Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Franklin High School

Home of the Quakers

5405 SE Woodward | Portland, OR 97206
Phone: (503) 916-5140 | Fax: (503) 916-2694

Notes from Franklin's Administrative Team

 

A Letter from our Principal, Shay James:



April 25, 2014

Dear Franklin Families,

Franklin Administration received word of rumors that may have had an impact on student safety today. We went into a precautionary lockdown this morning at 9:15 after learning about a potential threat to Franklin students. I want to assure you that students are safe and the lockdown was lifted shortly before noon.  Students were able to get lunch, and we have resumed class as normal. 

Our Administration team would like to express our gratitude for the prompt and appropriate support of police, campus security, staff and the cooperation of students.  I want to acknowledge and appreciate our strong and effective working relationship with Portland Police and assure you that the safety of our students is our priority. 

I understand your concerns and anxiety and I am grateful for your patience and support. I'm proud of how our students and staff followed procedures and handled themselves during the lockdown.  Please note that we will always communicate information with parents as quickly as possible. 

I also want to encourage you to talk with your student and urge them to report any unsafe activity or behaviors that they may hear and/or witness. Parents, please reinforce to your children the importance of reporting anything of concern to leadership or the police.

Thank you for your support of Franklin High School.

Shay James

Principal

 



A Letter from our Principal, Shay James:



November 6, 2013




Dear Franklin Families,


We have been informed that a bus driver on one of the TriMet busses that transports some of our students has been diagnosed with whooping cough, also called pertussis, an infectious illness. We are letting families know so that if symptoms develop you can seek treatment.

The bus driver on the No. 10 TriMet bus yesterday morning (Nov. 5 between 5:30 am and 9 am) learned his diagnosis after work that day and sought medical attention. Pertussis is a bacterial infection that can spread through the air. It starts like a common cold but the cough gets worse and worse over one to two weeks. Pertussis is especially serious for very young children or, as with any illness, anyone with a compromised immune system.

If you have concerns about the illness, please consult your medical provider, local health department or the Oregon Public Health Division Hotline at 1-800-978-3040.

Thank you for your attention and support.

Shay James

Principal

Franklin High School
503-916-5140







A Letter from our Principal, Shay James:

October 14, 2013

Dear Franklin Community,

It is with deep regret and sadness that we share the news of a Franklin student who passed away. Our school is profoundly affected by the death of Abukar Madey, who was a freshman here at Franklin high school. He was shot late Friday night and passed away early Sunday morning.

Counselors, teachers, administration, and district support personnel have been and will continue to be available on an ongoing basis.

When circumstances of this magnitude occur, people have all kinds of reactions: shock, sadness, fear, anger or no feelings at all. These reactions can come and go in an hour or a day or for days to come. All of these feelings are normal responses to the death of someone we know or who was a part of our school community.

It is helpful for students to be able to talk about how they feel and how they are impacted by this event. The death of a student may affect a young person in a variety of ways, depending on their age, how well the student knew the individual who died, and the student’s prior experience with grief, death, and loss.

When reacting to a death a student may:

  • Appear not to be affected
  • Ask a lot of questions
  • Be agitated and angry
  • Try extra hard to be good
  • Be thinking about it privately
  • Be frightened
  • Be sad and withdrawn

Counselors will be available in a Safe Room, room 142, all day Monday, October 14 and on Tuesday as needed. We suggest that you encourage your student to talk to you about the events of the day. If they seem to need information, answer their questions simply and honestly. We encourage you to call the school at 503-916-5140 should you need any assistance.

Sincerely,

Shay James

Principal

sjames@pps.net

A Letter from our Principal, Shay James:

October 9, 2013

Dear Franklin Community,

It is with deep regret and sadness that we share the news of a Franklin parent, advocate, community member and friend who passed away last night following a brief hospitalization. Our school is profoundly affected by the passing of Monica Smith, wife to Jeremy Sarant and mother to FHS graduates.

Monica went to the ICU at Providence hospital yesterday afternoon, and underwent various treatments. At 4:00 PM, she slipped away, surrounded by family. There is more information at Caring Bridge, monicasmithpdx.

We are heartbroken at the loss of this dear person.

When circumstances of this magnitude occur, people have all kinds of reactions: shock, sadness, fear, anger or no feelings at all. These reactions can come and go in an hour or a day or for days to come. All of these feelings are normal responses to the death of someone we know or who was a part of our school community.

