• Coronavirus update: Schools will be closed through April 28

    Under an executive order from Oregon Gov. Kate Brown in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Portland Public Schools and other districts in Oregon will be closed through April 28 More information and updates

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  • A Message from Superintendent

    Introducing PPS-HD: A Message from the Superintendent 

    April 2, 2020

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    Hello everyone, I hope that you are all staying positive and in good health.

    I wanted to send a quick message to our students, families, and to our entire dedicated PPS team, to give you an update on what we’ve been up to since Governor Kate Brown announced schools would be closed across the state of Oregon.

    These last few weeks, the world, the nation and our community finds itself confronting an unimaginable health crisis. My thoughts go out to all those who have been affected by this pandemic. For us as educators, our daily routines have been interrupted, our classrooms, gyms, hallways and even our playgrounds, are quiet and unoccupied, all done to protect our student’s health. And even though our physical doors remain closed, our core mission and responsibility to bring stability, care and engaged learning to all of our students is more imperative than ever before.
     
    Before I continue, I’d like to say a quick message to our Spanish-speaking students and families:

    Hola estudiantes y padres de familia, espero que estén bien y en buena salud. 

    Soy su superintendente, Guadalupe Guerrero. Quería tomar un segundo para mandarles saludos y compartirles un acontecimiento de lo que hemos hecho desde que la gobernadora nos indicó que cerremos las puertas de nuestras escuelas. 
     
    Todas nuestras vidas han sido interrumpidas, y nuestros salones están vacíos. Pero aunque nuestras puertas físicas siguen cerradas, nuestra responsabilidad de traer estabilidad, cuidado y educación a nuestros estudiantes es más importante que nunca.
     
    Gracias por confiar en nuestros maestros, directores y todo nuestro personal en este momento. Pueden encontrar información actualizada en Español visitando nuestra página de internet.

    All of our coronavirus-related updates and information can be found on our webpage in multiple languages.

    First, I want to send a special message to our students: We miss you. Your teachers, counselors and principals are working really hard to make sure you are still learning, wherever you may be at this time. We know that your school community is a second home, and while we can’t meet with you face-to-face at this time, we are going to try our best to make sure you can stay connected with your teachers and with many of your classmates, and that we keep you engaged in your learning. 

    Three weeks ago, with a deep sense of urgency and care for the safety of our students, and staff, we took decisive action to close schools and extend our Spring Break. Since then, the Governor has called for schools to be closed until at least April 28, 2020. 

    As an immediate step, we stood-up our Emergency Operations Center, which helps lead and address our most urgent needs. District leaders have continued collaborating in a daily taskforce to address all of the issues and concerns that emerge during this crisis, and to problem-solve and innovate solutions, working from home, as we adjust to this unfamiliar new normal.

    Our nutrition services have done the herculean task of standing up fifteen nutrition hubs across Portland, making sure that any of our students who need a nutritious meal or just miss the taste of school, can easily access them. To date, we’ve distributed over 46,000 meals. Thanks to the dedicated nutrition workers and school custodians, we will continue providing meals across our city every day, Monday to Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Visit pps.net/coronavirus to find the location nearest you.

    I am so thankful to our custodial staff who have remained busy during this closure working hard towards the goal of sanitizing and cleaning every one of our campuses.

    As a school district, we are a large organization which typically maintains a level of materials that are now critically needed by health care workers and first responders on the front line. PPS has gathered up and donated over 2,400 N95 masks, and also facilitated the access of PPE items for donation for PTAs. Channeling the spirit of innovation, two of our Roosevelt High School educators were granted permission to retrieve their school’s 3D printer to make face shields for frontline health care workers. 

    We have also opened up one of our elementary schools and have partnered with a child care provider so that the children of healthcare workers are taken care of and that they may continue the heroic work of saving lives. 

    Our business and philanthropic community have also been responsive to our calls, knowing that many of our families’ lives have been uprooted. Through a partnership with the nonprofit fundraising organization, The Fund for PPS, our generous friends at Lyft have made available ride credits for families in need so that they may visit a doctor or go to the grocery store.

