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Buddy Bison connects students to national parks

Boise-Eliot/Humboldt K-8 School teachers, chaperones and fifth graders, many of whom have never been to a national park, left early Sept. 24, for a day-long field trip to Mount St. Helens. The trip, which includes STEM curriculum for classrooms, is part of a National Park Trust program. View slideshow. Photo by Leif Sjoquist

Get Ready site helps students chart path

September 29, 2014

PPS wants to make it easier for students to navigate the path to college and career. Career coordinators and school counselors teamed up with the Parent Coalition with support from the Nike School Innovation Fund to create the Get Ready for College & Career website. 


GEAR UP grant spells student success

September 29, 2014
The U.S. Department of Education awarded Portland Public Schools an $8.4 million GEAR UP Mobilizing for College grant, a significant infusion for the district's focus on college and career readiness and PPS' second GEAR UP grant in three years. [More]

Gov. Kitzhaber launches statewide reading campaign

September 29, 2014
Gov. John Kitzhaber, Supt. Carole Smith, State Education Chief Nancy Golden, Umpqua Bank CEO Ray Davis and PPS board members listened to kindergarteners sing. Gov. John Kitzhaber, State Education Chief Nancy Golden and Umpqua Bank CEO Ray Davis joined PPS Supt. Carole Smith and other dignitaries to launch a statewide reading campaign Monday, Sept. 29. [More]

Board invests in key learning priorities

September 29, 2014

The Portland School Board voted 6-1 Sept. 23 to hire about 40 new teachers and high school support staff, immediately spending $3.5 million of a $16.8 million budget improvement for 2014-15. 


Four more fields completed and celebrated

September 26, 2014

School communities are dedicating three more athletic fields this fall and a fourth - at Marshall High School - has also been completed as Portland Public Schools Ten Great Fields project nears conclusion. 


Lopez, Stone recognized with high honors

September 26, 2014
Antonio Lopez and Susan Stone Assistant Superintendent Antonio Lopez received the Excellence in Leadership Award from Latino Network this month and Susan Stone, a teacher-librarian, has been named District Librarian of the Year by the Oregon Association of School Libraries. [More]

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