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
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
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.