    And I am happy to announce for the first time today that DoorDash has also agreed to partner with The Fund for PPS to deliver meals, tech devices and other learning material to students who have compromised immune systems or who lack the physical mobility to access any of our nutrition hubs. 

    Local businesses are also reaching out to support our families. Places like Pizzicato have generously donated pizza to families, and countless other local restaurants have opened their doors and have provided free meals to students. So, thank you.

    The Fund for PPS established a coronavirus relief fund, a rapid response fund for families to access financial support during this crisis. Please be on the lookout for an email from PPS Communications with more information on how families can get access to this and other services available.

    If you want to contribute to support our students and their families during this time, you can do so by texting the word GIVE (G - I - V - E) to 844-334-1540. You can also visit pps.net/coronavirus for a link to the Coronavirus Relief Fund effort. 

    I’ve long believed in the fundamental right to internet connectivity. Over 25 years ago, I was a young teacher introducing how technology can enrich classroom learning. In fact, my students and I were recognized and had the opportunity to present to then President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore on the power and potential of the world wide web, then a new idea.

    Because Internet access is especially critical at this time, The Fund for PPS, in partnership with our Office of Information Technology, are working to provide free wifi to any family in the Portland Public Schools who needs it. 

    Our IT team is also doing the massive task of retrieving tech devices so that any student who needs a computer at home will get one. Distribution started this Tuesday and so far, we’ve distributed close to 2,000 laptops and expect to distribute several thousand more.

    As I read the number of emails, social media posts and online parent forums, I hear how anxious you are to provide some stability to your students and begin scheduling a regular routine for learning to take place. Please know that our Teaching and Learning team, in partnership with our labor partners, are working around the clock to develop a home-based distance-learning experience, which we are referring to as PPS-HD for shorthand. It feels like our generation’s Apollo 13 moment, as we reimagine the educational model from one situated in a classroom, to one that promotes learning virtually, in an effort to remain connected to our students and to do our best to try and encourage a continued opportunity to learn from our educators. We ask for your patience as we transition a traditional brick and mortar school experience, to one that may take place online. 

    Upon returning from Spring Break, our teachers and principals have been busy working on getting familiar with various technology learning platforms and other strategies for engaging with students remotely. Please know teachers will begin reaching-out to and engaging with students this coming Monday, April 6. 

    I want to send a special thank you to our dedicated teachers and school leaders. These are unprecedented times and yet, without any reservation, you are exploring ways to be there for our students. Thank you. You are showing our students, our families and our community what it means to exemplify resiliency, adaptability, and being empathetic, caring and open to change – characteristics of our District’s Educator Essentials.

    We know that this transition and effort will not be perfect. The reality is that there are significant barriers and challenges to change our delivery model almost immediately and overnight. Stay tuned for more information from us on PPS-HD, our home-based distance-learning model.

    Like you, I never imagined we would be in this position. I am so proud of the collective team effort underway by teachers, counselors, principals, nutrition workers, central office staff and our senior leadership. Together, we are pioneering in a new reality for public education in Portland.  

    We know there are still a lot of questions. What does this extended school closure mean for seniors? What does this mean for high school credits? What about grades and assessing student learning? We hear you and like you, anxiously await official guidance from the Oregon Department of Education. We will share answers to these questions as soon as we receive this direction from the State.

    In less than 10 school days, with our teachers as essential partners, our teaching and learning team is creating a guide for students to access distance learning. This is the biggest experiment in the history of public education across the US. It will not be without its set of issues and obstacles along with equity and access issues. The educators of PPS are giving it their best shot to rise to this challenge.

    And as PPS-HD comes online, I remain in continuous communication with local, state and national leaders, continuing to advocate for our students and schools. 

