Portland Public Schools

  Portland, Oregon

501 N. DixonPortland, OR 97227(503) 916-2000

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  • Summer Scholars: Hard Duty, High Reward

    Check your common perceptions of summer school at the door.  Because at Benson High School, the site of PPS’s Summer Scholars program, the sheer numbers, structure and atmosphere is not what you’d expect.
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  • Interviews under way for PPS superintendent

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    Dear PPS staff and families,

    The search and recruitment for our new superintendent is well underway.

    The community, board and search firm recommended more than 40 educational leaders for consideration. The search firm and the Board reviewed the prospects and candidates and the Board selected a diverse group with deep educational experience to interview. They included individuals from within and outside Oregon, current superintendents as well as senior education leaders from large districts.

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  • Meet Yousef Awwad

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     Yousef Awwad, Interim PPS Superintendent

    From a remote town in Jordan to leading Oregon’s biggest school district

    At the age of 5, Yousef Awwad joined his older brothers in the streets of Ghweria, Jordan, a small city outside Zarqa, to sell sesame candies and balloons to keep food on his family’s table.

    Yousef’s dad was serving in the Jordan military and was stationed in an area of the desert so remote that he wasn’t able to send money home while he was deployed.

    Today, Yousef is serving as the new interim superintendent of the largest school district in Oregon. How did a boy living in poverty in a remote town in Jordan wind up here?

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  • Board hears update on superintendent search

    The new PPS Board of Education held its first regular meeting Tuesday to discuss the search for a permanent superintendent and hear from a community group about the future of Tubman Middle School.

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  • Interns Say Hey!

    PPS SummerWorks interns are learning a variety of skills this summer throughout the district. Last week a group of college aged- interns learned about networking---another important job skill. Partners in Diversity organized the Say Hey! for Interns event for young professionals of color.The next Say Hey! networking event is scheduled for August 10 at Marylhurst University Commons, 17600 Pacific Highway, Marylhurst, OR 97036. Doors open at 5:30 pm.
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  • Concert in the Park July 26

    Join PPS for some fun in the sun! This week our outreach team will be at Dawson Park, Wednesday, July 26, for a concert in the park featuring Ocean 503, a group that plays R&B and Funk. The music will begin at 6:30 PM. We will have district information, crossword puzzles, word searches, prizes, stickers, and other fun giveaways.
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  • Calling all neighbors: It's Community Care day!

    This year’s Community Care day will be Saturday, Aug. 26 from 9 a.m.-noon. Help prepare schools to welcome your students back to class this fall. Join Portland Public Schools staff and community volunteers in enhancing and beautifying our buildings and grounds. Please bring a pair of gloves and tools you think you may need. Hope to see you there.
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  • Sunday Parkways

    Sunday July 23 the PPS outreach team will have a booth at Fernhill park along the Sunday Parkways route. Bring your wheels and roll on through the booth.
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  • Working to ensure a smooth start to the new school year

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     Yousef Awwad, Interim PPS Superintendent

    Dear PPS families and staff,

    Allow me to introduce myself – I am the new interim superintendent for PPS as of July 1, and I look forward to working with you and your students as we prepare for a new school year. I am excited about the direction the district is heading. We have a wealth of talented teachers, principals and support staff, we have new buildings coming on line and a renewed sense of optimism about our future.

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