Please join us at our December PTA meeting on Tuesday 12/13 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Library. Agenda items include: (1) an
update from Grant HS Vice Principal Diallo Lewis about Grant's modernization and the ACCESS cohort option there; and (2)
opportunity for input to Superintendent's staff about ACCESS admissions policy for 2017-18 and beyond.
February 1, 2016
Dear Prospective ACCESS Family,
We are thrilled that you are considering the ACCESS Academy Alternative Program for your student. ACCESS is a growing, vibrant, supportive community of 350 highly gifted 1st to 8th-grade learners and their families. We expect to add new students at all grade levels 1st to 8th for 2016-17, with the largest number of openings at 1st and 3rdgrades. The ACCESS community is delighted to share our home at Rose City Park in Northeast Portland with our neighbors from Beverly Cleary.
ACCESS Academy provides curriculum acceleration and enrichment options to meet the needs of our highly gifted learners. ACCESS’s outstanding teaching staff is highly skilled at meeting gifted learners’ rate and level of learning. Our flexible program design -- including a Walk to Math program for grades 1-6 -- allows for flexibility in meeting students’ needs based on ability level, rather than chronological age or grade level. Our enriched curriculum includes Art, Wellness, Mandarin Chinese, Library, and Technology for all students, and Spanish for Grades 6-8.
ACCESS Academy Atoms come from all over Portland, and from all walks of life. They have in common: (1) exceptional performance (99th percentile+) on one or more nationally-normed, standardized tests, and (2) a demonstrated need for an alternative educational program. ACCESS students are past and current state champions in Chess, Lego Robotics, Intel Science Fair, Geography and Spelling Bees and more. Just as important, ACCESS students are a caring, supportive, service-oriented community that take care of one another. School bus transportation is provided to ACCESS from all over PPS.
We strive at ACCESS to welcome a community of highly gifted learners that is representative of the racial, cultural, and linguistic diversity of Portland Public Schools. ACCESS welcomes applications from students with disabilities, students who receive Special Education services, and emergent bilingual students who receive ESL services.
For more information about ACCESS, I encourage you to review the ACCESS brochure and FAQs found on our website under “Important Information” here: www.pps.net/access. I also encourage you to attend a school tour on one of the dates posted on our website, and/or to come to a ACCESS Information Day/Night on March 2, March 16, or April 7. For details, see the ACCESS website.
We look forward to sharing more about ACCESS Academy with you!
David J. Wood
David J. Wood
Principal, ACCESS Academy @ Rose City Park
Instruction, Curriculum and Assessment (ICA) and System Planning and Performance (SPP) are assembling a committee to draft the PPS K-12 Quality Assessment Framework. They are targeting 25-30 people for the Committee with broad District membership representation and at least half being school-based educators.
Dear Abernethy Families and Staff,
We recently contracted with an independent third party, PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc., to conduct a visual condition assessment of all district school interior and exterior painted and varnished surfaces. The work is being done to compile a comprehensive, accurate and independently verified detail of outstanding paint needs. Once developed, the list should help guide us in determining annual budget and workload needs. It’s likely that every school in the district will have identified needs and that the resulting list will be extensive and require many years to fully manage. A copy of the Atkinson visual condition assessment report is located on our website and may be viewed here.
Interim Chief Operating Officer