Winterhaven Weekly - 3/8/18

posted Mar 8, 2018, 6:49 PM by Unknown user

Upcoming Events:


  • March 21 – Two Hour Late Start – School starts at 10:45 am
  • March 26 – 30 – Spring Break – No School


March 14 National School Walk Out Day – As you probably know, a national school walkout has been called for on March 14 to honor the lives lost in Parkland, Florida, on February 14th.  For this day, many of our teachers will be taking our students out for a Peace Walk around the exterior of our campus during the 17 minute observance.  Before the march, our teachers will spend time on age appropriate lessons about what constitutes a safe, supportive and inclusive learning environment.  Our goal is that we foster and promote critical thinking skills and that students are able to apply these in a relevant and real-world context.  Teachers will be sharing with their families more specific details about their age appropriate lessons, but if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your child’s homeroom teacher in grades K-6 or their 3rd period teacher in grades 7 & 8.

Counselor’s Corner Hey all,2018-19-School-District-Calendar.pdf 

These next few weeks’ blurbs may be on the briefer side from me, I’m out for trainings every Monday until Spring Break and cramming my usual work week into the other 4 days.  

In the K-5 classrooms, we are looking at effective communication styles and techniques. Mostly this will be book based, but there will likely be some videos as well.  This week, our book is The Secret Olivia Told Me by N. Joy. In 6th grade we will be working through some Suicide Prevention lessons for the next couple weeks. This week 6th will watch and discuss a short film from Washington State’s program called Look, Listen, Link  After the suicide prevention lessons, we will start in on Sexual Health.  This will be our curriculum through the rest of the year. Each session has a sheet that should come home to be discussed with you and then returned to their teacher for a grade.


State of Oregon: My Future-My Choice - My Future-My Choice

My Future My Choice, MFMC, sexuality education curriculum, tools to resist social and peer pressure, middle school health education, HB 2509, teen pregnancy ...


"Look, Listen, Link" - Youth Suicide Prevention Program ...

This video was developed by Youth Suicide Prevention Program of Washington State; to be used in conjunction with middle school health curriculum. For more ...


Historically, Winterhaven has stayed above a 94% or higher attendance rate.  This year, we have dropped well below that. Please try to schedule your vacations and other events outside of the school year and have your students here every day, on time.  Not only does missing class make learning more difficult on your students, but it does have an impact on our school as a whole. We depend on your students to be here for our cooperative learning lessons, and while they are out, they lose the social learning they would otherwise be engaged in. Ideally, we want them missing a maximum of 10 days per year.  Below that really hits our school report card score hard. Just as your students strive for top grades, we as a school do also. If you are curious about your student’s attendance so far, that information is available on Synergy.

And to our question: I was walking up the stairs here at Winterhaven wondering what I was going to write for this week’s question.  Somewhere deep down, I found myself wishing I could just not talk about race and racism for once this year. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy looking at diversity and trying to make the world a better place for all people, but the single focus was wearing on me at that moment.  And then I remembered. This is, of course, my privilege as a white male in this culture. I can ignore race and other issues of diversity when it suits me and other folks can’t. So our weekly question is around that topic: How does our ability (or lack thereof) to be able to ignore race affect our lives, culture and outlook?  How does living in “The Whitest Big City in America” affect those things?

Cliff Shaw
School Counselor
Winterhaven School

Teacher email change - Please be advised that Ms. Ferguson's email has changed to Her name has changed to Emily Ferguson Sipes too, but she will continue going by Ms. Ferguson here at school.

Commercial featuring Winterhaven students & Ms. Ferguson - In 2016, Ms. Ferguson won the OnPoint Educator of the Year award. Her gratitude toward the families and staff who supported her in the contest is unending. This year, she was asked to help advertise for the award during its nomination period. She and a stellar group of singing 8th graders starred in this commercial, which you might have seen while watching the Olympics! If you missed it, follow the link below and use the password to view it. Insider info: they're singing Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." 

Video Link:

Password: OnPoint

Last Day of School this school year – The last day of school for the 2017-18 school year is Friday, June 8th.  This is different than what is in the Winterhaven Parent/Student Handbook.  This does mean that the 8th grade promotion will be on Thursday, June 7th at 6 pm.  It also means that the School Picnic will be on Thursday, June 7th.  We do not believe a day will be added for the day of school missed on February 21st due to inclement weather, but if we miss additional days this year due to the weather, it is possible that PPS could make up those days.

School Year 2018-19 Calendar – The calendar for the school year 2018-19 has been approved by the School Board.  It can be found by following the prompts on the following link: It is also attached to this email (as an attachment).

Lost and Found – The lost and found cart is overflowing!  We will be clearing it on Monday, March 12.  Please check the cart to see if any of your student’s items might be on it.

Winterhaven Geographic Bee - Congratulations to 8th grader, Owen Jablonski! He has won the 2018 Winterhaven Geographic Bee. Students in fourth through eighth grade were eligible to participate in the preliminary rounds. The other finalists were Howie Hay, Jefferson Furlong, Eldon Nichols, Diego Hernandez, Mason Bruner, Sterling Wolk, and Peter Naumoff.

Thank you to Ms. Schumann for hosting this year. Based upon the results of a written assessment from National Geographic, Owen could qualify for the Oregon Geographic Bee, which will take place this April. Please contact Ms. Tran ( if you have any questions.

Winterhaven Spelling Bee - Congratulations to 6th grader, Agatha Chang! She has won the 2018 Winterhaven Spelling Bee. Agatha will represent Winterhaven in the Portland Tribune/Comcast Regional Spelling Bee in March.  Almost every class participated in the preliminary rounds this year. The other finalists were Ber Ewing, Sabina Cavowitz, Hazel Mackey, General Sutton, Lazarus Bambakidis, Mathieu Dupeyroux, Nina Gomez, Stephen Fisher, and Elliot Stone. Please contact Ms. Tran ( if you have any questions.

2018 Winterhaven Chess Academy -This is a great opportunity for beginning students to learn the fundamentals of chess and quickly improve their play.  It's primarily geared for K-3rd graders, but anyone can attend.  They will learn how the pieces move, basic strategic ideas, and the principles of opening and endgame play.

The Chess Academy starts April 4th and will be held 4 weeks (April 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th) for an hour (3-4 PM).  We will meet in room #25. Please use the link to register:  There is a $10 suggested donation per student:

If you have any questions, please email Dean at

Franklin Youth Track and Field - Franklin H.S. will be starting a Youth Track & Field Program here at our new Track Facility on Monday, March 12th, 2018 at 5 pm . We will be providing practice & meet bus transportation with coach supervisors.  Contact Jim Hennessey at with any questions or concerns. Cindy Hayford in the Winterhaven office also has information:

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