Creative Science School

Encouraging students to be independent
thinkers, learners, and problem solvers

1231 SE 92nd AvenuePortland, OR 97216Ph (503) 916-6431Fx (503) 916-2620

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Current CSS
Information

  • Creative Science School Lottery
    2022 - 2023
     
    The middle school lottery for CSS is now OPEN
     
    The PPS school choice lottery for 2022-2023 application dates
     
    Elementary (K-5th): Lottery will open in early 2022
     
    Middle School: Lottery is OPEN now.
    Lottery CLOSES on December 17th, 2021
     
     
     
    Check the Enrollment and Transfer Center for details
    503-916-3205
     
    Get to know CSS!
    Our virtual information session for CSS 6th - 8th grades was on November 17th, 2021.
    Find the recording below:
     
     
     
      
     
     

     Creative Science School Q & A

    Community

    Question:  What is the Creative Science School?
    Answer:  A K-8 focus option school that uses a constructivist educational philosophy.  

     

    Question:  Where is the Creative Science School (CSS) located?

    Answer:  CSS is located at the Clark School building on SE 92nd Avenue, within the Harrison Park K-8 attendance zone.  The program moved to Clark from Bridger school in 2007.

     

    Question:  Who attends Creative Science School?
    Answer:  Approximately 450 students attend the school with two sections each at grades K-5 and about 160 students in grades 6-8.  Entry is through an annual lottery with priority for siblings of current students and students eligible for free meals.  See page 2 for enrollment details.

     

    Question:  Why is Creative Science School included in SE Enrollment and Program Balancing?

    Answer:  The PPS Board of Directors charged the SE Guiding Coalition with developing a recommendation to convert Harrison Park K-8 to a middle school for the start of the 2022-23 school year, which requires the relocation of Harrison Park K-5 students.  Clark is located within the Harrison Park attendance area and is the closest elementary school location for most Harrison Park families. 

     

    Question:  What decisions have PPS leaders made about changing Creative Science School?

    Answer: PPS instructional leaders in the Division of Instruction and School Communities have decided that Creative Science should remain a K-8 focus option located in SE.   Since it is not feasible to conduct a full program evaluation this year, CSS will remain a K-8 focus option in SE.  However, it will move out of Clark, in order to return that building to a whole neighborhood school serving K-5 students currently at Harrison Park and Bridger.  

     

    Question:  What options are under consideration for a new CSS location?

    Answer:  Two options for relocation are proposed, both of which combine CSS with a neighborhood school to create a K-8 school-wide focus option with a neighborhood attendance zone--the same model for Buckman Arts and Sunnyside Environmental K-8.  

     

    The proposed locations are Woodstock and Arleta.  Both schools have enough classrooms to allow all current neighborhood students and current CSS students to merge together next year.  Please note that the PPS Board of Education can accelerate boundary changes to other schools, which could impact whether all students in a boundary change area would be allowed to remain in their current school to the highest grade. 

     

    All current K-7 CSS students would have the opportunity to enroll at the new location or could return to the neighborhood school for their home address.

     

    Question:  How would new students enroll in the neighborhood+Creative Science School?

    Answer:  Students who live in the school boundary will have guaranteed access to CSS, as well as opt-out choices to nearby elementary or middle schools.   Each proposal includes potential boundary changes with other nearby schools, and the final school boundary will be determined by the PPS Board in February 2022.  

     

    The neighborhood+CSS school will have fewer seats for lottery transfers, and siblings and income-eligible students will continue to have transfer priority.   The transfer reductions will help boost enrollment at other SE K-5 schools and result in future neighborhood+CSS enrollment of about 450 students.  

