Back to School - Summer Office Hours
August 13th – August 22nd* 9:00am – 2:00 pm
August 23rd - School Year 7:30am – 3:30 pm
Escuela Peninsula horario de verano de la oficina
Del 13 al 22 de agosto* 9:00am – 2:00 pm
Desde el 23 de agosto 7:30am – 3:30 pm
Dear Peninsula School Community,
I am honored to have been selected to serve this community. It was a great pleasure to meet the faculty and parents who were able to join me and Senior Director, Oscar Gilson, this week. It is evident that the school community is made up of thoughtful, caring people who want students to reach their maximum potential. I am eager to learn more about the great work that has been accomplished at Peninsula and hear about your hopes for an ever brighter future.
I encourage you to drop by the office so I can meet you or you may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll be out on vacation the week of July 30, but I’ll be in the office before and after that.
In the coming weeks and as we return from summer vacation, I hope to begin establishing relationships with each of you. I will be asking staff members to share their perspectives including ideas on three guiding questions:
What is working well at Peninsula?
What could use a fresh approach?
What supports do you need from me?
Community members and staff can also use the google form at this link (English form, Spanish form) to share perspectives on these three questions and other items.
In an effort to accelerate our getting to know each other, I am including some information about myself, my beliefs and values. I look forward to meeting each of you, supporting this vibrant school community and getting to know our students.
A little about me:
I am the mother of two adolescents who attend PPS schools. I am the daughter of a teacher and the wife and sister to PPS elementary school teachers who have each served as union representatives in their schools. I believe in strong teacher collaboration and participation in school leadership. I value educators time, experience and input.
I believe that raising children and educating them to consume and communicate information and ideas, problem solve and question the status quo is sacred and important work foundational to our democratic society. I believe that we do not yet live in a just society and that our personal and national histories impacts our views of the world and our access to opportunity. As a school leader, I work to provide greater access to opportunities for growth, development and achievement to students, parents and staff.
I believe in the sociocultural theory of learning that states that we must
I believe that students who challenge us the most, can teach us the most. I value practices that support the inclusion of all students into a rich school life. As a school leader, I strive to stay open to outcome and present in the moment. I seek to understand before being heard and work to stay curious about perspectives different from my own.
I believe that I am not always at my best and I sometimes come short of my aspirations for myself. I believe that I need grace for myself and others so I try to make a habit of offering and asking for grace. I am convinced that together we are more than the sum of our parts and can make a significant and lasting impact in our community. I look forward to meeting each of you, learning about you and from you.
In service to students,
Principal, Peninsula School
Es un honor haber sido seleccionada para servir esta comunidad. Fue un gran placer conocer a los profesores y padres que pudieron reunirse conmigo y con el Director Principal, Oscar Gilson, esta semana. Es evidente que la comunidad escolar esmera comprometida y atenta a que los estudiantes alcancen su potencial máximo.
Anhelo aprender más sobre el gran trabajo que se ha logrado en Peninsula y escuchar sus esperanzas de un futuro cada vez más brillante. Los invito que pasen por la oficina para que pueda conocerlos o pueden contactarme vía un correo electrónico a email@example.com.
La semana del 30 de julio saldré de vacaciones, pero estaré en la oficina antes y después.
En las próximas semanas y cuando regresemos de las vacaciones de verano, espero comenzar a entablar relaciones con cada uno de ustedes. Les pediré a los miembros del equipo que compartan sus perspectivas, incluyendo ideas sobre tres preguntas orientadoras:
¿Qué funciona bien en Peninsula?
¿Qué podría ser un enfoque nuevo?
¿Qué apoyo necesitas de mí?
En un esfuerzo por acelerar el proceso de conocernos, incluyo información sobre mí, mis creencias y valores. Espero conocer a cada uno de ustedes, apoyar a esta vibrante comunidad escolar y conocer a nuestros estudiantes.
Un poco sobre mí:
Soy madre de dos adolescentes que asisten a las escuelas de PPS. Soy la hija de una maestra y la esposa y hermana de maestros de escuela primaria de PPS que han servido como representantes sindicales en sus escuelas. Creo en la fuerte colaboración de los maestros y participación en el liderazgo escolar. Valoro el tiempo, la experiencia y el aporte de los educadores.
Creo que criar a los hijos y educarlos para ser consumidores y comunicadores de información e ideas, para resolver problemas y para cuestionar el status quo es un trabajo sagrado e importante que es fundamental para nuestra sociedad democrática. Creo que todavía no vivimos en una sociedad justa y que nuestra historia personal y nacional afecta nuestro punto de vista sobre el mundo y nuestro acceso a las oportunidades. Como líder de una escuela, mi trabajo se dirige en proporcionar un mayor acceso a las oportunidades de crecimiento, desarrollo y logros para los estudiantes, los padres y el personal.
