A Few Thoughts from Mr. Galati
Spring Break is here! Let's see, I have a lawn to mow, weeds to pull, a room to paint, a garage that is full of things I moved out of the basement that need to be taken to the dump, and the list continues. But wait, before I plan out everything and focus on doing all the chores, I also need to remember that this is a week that involves time with my family and resting. I hope that this week is a time of vacation for all of our students and staff. I hope you can take a breath, think about what you would like to do with the family, and enjoy taking those quality moments together. We are so lucky to live in a city that has so many things to do. Here is a possible list: go to a movie, go out to dinner, get ice cream, have a barbeque, watch your favorite Disney Movie (Which of course must be Toy Story. Who can beat Buzz Lightyear?), go to the library, walk in the park, visit OMSI or the Forestry Museum, draw your favorite bridge, ride bikes, explore a new neighborhood, or take a hike. I hope that all of you have a fantastic spring break and I look forward to welcoming you back the following week. I can hardly wait to hear about your stories, your travels and most of all your quality time together.
Given new information, PPS District leaders have decided the Pioneer Program will remain at the Holladay-Youngson facility for the 2018-19 school year. PPS remains committed to ensuring that all students receive a high quality educational experience in a positive and supportive learning environment.
On Wednesday, students across the nation chose to speak out on the issue of school safety. In many school communities, students observed a moment of silence and walked out of class to give voice to their thoughts and feelings. We should all listen.The horrific mass shootings that have taken student lives in recent years have provoked an incredibly important dialogue and created a valuable “teachable moment” for all of us.
With Grant putting an exclamation point on winter by winning a state title in boys basketball, it’s time to turn the page on sports seasons. Competition in high school spring sports started last week. Here’s a quick overview of the Portland Interscholastic League:
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Board Finance, Audit and Operations (FAO) Committee Meeting
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