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December 8, 2017
Happy Friday! I cannot believe it is December already. Winter Break is December 18- January 1st. We return to school on January 2nd. Thank you to everyone who supported the Pop-Up Shop last Saturday. It was a huge success!
Maestra Kruger’s last day will be next Friday. We are very sad to see her go but understand that she needs to relocate to be with her family as her spouse has a new job in Hawaii. We have hired Hayley LeBray to be our new middle school Spanish teacher. Hayley comes to us after working in the Tigard / Tualatin District and also at a private school. She has been in the building this week and will be in the building next week working with Maestra to help the transition be smooth.
We continue to receive several changes to student's daily dismissal plans. During October, we had 425 changes and 441 in November. This creates a lot of extra work for our office staff. For safety reasons and to make sure kids get to where they are expected to go, please develop a consistent routine for your child. If changes need to be made, contact the office at email@example.com before 12:00 pm for any going home changes. This allows the office staff time to connect with students and the staff it impacts.
Beginning in January, we request that you do not pull your student out of class the last 20 minutes of the school day. The end of the day is an important time for many classes to come together and reflect on the day. This is a valuable part of building their classroom community. I ask that unless you are pulling your student for an emergency or sickness, that you have them attend school for the entire day. When picking your student up during the school day, please come directly to the office and sign your child out. The office staff will then call the classroom to have your child meet you. Plan on arriving at Skyline to allow sufficient time for your child to pack up and come to the office.
All the best!
Announcing Skyline’s new principal BG Aguirre
Dear Skyline School Community, It is with great pleasure that I announce BG Aguirre as the new principal for Skyline School. BG is currently the principal at St. Helens High School, a position she has held since 2013. She served as assistant principal for five years prior to taking over as principal.
BG earned her Bachelor’s degree in sociology and Spanish from Oregon State University, her Masters of Arts in teaching from Concordia University and her administrator license from Portland State University. Following her graduation from Concordia, BG worked as an elementary school teacher in the Beaverton School District, first at Vose Elementary for five years, then Kinnaman Elementary for three years. She spent a year in the Lincoln County School District in Newport, before moving to the St. Helens School District to serve as assistant principal and principal for St. Helens High School in 2008.
BG has proven herself to be an effective school leader and is looking forward to leading Skyline for years to come. She has received International Baccalaureate MYP Level 1 training and IB Administration Level 2 training. BG is also well-versed in successfully running an AVID school. While at St. Helens, BG was an AVID district director, an AVID principal, attended multiple AVID strand trainings and successfully implemented AVID school-wide.
Throughout her time in both the St. Helens and Beaverton School Districts, BG has gone above and beyond her stated duties to ensure that her community thrives. She is a fluent Spanish speaker and is an advocate for all students. She has had great success writing grants and securing funding for intervention programs, professional development and students in need. She deeply values collaboration between teachers, families and administrative staff to ensure the success of the school.
BG is a dedicated wife and mom of three children ages 3, 5 and 7. In her free time, she loves watching her children participate in extra-curricular activities and spending time as a family. BG enjoys reading, playing golf and is an avid runner. BG tells me she is absolutely overjoyed to be back in elementary and to have the opportunity to work in her community. Please join me in congratulating BG in her new assignment as the principal for Skyline School!
As Portland Public Schools prepares to open Harriet Tubman and Roseway Heights, the middle schools’ principals are in high gear making sure everything is ready for the start of the 2018-19 school year. With dozens of community meetings, coordination with 26 departments within the district and the other logistics of opening schools, Natasha Butler of Harriet Tubman and Kathleen Ellwood of Roseway Heights are the steady hands in the middle of the whirlwinds.
Last month, JaVaughn “JT” Flowers became one of 32 Americans awarded a 2018 Rhodes Scholarship, one of the most prestigious academic awards in the country. Flowers, 24, was born and raised in Portland’s Albina neighborhood and attended Lincoln High School as part of a language immersion program. Last week, Flowers – who will leave for a two-year stint at Oxford University in England next fall -- sat down for an interview in the lobby of the 911 Federal Building, where he works in U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s office.
The Portland Interscholastic League’s two powerhouse girls basketball teams will be featured in a new holiday tournament that will be played in the sparkling new Franklin High School gym. Benson and Grant, which shared the PIL title last season and figure to be among the state’s top teams, will be in the eight-team varsity field of the PIL Holiday Classic that will be played Dec. 21-23 at Franklin.
Each month, the Multnomah County Health Centers will offer health advice for students, with its nurse practitioners weighing in on a key issue. Today’s topic: annual checkups for teens.
It is recommended that teens, starting at age 12, see their medical provider for an annual checkup, yet approximately eight in 10 Oregon teens are missing this key preventative health milestone.
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Roseway Heights community meeting
6:00 PM District Board Meeting