George Middle School

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10000 N Burr AvePortland, OR 97203Ph 503-916-6262Fx 503-916-2627

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  • Black Family Meeting

    On Thursday, September 17th from 5:30-6:30pm, George MS will hold a virtual space for Black Families to gather, meet each other, and will be a space where people can ask questions or share concerns they have about the school year. 
    *We also want to be mindful and acknowledge everything that is going on right now with Black Lives Matter, Protests, Fires/air quality, and stress with distance learning and we are here to listen and support you. 
    Please connect with us using the Google Meet meet.google.com/rtv-idzv-xcu
  • Distance Learning Schedule

    On Monday we start our Distance Learning Schedule. We can't wait to see in class at 11:00am.

    El lunes comenzamos nuestro horario de aprendizaje a distancia. No podemos esperar a ver en clase a las 11:00am.
     
     
  • Latino Café at George School

    Cafe Latina Virtual Meeting 

                               !We Ride with Pride!                                             ¡Cabalgamos con Orgullo!

     George MS  Family and  Community  Please Join us to our first Cafe Latina Virtual Meeting

    Familias y Comunidad de Escuela George Le invitamos a Nuestra Primera Reunión de Café Latina Virtual

                    When: September 16, 2020                                          Cuando: Septiembre 16, 2020

                   Time:5:30 p.m. to 6:30 pm                                            Hora: 5:30 to 6:30pm

    Questions? Reach us at (503) 916-6262

     meet.google.com/gkc-mhso-fcn

  • Important Information for Parents and Students/Información Importante

     How do I help my student log into Clever?

    Como ayudo a mi estudiante  para iniciar en Clever?
     
     
    Short videos to help your child log in to the three district learning platforms.
    Videos cortos para ayudar a su hijo/a a usar las tres diferentes plataformas de aprendizaje.
     
    For more information visit the School District Website 
    Para mas Información visite the School District Website 
     
     

Principal's
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    Dear George Families, 

     

    I began my career in Portland Public Schools as a George teacher, I always hoped I would return someday and I am thrilled to be returning as your principal. While these are uncertain times, this is truly a dream job for me and I am excited that we are on this journey together. 

     

    When we walked out the door of our schools on March 13th few of us--students, teachers, or families, imagined that we would be continuing a virtual school experience in the fall. I know that we are all sad that we will be unable to see each other in person everyday and are also grateful that the health and safety of our community is at the forefront of the decision to remain online. 

     

    The first two weeks of school will be designed to ease into our virtual start of the school year. Our teachers will focus on creating online classroom learning communities grounded in social emotional learning and racial equity conversations. We are also adding two new positions to our George staff to support the social and emotional needs of our students. Samara Bockelman from Sitton will be joining our counseling team and we will be adding a school social worker as well. This soft start will also give us time to make sure our online learning systems are working and that we all-teachers, students and families, have time to get comfortable with the digital tools. 

     

    In addition to those key social and emotional supports for students we are still in the process of hiring an assistant principal. Finding the right candidate for this role has been a long but worthwhile process and I am hoping to have an announcement about that soon. This is also a building year for two new George programs. We are so glad to have rising Spanish Dual Language Immersion classes coming to us from Sitton and James John. We are currently in the process of finding the right teacher to help us ensure a strong foundation for our George DLI. Finally, we are expanding visual and performing arts to include drama and are welcoming drama teacher, Virginia Yost to help create a pathway for the excellent drama program that our students will be able to access at Roosevelt. 

     

    I know we are all anxious to have a better understanding of the daily schedule for this fall. Middle schools across PPS are working together to create some common expectations to ensure that all students receive a similar educational experience regardless of their school site. Those plans should be released soon and then we will be able to provide more specific information for George students and families. 

     

    While we are away from the school building this fall, it will still be important for us to find ways to connect as a community. As your principal, I am excited to find new ways to engage with everyone and to work together to create a school community that is guided by the vision that our students will become compassionate critical thinkers, able to collaborate and solve problems, and be prepared to lead a more socially just world.

     

    With Gratitude, 

     

    Amy Whitney

     

    Estimadas familias de George,

     

    Comencé mi carrera en las Escuelas Públicas de Portland como maestra en George, siempre esperé regresar algún día y estoy emocionado de regresar como su directora. Si bien estos son tiempos inciertos, este es realmente un trabajo de ensueño para mí y estoy emocionada de que estemos juntos en este viaje.

