Dear Laurelhurst Families,
Welcome to a new school year at Laurelhurst! Whether you are new to our school or a returning family, we are happy that you have joined our learning community. I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve as your principal and feel honored to work with our dedicated staff, our wonderful students, and all of the supportive families. Our entire learning community works together to create an inclusive and equitable environment where students develop the curiosity, critical thinking skills, and courage needed to imagine a better world along with the drive toward realizing it. I anticipate a wonderful year, full of opportunity as we collectively foster a strong culture of learning at Laurelhurst.
We believe that families play a critical role in the success of our students, in many ways, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. You know your student better than anyone else and we invite you to work in partnership with our staff since you have rich insight into your student’s unique needs, talents and interests. Please feel free to share any information that you believe will help us guide your student’s success at school. I hope you will see that our teachers also provide a unique perspective on your child. They will see your student as a member of the class and watch as they interact with peers, face the challenge of new learning, respond to setbacks, ask questions, and solve problems. Parent and teacher perspectives, working in partnership, are critical to ensure that your child’s experience at Laurelhurst is robust and rewarding.
Finally, we invite you to become an active participant in our school community through volunteering, joining our PTA, and supporting our school events and initiatives. Research clearly supports that when families participate and are involved in their child’s education, there is a greater likelihood of academic success. Thank you for partnering with us in making this a memorable and remarkable year for all our students.
The new mascot and nickname for Franklin High School will be Lightning. The process to determine a new identity for the school was finalized Tuesday, when the Portland Public Schools Board of Education unanimously approved Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero’s recommendation.
Dear PPS Community,
We have come to the end of what has been an ambitious and groundbreaking school year at the Portland Public Schools. I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to our amazing students, their supportive families, our dedicated teachers, hardworking support staff and dynamic school and district leaders who made it all work.
This summer promises to be the biggest of the PPS bond program so far. School modernization and improvement projects will touch almost every school over the coming months with security upgrades, new roofs, asbestos remediation, new fire alarms, ADA improvements and a seismic retrofit in the works.