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  • Miramba Raffle

    Lewis parent and amateur woodworker Jordan Benner has built and donated a soprano marimba. The Lewis Elementary PTA will raffle this item to support the Lewis music program.  Built in the key of C, this soprano marimba is a box resonator style that spans two octaves. The box is made from Baltic birch (painted brown) with keys and side rails made from eastern hard maple.  Raffle tickets go on sale starting May 11th until June 1st.  Winning ticket is drawn June 2nd at the End of Year Picnic. You do not need to be present to win.  Tickets are $5 each or 6 for $25 - starting May 11th, contact the lewiselementaryptaor@gmail.com for tickets!  Check out this 2 minute website and youtube video to hear the Marimba!  https://lewismarimba.wordpress.com/  PLEASE SHARE WIDELY WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY!!!  Questions? lewiselementaryptaor@gmail.com.  
  • Mercy Corp Emergency Preparedness Presentation

    Wednesday, May 17th
  • Opportunities to meet Lewis' new Principal

    Dear Lewis School Staff and Families,

    As this school year is winding down, we would like to publicly thank Helen Nolen for skillfully serving as Interim Principal for Lewis this year.  Her depth of experience as an educator have guided her good work on behalf of students, staff, and community.

    We would also like to welcome Emily Glasgow, your new Principal. Yesterday afternoon, Superintendent Bob McKean introduced Emily to the staff and an introductory email was sent to families. She is looking forward to meeting parents and students. Here are some dates and times she will be at Lewis:

    Monday, May 15

    • 3:00-6:00pm, Library - I will be at Lewis to talk with any parents and staff who would like to drop by to ask questions or to share your thoughts on how Emily can help provide the best possible learning environment for your children. 

    Thursday, May 18

    • 3:00-5:00pm - I will be attending your PTA event and available to talk to parents. 

    In the coming days, Helen and Emily will provide you with information about other dates and times that Emily will be at Lewis to engage with staff, parents, and students as well as to help prepare for a fantastic start to the 2017-18 school year. 

    Thank you for your positive support of your children’s education at Lewis.


    Scott Whitbeck
    Senior Director of Schools
    Cleveland K-8 Cluster

  • New Principal at Lewis


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    Dear Lewis Community,

    I am pleased to announce that Emily Glasgow will be the new principal of Lewis Elementary School. She replaces Helen Nolen, who came out of retirement to serve as interim principal for the 2016-17 school year, and is going back into retirement.

    Emily brings a wealth of experience to her new role as principal of Lewis, having served as principal of Vestal K-8 since 2013. At Vestal she oversaw the initial implementation of the Equity Based Balanced Literacy Adoption. She instituted Positive Behavior Intervention & Support, and helped the school transition toward inclusive practices. Emily was instrumental in working with community partners to bring support programs like SUN Community School, Playworks, Reading Results, Blosser Center, and Restorative Justice to Vestal.

    Before joining PPS in 2013, she had been principal of Franklin D. Roosevelt K-8 School in Hyde Park, Mass., from 2006-2013, and also was a third grade teacher in the Oakland Unified School District in Oakland, CA. She also served in several intern and fellowship roles in the Boston Public School District.  

    Emily maintains that to teach children well, teachers and administrators must know children well. She has made it her goal to know every Lewis student by name before January, and hopes to meet as many of them as possible this spring to get a head start on that challenge.

    She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College, a Master’s of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Education Program at Lewis and Clark College. A Portland native and graduate of Lincoln High School, Emily has two children attending PPS, and enjoys reading and cooking.

    Please join me in welcoming Emily to her new role at Lewis.

    Bob McKean


    Portland Public Schools recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups and their roles in society. It is the policy of the Portland Public Schools Board of Education that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups on the grounds of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation in any educational programs, activities or employment.



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  • Helen

    Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! My name is Helen Nolen and I will be the interim Principal this year.  I’m happy to join the staff and Lewis community for this next school year. Working with Mr. Lauer and several staff members throughout the years, I know the dedicated effort and quality work that happens at Lewis Elementary. I’m honored to be a part of this team and I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you.

    In 1983, I started with PPS as an itinerant TAG K-2 teacher. At that time I was in the same 10 schools every week teaching TAG strategies to K-2 students. Students were bused or taxied to me and I happened to teach at Lewis on Tuesday afternoons! Throughout my years in PPS I’ve also taught 3rd and 4th grade. Several years I was at the District Level training teachers, working in curriculum and was also the Science Coordinator for the district. I have also had the honor of being Asst Principal at Jackson MS, Principal at Buckman, Sellwood MS and Peninsula K-8. My most rewarding time has been working in schools with staff and parents focusing on children and planning for their best education and future. I look forward to being a partner with you.

    On a personal level, my own two children graduated from Portland Public Schools and I’m awaiting my 2nd Great Grandchild in early August!

    A very obvious new item at Lewis is the nature-based playground. Many thanks to parents who earned money for this project and to Amy O’Connor who coordinated the PPS contractor, City of Portland inspectors, district delivery of bark dust, and worked hard to have this structure ready for the start of school! CONGRATULATIONS!!

    Lewis K-3rd graders will be a part of a Mt. Hood Cable Commission grant this year called TechSmart. Mr. Hanson will be the teacher-coordinator working with our K-3 team to bring enhanced technology/reading instructional strategies to our students.

    Again, WELCOME to an exciting 2016-2017 school year!

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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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