     

    Cuando salimos por la puerta de nuestras escuelas el 13 de marzo, pocos de nosotros, estudiantes, maestros o familias, imaginamos que continuaríamos una experiencia escolar virtual en el otoño. Sé que todos estamos tristes por no poder vernos en persona todos los días y también estamos agradecidos de que la salud y la seguridad de nuestra comunidad estén a la vanguardia de la decisión de permanecer en línea.

     

    Las primeras dos semanas de clases estarán diseñadas para facilitar nuestro inicio virtual del año escolar. Nuestros maestros se enfocarán en crear comunidades de aprendizaje en el salón de clases en línea basadas en el aprendizaje socioemocional y las conversaciones de equidad racial. También estamos agregando dos nuevos puestos a nuestro personal de George para apoyar las necesidades sociales y emocionales de nuestros estudiantes. Samara Bockelman de Sitton se unirá a nuestro equipo de consejería y también agregaremos una trabajadora social escolar. Este comienzo suave también nos dará tiempo para asegurarnos de que nuestros sistemas de aprendizaje en línea estén funcionando y que todos, maestros, estudiantes y familias, tengamos tiempo para sentirnos cómodos con las herramientas digitales.

     

    Además de esos apoyos sociales y emocionales clave para los estudiantes, todavía estamos en el proceso de contratar a un subdirector. Encontrar al candidato adecuado para este puesto ha sido un proceso largo pero valioso y espero tener un anuncio al respecto pronto. Este también es un año de construcción para dos nuevos programas en George. Estamos muy contentos de tener cada vez más clases de inmersión en dos idiomas en español de Sitton y James John. Actualmente estamos en el proceso de encontrar el maestro adecuado para ayudarnos a asegurar una base sólida para nuestro George DLI. Finalmente, estamos expandiendo las artes visuales y escénicas para incluir teatro y damos la bienvenida a la maestra de teatro, Virginia Yost, para ayudar a crear un camino para el excelente programa de teatro al que nuestros estudiantes podrán acceder en Roosevelt.

     

    Sé que todos estamos ansiosos por comprender mejor el programa diario de este otoño. Las escuelas intermedias de PPS están trabajando juntas para crear algunas expectativas comunes para garantizar que todos los estudiantes reciban una experiencia educativa similar independientemente de su escuela. Esos planes deberían publicarse pronto y luego podremos brindar información más específica para los estudiantes y las familias de George.

     

    Mientras estemos lejos del edificio de la escuela este otoño, todavía será importante para nosotros encontrar formas de conectarnos como comunidad. Como su directora, estoy emocionada de encontrar nuevas formas de involucrarme con todos y trabajar juntos para crear una comunidad escolar que se guíe por la visión de que nuestros estudiantes se convertirán en pensadores críticos compasivos, capaces de colaborar y resolver problemas, y estar preparados para liderar un mundo socialmente más justo.

     

    Con gratitud,

     

    Amy Whitney


     

District News

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  • Update on Enrollment and Program Balancing

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    Dear PPS Families,

    We want to update you on our progress on the Enrollment and Program Balancing project we have undertaken. As we have previously announced, our initial work is focused on schools in Southeast Portland in advance of the reopening of Kellogg Middle School.

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  • Important Update Regarding MAP Assessments

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    Dear PPS Families,
    Whether in more typical circumstances or during our current Comprehensive Distance Learning mode, it’s important for our educators to have the best possible understanding of their students’ learning needs (this is one of the reasons we began the school year with our soft start, which prioritized student-teacher connections). One of the tools PPS uses to help teachers with that understanding is the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. 
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  • Clarifying Expectations for Middle School Instruction

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    Dear PPS Middle School Families,

    We apologize for the confusion many students and families are feeling with regard to middle school schedules and expectations for distance learning instruction. We have worked with educators and administrators throughout this week to come to a more clear understanding related to middle school learning experience, and want to make sure you know what to expect as well.

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  • MAP Assessments for PPS Students: September 28-October 23

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    Dear PPS Parents and Guardians,

    As we welcome students back to the new school year, an important step for teachers is to understand your student’s most essential learning needs. To collect this valuable information, students will take Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments. The MAP assessment is a low stakes test – this means that the results are not used for grading students or for school accountability purposes. 

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