Superintendent's Message

Students discover the gift of giving

Carole Smith PPS Superintendent

December 23, 2014: This is a special season in which schools across our district reach out to meet the needs in their communities and beyond.

Students from Boise-Eliot/Humboldt K-8 to Capitol Hill Elementary to Forest Park held food drives. George Middle School students launched a coat drive after noticing people in their own community going without. And Benson High School students created 140 stockings for the KGW Great Toy Drive. [Read More]

Have a restful winter break and a happy new year!

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George Middle Schools' Girls Invested in Volunteering, Equity & Service are running a coat and clothing drive this month for their community. On Dec. 5, they get a special visit from Superintendent Carole Smith.

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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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Focus on Diversity: Jan. & Feb. events

December 22, 2014

The 2014-15 PPS Focus on Diversity Film & Lecture Series, now in its fifth year, focuses on “Transformation: Now Is The Time”. The series is a free film and lecture series offering PPS staff and community members an opportunity to learn about and discuss the history and current issues around race in Oregon and in our schools.  


Teachers give books as gifts before holiday break

December 19, 2014
Chief Joseph third grade tacher Susanna Walker hands out books as gifts to students. Thanks to generous Portlanders who contributed to the second annual Children's Book Harvest, every student at four PPS schools received a book as a gift on the last day of classes before winter break.


Race Talks: Community relations with police

December 18, 2014

Race Talks is hosting a community forum about community relations with the police on Jan. 6 at Jefferson High School. 


You're invited: Special Education Forum

December 18, 2014

PPS Special Education is holding a series of community forums to hear the thoughts and ideas of family, student and community stakeholders. The next forum is Jan. 21. 


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