Dear Forest Park Community,
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! It’s been wonderful seeing students’ smiling faces, even if we’re seeing them on screens for now. Until we can return in person, our teachers are putting in countless hours to learn all the tools needed to deliver Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). Despite the newness of teaching and learning this way, it is evident students are forming strong, positive relationships with their teachers and are engaging in meaningful learning every day.
The saying, “We are all in the same storm, but we are not all in the same boat,” is especially true right now. Thank you for your continued patience and support as we navigate these often choppy waters together. Please know we will partner with you and your children to make CDL as successful as it can be.
We look forward to having you and your children join Forest Park School for the unique 2020-2021 school year adventure. Whether we are at school, in person, or gazing at one another over our screens, we will continue to work tirelessly to support one another.
Cindi Swingen, Principal
Dear PPS Students, Families and Colleagues,
Today we celebrate and honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a hero of mine. As his influence is seen and felt in the ongoing movement for racial justice, I want to share this video created by the Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary School community. They found a creative way to unify their voices to bring us a unique reading of Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech of 1963, originally delivered to a crowd of almost a quarter million people at the March for Jobs and Freedom in Washington D.C. I think you will enjoy this collaboratively produced presentation of Dr. King’s words brought to life by a new generation of change-makers for justice at PPS.
Dear PPS Families,
We are so grateful to our educators and our community who have continued to support our students through these times of transition this year. The presidential election and its fallout, especially the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, have been disturbing and unsettling for all of us, and the feeling of unease continues as next week’s inauguration of Joe Biden nears. We know it can be an especially difficult time for our students and we remain optimistic about the power of democracy and education as they try to make sense of the events and issues.
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has issued adapted versions of its annual reports for every school and school district, including Portland Public Schools. The 2019-20 reports do not include data on statewide assessments, class size or attendance. That data is typically included but was not gatherable because classes were conducted online starting in March during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dear PPS Families,
I join all those in public education across the country who denounce the attack on the U.S. Capitol yesterday. The violent and ultimately failed insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was traumatic to witness for all of us, including our students, but I remain optimistic about their future and our country’s.
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM School Improvement Bond Committee Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM 6pm West Sylvan Open House - for incoming 6th Graders
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Board Policy Committee Meeting
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