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You can find information for enrolling at www.pps.net/kinderenroll or in the announcement below.
Dear Astor Families and University Park Community,
I am greatly honored and excited to take on the role of Astor Principal. I’m a school leader focused on racial equity, and I’m committed to creating welcoming spaces for students and families. I strongly believe that all children deserve an exceptional education that is personalized to their individual needs while preparing them to graduate from college. For many of our students, Astor is the first step in this journey.
I have worked for the last 14 years in Portland Public Schools, first as a paraeducator, then as a teacher, and now as a school leader. I’ve taught throughout the district, including at SEI, Beverly Cleary, Astor, and Ockley Green. For the last four years, I was the Assistant Principal at Jason Lee. Prior to moving to Portland, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Fiji Islands with my wife, Miranda. I’m also an Astor parent and have two daughters who attend our school and have loved their experiences so far. I am so happy to be back in North Portland and to be joining the incredible teachers, staff, Dr. K, and all of you for the 2020-2021 school year.
Finally, I have an open door policy; please bring concerns to me at any time. Know that I will approach every situation striving to do what is best for students and putting students first. This has been a difficult and uncertain time for our students, community and world at large. There will be challenges that face us in the coming months, but I’m confident that with your partnership and support we can provide our students with an excellent education.
Aloha Astor Ohana:
During the past year at Astor, students and teachers have had to pivot and “relearn” school as the nation entered a period of great upheaval. This fall, we enter this school year with new learning and understanding of what can happen when students are not fully connected to school and to the school community. To that end, one of our goals is to work to provide students with a safe, healthy, and inclusive school setting, where students feel connected to school and can see themselves and are celebrated and honored for who they are.
In my 20 plus years in the district, I have had the opportunity of working to impact student learning from a variety of venues. I currently support Astor as a building administrator but I have also supported students in the classroom as a middle school teacher, a high school literacy specialist, worked with teachers on classroom management as a climate specialist, worked centrally as an administrator at the district level coordinating the equity work in the district, have served emergent bilingual students as an ESL administrator, and served as an interim senior director as part of the district’s senior leadership team, where I oversaw the New Teacher Mentor Program, College and Career, Makerspace Environments, and CTE. Wherever I have been in the organization, working to ensure a learning environment where Inclusion and belonging are modeled and practiced has been paramount for providing safe spaces where students can engage in rigorous learning, compassionate critical thinking, collaboration and problem solving, in order to be prepared to lead a more socially just world.
That being said, my most gratifying role is that of being mother to my five grown children and grandmother to my six grandchildren, for whom I continue working toward building an educational environment where they, along with all children, are celebrated for their brilliance. I look forward to working with Mr. Robertson, staff and students and to what this school year brings.
Dear PPS Students, Families and Colleagues,
Today we celebrate and honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a hero of mine. As his influence is seen and felt in the ongoing movement for racial justice, I want to share this video created by the Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary School community. They found a creative way to unify their voices to bring us a unique reading of Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech of 1963, originally delivered to a crowd of almost a quarter million people at the March for Jobs and Freedom in Washington D.C. I think you will enjoy this collaboratively produced presentation of Dr. King’s words brought to life by a new generation of change-makers for justice at PPS.
Dear PPS Families,
We are so grateful to our educators and our community who have continued to support our students through these times of transition this year. The presidential election and its fallout, especially the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, have been disturbing and unsettling for all of us, and the feeling of unease continues as next week’s inauguration of Joe Biden nears. We know it can be an especially difficult time for our students and we remain optimistic about the power of democracy and education as they try to make sense of the events and issues.
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has issued adapted versions of its annual reports for every school and school district, including Portland Public Schools. The 2019-20 reports do not include data on statewide assessments, class size or attendance. That data is typically included but was not gatherable because classes were conducted online starting in March during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dear PPS Families,
I join all those in public education across the country who denounce the attack on the U.S. Capitol yesterday. The violent and ultimately failed insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was traumatic to witness for all of us, including our students, but I remain optimistic about their future and our country’s.
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM School Improvement Bond Committee Meeting
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Board Policy Committee Meeting
6:00 PM District Board Meeting
Astor students will learn to be compassionate critical thinkers, able to collaborate and solve problems, and be prepared to lead a more socially just world.
The Mission of Astor K-8 School is to educate, inspire, challenge and empower our students to reach their highest potential. In partnership with our families and community members, we are committed to daily excellence in a kind, inclusive, and supportive environment that values equity, individuality, collaboration, and creativity. Our students strive to be commpassionate, responsible, critical thinkers who bring positive changes to our world throughout their lifetimes.
We all belong at Astor. We honor diversity, celebrate differences, and seek to understand all perspectives. We strive to be an inclusive, safe, and respectful school community.
We all belong at Astor, and together we are stronger.