Portland Evening and Summer Scholars

A Credit Recovery Program

2245 NE 36th AvePortland, OR 97212Ph (503) 916-5720Fx (503) 916-2691

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  • Spring Evening Scholars 2024 Information

    • Registration for the Spring session will open on Monday, February 5th, and close on Friday, February 16th
    • Classes will meet once per week from February 19th - May 23rd for 13 weeks.
    • Students must meet with their counselor to enroll in classes.
    • All classes are in-person and attendance is required. 
    • Each class meets from 5:00 - 8:00pm.
    • A variety of classes will be held across 4 locations:
      • Roosevelt High School: Mondays and Wednesdays
      • Grant High School: Tuesdays and Wednesdays
      • Franklin High School: Tuesdays and Thursdays
      • McDaniel High School: Thursdays

    Enrollment Prioritization
    Portland Evening and Summer Scholars follows a prioritization process for situations when classes fill up to a maximum capacity.  Our prioritization process, based on the current school year, is as follows:
      1. PPS Seniors 
      2. PPS Juniors, Credit Recovery and Credit Deficient
      3. PPS Sophomores, Credit Recovery and Credit Deficient
      4. PPS Freshmen, Credit Recovery and Credit Deficient
      5. PPS Students (grades 9-11), Credit Advancement
      6. Non-PPS students


  • Inclement Weather

    Inclement Weather:  In case of inclement weather, here is the general outline Portland Evening Scholars will follow:

    1. if PPS is closed for the day:  no PESS classes.

    2. if PPS closes early and cancels all evening events (basketball, choir, etc):  no PESS classes. 

    3. if PPS has a full day of classes but inclement weather is a possibility for the evening time:  a decision will be made by 3pm for PESS classes.

    4. if PPS has late opening:  we will have PESS classes.

    5. if PPS moves daytime classes to a virtual platform due to weather, PESS will do the same.  

    Here is how our office will communicate these decisions: 

    1. We will send out a SchoolMessenger to all students/parents informing them of what our plans are. 

    2. Administrator will send an all-staff email informing you what our plan is.  

    3. Our website will be updated with a banner along the top indicating our plan is.

  • Evening Scholars Site Locations

    Franklin High School

    Grant High School

    McDaniel High School

    Roosevelt High School

District News

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  • Compacted Math Changes Coming in 2024-25

    Ethan Kramer, Beaumont Middle School’s assistant principal, sees middle school math as so much more than 2x + 3y = 5. 

    “It’s helping to build the logic center – the prefrontal cortex – in analysis and processing,” he said. Given this, Kramer and others believe that middle grades instruction must lay a strong foundation to support more challenging math concepts in the future – first high school, then beyond.

    But what are the components of that foundation? And how is it best established?

    The district’s middle grades core academics team and its grades 6-8 math committee have spent the last year weighing these questions in tandem with educators and community stakeholders. Their goal: a comprehensive math curriculum that challenges students without rushing or skipping over key concepts.

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  • To Close or Not to Close? The Many Factors that Go into an Inclement Weather Decision

    In meteorological terms, Portland’s first big weather event of 2024 has been the definition of a perfect storm. Frigid temperatures and high winds combined with snow and ice to bring down tree limbs, close roads, scramble traffic, freeze pipes, and knock out power for tens of thousands of residents.

    It’s been a metaphorical perfect storm for Portland Public Schools as well. Fallen trees cut power to multiple schools and others have suffered water damage from broken pipes. Lack of heat is also a problem, and impassable roads, paired with snowed-in and icy parking lots, have made it impossible for buses to run safely. Those same conditions have limited how the district’s facilities and operations teams can even assess the scope of the issues, let alone begin working on solutions. And icy sidewalks mean walkers have no safe route to school.

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  • McDaniel Students to the Rescue

    In a dark corner of a dilapidated house, several young people work together to locate a baby in distress. A few hundred feet away, a second group uses cribbing techniques to free a man from a 2,000-pound slab of concrete. Nearby, a third learns how to use a multi-tool to turn off a leaking gas line.

    Thankfully, none of it – the ailing baby, the crushed man, the gas leak – was real. Rather, each scenario was part of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training for students from Darshanpreet Gill’s biomedical innovations class.

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  • Dr. Sandy Husk to Serve as Interim Superintendent

     Dr. Sandy Husk

    Dr. Husk has a deep background in education, including 18 years as a public school superintendent, half of it running Oregon’s second largest district. She has a track record of promoting and supporting student achievement and equity, as well as advancing proven instructional strategies and creating a culture of teamwork among all school employees.

    She will start February 12, providing a productive transition before Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero wraps up his tenure on February 16.

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