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Superintendent's Message

Excited to welcome teachers back to school

Carole Smith PPS Superintendent August 21, 2014: While our students enjoy the final days of summer, our teachers are returning to their classrooms to get ready for them. I am excited to welcome our teachers back this year. Joining our many experienced PPS educators are 400 teachers new to the district. Some are new to the profession. I am grateful for better budget times and our ability to hire at a level not seen in many years.

At New Teacher Orientation Aug. 21, it was truly uplifting to see and meet with our teachers, school psychologists, counselors and other professionals who were brimming with energy and ideas to bring to our students.

I look forward to all that our new and experienced teachers will bring to our classrooms this year.

[Superintendent's Web page]

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Thousands of volunteers turned out to beautiful the grounds around our schools as a way to say welcome back to teachers this week and students next week as 2014-15 gets underway. Thank you, volunteers and partners!

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Year two summer work: on time, on budget

August 28, 2014

Bond-funded summer improvement work at 12 schools is being completed on time and on budget to welcome students back Sept. 2 to Arleta, Beach, Boise-Eliot/Humboldt, Chief Joseph K-3 Campus, Creston, Grout, Hosford, James John, King, Lane, Vernon and Woodlawn.


Help students who've left reconnect to school

August 26, 2014
Accelerating the increase in the graduation rate and getting all students to graduate prepared for college and career is a top priority for Superintendent Carole Smith. Now you can help. On Saturday Sept. 13 from 8:30 am to 1 pm, join PPS staff in visiting the homes of students who have left and help them Reconnect to Their Future. 

PPS greets more than 500 new educators

August 21, 2014

Portland Public Schools welcomed hundreds of new teachers Aug. 21 at New Teacher Orientation, where teachers met each other and district leaders and learned about everything from the Portland Association of Teachers to the student information system Synergy. 


School board grants superintendent first merit raise in seven-year tenure

August 04, 2014

The Portland School Board voted Aug. 4 to grant Superintendent Carole Smith the first merit raise of her seven-year tenure. 


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