Hello Ockley Green Community,
My name is Kristina Howard, and it is with great pride and excitement I write this letter of introduction to you as the newly appointed principal at Ockley Green Middle School. Similar to the Ockley Green community, I have an unwavering belief that all students can succeed, and this belief guides every decision I make as a leader.
Over the past 10 years, I have spent time in various roles in education as a high school math teacher, math instructional coach, and middle and high school assistant principal working to increase the achievement of all students. My most recent administrative experience was in Kent, Washington, where I was the principal of Excel Public Charter School and started the first high school within the Green Dot Washington network. Throughout my time as principal at Excel, I focused on creating and improving various areas within the school such as providing high quality instruction in every classroom; using data to create, execute, and adjust clear systems; implementing restorative justice into Excel’s PBIS system; executing the RULER social emotional learning program school-wide; and training staff on diversity, equity, and inclusion. My goal was for every student to feel included, safe, welcomed, and know their voice was heard.
I make every decision based on what is best for all students and lead based on my set of core values. My values are community, collaboration, growth mindset, determination, excellence, and compassion. Student success is a collective effort and together we must be compassionate and determined in order to continue to grow and excel.
Over the past few weeks, I have been focusing on building strong relationships with teachers, staff, families, students, and community members. In collaboration with all stakeholders, I will celebrate all of the established areas of success and create a plan to continue moving forward. I will spend time listening to all stakeholders to gather feedback and use feedback and data to identify key priorities. In collaboration with stakeholders, we will create a plan which improves identified areas, creating more opportunities for success at Ockley for the 2018-19 school year.
I am so fortunate to be able to work with Ockley’s Administration Team consisting of three Assistant Principals this year. Every team member is first and foremost committed to serving all students at a very high level. We have already started working together and we are very excited for this school year. They are Regina Sackrider, Dr. Aaron Green-Mitchell, and Joshua Zeller:
Please join me in welcoming our wonderful Administration Team for the ‘18-19 school year. We are so excited to begin what hope this will be the best year ever. Our doors are always open and we welcome and ask for your input. On that note, we will be hosting two Meet and Greet sessions (one in the morning and one in the late afternoon) on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at Ockley Green Media Center. The purpose of this meet and greet is to allow you to meet the new Ockley Green Administration, provide feedback to us, and answer any questions that you may have.
If you are unable to attend the Meet and Greet, and you would like to provide feedback to the Ockley Administration team, please complete the Google survey located here. Additionally, I want to share two more events that are taking place. On Saturday, Aug. 18 we will be hosting a Community Care Day at Ockley, where families, staff, and community members will help to create a more inviting outdoor space by spreading mulch in areas outside, pulling weeds, planting plants, etc. Also, Ockley will be hosting its Back to School Night on Sept. 13 from 6-7:30 p.m., where families will have the opportunity to meet staff and learn more about the school. Thank you again and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!
Students at Grant High School were invited to attend a flag-raising ceremony during lunch Thursday to recognize Native American Heritage Month, and school officials weren’t sure how many students would go outside on a chilly day. What they saw was a huge throng of students filing through the front door at the Marshall campus (Grant’s temporary home) to watch.
Matthew Bacon-Brenes, a teacher mentor and a leading advocate for dual language immersion in Portland Public Schools, has been awarded a Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence for 2019 from the NEA Foundation and Horace Mann.
6:00 PM District Board Meeting
1:00 PM - 5:30 PM PTA Wreaths Delivery
6:00 PM Board Work Session
6:00 PM District Board Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM OGMS PTA Meeting