Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

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Specially designed instruction to meet students' individual needs.

• Holladay Center (Elementary) • Youngson (Middle) •  Annex •

Pioneer Special School Locations

Holladay Site
(kindergarden through 6th grade)
Pioneer High School 
(9th grade through 12th grade)
Youngson Site
(5th grade through 9th grade)
 

School News & Announcements

Positive Behavior Supports (PBS)

Many students come to us after a long series of problems at home, at school, and in the community. In other settings they have been seen as either failures or victims. At Pioneer Special Schools we are adopting a skills-based approach that replaces the blaming and punishment/reward systems that children and their families have so often dealt with in the past. Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) is a way of teaching and parenting that makes use of every child’s wish to be understood and enlists him/her as a partner in developing skills for effective learning and living. It all begins with one premise:

Kids do well if they can.

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PPS News

Gov. Kitzhaber launches statewide reading campaign

September 29, 2014
Gov. John Kitzhaber, Supt. Carole Smith, State Education Chief Nancy Golden, Umpqua Bank CEO Ray Davis and PPS board members listened to kindergarteners sing. Gov. John Kitzhaber, State Education Chief Nancy Golden and Umpqua Bank CEO Ray Davis joined PPS Supt. Carole Smith and other dignitaries to launch a statewide reading campaign Monday, Sept. 29. [More]

Get Ready site helps students chart path

September 29, 2014
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PPS wants to make it easier for students to navigate the path to college and career. Career coordinators and school counselors teamed up with the Parent Coalition with support from the Nike School Innovation Fund to create the Get Ready for College & Career website. 

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Board invests in key learning priorities

September 29, 2014
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The Portland School Board voted 6-1 Sept. 23 to hire about 40 new teachers and high school support staff, immediately spending $3.5 million of a $16.8 million budget improvement for 2014-15. 

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