PPS Pulse: This month's issue

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Volume 10, Issue 9: May/June 2015

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

From the superintendent

Honoring hard work and accomplishments

It's been a wonderful last month of school with special opportunities to honor our students, teachers and volunteers.

Our student recognition events are especially meaningful. At our Valedictorians recognition; Native American Honoring Ceremony; Young, Gifted & Black; our Latino student recognition, ¡Sí Se Puede!, and our Asian Pacific Islander student recognition, we acknowledge our outstanding students and hear about their motivations and dreams, and we celebrate their families and their communities so important to their success.

We began the month with Teacher Appreciation Week. Especially as summer break nears and our teachers' efforts all year come to fruition, it is a great time to say thank you. We also spent a memorable evening May 20 honoring our school volunteers along with the Portland Council PTA. Our volunteers do so much to bring enrichments, activities and support to our students and have been especially essential in bringing us through our leanest budget years.

As you head into summer break, take a moment to celebrate your students' accomplishments too. We are proud of all our students and grateful for the role that you play in their success.

Carole Smith
Carole Smith
Superintendent

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SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS SURVEY

Parents weigh in on school climate

Portland Public Schools parents and guardians believe their children’s schools are safe and welcoming environments that promote academic success for all students, according to results of the 2015 Successful Schools Survey. More

Student Rec

STUDENT RECOGNITION

Congrats to our high-flying students

Portland’s brightest students are marching as valedictorians and getting well-deserved recognition at events held this May and June. More

Paul Cook

CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL

Veteran principal bids good-bye

Paul Cook, currently Portland Public’s longest serving principal at the same high school, retires from Cleveland in June after 13 years at the helm. More

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HONORING SERVICE

PPS and PTA cheer on volunteers

PPS and the Portland Council PTA joined together at the annual Volunteer Celebration Dinner May 20 to honor the service of countless community members. More

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CELEBRATING DIVERSE CULTURES

Building student leadership capacity

Student leadership conferences have become a key part of Portland Public Schools efforts to close the education opportunity gap and invest in student success. More

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Couns

BULLY-FREE ZONE

Counselors promote kinder schools

Across Portland Public Schools,students, teachers and counselors are working to make schools more inclusive and accepting. More

WIS

PPS: WHAT I SAY

CHS grad recognized for perseverance

Cleveland High's Bryan Plata-Gastelum learned to build a team around him that helped him persevere. Now he is being recognized for his success. More

FHS
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READ TOGETHER

SuperSensory Literacy Space unveiled

Portland Public Schools and The Shadow Project on Tuesday, May 19, unveiled what is believed to be Oregon’s first “SuperSensory Literacy Space,” an innovative new space designed to help children with diverse learning needs learn to read. More

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HEADING TO COLLEGE

Scholars do the PPS community proud

Several stand-out PPS graduates have landed major national scholarships. More

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EARLY LEARNING CELEBRATION

PPS, Albina Head Starts mark 50th

Portland Public's early childhood learning hub in North Portland threw open its doors May 19 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the PPS and Albina Head Start programs. More

Go baby

GO BABY GO

Kids with disabilities get cruising

Parents and special education staff learned at a May 1 workshop how to adapt motorized, ride-on toy cars to allow children with special needs to move independently. More

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Mark Trade Rig Dav Biz

BOUNDARY CHANGES

Criteria proposal coming June 15

The PPS District-Wide Boundary Review Advisory Committee is scheduled to recommend to the superintendent and school board on June 15 the criteria that should be used to weigh boundary changes. More

PPS BUDGET

Board approves adding staff and supports

The Portland School Board on May 26 approved Superintendent Carole Smith's proposed budget for 2015-16 and created a list of priority investments they hope to make if the state Legislature allocates more money to schools. More

JEFFERSON HS

Jeff grads say: go to Jeff, go to college

At Jefferson High School's commencement June 6, nearly all of the graduating seniors will be celebrating not only their high school diploma but also the college credits they have racked up at PCC and PSU. More

BOARD ELECTION

PPS gains new board members

Portland Public Schools will be welcoming four new school board members in July, following results of the May 19 election. More

NAYA

NAYA

Early learning project moves forward

The Portland School Board approved a pre-development agreement with the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) May 12 for an early learning academy on the former Foster Elementary site. More

Get Involved

FAREWELL FAUBION

Bash June 6

Faubion families, alumni and community members are invited to an all-day gathering to bid goodbye to the 65-year-old building and greet the PK-8 school’s state-of-the-art future. More

ROOSEVELT HS

Guide to youth/police relations

Roosevelt is holding a book launch party June 8 to celebrate its student-led publication about youth/police relations that came out of an encounter between Roosevelt students and police last fall. More

21st CENTURY ED

Explore, learn at Camp Snowball

Explore and embrace 21st-Century learning and leadership strategies at Camp Snowball, a systems-thinking summit coming to Portland July 13-17. More

RACE TALKS

Police/community forum June 3

The Portland Police Bureau is holding the next in a series of forums on community relations with police on Wednesday, June 3 at Wilson High School. More

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