The tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida is a devastating reminder of the importance of school safety. If you haven’t yet, please read the message sent Thursday from our Security Services Director, George Weatheroy . It speaks to the ways we ensure safe learning environments throughout Portland Public Schools.
Knowing that some students struggle with mental health, issues related to trauma, and ways to manage anger reminds me that relationships are the most important tool we have in keeping our school safe. Our relationships begin simply with knowing a person’s name, and continue on in all the things we know about an individual based on shared feelings and experiences. Teaching is all about those elements, and to that end we are the most important players in the safety of Forest Park Elementary. I'd like to take a moment and talk about the ways we keep FPE safe so that our families know we work together for community safety.
Portland Fire and Rescue attended our monthly FPE Safety Committee meeting. We heard from Station #27’s (Skyline) finest about the ways they plan for emergency response. In particular, they took pictures of our campus, corridors, hallways and stairwells as well as heard about our response if an active shooter were on campus or within our school building. Here are some pieces of feedback I want you to know about:
We practice three kinds of safety drills outside of Fire and Earthquake. They are:
Could you pass the U.S. citizenship test? Maybe. Maybe not. Some questions may surprise people who were born and raised in this country, and certainly could be a challenge for newcomers. That’s why eight Roosevelt High School students spend their Wednesday evenings teaching the ins and outs of the test to more than 50 immigrants through the Mission: Citizen program.
Lincoln ran away with the girls team title, and Benson used a strong performance in the sprints to win the boys championship in the Portland Interscholastic League track and field championships at Franklin High School on Friday.
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM Holsclaw/Langton - Urban Tour
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Keefer & Robbins - Oregon Food Bank
6:00 PM District Board Meeting
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM Hildebrant - Sauvie Island Center
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM Kinder - Oregon Zoo
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Senior Honor Day, Indian Education
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM Ford - Sauvie Island Center
10:45 AM - 1:30 PM 2nd Grade - Frog & Toad Play
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM ¡Sí Se Puede! Latino Student Recognition Event
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM Martini - Sauvie Island Center
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM 3rd Gr. Portland Play Performance
If your child will be absent from school, please call the attendance hotline: 503-916-6168.