School Learning Plan
Sato Elementary School
Sato is the newest elementary school in the Beaverton School District. Sato opened its doors to students for the 2017-18 school year. We opened as a STEAM school and as a staff, created the following mission:
Our mission is to provide active, relevant, educational experiences that foster globally minded innovative citizens in and out of the classroom. Our students will think creatively and take risks as they apply knowledge and skills to future endeavors.
The students, staff and families of Sato take pride in honoring the history behind the land upon which the school sits. Part of developing globally minded citizens of the world is understanding the past and the impact and implications for the future. The name Sato is in reference to a Japanese American family that owned and farmed the land where the school currently sits. The Sato Family were respected members of the community and involved with the Bethany Church. During WWII both of the Sato sons fought for their country overseas. Meanwhile back home, Mr. & Mrs. Sato were sent to an internment camp in California. The Bethany Church community came together to pay the mortgage on the farm so that the Sato family wouldn’t lose their property like so many other Japanese American families of that era. Unfortunately, only one son came back from war. Shin Sato is buried in the Bethany cemetery just across the street from the school. There are many relics in and around the school that pay homage to the legacy of the Sato family. Wood from the barn lines the walls of the front office and is incorporated into the front entrance countertop as well as in the landscaping in the front lawn. The year before last year, we planted a chestnut tree in honor of Mrs. Sato’s fondness for a chestnut tree on their property. We also installed a bronze plaque detailing the story of Shin Sato and his family.
Something the students & staff are most proud and most excited about, is the opportunity to be a part of the creation of a brand new school community and culture. We come together every Monday morning as an entire school community to highlight our values, celebrate students and sing our Raccoon song!! (We are Sato!)
Last year we focused our collective energy on Empowering our Narrative. We used it to kick off the year during pre-service and we carry it forward in our work with students at assemblies and in the classroom by expliciting teaching Social Emotional Learning strategies and by empowering students to be their best selves and encouraging them to always embrace a growth mindset. We (the students and staff of Sato) know that we are the only ones who can tell our true story and the stories we tell about ourselves can empower how we think about ourselves and how the community thinks about us. In short, we are superheroes with a lot of power when it comes to how this school grows in the years to come! However, we never forget the wise words of Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben: “With great power comes great responsibility.” We do not take lightly our responsibility in creating, crafting, shaping and nurturing this school community and living our mission into reality. So far this has been an amazing journey and we are excited to embark on another year and another chapter of the Sato story.
This year we are Mission Possible! We are carrying over the theme of growth mindset from last year. Building leadership, teachers and staff are trying to truly model for our learners what it means to be a novice at something. We are all brand new to this CDL setting and can therefore honestly and truly embrace it as new learning and authentically grow in front of students every single day.
This year as a staff and learning community we are embracing the Beaverton School District's commitment to becoming an anti-racist, anti-biased organization and promoting equity. As a society, a community, and a school, we are uniquely positioned to use the opportunities that lie in our challenges as a catalyst for positive change. The phoenix that rises from the ashes. The Sato Staff is invested in this work and feel supported by our community in doing this important work.
Being a new school and with the school closure last spring, Sato has only two years of state testing data. Within the state testing data there are many areas of which we are proud. In the area of English Language Arts for the 2018-19 school year 80% of students met the state’s grade level expectations. Although this is a slight dip from last year’s 85%, it is still well above the state average of 51%. In the area of Mathematics for the 2018-19 school year 82% of students met the state’s grade level expectations. This is far above the state’s average of 43% and a 4% increase from last year!
In exploring our two years of state testing data we see there are also areas for growth. Two sub-categories have lower levels of achievement in both ELA and Math when compared to the overall achievement scores of all students. Students in the category of Economically Disadvantaged scored at 50% meeting standards in ELA and 47% meeting standards in Math. Students with Disabilities scored at 42% meeting standards in ELA and 42% meeting Standards in Math. As a staff, we see potential to support academic achievement in both ELA and Math for both of these subgroups of students.
The Sato school community is also home to three Emotional Growth Classrooms. This is a specialized program that serves students from across the District. Sato is currently the only elementary school to host more than two EGC specialized classrooms in one building. As a whole school community it is important to us to actively nurture an inclusive school environment where all students feel safe, welcomed, accepted and that they matter. We see this as another potential area of growth: how as a school community do we continue to actively and systematically incorporate this program into the greater narrative of our school.
Date of Last Revision: November 15, 2020
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.