At Peninsula, reading, writing and math are fundamental. Enrichments are essential. They bring pleasure to reading and creativity to expression. Enrichment classes teach cross-curricular skills that demonstrate to students how math applies to art, music, physical education and beyond. Enrichments are the colorful ties that bind the fully educated child together. Each of these certified teachers has a "specialty," complete with its own set of adopted educational standards. Most enrichment teachers have stand-alone classes and all collaborate with homeroom teachers to make curricular connections. We want students to know math doesn't just happen in "math class," it's all around us. Enrichments are fundamental to student engagement in school. Enrichments foster agency within a child and their ability to participate in their education.
Each month you will receive a newsletter from all of us updating you on what is happening in enrichments.
Archive of Specialist News Distributed via School Messenger
Visit our Teacher Tech Portal for additional information.
Each teacher has a website. Click on a name to view their website.
"Enrichments" or Specials Teachers at Peninsula:
Amy Close, Art
Patrick Nearing, Music
Matt Challender, PE
Jenny Gapp, Library
Samara Carranza, Counselor
Oregon Arts Standards (includes Music and Art)
Dear PPS Community,
This morning, the Oregon Department of Education publicly released this past spring’s summative assessment data. I’m pleased to share that PPS avoided significant setbacks, but the data nonetheless shows the negative impact of the pandemic.
Dear PPS K-12 students and families,
PPS is partnering with OHSU to offer free weekly COVID-19 testing for students. Participation in this program is completely optional but encouraged. PPS students may participate in the program regardless of vaccination status. Participating students will submit spit samples in pre-labeled test tubes to their school on a designated day each week, regardless as to whether they have symptoms. Schools will begin collecting spit samples starting September 27th-29th.
Dear Familias, Students and Colleagues,
One of my favorite experiences in my nearly thirty-year educational career was in my first year teaching. I was a Spanish bilingual teacher, and I was happy and proud to be “el maestro” – a role that carried esteem and respect in the predominantly-Latino neighborhood where I lived and worked.
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Your student's teacher may communicate class-specific info. using different methods of communication.
ParentVue is a website that offers secure, private access to school and student information, including class assignments, attendance, emergency contacts on file, the school calendar, and teacher contact details. Parents and guardians can see information for all of their students who attend Portland Public Schools in one place. For students at the secondary level, student assignments and grades are available.
Click on the link to get started. Each parent or guardian will need an activation key (linked to the email address on file). The school secretary can supply the key. Note: if you are calling the school for the activation key, you must call from a phone number on file.
Each student also has an account to access the student version of this website, called StudentVue.
BREAKFAST and LUNCH are FREE for ALL Peninsula students during the 22-23 school year. Completing these forms helps Peninsula get access to other resources we may be entitled to.
Free and Reduced Lunch forms are found at SCHOOLCAFE.COM You will need your student's ID number to complete the paperwork. If the student is a returning Portland Public Schools student their ID number can be found on their report card or in ParentVue. If the student is new to Portland Public Schools, you can get an ID number from the school office.
If you have students at schools other than Peninsula, where lunch is free for all students, you still need to apply for students attending Peninsula.