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  • Thursday, December 8: All schools and offices closed due to weather

    All after-school and evening activities, including athletics, are also cancelled. 

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Capitol Hill School

A Great Place to Grow

8401 SW 17th AvePortland, OR 97219Ph 503-916-6303Fx 503-916-2616

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    Greetings Families,


    It’s December and we have a lot going on as we approach winter break.


    “WOW” is back! A “WOW” is earned throughout the week when the class collectively does a good job in the cafeteria. Students need to demonstrate Safe, Respectful, and Responsible behavior making sure that they follow directions, become quiet when needed, and clean up after themselves. Upon earning a “WOW” (a letter a day) the students are allowed to mix-up and sit anywhere on Fridays during their lunch. This gives them an opportunity to sit with friends from another class. The 4th and 5th, who choose where to sit daily, will have a different incentive such as listening to music during lunch on Friday.


    We also began our “Bee” tickets last week. Students are randomly handed a “Bee” ticket when found demonstrating one or all of our behavior expectations: “Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible.”  This is part of the Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS) that we are working on schoolwide.


    Once a student receives a “Bee” ticket, they give it to their teacher who collects them for the week. The tickets are then gathered and counted to be put in the whole school count. Students will be able to see the count grow on a thermometer that’s been hung in the cafeteria. Collectively the students will work towards a school goal which will give them something like a free recess, movie during lunch, music on the playground, dance party, etc. The idea is for students to understand that we succeed as a community, and that being Safe, Respectful, and Responsible creates an environment that is positive for all.


    Friday we held our Awards Assemblies during which students were recognized for their efforts and for Perfect Attendance. Perfect Attendance requires that students are here everyday on time. Perfect Attendance is awarded monthly, so student always have opportunity to try again if they were sick etc. (Bus tardies do not count.)


    This week and next will be the final sessions of our music residency as they prepare an “informance” for their peers. Students will perform for one another on December 15th. I’m sorry but we are not able to accommodate visitors for the “informance.”


    As the inclement and cold weather take hold, please be sure that you are connected with the PPS alert system which will alert you (on a cell phone only) to a school closure (text yes to 68453). Also, please make sure to notify the office of any changes in your phone numbers etc.


    Happy  December everyone!  Principal Williams



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  • ODE school and district performance reports available

    The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) issues annual report cards for every school and school district. The report cards offer families and the community valuable information about student attendance and achievement and teacher experience, among other things.

  • Chapman Elementary to unveil restored mural

    The newly restored 1938 wood marquetry mural at Chapman Elementary School “Send Us Forth to be Buil
    On Thursday, Dec. 1 from 6-8 p.m. the Chapman PTA, Neighbors West-Northwest and Heritage Conservation Group will unveil its newly restored mural in the entrance foyer of Chapman Elementary.
  • PPS Board passes resolution affirming district’s protection of rights of undocumented students

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    Resolution also outlines plan for training staff for ICE activity at schools

    Citing its commitment to providing for the physical safety and emotional well-being of all children in Portland Public Schools, the Board of Education on Thursday, November 17 considered and unanimously passed a resolution that clarified the District’s procedures relating to Immigration Control Enforcement (ICE) activity in PPS schools.

  • PPS Pulse, November 2016

     Interim Superintendent Bob McKean and board member Pam Knowles visited a class at Jason Lee School
    Portland Public Schools invites you to read the latest edition of our newsletter Pulse. Included in November’s issue are updates on the 2012 School Building Improvement Bond, boundary review and invitations to participate in the superintendent search and Successful Schools Survey. Also a link to the newly adopted 2017-18 school year calendar.
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