Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Beach School bobcat logoBeach School

Neighborhood School and
Dual Immersion (Spanish/English) School

1710 N. Humboldt St. | Portland, OR 97217
Phone: (503) 916-6236 | Fax: (503) 916-2315

Please Take the Successful Schools Survey Jan. 20 - Feb. 28

Successful Schools Survey: Online at www.oregonskitchentable.org or download PDF, print and return to your school office: EnglishEspañolTiếng ViệtРусский中文 , SoomaaligaRead more. Survey for staff and 5th, 7th and 10th grade students launches Feb. 2.

Important Dates and Times for 2014-15


5th         School resumes

14th       PTA Meeting  6:30 - 8:00pm, the following will be one of the discussion topics at this meeting. 

Community Meeting for Selection of Next Year’s Principal

Date: January 14, 2015     time: 6:30-8:00 pm             Beach School

          Staff, parents, and students are invited to attend this meeting - your ideas and input are important! The community meeting is one of the first steps taken in our principal hiring process. John Blanck from Human Resources, and Karl Logan your Senior Director, will come to your school and meet with teachers and parents together.  The purpose of the meeting is to hear what you think is special about your school. We want to know about your programs, demographics, parent involvement, special projects, etc., and about the type of person you would like to have as your permanent Principal.  This information helps us select candidates that have qualifications that support those elements.

    At the meeting we will also take time to explain the full hiring process.  We will explain two main possibilities: a) how the Community Meeting information may be used with the Senior Director to place a current Principal because of a great match between the school and that Principal, or b) if a match is not selected by the Regional Administrators, applicants chosen will go through a rigorous process to be selected for interviews.

     If you cannot attend that evening, I will have other ways to provide information (on-line and paper surveys, emails, etc.)  If you have questions, please feel free to contact me – Maili Halverson –  mhalvers@pps.net - 503-916-3059.

Reunión Comunitaria para selección de Director para el próximo año

Fecha: 14 de Enero del 2015         Hora: 6:30-8:00 pm             Dónde: en la escuela (Beach School)

     El personal, padres y estudiantes están invitados a asistir a esta reunión - ¡sus ideas y sugerencias son importantes! La reunión de la comunidad es uno de los primeros pasos en nuestro proceso de contratación para un Director(a). John Blanck, el Director de Contratación Administrativa y Karl Logan, el Asistente de Superintendente, irá a su escuela y se reunirá con los maestros y padres. El propósito de la reunión es escuchar lo que usted piensa que es especial acerca de su escuela. Queremos saber sobre sus programas, la demografía, participación de los padres, proyectos especiales, etc., y sobre el tipo de persona que les gustaría tener como su Director(A) permanente. Esta información nos ayuda a seleccionar a los candidatos que tengan las calificaciones que apoyan esos elementos.

     En la reunión también tendremos tiempo para explicar el proceso de contratación total. Explicaremos dos posibilidades importantes: a) cómo la información de la reunión de la Comunidad se puede utilizar con los Senior Directores para elegir a un Director(a) actual, debido a una afinidad entre la escuela y el director, o b) Si un candidato no es elegido por los administradores regionales, los candidatos seleccionados pasarán por un proceso riguroso para ser seleccionados para las entrevistas.

     Si usted no puede asistir esa noche, tendrá otras maneras para proveer información (encuestas en línea y papel, correos electrónicos, etc.)     Si usted tiene preguntas, por favor no dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo Maili Halverson –  mhalvers@pps.net - 503-916-3059.


15th      8th Grade to Jefferson High School 9-11:30am


16th      Health Screenings for K,1,3,5 & 7th grades


19th      Martin Luther King Day - No School


20th      Benson High School 8th grade presentation 9-9:45am - Auditorium


21st      2 Hour late start

             K-2 Right Brain Ballet performance 6-8pm - Auditorium


22nd     8th Grade to Roosevelt High School 9-11:30


Invitation to Parents from the Portland Eco-School Network


What:  Eco-School Network Kickoff meeting for prospective members

When:  Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: 900 SW Fifth Avenue, 26th floor

Topic:  Network parents will share stories, resources, and best practices for creating more sustainable school environments.


The mission of the Eco-School Network is to introduce sustainable practices and increase eco-awareness to enrich the lives of children at school.  The Network includes parents from about 30 schools who come together in person and online to share ideas, experiences, and projects, as well as offer each other motivation and inspiration.


Please RSVP to Erica DeJong at 503-227-2315 or erica@earthleaders.org.   The sponsor of the Eco-School Network is the Center for Earth Leadership, www.earthleaders.org.

29th      Second Quarter grading period ends.

30th      Planning Day - No School for students


Daily Time Schedule:

Students may enter the building at 8:30 am
Classes for grades K-8 start at 8:45 am
Dismissal for all grades is 3:00 pm


Dear Beach Community,

As most of you are aware, Beach will be beginning the search for our next Principal soon.  What may not be quite as clear is that Beach is only one of a group of schools that will be searching for new administrators for next year.  To facilitate this district-wide process, there are a number of places where community input will be sought.  Attached is the updated Principal Hiring Process-School Community Involvement AD. This was approved by Superintendent Smith December 17, 2014.  Also attached is the self-nomination form for the PPS Principal Hiring Screening Committee.  The self-nomination form must be received in Human Resources by Jan. 12, 2015 to be considered for the 2015-16 Principal Screening Interview Committee.   Please note, however, that the committee is charged with screening Principal candidates for all vacancies in PPS for next year, NOT just the one here at Beach. 

