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  • The last couple of weeks have been filled with autumnal adventures at Chapman! Students have been taking field trips to
    pumpkin patches and apple tastings, the student chorus is up and running (and sounding magnificent!), and we had our
    first indoor recess of the year on Thursday.

    We had a good turnout at our TAG parent meeting on the 6th, and we reviewed some of the information at the following
    morning’s Principal’s Coffee. Still, I know that there are busy families out there who were unable to make either of those
    meetings. If you would like information about TAG or have questions about the identification process, please talk with
    your classroom teacher, Ms. Farnand (Chapman’s TAG coordinator), or me.

    Thursday 10/20 at 10:20 is the Great ShakeOut. It’s an annual event in which people all over the world participate in order
    to practice earthquake preparedness. Chapman students, staff, and visitors will all be dropping, covering, and holding on
    along with many other students. Consider using this day as an opportunity to talk with your child about important
    emergency information for your family. For more information, please go to:

    Make sure you are signed up for conferences! Conferences this year are on November 9th and 10th. As a reminder, this
    is the time dedicated for teachers to discuss with you your child’s academic progress through this point in the year. Please do not ask teachers to meet during their personal time if these times are not ideal for you. While we understand that emergencies come up and you may need to reschedule a conference, we may not be able to accommodate all requests.

    An exciting turn in science education is taking place at Chapman. Our teachers meet in PLCs (Professional Learning
    Communities) twice a month to look at student work and data in a cycle of inquiry and action research. The 3-5 PLC is
    focusing on the Next Generation Science Standards and facilitating their students’ growth as budding scientists To learn
    more about the NGSS, watch this!

    Pamela Van Der Wolf, Principal

    Chapman School


    Chapman’s Safety Patrol is off to a fantastic start! This Thursday, seven of the 20 fifth grade members put on their vests, grabbed their colorful flags and crossed their first pedestrians.  Last week all 20 members of the Safety Patrol gave up their recess to learn from Mr. Studt how they should cross those making their way to Chapman by foot or on wheels.

    What a wonderful feeling to know that these dedicated leaders will be at the corner of Pettygrove and 26th Ave. throughout the year. They will be at the corner from 7:45 to 8:00 in the morning and from 2:15 to 2:25 in the afternoon.

    Mr. Studt needs more parent help to run the Safety Patrol.  At each of the three sessions during the year, we will have six to seven fifth grade students working as a team. He hopes to get a parent volunteer or two for each team.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Mr. Studt at The sessions will run from Oct.- Jan., Jan. –March, and April-June.  

    Being in Safety Patrol is a big responsibility.  Hats off to the 20 students who are dedicating their time to keep our community safe!

    Britt Kuether, Assistant Principal


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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:

  • 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.
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