It is helpful to be able to talk about how we are feeling and are impacted by this event. The death of such a pillar in the community may affect a young person or you in a variety of ways, depending on age, how well you knew the individual, and prior experience with grief, death, and loss.

When reacting to a death you may:

  • Appear not to be affected
  • Ask a lot of questions
  • Be agitated and angry
  • Try extra hard to be good
  • Be thinking about it privately
  • Be frightened
  • Be sad and withdrawn

For those that had the privilege of knowing Monica, we are sure that your memories of her will celebrate her wonderful and vibrant life". We encourage you to call the school at 503-916-5140 should you need any assistance.

Shay James

Principal

sjames@pps.net

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 From the Principal

This message is to inform you that there has been a confirmed case of chickenpox in our school community. If your child has a fever, rash, or other symptoms of chickenpox contact your healthcare provider immediately. If you need a chickenpox vaccine contact your healthcare provider, school nurse or Multnomah County Health Department. Please contact our school nurse or your family physician with any further questions.  February 2013.


December 14, 2012

 

 

It is with great sadness that we are reading and hearing about the tragedy back east at Sandy Hook elementary. Our hearts are with our peers and families in Connecticut. This tragedy is affecting us all.  This is overwhelming for the entire country and has impacted the rest of the world.  I anticipate that the media will be focused on this for days, the visuals may be traumatizing and the impact on children can be considerable. Many children will also need to process their own grief and empathy for the tragedy itself.  Since they may be dealing with two tragedies in aweek, they are even more susceptible to some trauma.  Let them talk about it.  If they are moody or grumpy, it is often from fear and grief.  Reassure them and support them through conversation and time; and give thememotional as well as practical support.

 

The first link below is to PBS Parents—an article for talking to kids about the news, the second link is to the National Association of School Psychologists— an article for talking to children about violence, the third additional resources from The University of Maryland on trauma and the last link is from PPS and Superintendent Carole Smith.  

If your children need to take some action to show their support for the victims, they could make condolence cards to send to the school, or raise some money to send to the victims’ families.  Whatever you feel you need for your family, just remember that media experiences can be traumatic events themselves.  Have control and awareness of these situations and the information that comes into your homes.   

I wanted to also reassure you that we are focused on security measures and mental health supports for our students here at Franklin. We have added adult presence and will lock auxiliary doors.  I will review our standard safety protocols with staff, for having all visitors, including parents, check in at the main office and receive a visitor's tag. Thank you for being sure to check in and for wearing a visitor's tag as this is very important. Our counselors and school Psychologists have freed up their schedules to meet with any students who have experienced trauma in the past or recently as these events can often trigger difficult feelings.   

As adults and parents we all know that the loss of any child is the most devastating loss a community can experience. Reach out to each other for support. Try to find the time to focus on the people you care about during this season that should be happy and joyful.  Have a safe Holiday break.

Shay James
Principal


November 2012

 

Dear Franklin Community,

The successful conclusion of Franklin’s annual parent/teacher conference paired with the passing of the recent school bond and the anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday affords me the perfect opportunity to thank you for the privilege of serving as principal of this fine high school. I, along with our vice principals, Ivonne Dibblee and Marshall Haskins, was pleased to welcome so many families this past Monday and Tuesday for the parent/teacher conferences. The interactions I witnessed helped cement my belief that this Franklin community is one that upholds the vital importance of education as the pathway to a successful future for each of our 1,500 students.

I am also thankful for the way our community comes together to improve our schools. The recent school bond passed with a remarkable 65 percent support. Franklin High School was identified as one of the four schools which will be rebuilt. Your vote will provide a safer environment for our students and teachers. The important work your vote ensured will begin this summer. The facilities team has undertaken the work of timelines for rebuilding the four schools and replacing leaking roofs and making seismic safety upgrades at five other schools in the District. They will bring their recommendations to the school board later this month; I will share news of Franklin’s timeline as I learn more. A link to the PPS bond webpage is http://www.pps.k12.or.us/superintendent/8107.htm.

On behalf of the teachers and staff of Franklin High School, I wish you a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday. We all thank you for allowing us to have a part in your children’s lives.

Shay James, Principal


October 2012.....From Principal Shay James.....
 
