Construction Update 1/10/20
Glass will be installed in the vestibule
Tile is being installed in the remodeled student restrooms. Projected date for occupancy is January 24th.
There are still issues with heating and cooling in some classrooms that were not fixed over Winter Break.
Wiring for cameras was installed over the Winter Break. We expect cameras to be installed within the next two weeks.
Construction Update 12/23/19
There will be considerable contract and construction work done during Winter Break when the school will be vacant of students and staff. The latest status report I have been given is that restrooms will be renovated at this time and ready mid-January. Also, the entry vestibule should be completed by the end of January.
Construction Update 12/15/19
- Construction workers report to the school when it is still dark. Please slow down in the back parking lot when entering. Thank you.
- There was a concern brought to administration and our project manager about dust that is produced during after-hours construction. Residue left in classrooms from work that occurs in the evening is nontoxic, as the dust collection system has HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters and classrooms are expected to cleaned prior to staff and students coming to school the next day.
- Restrooms under construction are targeted to be completed by mid-January.
- Vestibule is delayed a couple weeks due to the supplier sending the incorrect size of glass though the right size was ordered.
Construction Update 12/6/2019
- Vestibule doors have been delivered and they will begin installation in the next weeks.
Construction Update 11/26/2019
- At the end of Winter Break, we are expecting to see the front vestibule and north courtyard complete (but possibly without fencing). We are going to leave the doors into the front office, but permanently close them off (remove sidewalk in front of doors, remove hardware, and weld them shut so they will act like a window). The restrooms are expected to be turned over in mid-January.
Questions around our restroom facilities and capacity have surfaced in recent weeks. To clarify what our building is currently offering in comparison to building code, we would like to provide the following information.
The final building occupancy is calculated at 1115 students, based on the BSD method established with the City of Beaverton (2013)
Based on occupancy maximum, the project is required to provide 22 water closets, 22 lavatories, and 2 drinking fountains at the completion of the project. Urinals count for 2/3 of a water closet, per code. We will exceed these minimum numbers. We will have 25 water closets, 10 urinals, 35 lavatories, 10 drinking fountains, and 8 each staff water closets and lavatories.
The existing building had 25 water closets, 16 urinals, 27 lavatories, 8 drinking fountains, and 6 each staff water closets and lavatories.
During the current phase, we have 19 water closets, 9 urinals, 22 lavatories, 10 drinking fountains, and 6 each staff water closets and lavatories available. This meets the code minimum for the completed project, even though we have 12 classrooms not occupied due to construction. To keep some perspective, our current enrollment is 1,010 (105 less than what it is designed for).
In summary, prior to construction, we met current code requirements, after construction we will meet code, and we meet code in our current phase of construction as well.
Construction Update 11/4/2019
- The hallway ceiling is being worked on. The ceiling grid and acoustic tiles will be removed. Appropriate required light levels will be maintained with temporary light fixtures that will be secured. All fire and life safety devices will be operational (paging, fire alarm, exit signs, emergency lighting, etc.). Everything will be safe for students/staff to walk below, it will just be visually open to structure.
- Work will only happen after school hours and KNCC will have all areas clean and ready for staff/students at the end of each work day.
Construction Update 10/18/2019
- North garden sidewalks are half complete with more sidewalks to be poured this week; weather permitting.
- Roofing for the vestibule to be completed this week. The doors and glass installation on October 31. Targeted date for vestibule to be usable on November 17. Total completion is expected on December 30.
- Layout and framing of Phase 5 (area currently being demolished) will begin on November 1.
Construction Update 10/12/2019
- Garden sidewalks poured on 10/22. North garden complete in November.
- Front doors to be installed on 10/31. Vestibule completion in November.
Construction Update 10/7/2019
- North Garden work is almost complete
- The Vestibule will be done mid-November
- Phase 5 demolition is done and new construction is set to begin in this area
School Update 1/10/2020
On January 8th this message was sent out by email through Schoolmessenger:
At around 2:15 today the administration at Five Oaks became aware of a concerning situation on our campus that involved students taking a controlled substance known as Xanax. Emergency responders and law enforcement were immediately called to assist in the incident and out of an abundance of caution we are writing you this evening to inform you of the situation. The investigation into the incident is ongoing and we would ask that you have a conversation with your student this evening about the situation and remind your student of the dangers of taking controlled substances.
