Superintendent's Message

Getting ready to welcome you back

Carole Smith PPS Superintendent August 13, 2014: Portland Public Schools is looking forward to welcoming you to the 2014-15 school year on Sept. 2, with kindergarteners starting Sept. 5.

More than 300 new teachers have been hired, on the way to 400 teacher hires. Bond-funded roof, seismic, accessibility and science classroom upgrades at 12 schools are on time and on budget. Crews are finishing up the installation of turf athletic fields at Jefferson, Madison, Marshall (swing site for Franklin rebuild) and Wilson high schools as part of the Great Fields program that is replacing fields at all of our high schools. Summer programs to help students keep up or catch up and those that support our youngest learners and their families are wrapping up. Rosa Parks Elementary launched its new year-around calendar this summer. And the PPS Clarendon Regional Early Learning Center is preparing to open its doors in North Portland offering Headstart and culturally specific preschool programs and parent resources.

I want to thank families, teachers and partners who did so much to keep students engaged and learning through the summer. Teachers at James John, for example, took the initiative to show up at the weekly Portland Parks and PPS Summer Lunches program to read with students.

Principals and secretaries are back in their schools this week. Soon we will welcome back teachers. And school communities have the chance to help spruce up school grounds on Project Community Care Day Aug. 23.

Enjoy the final days of summer and see you on Sept. 2!
[Superintendent's Web page]

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