In an effort to continue the work that has started toward a healthy school climate, we will be partnering with Reed College this year in order to provide more avenues for teens to learn about making positive choices.  Beginning this spring, our school, in collaboration wtih the Department of Psychology at Reed College, will begin offering an alcohol prevention service to interested students.  The prevention service, known at Project Options, will be funded by the National Institute of Health.  Links to information and permission forms in English and Spanish are below.  If you have questions or want additional information, please call Dr. Kristen G. Anderson at Reed College, 503.517.7410.  Our school is pleased to provide this and other services to promote the health of our students.  We ask that you return these forms to Michele Lageson in the main office.  Thank you.
 
Information Letter in English here
FAQ and Permission Form in English here
Information Letter in Spanish here
FAQ and Permission Form in Spanish here 

 

 

 

 

 

October     October 9, 2012

 

 

Dear Franklin Community:

 

I want to share the very sad news that Dr. Charles Hopson, former deputy superintendent at PPS, unexpectedly passed away today at the age of 54. As you might know, Charles left PPS in the spring of 2010 to become superintendent of the Pulaski County Special School District in Little Rock, Arkansas. Prior to joining central office, Charles was the principal of Franklin HS, principal of Tubman Middle School, and Vice Principal at Cleveland and Jefferson High Schools.  He is survived by his daughter and wife who is a media specialist with Portland Public Schools, most recently at Grant HS.

 

 

Dr. Hopson’s death is very sad news for Franklin and so many other communities where he had a positive influence and touched so many lives. Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to his family and friends, as well as to his other school communities.

 

Our hearts are with his family and all of us who remember him.  A memorial service for Dr. Hopson will be held on November 24th at 10am at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 8501 N. Chautauqua Blvd, Portland.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    I hope you have had a restful summer.  Our staff has used this time to relax and rejuvenate in as we anticipate the start of what will be another fantastic year.  We are busy preparing for the up-and-coming 2012-2013 academic school year and look forward to the fresh start each year brings.  Last year we added 500 new students to our Franklin family and we will maintain the same numbers for this coming year.  

    In addition, we welcome back our community partnerships that have joined us in supporting our Quaker learners. 

    ·         Multnomah County School based Health Clinic

    ·         SUN School Program

    ·         Step Up

    We have been fortunate enough to have added a number of new faculty members this year, including our new Vice Principal, Marshall Haskins.  We hope that you will join us for Back to School night on September 24th, 2012.  We will use this evening to start the new-year off with a meet and greet. You will have the opportunity to meet our teachers and community partners and tour the school. The evening will begin at 6PM. 

    Please take a moment to find and bookmark our school website to become familiar with PPS/FHS programs and information.  The web address is http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/franklin/.  This is a great resource of up-to-date information for parents and students. 

    On behalf of everyone here at Franklin, we look forward to sharing many academic and co-curricular experiences with our students and families this year.  Rest up; we have another great year ahead of us! 

    Go Quakers,

    Shay James, Principal

     


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Quaker Community,

    As I attended a track meet hosted by Franklin High School yesterday, I was reminded of what makes our school such a special place.  Despite the difficult news we have recently received, I was greeted by smiling parents, high fives from students and moments of sunshine while watching students compete. 

    Over the last two weeks our administrative team has worked diligently on behalf of students and families regarding staffing and program decisions for next year.  It seems like every year we face deeper cuts, which creates continued stress points for our school and community.  This year certainly has been no different and has felt worse on many levels.  When we started our staffing decisions, Franklin was asked to make 6 overall reductions to our staff. 

    In addition to the staffing reductions that impact our programming and scheduling, the teacher's union (PAT) and our district office were involved in arbitration regarding the newly implemented 6 of 8 high school schedule. The decision was shared last week and the arbitrator decided that the district had the right to implement a 6 of 8 schedule, but that teachers’ caseloads must stay below 180 and only increase by the same percentage of staffing reduction.  Due to this decision we are only able to offer students who are in Special Education or are considered academic priority the opportunity to take more than 7 classes, if needed for graduation.   

    After a great deal of time spent working with teacher caseload numbers, FTE received and programming options for all high schools, our district added back a small amount of FTE to each high school. Franklin received 2 positions back and we are now making a total of 4 cuts.  Though it is better than 6, it is still very difficult for us.   

