Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Stephenson Elementary School

Strive, Shine, Succeed

2627 SW Stephenson St. | Portland, OR 97219
Phone: (503) 916-6318 | Fax: (503) 916-2675

Late Start Wednesday

Oct. 14: Two-hour late start at most K-5/K-8 and middle schools. Exceptions: Rosa Parks, Beverly Cleary, MLC, alternative & charter schools.

Growth Management Activities
Oct. 14: Twitter Town Hall, noon to 12:30 pm. Follow the conversation at #AskPPS
Oct. 15: Facebook Town Hall, noon to 12:30 pm on the PPS Facebook page.
Oct. 29: District-wide Boundary Review Advisory Committee meetings. Details on website.

The Latest School News!

Dear Stephenson Learning Community,

 It’s hard to believe that a month of school has already gone by. Mid-Quarter is Tuesday, September 29. The end of the first quarter is Thursday, October 29.  Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences will be October 21 and 22. There will be no school for students on October 21, 22 and 23.  Please honor our teachers by signing up for a Parent/Teacher/Student conference time during the scheduled days set aside in the 2015-2016 PPS School District Calendar.  Asking teachers to schedule a conference outside of the scheduled days can be difficult. We understand there may be an unusual circumstance, but the staff strongly feels taking a vacation during conference week is not an unusual circumstance.  Please communicate with your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns regarding conferences in October.

 The Oregon Department of Education has released results from the Smarter Balanced Assessments that students in grades 3-8 and 11 took last spring, replacing the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills in math and English language arts. Each student will receive his or her results in the mail in October. Meanwhile to learn more about the results and what they mean, please visit the PPS Common Core/Smarter Balanced web page to find a Family Advisory "Smarter Balanced: Test results" in our supported languages: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/curriculum/7650.htm

To read an overview of the results statewide and for PPS: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/news/10963.htm

 Here are a few important updates from the TAG office. The district has decided to eliminate the whole class second grade TAG screening test. This means that not all second graders will automatically be tested for TAG. If you are the parent of a second grader and are interested in TAG please talk with your child’s teacher. You can also pick up a nomination form from the TAG bulletin board outside of room 106. All nomination forms (for any grade) are due November 2nd, no exceptions! Our annual TAG parent meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday October 7, 2015. Whether you are the parent of a current TAG student or are interested in the possibility of TAG for your child this meeting will be a great opportunity to learn more about Talented and Gifted at Stephenson. The meeting will be held in the staff lounge from 6:30pm-7:30pm. 1st Grade teacher Courtney Pawol is our TAG coordinator for Stephenson.  Please email Ms. Pawol directly if you have any questions at cpawol@pps.net.

Thank you to our Foundation for making the extra effort to reach out to the Stephenson Community to help support and make the 5th


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PPS News

Children's Book Harvest seeks donations during parent/teacher conferences

September 30, 2015
This is a photograph of a child holding books.

The third annual book drive is part of the PPS Read Together initiative and aims to provide all students with books at home. 


Kids show the way to kindness

September 29, 2015

The PPS Successful Schools Survey showed parents, students and school staff are concerned about bullying, and now students from Rieke to Roseway Heights are working to bring kindness to their classrooms.


More modernized high schools begin to blossom

September 29, 2015

The PPS School Building Improvement Bond moves into a new phase this year with master planning for the modernization of Grant High School followed by master planning for Benson, Lincoln and Madison.


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