Ever wondered if dogs might be able to sniff out cancer? Or how Magic the Gathering is connected to the Satanic Panic of the 1980s? Or if your running watch might be gaslighting you?
Seniors in the Cleveland High School International Baccalaureate (IB) program answered these questions – and many more – at the 15th annual Extended Essay Senior Showcase on February 21. The showcase gives IB students the opportunity to present the results of two years’ worth of research into academic topics of their choosing. The topics begin as inquiry questions, which students then investigate and eventually answer in the form of a 4000-word essay.
At first glance, the annual Portland Public Schools district calendar might seem to fulfill one crucial function: to alert students, staff, and families to the days when school is in session and when it is not.
If that were the case, crafting the calendar would be the work of days, if not hours. In fact, the calendar is a multipurpose living document that involves meticulous planning and careful forethought to ensure the best possible outcomes for students and staff. It also reflects the needs and observances of the many diverse communities the district serves.
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.
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.
Dear Odyssey Families,
Welcome Back to School!! It is hard to believe summer is coming to an end and I hope you all were able to soak up the sun and enjoy your time together. We are getting so excited to welcome back our students and families next week and kick off another amazing year at Odyssey!
Upcoming Events - Please save the dates!
New Layout at Odyssey - This summer we had some big classroom moves. First grade has become the library and second grade has become the art room. Get ready to see the changes at Back to School Night!!
Supply Lists: are posted on our website.
School Lunch: Menus, meal payments, apply for free/reduced lunch.
Aftercare: New this year, PJA is providing after school care at Odyssey. They still have some slots open for Fridays; but are otherwise full with waitlists. Click HERE for more information.
After School Classes: The PTA will still offer some after school programs on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the fall.
Carpool: We are using a carpool website to help families find carpools in their area. Many families utilize carpools at Odyssey and we want to highly encourage all families to look into them. Instructions for how to utilize the program is at the bottom of this letter.. If you have signed up in the past, your registration is still there. If you want to make changes, please log in to update your information.
When coming into our parking lot, the right lane is for K-2nd grade students and will be dropped off at the double doors as you enter our lot. The left lane is for grades 3-8th and they are dropped off as you exit our lot, the north side of our school. Drop off starts at 7:53 - we cannot have kids left prior to that time as we do not have staff monitoring the outside areas. At 8:10, we close the doors and students must check in through the front office. At 8:10, they receive a tardy slip. Morning meeting starts at 8, so we highly encourage everyone to be in the building by 8:00!
Parent Pick Up Locations (2:15 for K-5, 2:30 for 6-8):
K-2: Car pick up: The back of the school (right lane).
3-5: Car pick up: Top of the driveway, north side of the school (right lane after passing K-2 pick-up line).
678: Students will exit from front door and meet their ride at their driver's predetermined location
*If you have both a K-2 and 3-8 student, go through the K-2 line and it will feed into the 3-8 line.
View our drop-off and pick-up maps on our website .
A few other reminders:
I look forward to seeing you all very soon. Please stop by and say hello and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Get excited and ready for our best school year yet!!
Instructions for SchoolPool:
In collaboration with the Oregon Department of Transportation, The Odyssey Program is using a new carpooling software called SchoolPool. This software is part of ODOT’s larger Get There program that allows Oregonians to compare commute options, find a carpool, track environmentally conscious stats, and more!
SchoolPool is housed within the Get There website. Families who opt into SchoolPool are asked to carefully read through instructions and use a computer (not smart phone/tablet). Because SchoolPool is part of the larger Get There program, it is easy to navigate outside of our Odyssey SchoolPool community. You are welcome to find carpools for your work commute, but you do NOT need to disclose any of that information to use your household in SchoolPool for Odyssey.
There are only 2 main tabs in the SchoolPool webpage. The first tab allows you to edit the household information shared with Odyssey families. The second tab allows you to see a live map of your neighborhood with icons that represent other current Odyssey families. Think of this as a snazzy, geographical school directory that makes connecting with current families incredibly easy! After creating your account, return to SchoolPool anytime by logging into the Get There website and clicking the orange school tab.
To create an account, go to:
Parent Join Link: https://getthere.rideamigos.com/s/schoolpool-odyssey-abh21
Get There: https://getthere.rideamigos.com/#/ (Login, click on “School”)
If you need support setting up your account, go to the support button on the bottom right of the Get There website.
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM School Board- Regular Meeting
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM School Board - Student Success Committee
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM School Board- Budget Work Session with vote on a consent agenda
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM School Board - Facilities and Operations Committee meeting