Greetings, Alliance High School @ Meek Community!
I'm thrilled to be back at Alliance High School as the permanent principal this year! Of course I wish we were able to be together as a school in person supporting all of you, but whatever our “reality” is for this school year, I know our Meek team will step up and support our students and our community in the best ways possible.
Welcome to Our New Staff Members:
Alison Lanigan is joining us from daVinci Arts Middle School as our half-time career education teacher. She will work closely with our Meek staff on project-based learning activities and designing career supports for our students.
We welcome back Alex Mayo, who is returning to us from his educational assistant position to a .5 Math Instructional Specialist. He will collaborate with our Math team to continue to support our students in creative and innovative ways to achieve math proficiency.
Halla Williams is returning to us as a .5 social worker supporting students at Meek. Halla completed her internship with Amy White, our current and returning social worker last year.
Mayra Escalera is our new Student Engagement Specialist.
We begin this school year unlike any other where we will educate our students through a fully online model that we are all quickly trying to learn. In the next few weeks, we will be reaching out to you to determine how best to meet your students’ educational and social emotional needs.
Please update your information in Parentvue and/or Studentvue so you can keep current on your student’s progress in school. If you are having issues, please email our secretary Christina Rilatt at email@example.com if your email or phone number need to be updated in our Synergy system.
Important Dates for the Next Few Weeks
Wednesday, October 21 - Tools to Build Your Furture - PPS Virtural Career Fair 10:00 AM - 3:20 PM
Friday, November 6 - No school (Teacher Plan Day)
November 23-24 - Parent, Studnet, Teacher Conferences - No School for Students
November 25-27 - Holiday Break - No School
You can find the latest information and resources by visiting pps.net/fall2020 .
Important, time-sensitive information will be shared through a number of channels, including both email and text messaging. If you have not already opted to receive texts from PPS Communications, you can do so by texting “Yes” or “Y” to 68453. Please note that PPS Communications uses text messaging on a limited basis.
Computer distribution will now happen through the school. If you have a device that is not
working, or need to pick one up, please email Ms. Green, student success advocate at
firstname.lastname@example.org so she can coordinate a pick-up plan. Also please email Ms. Green if you need internet access.
PPS Meal Distribution
Meal distribution has resumed at 36 sites across the district on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. A list of sites and additional information can be found at: https://www.pps.net/fall2020meals
TriMet Hop Card Passes
Hop passes will be available to enrolled students. If have not yet recieved your HOP card pass, or you need a replacement card, please contact Christina in the main school office at email@example.com for assistance.
PPS Facilities are Closed - PPS campuses are closed per state public health directives- this includes playgrounds and athletic fields.
This will be a school year like no other for sure. It is an opportunity for all of us to grow and learn as citizens, professionals and students. I look forward to the journey with you. Please let me know how I can support you and your student. You may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
We are making history in this time… our new normal!!
"Ms. Bonnie" Hobson
Dear PPS Families and Staff,
We want to update you on changes we have made to the Enrollment and Program Balancing proposal for Southeast Portland schools. The initial proposal (see a summary), drafted after months of Southeast Guiding Coalition meetings, was presented to the Board of Education at its January 12 meeting.
Graduation rates for the 2019-2020 academic year were released today with impressive results for Portland Public Schools, whose high school seniors achieved an 83.7% graduation rate, the highest since adopting a four-year cohort model in 2010 and slightly higher than the 2019-20 statewide rate of 82.6%.
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.