PPS Pulse: This month's issue

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Volume 10, Issue 3: November 2014

PPS Pulse - A monthly newsletter for families in Portland Public Schools

From the superintendent

A time for gratitude

I was moved and inspired when I met Madison senior Mustaf Mohamed as he received the Stand for Children "Beating the Odds" scholarship this month. Having spent most of his childhood in Kenyan refugee camps, Mustaf immigrated to the US when he was 11 and is now excelling in AP classes at Madison. Mustaf expressed his gratitude for the opportunities and the people who have supported him.

I am grateful to our students, teachers, staff and families. Our students, like Mustaf and so many others, show what's possible. Our teachers tap their own expertise to propel student success. And our families seek opportunities for their children, support their daily efforts, and show up to cheer them on.

At PPS we are grateful for the many people who contributed to this month's Second Annual Children's Book Harvest and for the many Portlanders who voted to renew the schools levy to hire teachers for our classrooms.

Carole Smith
Carole Smith


Superintendent recommends changes

Superintendent Carole Smith forwarded to the Portland School Board on Monday, Nov. 24, a plan for aligning the PPS enrollment and transfer system across all grades and school configurations with the PPS Racial Educational Equity Policy. More


Mustaf Mohamed, Madison

Madison senior Mustaf Mohamed, Somalian by birth, grew up in Kenyan refugee camps. His story is an inspiring look at what's possible when all students are given the opportunity to meet their full potential. More


Wilson brings future focus to families

Wilson High School Career Coordinator Kate Morgan and partners held a College and Career Fair at Stephens Creek Crossing, the new low-income housing development in Southwest Portland, bringing valuable information about college readiness and admission directly to families. More


Senators "Go Mad" for STEM classes

Coding, modeling, 3-D printing, machine building and robotics are just a few of the skills that Madison High School students are mastering in an expanded STEM program that families attending the school's 8th grade information session Dec. 11 at 6 pm will hear about. More


Book Harvest ends, Read Big launches

The 2014 Children's Book Harvest, a key strategy in PPS' Read Together Third Grade Reading Initiative, concludes Wednesday, Nov. 26, with a bonus 5,000 book donation from Discover Books and a pledge to donate 5,000 more when the PPS campaign reaches 25,000. More


Student athletes shine in fall sports

Fall sports are wrapping up for the Portland Interscholastic League and PPS congratulates all of our athletes – including our newly minted middle school athletes – for their accomplishments this fall. More


Benson, Lincoln, Madison approved for next bond

The Portland School Board voted 6-0 Nov. 25 to complete master planning for the modernization of Benson, Lincoln and Madison high schools in the next two years and to place those schools on a bond that will go to voters in 2016 to finance those modernizations. More


School board sets aspirational targets

The Portland School Board, responding to the state's decision to nullify the district's Achievement Compact for not setting targets in the three areas measured by new state tests, voted 6-0 on Nov. 10 to set aspirational targets of 100% achievement in third grade reading, 5th and 8th grade math. More




Town hall includes
lottery changes

Portland School Board members are wrapping up a series of town halls Dec. 1 at Jefferson High School that will include discussion of proposed school lottery changes. More


Franklin, Madison welcome 8th graders

Franklin and Madison high schools will hold information sessions in December for 8th graders to learn about their neighborhood high school. More


Holiday bazaars at schools

Be sure to check out the craft bazaars in many Portland Public Schools as part of your holiday shopping this year. More


Schools collect food for families

Boise-Eliot/Humboldt, Forest Park and Reike are among schools collecting food for families in need. More


Student leadership forum

All students in school leadership positions - from Student Council to Black Student Union to the International Youth Leadership Council to club leaders - are invited to a student forum Thursday, Dec. 4. More

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