Seventh Grade Immersion Families,
I wanted to update you on the progress toward hiring a replacement teacher for the vacant Seventh Grade Immersion position.
Since Ms. Macdonald left Ockley Green in October, I have interviewed five candidates for this teaching position. We thought we had a person to fill this role just two weeks after Ms. Macdonald´s departure, but this hire did not work out. Most recently, I interviewed two promising candidates, via Skype, from outside the country. One is a U.S. teacher who is currently in Spain; the other interview was from a candidate in Puerto Rico.
I have made my recommendation to PPS Human Resources and the Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Program for candidate who is the best fit for the open position at Ockley Green. We are now waiting for District-level staff to finalize the hiring for the job. We are excited to be able to hire a person who will be an excellent long-term addition to the Ockley Green School staff, as well as meet the current need.
In the meantime, Ms. H. will continue to be the substitute in the Seventh Grade Immersion classes. She is still in contact with Ms. Macdonald for support with lesson planning. When the new teacher begins working at Ockley Green, Ms. H. will work alongside this person for one additional week to assist with the transition. Then the District Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) for DLI will support the new hire with determining current student levels of performance, instructional planning, and classroom management.
Realistically, it may be after Winter Break before a permanent teacher is in place.
Thank you for your patience with this lengthy process and a special thank you to Ms. Lanigan for your support.
Please contact me if you have questions.
Happy New Year!
Our middle school renaissance has been in production for several months! I appreciate everyone’s patience throughout this transitional process. Our time has been spent listening and getting to know our community, as well as planning and preparing, based on those conversations. We look forward to our time together as we expect our relationships to flourish and your child(ren)’s education to blossom.
Part of the aforementioned planning includes our first day activities. As you may already know, the first day for our students is as follows:
The staggered start allows for focused attention to our grade levels on their day 1. Please note, that after their first day, students will continue coming to school, on time, everyday!
Our first day activities are planned as follows:
This process offers autonomy and support. Students will participate through the process together, with each other, and with the support of their teachers. Please remember, students are expected to arrive the day after their first day, even if the next day is the first day for another grade level.
Throughout the year, you and your child(ren) will hear the following, consistent messaging.
Change is not easy. But when change is known, the planning and practices that follow are the scaffolds that soften the potentially hard transition. I welcome you and your child(ren) to our Ockley Green Middle School.
I look forward to seeing you soon.
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.
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.
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