     

    Creative Science School Enrollment Details

    Enrollment by grade level (2020-21 school year)

    Grade

    K

    1

    2

    3

    4

    5

    6

    7

    8

    Total

    Students

    47

    42

    48

    49

    52

    51

    51

    56

    54

    450

     

    Enrollment by school of residence (2020-21 school year)  Map of 2019-20 students 

    Neighborhood School

    K-5

    6-8

    Total

    Harrison Park

    54

    21

    75

    Bridger

    29

    15

    44

    Roseway Heights

     

    38

    38

    Arleta

    21

    11

    32

    Vestal

    30

     

    30

    Lent

    13

    6

    19

    Creston

    10

    8

    18

    Glencoe

    17

     

    17

    Lane

     

    17

    17

    Lee

    13

     

    13

    Whitman

    13

     

    13

    Subtotal

    200

    116

    316

    All other SE schools (9)

    48

    14

    62

    All remaining schools (19)

    41

    31

    72

    TOTAL

    289

    161

    450



    Enrollment by race and ethnicity, compared to PPS elementary school average (2020-21 school year)

     

    African American

    Asian

    Latino

    Multi-

    racial

    Native American

    Pacific Islander

    White

    CSS

    2.7% 

    10%

    7.8%

    8.4%

    .7%

    .4% 

    70%

    PPS

    8.2% 

    6%

    16.9%

    11.4%

    .5%

    .8%

    56.1%

     

    Enrollment by program services, compared to PPS elementary school average (2020-21 school year)

     

    Free meals by direct certification

    Special Education

    English Language Learners

    Talented and Gifted

    CSS

    14.4%

    20%

    5.3%

    8%

    PPS

    24.1%

    16%

    11.22%

    8%

     

    Send your feedback to the Southeast Guiding Coalition (SEGC) HERE

     

     

    Let's Get Together! 
    CSS Loves Volunteers!
     
    CSS relies heavily on the energy and volunteer support of our families, and we encourage all members of our community to get involved in some way to support our school! This has been difficult during the pandemic but we are happy to begin to welcome volunteers into the building again. Our connected community is what makes CSS great. Join us! 
     
    Please see below for in-building volunteer opportunities.
    *Before signing up please make sure to apply through PPS to be a volunteer and be fully vaccinated* 
     
     

     

     
    **Apply to be a PPS Volunteer! It's Easy!**
    All volunteers are background checked, required to show proof of vaccination, and must comply with all safety protocols while in the school. You will need to be currently approved through PPS. Sign up to be an approved volunteer here. Approval only lasts three years so if it has been a while please re-submit.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Creative Science School is a PPS School. We will be following all PPS guidance for the upcoming school year. If you have any questions please see the PPS FAQs page here. (updated daily!) 

     

     

     

    CSS Community

    We are all in this together and we are thinking of you!

    Find staff emails on the Teachers and Staff Page. Please continue to check your email for regular updates. Please stay safe.  

     

     

     

    Community Connection:

    If you would like to get connected with others in our community please check out the

    "Families & Community" tab towards the top of the page > "Resources" > "Get Connected"

     

      

     

     

     

Principal's
Message

  • November 2nd, 2021

    Good Afternoon,

    A lot of information has come out recently from the Southeast Guiding Coalition, and I want to make sure you have received the most recent information and updates. 

    • CSS Current Students: There has been some confusion about whether or not current CSS families will be able to remain enrolled at CSS, if the school moves to a new location. The district has published a CSS Q&A now available on our website and at this link. The document states: “All current K-7 CSS students would have the opportunity to enroll at the new location or could return to the neighborhood school for their home address.” I hope this clarification will resolve any confusion about enrollment for CSS families in the proposals.
    • Community Engagement Opportunities: PPS has released information and dates for community engagement and input on the proposals. The upcoming feedback session dates and times can be found here. Input sessions will begin next week. 
    • Proposal Details: More detailed information about the two proposed locations for a CSS relocation can be found here at the PPS Enrollment and Program Balancing Website
    • SEGC Meeting Thursday November 4th (6-9PM): The Southeast Guiding Coalition will meet this Thursday from 6-9pm. The meeting will be live streamed on Youtube for community members to view. The link to the livestream this Thursday can be located on the PPS Enrollment and Program Balancing Website. 

