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Volume 10, Issue 8: April 2015

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

From the superintendent

Students display strengths, smarts and savvy

Grant High School's Constitution Team won the national "We the People" contest April 27, capping a month of student triumphs.

Jefferson's Kahedja Burley, among our few female wrestlers and a junior in Jefferson's health and biotechnology program, was crowned Rose Festival Princess. Seven PPS teams competed in the 2015 Innovation Challenge at PSU, focused on "Smart Cities: Making Our Urban Communities Safer, Healthier and Happier.” Beaumont students are preserving the history of Vanport through cutting-edge technology, and ACCESS fifth grader Agustin Montes-Tacuba, Wilson sophomore Sagan Ghim and Lincoln junior Clemen Deng are all TAG students who received major recognitions this month.

In addition, more than two dozen of our PPS Guatemalan students shared their experiences and dreams with Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchu before her speech to more than 1,500 people at Jefferson April 16. Dr. Menchu encouraged them: "If you're more or less clear about who you are and what you want to do and where you want to go, you can carry out a mission of peace."

Every day, our students are pushing toward their potential, and every day, our teachers, partners and families sustain the foundation that supports them.

Thank you.

Carole Smith
Carole Smith


Nobel Laureate visits PPS

A Nobel Peace Prize winner shared her message of justice and dignity at a packed Jefferson High School auditorium this month. More


Jeff's royal wrestler packs promise

Jefferson High School’s 2015 Rose Festival Princess is a wrestler. Yup – a wrestler. More


PPS hits a high note

This fall, band teachers will put 750 new musical instruments into the hands of budding musicians, thanks to a $925,000 investment PPS is making in the district band program, eroded over years of budget cuts. More


Gifted students shine as TAG revs up

ACCESS Academy’s Agustin Montes-Tacuba is so gifted, the fifth-grader just received a statewide award for his academics and leadership, yet five years ago, it seemed like his intellect might go unnoticed. More


Partners help fuel teachers' efforts

In addition to the great work of teachers in the classroom every day, several efforts are underway to help the district ensure that all students read by the third grade. More


Lane students enjoy festival

Lane Middle School students who are studying science through gardening celebrated Earth Day in an April 25 festival hosted by the Learning Gardens Laboratory. More


Chavez speaker: become scientists

Women and people of color can and should pursue science and math careers, the owner of a successful civil engineering design firm told students at César Chávez K-8 School in April. More


PPS teams engineer a better city

Challenged to make Portland a better city, seven high school teams from Portland Public Schools competed in the 2015 Innovation Challenge at Portland State University, Apr. 11. More


Superintendent builds on investments of last two years

Superintendent Carole Smith presented her budget to the Portland School Board April 14, building on investments in high-leverage strategies to propel the success of all students. More


Breaking ground on better high schools

PPS will break ground on the first, full-scale high school modernizations in nearly 50 years this May thanks to the eight-year, $482 million School Building Improvement Bond approved by voters in 2012. More


School board candidates share views

The Portland Council PTA and the League of Women Voters held a School Board Candidates Forum in April in advance of the May 19 election. More

Get Involved


Shape the future of our schools

Thousands more students are expected in Portland Public Schools in the next decade. It's time to prepare!. Take the PPS 2025 Survey.More


Learn, expand at Camp Snowball

Join teams of educators, students, and business and community leaders July 13-17 for Camp Snowball in Portland. More


View, comment on new materials

Teachers, families and the public are invited to open houses in May to view and provide input on language arts materials that are being considered for adoption. More


Local art, kid classes, more

The Rieke Art Fair is a celebration of local art, kids and community on Sunday, May 3. More


Discuss race, police, community

May 4 is the third community forum with police and PPS Focus on Diversity is showing three films this month. More

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