Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Buckman Arts Focus Elementary School

Buckman nurtures the whole child and strives for academic excellence

320 SE 16th Ave  | Portland, OR 97214
Phone: (503) 916-6230 | Fax: (503) 916-2615

Bus Schedules and School Meals

Bus Schedules: View bus schedules. Questions? PPS Student Transportation (503) 916-6901.

School Meals: Apply now for free or reduced-price school meals.

School News & Announcements

Welcome Back!

School beings for first through fifth grade on Thursday, August 27 at 8:35 am. Kindergarten assessments will happen August 27, 28, and 31. The first full day of Kindergarten begins on Tuesday, September 1 at 8:35 am. Teachers are busily preparing classrooms, and we cannot wait to begin another wonderful year at Buckman. See you soon!

School Supply Lists 2015-16

Kindergarden (Teachers Crozier, Godfrey, and Miles)

First Grade (Teacher EkelofPatterson, and Ingraham)

Second Grade (Teachers BrownDanielson, and Roberts)

Third Grade (Teachers Gifford, Rockness, and Scott)

Fourth Grade (Teachers Berk, Rudolph, and new Teacher TBA)

Fifth Grade (Teachers Clarkson, Nichenko, and Vestal)

Welcoming Interim Principal Susan Kosmala

Aug. 4, 2015

Hello Buckman Community:

I am excited to serve as your interim principal and to be able to bring my arts education background and years as a teacher and administrator to work for Buckman students. You can read more about me in the formal announcement from Superintendent Carole Smith that was emailed to staff and families. 

Secretary Melina Carabajal and I will hit the ground running to be ready for the first day of school Aug. 27.  We are back in the office starting on Aug. 10 and will tag team as each of us spends some time doing district-wide professional development that first week. 

I look forward to your input and teamwork as we launch a great year for Buckman students. Enjoy the last weeks of summer!

Susan Kosmala

Interim Principal

Register Kindergarteners now!

If you have an incoming Kindergartener for next school year and are within our neighborhood boundary, or have been accepted into Buckman though the Lottery, please register your student now. To help us plan for next year, we need to know how many students to expect. Please stop by the office and pick up a packet. Register today!

A Message from the Nurse


The office receives reports that lice are making a nuisance of themselves, so please be on the lookout.

• Students found with nits remain at school.
• Students with live lice are sent home at the time discovered.
• Students with lice and/or nits receive treatment information.
• Whole school and/or classroom screening are discouraged in all schools.

The PPS lice policy reflects recommendations from national experts such as Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Current research shows that classroom or school-wide screening and parent notifications about known cases of lice are not good use of resources and staff time, do not diminish the incidence of lice, and can give parents a false sense of security if they are not receiving notification.

Again, in accordance with PPS policy, there are no classroom screenings. All schools must comply with the PPS policy. If you have any questions, please contact: Megan Melady, School Health Services Coordinator, 503.916.3036, mmelady@pps.net.


Admission for 2015-2016

Buckman is open to students in the Portland Public Schools district. We are both a neighborhood school and open to students outside the neighborhood through the PPS School Choice lottery process.

Application Process for Non-Neighborhood Families

Transfer to focus options schools such as Buckman occur through an annual computerized lottery process. The focus option lottery opened February 9, 2015 and closed March 6, 2015.  

For families that applied before the deadline, Enrollment and Transfer Center will mail result letters around May 2015. Families living outside the Buckman neighborhood who did not apply to the lottery process before closing are encouraged to contact their neighborhood school for enrollment.

Application Process for Buckman Neighborhood Families

Students living in the Buckman neighborhood, as defined by Portland Public Schools, do not need to apply through the lottery process. Neighborhood families are encouraged to contact the Buckman office and complete the registration paperwork as soon as possible.

Not sure of your neighborhood school? Enter your address information on the following link to find your neighborhood school:


For further information, please contact the Buckman office at 503-916-6230 or the Portland Public Schools Enrollment & Transfer Center at 503-916-3205.

Daily Schedule

First Bell 8:35
Tardy Bell 8:45
Beginning Lunch (1st & 3rd) 11:20
Second Lunch (K & 2nd) 11:55
Third Lunch (4th & 5th) 12:30
End of Lunch 1:00
School Dismissal 3:00


First Bell 10:35
Tardy Bell 10:45
Beginning Lunch (1st & 3rd) 11:20
Second Lunch (K & 2nd) 11:55
Third Lunch (4th & 5th) 12:30
End of Lunch 1:00
School Dismissal 3:00

Buckman Calendar

PPS News

Join campaign to reconnect students

August 20, 2015
The Fifth Annual Reconnection Door-Knocking Campaign is Saturday, Sept. 12, from 8:30 am to 1 pm to help get students who have left school reconnected.

PPS Board to explore renovating Roosevelt shop building into career-learning space

August 06, 2015

The Portland School Board on Aug. 4 directed PPS staff to examine whether an old, free-standing, automotive shop on the Roosevelt High School campus could be remodeled into career-learning space at some point in the future. 


Board takes action on Benson enrollment; compensation audit

July 29, 2015
The Portland Public Schools Board. The Portland Public Schools Board of Directors approved a resolution which directs Superintendent Carole Smith to develop a two-year phased in plan including the feasibility of lifting the enrollment cap at Benson Polytechnic High School and bring it back to the board by Jan. 1, 2016. The board unanimously approved the resolution, 7-0. 


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