Portland Public Schools is moving toward a middle school model for students in grades 6-8 as a way to provide expanded options and stronger programs to more students. In April, the PPS Board directed the district to open two middle schools by fall 2018 at Harriet Tubman and Roseway Heights. District planners have developed a detailed framework for the components of exemplary middle schools to be used as a guide. This web page will serve as a clearinghouse of information as the projects move forward.
The second community meetings for the new Harriet Tubman and Roseway Heights middle schools will be held this week. The agenda for the Harriet Tubman gathering, which will be held Thursday at Sabin School:The agenda for the Roseway Heights meeting, which will be held Wednesday in the school's auditorium:
As Portland Public Schools prepares to open Harriet Tubman and Roseway Heights, the middle schools’ principals are in high gear making sure everything is ready for the start of the 2018-19 school year. With dozens of community meetings, coordination with 26 departments within the district and the other logistics of opening schools, Natasha Butler of Harriet Tubman and Kathleen Ellwood of Roseway Heights are the steady hands in the middle of the whirlwinds.
For students, families, and staff currently located at:
Pioneer at Holladay Park-Youngson and Head Start at Applegate
Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero updated the PPS Board of Education Tuesday on the status of the Pioneer Special School Program. The goal remains to expand the fullest possible continuum of services and supports. This includes dedicated special school campuses for Pioneer students AND a commitment to expand services and additional options at comprehensive school campuses over time and based on individual student need. The next step is to engage families and community members on how input can be provided as these plans move forward.
February 20, 2018
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Harriet Tubman community meeting at Martin Luther King Jr. School
February 28, 2018
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM Roseway Heights community meeting
Boundaries for the two middle schools, as well as the elementary schools that will send students to them, and the high schools to which they will move on, can be seen by clicking here:
Upcoming Community Engagement Events: