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Ockley Green celebrates its history

June 11, 2013
Ockley Green Library storytelling
Ockley Green added 400 new books to its library this year, among accomplishments the school will celebrate June 14.

Ockley Green PK-8 School invites the community to join in a celebration June 14 of the school's 88-year history as the school transitions to one K-8 on the Chief Joseph and Ockley Green campuses.

The First Annual Celebration of the Dragons - named for the school's mascot -  will include school tours and a tree planting. The school will also honor Regina Flowers, longtime community advocate and volunteer, for her years of service to the school and community.

What: First Annual Celebration of the Dragons, a tree planting and volunteer recognition to celebrate the history of Ockley Green School. A light dinner will be served.
Where: Ockley Green School, 6031 N. Montana Ave.
When: Friday June 14 at 5:30 p.m.
Who: Ockley Green families, staff, community members and alumni

School built in 1925
Ockley Green was built in the Collegiate Gothic style as an elementary school in 1925 at the end of a wave of school construction in Portland that began in the early 1900s. The school has served as an elementary, a middle school and, since 2006, a PK-8 school.

At the K-5 level, Ockley has been a district-wide magnet program with a focus in arts and technology. Those students could continue on for middle school at Ockley Green, joined by Chief Joseph students as the elementary school feeder for the Ockley middle grades.

Among the school's points of pride has been its MESA Engineering Team. The team has always been a strong competitor, winning back-to-back state championships in 2010 and 2011.

Merging with Chief Joseph is newest chapter
The Portland School Board voted Feb. 25 to merge Ockley and Chief Joseph into one K-8 school (kindergarten through 3rd grade at Chief Joe and 4th through 8th grade at Ockley) to address underenrollment at Ockley and crowding at Chief Joseph. (View the Family Advisories)

Ockley celebrated several key accomplishments since the vote to merge.

This spring, the school used a Laura Bush grant to buy 400 new library books and boost the reading program at the school. Librarian Kristen Truman successfully applied for and received the $5,000 contribution and worked with such teachers as Kristin Moon to use the books to drive interest in reading.

The June 14 celebration is a chance for the school to reflect on generations of service to students and the community.

"It's important for our school community to honor what it has been as we move to a promising new chapter as a dual-campus school," said Principal Conrad Hurdle. "The Ockley community and I salute our school, our students and our proud history and we invite everyone to join in this celebration."


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