    Unfortunately, we know that this health crisis is also going to have an economic impact on Oregon and K-12 public education. We anticipate that the financial forecast for PPS, and school districts across Oregon, is not looking good. In close partnership with the School Board, we will continue advocating for public school funding, and work together to pass a balanced budget for next year – though we will have many difficult decisions to make once we learn exactly what the full financial impact of this crisis will be on our school system. Please know that we are already instituting immediate cost-cutting measures in an aggressive attempt to preserve public resources. More on this topic later.

    There are a few things that this crisis has revealed to me: 

    In moments of crisis and despair, our communities rally together for each other. Our frontline health workers are sacrificing their lives to take care of others who need care. Our teachers are working hard to maintain a continuity of learning to our students while they are home. 

    And whether you are donating to support families, providing meals to our 50,000 students, or even staying home to help stop the spread, you too are doing your part to overcome this crisis.

    We got this. I know that we will get through this together. Be healthy. Thank you.


    Guadalupe Guerrero
    Superintendent
  • PPS High School Students: Chromebooks Available for Pick Up Thursday and Friday

    Dear PPS families,

    Any PPS high school student that is in need of a device can now go to any of the nine distribution sites this Thursday or Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to receive a chromebook. Even if you did not already fill out a device loan survey, you may still pick up a device at:

    • Benson High School - 546 NE 12th Ave
    • Cleveland High School - 3400 SE 26th Ave
    • Franklin High School - 5405 SE Woodward St
    • Grant High School - 2245 NE 36th Ave
    • Jefferson high School - 5210 N Kerby Ave
    • Madison High School @ Marshall Campus - 3905 SE 91st Ave
    • Roosevelt High School - 6941 N Central St
    • Wilson High School - 1151 SW Vermont St
    • PPS District Office - 501 N Dixon St

    PLEASE NOTE: These chromebooks are for loan and intended for students who do not otherwise have an internet-capable device at home.

    Students DO NOT need to be accompanied by a parent, nor will they be asked or required to complete a Device Loan Agreement. Students will need one of the following pieces of information to receive their device:

    1. A current school ID card OR;
    2. Picture ID and be able to provide their student ID # OR;
    3. Simply provide their student ID # to staff on site

    You will not be allowed to check out a device for a younger sibling, other family, or a friend. Families that have NOT completed the device request form for children in lower grades will not be able to retrieve devices for them when helping get their high school student a device. 

    Additionally, the collection of a device can only be done by the student, their parent/guardian, or a PPS administrator at this time. 

    We look forward to seeing you!

  • Dear Class of 2020

     

    Dear Class of 2020,

    It was only seven months ago that you conveneved as a class in the auditorium and we held our first Senior Assembly.  At that time we discussed how the Class of 2020 were now considered the leaders of our school and would serve as role models to the other grade levels. I challenged you to dream big and to be Franklin STRONG. I challenged you to hold yourselves and each other to the highest standard and to leave a legacy at Franklin High School that would never be forgotten. Throughout the year you answered my call repeatedly and demonstrated the compassion, creativity, engagement, and persistence that characterizes the Class of 2020.  None of us dreamed that things would look like this right now, but yet here we are.

    I know that today many of you are feeling stressed and maybe even anxious.  Senior year is difficult enough with trying to meet graduation requirements, applying to colleges and universities, planning for careers, and just pondering the next phase of your life. We all have questions about the immediate future - prom, graduation, end of the year traditions and celebrations, and everything else that comes with the final year of high school.  Rest assured that my continued support of the Class of 2020 is still one of my highest priorities. Your questions and concerns are being addressed and I will continue to do everything in my ability to advocate on your behalf and to try to provide you access to the promising and vibrant futures you all deserve.

    At this time there are still some uncertainties, and we are working hard with the State and our district to get answers.  What I do know of the Franklin community and the Class of 2020 is that together we can overcome anything, because we are Franklin STRONG.   

    I ask that you remain resilient, engaged, connected, and understanding as we all work hard to get through this together.

