Superintendent's Message

Positive—and renewable—energy fuels new year

Carole Smith PPS Superintendent

October 2, 2015: Our school year began with excitement. There were balloons at Lent K-8, backpack giveaways at Rigler and Scott, and special welcomes for Franklin and Faubion students at their temporary locations while their schools are modernized. More staff than we've had in years greeted our students, including teachers, media specialists/librarians, educational assistants and counselors.

The energy continued as the Madison Senators' football team made a comeback; the Thorns soccer team visited Scott School; Roseway Heights students created a video about kindness, and six of our schools got solar power thanks to Portland General Electric, Energy Trust of Oregon, Bonneville Environmental Foundation and roof improvements completed through our voter-approved bond.         

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September 30, 2015
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The third annual book drive is part of the PPS Read Together initiative and aims to provide all students with books at home. 


Kids show the way to kindness

September 29, 2015

The PPS Successful Schools Survey showed parents, students and school staff are concerned about bullying, and now students from Rieke to Roseway Heights are working to bring kindness to their classrooms.


More modernized high schools begin to blossom

September 29, 2015

The PPS School Building Improvement Bond moves into a new phase this year with master planning for the modernization of Grant High School followed by master planning for Benson, Lincoln and Madison.


Creston, PTA teamwork wins national award

September 28, 2015
Pictured here, from left: Supt. Carole Smith, Creston Principal Conrad Hurdle, and Creston PTA President Lisa Kensel.

Involved families plus school support equals top grades for Creston K-8. The National PTA has recognized Creston School and the Creston PTA as a National School of Excellence for building effective family-school partnerships.  


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