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Chief Joseph
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  • Spirit Week! March 20th-24th 2017

    March 20th - 24th is Spirit Week at Chief Joseph! 
    Monday- Stuffed Animal Day (please take into consideration the size of your stuffed animal. If your teacher feels like it is a distraction to the class your stuffed animal will have to sit at your teachers desk for the rest of the day.) 
    Tuesday- Mismatch Day
    Wednesday- Twin/ School Colors Day
    Thursday- Crazy Hair Day
    Friday- Pajama Day
  • Important Updates Regarding School Start Times for the 2016 - 2017 School Year

    For the 2016-2017 school year, the first bell will be at 8:40 and the tardy bell will be at 8:45 a.m.; dismissal will be at 3:00 p.m.
  • Welcome to Chief Joseph's New Website!

    We have made the switch to our new mobile-responsive web site. Within the next few weeks our site should be up-to-date with useful information to get you ready for the start of school. Please check back regularly.


  • We had a very productive PTA/PTO meeting last week. Thank you Elizabeth, and the board, for taking on this important leadership responsibility, and thank you to all who were able to attend. One point of discussion was how to elicit all voices when making decisions for the community, and improving our communication to ensure everybody has access to what’s happening in the school and with the PTA. To that end, I’d like to share some important links for accessing PTA information:

    • Chief Joseph PTA Facebook page:
    • Chief Joseph PTA website:
    • Flower Bulb Fundraiser:

    This is going to be a busy week, with many opportunities for community involvement. Thursday night is Open House. Our students and teachers have been working hard to get ready, and they are excited to share their classrooms with you. Doors will open at 6:00; classrooms will close at 7:30. This is a great opportunity to meet the teacher, have your student show you how their classroom works, and sign up for conferences. We will also be having a TAG informational meeting from 7:30 ­8:00, in the library, for parents who are considering nominating their students for TAG, or want clarification on TAG programming.

    Friday is the Principal Coffee. We will meet at 9:00 am in the library. I will be sharing information about our partnerships and Continuous Achievement Plan. We’ll also have time for you to share your ideas with me. We will have donuts and coffee. I look forward to seeing you there!

    I would like to clarify a few issues around pick up and drop off. The cafeteria doors open for breakfast at 8:15. If your student is eating breakfast, please make sure they have time to eat. We dismiss students to classrooms at 8:38. Buses no longer use the entire bus loading zone on Saratoga St. If you would like to drop your student off, without parking your car, you may do so near the front entrance. It is important that you do not park in the bus zone.

    In the afternoon, students are picked up either at the classroom doors for K­1, or outside on the blacktop for 2­3. For student safety, we ask that you follow these procedures. Please do not pick up your student from inside the building.

    Another safety concern is parking on the North side of Delaware St. This is a “No Parking” area. There is minimal visibility when backing out of this area and we do not want an accident. Please obey all parking signs.

    Thank you,


District News

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  • From Tom Koehler, Chair of the Board of Education: Budget and Bond

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    Dear PPS Families and Staff:

    Spring is approaching and it’s that time of year when we begin building budgets and plans for the next school year.

    I spent Monday in Salem with a fellow board member, PPS principals and educators and school districts from across Oregon to advocate for additional resources to support K-12 education and our local schools. The state is facing a shortfall of approximately $1.7 billion and the budgets proposed for K-12 from the Governor and Legislature are not adequate to maintain current levels of services.

  • PPS Pulse, March 2017

    PPS Pulse
  • Announcement on third quarter report cards

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    In an effort to restore as many instructional days as possible that were lost due to snow in December and January, PPS and the Portland Association of Teachers (PAT) agreed to a number of terms that included extending the school year and converting a contractual grading and planning day into an instructional one.
  • Email and Password Security Best Practices

    Over the past couple of months there have been several email phishing/scam attacks targeted at education organizations. These attacks have occurred both within and outside of PPS, and there is reason to believe that their frequency will continue to increase. IT continually works on monitoring for these attacks and routinely blocks spoofed email address and suspicious links to reduce the number of security incidents that can be caused by these types of attacks. Remember to be diligent when opening an email or attachment, clicking links, or downloading images and verify the sender is who they claim.

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