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  • Make your Fabulous Child's Art into Lasting Art!

    Lewis PTA will be raising funds for the Art Program using an Art Fundraising Program for 2017-2018.  We are still vetting Art Programs.  Please hold onto that beautiful art, think about what items you might want to make into pillowcases, mugs, keychains, etc.  And be ready to submit it in the fall!  Look for announcements in the Wednesday newsletter, PTA Facebook page, and Messenger.  Contact lewiselementaryptaor@gmail.com for questions.  LIKE the PTA Facebook page to follow these great opportunities to get more involved. https://www.facebook.com/ptalewis/
  • 2016-2017 Lewis Communication and Outreach Survey Results

  • Miramba Raffle

    Lewis parent and amateur woodworker Jordan Benner has built and donated a soprano marimba. The Lewis Elementary PTA will raffle this item to support the Lewis music program.  Built in the key of C, this soprano marimba is a box resonator style that spans two octaves. The box is made from Baltic birch (painted brown) with keys and side rails made from eastern hard maple.  Raffle tickets go on sale starting May 11th until June 1st.  Winning ticket is drawn June 2nd at the End of Year Picnic. You do not need to be present to win.  Tickets are $5 each or 6 for $25 - starting May 11th, contact the lewiselementaryptaor@gmail.com for tickets!  Check out this 2 minute website and youtube video to hear the Marimba!  https://lewismarimba.wordpress.com/  PLEASE SHARE WIDELY WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY!!!  Questions? lewiselementaryptaor@gmail.com.  
  • Mercy Corp Emergency Preparedness Presentation

    Wednesday, May 17th
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  • Helen

    Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! My name is Helen Nolen and I will be the interim Principal this year.  I’m happy to join the staff and Lewis community for this next school year. Working with Mr. Lauer and several staff members throughout the years, I know the dedicated effort and quality work that happens at Lewis Elementary. I’m honored to be a part of this team and I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you.

    In 1983, I started with PPS as an itinerant TAG K-2 teacher. At that time I was in the same 10 schools every week teaching TAG strategies to K-2 students. Students were bused or taxied to me and I happened to teach at Lewis on Tuesday afternoons! Throughout my years in PPS I’ve also taught 3rd and 4th grade. Several years I was at the District Level training teachers, working in curriculum and was also the Science Coordinator for the district. I have also had the honor of being Asst Principal at Jackson MS, Principal at Buckman, Sellwood MS and Peninsula K-8. My most rewarding time has been working in schools with staff and parents focusing on children and planning for their best education and future. I look forward to being a partner with you.

    On a personal level, my own two children graduated from Portland Public Schools and I’m awaiting my 2nd Great Grandchild in early August!

    A very obvious new item at Lewis is the nature-based playground. Many thanks to parents who earned money for this project and to Amy O’Connor who coordinated the PPS contractor, City of Portland inspectors, district delivery of bark dust, and worked hard to have this structure ready for the start of school! CONGRATULATIONS!!

    Lewis K-3rd graders will be a part of a Mt. Hood Cable Commission grant this year called TechSmart. Mr. Hanson will be the teacher-coordinator working with our K-3 team to bring enhanced technology/reading instructional strategies to our students.

    Again, WELCOME to an exciting 2016-2017 school year!

District News

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  • Summer Scholars: Hard Duty, High Reward

    Check your common perceptions of summer school at the door.  Because at Benson High School, the site of PPS’s Summer Scholars program, the sheer numbers, structure and atmosphere is not what you’d expect.
  • Interviews under way for PPS superintendent

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    Dear PPS staff and families,

    The search and recruitment for our new superintendent is well underway.

    The community, board and search firm recommended more than 40 educational leaders for consideration. The search firm and the Board reviewed the prospects and candidates and the Board selected a diverse group with deep educational experience to interview. They included individuals from within and outside Oregon, current superintendents as well as senior education leaders from large districts.

  • Meet Yousef Awwad

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     Yousef Awwad, Interim PPS Superintendent

    From a remote town in Jordan to leading Oregon’s biggest school district

    At the age of 5, Yousef Awwad joined his older brothers in the streets of Ghweria, Jordan, a small city outside Zarqa, to sell sesame candies and balloons to keep food on his family’s table.

    Yousef’s dad was serving in the Jordan military and was stationed in an area of the desert so remote that he wasn’t able to send money home while he was deployed.

    Today, Yousef is serving as the new interim superintendent of the largest school district in Oregon. How did a boy living in poverty in a remote town in Jordan wind up here?

  • Board hears update on superintendent search

    The new PPS Board of Education held its first regular meeting Tuesday to discuss the search for a permanent superintendent and hear from a community group about the future of Tubman Middle School.

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