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7439 N Charleston AvenuePortland, OR 97203Ph (503) 916-6266Fx (503) 916-2641

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  • Recursos para las familias

    Recursos par las familias

  • Family resources

    Family resources

  • School supply list

    School supply list School supply list

  • Welcome back - Important dates

    Important dates

  • Caraval

    Carnaval

  • End of year Carnival

    Carnival

  • Connect to Kinder

    Connect to Kinder

    Conectata a Kinder

  • Kinder Infromation/ Informacion de Kinder

    kInder Kinder

  • Back to school night

    Back to school night

  • Back to school night

    Come Join us for our in person back to school night September 15th from 5:30-7:30pm 

  • Back to School BBQ

    Come join us after our Community care day for a back to school BBQ 12-1pm 

  • Community Care Day/Backpack giveaway

    On Saturday, August 27th (9-12pm) we will be holding our Community Care Day. We are asking for volunteers to come out and help clean up our school grounds. We will also be handing out backpacks to all our students. 

  • James John Campfire afterschool program

    JJ Multi-Site Manager: Stephanie Vera, svera@campfirecolumbia.org, 503-758-9111
     
    JJ Camp Fire Site Supervisor: Angelica Brown 
    Phone number: 503-954-8590
     
    For registration and billing questions email ppsreg@campfirecolumbia.org
     
     
    About Camp Fire: 
    YOUTH-CENTERED PROGRAMMING:
    • Builds strong and genuine relationships with children, families, and school staff. We offer children a sense of belonging in a safe, engaging, and educational environment.
    • Provides daily after school homework time to give children an opportunity to work with staff and their peers to strengthen their academic skills.
    • Programming is intentional and outcome-based, and developed with the needs and interests of youth in mind.
    • Encourages children to develop and facilitate service-learning projects that help connect them to their communities.
     
    • Offers diverse curriculum to inspire children to “Find their Spark”, teaching them to be curious, engaged, and learning.
    • Develops children’s leadership skills through youth-led clubs, allowing them to practice leading their peers and writing their own curriculum.
    SUPPORT FOR CAMP FIRE FAMILIES AND COMMUNITY:
     
    • We are responsive to the communities we serve and make thoughtful and intentional adjustments to our programs as needed.
    • We are an Employment Related Day Care support (ERDC) approved provider and offer financial aid for low-income families.
    • We invest in outstanding staff who far surpass the state training standards. Training topics covered include Positive
    • Behavior Intervention & Supports (PBIS), growth mindset, cultural responsiveness and inclusion, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), group facilitation, curriculum development, healthy habits, and so much more!

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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