Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Chief Joseph Elementary

Grades K-4

2409 N. Saratoga St. | Portland, OR 97217
(503) 916-6255 | Fax: (503) 916-2618


 Please note there is a new website for Ockley Green Middle School here.


Saturday, August 27th 9-Noon

Community Care Dare:  Bring your yard tools and help spruce up the school for our students.

Monday, August 29th

First Day of School (Grades 1-4)

Tuesday, August 30th 6:00-7:00 pm

Kindergarten Social @ Arbor Lodge Park

Thursday, September 1st

First Day for Kindergarten (1/2 Day)

2016-17 School Year Information


For the 2016-2017 school year, the first bell will be at 8:40 and the tardy bell will be at 8:45 a.m.; dismissal will be at 3:00 p.m.




Hello Beach, Chief Joseph, Ockley Green, Peninsula and Woodlawn families, teachers and staff:

Did you notice the yellow rectangular alert pod at the top of your school website that reads Ockley Green Transition? It links you to the latest Growing Great Schools II updates on the transition process in multiple languages including the addition of music (band and choir) being added to Ockely Green.

This week’s transition news: a principal input meeting April 21 at Chief Joseph, an improved online survey in multiple languages if you missed the meeting, and the announcement of a new Project Director.

Just go to your school website, click the link in the alert pod and get the news.






Hello Families, Teachers and Staff:

You are all invited to give input about the kind of leader you would like to see as principal of Chief Joseph. The meeting is Thursday, April 21st, 6:30 p.m. at Chief Joseph, 2409 N. Saratoga. Superintendent Carole Smith will also be present at the meeting.

Childcare and interpretation will be provided.

To learn more about the transition to the new middle school, go to www.pps.net and click on the "Growing Great Schools" link.


Hello Families,

As you know, the Portland School Board voted April 5 to change Ockley Green to a stand-alone middle school for the 2016-2017 school year which starts August 29. That also means that Beach, Chief Joseph, Peninsula and Woodlawn will change to K-5 elementary schools. No doubt you have questions. You can find more information at http://www.pps.net/ and click on Boundary Review-Growing Great Schools, which is under Trending Links.

 Principals Chun, Martinez, Asson and Porter-Lopez are meeting with administrators weekly to talk about the implementation process which includes staffing, school programs, transportation and plans for getting the buildings ready and moving over the summer. Principals are currently coordinating technology and year-end celebrations for students at each school. They are also working with PTA and Site Council for a smooth transition.

 We know that students and parents are concerned about the teachers at their school. Principals, the teachers' union (PAT) and Human Resources are working on staffing. Teachers have the right to decline assignments and apply for jobs at other schools, so staffing won’t be final until the summer.

Please mark your calendars for two parent/staff input meetings about new principals for Ockley Green and Chief Joseph and an Open House for Ockley Green Middle School.

 Principal input at Ockley Green:  April 14 at 6:30pm, 6031 N. Montana

 Principal input at Chief Joseph:  April 21 at 6:30pm, 2409 N. Saratoga St.

 Ockley Green Open House:  May 4 at 6pm, 6031 N. Montana

Please know that we take your concerns seriously. We are working on a communications plan to update families. We appreciate your feedback and patience during this process.


Rosie Fiallo

Portland Public Schools

Communications Manager/School Marketing

Community Involvement & Public Affairs



Daily Schedule

 8:15 Cafeteria open for bus riders & breakfast.*
First bell (doors open)
Second bell (tardy  bell) - School begins
4th Grade Lunch
4th Grade  Recess
2nd Grade Lunch
2nd Grade Recess
1st Grade Lunch
1st Grade Recess
3rd Grade Lunch
3rd Grade Recess
12:00-12:20 Kindergarten Lunch
12:25-12:45 Kindergarten Recess

*Due to limited space, the cafeteria is only for students not accompanied by an adult.


        2015-16 Meal Prices

(no change from 2014-15)

 Grade  Breakfast  Lunch
 PK-5  $1.35  $2.70
 6-8  $1.35  $2.95
9-12 $1.35  $3.20
 Reduced  $0.00  $0.00
 Adult  $2.10  $4.20
 Milk  $0.50  $0.50

How to Purchase Meals



PPS News

Advisory committee forwards to superintendent recommendations for district-wide structural changes

January 29, 2016

The District-Wide Boundary Review Committee sent to the superintendent on Jan. 28 the first blueprint for structural change district-wide in many years, on the principle that balancing growing enrollment among all schools will support strong schools in every neighborhood, investing in the continued vitality of the city.


PPS grad rate up 21 points in seven years

January 28, 2016
Portland Public Schools graduation rate rose four percentage points last year to 74 percent, a 21 percentage point increase over seven years.  The PPS five-year graduation rate also improved two percentage points to 75 percent, up from 73 percent.

Board approves 2016-2017 calendar

January 26, 2016
The Portland Public Schools board voted 6-1 tonight, January 26, to start school August 29, 2016 and end June 9, 2017.


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