PPS Pulse: This month's issue

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Volume 10, Issue 6: February 2015

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

From the superintendent

Schools showcase talents, PPS mourns a loss

We've have had an amazing month in our schools.

On Feb. 19, we said thank you to Portlanders for rebuilding arts education in our schools with The Heart of Portland: K-12 Arts Showcase at the Newmark Theater. The showcase – a gallery of visual art as well as performances representing every school – was a testament to the level of artistic talent among our students and the skill of our art teachers in helping them express it.

The Lunar New Year came alive in our schools with celebrations including the traditional Lion Dance as well as music, food and other cultural activities. Mock Trial students at Chief Joseph/Ockley Green organized an assembly around the Trayvon Martin case, and the Jefferson Black Student Union invited the community to celebrate The Color of Blackness with art, dance and poetry during Black History Month. Meanwhile, Benson pulled off another outstanding Tech Show, including a special appearance by former science teacher Harold Browning, age 98, fulfilling his wish to visit Benson again.

This month also brought deep sadness. Former Trail Blazer Jerome Kersey, who died Feb. 18, was a frequent presence in our schools up until the day before his death, when he paid a special visit to Madison. Jerome was 6-feet-7-inches of dedication to young people and, like so many of our past and present Blazers, has made an indelible, positive impact on our students. We already miss you, Jerome. Thank you.

Carole Smith
Carole Smith


Student artists wow community

PPS said thank you to Portlanders for supporting arts education during The Heart of Portland: K-12 Arts Showcase Feb. 19 at the Newmark Theater, highlighting visual, musical and performance art from every school just as Portlanders are paying their arts tax. More


PPS announces rooftop solar project

An agreement between Portland Public Schools (PPS) and Portland General Electric (PGE) will result in solar energy on six new Portland Public School roofs. More


Schools go Google to support learning

PPS joined in the Oregon Google Apps for Education agreement to give all staff and students the Google suite of educational tools and many teachers are using them to improve learning. More


Harrison Park publishes Jade Journal

The students in Tim Shultz’s fifth grade class at Harrison Park School beam when showing off the first edition of the Jade Journal, the newspaper they spent twelve weeks crafting. Their teacher does, too. More


Roosevelt Senior, Erika Manzo

First generation Mexican-American, Erika Manzo is driven to take advantage of every opportunity. The Roosevelt senior’s determination has paid off with top grades, top honors and acceptance letters from eight colleges so far. More


Special Education embracing reform

PPS is shifting Special Education services to better understand and respond to the needs of individual students, including student career learning activities like training for a mock trial. More


Columbia's Boyle invests in Roosevelt

Roosevelt leaders, staff and students thanked Tim Boyle, president and CEO of Columbia Sportswear, Feb. 3 for contributing $50,000 to the RHS Writing & Publishing Center, just as construction on the modernized Roosevelt prepares to launch. More


Survey open through March 6

More than 4,250 PPS parents have taken the Successful Schools Survey and the survey will now be open through March 6. More


Book distribution begins for kids

The 27,000 books Portlanders donated during the second annual Children’s Book Harvest, a key strategy in the PPS Read Together project, are beginning to make their way to PPS students who need them. More

Get Involved


Buckman art; Hayhurst crafts; Lincoln play



Police invite community input



Reducing barriers to college

PPS counselors are pushing seniors to tap into millions in federal college aid. More


Help shape
Schools budget

PPS families and community members have 10 opportunities to learn about the PPS budget and weigh in on spending priorities for 2015-16 in February, March and April. More


PPS Family Lobby Day April 3

Up to 50 Portland Public Schools parents are invited to join the Portland School Board April 3 to meet with Portland legislators in Salem about school funding. More


Latino Family Conference is March 14

The 5th Annual Latino Family Conference - ¡Juntos! Para una major educación - on Saturday, March 14 is a chance for families to learn ways to support their children's academic success. More

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