ACMA PTO launches web presence, groundbreaking and grand opening scheduled, and more.

COURTESY: BEAVERTON SCHOOL DISTRICT - A rendering of what the new Hazeldale Elementary School building will look like upon completion of construction. The Beaverton School District will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the school on Saturday, Sept. 23.ACMA PTO launches Facebook, website

The parent-teacher organization (PTO) at the Arts and Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA) recently launched a website and Facebook page in an effort to coordination communication and information sharing among parents and faculty members at the school.

The website and Facebook page will provide information and a place to discuss carpools, after-school activities, volunteer opportunities, school schedules and more. The Facebook page is at; the website address is 

Groundbreaking slated at Hazeldale Sept. 23

The Beaverton School District will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for Hazeldale Elementary School from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at 20080 S.W. Farmington Road, Beaverton. The public is invited.

Hazeldale Elementary School is the second of four schools to be replaced as part of the District's $680 million construction bond approved by voters in May 2014. The current structure, built in 1942, has been torn down to be replaced with a modern, 83,000 square-foot, two-story building that will hold 750 students and will open in the fall of 2018.

DLR Group Architects designed the new school and Kirby Nagelhout Construction Group is the general contractor for the project.

Mountainside to host grand opening event

Mountainside High School, the Beaverton School District's new high school, will hold a grand opening and 5K run/walk from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at 12500 S.W. 175th Ave., Beaverton.

The grand opening event will include building tours lead by students and staff of the school beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The inaugural 5K race is a fundraiser with all proceeds supporting the new activities and athletic departments at Mountainside. The course for the race will take participants throughout the grounds of the new school. The run/walk will be chip timed. Each participant will receive a T-shirt to commemorate this first-ever Mountainside High School 5K.

Registration is now open and ends Friday, Sept. 22. To register, visit

For more information, contact Mountainside High at 503-356-3500.

District seeks budget committee volunteers

The Beaverton School District has two vacancies on its budget committee, and is seeking a diverse candidate pool. These positions are in School Board Zone 1 (served by boardmember Susan Greenberg) and Zone 2 (served by Anne Bryan).

The district schools represented in Zone 1 are: Fir Grove, Greenway, McKay, Montclair and Vose elementary schools, Whitford Middle School, Southridge High School and Arco Iris Charter School.

Zone 2's schools are: Bethany, Jacob Wismer, Oak Hills, Rock Creek and Sato elementary schools, Springville K-8, Stoller Middle School and Westview High School.

Individuals interested in serving on the Budget Committee need to live in the zone they wish to represent. The school board zones do not entirely match school attendance areas.; zone maps are available on the district website.

Candidates must also meet the following qualifications: be a qualified voter of the district, have lived in the district for at least one year and cannot be a district employee.

The budget committee reviews the district's budget and recommends needed changes, and conducts business in evening public meetings held between November and June. The budget committee also approves the Budget Document and forwards it to the school board for adoption by the end of June. Budget committee members will be appointed by the School Board.

Those who wish to apply should send a letter of interest and/or resume by Friday, September 29 to: Beaverton School District Communications & Community Involvement Department, 16550 S.W. Merlo Road, Beaverton, OR 97003. Alternatively, applicants apply via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Aloha alumna excels in green energy work

Megan McIntyre, an Aloha High alumna and current undergraduate at Clark University in Worecester, Mass., worked this summer to update her college's renewable energy microgrid. McIntyre, a member of Clark's class of 2019 and a physics major, worked with Professor Charles Agosta, and received funding for the project from Clark's Liberal Education and Effective Practice initiative.

Clark's microgrid delivers renewable energy throughout the college campus. McIntyre installed new technology, engineered and installed a direct-current-to-direct-current (DC-DC) converter, and wrote computer code for the display in a new phone charging station that is powered by solar panels. McIntyre's efforts will help the university become more sustainable.

When she isn't in the laboratory, McIntyre keeps busy as a member of Clark's women's cross country team. She also serves as Student Council Treasurer, secretary of the Women in STEM club, and is the E-board member of Clark's radio station, ROCU. She graduated from Aloha High in 2015. 

Blair Stenvick
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