    Franklin STRONG,

    Principal Frazier

  • FHS List ServeHome Based Learning - Update #1

    Franklin Families and Staff,

    I trust that everyone is safe and had a restful extended break.  I am reaching out is an effort to provide clarity regarding expectations for staff and students this week.  I know there have been numerous communications and messages sent out from various sources including the national and local news media, State and Local elected officials, Portland Public Schools, Franklin Administration, and teachers that can be confusing and even potentially contradictory. We understand that communication is crucial and we want to do all that we can to update families and students on what to expect this week and moving forward.
    As was shared in PPS Chief of School Shawn Bird's email, PPS will be providing supplemental learning to students through a home based model, beginning next week April 6th, as directed by Governor Brown's Executive Order #20-08.  In order to prepare for this mandate the following is being required.
    March 30 - April 3
    Teachers /Staff-
    • PPS Teachers and staff will be participating in online professional development regarding online platforms such Google Classrooms, Google Hangouts, and Canvas.  
    • Teachers and Staff will also be receiving professional development on Digital Citizenship.  
    • Teachers and Staff will be reaching out to check in with students.
    • Staff will work with teachers to gather information on student needs.  We want to know what students need access to technology (device, internet access, or both) in preparation for next week.
    • *Some teachers may provide supplemental course work for students during this time.
    • Teachers will reach out to students sharing when and how they will conduct the required learning opportunities for next week.
    Students/Families -
    • Families are asked to ensure their child is using the PPS provided Gmail account. PPS Gmail will be the primary method that students will receive communication and notifications.
    • Students are asked to become familiar with Gmail. 
    • Students are also encouraged to continue to complete supplemental coursework that is being provided by their teachers or other resources.
    • Families are asked to continue to check their emails for district or building communications. 
    • Chromebook Distribution - Students in need of technology will be contacted by PPS IT Dept. either through email or phone call regarding when they can pick up their devices. 
    April 6 - April 28
    Teachers and Students -
    • Teachers will reach out to students sharing when and how they will conducting learning opportunities and supplemental course work
    • Home Based Learning will begin.
    General Updates and Reminders

    Social Distancing Expectations-
    I ask that we all continue to uphold the CDC and other medical experts advice of continuing with social distancing.  I ask that we make sure our students/children are doing so as well.  We've received reports that students are still holding sleepovers, exercising together, and demonstrating other at risk behaviors thus violating the 6 feet social distancing expectation.  I ask that you please reiterate the importance of this to our students, as we are getting calls and emails from parents and neighbors who are concerned about the overall health of our students and community.  We all can do our part.

    Nutritional Hubs-

    As we go into the third week of our schools being closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, we are pleased to be able to offer meals to our students again, starting Monday, March 30. As we did during the first week of school suspension, we are making sacks of breakfast and lunch available for pickup outside of 15 of our schools. In addition, seven of these sites will now include once-a-week food pantry services for families that need groceries and other items that we previously offered at PPS school SUN sites.

    The school sites will be open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. They are (food pantry sites noted by *, please click here to see days and times):

    • Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary - 620 N Fremont Ave
    • César Chávez Elementary - 5103 N Willis Blvd
    • George Middle School - 10000 N Burr Ave
    • Grout Elementary - 3119 SE Holgate Blvd
    • Harrison Park School - 2225 SE 87th Ave
    • *Lent School - 5105 SE 97th Ave
    • *Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary - 4906 NE 6th Ave
    • Rigler Elementary - 5401 NE Prescott St
    • *Rosa Parks Elementary - 8960 N Woolsey Ave
    • *Scott Elementary - 6700 NE Prescott St
    • *Sitton Elementary - 9930 N Smith St
    • *Woodmere Elementary - 7900 SE Duke St
    • Markham Elementary - 10531 SW Capitol Hwy
    • Madison at Marshall - 3905 SE 91st Ave
    • *Franklin High School - 5405 SE Woodward St

    Please note that consolidating food pantries into meal distribution sites means pantries are closed at previous locations, even those at schools that are serving as meal pickup locations. Pantries at Bridger, César Chávez, Harrison Park, Kelly, Lane, Madison at Marshall, Roosevelt and Woodlawn have been closed. Pantries offer food distribution from the Oregon Food Bank in conjunction with such community partners as the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, Latino Network, Portland Parks & Recreation, and Self Enhancement Inc. 

