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Portland Public Schools

Portland, Oregon

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


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  • Next Steps: Enrollment Balancing

    Dear Portland Public Schools Community,
    I accepted the role of Interim Superintendent of Portland Public Schools (PPS) at a challenging moment in time. During my first month on the job, I initiated an assessment of the programmatic and system priorities identified by the Board of Education for the 2016-17 school year. After these priorities were established, a number of additional priorities emerged that also require attention:

  • Indoor rowing education comes to Portland Public Schools

     Recent Erg Ed event in Seattle WA.
    PPS has been awarded the 2016-2017 Erg Ed Grant. This grant provides erg equipment, access to the Erg Ed Curriculum, and comprehensive teacher training throughout the year.
  • PPS employee recognized as a hero

     Bryan Meyers (left) and Steve Barton (right), courtesy Gladstone Fire Dept.
    Union painter Bryan Meyers has received a Citizen Life Saving Award from local Gladstone police. Bryan’s quick thinking and actions saved his neighbor’s life during a cardiac arrest earlier this year. Click more for a local news story that includes gripping audio of the 911 call.
  • Civic Scholars Recognized

    Each year teachers around the state are selected as Civic Scholars by state house and senate members.

    These teachers are recognized for outstanding abilities and commitment to civic education. So far five teachers from Portland Public Schools have been selected.

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  • Emergency Preparedness Fair, Saturday October 22

    Learn how to prepare yourself, your family, and your community for the "Big One"!  Join with emergency preparedness groups, local agencies, and our retail partners to find out what you can do to be prepared in case of an earthquake.  Everyone is welcome!
  • Portland Youth Philharmonic's Free Children's Concerts 2016-17

    The Portland Youth Philharmonic’s Philharmonic and Conservatory Orchestras perform their annual free Children’s Concerts for school children in grades 3-8 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on:

    Conservatory Orchestra: February 8, 2017 - 9:45 AM and 11:30 AM

    Philharmonic Orchestra: March 8, 2017 - 9:45 AM and 11:30 AM

    These 45-minute concerts are designed to teach students about the instruments and music of a symphony orchestra, as well as providing them with a free opportunity to hear a live symphony orchestra in a concert hall setting. To sign-up, simply click here to fill out the reservation form – seats are available to all school classrooms on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please contact Amanda Chan at or 503.223.5939.

  • Stumptown Series

    Alex Woodward, President of Bridge City Capital, is presenting on October 17th, 2016 from 7-8 pm at the Ellyn Bye Studio, inside the Gerding Theatre at the Armory. The theatre is located at 128 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR.
  • RACE TALKS 2: Community/Police Forum

    Please join us for RACE TALKS 2: Community/Police Forum on Thursday, October 20, from 6-9pm in the Lincoln High School Cafeteria (1600 S.W. Salmon St.). Snacks will be served and wheelchair access can be obtained via the Lincoln track entrance. RACE TALKS Forums help to improve communication between the Police and the Public.

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From the Superintendent

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  • My First Month

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    Portland Public Schools Interim Superintendent, Bob McKean
    October marks the beginning of my second month as Portland’s Interim Superintendent.
    With a more than 30–year-career in public education, it is an honor to have the opportunity to serve you and this community during this important time of transition.

    In my month on the job, I have seen firsthand the quality of teachers, staff and leaders who are working every day to help provide the highest quality education for our nearly 49,000 students so that they have the tools they need to succeed and achieve their full potential. Because I know that we have a dedicated community of educators, parents and staff across the district, I am confident that the future of PPS is bright and that we are on a path from good to excellence.