Capitol Hill School

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8401 SW 17th AvePortland, OR 97219Ph 503-916-6303Fx 503-916-2616

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Principal's Message

  • Greetings Capitol Hill Community,

     

    My name is Mike Sauers and I am honored and excited to have been selected to serve as next principal at Capitol Hill Elementary School. I have heard fantastic things about the students, parents, and staff at Capitol Hill and can’t wait to begin developing relationships and getting to know you all.

     

    I wanted to share a few things about myself. I am entering my 12th year in education and my 4th year in school administration. I am passionate about ensuring that the school creates an environment where ALL students feel safe, heard, and valued. I understand that students may need a variety of different supports in order to access their education. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Capitol Hill Staff to ensure that we provide the best educational environment for your child to be themselves and thrive. I have been married for 11 years to my wife and we have 4 wonderful girls. I strive to be present and enjoy every bit of life I am offered. I love being outside, eating and cooking good food, and watching movies. My favorite parts of Oregon are the cool mornings and evenings and beautiful landscape. 

     

    My Core Values. These values drive every decision that I make.

     

    Student First Decision Making

    Listen to Understand First

    Honesty and Transparency

    Realize we are All Humans

     

    I am looking forward to our Kindergarten Meet & Greet scheduled for Tuesday, August 23rd from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the school. I will also be joining the Community Care Day on the 27th from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Please be on the lookout for communication from the school with additional information about the start of the school year.

     

    See you all soon!

     

    Mike

     

    Please review the attached drop off and dismissal procedures for the ‘22-'23 school year. Help us make safety a priority by following these guidelines. Here are a few very important things to remember about drop off and pick up. Our building opens at 7:45am so please wait until that time to drop your child off at school. Please remember to return your After School Plan on the first day of school so we know how your child is getting home. I encourage you to visit our school website at www.pps.net/capitolhill for school supply lists, upcoming events, student/parent handbook, important reminders, and classroom updates.

      TRAFFIC INFORMATION 

             I also want to encourage you to follow our Capitol Hill Traffic Plan. Remember that you are welcome to park in any available space in the parking lot and that you're welcom to come early to school. The drop-off is not busy at 7:45. Here are some general suggestions from our traffic plan:

    DO: 

    • Pedestrians and bikes only on Carson 7:30 - 8:15; 2:00 - 2:30
    • Cross only at crosswalks
    • Drop students off school curbside only
    • Keep 17th One Way - south during drop-off times
    • Be mindful of students crossing at 16th and Carson

    Please don't: 

    • Make U-turns in front of the school (it's unsafe and illegal)
    • Load/unload students at the crosswalk/yellow curbs
    • Block the parking lot entrance/exit
    • Park in the wrong direction

     

     Pick up and drop off on 17th in the designated Drop Off Only Zone in front of school

    • Drop students school curbside
    • Do NOT drop at yellow curbs
      • Limit vehicle traffic on Carson 7:45 – 8:05; 2:05 – 2:30

     

    • Please no U-Turns
    • Please park in the correct direction

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    Sixth grader Isaac Huynh was in the latter category. “I’ve had goat cheese before, but this goat cheese tastes different,” he said. “I think the whole thing might have been better with whipped cream.”

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    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. 

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    “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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