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  • Duniway's Core Values

    Thank you Teacher Kelly for the creative ability to showcase our core values. Enjoy!
  • Welcome Back

    "You're off to great places. Today is your first day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!" -Dr. Seuss
     
    Enjoy this Welcome Back to Duniway movie from Mr. Goldstein 
  • PPS Username & Password

    Username and Password instructions to get into PPS Chomebooks as well as Digital Learning.

    Students usernames follow the pattern of first initial, last name, last four digits of their student ID, "@student.pps.net." For example Jay Raddison who's ID number is 123456 would have a username of jraddison3456@student.pps.net. Use your child’s birthdate such as March 8, the password would be 0308.

    Should you need help with your students username and password:

      1. Contact your student's teacher and/or school.

      2. Find your student's school contact for usernames support here.

    Students who have already reset their password but have forgotten their password, may find the Password Manager helpful.

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  • All newsletters by date are at this link.

     

    March 20, 2020

    Dear Families,

    First of all, I hope you all are doing okay - staying healthy, enjoying the recent sunny weather, and trying to stay positive.   I have been thinking a lot about our students, our families, and our community. I am going to try and maintain my Friday communication with families during these uncertain and challenging times.  I know teachers are doing their best to establish some new routines, staying connected with students and families and offering suggestions on how to stay engaged and active while away from school. 

    There are many questions regarding what the remainder of this year will look like, and unfortunately, I do not have any new information to report.  I do know there are many conversations taking place at the district and state level about what next steps should be taken. Obviously, one of the things that makes planning and problem solving so challenging is the very dynamic nature of this crisis.  I would recommend visiting the PPS Coronavirus website on a regular basis and continue to monitor the news for the latest information regarding decisions around schooling.  I suspect there will be some additional information coming out from PPS in the next week.

    We do know that PPS has set up a Student Portal where you can go and access a wide range of online learning sites and applications.  In addition, our school secretary Sarah Erickson is doing her best to post additional links on Duniway’s website.  Certainly carving some time out of each day to work on some “academics” is wise, but please consider the “whole” child.  An article on Oregonlive from today has some good suggestions around finding a balance and rhythm to all this time at home with your child(ren).

    There have been many articles circulating around about how to talk with kids about COVID-19.  Here is one article from the NY Times that focuses on the overwhelming sense of disappointment (especially with some many fun things getting cancelled) that children are feeling right now.  I am sure you are all getting plenty of parenting practice - I know I am being pushed to the limits by my two teenagers. 

    If you have any questions please feel free to email me.  Although I may not have an answer,  I will do my very best to find information for you and to support you and your family during these uncertain times.

    Be well,

    Matt

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.

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  • 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. 
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  • 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.

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  • 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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