Dear Rigler Students and Families:
On behalf of the Rigler Elementary School staff, it is with great enthusiasm and excitement that I welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year!
Educating students in its location since 1931, Rigler is a proud learning community, steeped in tradition and excellence.
With a year under my belt as Rigler's Principal, I can now say I've seen and experienced all that makes Rigler the wonderful place it is! To its core, the strength of Rigler is embodied in the dedicated educators who work daily to instill the knowledge and skills that prepare students for all that the 21st century has to offer, and in you, our parent community. We could not do this work without your support.
We expect EXCELLENCE, INNOVATION, EQUITY and COLLABORATION for our students. With a shared vision of education that esteems the needs of the individual learner in an environment of high expectations, we will nurture and challenge your child to THINK (creatively & critically), KNOW (master content), ACT (self-direct & collaborate), and GO (navigate locally & globally). I invite you to join us on this journey!
At Rigler Elementary School, The Road to College starts here!
TJ Fuller, Principal
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?