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Portland Public Schools

 
Portland, Oregon

501 N. DixonPortland, OR 97227(503) 916-2000

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  • Healthy Schools Update: Week of August 22

    Dear PPS Families and Staff:

    We hope that you have had a wonderful summer and that everyone is excited about starting the new school year next week.

    Saturday, August 27 from 9:00am-noon is Portland Public Schools’ Annual Project Community Care Day. Join PPS staff and community volunteers to help prepare schools to welcome students back to class next week. More information is available here.

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  • 2014-15 Oregon English Language Learner Report Released

    The Oregon English Language Learner Report is an annual publication required by ORS 327.016, which reports on financial information for English language learner programs and the objectives and needs of students eligible for and enrolled in an English language learner program. The report provides information on the demographics of students in English language learner programs in each school district. In addition, this report provides a tool that makes data on English language learners accessible to researchers, media, students, and parents.

    Please contact Chelsea Clinton, ODE Office of Research and Analysis, with any questions regarding this report.
  • Healthy Schools Update: Week of August 15

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    This week, the Portland Public School Board announced that Bob McKean, former Centennial School District Superintendent, will be Interim Superintendent until a permanent superintendent is hired. Learn more about Bob here.

    Please click below for this week’s health and safety update.

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  • Portland School Board Announces Interim Superintendent Finalist

    Today the Portland Public Schools Board of Education announced that it will vote tonight on the final candidate, Bob McKean, to serve as the Interim Superintendent of PPS for the 2016-17 school year while the board conducts a nationwide search for a permanent Superintendent to be in place before the following school year.
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  • Focus on Diversity: Golden Leaf: A Khmer Rouge Genocide Survivor - Thursday, September 1

    “Golden Leaf: A Khmer Rouge Genocide Survivor”
     
    The Film and Lecture Series is an effort to bring staff and community together to engage and dialogue about race and culture. These series are meant to deepen our understanding of race and culture that impact PPS students and communities. The Film and Lecture Series is held in the Board Auditorium, BESC, 501 N. Dixon St.
     
    Teachers (TSPC certified employees) will be able to receive PDU’s for their participation in the series. Food and beverages will be provided.
  • Ockley Green’s Summer of Fun

    Ockley Green's Fun Family  Festivities continue with the Welcome Back to School Celebration on August 19th   9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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  • Sunday Parkways - SE Portland, August 21

    If there’s anything Portland is known for, it’s our avid cyclists! If you enjoy biking and exploring the city, then the Sunday Parkways series is the perfect activity to spend individually, with family, or with friends!
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  • Lincoln High School hosts its 1st annual Movie on the Yard Line/Carnival Fundraiser, featuring “Annie”

    Join Lincoln High School's S.O.C. Student Union for their showing of the movie “Annie” Rated G  (2014 version) at their 1st annual Movie on the Yard Line/Carnival Fundraiser on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 7 PM on the Lincoln’s  Football Field, 1600 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205.

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  • "It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve this community"

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    Several weeks ago I affirmed for the board my intent to retire, and my willingness to honor the board’s request to work through the end of my contract in June, 2017 to allow the board to conduct a superintendent search, support a smooth leadership transition, and continue our work on immediate health and safety issues.
    Having seen the district through the conclusion of the Stoll Berne investigation report and providing the board with a management response, I have reached the decision that I need to move up the date of my departure. 
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  • Looking Ahead

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    Over my time as superintendent, I am proud to have worked alongside you and with seventeen different board members to make Portland Public Schools the best we can during a period of extreme financial volatility.

    By prioritizing, and often times making difficult decisions about budgets, staffing and programs, we not only helped create stability for our students but we paved paths to unprecedented progress in building a district that truly serves every one of our students:

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  • Actions taken regarding water quality

    I want to apologize to our students, staff, families and community for the events of the last week relating to the water quality in our schools.

    Addressing this immediate issue has been our priority. Here is a recap of the actions we have taken to secure safe water for the remainder of the school year for all of our students and staff:

    • As an extra precaution, the water fountains have been closed in all of the schools and buildings and bottled water is being delivered regularly district-wide.
    • All food preparation is being done without water or with bottled water through the end of the school year.
    • Bottled water will continue to be provided to summer programs as additional testing and remediation efforts are identified and implemented.
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  • PPS will test water in all schools

    With the national attention drawn to lead in the water, Portland Public Schools will conduct comprehensive district-wide water testing this summer and will share the results with the community.
     
    Two communities, Creston and Rose City Park, requested that their buildings be tested this spring. In both buildings, testing identified between 6-8 sinks and water fountains that had lead levels that exceeded the Environmental Protection Agency’s maximum contaminant level (MCL) for lead under the Safe Drinking Water Act.   All of these fixtures have been replaced and retested (and two science room sinks are now used only for washing) with final results of retesting expected the week of June 6th. 
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