• Greetings ACCESS Families, 

    If you would like to nominate your child for TAG in an area in which they are not already identified by the district, please fill out this form. Nominating your child is optional. Please know that if we do not already have scores for them, they would need to be tested to add TAG identification. 
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  • Virtual Family Information Sessions

    Our Virtual Family Information Session Schedule
    In order to provide more information to families interested in having their student apply to ACCESS Academy and entering our lottery process, we have set up family information and tours monthly starting in January of 2021 at our Elementary program at Vestal and our Middle School program at Lane. Due to COVID-19 social distancing and stay-at-home requirements, we are offering virtual tours for the 2021-22 school year lottery.
    We will provide an introduction and general information about the program and application process by administration, followed by a chance to talk to current families about their experience with the program.
    You can also learn more about applying to ACCESS Academy through this online presentation. We also encourage you to contact access.pta.outreach@gmail.com to connect with current ACCESS families and students to learn about their experiences at ACCESS. 

     

    2020-21 school year  Elementary School Informational Slide Deck
    2020-21 school year Middle School Informational Slide Deck

    Dates of Information Sessions

    Month

    ACCESS @ Vestal Elementary

    ACCESS @ Lane

     Middle School

    Secretary Contact

    Janae Merritt

    jamerritt@pps.net

    (503) 916-6483

    Susie Fung

    sfung@pps.net

    (503) 916-6482

    January

    Tues - Jan 19, 2021

    6:00pm - 7:00pm

    Wed - Jan 20, 2021

    6:00pm - 7:00pm

    February

    Wed - Feb 17, 2021

    6:00pm – 7:00pm

    Tues - Feb 16, 2021

    6:00pm – 7:00pm

    March

    Mon - Mar 8, 2021

    6:00pm - 7:00pm

    Thurs - Mar 11, 2021

     6:00pm - 7:00pm 

    April

    Tues, Apr 7, 2021

    6:00pm - 7:00pm

    Mon, Apr 6, 2021

    6:00pm - 7:00pm 

    May 

    Thurs - May 6, 2021

    4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Mon - May 3, 2021 

    4:00pm - 5:00pm

  • ACCESS Academy Students Win C-Span Competition

    C-SPAN has announced the winners in their national 2020 StudentCam competition. ACCESS Academy students Dorothy Swanson Blaker, Malia Lee and Ania Leonardo are third prize winners and will receive $750 for their documentary, Renewable Resolutions: Solar 2020 (watch it at viddler.com/v/31e14be6).
     
    Learn more in the SE Examiner Article
  • Dr. Garcia-Arriola named to Circle of Excellence by OnPoint CCU

    Dr. Garcia-Arriola, middle school science teacher at ACCESS Academy, was named to the Circle of Excellence by Circle of Excellence by OnPoint Community Credit Union. This award comes with a $1,500 cash prize for Dr. Garcia-Arriola and a $1,000 donation to ACCESS Academy. Congratulations, Dr. Garcia-Arriola, on this recognition of your outstanding work as an educator! See the full article here
  • Writer-in-Residence Rosanne Parry

    Award-winning local author Rosanne Parry will be Writer-in-Residence at ACCESS Academy for elementary grades throughout the Read-a-thon, providing writing workshops and culminating in a Family Literacy Celebration on Friday January 31 from 6:30-7:30. 
  • Renée Watson visited ACCESS, October 2019

    Renee Watson at Vestal Auditorium

    Award-winning author Renée Watson gave presentations at both ACCESS campuses in October. Ms. Watson is a Portland native whose writing focuses on the lived experiences of black girls and women and explores themes of identity, home, and the intersection of race, gender and class. As she explained to students at Vestal, she writes “so girls who look like me can see themselves in books, and so people who don’t look like me can get to know girls who look like me.”

  • Inclement Weather Policy

    There are three ways we send messages to families about delays, closures and other weather-related decisions:

    • Phone calls: Automated calls, in all supported languages (Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Somali), will be placed to the primary number listed on each student’s registration. If you’ve changed your number recently, please update it with your school.
    • Email: An automated message will be sent to the email address you listed in your child’s registration. The message will be translated into our five supported languages.
    • Text message: You will receive a text message on your cell phone, but first you’ll have to opt in to the SchoolMessenger system by texting “Yes” or just “Y” to 68453. If you opt in, you will still receive an auto-dialer call. Texts go to parent and staff phone numbers registered with the district.

