Vernon School

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2044 NE KillingsworthPortland, OR 97211Ph 503-916-6415Fx 503-916-2678

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  • Vernon IB World School:
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  • Hello Vernon Community,

    Vernon is a diverse and vibrant neighborhood school with an international focus. Because Vernon is home to diverse, creative, and supportive community, it lends itself like no other to the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Our diverse population and the IB framework help to create a uniquely rich school culture.

    Vernon is an authorized International Baccalaureate/Primary Years Program (IB/PYP grades K-5) and International Baccalaureate/Middle Years Program (IB/MYP grades 6-8). Our teachers have completed extensive IB training that helps them hone their skills in the latest instructional practices, assessment and child development in order to bring your child an educational experience that is world-renowned.  We know that IB offers tremendous advantages for students, helping them to become internationally minded students who can be successful at any level.

    Our use of the IB framework allows us to provide a well-rounded program that incorporates the PPS curriculum with a focus on conceptual learning and our connectedness to a global society. In kindergarten through eighth grade, students explore world language. In addition, our curriculum builds on district and state standards delivered through internationally developed, research-supported educational practices. Inquiry is a primary vehicle for learning, and is used to integrate higher order thinking, questioning, and application of content knowledge through interdisciplinary learning. Students participate in authentic projects that promote responsible citizenship, applying content knowledge through community action. Developing students as learners is fundamental to IB, and our use of Learner Profile as well as IB Attitudes and Outcomes help us strive to be the best we can be. Students regularly assess and reflect on their mastery of becoming a thoughtful learner.

    Finally, parents are actively involved at Vernon. Volunteers are welcome in classrooms, helping to extend and enrich the curriculum. Programs offered through our SUN after school program provide additional academic and enrichment opportunities to hundreds of students each year. We invite families to join us for these wonderful opportunities as part of our learning community. As the Principal at Vernon, I hear everyone from staff to families talk about the positive atmosphere here. They describe Vernon as a place that just feels good to be, where the environment is deeply caring. Vernon's quality staff, dedicated to academic achievement for all, makes Vernon a great place to learn for over 460 students.

    Come grow with us,

    Ben Keefer

    Principal

    Mr. Keefer

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  • Students honored at the 6th annual ¡Sí Se Puede! event

    ¡Sí Se Puede! or Yes, we can! is an opportunity for students to celebrate and inspire one another, build relationships outside their schools and share the rich diversity of their talents and experiences with the greater Portland community.
  • Superintendent recruitment update: Candidate recommendations requested, potential interviews to be scheduled

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    Dear PPS staff and families,

    Summer has started, but we want to let you know that the PPS Task Force on the Superintendent Recruitment is continuing to meet on a regular basis and work is happening daily to advance our efforts to find and recruit our next superintendent. We have a final position description and are still actively recruiting candidates.  We appreciate the feedback and candidate recommendations we have received from the community to date.  Below are highlights of our last meeting. We will keep you informed as we go forward. Thank you.

    Julia Brim-Edwards, Chair, Superintendent Recruitment Task Force

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  • PPS celebrates SEI and Oregon Seal of Bi-Literacy

    SEI and Oregon Seal of Bi-Literacy awardees were honored at the June 13 Board meeting. PPS celebrated 13 years of partnership with Self Enhancement Inc. (SEI) Academy. Libra Forde, SEI Chief Operating Officer, Timothy Rodgers, SEI Academy Principal, and Linda Harris, 2006-2010 SEI principal, were presented with plaques honoring this partnership. SEI Academy was named a model school by the Oregon Department of Education in 2013 and 2014.
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  • Summer facilities work update

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    Dear PPS Families,

    Over the summer, crews will be working in schools throughout the district to address health and safety issues, using funds from the bond that voters approved in May. At the same time, planning is under way for bigger projects to rebuild three high schools and a middle school. We wanted to give you an update on what is coming up. 

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