     

    I hope this information will be helpful, and I will continue to keep our community informed as I receive information. 

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kristy Mize

    October 22nd, 2021

    One of my favorite parts of the fall is soccer season. I played soccer most of my youth and this fall I enjoyed watching two of my kids playing on their high school team and ended up being assistant coach of my youngest son's team the Thunder Unicorns. One of the highlights of my week was playing goalie for our scrimmage at the end of practice, although I did let a few goals in. I hope you are also enjoying your fall traditions in your community.

     

    Next Thursday (10/28), the Southeast Guiding Coalition will release proposed scenarios on rebalancing in Southeast schools to the public. As a result, we are shifting the K-2 coffee chat to be open to all K-8 families to stop by. Area Senior Director, Karl Logan, will be present as well to help provide information about the scenarios and answer questions.

     

    Have a restful weekend.

     

    Dr. Mize 

    August 26th, 2021

    Hello CSS Community,

    I can imagine the start of school next week is full of mixed emotions for many of our students and families. I have been experiencing many emotions myself as a principal new to the community and supporting the return to full time in person learning. Our staff is eager to welcome students back to school and have been working tirelessly to create a safe and welcoming space for your students. We care deeply for the well being and safety of our community and have done our best to create processes aligned with district and state guidance with the resources and staffing we have at CSS.

    Below is an overview of some of the updated safety procedures we will have in place for the start of school. More detailed procedures will be shared prior to the start of school for you to review with your students. Students will also be given mini lessons during the first week of school in all classes to ensure all students have an opportunity to learn and practice our safety protocols as they transition into the school setting. There is also a link to survey for you to share your questions and concerns, so we can continue to be responsive to the needs of our community.

    As a reminder, our Community Care Day and Ice Cream Social are this Saturday, August 28th at 9 am. I look forward to meeting you and your students in the coming week.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kristy Mize

    August 16th, 2021

    Greetings CSS community and welcome to a new school year!

     

    It is with great pleasure that I write to you as your incoming principal of Creative Science School. I am honored to become part of the CSS community and vision of building critical thinkers, courageous problem-solvers and compassionate community-builders.

     

    This year I begin my 19th year as an educator, and I still am full of excitement and anticipation to greet students and staff at the start of the school year. I hope to get to know you and your students this year. I am a parent of six children, and like many of you, am starting our annual back to school rituals to get prepared for the 21-22 school year. This fall my oldest child will be starting his junior year at OSU, and my youngest will be starting 4th grade. While I am hopeful for a healthy start to the school year, like many of you, I have questions and concerns about what the upcoming year will hold.

     

    PPS has recently shared their multi-layered approach to supporting the safe return of students to school this September which can be viewed on the PPS website. Be assured, our team is working diligently to set up social distancing protocols and cleaning procedures in accordance with district guidelines. More specific information about these procedures and guidelines will be shared prior to the start of school. We continue to work with our local health officials to support and implement safe practices to help our whole community to reduce the risk of the spread of Covid. Thank you for being flexible as we respond responsibly.

     

    As a new member of the CSS community, I would like an opportunity to connect with our CSS community members. At the close of our CSS Community Care Day, I would like to invite you to a socially distanced, outdoor Ice Cream social from 12-1 at the school. Please see more detailed information about the event below.

     

    Below you will also find information about our Kindergarten and 1st Grade Ramp Up Schedules and details on how to find your student's schedule or teacher assignment for this fall.

     

    I am looking forward to working together as a community to support a safe return of students to school this fall. I will be sending out more detailed information about processes and procedures regarding the start of school at the end of the month.

     

    In partnership,

    Kristy Mize, Ed.D.

    Principal

    Creative Science School

    503-916-6431

    kmize@pps.net

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