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Irvington School

School Grade Levels: K-8

1320 NE Brazee St.Portland, OR 97212Ph 503-916-6185Fx 503-916-2639

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  • Welcome to Irvington's New Website!

    We have made the switch to our new mobile-responsive web site. Within the next few weeks our site should be up-to-date with useful information to get you ready for the start of school. Please check back regularly.


  • Dear Irvington Families,

    Welcome to the 2016-17 school year! Irvington has a number of exciting things going on that I’d like to share with the community.

    SWIFT Grant

    Irvington is in its fourth year as part of the Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT) grant. This is a $25 million grant funded by the United States Department of Education and being overseen by the University of Kansas. Irvington is one of 64 schools in the nation chosen to be part of this exciting opportunity that guides schools in combining resources more wisely in order to meet the needs of all students. For more information feel free to visit the national SWIFT website at Irvington has a Leadership Team composed of teachers, students, parents and administrators that meets twice a month and oversees implementation of our school plan called the Comprehensive Assessment Plan (CAP). This summer Irvington’s work was nationally recognized and our school was featured in two videos produced by videographer Dan Habib. I will be sharing more information about this program at monthly Principal’s Coffee meetings.

    Successful Schools Framework

     Successful Schools Framework


    Irvington has been doing racial equity training using Courageous Conversations protocol for the past seven years. Racial disparity in academic achievement, discipline, and graduation rates is a national concern and is unfortunately reflected in Irvington’s data. While our disciplinary disproportionalities have been decreasing, we are continuing to work on raising academic achievement for all students. Each of the following initiative areas are focused on supporting all students in being successful, but with focused attention on decreasing gaps based on race and ethnicity.

    Quality Instruction and Assessment

    This year we have a number of initiatives designed to support quality instruction and assessment in Irvington classrooms:

    • lessons aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), including lesson objectives written in student friendly language
    • curriculum designed in grade level teams based on student data 
    • teacher participation in Learning Walks 
    • staff development around CCSS, differentiation, and culturally responsive instruction
    • strategic scheduling to allow greater differentiation in classrooms
    • participation in the Learning in Depth program.

    Learning in Depth is a research- based program for all ages that was developed by Dr. Kieran Egan consortium at Simon Fraser University. Last year over 300 students in all grades participated in this extracurricular program.We also have some schools in British Columbia that would like to partner with us, so students will have opportunities to communicate with fellow researchers studying the same topic. More information about this research-based program will be shared in September and is available at

    Professional Learning Communities

    Teachers meet in grade level teams once a week to review data, design lessons, and share best practices. Administrators and other support personnel attend these meetings twice a month. K-5 teachers meet during specials, and middle level teachers meet after school.   

    School Climate

    Irvington has been doing training in Culturally-Responsive Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (CR-PBIS) for the past five years. We have a School Climate team that reviews disciplinary data on a monthly basis in order to design more effective interventions and/or provide more structure where needed. For more information about PBIS, feel free to visit the national PBIS website at

    School-Family Partnerships

    Irvington has a history of having strong partnerships with the community. We are working to make our family and community partnerships even stronger through our Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Courageous Conversations parent group, Families of Students of Color group and Latino Families Group, which is now hosting English as a Second Language classes for families twice a week. In addition, two business partners- Arnerich Massena and The Maurice Lucas Foundation- provide valuable resources for many of our students. We hope to continue fostering these positive relationships during the 2016-17 school year.

    Thank you for your continued support. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

    Kathleen Ellwood
    Irvington Principal


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  • 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.
  • Civic Scholars Recognized

    Each year teachers around the state are selected as Civic Scholars by state house and senate members.

    These teachers are recognized for outstanding abilities and commitment to civic education. So far five teachers from Portland Public Schools have been selected.

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