Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

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School Grade Levels: K-5

7326 SE Flavel St. | Portland, OR 97206
Phone: (503) 916-6370 | Fax: (503) 916-2684

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April 1-May 1: Enrollment at PPS is expected to grow by thousands in the next decade. Take the 17-question PPS2025 survey to help shape change as we grow: in all supported languages online at Oregon's Kitchen Table or go the PPS2025 webpage to download a PDF and view frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Events

April

1      Parent Tea (Library) 8:40 a.m.

6      1st Grade Field Trip to Oregon Zoo

7      Garden Work Party (Courtyard) 10:00 – 12:00 noon

9      Spring Class Pictures (Classrooms) 9:00 a.m.

10     NO SCHOOL – Teacher Planning Day (Office Open)

13     SUN Begins

14     Tutoring Begins

         Parent Teacher Group Meeting (Cafeteria) 6:00 p.m.

15    LATE OPEN - School begins at 10:40 a.m.

16    5th Grade to Oregon Children's Theater

17    4th Grade Field Trip to Oregon History Museum

20    SBAC Testing Begins - Daily through May 1st

27    3rd Grade Field Trip to Downtown Portland

29    Garden Steering Committee Meeting (Library) 6:00 p.m.  Childcare Provided!

School News and Announcements

Share your budget priorities for schools

English (below), Español, Tiếng Việt, Русский, 中文 

Superintendent Carole Smith will propose a 2015-16 budget for Portland Public Schools on March 31. In May, the Portland School Board will vote on the budget.

Come learn about how PPS is funded and how the money is spent. Come share your views with PPS leaders about the programs and offerings that you believe should be invested in.

You are invited:

Town Hall Meetings with Portland School Board:

  April 13 , 6pm – 7:30pm, Wilson HS, 1151 SW Vermont St.

  April 21, 6pm – 7:30pm, Franklin HS, 5405 SE Woodward St.

  April 27, 6pm – 7:30pm, Roosevelt HS, 6941 N. Central St. (in Spanish)

Child care provided. Interpretation in Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Somali, except at Spanish-language meetings, where English interpretation provided.

A Message from the Principal

April 2015

Dear Whitman Families,

By the time you receive this letter we will be returning from Spring Break, finishing our 3rd grading period and heading into the last quarter of the school year. The month of March was quite busy with two Kindergarten Connection sessions for families with incoming Kindergarten students, 5th graders participating in six weeks of Girls’ and Boys’ Strength, our Kindergarten – Second Grade classes ending their Red Yarn Artist in Residence by performing their Puppet Shows, musical performances by our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes and our annual Student Talent Show. 

In addition the School Board approved the budget for the 2015-16 school year.  Schools received their staffing allocations for this coming school year and I began planning our program for the 2015-16 school year.  Whitman’s student enrollment has decreased by over fifty students since last year.  Although this has a direct impact on the number of staff we are able to maintain for next year’s program, we will still be able to maintain class sizes below 30 (with an average of 25 in the K-2 classrooms).

The following is a breakdown of our program for next year.  We will offer:

  • Two classrooms at each grade level (currently we have two grade levels with three classes)
  • Full-time assistants in each kindergarten classroom
  • One full time and one half-time ESL teacher (this year we have 2) and a half-time ESL assistant
  • One full time and one half-time Learning Center teacher (who support our students with individual education plans)
  • PE, music, and library (all full time staff)
  • A counselor (full time)
  • A teacher who provides small group instruction to students in addition to their classroom instruction (full time)
  • Minimum of two educational assistants to provide instructional support in reading and math
  • An Instructional Specialist (full time) and
  • Two full time secretaries

On our first day back from Spring Break we will be re-teaching our school-wide expectations for all common areas of the school which includes: bathrooms, hallways, front entry way, cafeteria, playground and the computer lab.  Our school-wide expectations are for students to act in a Safe, Responsible and Respectful manner.  Reviewing our school-wide expectations with all students after a long break is an effective practice that helps everyone start back to school on the right foot. 

All 3rd – 5th grade students will participate in the Smarter Balanced State Assessments beginning the week of April 20th. These assessments were created to measure the range of content and skills that students have mastered.  The tests go beyond multiple-choice questions to include short-answer and math exercises that allow students to demonstrate writing and analytical skills – allowing students with varying learning styles to demonstrate what they know.  The tests will be administered online and students will be expected to type their responses to the questions that go beyond a multiple-choice answer.  If you have any questions about the testing process or the measure itself, feel free to contact your child’s teacher, Stephanie Schiada our testing coordinator, or me.

Much is happening in the month of April.  Please check the calendar section in this newsletter for our upcoming events. 

Sincerely,

Lori Clark

Whitman Principal

  

Daily Schedule

8:35 a.m. Supervised Drop-off
8:40 a.m. Breakfast Begins
8:50 a.m. Breakfast Ends
8:50 a.m. Tardy Bell
11:55 a.m. - 12:40 p.m. K-5 Lunch / Recess Rotation
3:00 p.m. Dismissal (K-5)

Whitman Calendar

PPS News

ACCESS Academy fifth-grader lands statewide gifted student award

April 20, 2015
Agustin Montes-Tacuba says he loves being challenged at ACCESS.

ACCESS Academy’s Agustin Montes-Tacuba is so gifted, the fifth-grader just received a statewide award for his academics and leadership, yet five years ago, it seemed like his intellect might go unnoticed. 

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Ipads to help boost early literacy

April 17, 2015
Whitman families were among those who receive free ipads as part of the pilot project to help all students read by third grade. A pilot program at four Portland Public Schools aims to bridge the digital divide while engaging families in helping students boost reading skills. 

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Keep up with the PIL: April newsletter

April 17, 2015

Get an update on PIL growth, celebrate Nike's incredible track shoes donation and congratulate Roosevelt's Coach Kelsey on her Comcast Coach of the Year!! April PIL Newsletter

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