PPS Pulse: This month's issue

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Volume 10, Issue 7: March 2015

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

From the superintendent

Real-world learning is essential for all students

Thousands of our students attended the Portland Workforce Alliance (PWA) Northwest Youth Careers Expo March 17, exploring everything from high tech to medicine. Thank you to the 130 employers who participated and many others who offer career days, job shadows, internships and inspiration to our students all year long.

Members of the Superintendent's Student Advisory Council - SuperSAC – went to Capitol Hill to advocate for K–12 education with lawmakers and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, while SuperSAC members and Sunnyside students testified at the state Legislature. Sixteen Grant and Cleveland students joined the 50th anniversary March on Selma with President Barack Obama, traveling with retired Grant teacher Doug Winn, the tenth trip he has taken to Selma with PPS students.

The Nike School Innovation Fund and the Miller Foundation have made generous grants to fund the expansion of the AVID program our high schools and middle schools. AVID has a proven record of building the skills necessary for academic success in high school and college. These grants will help us provide the kinds of proven supports that will enable more of our students to thrive.

Our students are doing amazing things, and our whole community is involved in creating and supporting these opportunities. Thank you!!

Carole Smith
Carole Smith


Academics get real at youth expo

Getting ready for college and career took on new meaning for the more than 3,000 Portland Public students who mingled with some of the region’s major employers at the NW Youth Careers Expo this March. More


Minna Jayaswal, schools advocate

Lincoln senior Minna Jayaswal took to the halls of federal and state power to advocate for public education this month. More


Getting more students college ready

Being college ready means mastering a range of skills: Organizing coursework. Writing a research paper. Applying for financial aid. Nailing the admissions interview. That's why PPS and private partners are expanding student access to a proven college readiness program. More


27 more schools get upgrades

Portland Public Schools celebrated the opening of the first bond-funded elevators in schools and announced 27 more schools that will get upgrades this summer. More


Students join historic march in Selma

Sixteen Grant and Cleveland students joined President Barack Obama and 80,000 others this month in Selma, Alabama to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the day police beat and tear-gassed peaceful protesters marching for African American voting rights. More


Got books; bring on spring break

Students at Woodlawn, Woodmere, Whitman, Bridger, Chief Joseph/Ockley Green, Sitton and Rosa Parks have lots of new reading material to keep them inspired during the days away from school. More


Ombudsman hears families' concerns

PPS created a district ombudsman position this school year to provide families with a fair and accessible pathway to address school-related concerns. More


Get the facts, get involved

What's the PPS budget picture for next year? What's in it for schools? How can I get involved?. More


Review committee formed

Portland Public Schools and the Portland State University Center for Public Service have completed the formation of the District-wide Boundary Review Advisory Committee. More


Schools step up so no one goes hungry

From Sellwood Middle School to Rieke Elementary, many schools stepped up with food drives this month to support families over spring break and beyond. More

Get Involved


Nobel Laureate at Jeff, April 16

PPS welcomes Guatemalan peace activist Rigoberta Menchú Tum to Jefferson for a special presentation. More


Share budget priorities

Families have three chances in April to dialogue with the Portland School Board about the PPS budget for 2015-16. More


Roosevelt coach needs our votes!

Roosevelt High School women's softball Coach Kelsey Green is among five Oregon coaches competing for Comcast SportsNet All-Star Coach of 2015. Vote Here Vote Here


Sped PTA offers session on anxiety

The Special Education PTA of Portland in partnership with ORFIRST presents "Support Strategies for Anxiety" presented by specialist Anthony Miriello on April 29 from 6 pm to 8 pm. More


Police forums offer chance for dialogue

Here's a chance to improve police/community relationships. More

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