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,
It is with a sense of optimism and encouragement that I am sharing with you news about something I believe will have a lasting impact on the future of our school system and our ability to better serve our students. The Oregon Legislature has approved, and Gov. Kate Brown has signed, the Student Success Act, an investment package projected to provide public schools throughout the state with approximately $1 billion a year in additional funding. This is a huge and historic win for public education in general and for Portland Public Schools in particular. Our work begins now to lay out a plan for how we will use our share of the additional funds, starting in the 2020-21 school year, in ways that will improve the educational experience for all of our diverse learners.
Two teachers at Franklin High School have won significant awards for their service to students. Mercedes Munoz won an Oregon Regional Teacher of the Year Award, and Anne McHugh won a Presidential Innovation Award for the Pacific Northwest from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Over the last year there has been a groundswell of activity around improving student health and wellness in Portland Public Schools. Aided by partnerships that have resulted in PPS receiving three grants totaling about $3 million, the district’s Health Education and Student Support Services teams have been able to bring innovative programming and new staff to PPS’s health education efforts.
Roosevelt High School has one of the most diverse student bodies in Oregon, and the school celebrated Friday with its second annual Unity Fest. The event, which was designed and organized by students from the school’s seven Ethnic Studies classes, drew hundreds of students and community members to the North Portland campus.
6:00 PM Board Work Session
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM PTA MEETING
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM Volunteer Appreciation
9:30 AM - 2:00 PM Safety Patrol Picnic
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Passport Make-Ups
10:10 AM - 11:00 AM Rose Show
6:00 PM District Board Meeting
6:00 PM Board Work Session
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Jr. Rose Parade
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM 1-5 Field Day
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM 8th Grade Promotion
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM 8th Grade Clap Out
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM 8th Grade to Oaks Park