School Learning Plan
Beaver Acres Elementary School
At Beaver Acres we provide a safe, welcoming, and inclusive learning community that encourages, empowers, and supports
all students to become confident, capable,
and independent lifelong learners.
To achieve our vision on a daily basis --
NURTURE the whole child.
BUILD a culture of perseverance and hard work.
TEACH an engaging curriculum and a love of learning.
FOSTER meaningful relationships within our community.
CELEBRATE the individual strengths of each and every member of our community.
Who Are We Now:
School Climate and Culture: Beaver Acres is currently one of the largest K-5 elementary schools in the Beaverton School District. It has been the privilege of the Beaver Acres staff and community to have three Independent Skills Center (ISC) specialized program classrooms for the past 20+ years serving students with special needs. This year we opened a Pre Kindergarten class, serving two classes, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Creating a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment is central to every policy and practice at Beaver Acres.
Along with the rest of the Beaverton School District, we have recognized the need to further equip our staff with tools to support and nurture our students’ social and emotional learning. Over the last few years we have implemented the following structures: morning meeting in each classroom is built into the master schedule, knowledge and use of the Zones of Regulation, fostering a growth mindset, “Peace Places” as calming spaces for students to regulate their emotions, professional development for staff, Harmony lessons, and conflict resolution lessons/problem solving for students. This year we are implementing the Kindness in the Classroom curriculum as a Tier 1 Support for Social Emotional Learning along with the rest of the Beaverton School District at the Elementary level.
Academics: We use the workshop model for instruction in math, writing, and reading. Our primary focus is knowing each and every student well as a learner, reader, and mathematician to better design and implement instruction. The use of the Independent Reading Level Assessment Framework (IRLA) for reading provides specific guidance on where the students are as readers and what strategies need more refinement. Authentic published writing and daily practice provide us with a roadmap for writing instruction. In math, we use the workshop model and mathematical practices to ensure we are supporting individual learners. Each of these areas allows for conferring opportunities to set up individual goals as well as strategic grouping during work time to directly link instruction to need. Our English Language Development staff push-in and/or co-teach during reading and/or writing to support our students who are emerging bilingual students as well as students who are striving readers.
District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.
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.
- WE partner with our community to educate and serve students.