    The meal sites will also have learning packets available to pick up, and arts packets will become available early in the week. 

    I will continue to keep us all updated regarding further details.  I know many of you have additional questions related to other matters and how some of this impacts you and/or your child.  During this time your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated.  More information will continue to be forthcoming as details are finalized from either the State of Oregon, Oregon Department of Education(ODE), or PPS.  As you can imagine there will certainly be changes to our expectations and practices for students and teachers moving forward under these circumstances. 
    Thanks for your continued support and commitment to our school community.

    Franklin STRONG,

    Chris Frazier
    Pronouns: he/him
    Principal
    Franklin High School
    5405 SE Woodward
    Portland, OR 97206
    (503)916-5140 x84340 

Principal's
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    Franklin Families and Staff,

    I trust that everyone is safe and had a restful extended break.  I am reaching out is an effort to provide clarity regarding expectations for staff and students this week.  I know there have been numerous communications and messages sent out from various sources including the national and local news media, State and Local elected officials, Portland Public Schools, Franklin Administration, and teachers that can be confusing and even potentially contradictory. We understand that communication is crucial and we want to do all that we can to update families and students on what to expect this week and moving forward.

    As was shared in PPS Chief of School Shawn Bird's email, PPS will be providing supplemental learning to students through a home based model, beginning next week April 6th, as directed by Governor Brown's Executive Order #20-08.  In order to prepare for this mandate the following is being required.

    March 30 - April 3

    Teachers /Staff-

    • PPS Teachers and staff will be participating in online professional development regarding online platforms such Google Classrooms, Google Hangouts, and Canvas.  
    • Teachers and Staff will also be receiving professional development on Digital Citizenship.  
    • Teachers and Staff will be reaching out to check in with students.
    • Staff will work with teachers to gather information on student needs.  We want to know what students need access to technology (device, internet access, or both) in preparation for next week.
    • *Some teachers may provide supplemental course work for students during this time.
    • Teachers will reach out to students sharing when and how they will conduct the required learning opportunities for next week.

    Students/Families -

    • Families are asked to ensure their child is using the PPS provided Gmail account. PPS Gmail will be the primary method that students will receive communication and notifications.
    • Students are asked to become familiar with Gmail. 
    • Students are also encouraged to continue to complete supplemental coursework that is being provided by their teachers or other resources.
    • Families are asked to continue to check their emails for district or building communications. 
    • Chromebook Distribution - Students in need of technology will be contacted by PPS IT Dept. either through email or phone call regarding when they can pick up their devices. 

    April 6 - April 28

    Teachers and Students -

    • Teachers will reach out to students sharing when and how they will conducting learning opportunities and supplemental course work
    • Home Based Learning will begin.

    General Updates and Reminders

    Social Distancing Expectations-

    I ask that we all continue to uphold the CDC and other medical experts advice of continuing with social distancing.  I ask that we make sure our students/children are doing so as well.  We've received reports that students are still holding sleepovers, exercising together, and demonstrating other at risk behaviors thus violating the 6 feet social distancing expectation.  I ask that you please reiterate the importance of this to our students, as we are getting calls and emails from parents and neighbors who are concerned about the overall health of our students and community.  We all can do our part.

    Nutritional Hubs-

    As we go into the third week of our schools being closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, we are pleased to be able to offer meals to our students again, starting Monday, March 30. As we did during the first week of school suspension, we are making sacks of breakfast and lunch available for pickup outside of 15 of our schools. In addition, seven of these sites will now include once-a-week food pantry services for families that need groceries and other items that we previously offered at PPS school SUN sites.

