PPS Pulse: This month's issue

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Volume 9, Issue 6: February/March 2014

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

New teachers' contract serves student learning

The Board of Education and the teachers have now ratified a new, three-year contract that speaks to our mutual commitment to craft a better labor agreement that serves student learning.

The additional teachers PPS will hire as part of our budget process, additional instructional days for students, a streamlined hiring approach that allows us to better compete for the best new teachers, and a joint committee to address workload concerns represent deep and intentional efforts to listen and respond to the needs of teachers, students and families.

I am proud that the Portland Association of Teachers and PPS tackled difficult issues together to avert a strike and reach a negotiated settlement.

Thank you to all of our community partners who stepped forward with offers to help us keep our students safe and fed in the event of a possible strike.

I am grateful to all of you for everything you do to support our students.

Carole Smith
Carole Smith
Superintendent

TEACHERS’ CONTRACT

Collaboration yields landmark agreement

The Portland School Board voted unanimously Monday March 3, to ratify a new three-year labor agreement with the Portland Association of Teachers. More >>

STUDENT ACCOMPLISHMENT

Beverly Cleary rocks contest

C-Span announced on national television March 5 that Beverly Cleary-Fernwood students, led by teacher Tom Streckert, won a second and third place and two honorable mentions in the 2014 StudentCam documentary competition, building on their honorable mention from last year. More >>

STAFF Appreciation

Thank you school support staff

March 3-7, 2014 is Classified Appreciation Week. This is a great opportunity to say thank you to Portland Public Schools’ 1,891 classified employees. More >>

A NEW CHAPTER

Open Meadow to close high school

The board of Open Meadow Alternative Schools, one of Portland Public Schools' community-based alternative school partners, has voted to close its high school in North Portland over the course of the next 18 months. More >>

KINDERGARTEN FUNDING

State soon expected to cover full-day Kindergarten

In 2015-16, one year from this fall, the state is expected to begin covering the full cost of kindergarten for all families as part of a focus on supporting early childhood education as a cornerstone of student success from cradle to career. More >>

TECH UPGRADES

Advancing technology in our schools

The Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission has become a powerful engine in upgrading technology in our schools - donating more than $5 million in funding and resources since 2006 from digital storytelling in the Cleveland cluster to integrating iPads and laptops into the freshmen academies at Franklin and Madison high schools. More >>

BUDGET UPDATE

Building blocks of student success

Superintendent Carole Smith will present her budget priorities and staffing plan for 2014-15 on March 17 that will include the addition of 150 teachers and professional educators. More >>

PPS BOND

Students explore bond-related careers

More than 80 Franklin students learned about construction-related careers while participating in a lively, hands-on competition Feb. 25 hosted by the PPS bond’s Franklin High School Modernization Team. More >>

CALENDAR UPDATE

Making up snow days?

PPS is working on and will announce in coming weeks the 2014-15 calendar and whether and how snow days will be made up at the end of this school year. More >>

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HELPING HANDS

Book Bank seeks volunteers

The Children's Book Harvest, part of PPS' Third-Grade Reading Campaign, collected more than 27,000 used books through PTA-organized drives at many schools and at all New Seasons Market stores. Now, volunteers are needed to clean the books and get them in the hands of children. More >>

FOCUS ON DIVERSITY

Series offers learning, growth

The PPS Focus on Diversity Film & Lecture Series began four years ago as a chance for additional professional development and learning around issues of race. Today the events are attended by teachers, staff, parents and community members alike. More >>

SPECIAL EDUCATION

PTA forum: Sharing tools for student success

The Special Education PTA of Portland (SEPTAP) is hosting a March 17 forum on resources and information that support your child's education plan. More >>

CAREERS EXPO

Kids chart future

More than 100 exhibitors in business, manufacturing, construction, healthcare, technology and the arts will be on hand to educate students about career options at the NW Youth Careers Expo March 18 at the Oregon Convention Center. More >>

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