Announcements from the Principal
Dear Grant Community,
As many of you may have already heard (news travels fast) my family will be moving back to NYC this summer. This has been an extremely difficult decision, made only more so by how wonderful the Grant Community has been over the last three years. I cannot begin to express how I have cherished, and will continue to cherish, having been a part of this amazing extended family.
As I reflect back on my time here, I can now smile at what a hard time I was initially given. "That New York woman" had a lot to learn, I was told. And it was true. I did have much to learn. Although I’d like to think I was a pretty quick study, I know I could not have done it without some pretty amazing teachers, students, family and community members. Looking back, I’d also like to think that I kept my promises. I feel encouraged about the progress we have made over the last three years in improving things for ALL students at Grant. I always believed that it didn’t have to be a zero-sum choice about serving one group well at the expense of another, and that on the contrary, if we didn’t do what was best for as many students and families as we could, we were shortchanging everyone. I am proud that our community as a whole has come to agree, and that the way we do things at Grant has changed for the better as a result.
I am extremely proud of much of what I leave behind. I believe that Grant is in a better and stronger place now than it was three years ago. In that time, I have been privileged to support teachers to create new courses (AP Studio Art, Grant Magazine, Robotics, PSU Global Cities) and to forge new partnerships (with Portland Community Gardens, Portland State University, Hollywood Theater, and Lewis and Clark). More importantly, I believe I have helped teachers to believe again in the power of collaboration, and in their own ability to impact young people. I have had the opportunity to help shift the community dynamic from one where we fight for our own children to one where we advocate for all of our children.
I believe students, staff, and families feel and are more empowered in 2013 than they were in 2010. It’s not that any individual has more authority now, but rather that the community has come to believe that, together, we are able to get things done. That’s power.
I have always believed that good leadership is about timely conversation and decisive action, along with honesty, transparency and an unrelenting focus on what’s good for our students. When I entered Grant, I believed that these elements would help us to create an empowered community. I have since confirmed that being a strong leader is also about finding a balance where all voices are heard, but none given so much voice that others are drowned out. I’ve tried to explain my thinking and knew I must be unafraid to take action, even where unpopular. I have tried to lead this way.
I believe that Grant students, staff and families have come to truly own Grant as our school. I appreciate that the community has held me accountable for leading – even when leadership meant we needed to deviate from what was most popular in pursuit of what was most right. I trust that this has become an enduring community value, and a standard to which you will hold future leaders as well.
My gift to the next leader of Grant is you. Thank you for asking important questions, for coming up with great ideas, and for doing what had to be done to make these ideas reality. The last three years haven’t been good because of what I did – or because of what you did. They’ve been good because of what we did, and are doing.
I will miss you, but I am excited about where you are headed, arms linked.
June 14, 2013
Dear Grant Students & Families:
Congratulations on the end of finals and the successful completion of another year! As this year closes, and students depart for summer vacation, I want to make sure you have the information you will need for return (or first entrance) in Fall 2013 easy to hand.
Students, please be sure to see the Grant website to check for summer reading for junior/senior English classes, and for AP Govt/Con Team. (You may assume that you have been entered into your first choice English class; in the event that we were not able to honor your first choice, teachers will honor each other’s summer assignments for credit.)
Please note key dates below:
Verification sheets (confirming current address, contact, etc.) will be mailed from the Grant Office on July 1st. Each student’s verification sheet must be completed and returned to the office, by mail or in person, before that student will be eligible to pick up his/her Fall 2013 schedule in August.
Counselors are unavailable during the summer vacation after June 18, 2013. Please be aware that they are not able to assist via email until their full-time return to campus on August 26th. Counselors will be in the office August 21st and 22nd for two days to assist with schedule pick-up and corrections, and then will be out of office again until the 26th, when they will return for the fall semester.
Fall 2013 Schedule Pick-Up occurs in Grant Center Hall on the following schedule:
August 21st: Seniors and freshmen: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
August 22nd: Sophomores and juniors: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
August 26th: Any student: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM.
On these dates, students who need assistance with course correction may drop in for counseling assistance during the windows above. A student qualifies to see a counselor regarding course correction if s/he has 1) taken a course at summer school and earned credit, 2) is missing a core requirement for graduation, 3) failed a class in Spring 2013 and has not yet made necessary course adjustments. Students who want to drop a class without adding another class may do so via a course drop form (with parent signature) submitted to the Counseling Office. Course drop forms will be available on the Grant website in August.
New student registration will occur in the Grant Counseling Office on August 27th (8:00 AM to 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM) and September 3rd (1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.)
Freshman Welcome Day occurs on September 4, 2013. This day is designed to introduce our new students to their freshman communities, their counselors, and what they can expect as new members of the Grant family. School resumes on for all students on September 5, 2013. We will follow a Monday “skinny” schedule on this first day back to allow students a chance to visit all classes for the first time.
The 2013 Grant High School bell schedule is available on the home page of the Grant website and will also be sent home electronically in August.
You can expect to receive additional information about the return to school as we enter the month of August, but I wanted to make sure you had this information to hand as you enter the summer vacation.
