Capitol Hill School

A Great Place to Grow

8401 SW 17th AvePortland, OR 97219Ph 503-916-6303Fx 503-916-2616

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  • Link to Comprehensive Distance Learning Modules
  • Technology Help

    PPS Fall 2020 Resource Page
    We continue to update our Fall 2020 webpage, This week we added a section that lays out the web platforms and tools that students will need as we begin the school year with online learning until at least November 5. The section includes guides and videos for our main platforms and apps: Seesaw, Canvas, Remind, Google Meet and Clever. The resources for families are presented in the six PPS-supported languages.

    PPS Technology Help Desk
    The PPS Technology Help Desk operates from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on school days to provide support to parents, guardians, students and families about navigating school online. We will answer your questions and share information and helpful tips about our distance learning technology platforms, apps, internet connection and other important resources for your student. 

    PPS Multilingual Family Line
    The PPS Multilingual Family Line is a service for parents or guardians (in all PPS-supported languages) to communicate with schools regarding meals, tech help for online classes, special instruction, talking to your teacher, COVID resources and information, etc. Please call these numbers:

    • Español: 503-916-3582
    • 中文:503-916-3585
    • Tiếng Việt: 503-916-3584
    • Soomaali: 503-916-3586
    • Русский: 503-916-3583

    We hope you take advantage of the resources above if you have any questions about the learning technology your student will soon be using. We are here to help!

  • School News for Start of the Year

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  • 2020-2021 Teaching Staff

    Mrs. Caron - Kindergarten
    Mrs. Lockett - Kindergarten 
    Mrs. Standish - Kindergarten 
    Dawn Bolgioni - 1st Grade
    Mrs. Casey - 1st Grade
    Mrs. Jendrzejek - 1st Grade
    Mrs. Scheller-Fronk - 2nd Grade
    Mrs. Vo - 2nd Grade
    Mrs. Marienburg - 3rd Grade
    Ms. Younie - 3rd Grade
    Mr. Jaquiss - 4th Grade
    Mr. Naze - 4th Grade 
    Ms. Gary - 5th Grade
    Mrs. Westfall - 5th Grade 
    Mrs. Wutzke - Media Specialist
    Mrs.Goodrich - Learning Center
    Mr. Gustin - PE
    Mrs. Helmsworth - Art
    Mrs. Kirkelie - ELL 



    April 24, 2020

    Dear Capitol Hill Families,

    We hope your child has found some joy from participating in our school wide weekly activities. I was in some classes during PJ and Stuffy Fun Friday and the children were having a blast. Next week we have a scavenger hunt planned for the weekly activity and teachers will be playing I Spy with students for Fun Friday. Please click here for the scavenger hunt activity.

    I also invite you to watch our Staff’s Messages of Hope by clicking on this link. The links for Student Messages of Hope from each class are below. Just click on the link to go to the student messages from that class. If you still want your child to participate in this activity, simply go to the link I sent previously, sign in with your child’s PPS Google account, and post a video.

    Ms. Guthrie

    Ms. Fronk

    Ms. Caron

    Ms. Kramer

    Ms. Pepitone

    Ms. Gary

    Ms. Lockett

    Ms. Vo

    Mr. Jaquiss

    Ms. Bolgioni

    Ms. Marienburg

    Ms. Hamilton and Ms. Morgan

    Ms. Casey

    Ms. Standish

    Mr. Naze

    Ms. Jendrzejek

    Ms. Younie

    Ms. Westfall

    We have a lot of fun things planned for the rest of the year with our final activity being a Last Day of School Staff Car Parade for our students. The activities we have planned are as follows:

    Week of


    School Wide Activity 

    Fun Friday Activity

    April 13 


    Messages of Hope 

    Crazy Hair Day 

    April 20 


    Bear Hunt 

    PJs and Stuffies Day 

    April 27


    Scavenger Hunt 

    I Spy 

    May 4 


    Class Message Pictures 

    Crazy Hat Day

    May 11 


    Song for class 

    Class Music /Dance Party 

    May 18 


    Art Collage 

    Share Your Art Day

    May 25


    Share Something You Love

    Show and Tell 

    June 1


    Last Day of School: Teacher Car Parade 

    Spirit Week

    This pandemic has impacted many in our community in ways we could never have imagined. The district is still distributing devices and has begun providing Wi-Fi to families in need. Contact me as soon as possible if you need either of these things so I can sign you up. We are also partnered with a number of programs that can help your family if you have food, clothing, shelter, or other needs. If you need any support, including something I have not mentioned, please reach out. We care about you and we are here for you if you need us.