    We also post updates online:

    • Twitter: Follow our account, @PPSConnect.
    • Facebook: Connect with us at facebook.com/pps.homepage.
    • Our website: Go to net and look for a yellow bar across the top of the page. That’s where you’ll find more detailed information, such as snow routes for buses. Messages will be translated.

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  • Virtual MLK Jr celebrations, service opportunities, and resources

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    Happy Friday ACCESS Families!

    As we move into the 3-day MLK Holiday weekend, I continue to reflect on the state of our Nation and the overwhelming Global Pandemic. Martin Luther King Jr was unrelenting in his pursuit of racial justice for Black communities across our country. The same systems of oppression that Dr. King railed against during the Civil Rights era still have a strong hold in our communities of color. There are a new generation of Freedom Fighters and one way that we are able to join them in the fight for racial justice is to learn about Dr. King’s teachings, challenge systems of oppression, racist speech, and interrupt decision-makers that serve to perpetuate the “racial divide”.

    The MLK holiday weekend has for many years, asked people to gather in ways that we are able to “serve” our communities. A day of service. This year, with COVID-19, creates challenges. Be intentional this weekend. We have much to learn!

    Virtual MLK Jr celebrations, service opportunities, and resources (to highlight just a few)

    • Portland’s own The Skanner Foundation will stream the 35th Annual  Martin Luther King Jr Breakfast on Monday, January 18th, 2021 @ 9:00am. Please register here for this free event.
    • World Arts Foundation Inc presents the 36th Annual Tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” from Noon-5:00pm. Free event.
    • HandsOn Greater Portland no events planned this year, but information for other organizations and events found here.
    • SOLVE: Taking Care of Oregon has a few projects listed. Pre-registration required.

    This & That….

    Our ACCESS Talent Show audition sign up deadline has been extended to January 24. Please encourage students to SIGN UP. Email dharkness@pps.net with any questions.

    ATTENTION 8th GRADERS

    High school forecasting (choosing classes) will be happening over the next 3-4 weeks.  The timing depends upon the individual school. This spreadsheet includes links to high schools and their forecasting information, if available. Contact dharkness@pps.net with any questions.


    Spelling Bee

    Congratulations to the following spellers who will advance to the school-wide “spell off” on Friday, February 5, at 9:30 am:

    4th grade:

    • Dahlia C
    • Myles D
    • Phoebe N
    • Evelyn N-G
    • Gar P
    • Cormac R

    5th grade:

    • Corey C
    • Emily D
    • Ramona S
    • Peiyi W

    6th grade:

    • Talla B
    • Eric C
    • Finley C
    • Zan O'L
    • Daniel P
    • Colin Y

    7th grade:

    • Raphael B
    • Nate C
    • Kirin C-S
    • Manu I
    • Eliot L

    8th grade:

    • Jenny C
    • Sophie J
    • Oscar J
    • Finnian R
    • Ashley R

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    Semester One ends January 28th, 2021

    There are two weeks remaining for first semester. Teachers will spend the planning day, January 29th , assessing student works and finalizing grades. Please take time with your student to review CANVAS and SeeSaw, catch up with communications from teachers, and ensure assignments are completed and turned in.

    Enjoy the weekend.

    Be well, Ginger

  • Our Country Today

    Dear ACCESS Community, Faculty, Staff, & Families –

    The range of emotions I have felt throughout today as I witness what is happening in our Nation’s Capital are incredible. I quickly think about how our students are processing and trying to make sense of what is going on and what the implications are for how our current government operates. I worry that once again, students are feeling anxious and unsafe. Their emotional threshold for anxiety, stress, fear, and uncertainty, when paired with the extended isolation of this global pandemic are a test of our resilience as a people and educational community like I’ve never experienced.

    I will share that reflection, open dialog, and listening to understand are invaluable steps for making sense and settling emotions. We will continue to navigate such disruptions and uncertainty like professionals. We have an awesome team of educators at ACCESS! We are blessed this way.  Lean on each other as adults; reach out to counseling and admin teams for support, questions, or concerns. We are great thought partners and problem-solvers.

