Dear Laurelhurst Families,
Welcome to a new school year at Laurelhurst! Whether you are new to our school or a returning family, we are happy that you have joined our learning community. I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve as your principal and feel honored to work with our dedicated staff, our wonderful students, and all of the supportive families. Our entire learning community works together to create an inclusive and equitable environment where students develop the curiosity, critical thinking skills, and courage needed to imagine a better world along with the drive toward realizing it. I anticipate a wonderful year, full of opportunity as we collectively foster a strong culture of learning at Laurelhurst.
We believe that families play a critical role in the success of our students, in many ways, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. You know your student better than anyone else and we invite you to work in partnership with our staff since you have rich insight into your student’s unique needs, talents and interests. Please feel free to share any information that you believe will help us guide your student’s success at school. I hope you will see that our teachers also provide a unique perspective on your child. They will see your student as a member of the class and watch as they interact with peers, face the challenge of new learning, respond to setbacks, ask questions, and solve problems. Parent and teacher perspectives, working in partnership, are critical to ensure that your child’s experience at Laurelhurst is robust and rewarding.
Finally, we invite you to become an active participant in our school community through volunteering, joining our PTA, and supporting our school events and initiatives. Research clearly supports that when families participate and are involved in their child’s education, there is a greater likelihood of academic success. Thank you for partnering with us in making this a memorable and remarkable year for all our students.
Dear PPS Community,
Please know that in collaboration with school administrators, district leadership actively monitored the hundreds of mostly middle and high school students who walked out of our schools today as part of a national demonstration against violence in schools. I am pleased to say that, by all reports, this was a peaceful and respectful event with no serious incidents. While these actions were not district-sponsored activity, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all who helped keep students safe, starting with the students themselves who remained organized, calm and intentional throughout. Others who helped include Portland police, PPS security, and other PPS staff. Thank you all.
Portland Public Schools is in the process of allocating teaching staff at schools throughout the district. As has been true for many years, we are working within a budget that has been chronically underfunded by the state, and we are doing our utmost to make the most of the resources we have. Understandably, parents, students and PPS staff want to know what will happen at their specific schools. While precise allocations won’t be known until enrollment figures become clear in the fall, we can share what we know at this point, and answer many of the questions we have heard to date.
It’s been 50 years since some impassioned students led the movement to rename their school after Martin Luther King, Jr. Last Friday, the community turned out in force to show appreciation, and to honor Dr. King with a huge celebration at the school.
6:00 PM District Board Meeting
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Parenting Towards Racial Equity
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Mid-Level Social
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Board Finance, Audit and Operations (FAO) Committee Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM 5th to 6th Transition Night
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Equity Event
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Middle School Dual Language Program Info Session
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Kellogg School pre-demolition open house
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Board Teaching and Learning Committee meeting
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Board Legislative Committee meeting
6:00 PM District Board Meeting