Superintendent's Message

Telling the story of a growing school district

Carole Smith PPS Superintendent September 30, 2014: Visiting schools this first month, I have been energized to see everyone from our youngest learners to our high school seniors gear up for the academic challenges ahead. I have enjoyed hearing from our teachers, administrators and staff as they reconnect with students and have been especially thrilled to help welcome hundreds of new teachers, counselors, school secretaries, media specialists, educational assistants and other staff who are filling our new positions or replacing employees who have retired or left. [More]

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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. 19, 6 pm
Cleveland: Feb. 5, 7 pm
Franklin: Dec. 4, 6 pm
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, 5:30 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, call the school.
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Achievement progress affirms PPS focus

October 17, 2014

Portland Public Schools exceeded attendance targets and nearly hit its graduation target, while falling short in third grade reading, ninth grade credits earned and the five-year high school completion rate, affirming the priorities Superintendent Carole Smith's set this fall.

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School board declines to set achievement targets in areas measured by new state tests

October 15, 2014
The Portland School Board unanimously approved a PPS committee recommendation Oct. 14 that the district not set state Achievement Compact Targets for 2014-15 in areas that would be measured by the new Smarter Balanced tests until the reliability and validity of the new tests is established and districts have baseline data on this new assessment. [More]

PPS bond development committee recommends high schools

October 14, 2014
Benson Polytechnic High School is one of the three high schools recommended for the planned 2016 bond. The PPS Bond Development Committee (BDC) delivered its recommendations for the high schools to be included in the planned 2016 & 2020 school improvement bonds. 

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Portland Trail Blazers play ball with Boise-Eliot/Humboldt students

October 13, 2014
The entire Portland Trail Blazers team and coaches played and interacted with Boise-Eliot/Humboldt students Monday through the Blazers' Make it Better foundation. The entire Portland Trail Blazers team and coaching staff spent Monday, Oct. 13 playing and interacting with Boise-Elilot/Humboldt K-8 School students during a "Make it Better" collaboration with five community partners.

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