Laurelhurst School

School Grade Levels: K-8

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

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  • Laurelhurst Start and End Time 24/25

    Next year's start and end times will be different.


    All students will start at: 8:45

    Elementary Student Release: 3:15

    Middle School Release: 3:30

  • Class Placements for 24-25

    With the end of the school year upon us, many families are wondering who their teachers will be next year. We will share class placements with you mid-August.

  • Middle School - Chromebook Turn-In This Week!

    6th-8th grade families, we are collecting student Chromebooks on Thursday, June 13th. Please check to see if you have any PPS chargers at home and send them with your student to turn in.

  • Last Chance for Lost and Found!!

    Don't forget to come check out the Lost and Found items. All the jackets, lunchboxes, water bottles, caps, and sweatshirts will be outside near the playground. Find your stuff!!

    All items not picked up by the end of this week will be donated to the PPS Clothing Closet.


  • June 9, 2024


    As we enter the last week of the 2023-2024 school year, I want to thank you and your children for another wonderful year. While we had our challenges, with school closures, ice, and many rescheduled events, we pulled together as a community and demonstrated our PRIDE values - Patience, Responsibility, Integrity, being Dynamic, and Empathy. I am very impressed with the growth of each of our students. They have been exemplary community members!


    Thank you too for the many dedicated volunteers who helped in so many ways this year. Laurelhurst is not only a neighborhood school, but truly a community school.


    I look forward to this last week with our students. It will be a fun-filled week with classroom celebrations, final projects, and a whole school clap out for our 8th graders.


    With Gratitude,



Community News

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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