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Hayhurst News

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  • Vision Statement Revision Survey

    THANK YOU for ALL your support in crafting our 4 new core values! We are now humbly asking you to donate 10-15 minutes of your time to complete a survey which will launch our work to revise our vision statement. For perspective, here is our current vision statement:


    • All Hayhurst School students are contributing members of a connected school community while working at their full learning potential.


    The links below will lead you to the survey in the various languages spoken at Hayhurst. If your language is not present, please email me and I will make sure it is translated. We request that these surveys be completed by next Monday, January 29, at 4:00 pm.



    With gratitude,


  • Hayhurst Immunization Report Summary

    Hayhurst Elementary has share our required Immunization Primary Review Summary with the Oregon Health Authority and Multnomah County Health Department. The PDF report is available here for viewing by the public.

Principal's Message

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  • Welcome to the Elizabeth Hayhurst School! We're glad you're here!



    My name is DC Re-Bloom.  I have the distinct honor of serving as principal at the Elizabeth Hayhurst School, located on the ancestral home of the Atfalati band of the Kalapuya people, in SW Portland. Our community works relentlessly to uphold the memory of our namesake: the first president of the Oregon Parent Teacher Association in the early 1900’s.  With her work as our guideposts, we put community at the center of everything we do.  We know, beyond a doubt, that when educators, students, families, and neighborhoods come together, true equitable and democratic societies flourish and all students achieve at high levels. 


    Please take a moment to peruse our weekly newsletter, The Hayhurst Husky Howl, and our brand new website.  And, if there's ever anything you need, please reach out: 503-916-6300.  Or email me at drebloom@pps.net.


    In service,


District News

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  • How Do You Measure a Year: The Annual District Calendar

    At first glance, the annual Portland Public Schools district calendar might seem to fulfill one crucial function: to alert students, staff, and families to the days when school is in session and when it is not. 

    If that were the case, crafting the calendar would be the work of days, if not hours. In fact, the calendar is a multipurpose living document that involves meticulous planning and careful forethought to ensure the best possible outcomes for students and staff. It also reflects the needs and observances of the many diverse communities the district serves. 

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  • Compacted Math Changes Coming in 2024-25

    Ethan Kramer, Beaumont Middle School’s assistant principal, sees middle school math as so much more than 2x + 3y = 5. 

    “It’s helping to build the logic center – the prefrontal cortex – in analysis and processing,” he said. Given this, Kramer and others believe that middle grades instruction must lay a strong foundation to support more challenging math concepts in the future – first high school, then beyond.

    But what are the components of that foundation? And how is it best established?

    The district’s middle grades core academics team and its grades 6-8 math committee have spent the last year weighing these questions in tandem with educators and community stakeholders. Their goal: a comprehensive math curriculum that challenges students without rushing or skipping over key concepts.

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  • To Close or Not to Close? The Many Factors that Go into an Inclement Weather Decision

    In meteorological terms, Portland’s first big weather event of 2024 has been the definition of a perfect storm. Frigid temperatures and high winds combined with snow and ice to bring down tree limbs, close roads, scramble traffic, freeze pipes, and knock out power for tens of thousands of residents.

    It’s been a metaphorical perfect storm for Portland Public Schools as well. Fallen trees cut power to multiple schools and others have suffered water damage from broken pipes. Lack of heat is also a problem, and impassable roads, paired with snowed-in and icy parking lots, have made it impossible for buses to run safely. Those same conditions have limited how the district’s facilities and operations teams can even assess the scope of the issues, let alone begin working on solutions. And icy sidewalks mean walkers have no safe route to school.

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  • McDaniel Students to the Rescue

    In a dark corner of a dilapidated house, several young people work together to locate a baby in distress. A few hundred feet away, a second group uses cribbing techniques to free a man from a 2,000-pound slab of concrete. Nearby, a third learns how to use a multi-tool to turn off a leaking gas line.

    Thankfully, none of it – the ailing baby, the crushed man, the gas leak – was real. Rather, each scenario was part of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training for students from Darshanpreet Gill’s biomedical innovations class.

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