August 9, 2016
Dear Sitton Families:
Welcome to the new school year! We are so excited to have the privilege of partnering with each of you this year to ensure each of our students experiences amazing learning and growth.
The first day of school is Monday, August 29, 2016. Our Kindergartners will engage in Kindergarten assessments and parent meetings from August 29-31, 2016 and will enjoy their first full day of school on Thursday, September 1, 2016. Please see the attached information regarding the scheduling of these meetings.
We are eager to deliver high quality learning experiences for each of our students every day and this starts with on time attendance each day! Breakfast starts for all students at 7:45 am and class starts at 8:00 am. School is dismissed at 2:15 pm daily. Every child is served free breakfast and lunch through our delicious and nutritious cafeteria at school every day. We will be providing filtered water to students throughout the day, please send your child to school with a reusable water bottle, labeled with his or her name, to minimize trash.
Each Friday we publish a family newsletter, The Sitton Star, in English and Spanish to keep all of our families informed of the variety of events at our school.
Thanks to the generous donation of our community partners, we will have free, brand new backpacks for each of our students on the first day of school. We request each family donate $10, or what you are able, for classroom supplies for each child who attends our school. It is easiest to deliver this donation directly to your child’s teacher.
Parents and families are a child’s first teacher and we are eager to partner with you. There are many ways you get involved including:
We have a terrific volunteer opportunity to help spruce up our school before the first day:
On Thursday, August 25 from 2:00-3:00 pm we will welcome students to Popsicles on the Playground, an informal opportunity to say hello before the first day of school.
As your child’s principal, I am eager to partner with you. Should you have any questions, worries, or wonders, please do not hesitate to call me at 503.916.6277 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. On behalf of the Sitton faculty and staff we look forward to a marvelous school year.
Tonight’s 8th Grade Family Night at Roosevelt has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled for Monday, February 13th at 5:30 PM. We apologize for any inconvenience this second cancellation may cause. MLC’s 8th Grade Family Night set for this evening at 6pm is happening as scheduled.
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?