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Sharing the excitement of a new school year

Carole Smith PPS Superintendent September 2, 2014: A new school year brings a sense of excitement. Most of us remember the anticipation of entering a new school or a new grade and reconnecting with friends and teachers.

As students return to the classrooms, there is a great sense of optimism and opportunity in our district. [More]

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Supt. Carole Smith and Board Co-Chairman Pam Knowles greeted families at Sitton School where Smith talked about the PPS focus on third grade reading; reducing out-of-school discipline and accelerating the rise in the graduation rate.

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Gov. Kitzhaber launches statewide reading campaign

September 29, 2014
Gov. John Kitzhaber, Supt. Carole Smith, State Education Chief Nancy Golden, Umpqua Bank CEO Ray Davis and PPS board members listened to kindergarteners sing. Gov. John Kitzhaber, State Education Chief Nancy Golden and Umpqua Bank CEO Ray Davis joined PPS Supt. Carole Smith and other dignitaries to launch a statewide reading campaign Monday, Sept. 29. [More]

Get Ready site helps students chart path

September 29, 2014

PPS wants to make it easier for students to navigate the path to college and career. Career coordinators and school counselors teamed up with the Parent Coalition with support from the Nike School Innovation Fund to create the Get Ready for College & Career website. 


Board invests in key learning priorities

September 29, 2014

The Portland School Board voted 6-1 Sept. 23 to hire about 40 new teachers and high school support staff, immediately spending $3.5 million of a $16.8 million budget improvement for 2014-15. 


GEAR UP grant spells student success

September 29, 2014
The U.S. Department of Education awarded Portland Public Schools an $8.4 million GEAR UP Mobilizing for College grant, a significant infusion for the district's focus on college and career readiness and PPS' second GEAR UP grant in three years. [More]

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