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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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Capitol Hill
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  • Greetings!


    We made it through September and are entering October with many activities.

    • Last Friday we held our first Recognition Assembly where I recognized students with Perfect Attendance and presented Classroom Awards. All awards will have to do with our School Climate Plan which emphasizes the three “Bs”: “Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible.”  All staff are encouraging this behavior school-wide.
    • Tuesday and Wednesday of this week we will conduct our District Wide Second Grade TAG testing. All Second Graders will participate in this screening process. If you have TAG questions, please see our TAG bulletin board in the front entry, ask your student’s teacher, or contact Nancy Husband’s (, our TAG facilitator,  for further information.
    • This Friday, the 14th is a State In-Service day. There will be no school and because unlike winter break, etc., there will be NO VHFC available, as the building will be closed.
    • Next week we will have our Annual Book Fair in the Library beginning on Monday and running through the 21st.
    • The 21st is Grandparents and Special Friends day. You will be able to visit your child’s classroom, visit the Book Fair, stop by for refreshments,visit the school garden and, depending upon the time, you may hear some classes singing with Mr. Nelson.
    • Mr. Nelson is our Artist in Resident who is providing singing for all of our students. The residency will run through December. It is going very well and I’m thrilled that we could arrange this musical opportunity.
    • Friday, the 21st, is also the third Friday, making it “a Cup of Jo with Joy”. Please stop by 8 - 8:30 for casual conversation.
    • Backing up, Tuesday, October 18th, we will have two assemblies as we welcome Storyteller Bill Hornyak. He is a master storyteller and the students love his presentation.
    • Wednesday, school begins at 10:00 for our monthly late-opening. (There are no late openings for November or December.)
    • Then on Thursday, October 20th, we will participate in the “Great Shake-out” as we practice our earthquake drill with schools across the state. You can find information for your family’s preparedness on-line at the “Great Shake-out.”
    • Beginning Monday, October 24th, the 4/5 blend and the 5th graders will participate in Bike Safety training.
    • Finally, get ready for the Big Boo on Friday, October 28th.


    Yes, we have a big month ahead of us!


    I want to thank all of the parents who have come in to help with serving lunch and assisting our youngest students in the cafeteria. This volunteer help is a tremendous support for our students! Please consider joining us in the cafeteria for this fun way to be with the students. I guarantee they will put a smile on your day! You can sign up in the office on a sign-up calendar that allows you to see which days are waiting for your special talents!


    Speaking of talents, we are in need of parent volunteers to organize and run this year’s Oregon Battle of the Books. In the School News portion of our website are the tasks that are involved to put on such an important and well-loved event. Circumstances do NOT allow for us to hold the OBOB without an organizer and volunteers. Please consider if this is something you could support with your time and talents.  


    Thank you for all you do to make Capitol Hill a Great Place to Grow!


    Principal Joy Williams


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  • PPS High Schools Welcome 8th Grade students

    Prospective high school students can visit their neighborhood high school or a focus option school at information sessions being held district-wide November through February.
  • 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:

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     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.
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