Capitol Hill School

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  • Greetings,


    So much is happening as we move towards the end of the year! Please be sure to keep notified through the online calendar and the PTA Fish Tales.


    I want to thank all of you, and especially our volunteers, for all you do! Your support of Dash 4 Dollars and Teacher Appreciation Week were so, so appreciated. Please know that what you do makes a big difference to us and our students! We could not give our students all the extra experiences they enjoy without your support!


    A few reminders:

    • Please check the Lost and Found for missing items. The L&F is out of control and will be bagged up soon and sent to the PTA closet.
    • Please check over the Traffic Plan which is on line. Please remember to follow all traffic laws. Please DO NOT DROP OFF your student near the crosswalk. Students should be dropped curb side only or Cross in the Crosswalk only.  Finally, please reserve Carson for walkers in the morning. I understand it’s frustrating to wait in line for Spring Garden, but we are trying to keep students safe. Thank you for your continued support.


    Registration for Kindergarten:

    • If you know of incoming Kinders, please encourage parents to get them registered. It is really helpful going into the summer knowing who to expect in the fall. Please see Heidi or Mike in the office.


    PLAYGROUND FIXES: Fishes on the Fence and Mulch.

    • Our cherished fish need help! The weather has taken a toll on many of them.  Some of of them have lost their “beautifully painted skin” and many are coming off the fence. Since they were attached with a metal plumber’s strap, the students now have access to sharp pieces of metal. Many of the straps could be reattached or replaced with zip ties if possible. It would be really helpful if someone could pull together a workparty to either repair/rehang them or remove the ones that are too badly damaged. Please check in with the office if you’re able to help. Thank you!!
    • We were given two piles of mulch that need to be spread. If you have time to do a little yard work, please feel free to do so when students are not on the playground.


    Finally, thank you for all your welcome backs and well wishes. Needing to be out of the building is never anything I want to do, but sometimes necessary. I will likely need to go back this week or next to be with my family. I have arranged for a substitute to be here for me. Please don’t hesitate to share concerns or questions with Heidi, who will be in touch with me.


    Sincerely, Principal Williams

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  • End-of-Year Student Award Ceremonies

    At the end of every school year, the School-family Partnership program sponsors Student Recognition Award ceremonies for successful students across the district. These award ceremonies are essential to honor and reward students whose achievements represent the best of PPS, and to inspire their fellow students in the coming school year. We’re excited to celebrate these students and are looking forward to sharing their stories with you.

  • Benson Tech rocked the SkillsUSA State Competition

     Benson Tech team at the SkillsUSA State Competition, April 2017
    During the SkillsUSA State Competition, this April 20-21, the Benson team landed a bucket full of medals!  All gold medalists qualify for the National Skills USA conference in Louisville, Kentucky June 19th - 23rd.

    Please congratulate all who participated.  They all were fantastic and made Benson Tech proud!

  • Important budget message from the Superintendent

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    Hello PPS families and staff,

    On April 4 I presented my proposed budget for the 2017-18 school year to our School Board. I want to make sure you know what our spending priorities are, and what they will mean for you and your PPS student or students.

    This is a budget of difficult choices. We made extra cuts to central administration to prioritize direct services for students, but we still must make some painful cuts to our schools. Although the cuts will affect each school differently, they will be noticeable. This proposed budget is the first step in a long process, and we will be seeking your input and engagement as we manage this difficult fiscal climate.

  • PPS budget: We want to hear from you

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    CORRECTION: 2nd budget listening session is Tuesday, April 25

    Budget overview
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    We want to hear from you about the 2017-18 budget for PPS! The Portland School Board has scheduled three listening sessions to take your comments on how we should allocate our dollars in the coming year.

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