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Trees for a lifetime

Richmond kindergartners put their backs into tree planting through a partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation's Living Learning program. Photos by Katharine Kimball. View slideshow.

Sylvester, Owens to leave PPS with major bond accomplishments to their credit

June 26, 2015

Superintendent Carole Smith today announced that C.J. Sylvester, Chief of School Modernization, and Jim Owens, Senior Director of the Office of School Modernization, are leaving Portland Public Schools.


PPS names Chris Russo as assistant superintendent for Teaching and Learning

June 24, 2015
A man with a beard and glasses.

Superintendent Carole Smith announced today that Chris Russo will be the new assistant superintendent for Teaching and Learning, succeeding Melissa Goff, who has been named superintendent of the Philomath schools. 



Board adopts 2015-16 budget adding staff, supports to schools

June 24, 2015

The Portland School Board on June 23 adopted a $579 million general fund budget for 2015-16 that adds staff and supports to schools. 


Grads earn first-ever Oregon Seal of Biliteracy

June 24, 2015

The first wave of Oregon students who’ve demonstrated they can perform academically at advanced levels in two or more languages includes 120 PPS graduating seniors. 


James John mails books to keep students reading over summer

June 23, 2015
James John staff and volunteers put together the packet sof books before school let out. To combat the "summer slide", James John teachers, the PTA and Librarian Robin Rolfe launched an innovative program to mail packets of books to students.


PPS students: schools are inclusive, supportive

June 23, 2015

PPS students gave high marks for their school’s inclusive and supportive teachers and staff, according to the student versions of the PPS Successful Schools Survey, taken by nearly 5,500 fifth, seventh and 10th graders.


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