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CPMS Parent-Student Handbook

Cedar Park Pledge

The Cedar Park Pledge

This pledge is a written commitment to share our intention to support each other in creating a positive learning environment at Cedar Park Middle School, ensuring the success of each and every student.

We are a PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) school, which means we agree to follow four main expectations: we will persevere, be accepting of ourselves and others, demonstrate courage, share and seek knowledge.

In addition, we are IB Learners, which means we are inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk takers, and we strive to be knowledgeable, principled, caring, open-minded, well-balanced, and reflective.

Your child will bring home a copy of this form. Please read and sign it below, returning it to your advisory teacher during the first week of school. Also, please sign the back of this page acknowledging the review of the Beaverton School District Consistent Discipline Handbook.

I pledge to:

➢ Read and adhere to the Cedar Park Middle School Student & Parent Handbook and the Beaverton School District Student and Family Handbook.

➢ Be an IB Learner by supporting myself and others in the learning process.

➢ Practice our expectations:

o Be Persevering: I strive to try my best at all times and never give up.

o Be Accepting: I am kind to myself and am inclusive and accepting of others.

o Be Courageous: I strive to do the right thing at all times, even when it’s hard.

o Be Knowledgeable: I will be open to new ideas and share what I know through my words and actions.

A Letter From The Cedar Park Staff

Dear Cedar Park Students and Families,

Welcome to Cedar Park Middle School, an IB World School. We are proud of our school and excited that you will be joining our learning community.

Cedar Park has a long tradition of excellence in education and a distinguished history in the Beaverton School District. It was the district’s fourth “intermediate” school when it opened in September, 1965. Since the building wasn’t completed in that year, the school opened in the Merle Davies building with only 343 students—all 7th graders—under the leadership of Principal James Beach. The following September, the Cedar Park facility on Park Way was completed, and 8th and 9th graders joined the student body.

As middle school research evolved throughout the 1980’s, shifts in thinking began to take place about how to best meet the needs of early adolescents. After much research, planning, and deliberation, the Beaverton School District moved to change from an “intermediate” 7th, 8th, and 9th grade configuration to a middle school model, with 6th through 8th grades. Cedar Park, along with the rest of the district, made this change in the fall of 1994.

As we continue to study and learn about best practices in middle level education, our school continues to evolve. In June, 2009, we were authorized as a Middle Years Program (MYP) International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. In 2013 a team from the International Baccalaureate reauthorized our school. Cedar Park will have another visit during the 2018-2019 school year.

We (students and adults alike) are IB learners (inquirers, thinkers, communicators, courageous, knowledgeable, principled, caring, open-minded, well-balanced, and reflective). What does this mean? It means we are always striving to make learning meaningful, relevant, challenging, engaging and rewarding. We challenge you to participate fully in this learning adventure by giving 100% effort during your years at Cedar Park. Beginning now, what is your plan to enrich your own learning? What will you do to enhance your world? For more information on the program: http://www.ibo.org/

At Cedar Park, students will receive an excellent education in all subject areas, build new relationships with peers and staff, practice new skills in a safe and supportive environment, and be given an opportunity to give back to the community. The learning you do, the memories you create, the friendships you form, the activities you choose, and the projects and performances you create—those pave the path of your own journey into the future.

The entire staff at Cedar Park Middle School welcomes you! We are looking forward to sharing your special middle school journey with you. Know that we are all here to support and encourage you. This truly is your time to shine, and we look forward to being a part of it!

 

Sincerely,

Cedar Park Staff

Mission, Vision, Goal

Cedar Park Middle School – Mission, Vision, Goal

Beaverton District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.

Cedar Park Vision: At Cedar Park Middle School our mission is to develop high school ready students who are lifelong learners and global citizens that recognize the value of service to their own learning, their community, and the world.

To ensure that each student develops the skills and knowledge necessary to graduate from high school ready for college and careers, Cedar Park engages each student in the curriculum of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program (MYP). In addition, our school supports college readiness for each student through employing the strategies of Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID).

IB Mission Statement: The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

AVID Mission Statement: AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

Appointments

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 Cedar Park looks forward to working with parents and guardians in order to provide opportunities for student success. Please schedule appointments with staff members outside the school day so that our in-school time is reserved for student contact. 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 Cedar Park students, all visitors upon arrival must enter through the front entrance and obtain a visitor’s pass at the main office.

E-mail Communication

All Cedar Park staff have access to email at the following address: firstname_lastname@beaverton.k12.or.us. We encourage parents and students to use email for communication with the school. If you would like to keep your email contents confidential, please let us know.

Closure, Snow Delay & Early Release due to Weather

School closure or delayed start decisions will typically be made and posted on the District website by 5:15 a.m., then communicated to local media. We encourage and support families to make attendance decisions for your children) based on your own assessment of travel conditions at your location.

When all district schools and facilities are closed

● All daytime and evening activities/events are cancelled

When there is a 2-hour delay in opening school

● All schools will open two hours later than regularly scheduled.

● Buses are on snow routes.

● There will be no bus service (both a.m. and p.m.) for Bonny Slope elementary school.

● If weather conditions substantially improve by 11:00 a.m. any changes in afternoon bus service will be communicated no later than 1:00 p.m.

When school is on time and buses are on snow routes

● All schools operate on regular daily schedules.

● There will be no bus service (both a.m. and p.m.) for Bonny Slope and Nancy Ryles elementary schools.

● If weather conditions substantially improve by 11:00 a.m. any changes in afternoon bus service will be communicated no later than 1:00 p.m.

When weather conditions necessitate an early closure of schools

● We encourage you to refer our website and local media for more detailed information.

● All daytime and evening activities/events are cancelled.