    The school sites will be open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. They are (food pantry sites noted by *, please click here to see days and times):

    • Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary - 620 N Fremont Ave
    • César Chávez Elementary - 5103 N Willis Blvd
    • George Middle School - 10000 N Burr Ave
    • Grout Elementary - 3119 SE Holgate Blvd
    • Harrison Park School - 2225 SE 87th Ave
    • *Lent School - 5105 SE 97th Ave
    • *Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary - 4906 NE 6th Ave
    • Rigler Elementary - 5401 NE Prescott St
    • *Rosa Parks Elementary - 8960 N Woolsey Ave
    • *Scott Elementary - 6700 NE Prescott St
    • *Sitton Elementary - 9930 N Smith St
    • *Woodmere Elementary - 7900 SE Duke St
    • Markham Elementary - 10531 SW Capitol Hwy
    • Madison at Marshall - 3905 SE 91st Ave
    • *Franklin High School - 5405 SE Woodward St

    Please note that consolidating food pantries into meal distribution sites means pantries are closed at previous locations, even those at schools that are serving as meal pickup locations. Pantries at Bridger, César Chávez, Harrison Park, Kelly, Lane, Madison at Marshall, Roosevelt and Woodlawn have been closed. Pantries offer food distribution from the Oregon Food Bank in conjunction with such community partners as the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, Latino Network, Portland Parks & Recreation, and Self Enhancement Inc. 

    The meal sites will also have learning packets available to pick up, and arts packets will become available early in the week. 

    I will continue to keep us all updated regarding further details.  I know many of you have additional questions related to other matters and how some of this impacts you and/or your child.  During this time your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated.  More information will continue to be forthcoming as details are finalized from either the State of Oregon, Oregon Department of Education(ODE), or PPS.  As you can imagine there will certainly be changes to our expectations and practices for students and teachers moving forward under these circumstances. 

    Thanks for your continued support and commitment to our school community.

    Franklin STRONG,

    Chris Frazier,

    Principal

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  • Class of 2020

    Dear Class of 2020,

    It was only seven months ago that you convened as a class in the auditorium and we held our first Senior Assembly.  At that time we discussed how the Class of 2020 were now considered the leaders of our school and would serve as role models to the other grade levels. I challenged you to dream big and to be Franklin STRONG. I challenged you to hold yourselves and each other to the highest standard and to leave a legacy at Franklin High School that would never be forgotten. Throughout the year you answered my call repeatedly and demonstrated the compassion, creativity, engagement, and persistence that characterizes the Class of 2020.  None of us dreamed that things would look like this right now, but yet here we are.

    I know that today many of you are feeling stressed and maybe even anxious.  Senior year is difficult enough with trying to meet graduation requirements, applying to colleges and universities, planning for careers, and just pondering the next phase of your life. We all have questions about the immediate future - prom, graduation, end of the year traditions and celebrations, and everything else that comes with the final year of high school.  Rest assured that my continued support of the Class of 2020 is still one of my highest priorities. Your questions and concerns are being addressed and I will continue to do everything in my ability to advocate on your behalf and to try to provide you access to the promising and vibrant futures you all deserve.

    At this time there are still some uncertainties, and we are working hard with the State and our district to get answers.  What I do know of the Franklin community and the Class of 2020 is that together we can overcome anything, because we are Franklin STRONG.   

    I ask that you remain resilient, engaged, connected, and understanding as we all work hard to get through this together.

    Franklin STRONG,

    Principal Frazier

  • 60-Day Rule Meeting

    60-Day Rule Meeting will be held on March 31, 2020

    during 2nd Period (9:39 - 11:00am) in the Auditorium
    This is a Mandatory Meeting for Graduates of 2020.
    Jostens will distribute graduation orders in the lobby of
    the auditorium after the meeting.
  • Josten's Graduation Information

    Jostens

    Our web address is www.jostens.com

  • All Night Grad Party

    Below is the link to pay for the All Night Grad Party!   

    $50 

    https://www.schoolpay.com/pay/for/Grad-Night/ScFxTWW

    $35- Free and reduced

    https://www.schoolpay.com/pay/for/Reduced-Grad-Night/SdVAfBr

  • 2020 Commencement

     Graduation
    Class of 2020 Commencement 
     Tuesday, June 9th
     5:30-7:00pm
     Veteran's Memorial Coliseum

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