If you are interested in serving on the Principal Screening Interview Committee, please follow the instructions listed in the attachment.

Thank you,

Mary Patterson

Jeremy Cohen

"Community Feedback Survey for the Principal Vacancy for 2015-16"

https://ppsk12.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2oBgWKA2NzBCC6V – English Survey – expires January 21


https://ppsk12.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_d56d1ONLN8nEIzH – Spanish Survey – Expires January 21





Beach Kindergarten Connect Meetings



Wednesdays      6:00 – 7:00 p.m.                Feb 11, 18, 25  

Monday               4:00-5:00 p.m.                   March 9


The meetings on the 11th and the 25th will focus on the dual language program.  Native Spanish speakers are encouraged to attend.


Meetings will be held in the school auditorium and child care will be provided in the school gym.

School Tours will be available from 9:00-9:45 Friday mornings on the following dates:  Feb. 13, 20 and 27

Important Reminders

Beach School now has their Safety Patrol up and running and we have reinstituted the closures of Humboldt, between Denver & Concord and on Concord between Humboldt & Wygant.  This closure is from 8:15 to 8:50 in the morning and from 2:50 to 3:15 in the afternoon.       

Attention Middle School Athletes and Parents!!

Interested in Winter Sports offered through the PIL/PPS sports program? It is time to act! 

The sports being offered this winter are Wrestling and Girls Basketball.

To participate please contact the coordinators as soon as possible to get information. 

If you plan on enrolling in Roosevelt High School, contact:

John Taylor (Wrestling)—503-916-9412 or jtaylor1@pps.net

Sheila Watson (Girls Basketball)-- 503-784-2032 sheilawatson@yahoo.com 

If you plan on enrolling at Jefferson High School, contact

Michelle Brazile (both sports)—503-285-0916 michellebrazile@yahoo.com

Practices begin very soon, so don’t delay!

¡Atención Atletas de la escuela media y Padres!!

¿Interesado en los deportes de invierno ofrecidos a través del programa de deportes PIL/PPS? 

¡Es hora de actuar! Los deportes que se ofrecen este invierno son lucha y baloncesto para las 


Para participar, por favor póngase en contacto con los coordinadores tan pronto como sea 

posible para obtener información. Si usted planea inscribirse en Roosevelt High School, 

póngase contacto con:

John Taylor Lucha-(Wrestling)—503-916-9412 or jtaylor1@pps.net

Sheila Watson (Baloncesto niñas)-- 503-784-2032 sheilawatson@yahoo.com 

Si usted planea inscribirse en la escuela secundaria Jefferson, póngase en contacto con

Michelle Brazile (ambos deportes)—503-285-0916 michellebrazile@yahoo.com

Las prácticas comienzan muy pronto, así que no se demore! 



The PPS School Improvement Bond work was completed in a number of areas throughout the main building, annex and portables this summer. This included seismic strengthening and improved accessibility to bathrooms and the entrance to our portables. In addition, we are excited to announce that two science labs have been built. The Installation of an elevator is still under construction. This will continue for several more months and we are working closely with contractors and district staff to develop plans, so that there will be minimal impact on instruction and access to the building. Ongoing updates will be posted here and noted in our school newsletter.



We are always in need of school volunteers. To become a volunteer you must fill out a background check application. All Background check applications are done online. Please follow the link below to the application.

Go to: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/security-services/1106.htm, then click on the 'Click here for Volunteer Background Check'.

Heatlhy Kids

Your child or student can have health coverage!

Healthy Kids is Oregon’s newly expanded no-cost and low-cost health coverage program for uninsured kids and teens up to 19 years of age.  Healthy Kids is comprehensive coverage offering medical, dental, vision, prescription, and behavioral health coverage. No family makes too much money for Healthy Kids. Parent’s income will determine whether a child is eligible for the no-cost or low-cost coverage option.

Your child or student can be a Healthy Kid!

Make the call or apply online today for Oregon Healthy Kids!

www.OregonHealthyKids.gov or call 1-877-314-5678

Beach Calendar

PPS News

Lincoln Coding Club creates ticket app

January 26, 2015
Congrats to the Lincoln Coding Club for creating its first app. The Lincoln High School Coding Club recently creating a ticket app for the school to ease the time students spend in line. 


Franklin students tour temporary home, forecast for classes

January 25, 2015
Franklin High School counselors gave incoming students a tour of their temporary home at the Marshall Building. Eighth graders who will attend Franklin High School got a chance earlier this week to tour Franklin's temporary home at the Marshall Building. Franklin students and staff will move to Marshall while 101-year-old Franklin undergoes a modernization, thanks to Portland voters who passed the $482 million School Improvement Bond


PPS "We the People" Constitution teams dominate state contest

January 25, 2015
The 2015 Grant High School Constitution team. Grant High School won the 2015 state contest and will now go on to represent Oregon in the national competition, which a Grant team won two years ago, in 2013. Lincoln, the defending state champion, won the national contest last year, in 2014.


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