    As adults and particularly as educators it is important to make space for individual student voice and establish norms that help to guide discussions. Assist with words and language that are supportive of our community. Challenge and interrupt hate, bias, and discriminatory comments. Our ACCESS community is so caring. Thank you all!

    This is not about politics. This is about safety: physical, spiritual, and emotional. It is about respect and civility. This is about systems of white privilege and oppression. These are big issues, complex, and very challenging to navigate in conversation, classroom lessons, and day-to-day living.

    Teachers will do everything possible to be adaptive and provide for students needs to talk and process. Our counseling team is ready to support and provide safe spaces for students as well. They will visit community meetings for our elementary students in the morning and open drop in meeting links for students who need to access them outside of class. Please let us know if your student needs individual support right away.

    ACCESS support team:

    Stay safe, Be Well. We care about you and your students, Ginger & Team

    Wanting to learn more?  Below are some additional resources for helping students process the current turbulence in Oregon and the U.S.

    • Helping Students Process the 2020 Elections - Approaches to having difficult conversations with students:

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KrLWtp2oh4P6wfGNTnyaIBQQ8SzjfGUnfNnE17mzGQc/edit

    • Helping Students Process the 2020 Elections Best Practices and Resources

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qkaCr7-M-spP35euFoxRfa0EDQL88OZ8iZNr4yuj5fU/edit

    • Difficult Event: Community Circle Discussion Plan

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aHTJR07G0agnD3ViESBqZrYDyJVdSERKmUQQJOkbymA/edit?usp=sharing  

    • Morning Meeting following a Difficult Event

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Yd_2z2rg7fkK4JV9yvvdMbmRWR7vXy67WTV4O1QicbQ/edit?usp=sharing  

    • Teaching Tolerance: Let’s Talk: Discussing Race, Racism and Other Difficult Topics with Students

    http://www.tolerance.org/sites/default/files/general/TT%20Difficult%20Conversations%20web.pdf

  • Nominate Your Child For TAG

    Greetings ACCESS Families, 

    If you would like to nominate your child for TAG in an area in which they are not already identified by the district, please fill out this form. Nominating your child is optional. Please know that if we do not already have scores for them, they would need to be tested to add TAG identification. 
  • November 7, 2020

    PTA Helping Hands for Fall Break

    Fall break, November 23rd - 27th, is quickly approaching, and during that time off from school, some ACCESS families may find it difficult to make ends meet.

    The ACCESS Academy PTA’s Helping Hands Fund exists to assist ACCESS families over school breaks. If your family would benefit from this support over Fall break, please contact ACCESS@Lane Counselor Devin Harkness or ACCESS@Vestal Counselor David Hall by Wednesday, November 18. They can provide assistance to you — in the form of a Fred Meyer gift card — by Monday, November 23.

    Mr. Harkness can be reached at: dharkness@pps.net or 503.916.6482 (main office); Mr. Hall can be reached at: dhall2@pps.net or 503.916.6483 (main office). Your family’s name and request will be kept strictly confidential.

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    A reminder that next week, Wednesday, Nov 11th is Veteran's Day and is an observed National Holiday. There will be no school this day. The middle school schedule will shift a bit in order to accommodate the loss of instructional time. so, for the week of November 9th - 13th the middle school schedule will adjust to

    Monday/Friday - pers 1, 2, 3 live classes (this means Friday pers 4. 5. 6, will not meet, nor will there be advisory period)

    • 9:00-9:45     per 1
    • 10:00-10:45 per 2
    • 11:00-11:45 per 3
    • 11:45-12:15 AppL/SG/Enrichment
    • LUNCH/RECESS
    • 1:00-1:45    per 1 AppL
    • 1:45-2:30    per 2 AppL
    • 2:30-3:15    per 3 AppL

    Tuesday/Thursday - pers 4, 5, 6 live classes (same as always)

    • 9:00-9:45
    • 10:00-10:45
    • 11:00-11:45
    • 11:45-12:15 AppL/SG/Enrichment
    • LUNCH/RECESS
    • 1:00-1:45    per 4 AppL
    • 1:45-2:30    per 5 AppL
    • 2:30-3:15    per 6 AppL

    The elementary schedule will not be impacted (other then the no school day Wednesday)

    Teachers will review this with students in detail through out the week so as to not reinforce the no school day and the shift to the middle school schedule.  Thank you, Ginger

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