We will include additional information in our monthly newsletter that will come out next week. To protect the privacy of the students and families involved, no specific information will be given regarding the follow-up with the students. All students are recovering and the school will be working closely with families ensure student safety. We will be sharing information that you can use to talk to your child keep them safe. We tell students that unless food or other substances come from and are approved by your own guardians, please don't eat or drink anything that is given to you.
- PTO Meeting on January 15th at 6:30.
- Middle School Boundary Meeting on June 16th at 6:30 at Highland Park Middle School.
- News stations are predicting snow for next week. The most current information regarding school closures will be posted on the Beaverton School District website. You can also subscribe to the emergency notification system that will alert parents by text to any early dismissals or closures. Text "yes" to "67587" and you will receive notification on your cell phone
School Update 12/23/2019
- I hope that everyone has a restful and joyful Winter Break. The office will be closed all of Winter Break. In the December Parent Newsletter that is available on our website there is a comprehensive list of all the actions that have been taking place this school year.
- I have had many parents asking about volunteer opportunities to help support the school. Below is the link to complete the required background check. We have a new Volunteer Coordinator for Five Oaks who is very excited to get started. We will coordinate the volunteers from Five Oaks and Rachel Carson for some school-wide activities that we are planning. Please consider becoming involved. We welcome everyone!!
School Update 12/15/2019
- Thank you to all the students that participated in the Winter Band Concert last week. The students and Mr. Hall put on a fabulous performance.
- The school has been busy with activity and Rachel Carson students are in the middle of their Science Inquiry Projects.
- We had a number of unplanned fire drills. An investigation was done to determine if it is was related to the construction or if alarms were being pulled. As a precaution, all alarm pull stations are being covered so they are not easily accessed.
- With the addition of a new campus security person, we are re-examining and evaluating to optimize campus supervision using existing certified, classified, and admin staff teaming with staff assigned to campus security personnel.
School Update 12/6/2019
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break. It is a good time to reconnect with family, eat good food, and have down time.
Five Oaks and Rachel Carson is committed to providing a safe learning environment for all our students. The action plan that was developed included the following actions:
- Anti-Harassment discussions in all PE classes
- Administrators addressed all Five Oaks students through their Advisory classes on hallway behavior, respect for adults and students, profanity, and harassment.
- Ongoing teaching and re-teaching of school-wide expectations
- Lesson in Myth Buster-style for Advisory and Integrated Studies Classes informing students about the two schools
- Ongoing evaluation and adjustment of supervision schedule
- Formed combined student leadership group of 8th grade Rachel Carson and Five Oaks students
- Incident report made available to all students on Canvas
- Addition of a Campus Supervisor
- After-School Detention
- Lunch Detention with an administrator
- Radios provided for teachers while on hall supervision
The addition of the Campus Supervisor began late this week. We are excited to have another set of eyes assisting with student supervision in the school. The consideration that the district has given to prioritize student safety was instrumental in the addition of this position.
We have two weeks left until the holiday break. Teachers take pride in bell to bell learning in their classes daily and have each day filled with rich learning opportunities for their students. We look forward to seeing families at our band concert conducted by Mr. Greg Hall on Thursday, December 12 at 7:00 PM.
School Update 11/26/2019
- All students and staff have two school days this week prior to Thanksgiving. I wanted to take this time to thank our staff for their hard work and dedication, thank our students for committing to their studies, and thank our parents for the passion they have to help guide their student toward a successful path.
- At Five Oaks Middle School we know our first priority is for students to be and feel safe. We have a continual commitment toward a safe learning environment. We continually work with individual students and groups of students to shape and reinforce appropriate behavior. Students have various ways to report incidents or concerns. We encourage students to make reports when needed. There is form in the office that can be filled out and/or a link on their Canvas page. If a student chooses to make a verbal report to an adult in the school it is immediately reported to counselors and/or administration for follow-up. Administrators work closely and actively with parents of the students that need redirection for their behavior. All staff in the school have student safety in the forefront. Everyone takes it very seriously and every staff member is supportive to any student that comes to them with a concern regarding their safety.
