Dear Glencoe Families,
November was a busy month with many interruptions to our school calendar. Although it can be quite tempting to take advantage of the days of no-school in November and leave town, I want to thank so many of you for attending Parent-Teacher Conferences. We had a very strong turn-out. Our next grading period ends in late-January. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s performance, please don’t wait until the next grading period to connect with your child’s teacher. All staff are available by phone or email at any time.
I am so grateful for the time and energy our families dedicate to our school community. The Scholastic Book Fair and Craft Fair could not happen without the hard work of our parents and community members. Both of these events happened during Parent-Teacher Conference week and are a great benefit to our school. The book fair helped raise money for our school’s Foundation and the Craft Fair donated money to our PTA this year. THANK YOU!
This past week we had our first of three Courageous Conversations for Parents. I was so honored to spend time with families from the Glencoe/Mt. Tabor community talking about our personal experiences around race and how race impacts our schools and greater communities. This is an entirely parent-led event and I want to thank our Parent Equity Committee for leading us in such a brave endeavor. If you did not have an opportunity to join us for this first Courageous Conversations I would like to invite you to attend our next one on January 25th at 5:30. Dinner and day care is provided.
By the time you receive this newsletter we will only have two full weeks with students before we break for winter vacation. I am looking forward to the time with students without any interruptions to the next two school weeks. I have two scheduled opportunities to connect with families before winter break; the PTA/Foundation meeting this Tuesday, 12/5 at 6:30 pm in the library and a Principal’s Coffee on Thursday morning at 8:10 in the cafeteria. The coffee is just an informal opportunity for me to connect with families, answer questions and hear from you. I hope to see you!
As Portland Public Schools prepares to open Harriet Tubman and Roseway Heights, the middle schools’ principals are in high gear making sure everything is ready for the start of the 2018-19 school year. With dozens of community meetings, coordination with 26 departments within the district and the other logistics of opening schools, Natasha Butler of Harriet Tubman and Kathleen Ellwood of Roseway Heights are the steady hands in the middle of the whirlwinds.
Last month, JaVaughn “JT” Flowers became one of 32 Americans awarded a 2018 Rhodes Scholarship, one of the most prestigious academic awards in the country. Flowers, 24, was born and raised in Portland’s Albina neighborhood and attended Lincoln High School as part of a language immersion program. Last week, Flowers – who will leave for a two-year stint at Oxford University in England next fall -- sat down for an interview in the lobby of the 911 Federal Building, where he works in U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s office.
The Portland Interscholastic League’s two powerhouse girls basketball teams will be featured in a new holiday tournament that will be played in the sparkling new Franklin High School gym. Benson and Grant, which shared the PIL title last season and figure to be among the state’s top teams, will be in the eight-team varsity field of the PIL Holiday Classic that will be played Dec. 21-23 at Franklin.
6:00 PM District Board Meeting