    So, what does this mean for our students?  There have been reductions and cuts to a few of our programs. We will not be able to offer courses with low enrollment any longer in areas such as Advanced Placement, electives, world language courses, etc., and students may have shortened schedules.  On Thursday, April 26th at 6:30 in the library, our administrative team will host a parent information night and will address the budget, programming, and how the two intersect.   

    Though this budget crisis is incredibly difficult for us, we at Franklin are committed to students and will continue to do our best for students.  Please know that our door is always open and we will try to answer questions at any time. 

    We thank all of those that attended the Franklin PTA auction and so generously supported our school.  We are so fortunate to have had your support this past year and feel grateful for not only your continued support but also for the induction of the Franklin Foundation, http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/franklin/1065.htm.  All monies raised through the Foundation will directly support FTE and staffing.

    Shay James, Principal

     


    The Staff of Franklin High School join me in wishing our students and their families a happy and safe holiday break.  There are many exciting activities awaiting our return in 2012!  Happy Holidays and Happy New Year, Shay James, Principal

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Staff of Franklin High School join me in wishing our students and their families a happy and safe holiday break.  There are many exciting activities awaiting our return in 2012!  Happy Holidays and Happy New Year, Shay James, Principal

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • First semester finals are scheduled for January 30 and 31, and February 1 and 2.
    • Discover Franklin Open House on Wednesday, February 1st at 6pm.
    • Applications for prospective candidates for the Rose Festival Scholarship Program are due January 6th.
    • The SUN program has many enjoyable school activities planned for the new year.  More details are available on their webpage (link on the leftside of FHS front page).
    • SMASH (Students Making Ads for Social Health) gets started on January 11th.
    • FHS Community Conversations bringing together neighbors, school staff, parents and students around working to strengthen our Franklin community will held on January 25th at 6pm.
    • Sports scheduled during the holiday break can be found on the Athletics webpage (link on the leftside of FHS front page).
    • The Gresham School-based Health Center is open during the holiday break.
    • Other student activities can be found on the calendar at the bottom of the FHS front page.

     


     

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    Dear Franklin Families,

     

     

    As many of you know, Franklin has undergone many changes this year.  Among the changes we have seen an increase in class sizes.  We have voiced our concerns and are happy to report that our central office has been able to provide the high schools with additional FTE.  This means a great deal to our community as we will be able to reduce class sizes in some content areas and provide some supports for our staff and student population. 

     

    We are happy to introduce the following staff members joining our FHS family.   We welcome Kimberly Hoffman- Social Studies, Amanda Helmers- Social Studies/English/ELD, and Doug Jenkins will return to Franklin this year- English/ELD.  We look forward to having these new teachers on staff.

     

    We recognize that many students have created bonds and built relationships and regret that we will need to make some schedule changes for students at this point in the year.  In reality, this process can be messy.  We realize that schedule changes/moves are never simple and they impact more than one individual.  We have put a great deal of thought into these moves therefore, once the schedules are moved we will not consider changes until the end of the semester.  It is, however, our belief that the benefits will outweigh any hesitations you may have with the move.  We are confident that you will find that your students will either enjoy getting to know and building relationships with our new staff members and/or a smaller class. 

     

    We appreciate your understanding regarding this matter.  We would like to take this moment to remind you that our parent teacher conferences are on the 21st and the 22nd.  This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet our new staff members as well as see how your student is doing.

     

    To our continued success,

    Shay James

    GO QUAKERS! 

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    October 7, 2011

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Dear Franklin Community,

     

    Some of you may have heard about an incident that occurred Thursday night during the Franklin-Madison JV2 football game.  During the game a disturbance started in the park involving one Franklin student and a few non-Franklin students.  Staff from the game reacted immediately when one of the alleged victims notified the coaching staff.

     

    Two students involved in this situation were detained and a gun was later found off campus.  No shots were fired and Police immediately responded and began an investigation that resulted in an arrest.  Police have taken the lead on the investigation and we are doing everything to cooperate with them. 

     

    Our students are of utmost importance and we take their safety seriously every day.  In light of this incident, at tonight’s football game, extra staff and police officers will be supervising.  Additionally, we have a NO backpack policy (and this includes large bags that the ladies carry) at all PIL games.  As you know if you’ve come to a game, adults and students alike are not allowed to bring bags into the game.  This is for safety purposes.  Thank you for understanding.  If you have questions, please call Administration. 

     

    Sincerely,

     

     

    Shay James

    Principal

    sjames@pps.net

    503-916-5140

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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