Superintendent's Message

Much to recognize and celebrate

Carole Smith PPS Superintendent June 13, 2014: As we wrap up another school year, many of us are filled with mixed emotions. Our hearts go out to the Reynolds High School community as they struggle to make sense of the events that recently took place. We are also very mindful of the losses suffered in a number of our own schools in recent weeks. I have been moved by the way our school communities have come together during these tragedies with both care and compassion, and a desire to support one another.

We also have much to recognize and celebrate.

I want to congratulate our graduates and wish them well as they head off to college and careers. I also want to honor their families, their teachers and the staff at their schools who worked to help our students reach their potential and build plans for their futures. [More]
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Rosa Parks students, leaders and staff kicked off the launch of their year-around school with a parade through their North Portland neighborhood. The school’s first summer session began July 21.

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Rosa Parks Launches Year-Round School

July 29, 2014
Rosa Parks celebrated its year-round school launch with a parade and a picnic. Rosa Parks students began a new year-round school schedule last Monday, July 21, part of a two-year pilot program to test and evaluate a year-round school schedule. 


Portland Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Wins Outstanding Administrator Award

July 29, 2014
Harriet Adair, Assistant Superintendent for School Operations and Support, recently received the President’s Award from the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators. The award was announced at the organization’s annual conference in June by COSA President and Vernon Elementary School Principal, Tina Acker. [More]

PPS announces new principal assignments

July 25, 2014

New principal announcements for 2014-15 include Juanita Valder, a veteran PPS vice principal, as new principal of Franklin High School and Filip Hristic, principal at Creative Science School K-8, as new principal of Roosevelt High School. 


Portland School Board takes a stand on new test

July 23, 2014
The Portland School Board voted 7 to 0 July 22 on a resolution that calls upon state and federal education officials to delay the use of the new Smarter Balanced Assessment in teacher evaluation, provide the necessary funding to effectively implement the test and not use the test for punitive labeling of teachers, students or schools.

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