Creo en la teoría sociocultural del aprendizaje que afirma que debemos:
Creo que los estudiantes que más nos desafían pueden enseñarnos más. Valoro las prácticas que apoyan la inclusión de todos los estudiantes en una vida escolar rica. Como líder de la escuela, me esfuerzo por mantenerme abierta al resultado y presentarme en el momento. Intento escuchar antes de ser escuchada y fomentar la curiosidad sobre las perspectivas diferentes a la mía.
Creo que a veces no llego a mis propias metas y, en esos momentos, no estoy a la altura de mis aspiraciones. Creo que necesito la gracia para mí y para los demás, y por eso intento crear el hábito de ofrecer y pedir gracia. Estoy convencida de que juntos somos más que la suma de nuestras partes y podemos tener un impacto significativo y duradero en nuestra comunidad. Espero conocer a cada uno de ustedes, aprendiendo de ustedes, sobre ustedes.
Al servicio de los estudiantes,
Directora Escuela Peninsula
Teachers who can unlock students’ passion. Guidance in preparing for an unknown future. Smaller class sizes. Recognition of students’ lives beyond school. And free coffee.
Those were some of the recommendations offered Thursday by a five-member panel of current and former Portland Public Students during a one-hour forum that provided an inspiring kickoff to Day 2 of PPS’s Leadership Institute at Roosevelt High School.
The start of fall sports is a week away, with high school teams allowed to hold official practices on Monday, Aug. 13. That means the clock is ticking for athletes to complete a required physical to participate.
Portland Public Schools has adopted a detailed policy for making records available to the public.
At its July 18 meeting, the PPS Board of Education unanimously passed Resolution 5682, which approved a significant expansion of district policy for handling public records requests.
Portland Public Schools Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero has been chosen as a member of the executive committee for the Council of the Great City Schools, a nationwide organization dedicated to improvement of urban public school systems.
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Ice Cream Social
6:00 PM District Board Meeting
8:00 AM - 2:15 PM First day for Kindergarteners
6:00 PM District Board Meeting
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Back to School Night
8:00 AM District Board Meeting
9:45 AM - 10:05 AM S.T.O.P.P.S Drill
7:45am: Breakfast doors open (breakfast served)*
7:55am: Teachers pick students up from the cafeteria
8:00am: Tardy Bell (students must be in class at this time)
8:00am (and later): Students are tardy and must report to the office
There will be no late opening days for the 2018/19 school year.
The portion of N. Emerald Avenue between Halleck and Kilpatrick will be closed at pick-up and drop-off. We ask that N. Halleck be used as a one way (eastbound) at drop off and pick up.
To help reduce traffic and increase health and safety, if possible, please park a block or two away from the school and walk.
Click the link to view a Peninsula Drop-off and Pick-up Traffic Map
Look for a verification form to be sent home with your student in the first weeks of school. It is very important that this form be looked over, any updates made, signed and returned to the school. This confirms your student's rollover enrollment in our school as well as ensures that we have the most up to date contact and emergency information for each student.
PPS requires all volunteers to submit to a background check. Once approved, it is good for 3 years. If you are new to PPS or it’s been a while since you were approved go here to complete a new one. It only takes a few minutes to submit the request, however, it can take 3-4 weeks to process at the beginning of the year, so the sooner the better. You will be notified of its completion via email.
One Free and reduced lunch application need to be completed per family, per year. The application must be processed and approved prior to students receiving lunch at a reduced cost. If the student is not approved before the first day of school they will have to pay full price until it has been approved (approve is not retroactive). Submitting the application early can help to ensure that you won’t end up with an unexpected lunch balance.
Free and Reduced Lunch forms are found at SCHOOLCAFE.COM You will need your student's ID number to complete the paperwork. If the student is a returning Portland Public Schools student their ID number can be found on their report card or in ParentVue. If the student is new to Portland Public Schools, you can get an ID number form the school office.
*Please note that if you have students at schools where lunch is free for all students, you still need to apply for students attending Peninsula.
You can add money to a student's school lunch account at SCHOOLCAFE.COM You will need your student's ID number to complete the paperwork. If the student has already attended Portland Public Schools, their ID number can be found on their report card (or other district communication). If the student is new to Portland Public Schools, you can get an ID number form the school office.
SchoolPay is an easy way for parents to pay for school-related items from home- no more searching for cash and hoping your child turns it in! It is an online program that allows parents, guardians and other community members to use their credit or debit card to pay for school-related items. It costs nothing to use (no service fees) and 100% of the money goes to the school for use in only the specified way.
ParentVue is a website that offers secure, private access to school and student inforamtion, including class assignments, attendance, emergency contacts on file, the school calendar, and teacher contact details. Parents and guardians can see information for all of their students who attend Portland Public Schools in one place. At the Middle School and High School levels student's assignments and classes grades are also available in ParentVue.
Click on the following link to get started using ParentVue. Each parent or guardian will need an Activation key (that is linked to the email address that is on file). The school secretary can supply the activation key. Note: if you are calling the school for the activation key, you must call from a phone number on file.
Each student also has an account to access the student version of this website, called StudentVue.
Take time in your day to BREATHE.