Capitol Hill School

A Great Place to Grow

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    It’s hard to believe, but we are down to the last, busy, four days of school. I’d like to start by thanking you all for entrusting us with your child’s education. I feel certain I can speak for us all, when I say that we love our students and so appreciate having them here. I would also like to thank our teachers and support staff. They are all amazing and work hard care for our students and to provide interesting and engaging work. I also thank you, parents and community, for  your support throughout the year. It takes all of us working together to provide our students with an excellent education.


    This week we will have a Kindergarten Promotion (Tuesday), as well as promoting our 5th Graders. It’s an opportunity for us all to reflect upon where we’ve been and where we are headed. Kindergartners have adjusted to being in school, while our 5th graders are prepared to go on, only to begin their transition into Middle School. The truth is, however, as students finish one grade, they will all feel a bit apprehensive and excited as they look forward to the next.


    As we look to next year, I am hopeful that we will be able to gather more parent input through a more active Site Council which typically consists of both parents and staff. In the fall, I will ask for parent volunteers to serve on the Council. We will meet once a month and members will have opportunity to provide input and better understand the programs and projects we are working on as a school. Please consider whether this would be something you’d be interested in doing. More information as to when we will meet etc., will be communicated in the fall.


    Next year, we will dig further into our PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention System) work. In the next phase we will push to have more involvement from parents, as our work evolves around systems in the school that serve to grow positive behavior from all students. We will also continue our work on using Restorative Justice processes with our students in order to deal with conflict in an increasingly positive way.


     As we close out the year, I’d like to publicly thank Vermont Hills for their work this year. They have done much to serve our community. There is no longer a “wait list” for after school care, morning care is available, and they will operate their summer program here at Capitol Hill. I really appreciate their willingness to change their “Use of Building” time to 2:30, so that we could once again, allow parents to be on the playground until 2:30. (I welcome feedback on how that is working. As long as we keep families separate from bus riders, it should be workable.)


     Finally, I want to let you know again that as we end the year, our staffing looks good for the fall. At this time, we are staffed for 3 sections at every grade except 5th, which will have two. We will continue to have a complete program of PE, Art, and Library, as well as the support of Special Ed. We are not scheduled to have any blended classrooms.  


     Again, thank you for your continued support. It’s been a crazy year with snow days, etc. but we’ve made it through. Please feel free to come to me with any questions, concerns and/or suggestions. Your involvement helps to make Capitol Hill a Great Place to Grow.


    Have a wonderful summer break!


    Sincerely, Principal Williams


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  • Superintendent recruitment update: Candidate recommendations requested, potential interviews to be scheduled

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    Dear PPS staff and families,

    Summer has started, but we want to let you know that the PPS Task Force on the Superintendent Recruitment is continuing to meet on a regular basis and work is happening daily to advance our efforts to find and recruit our next superintendent. We have a final position description and are still actively recruiting candidates.  We appreciate the feedback and candidate recommendations we have received from the community to date.  Below are highlights of our last meeting. We will keep you informed as we go forward. Thank you.

    Julia Brim-Edwards, Chair, Superintendent Recruitment Task Force

  • PPS celebrates SEI and Oregon Seal of Bi-Literacy

    SEI and Oregon Seal of Bi-Literacy awardees were honored at the June 13 Board meeting. PPS celebrated 13 years of partnership with Self Enhancement Inc. (SEI) Academy. Libra Forde, SEI Chief Operating Officer, Timothy Rodgers, SEI Academy Principal, and Linda Harris, 2006-2010 SEI principal, were presented with plaques honoring this partnership. SEI Academy was named a model school by the Oregon Department of Education in 2013 and 2014.
  • Summer facilities work update

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    Dear PPS Families,

    Over the summer, crews will be working in schools throughout the district to address health and safety issues, using funds from the bond that voters approved in May. At the same time, planning is under way for bigger projects to rebuild three high schools and a middle school. We wanted to give you an update on what is coming up. 

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