PPS Pulse: This month's issue

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Volume 9, Issue 8: May/June 2014

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

From the superintendent

Recognizing hard work, welcoming summer break

This time of year is always an exciting one. Our students are reaping rewards of their hard work over the past nine months before they head off to a well-deserved summer break.

In this edition of PPS Pulse, we are celebrating the accomplishments and rare opportunities a number of our students have had recently.

From King Elementary students performing for President and Mrs. Obama, to our valedictorians, to the talented poets who participated in the 2014 Verselandia! Poetry Slam -- these young people and thousands of others like them represent the best of Portland Public Schools. They make me and all PPS employees proud.

Congratulations to them, their families and everyone who nurtures and supports them.

Carole Smith
Carole Smith
Superintendent

TURNAROUND ARTS

King students wow the First Couple

Five King School girls danced their way into the hearts of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House May 20 as part of King's federal Turn Around Arts Grant. More

EARLY LITERACY

Timber Joey, Gaston Fernandez help PPS promote summer reading

As the final weeks of school wind down, PPS has been promoting summer reading to help students remain strong readers over the break. More

CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE

Valedictorians lead the Class of 2014

It's no longer lonely at the top. The Portland School Board and Superintendent Carole Smith recognized and celebrated 106 valedictorians across PPS from Alliance High School to Wilson High School. More

STORIES OF SUCCESS

Student recognition events inspire all

For too long, students of color have primarily been described in terms of deficits. Talk of achievement gaps, disproportionate discipline rates, while urgent, have also fed a perception of failure. PPS student recognition events tell the counter story. More

SCHOOL MODERNIZATION

New Franklin High School on its way

The Portland School Board approved the schematic design for the modernization of Franklin High School June 2 with a 7-0 vote that also provides room for PPS staff to work within the approved scope to explore the opportunity to add classrooms. More

NEW TURF FIELDS

PPS and NIKE break ground

Superintendent Carole Smith, NIKE, student athletes and community leaders broke ground at Jefferson June 6 on the first of four new fields and tracks that will be completed this summer, wrapping up a 10-year effort to provide every PPS high school with a new track and field. More

PRE-K CENTER

Early learning comes to Clarendon

A new PPS early learning center that brings together several Headstart and culturally specific preschool programs and parent resources opens this fall in the former Clarendon School in North Portland. More

INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE

Woodlawn receives federal grant

The Oregon Department of Education has awarded Woodlawn PK-8 School a $1.5 million federal School Improvement Grant over three years. The grants help improve student achievement in persistently low-achieving schools. More

DISCIPLINE RATES

PPS commits to improve

While discipline rates have been going down for all student groups, black students have become even more likely than white students to be excluded from classrooms. Superintendent Carole Smith is committed to change. More

POLICY CHANGES

Committee advises on enrollment and transfer

A committee of 15 PPS parents, grandparents and other stakeholders made preliminary recommendations to the school board June 2 to better align enrollment and transfer policies with the district’s Racial Educational Equity Policy. More

SCHOOL BOUNDARIES

Experts advise PPS on boundary review process

With demographic changes, projected enrollment growth and wide variations in the size and school attendance patterns for its nearly 70 neighborhood schools, PPS needs to conduct a district-wide boundary review and update, a citizens advisory panel told the school board June 2. More

PERFORMANCE REVIEW

Board praises Supt. Smith's performance

The Portland School Board Monday night approved Supt. Carole Smith's annual performance review. More

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CELEBRATING A LIFE

Tribute to Maya Angelou

Roosevelt High School is hosting a community-wide celebration June 9 of the work of the world-renowned poet Maya Angelou, who died in May at age 86. More

SYSTEMS THINKING

Camp Snowball explores 21st century learning, leading

Join Camp Snowball, co-hosted by Peter Senge, author of "The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization" and co-sponsored by PPS, to revisit what student success really means July 14-18 at Portland State University. More

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