Dear West Sylvan Families,
On December 6, 2019, we expect a large number of PPS students to participate in a Global Climate Strike. Students are planning to walk out of class between 9:00-10:00 (depending on their proximity to the park) and gather at Shemanski Park at 10:30 and then march to Terry Schrunk Plaza at 12:00 to share concerns with city hall. Please note that Shemanski Park is 4.6 miles away from West Sylvan.
IMPORTANT: Consistent with Oregon law and district policies, we suggest students make arrangements with their teachers or principals for addressing any missed school assignments (including quizzes, tests). All high school and middle school students who leave school on December 6 for the Climate Strike will be given an excused absence if they pre-arrange the absence with their teacher(s) and notify staff when they leave. Those pre-arrange absence forms should be turned in to the office before 9:15 on Friday morning. We do not plan to have staff follow students who walk out on December 6.
Please talk with your student about this event. Once students leave our campus for unsponsored events, Portland Public Schools can no longer guarantee their safety. We ask you to please discuss your family's expectations with your student about their participation, safety, and communication with you if they choose to leave school during the day.
PPS is not sponsoring this event, but we do recognize students’ constitutional right to freedom of expression. We also recognize that:
We are also encouraging middle and high school educators to use these tools for climate literacy education in their lessons next week to help students think critically about the science and sociology behind this important topic.
At all grade levels, we will do our best to support our schools, track who leaves school, and monitor the activity of student groups who choose to leave campus for the Climate Strike. Once students leave school grounds, however, we cannot ensure their location or their safety. Please reach out to your principal with any questions or concerns.
Portland Public Schools and the West Sylvan Admin Team
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Forecasting for NEW, or Out-of District, students to West Sylvan Middle School
STEP 1. Review and Decide upon Electives using the following resources:
6th Grade Resources for ALL incoming families
7th and 8th Grade Resouces for ALL incoming families
STEP 2. Use the appropriate survey below to let us know your choices.
FORECASTING SURVEY'S: (Choose for the grade your child will be in, during the 2019-20 school year.)
If you have specific questions about this process, please contact our main office for support (503)-916-5690. Thank you!
2019-20 - Feeder School 6th Grade Student Forecasting Directions and Resources
Step 1. Review and Decide upon Electives using resources listed ABOVE.
Step 2. Complete and sign Paper Forecasting sheet with an Parent or Guardian. (This information will be shared with students during forecasting visits at elementary sites.)
Step 3. Return Forecasting sheet to current 5th grade teacher, by date indicated on forecasting sheet.
Step 4. Complete on-line forecasting survey (IN CLASSROOM with current 5th grade teachers).
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