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Enrollment & Transfer Policy Changes Recommended for 2015-16
After more than 18 months of research, discussion and community engagement, a volunteer committee will recommend that Portland Public Schools amend its enrollment and transfer policies to make the policies more equitable for all students. The Superintendent’s Advisory Committee for Enrollment and Transfer (SACET), made up of more than a dozen PPS parents, alumni, educators, and other stakeholders, recommended the following changes PPS policy.
- Ending neighborhood-to-neighborhood lottery transfers
- Strengthening the petition transfer process.
- Implementing a quality review process for focus option schools.
- Continuing the district’s support for dual-language immersion programs.
- Modifying the focus option lottery system.
- Providing greater enrollment stability for children receiving special education services.
What this means for Stephenson: The neighborhood lottery transfers will not affect Stephenson because I have not opened any transfer slots at any grade level for the last four years and will not be opening any for the 2015-16 school year. Our overall school numbers as well as classroom numbers are ideal. I foresee adequate enrollment from neighborhood families to sustain those numbers and therefore funding. This means that transferring into Stephenson can only be done through the hardship petition process. Current transfer families with younger sibling entering kindergarten must go through this process, but rest assured that I will approve it.
Connect to Kindergarten for 2015-16
Do you or someone you know have an incoming kindergarten student for the 2015-16 school year? Stephenson’s Connect to Kindergarten event is Thursday, January 29 from 6-7PM. Current families are welcome but not required to attend since you know the teachers, core curriculum, specials-essentials, and all about the school already. Please pass the event info on to neighbors and new families. There are no transfer slots for non-neighborhood families open at any grade level.
PPS Successful Schools Survey
Portland Public Schools is launching the Successful Schools Survey to hear from you about your experience regarding Safety, Teaching & Learning, Interpersonal Relationships, and Institutional Environment. It is your opportunity to inform school and district-wide improvements. The survey is open January 20 – February 28 at www.oregonskitchentable.org. Please take a couple minutes to make our school and district better for all.
Nomination Process: We still have not received scores back yet, but once the arrive we will review each nomination form along with all accompanying test scores, parent and teacher survey scores, and work samples in order to make a recommendation and send them to the District TAG Office within two weeks. They will the final decision and send a letter to you and the school of their decision at the same time.
Lunch with the Principal: All current TAG students get invited to Lunch and Games with me once a year. This is a special opportunity for them to spend time with me and with their TAG peers. I am having lunch with third grade students next week. Invites will go home with students will go home approximately one week prior; teachers will also remind students when the day arrives. This will continue until I have cycled through all the students.
OMSI: The next OMSI classes are scheduled for January 15 in the AM.
PTA Highlight: Providing Activities, Programs, and Supplies for Our School Community
Meeting: Tuesday, January 13 at 8AM in the Staff Room
Foundation Spotlight: Investing in Staff for Our Community
Goal for 2014-2015: $90,000
Stephenson Foundation Fundraising Event on Saturday, February 21 at Mountain Park Clubhouse, 2 Mt. Jefferson Terrace, Lake Oswego
2015-16 School Calendar
FYI-For those of you who are already making summer plans for camps and vacations, note that the first day of school begins Thursday, August 27, 2015.
Important PTA Meeting Tuesday, October 14th at 7:00PM. We hope to see you all there!