for behavior online. Those expectations are outlined below:
Zoom meetings (or other video programs used to gather students together):
- Students should enter online using their first and last names as well as a school-appropriate profile picture/background. Students may be asked to briefly show their face to confirm their identity and them may use a profile picture or neutral background afterward. Students who do not accurately identify themselves will not be allowed to enter the meeting.
- Students may not share entrance codes to meetings with anyone other than members of the class holding the meeting.
- Follow the directions for engaging in participation that will be shared by the teacher -- when to make comments, when to unmute yourself, how to raise your hands, etc.
- Any chat functions available during a meeting are to be used strictly for the purpose of the meeting. Distracting or irrelevant comments no intended for the entire class are not to be shared.
- If students set up a meeting between themselves and classmates without the supervision of a teacher, the expectation of appropriate conversation continues. Students are asked to report inappropriate conversations to teachers, counselors or administrators.
- Generally speaking, any comment that would not be made in front of a teacher in a class at Whitford is a comment that should not be made in a virtual classroom.
- Students who are unable to abide by these expectations may be muted or eventually blocked from entering virtual classes or assemblies.