Laurelhurst School

School Grade Levels: K-8

840 NE 41st Ave.Portland, OR 97232Ph 503-916-6210Fx 503-916-2649

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  • Winter MAP Testing Information

    Attached you will find information on how to read your 3rd through 8th grade student's MAP report that was sent home with report cards.


    MAP Report for Families

  • Counselor Coffee Conversation on Friday, 3/1 @ 9:15am

    Chelsea LaValley (K-4 Counselor) and Andrea Bloch (5-8 Counselor) are hosting a family coffee to offer information and guidance for supporting their students in (or potentially in) the LGBTQ+ community. With gender identity and expression being fluid, we hope to offer some resources for families to support their kids through their curiosity, questions and potential coming out.



    We hope to see you there!

  • From the District: 2024 SEED Survey

    Dear Students & Families,


    Between March 13 and April 4, 2024, PPS students in grades 3-11 will be asked to take a short 10-15 minute survey developed by the Oregon Department of Education called the Student Educational Equity Development (SEED) Survey.


    The survey is designed to capture students’ sense of belonging and experience at school. It also asks students about their experiences in class, their access to resources, and what they have learned. Survey results are used to create more equitable learning experiences for students and to inform state and local education investment decisions.


    Additional Helpful Information

    • Students can skip questions within the survey if they do not want to or cannot respond for any reason.

    • The survey will be available for students experiencing significant cognitive disabilities that captures the same information with the support of a teacher or staff member.

    • Parents or students can decline participation. The simplest way to decline is to have the student start the survey and answer “no” to the first question, which is “Do you want to participate in this survey?” Parents can also decline by completing the form located at the bottom of our SEED Survey web page.



    If you have questions or concerns about the survey, please contact Laurelhurst School.

  • Kids Heart Challenge is Off to a Great Start!

    Kids Heart Challenge is off to a great start, and we are having so much fun learning how to keep our hearts and minds healthy! Has your family learned Hands-Only CPR by completing Finn’s Mission?! If not, get started TODAY by following the steps below! Thank you for supporting our school and the American Heart Association as we celebrate their 100th BIRTHDAY PARTY by creating more lifesavers! You are making an impact in our community


    1. Register TODAY at or by downloading the free AHA Schools App for Apple or Android
    2. Complete Finn’s Mission to learn Hands-Only CPR & raise lifesaving donations to help special hearts



    1) Any student that registers will earn a heart wristband!

    2) And any student that completes Finn’s Mission will get to SILLY STRING Mr. Lewis and Ms. Martin!

    3) The class with the most participation will earn a Free Choice PE!


    The American Heart Association is excited to extend their work with the NFL to support improving health outcomes at home and beyond through the Hands-Only CPR education. Students that complete the Finn’s Mission learning module will earn an entry for two tickets to Super Bowl LIX in 2025 and our school will be entered to receive a $10,000 fitness equipment makeover for every 18 completed Finn’s Missions! Thank you for supporting our school & the American Heart Association. Together, we are saving lives!


  • February 18, 2024

    Dear Laurelhurst Community, 

    During February, our district and school administration begin to plan for the coming year. As you may have read in Superintendent Guerrero’s recent message, most schools will be looking at cuts in our budget and a smaller staff next year. I have received preliminary information and we are working through the details about what this will look like at Laurelhurst. I appreciate our community’s grace and patience while we work through the staffing process. I will keep you informed as I learn more. Please know it is not too late to advocate for additional funding for our K-12 public schools with your state legislator. See the Community News article below about an upcoming opportunity to learn more from the PPS Legislative Liaison about how you can advocate for proper funding of public education at the state level.


    Curious about the influence of social media and immediate access to technology for our students and families? Join me this Tuesday evening in the Laurelhurst Cafetera as we present with the PTA the documentary Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age. It is a film about the influence of social media and digital devices on our community, especially students. See more information in our newsletter below and RSVP today!


    There IS school on Monday!! We wanted to remind you that tomorrow, Monday, February 19 (President's Day) is a regular instructional day.


    It is one of the eleven make-up days added to the calendar following this fall’s school closures. The other remaining make-up days are:


    1. April 8

    2. June 12

    3. June 13

    4. June 14

    With Gratitude,



Community News

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  • Compacted Math Changes Coming in 2024-25

    Ethan Kramer, Beaumont Middle School’s assistant principal, sees middle school math as so much more than 2x + 3y = 5. 

    “It’s helping to build the logic center – the prefrontal cortex – in analysis and processing,” he said. Given this, Kramer and others believe that middle grades instruction must lay a strong foundation to support more challenging math concepts in the future – first high school, then beyond.

    But what are the components of that foundation? And how is it best established?

    The district’s middle grades core academics team and its grades 6-8 math committee have spent the last year weighing these questions in tandem with educators and community stakeholders. Their goal: a comprehensive math curriculum that challenges students without rushing or skipping over key concepts.

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  • To Close or Not to Close? The Many Factors that Go into an Inclement Weather Decision

    In meteorological terms, Portland’s first big weather event of 2024 has been the definition of a perfect storm. Frigid temperatures and high winds combined with snow and ice to bring down tree limbs, close roads, scramble traffic, freeze pipes, and knock out power for tens of thousands of residents.

    It’s been a metaphorical perfect storm for Portland Public Schools as well. Fallen trees cut power to multiple schools and others have suffered water damage from broken pipes. Lack of heat is also a problem, and impassable roads, paired with snowed-in and icy parking lots, have made it impossible for buses to run safely. Those same conditions have limited how the district’s facilities and operations teams can even assess the scope of the issues, let alone begin working on solutions. And icy sidewalks mean walkers have no safe route to school.

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  • McDaniel Students to the Rescue

    In a dark corner of a dilapidated house, several young people work together to locate a baby in distress. A few hundred feet away, a second group uses cribbing techniques to free a man from a 2,000-pound slab of concrete. Nearby, a third learns how to use a multi-tool to turn off a leaking gas line.

    Thankfully, none of it – the ailing baby, the crushed man, the gas leak – was real. Rather, each scenario was part of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training for students from Darshanpreet Gill’s biomedical innovations class.

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  • Dr. Sandy Husk to Serve as Interim Superintendent

     Dr. Sandy Husk

    Dr. Husk has a deep background in education, including 18 years as a public school superintendent, half of it running Oregon’s second largest district. She has a track record of promoting and supporting student achievement and equity, as well as advancing proven instructional strategies and creating a culture of teamwork among all school employees.

    She will start February 12, providing a productive transition before Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero wraps up his tenure on February 16.

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