A Few Thoughts from Mr. Galati
Every year our kids learn about our country. In fifth grade they do a state project and a parade of floats based on various states. In fourth grade our students study the Oregon Trail and the way migration affected our country. In kindergarten our students learn about making decisions as a group and what it means to be part of a community. All of these lessons and life skills were lived out by the adults this past week when we had an election in our community. My hope is that no matter which candidate you supported or which issues you backed, you voted. As we teach our students to be engaged members of society and to participate in decision making I know they are learning these same lessons from parents and others in the neighborhood.
Sometimes life can feel overwhelming. For our students this can manifest in their feelings about lunch choices, the time of recess, or the way the day progresses. Some of my favorite moments as an administrator have been when students have come to me with their concerns and worked to make a change. I am always so impressed by their passion for the overall community and their willingness to work for the good of all. It can be tiring for anyone to spend time and energy making things better, but if we all do our part, from voting to organizing to even running for office, I truly believe we will make things better for everyone.
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.
Please congratulate all who participated. They all were fantastic and made Benson Tech proud!
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.
CORRECTION: 2nd budget listening session is Tuesday, April 25
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.
7:30 AM PTA Volunteer Appreciation
6:00 PM Campout Under the Stars
12:45 PM - 1:00 PM 5th Grade Continuation
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM kindergarten Continuation
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM 5th Grade Party