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Beverly Cleary School

School Grade Levels: K-8

Fernwood Campus: 1915 NE 33rd AvePortland, OR 97212Ph (503) 916-6480Fx (503) 916-2626

Hollyrood Campus: 3560 NE Hollyrood CtPortland, OR 97212Ph (503) 916-6766Fx (503) 916-2635

Rose City Park Campus: 2334 NE 57th Ave Portland, OR 97213Ph (503) 916-6765Fx (503) 916-2636

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    Dear Parents,


    Well, we made it through a full week of school without being out for snow or ice.  This was the first full week since the week of November 28-December 2.  I am pretty sure that you kids are going to be very tired tonight.  I know I will be!


    It may sound crazy but we are already gearing up for next school year.  The district should be providing us our staff numbers in the next couple of weeks so to be prepared I have already begun doing some work on master schedules.  The schedule that I would like to share with you today is the middle school schedule.


    Coming from a middle school setting, I noticed that there were a few tweaks that we needed to make to our schedule.  You may recall at the beginning of the school year we extended the middle school day by 15 minutes so that our students were receiving the same amount of instruction as other middle schoolers in the district.  Below are a couple more adjustments that we need to make.


    First, the district has had a policy for several years that all middle schools must provide a support class for students who are struggling academically but are receiving no other support (SPED, ESL, 504).  This class would assist students with work completion and organization and is be intended to be a short term fix until the student is able to navigate the system on his or her own.  Currently we do not offer such a class.  When looking at the middle school grades for quarter 2, it is very apparent that we need to add that class.  33% of our students are failing or at risk of failing a class.  So starting next school year, we will be adding a math support class and a language arts support class.  This class would count as an elective for the child but it will be geared to only last for a short period of time.


    Second, all of our 7th and 8th graders currently are required to take Spanish.  This causes an issue as some students do not want to take Spanish and would rather take another language option that is offered at the high school level.  We also have an issue of students who transfer in during 7th or 8th grade but have not had any Spanish instruction before arriving at our school.  So, beginning next school year Spanish will be offered as an elective.  We will ensure that every student who wants to take Spanish can, but students will no longer be required to take the class.  What that will mean is that your child will have two elective classes each day.  You will be provided with the full range of elective offerings later this year before we start forecasting.


    Finally, there is a state mandate that every child at the middle school level must have one semester of physical education.  We are currently looking at how we are going meet that mandate.  Not an easy proposition as there are two issues we have to deal with.  First, the state is not providing schools with additional funds to pay for staff for the extra PE classes.  This would mean that we would have to create larger grade level class sizes to meet the requirement.  Second, with the amount of time that we are expected to teach PE, we do not have the physical space for all of the students to meet the requirement.  This is something that we are grappling with as a district and as I receive more information, I will pass it along.


    That is all I have for right now regarding next year.  As I receive the staffing numbers I will share them with you. I will also keep you informed about how these numbers will impact our class sizes and offerings.


    On another note, I really appreciate all of the parents who are parking in other locations rather than our school parking lots.  The staff members really appreciate being able to park in the staff slots and not have to scramble in the morning to find a parking space.


    Have a great weekend!



    John Ferraro


    Beverly Cleary K-8

    1915 NE 33rd Ave
    Portland, OR 97212



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  • Affirming commitment to transgender students

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    Dear Students, Families and Staff:

    I wanted to reach out to assure you that actions this week by the federal government to reduce protections for transgender students does not change or diminish our commitment to upholding clear PPS policies and guidelines that prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression.

  • 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.

  • 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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