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Superintendent's Message

Sharing the excitement of a new school year

Carole Smith PPS Superintendent September 2, 2014: A new school year brings a sense of excitement. Most of us remember the anticipation of entering a new school or a new grade and reconnecting with friends and teachers.

As students return to the classrooms, there is a great sense of optimism and opportunity in our district. [More]

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Supt. Carole Smith and Board Co-Chairman Pam Knowles greeted families at Sitton School where Smith talked about the PPS focus on third grade reading; reducing out-of-school discipline and accelerating the rise in the graduation rate.

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Clarendon early learning academy open for educating

September 22, 2014

PPS and partners cut the ribbon on the new Clarendon Regional Early Learning Center Sept. 10, ushering in a new era in pre-kindergarten education in the school district.


Volunteers help students not in school reconnect

September 13, 2014
From left, parent volunteer Jessica Thompson, School Board Director Bobbie Regan and Char Hutson, who oversees middle school community outreach at PPS, prepare to knock on doors of students no in school. More than 50 volunteers joined PPS Reconnection Services staff Saturday, Sept. 13, to knock on the doors of 175 students who are not in school -- and invite those students back. 


Student achievement remains strong, yet urgency affirmed

September 10, 2014

Portland Public Schools continues to outperform the state in reading, math, science and writing, according to state test results released by the Oregon Department of Education Sept. 10.  


PPS announces new chief financial officer

September 09, 2014
Superintendent Carole Smith announced today that Yousef Awwad is Portland Public Schools' new chief financial officer. [More]

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