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Roseway Heights School

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    Dear Roseway Heights Staff, Students, Families and Community,

    This past week completed a very long, and at times difficult, election season for our country.  Because of the tone and messaging around this Presidential election, I feel it is necessary to reaffirm our commitment to honor and support all members of our community.   This message is non-partisan, and non-political--irrespective of who you voted for, or if you voted at all, my message is the same.  This school will show ALL students respect, compassion and love and we will not tolerate speech or action that attempts to denigrate, harm or devalue any member of our community.  

    There have been a number of articles emailed out by the district, shared on Facebook, and shared among our community that address how best to speak with our students and each other about the election.  In this case, I will attach some below, but I also think we need look no further than our own mission statement which reads:

    Roseway Heights’ mission is to help all students achieve their potential and become creative, confident, and compassionate life-long learners.  

    I want us to focus on both the words “all” and “compassionate” when we think about our school community.  There are no doubt people in our community that are fearful for their safety in a way they were not before this week’s results, and there are also people for whom a feeling of safety has never been assumed.  Additionally, there are people in our community that continue to feel safe and secure as they always have.  Our school must work to provide both physical and emotional safety for all of our students and their families.  All means all.  Irrespective of religious belief, immigration status, economic standing, and political view, all members of our community must feel welcome.  

    I know many of our students followed the election closely and are well studied in the issues.  It is my suggestion that when talking to students we speak to them honestly, honor their feelings and help them know that the adults in their life will work to support them.   This is NOT to say all students nor all families will need support, but for those that do, we will be there.  There have been numerous instances of hate speech at, in and near schools both in Oregon and throughout the United States in the days following the election.  Please know that we will address that in our community if we need to, and I will be in communication about it.  This is a time to unite as a community and focus on educating our young people.  As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  

    With love and compassion,


    Jeremy Cohen

    Principal, Roseway Heights


    An article about talking about the election with young people:

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  • School Board approves boundary changes for Peninsula and Chief Joseph

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    The Portland Public Schools Board of Directors voted unanimously last night to approve boundary changes to Peninsula and Chief Joseph schools, both feeder schools for Ockley Green Middle School. The 7-0 vote endorses one of two proposals from the District-wide Boundary Review Advisory Committee (DBRAC), which was formed in 2014 to help with enrollment balancing across Portland Public Schools.
  • Nine of our schools earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR rating

    At a ceremony on February 10 at Wilson High School in SW Portland, nine PPS schools were recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for achieving ENERGY STAR certification. To receive this certification, a building must perform in the top 25% of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency, and meet strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. ENERGY STAR schools use an average of 35% less energy, and also release 35% less carbon dioxide.

    Read the full press release here.

  • From the factory to the toy; Mechanisms for triggering new educational behaviors

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    Giancarlo Mozzanti, prominent Colombian architect will speak:

    Friday February 24, 5:30PM
    At the University of Oregon Portland Center
    70 NW Couch Street
    Admission Free

  • Enrollment balancing for Peninsula, Chief Joseph and Ockley Green

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    The District-wide Boundary Review Advisory Committee (DBRAC) was formed in 2014 to help with enrollment balancing across Portland Public Schools. The committee’s most recent work led them to propose two options to help relieve crowding at Chief Joseph and to create more robust enrollment at Peninsula starting in the 2017-18 school year. On January 30, 2017, Interim Superintendent Bob McKean endorsed one of two DBRAC proposals.

    The proposal, which still requires the approval of the Board of Education, may be reviewed at,

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