- The leadership team continues to evaluate our supervision schedule and responsibilities to cover the locations and times where areas of congestion heighten problematic student behaviors. The hallways have been a challenge with the ongoing renovation, but we know we must be vigilant in the hallway at all times of the day.
- We appreciate all the parent input, suggestions, and conversations we have had this year. Thank you for your engagement.
- Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.
School Update 11/4/19
- 8th graders will take the PreACT 8 on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. The exam will begin promptly at 9:15 and last for 3 hours. In addition to academic preparedness, this exam offers predictive measures for future scores on the ACT exam that will be taken as Junior students in High School. The PreACT 8 also gives students excellent feedback around career and college planning and readiness. Get some rest 8th graders. This is a very important opportunity! Due to schedule constraints, our Rachel Carson 8th grade students will take this exam on Friday November 8, 2019.
- Reteaching of school - wide expectations continues in classes this week. The focus on treating others with kindness and dignity in order to create a strong and positive culture has been received well in our student community. Next up will be revisiting our expectations of hallway behaviors and exploring school appropriate ways to address adults and peers in our hallways.
School Update 10/28/19
- Spirit Week is this week! In effort to build community and culture, as well as aligning our social experiences to high schools, our Leadership Class has planned daily dress up themes. Students have a great time coming together during Spirit Week. Traditionally we have not allowed students to dress up on Halloween. We are allowing it this year. Participation in Spirit Week, including dressing up for Halloween is entirely optional. We do ask that parents/guardians help ensure that students are following guidelines for appropriate dress.
- Daily Themes:
- Monday: Meme Monday-sport your favorite (school appropriate) meme
- Tuesday: Tacky Tourist Tuesday-pull out your tourist attire
- Wednesday: Retro Day-throw back to a favorite decade
- Thursday: Halloween/Orange/Black (no masks, weapons or look alike weapons, or face paint please)
- Daily Themes:
- Our first Punctuality Party is Thursday, October 31, 2019. Students will 4 or less tardies during the first quarter are eligible to attend.
- Friday, November 1, 2019 is a grading day for teachers. There is no school for students.
School Update 10/18/2019
- A group of student leaders comprised of Five Oaks and Rachel Carson 8th grade students met with a counselor for a very productive meeting regarding their ideas to bring the students of the two programs together. We are very grateful for the open conversation the students were willing to participate in.
- We will begin opportunities for parents to meet with the principal and assistant principals throughout the school year. The scheduled meetings for the next month are as follows. More meetings will be scheduled throughout the school year:
- October 29 at 10:00 am
- November 6 at 2:30 pm
- November 19 at 7:00 pm
- We have an all school assembly on Thursday, October 24th. There is not room in our gym for parents to join us, but we will share with families the content of the assembly and the follow-up we will be doing with students.
School Update 10/12/2019
- A group of student leaders from Five Oaks and Rachel Carson will meet soon to give student perspective to the student relationships and steps we can take to continue to build a strong community free of hate and harassment.
- A Community conversation regarding vaping, drug, and alcohol use among youth is being held on Tuesday, October 15th from 6:00-8:00pm at Aloha High School. AHS is located at 18550 SW Kinnaman Rd.
- The first Middle School Boundary Meeting is Thursday, October 24 6:30-8:30.
- Conferences are being held on October 16th and 17th. We look forward to seeing all of you.
- We just finished the first week of our new Encore class – Literacy Enrichment. Thank you for your patience as we put the new class in place.
- Our new adjusted schedule begins on Monday, October 14. The big change is the adjusted lunch times.
School Update 10/7/2019
- New schedule to help with the congestion of the hallways and to help reduce a overcrowded lunch time begins on Monday, October 14
- All School Assembly with a focus on being kind to others with an Anti-bullying message on October 24.
- Admin Team will begin talks with students on hallway behavior and appropriate language for school
- Conferences are next week on October 16 and 17