Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

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Marshall Campus

3905 SE 91st Ave | Portland, OR 97266
Phone: (503) 916-5244 | Fax: (503) 916-2553

RA2 in the Community

RA2 Yearbook students partner with Wieden and Kennedy

Want to learn yearbook layout and design at a whole new level? Forecast soon for RA2’s 2010-11 yearbook class and you may get the chance. With the assistance of Employer Advisory Committee’s Kevin Jeans-Gail, selected students and staff met, toured, and now work with Wieden and Kennedy’s Michael Frediani on our current yearbook. Understanding how layout, design, font, print quality and color all play critical roles in the creative design process has been a valuable learning curve for layout editor Hailey Skye. Admitting that in previous years their approach was less intentional, the yearbook staff is thrilled with the opportunity to learn from the best and brightest in international advertising.

Yearbook teacher Melody Rockwell and students working with Michael Frediani.

  • RA2 Yearbooks are on sale for $28.00 through March 19th (before Spring break) and after will be $35.00.

RA2 students will sell work at Buckman’s ART SHOW & SELL

Advanced Art classes will be having a booth at Buckman Elementary Arts Magnet ART SHOW & SELL. Pictured below are sample cards. Come and support our students and art in Portland Public Schools! The show is Friday, March 12, 5—9 p.m. and Saturday, March 13, from 10 –5 p.m.

Canned Food Drive, Another Success!

RA2 donated 448 total cans of food to the Sunshine Division just before Winter Break. For the third year in a row, congratulations to Ms. Judy Rose and her CREW/Advisory!

Poetry in Motion

In elective Creative Writing class, students continue experimenting with poetic forms and open verse. Their voices will be showcased in the hallways of RA2’s version of Tri-Mets’ “Poetry in Motion.”

Students visit China Design Now Exhibition at the Portland Art Museum (PAM)

On Thursday and Friday, January 14th and 15th, approximately 200 RA2 students with 11 different teachers visited the China Design Now exhibition at the Portland Art Museum. Inspired by Crossing Borders, a public exhibition of student learning in June 2008, with support from PAM’s Education Outreach Coordinator Amy Gray, four different groups of students and teachers visited the exhibition over two days.

On Thursday, Mrs. Pfohman, Ms. Woodruff and Ms. Pinyoun took AVID and math students, and later Ms. Gundle, Ms. Bourcier, Mr. Heppner and his student teacher Joel, took the balance of the 10th grade students. On Friday, after visiting the Oregon Scholastic Art Awards exhibit on Friday at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), all advanced art students were excited to see China Design Now with Ms. Bradley and Ms. Rockwell. After visiting the Chinese Gardens, Mr. Chang took his ESL students, and with help from counselor Erin Hale, Ms. Rose took her music production students.

To prepare for our school visit, our entire staff visited the exhibition in December. We were struck by the marketing blend of traditional and contemporary images, impressed by their speed and scale of their industrial revolution, and concerned about the global ecological ramifications. Curriculum is being created by content teachers ranging from math to music, and the depth and scope of student inquiry will vary. When we think of China, many of us remember the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing. Here are a few more compelling facts to wet your appetite from China Design Now, Victoria & Albert Museum Publishing, London, 2008.

China Factoids


China has 1.3 billion people which is 1/5th of the world’s population. The total US population is 305 million people or 0.305 billion, a little less than 1/4th that of China.

Since 1978, 450 million farmers have migrated into China’s cities and towns.

Since the early 1980’s, between 12 and 19 million people have migrated to China’s cities each year. That’s more than all of the people in the NYC metropolitan area moving each year.

In 1982, 1/5th of China’s population lived in its cities; by 2000 more than 1/3rd were urban dwellers and by 2020 it is estimated that approximately 60 percent of the population will be city residents.

Great Britain has 5 urban centers of more than one million people while the US has 36. China has 90 urban centers of more than one million people.


In 2001 alone, China produced 96 million electric fans, 41 million color TV’s and 25 million cell phones. Where was your cell phone made?

Since 1978, China’s economy has grown on average by 9% each year. Our economy has grown on average by 3 percent per year over the same period but is currently decreasing by 2.4% each year .

China has lifted 300 million people out of poverty since 1978.

There are 400 schools in China offering industrial-design classes which together produce 10,000 industrial-design graduates every year. The goal is to shift the world from a “Made in China” to “Designed in China” world.

The new Chinese middle class is a relatively small but potent and growing force, currently constituting around 5 to 8% of China’s population. What is 8% of 1.3 billion?

The new Chinese middle class is relatively small currently constituting around 5 to 8 % of China’s population. These 200 million middle class consumers live mostly in the coastal cities, and they are young (more than 40% are between the ages of 16 and 35.

Annual income for the middle class in China is $5000 per year. This is enough to buy a car and save for an apartment (condominium).


In 2004 there were more than 2 million cars on the road in Beijing, three times more than in 1994. By 2020, there will be seven times more cars again.

While Beijing has 2 million cars on the road it also has 11 million non-motorized vehicles, like bikes.

In 2004, 82 % of Chinese households had a color TV, up from 40% ten years earlier.


China is now the largest print-news market in the world. There are 36.8 billion newspapers are sold every day.

By 2006, the number of fixed-line and cell phone users had reached 830 million.

Chinese readers are hungry to know more about fashion. The first edition of Vogue China sold out its 300,000 print run within five days of its launch in August 2005.

China Mobile, the largest cell-phone network in the country, gained more than 5 million new subscribers every month in 2005 to end the year with a total of 400 million.

The ultra-fast Shanghai Maglev Train jets visitors from the international airport to the city at more than 430 kilometers per hour (270 mph for us Westerners). Our airport MAX sometimes reaches speeds of 60 mph.

Beijing’s Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) carries 4.5 billion passengers each year. They use 18,000 buses travelling on 650 bus lanes.

Architecture/Urban Growth:

In Beijing alone, more than 2000 new high-rise buildings are either on the drawing board or on site. In Shanghai 4000 new tall buildings have risen since 1990.

Shanghai is building 400 skyscrapers per year. It has plans for 280 new subway stations and 9 new satellite towns, each of more than 1 million residents.

The National Stadium, built for the 2008 Olympics, seats 80,000 people. This is 4 times more than the Rose Quarter arena which seats 19,980 and 4.25 times more than PGE Park with 18,817 seats.

Environmental Issues:

In 2005, 346,000 hospital inpatients and 6.8 million outpatient visits were due to respiratory ailments.

Roughly 70% of China’s lakes and rivers are polluted and 30% of China is affected by acid rain.

The Urban Greening Committee of Gungzhou launched a “garden in the air” program to cover 60,000 square meters of roofs in the city with plants. Why would they do this?

China connects to the world:

China became a member of the United Nations in the early 1970’s.
China became a member of the WTO (World Trade Organization) in 2001.
China won the bid to host the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing in 2001.

Stay tuned for China Design Now updates.