Best wishes for the summer; relax and enjoy, and we’ll see you in the fall.
SUMMER SPORTS OPPORTUNITIES
The 4th Annual All-Alumni Picnic
Bring your own lunch ~ dessert will be provided.
For more information, contact the Grant High School Alumni Association at grantalumni@AOL.com
Also, be sure to check out the class reunions page - there have been recent updates and changes to a few reunions.
Click here to go to the Alumni page, and see if you have a reunion this year!
Apply for next year!
Grant High School
503-916-5160 ext. 75610
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|AP Gov & Con Team
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|PSU, Voices, and Film and Lit||Sophomore English||WOW|
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Thanks to increased district funding to high schools!
If your student is interested in adding one of the new classes to his/her schedule, s/he will need a parent signature on the verification form. As with all courses, some may be more popular than others, and forecasting does not guarantee that students will be able to enroll in every class they have selected, but we will place as many students into each course as possible. Students are able to drop in to see counselors any day this week (their last opportunity will be this Friday, May 24th), to meet with counselors regarding course additions. Additional specific instructions are on the verification form your student received.
New courses available include:
Robotics & Coding, Computer Programming, Hip-Hop Dance, Sculpture, Printmaking, Women in the Arts, and Dual-Credit Anatomy & Physiology.
Students are able to enroll in up to eight classes and take more than one course in a given subject area (science, math, etc.). Please contact your counselor/your student's counselor if you have any questions.
We are so excited that your student will be joining us in Fall 2013.
As we build the schedule, counselors will use the first choice elective listed on the forecasting sheet as the students' eighth class choice. As is always true with building schedules, some classes may be more frequently requested than others, and there is a capacity limit on individual classes. We will place as many students into available electives as space will allow. Counselors will be able to assist with any questions you may have about individual student schedules after incoming freshmen receive schedules and counselor assignments in August.
We look forward to seeing your students soon.
VP, Grant High School
Grant High School needs your help!
As you may be aware, the school budget scenario for next year is grim. While the current school budget represents a more stable level of funding, even with the recent changes the current level of school funding does not prevent teacher cuts at Grant, it only means cutting fewer staff. Seniority rules mean that our newest teachers are often the most vulnerable, including;
Jeremy Reinholt, our rising new Constitution Team teacher
John Eiseman, our new and fantastic Choir teacher
Kate Brandy, who is an amazing sophomore English teacher
and others. Foundation donations mean we can keep these fabulous teachers in their programs.
Grant High School needs a minimum of $250 - $500 per family to keep teachers next year. Of course, not everyone can give at that level, so we hope that those who are able to will give more than that. So far this year, we have raised $135,000, out of our goal of $250,000. Now we need everyone to pitch in and give as generously as they can by June 1. If you have employer match through your work, give that way too.
2 ways to give:
- Give on-line at www.allhandsraised.org, designate Grant HS.
- Or, drop off a check at the Grant main office, 2245 NE 36th Ave, 97212.
You can significantly and immediately impact the classes Grant can offer. Make a contribution today.
Mary Jaron Kelley and Madeline Kokes
Answers to just a few of the numerous questions regarding Grant High School's modernization plans.
- Grant High School design activities are currently expected to begin in the summer of 2015. Design is a total of about 17 months, but it is the first 7 months where the entire community will be asked to participate in design workshops.
- Grant High School modernization construction will begin June 2017 and be completed by September 2019.
- If your child is going to be a freshman in September 2013, your child will graduate from Grant High School at 2245 NE 36th Avenue in June 2017.
- If your child is going to be a freshman in September 2014, 2015 or 2016, your child will begin high school at Grant High School's current location, but begin their 2017-2018 school year at the interim site, which has yet to be determined. There will be a public conversation about interim site options during the early stages of the design activities. The interim site will be called Grant High School while Grant students are in attendance.
- If your child is in the graduating class of 2018 or 2019, your child will complete their high school career at the interim location, which will be called Grant High School while your child is in attendance.
- If your child is in the graduating class of 2020 or beyond, your child will graduate from the fully modernized Grant High School at 2245 NE 36th Avenue.
For further information, please contact the Office of School Modernization:
Phone: 503-916-2000 ext.: 74 212
We have been receiving some inquiries about opting out of OAKS testing. We want to make sure you are aware that students are required by the state to meet OAKS requirements in Reading, Writing, and Math (based on year of high school entry) in order to graduate. There are some alternate ways of meeting OAKS requirements; we are including them for your reference in the attached table.
View the Quick Guide to OAKS & Essential Skills Requirements (PDF)
View the OAKS Opt-Out Form (PDF)
VP, Grant High School
|Alg 1-2, French 1-4||5||After School:
|Math, Chemistry, Latin||4||Lunch:
|Algebra 1-4 and Geometry||5||Lunch:
|Math (all levels)||6||After School:
|Math (all levels) and French||6||Lunch:
|Alg 1-4, Geometry, Japanese, English, Biology 1-2||4||After School:
Tutors can work with up to five students at a time. Tutoring help is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
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