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César Chávez School

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Levels: K-8

5103 N. Willis Blvd.Portland, OR 97203Ph (503) 916-5666Fx (503) 916-2663

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  • Principal's Message/Mensaje del director

    Dear César Chávez School Community,


    It is my pleasure to serve the Chávez community this year as Interim Principal. I am truly excited for the opportunity to work with your children and provide them with a well-rounded learning experience here at César Chávez K-8 School.


    One of my fundamental goals as an educational leader is to ensure that every child in our school receives not only a high-quality education but also an education that celebrates diversity and respects the unique cultures and backgrounds that our students bring to our school. It's my belief that our school’s diversity is one of our greatest assets. Moreover, I am committed to fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment where every student feels valued and empowered.


    In addition to this, I am dedicated to being an academic leader who champions equity. This means that I will work tirelessly to eliminate educational disparities and ensure that every student, regardless of their background, has access to meaningful learning opportunities that they need to succeed. I believe that all students have the potential to learn and excel and it's our responsibility to create a supportive environment where all students can learn and thrive.


    As the Principal I am here to listen,  learn, and serve. I would like to partner with families to make sure we inspire growth in all our students’ social-emotional and academic skills. I encourage you to reach out to me with any thoughts or suggestions for building a healthy and caring school. Together, we can make a positive impact on the educational outcomes for all students.


    I look forward to a successful and enriching school year and I'm excited to embark on this journey with you and your children. Let's work together to make Cesar Chavez K-8 a place of growth, inclusivity, and academic excellence.




    Jorge A. Meza

    Interim Principal

    Cesar Chavez K-8 School

    Estimada comunidad de César Chávez,

    Es un placer para mí servir a la comunidad Chávez este año como Director Interino. Estoy realmente emocionado por la oportunidad de trabajar con sus hijos y brindarles una experiencia de aprendizaje integral aquí en la escuela César Chávez K-8.

    Uno de mis objetivos fundamentales como líder educativo es garantizar que cada niño de nuestra escuela reciba no solo una educación de alta calidad sino también una educación que celebre la diversidad y respete las culturas y orígenes únicos que nuestros estudiantes traen a nuestra escuela. Creo que la diversidad de nuestra escuela es uno de nuestros mayores activos. Además, estoy comprometido a fomentar un ambiente inclusivo y acogedor donde cada estudiante se sienta valorado y empoderado.

    Además de esto, me dedico a ser un líder académico que defiende la equidad. Esto significa que trabajaré incansablemente para eliminar las disparidades educativas y garantizar que cada estudiante, independientemente de su origen, tenga acceso a las oportunidades de aprendizaje significativas que necesita para tener éxito. Creo que todos los estudiantes tienen el potencial de aprender y sobresalir y es nuestra responsabilidad crear un ambiente de apoyo donde todos los estudiantes puedan aprender y prosperar.

    Como directora, estoy aquí para escuchar, aprender y servir. Me gustaría asociarme con las familias para asegurarme de que inspiremos el crecimiento de las habilidades académicas y socioemocionales de todos nuestros estudiantes. Los animo a que se comuniquen conmigo con cualquier idea o sugerencia para construir una escuela saludable y solidaria. Juntos, podemos lograr un impacto positivo en los resultados educativos de todos los estudiantes.

    Espero tener un año escolar exitoso y enriquecedor y estoy emocionado de embarcarme en este viaje con usted y sus hijos. Trabajemos juntos para hacer de Cesar Chavez K-8 un lugar de crecimiento, inclusión y excelencia académica.


    Jorge A. Meza
    Director interino
    Escuela César Chávez K-8


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District News

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  • West Sylvan Eighth Grader Wields a Mighty Pen

    Even as a small child, Miranda Yesser possessed a keen understanding of the mercenary nature of the publishing industry. 

    According to her one-page, tongue-in-cheek author bio, which hangs on a clothesline in English teacher Dr. Holly Graham’s colorful classroom, “Yesser began writing books at a young age, then trying to sell them to her family for 5 dollars a copy.”

    It might be time to scoop those copies up. Miranda recently received honorable mention in the annual Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her short story, “Youth.”

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  • The Arts Tax in Action: The HeART of Portland is Still Beating

    Students who took their first steps into PPS kindergarten classrooms in 2014 – the year Portland’s first-ever arts education tax went into effect – are now thriving sophomores.

    Evan Sampson is one of those sophomores, and he will have a chance to share his story at this year’s HeART of Portland, a showcase spotlighting the artistic accomplishments of some PPS’s most talented students.

    The two-week celebration of creativity will take place from April 16-28 at the Portland Art Museum. All exhibits and performances are free and open to the public.

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  • Lincoln & Grant Constitution Teams to Compete Nationally

    This weekend, the Lincoln and Grant high school constitution teams will compete in the annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals in Washington, D.C. 

    Now in its fifth decade, the event brings together students from all 50 states for a series of mock congressional hearings on everything from the Constitutional Convention of 1787 to the separation of powers and the future of democracy. 

    The Lincoln and Grant constitution teams, under the instruction of Patrick Magee-Jenks and Angela DiPasquale respectively, have long histories of taking home trophies on both the state and national level. 

    Good luck to all!

  • Important Calendar Updates

    First, the end of this school year will still be June 14 for K-11 students, and it will be May 31 for seniors.
    Second, next year’s bell schedules will change for many students.
    Beginning next school year, we added 15 instructional minutes for elementary and middle school students and provided all middle school students with a seven-period day. Accommodating these changes while supporting 410 minutes per week of teacher planning time and aligning our transportation systems requires us to adopt common start and stop times.
    Third, next year’s school calendars are available.

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