A Few Thoughts from Mr. Galati
This being our last edition of the Star Flier for the 2017-18 academic year, I would like to say to all of our staff, parents, community, and to the many of you who read the Star Flier: THANK YOU. This year is coming to a close and it is at this time I begin to reflect, reminisce, and think about the fun things we did this year. I begin to remember the experiences we shared as a school and the many exciting things our teachers did with our students.
To our parents, I cannot express my appreciation enough for the volunteer hours that you have provided to our school, the many times you attended concerts, PTA meetings, plays, or other school-sponsored events, and finally, I say thank you to our parents for sending your incredible children to us. We are excited to greet them each day and work with them to help them reach their potential. And lastly, I say thank you to a staff that brings to their teaching love and belief that each of your children are provided with new experiences, new learning and new ways to look at things. However, with that said, we say goodbye to five of our staff members. To Mrs. Cheryl McDonald, thank you for always finding that right fit book for our kids. To Mrs. Kristina Engstrom and Mrs. Monica Vogel, thank you for your time, effort, and energy as you worked with our students always showing love and compassion towards them. To Mrs. Lannom thank you for always providing guidance, counseling, and support to our kids. And finally, to Ms. Jacobs, thank you always providing continual support for our students.
Each of these individuals has touched our lives and I wish them the very best as they pursue new experiences, new challenges, and new opportunities. We will miss each of you and are grateful for the love and care you brought each day to your work.
I hope each and every one of you have a summer full of adventure and new learnings and I look forward to hearing about it next fall as we begin a new adventure together.
During summer break, when many of our schools are closed,
parents can still register their students for the coming year by visiting the
Enrollment and Transfer Center at the PPS central office.
Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero and his staff have completed the 2018-19 budget for Portland Public Schools. The $655 million budget reflects the Superintendent’s priorities, including increasing investment in core instruction, staffing schools equitably, advancing racial equity, diversity and inclusion, and enhancing student safety and wellbeing. The PPS Board of Education is expected to formally adopt the budget at its June 26 meeting.
The school year was over, but more than 500 K-5 teachers were hard at work preparing for the 2018-19 academic year at the PPS Summer Institute at Roosevelt High School. The two-day training gave teachers the opportunity to dig into the new language arts curriculum, and hear from teachers who are already using it. The teachers also learned how the curriculum aligns with state standards and the district’s newly adopted scope and sequence — an academic term for what will be taught and in what order.