Astor School

School Grade Levels: K-8

5601 N. Yale St.Portland, OR 97203Ph 503-916-6244Fx 503-916-2605

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  • May 2017

    Dear Families,

    A huge THANK You to our PTSO and Event Coordinators, Miranda Robertson and Sofia Yrazabal, for hosting a wonderful Teacher/Staff Appreciation week for us. Each day, staff is enjoying special treatment thanks to Astor families. Please know these kindnesses are greatly appreciated and mean a lot to all of us.

    I am so pleased to share some compliments Astor student received this week. A sub who has worked in many of our schools told me during cafeteria duty how polite the students were as they told her "please" and "thank you" when she helped them. Another visitor said it "felt good" to walk into the building. WOW! What great news to hear. Please compliment your children for me.

    The year is racing to an end. Please make extra efforts to get your children to school on time and NOT pick them up early for appointments, etc. We need them to be here the entire day to ensure maximum learning. We're aiming for 95% or higher for the last quarter of the year.

    Thank you!


    Dana Jacobs






District News

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  • Interviews under way for PPS superintendent

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    Dear PPS staff and families,

    The search and recruitment for our new superintendent is well underway.

    The community, board and search firm recommended more than 40 educational leaders for consideration. The search firm and the Board reviewed the prospects and candidates and the Board selected a diverse group with deep educational experience to interview. They included individuals from within and outside Oregon, current superintendents as well as senior education leaders from large districts.

  • Meet Yousef Awwad

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     Yousef Awwad, Interim PPS Superintendent

    From a remote town in Jordan to leading Oregon’s biggest school district

    At the age of 5, Yousef Awwad joined his older brothers in the streets of Ghweria, Jordan, a small city outside Zarqa, to sell sesame candies and balloons to keep food on his family’s table.

    Yousef’s dad was serving in the Jordan military and was stationed in an area of the desert so remote that he wasn’t able to send money home while he was deployed.

    Today, Yousef is serving as the new interim superintendent of the largest school district in Oregon. How did a boy living in poverty in a remote town in Jordan wind up here?

  • Board hears update on superintendent search

    The new PPS Board of Education held its first regular meeting Tuesday to discuss the search for a permanent superintendent and hear from a community group about the future of Tubman Middle School.

  • PPS Board picks new leaders

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     Julia Brim-Edwards, board chair; Julie Esparza Brown and Rita Moore, co-vice chairs

    Julia Brim-Edwards elected chair; Julie Esparza Brown, Rita Moore are co-vice chairs

    Two newly elected members and one current member of the Portland Public School Board will assume leadership roles following a special July 7 board meeting.

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