Sunnyside Environmental School

Fostering responsibility, excitement for learning
and respect for all living things.

3421 SE Salmon StPortland, OR 97214Ph 503-916-6226Fx 503-916-2676

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  • 6th Grade Orientation - Wednesday August 21 9:00am - 12:00pm

    Dear 6th graders: Welcome to Sunnyside Environmental Middle School!

    Youʼre invited to 6th Grade Welcome Day

    Wednesday, August 21st 9:00 am-12:00 pm

    On this Welcome Day, all 6th grade students will learn about the ins and outs of what it’s like to be a 6th grader at Sunnyside. Together, with our 7th and 8th grade leaders and counselors, we’ll get to know each other and our school through fun games and activities.  Students will leave the session feeling comfortable about life in the middle school, having made new connections, and excited to start school on the 28th!


    A little about Sunnyside Environmental Middle School:

    There are 7 Middle School CORE classrooms, each made up of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students together. Most of your week will be with your CORE class, except periods 1 and 2 (for 6th grade, this is a 2-hour afternoon block), for which you will split by grade and/or math and Spanish level.

    All 6th grade students follow the middle school schedules below: 

    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday Schedule:

      • 8:45am School begins
      • 8:45-9:15am Morning Meeting for the entire middle school, except Mondays, when students meet with their classes.
      • 9:20-10:20am Specials or CORE (Specials are Media, Science Enrichment, PE, Art/Environmental Justice elective)
      • 10:25-11:25am Specials or CORE (Specials are Media, Science Enrichment, PE, Art/Environmental Justice elective)
      • 11:30am-12:05pm Lunch and recess for the entire middle school
      • 12:10-1:05pm CORE
      • 1:10-3:15pm 6th grade math/School Skills and Community
    • Tuesday and Thursday Schedule:
      • Same as above, without a Morning Meeting. (Go straight to CORE class on these days.)
      • Most Thursdays will be travel days for field study, so you will be out in the community on field trips for most of the day.

    Other things to look forward to in 6th grade:

    • Gardening

    • K-5 Buddies

    • Service Learning

    • Outdoor School in the fall

    • Middle school dances

    • Overnight trip in the spring

    We are very, very excited for the upcoming school year. This yearʼs middle school includes a truly great mix of 6th, 7th and 8th graders. 

    Students and parents: Please do not hesitate to call 503-916-6226 or email with any questions you may have.
    Amy Kleiner
     Alix Pickett
    Assistant Principal
     Ashley Bevan & Tyler Young
    School Counselors &
  • 2019-2020 News

    Kindergarten and 6th Grade
    Families will receive letters in the mail with invitations to meet and greet orientations in late August prior to the start of the year. The 6th grade date is finalized (August 21st). Kindergarten is still to be determined and is expected to be sometime between August 26-30th.
    Classroom Assignments
    Letters with classroom assignments will be mailed in late August, arriving a few days before school begins.
    Have a great summer :) 
  • School Office Summer Schedule

    The Sunnyside office will be closed beginning June 27th. We will reopen August 12th.
    The district office at 501 N Dixon St will be open Monday-Friday from 8:00-5:00 during the summer.
  • 2019-2020 Kindergarten & New Family Registration

    Hello Families,
    Your first step for preparing for school is to register for school! We encourage all families to enroll as early as possible. The Sunnyside office will close over summer so please register before June 21st.
    Registration requirements are:
    1. Registration form
    2. Two forms of address verification (lease/mortgage statement, utility bill mailed to home, etc)
    3. Immunization records
    4. Proof of birth date (birth certificate or passport)
    5. Vision and Dental Screening form for students 7 years or younger

    For more information on kindergarten readiness visit PPS Kindergarten & Early Learning. For more information on registration or enrollment visit PPS Enrollment & Transfer.


  • This was a letter sent via email on November 9th, 2016.

    Dear families,

    I wanted to send a quick note to all of you regarding today's final election results. Regardless of your personal choice and regardless of the results of this Presidential election (this is a non-partisan, non-political email), this is what I know:


    1. We are a school community that believes climate change is real and is an urgent, ominous threat to the international community. 

    2. We are a school community that believes in the ever-present role and presence of whiteness and racism, in schools, in the United States and in the world at large. 

    3. We are a school community who believes that, to paraphrase Glenn Singleton, "everyone is better when everyone is better."

    4. We are a school community who believes that true equity is achieved when every single human-- regardless of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, personal beliefs or religion--has exactly what they, individually and collectively, need and deserve in this life. 

    5. We are a school community that knows that the work of deconstructing both overt and institutionalized racism and injustice is both sacred and never-ending. 

    6. We are a school community who believe in truth, love, and reconciliation, regardless of context or circumstance. 


    Families have been in and out of school all day with a range of emotional responses to the Presidential decision. Many children have been following this election very closely in their classrooms--I expect children to have a wide range of questions and a wide range of emotional responses to the election results over the weekend and also on Monday. Please remind them of the list above, add to the list, answer their questions honestly, and support them as they work through their emotions, whatever they may be. I've attached an article with some ideas and advice for how to talk to children who may feel emotional as a result of the election results. The article is geared toward children who may be upset--I am certainly not presuming that ALL children will be upset or that ALL adults connected with our school community are upset. And, as a leader of a community I am making a conscious decision to send this email in response to parent requests today, many of them asking for help supporting their own children. I am looking for other resources for teachers and parents, for example, articles that give ideas and strategies around facilitating productive discourse in a classroom where 1) some students feel emotional and 2) different perspectives need to be held, given space and honored regardless of opinion. This is real for us here at Sunnyside, it will be real for us next week. My belief is that I would be unethical if I didn't communicate this to our beloved parent/family community. 

    Lastly, as a woman and the mother of a daughter, I want share a quote from Hillary Clinton's concession speech. For me, as a woman and the mother of a son also, while she directs this message to girls I do believe it is essential for all of our students, for our girls, for our boys, for our gender-fluid and gender-neutral students :

    "To all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams."


    In solidarity,




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