A Few Thoughts from Mr. Galati
As I write this note closing out the 2016-17 school year, I say a special thank you to our parents who continue to support, advocate, and provide us the opportunity to work with your children. Each day that I get to see our students and either give them a scratch and sniff sticker, a fist bump, or take the opportunity to listen to the exciting things they do in class and with you is a good day. To our teachers and staff, I say thank you for the tireless hours you put into your jobs each day. The kindness you show to our students and how much you love working with your students shines though in our community and in the success of our kiddos. To our students, I say thank you for filling my bucket every day and for allowing me to get to know you. I love your stories, I love your experiences, and I love to hear what project assignment, or fun thing you are doing. Our students are wonderful and caring and the art on my door is just a small indication of that.
May you all have a restful and enjoyable summer! I look forward to serving this school again next year.
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.
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?