Capitol Hill School

A Great Place to Grow

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

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School News

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  • School Drop-Off & Pick-Up

    • Traffic flow map 


      Hello, Capitol Hill Elementary families and friends! We would like to thank you for taking the time to look at our circulation map provided by PBOT’s Safe Routes to School team. After our observation, we came to the consensus that your current circulation plan is as efficient as it can be, and that you (parents/caregivers) are doing a great job of minimizing vehicular traffic on SW Carson St and keeping traffic flowing counterclockwise to mitigate congestion! That being said, we do have some suggestions that may improve pedestrian safety:


      • Avoid turning left onto SW 17th Ave from SW Spring Garden during arrival.

      • Avoid parking on the east side of the street to drop off your students.

      • While crossing SW Spring Garden be extra cautious of cars turning from SW 17th Ave. If you see another group of people walking to school, we suggest crossing together as larger groups of people are generally more visible to drivers!

      • After dropping off your student(s), remember to yield for pedestrians if you are turning right onto SW Spring Garden.



      Parent Parking:

      • Visitor designated parking is available in the parking lot
      • Parents/students must use the front entryway
      • Designated ADA spaces - 17th


      Parent Pick-Up:

      • K-2 picked up outside their exterior classroom doors
      • 3rd & 4th grade pickup is in the parking lot by stairs
      • 5th grade is picked up at the corner of the building on the NE corner by the parking lot
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Principal's Message

  • Greetings Capitol Hill Community,


    My name is Mike Sauers, and I am honored and excited to be the principal at Capitol Hill Elementary School.


    I wanted to share a few things about myself. I am entering my 13th year in education and my 5th 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 12 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 & Transparency

    Realize We Are All Humans



    Please review the attached drop off and dismissal procedures for the ‘23-'24 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 7:53am, 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 for school supply lists, upcoming events, student/parent handbook, important reminders, and classroom updates.


             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. The drop-off is not busy at 7:45. Here are general guidelines from our traffic plan:


    • 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 heading 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









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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