Rieke Elementary School

Every Child. Every Day. Every Classroom.

1405 SW Vermont St.Portland, OR 97219Ph (503) 916-5768Fx (503) 916-2666

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    Upcoming Events:

    June 11th: PTA Sponsored Discussion on mobile devices, 7-8pm

    June 12th: Kickball: 5th Graders vs Staff, 1pm

    June 13th: 5th Grade Party @ MJCC, 9am-2pm

    June 14th: 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 2pm

    & 5th Grade Clap Out, 2:50pm


    Summer Office Hours:

    June 17, 18 and 20th: 8-3:30am. 

    June 19th Office Closed.

    June 21st to August 5th: Limited Hours, contact jjeans@pps.net

    Another resource for Rieke events and activities is our PTA. Visit the Rieke PTA website!


    The office is seeing an influx of forgotten items (backpack, coats, water bottles, homework, library books etc.). We are asking that unless it's an emergency*, please leave forgotten items at home. 

    It's a great way to help children learn (in a safe, low risk way) and we notice that they rise to the responsibility of being in charge of their school items.

    *Emergency scenarios would be forgotten medications, allergen friendly lunches, etc.  


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    When Beckham Weatherby picks up his tuba, the rest of the world falls away. 

    “I don’t get that nervous and I don’t get stage fright at all,” he said. “I guess I got lucky with how my body reacts to performing in front of crowds.”

    Which is something the McDaniel High School junior has done quite a bit of lately. Not only is he a member of the prestigious Portland Youth Philharmonic (PYP) and the PYP conservatory orchestra, but he recently earned first prize in the tuba solo performance category at the Oregon State Solo Music Championships.

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    The first things you notice when you walk into Ellie Jensen’s classroom at Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary School are peace and warmth. Then you hear the laughter of children. Then you just might see two posters hanging on the walls that tell you a great deal about the kind of teacher she has been for the past 50 years. The posters simply say, “Leave a little sparkle wherever you go” and “Be a friend.”

    Jensen, known as “Miss Ellie” to the hundreds of students she has taught in her half a century as a Portland Public Schools educator, can’t help but light up a room. And she is a friend to all children. 

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    We dare you to drive by the Mainspring Food Pantry on the corner of 82nd Avenue and Fremont and not do a double take. Or a triple take. 

    Students from McDaniel High School’s art-focused Career Technical Education (CTE) class have spent the last four weeks turning the exterior walls of the pantry into one, huge, joyful mural as part of the course’s exploration of climate justice and community engagement.

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  • Earthstock Brings the Joy to the Crystal Ballroom

     Two students dance at Earthstock 2024.

    A little over 30 years ago, a Madison High School student named Joseph Janson had a simple wish. He wanted to go to a dance. But nothing was simple for Joseph, who was born with Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy and was confined to a wheelchair. 

    He confided his wish to Tony Nitz, who at that time was an educational assistant at Madison (now Leodis V. McDaniel High School). Tony had been working one-on-one with Joseph for months and he immediately went about making the young man’s dream come true.

    “The truth is, I would have done anything for Joseph,” Nitz said. “He was a unique person, and we had a very special bond.”

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