Franklin High School

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5405 SE Woodward StPortland, OR 97206Ph 503-916-5140Fx 503-916-2694

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  • 2018-19 Announcements

    2018-19 Announcements from Mr. Frazier-Incoming Principal of Franklin High school

    To round out the FHS Administrative Team for the 2018-19 school year we would like to welcome Vice Principal Alfredo Quintero and Vice Principal Scott Burns.  Mr. Quintero and Mr. Burns, will be joining Vice Principal Emily Mather and Principal Mr. Frazier as Franklin’s Administrative Team.


    Vice Principal Alfredo Quintero Bio-

    Alfredo Quintero has spent the past three year as one of three Vice Principals at Lincoln High School.  Some of his responsibilities include: Academic Support, Attendance, CAP, CARE Team, Compliance Issues, Community Liaison, Discipline, Drug and Alcohol Intervention Services, Equity, Evening Supervision, FLEX Attendance & Policies, Locker Supervision, Health Services and Immunization, Minority Student Support, Professional Development, School Police Liaison, Staff Supervision & Evaluation, State Accreditations/Assessment, Student Staffing, Student Support Team, Student Transfers, Testing (PSAT, ACT, SBAC), and Withdrawals. 


    Alfredo was raised in Southern California, Palm Springs area, where he grew up playing basketball, tennis and riding mountain bikes.  In high school and throughout college he discovered a real passion for hiking, backpacking and fishing. As an avid outdoor enthusiast, this led him to work on a trail crew for six months in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  It was this experience that naturally drew him to study Environmental Science at UC Davis and work for the Department of Water Resources in California.


    He then moved to Portland to pursue a career in Urban Planning where, early on, he started working with gang involved youth.  This led him to change direction and focus on becoming an educator.  Alfredo earned a Master of Arts in Teaching at Concordia University and moved to Baltimore where he taught middle and high school Mathematics for several years.  He also earned his Administration Certificate at Johns Hopkins University. 


    After returning to Portland to raise his family, he joined Portland Public Schools as an Administrator.


    Let us welcome Vice Principal Alfredo Quintero to our community.


    Vice Principal Scott Burns Bio-


    Scott Burns dedicated the last sixteen years to Cleveland High School in service of students, families and staff where he currently is the Dean of Students.  Mr. Burns was a teacher-leader in Cleveland’s science department teaching biology, International Baccalaureate biology, forensics, biotechnology, astronomy, and geology.  In addition, he helped lead Cleveland’s Equity and School Climate work and the School Attendance Resource Team.  Mr. Burns also held the positions of School Technology Coordinator and Science Department Facilitator and Liaison to the district.  He founded Cleveland Boys Lacrosse and acted as coach, manager, and Board President. 


    Mr. Burns obtained his administrative license through Portland State University in conjunction with the Chalkboard Project’s “Leading for Learning” focusing on equitable curriculum and pedagogy.  He holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Lewis and Clark College and a Bachelor of Science in Biology focusing on botany and microbiology from the University of Montana.  His work in Oregon began as a volunteer naturalist with Metro at Oxbow Regional Park by teaching students how to track animals and identify plants.


    Born and raised in northeast Philadelphia, Mr. Burns attended St. Michael K-8 school and graduated from Bishop Egan High School.  The West however, is where he has become passionate about live music, canoeing, plants, the Portland Thorns, and using science as a way of knowing.  He is a dedicated husband and father of two school-age daughters.


    Mr. Burns’ mission is to create meaningful, trusting relationships with the Franklin Community in order to further long-held traditions and promote any needed change with the goal of helping every student, every day, realize and reach their potential; inspiring within them a desire for lifelong learning so they, too, can be agents of change.


    Let us welcome Vice Principal Scott Burns to our community.


    New Staff welcomed to our community include:

    Maleka Allen – Counselor (.5 Chapman), Tearale Triplett – 1.0 Counselor (New), Javier Huerta – 1.0 Counselor (New), Nick Johnson – 1.0 Climate Specialist/Dean, Andrew Clark – 1.0 ISC SPED, Laura Valent – 1.0 Spanish (New), Ellen McCarthy – .5 ESL (New), Megan Humphreys – 1.0 LA  (New), Aubin Knowlton – 1.0 LA  (New), Yoshio Drescher – 1.0 LA  (New),Jordon Souza – 1.0 LA  (New), Brian Halberg – SS (New, Ruby Disko – 1.0 Chem/Physics (New), Beth Bundy - .5 Art (New), Elizabeth Harvey – .5 Culinary Arts (New), Colin Virshup - .5 Math (New), Sonya Harvey – 1.0 Business Manager (Matthews), Scott Burns – VP (Frazier), Alfredo Quintero – (Joule), and Chris Frazier-Principal (Valder)


    Please welcome these new staff to our community.


    Still to hire: TBD – 1.0 Biology (Ghodsi), TBD - .5 Dance (New), TBD – .5 Book Clerk (New), TBD – 1.0 LC SPED (New),TBD – 1.0 Study Hall (New), TBD - .5 ESL Temp (Smith-Leave), TBD – 1.0 Counseling Secretary/VP, Secretary (Williams)


    Looking at a busy summer!




    Dearest Community,

    It is with bittersweet feelings that I write this last Principal’s bulletin.  After serving 30 years in PPS, and the most amazing 4 years as your principal, I will be retiring.   Franklin has given me so much to be thankful for.  The opportunity to work with such extraordinary students, amazing teachers, exemplary support staff and a community whose focus is to support schools and their children. I could not have asked for a better way to end my career.  It has been a fantastic experience.  Words fail me for how much I will miss this community but know you are in great hands with Mr. Frazier at the helm.  Don’t be surprised if I don’t run into you in the neighborhood or at an event next year!

    Thank you again for this opportunity to serve you. 

    Juanita Valder

    Retiring Principal of PPS


    Highlights This week:

    • Schedules will be sent in the mail over the summer.  We still have some work to do.  Hopefully we will have them sooner. The latest will be in packets at the first of August.
    • Finals went smoothly and grades should be out within a week.
    • Summer Office Hours: 9 am to 3 pm.  Secretaries our off on June 22nd and only Admin and one secretary are available during the summer months minus vacations.  If you need something realize we may or may not be able to accommodate. 
    • Summer programs will be running in the building this summer.
    • Commencement was an exciting and amazing Night.  So proud of our students! Thanks to all our choir and bands for an outstanding job. 
    • At the Art Institute of Portland held a high school exhibition featuring some of our Franklin photographers.  Featured photographers are Fatheya Adan, Max Berger, Kimberly Dessou, Iris Farnum, Tyler Mapes, Sam Oeding, Olivia Rohman and Sabrina Sam. Congratulations.
    • Staff who are retiring this year are: Leila Ghodsi-Science Teacher, Dorene Williams-Secretary, John Poon-Community Outreach, and Steve Matthews-Business Manager.

    Staff moving on to new locations or positions are:  Garret Chong-Sped Teacher, Greg Heppner-Science Teacher, Kathy Starlyn-Secretary and Dennis Joule-Vice Principal.

    We will definitely miss them all and thank them for the commitment and contributions to our school.



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  • 2018 Commencement

    PPS graduation ceremony DVDs can be purchased for $20.00 per copy. Please send checks or money orders to TV Services, 501 N. Dixon St., Portland OR 97227. Checks should be made out to TV Services and please be sure to include your return address and phone number and indicate which year and which school's ceremony you wish to receive. Return postage is covered by PPS. 

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