• Online-Only Classes Will Continue Until At Least January 28

    Following state guidelines on coronavirus data, PPS will stay with Comprehensive Distance Learning through the second quarter. More information

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  • 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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  • 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
  • Online Open House and Contacts for Prospective ACCESS Applicants

    Want to learn more about applying to ACCESS Academy? Check out this online presentation. You can also contact access.pta.outreach@gmail.com to connect with current ACCESS families and students to learn about their experience at ACCESS. 
  • 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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  • 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.


    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
    • 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
    • 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

  • November 6, 2020

    Good Morning and Happy Friday!

    Monday, November 9th is my next scheduled Principal Chat @ 3:00pm. We will chat about the end of quarter 1 and upcoming parent-teacher conferences. 

    All staff and parents/family/guardians are welcome to participate! Please join me!

    Be well,


  • October 23, 2020

    here are some fun fall happenings going on at ACCESS in lieu of our infamous haunted house! 

    1) Staff and Students are putting together a Fall Spirit Week for all students the week of October 26th - October 30th! During this week students will get to show up to virtual classes dressed as the theme for that day! The themes are as follows: 

    • Monday: Pajama Day 
    • Tuesday: Tacky/ Backwards clothing day
    • Wednesday: Rainbow Day 
    • Thursday:  Halloween Costume Day 
    • Friday: Masquerade Day (where your mask you made in art class or another masquerade like mask)

    Link to Slide! 

    2) The middle school students are also creating an Horror Art Show google site for students that will showcase original short stories, images, music, films etc created by our talented students! The link to the google site is still under construction, but will be up and running on Friday to view at yours and student convenience! (link to come!)

    ** If your child is a 6th-8th grader and would like to still submit an original piece of art, music, film, sculpture, image, etc. for the horror show, submissions are due this Friday the 22nd. You can submit your project here.  We are looking forward to seeing some amazing themed outfits and spooky art submissions! 

    3) Mr. Houser, Mrs. Ricketson and some students are also working to create a fun "Virtual Haunted House" for our elementary students! This will include student submissions of original photos, stories, art pieces, films etc and teacher found items students will be able to interact with!  We will also be showcasing some student material  Friday during our elementary showcase from 11:45-12:15. (Google meet code: accessstudentshowcase)

    4) LASTLY, Mrs. Szok, our amazing art teacher, has been working with students to create masquerade masks at home! We will be putting together a slideshow students will watch during their morning meeting (elementary school) and Advisory (middle school) on Friday Morning in their classrooms. IF your child wants to submit their mask photo (they can choose whether they want to be in it or not) to be in the slideshow, please have them submit a photo to their Art classroom Mask Assignment tab in their Seesaw or Canvas platform!

    So looking forward to our amazing week together! Go ATOMS! Thank you from the ACCESS Spirit Week Team!


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