    In partnership,

    Aimee Alexander-Shea



    Please review the attached drop off and dismissal procedures for the ‘19-‘20 school year. Help us make safety a priority by following these guidelines. Here are a few very important things to remember about drop off and pick up. Our building opens at 7:45am so please wait until that time to drop your child off at school. Please remember to return your After School Plan on the first day of school so we know how your child is getting home. I encourage your to visit our school website at for school supply lists, upcoming events, student/parent handbook, important reminders, and classroom updates.

    As your new Principal, I am honored to join the Capitol Hill Community. The high level of dedication, care, and support each family and staff member shows at our school has already become apparent in the short time I have been here. If you volunteer at our school, thank you! If you don’t, please consider signing up. The first step is filling out the background check at It takes a village to raise children and we would love to have you join ours. I am committed to working with each of you to create a nurturing school environment that meets your needs and expectations.

    Thank you for entrusting us with your precious child. We are committed to ensuring that Capitol Hill is a safe and loving place that truly is a great place to learn and grow. Please drop by, call or email me if you ever you have a question, concern, or would simply like to introduce yourself.



    Aimee Alexander-Shea





             I also want to encourage you to follow our Capitol Hill Traffic Plan. Remember that you are welcome to park in any available space in the parking lot and that you're welcom to come early to school. The drop-off is not busy at 7:45. Here are some general suggestions from our traffic plan:


    • Pedestrians and bikes only on Carson 7:30 - 8:15; 2:00 - 2:30
    • Cross only at crosswalks
    • Drop students off school curbside only
    • Keep 17th One Way - south during drop-off times
    • Be mindful of students crossing at 16th and Carson

    Please Don't: 

    • Make U turns in front of the school (it's unsafe and illegal)
    • Load/unload students at the crosswalk/yellow curbs
    • Block the parking lot entrance/exit
    • Park in the wrong direction


     Pick up and drop off on 17th in the designated Drop Off Only Zone in front of school

    • Drop students school curbside
    • Do NOT drop at yellow curbs
      • Limit vehicle traffic on Carson 7:45 – 8:05; 2:05 – 2:30


    • Please no U-Turns
    • Please park the correct direction

    traffic pattern









District News

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  • Update on Enrollment and Program Balancing

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    Dear PPS Families,

    We want to update you on our progress on the Enrollment and Program Balancing project we have undertaken. As we have previously announced, our initial work is focused on schools in Southeast Portland in advance of the reopening of Kellogg Middle School.

  • Important Update Regarding MAP Assessments

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    Dear PPS Families,
    Whether in more typical circumstances or during our current Comprehensive Distance Learning mode, it’s important for our educators to have the best possible understanding of their students’ learning needs (this is one of the reasons we began the school year with our soft start, which prioritized student-teacher connections). One of the tools PPS uses to help teachers with that understanding is the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. 
  • Clarifying Expectations for Middle School Instruction

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    Dear PPS Middle School Families,

    We apologize for the confusion many students and families are feeling with regard to middle school schedules and expectations for distance learning instruction. We have worked with educators and administrators throughout this week to come to a more clear understanding related to middle school learning experience, and want to make sure you know what to expect as well.

  • MAP Assessments for PPS Students: September 28-October 23

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    Dear PPS Parents and Guardians,

    As we welcome students back to the new school year, an important step for teachers is to understand your student’s most essential learning needs. To collect this valuable information, students will take Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments. The MAP assessment is a low stakes test – this means that the results are not used for grading students or for school accountability purposes. 


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