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A time for gratitude

Carole Smith PPS Superintendent November 26, 2014: I was moved and inspired when I met Madison senior Mustaf Mohamed as he received the Stand for Children "Beating the Odds" scholarship this month. Having spent most of his childhood in Kenyan refugee camps, Mustaf immigrated to the US when he was 11 and is now excelling in AP classes at Madison. Mustaf expressed his gratitude for the opportunities and the people who have supported him. [More]

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Stand for Children Oregon awards the $10,000 Beat the Odds scholarship to amazing Oregon students who have demonstrated excellence in academics and in life, despite challenging circumstances. Mustaf Mohamed is one of three winners honored on November 12th, 2014, at the annual Oregon Beat the Odds luncheon in Portland, Oregon.

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High School Information Nights for 8th Graders
Learn about your neighborhood high school or focus schools Benson and Jefferson. Look up your assigned high school.
Benson: Nov.18, 6 pm; Tech Show Feb. 12 &13, 6-9 pm
Cleveland: Feb. 5, 7 pm
Franklin: Dec. 4, 6 pm, at Marshall Campus
Grant: Nov. 19 at 6 pm; March 10 at 8:30 am
Jefferson: Jan. 14, Feb. 4 & 18 at 6:30 pm.  

Lincoln: Feb. 12, 6 pm
Madison: Dec. 11, 6 pm
Roosevelt: Middle School Parent Coffee, Nov. 18, 6 pm; 8th Grade/ Future Athlete Night, Jan. 15, 6-9 pm
Wilson: Nov. 5 and Feb. 11, 6:30 pm
MLC: Nov. 25, Jan. 21, Feb. 12 at 9:30 a.m.; Jan. 22, Feb. 11 at 6 pm
For more information, view high school fact sheets or call the school.
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Benson, Lincoln and Madison approved to proceed with master planning

November 25, 2014
The Portland School Board Nov. 25 approved Benson, Lincoln and Madison high schools for the next bond. The Portland School Board voted 6-0 Nov. 25 to complete master planning for the modernization of Benson, Lincoln and Madison high schools in the next two years and to place those schools on a bond that will go to voters in 2016 to finance those modernizations. 

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Franklin, Madison welcome 8th graders

November 25, 2014

Franklin and Madison high schools will hold information sessions in December for 8th graders to learn about their neighborhood high school.

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Superintendent recommends enrollment and transfer system changes

November 25, 2014
PPS SACET Committee Superintendent Carole Smith forwarded to the Portland School Board on Monday, Nov. 24, a plan for aligning the PPS enrollment and transfer system across all grades and school configurations with the PPS Racial Educational Equity Policy. 

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Children's Book Harvest winds down as Read Big starts up

November 25, 2014
More than 2,000 students at five PPS schools received some 17,000 books from last year's first annual Children's Book Harvest. The 2014 Children's Book Harvest, a key strategy in PPS' Read Together Third Grade Reading Initiative, concludes Wednesday, Nov. 26, with a bonus 5,000 book donation from Discover Books and a pledge to donate 5,000 more when the PPS campaign reaches 25,000.

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