• Attendance: Parents/guardians can contact the attendance secretary via email: franklinattend@pps.net or at 503-916-3543 to report any absences.
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  • Back-to-School Prep Days

    June 23, 2024


    Back-to-School (BTS) Prep Days, formerly known as Registration, are days set aside for students in each grade to come to campus to take care of the following business before classes start:

    • Get their photo taken for their ID card & the yearbook
    • Get their ID card, which also serves as a Tri-Met Hop Pass
    • Get a paper copy of their classes
    • Pick up a Chromebook if they need one
    • Pay class contributions & fees
    • Pre-order the yearbook
    • Return library books from FHS or other schools


    BTS Prep Days Schedule

    Monday, August 19th, 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00-3:30pm: Freshmen and Seniors

    Tuesday, August 20th, 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00-3:30pm: Sophomores and Juniors

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  • Picture Day/ID Cards

    June 23, 2024


    During BTS Prep Days, every student will get their photo taken for their ID card and for the yearbook. You will have an opportunity to order prints if you wish. Students who do not attend BTS Prep Days will get their photo taken during the school day on Tuesday, September 3rd. Retakes for students who are unhappy with their yearbook photo will be on Wednesday, October 16th. ID cards will NOT be reprinted on October 16th.

    If your student does not attend BTS Prep Days, they should be prepared to NOT have an ID card or Tri-Met Hop Pass until Tuesday, September 3rd.

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  • Summer Volunteer Opportunities

    June 14, 2024


    We hope all of our families have a safe and fun summer break. If you find yourself in town with a bit of free time, please consider signing up to help with any of the following activities:

    • Packet Stuffing on Tuesday, July 30th and Wednesday, June 31st (new dates!)
    • Back-to-School Prep Days on Monday, August 19th and Tuesday, August 20th
    • Welcoming Our Freshman Class on Tuesday, August 27th

    Details about each of these can be found on the PTSA's summer volunteer sign-up.

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  • Chromebook Summer Use

    June 7, 2024


    Students were issued a PPS 1:1 Chromebook device and charging cable. This device and charging cable are theirs to use for the duration of their high school years at Franklin. Now that the school year is ending, students will take their Chromebook and charger home for the summer.

    Please check with your student to confirm they have their PPS chromebook and charger. Families are financially responsible for replacement costs. Chromebooks are $515 (includes charger), Chargers only are $12.

    Please complete this form by Wednesday, June 12th so we can track the loaner chromebooks. Please only complete one form per student.

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District News

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  • McDaniel Junior Takes Top Honors in State Solo Music Contest

    When Beckham Weatherby picks up his tuba, the rest of the world falls away. 

    “I don’t get that nervous and I don’t get stage fright at all,” he said. “I guess I got lucky with how my body reacts to performing in front of crowds.”

    Which is something the McDaniel High School junior has done quite a bit of lately. Not only is he a member of the prestigious Portland Youth Philharmonic (PYP) and the PYP conservatory orchestra, but he recently earned first prize in the tuba solo performance category at the Oregon State Solo Music Championships.

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  • Bon Voyage, Miss Ellie: Teacher Retires After 50 Years at PPS

    Miss Ellie helps students hold a chick.

    The first things you notice when you walk into Ellie Jensen’s classroom at Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary School are peace and warmth. Then you hear the laughter of children. Then you just might see two posters hanging on the walls that tell you a great deal about the kind of teacher she has been for the past 50 years. The posters simply say, “Leave a little sparkle wherever you go” and “Be a friend.”

    Jensen, known as “Miss Ellie” to the hundreds of students she has taught in her half a century as a Portland Public Schools educator, can’t help but light up a room. And she is a friend to all children. 

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  • Food Pantry Gets a Makeover, Courtesy of McDaniel’s CTE Art Students

    We dare you to drive by the Mainspring Food Pantry on the corner of 82nd Avenue and Fremont and not do a double take. Or a triple take. 

    Students from McDaniel High School’s art-focused Career Technical Education (CTE) class have spent the last four weeks turning the exterior walls of the pantry into one, huge, joyful mural as part of the course’s exploration of climate justice and community engagement.

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  • Earthstock Brings the Joy to the Crystal Ballroom

     Two students dance at Earthstock 2024.

    A little over 30 years ago, a Madison High School student named Joseph Janson had a simple wish. He wanted to go to a dance. But nothing was simple for Joseph, who was born with Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy and was confined to a wheelchair. 

    He confided his wish to Tony Nitz, who at that time was an educational assistant at Madison (now Leodis V. McDaniel High School). Tony had been working one-on-one with Joseph for months and he immediately went about making the young man’s dream come true.

    “The truth is, I would have done anything for Joseph,” Nitz said. “He was a unique person, and we had a very special bond.”

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