Sunnyside Environmental School

Fostering responsibility, excitement for learning
and respect for all living things.

3421 SE Salmon StPortland, OR 97214Ph 503-916-6226Fx 503-916-2676

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  • 2023 8th grade marine biology trip to Catalina Island

    Catalina

    The Catalina Island Marine Biology Trip is the culmination of our middle school curriculum. It takes place on Catalina Island off the coast of Southern California and involves travel by airplane, bus and ferry. The dates this year are May 15th-19th 2023.

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  • 6th grader and new middle school student welcome day

    Dear 6th graders and new Middle School Students,

    Welcome to Sunnyside Environmental Middle School!
    Youʼre invited to 6th Grade and New Middle Schoolers Welcome Day 
    Tuesday, August 23rd 10am-12pm
     
    NOTE: This event is for students only

    On this Welcome Day, all 6th grade students and any new Middle Schoolers will learn about the ins and outs of what it’s like to be a middle schooler at Sunnyside. Together, with our middle school leaders and counselors, we’ll get to know each other and our school through activities. Students will leave the session feeling comfortable about life in middle school, having made new connections, and excited to start school on August 30th.

    A little about Sunnyside Environmental Middle School:
    There are 7 Middle School CORE classrooms, each made up of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students together.

    • Core: Social Studies (Grades 6-8, Thematic - Ocean, River, Forest, Mountain)
    • Math: 6th-Grade Math, 7th-Grade Math/Compacted Math, 8th-grade Math/Compacted Math
    • Core Elective: 6th grade school skills, 7th-8th grade Spanish 1-2 (receive HS Credit)
    • Elective Wheel: PE, Art, Media/Library, Science Lab. 

    An example of Middle School Schedule: (This is subject to change based on guidelines)

    • 8:45 School begins
    • 8:45-9:15 Morning Meeting whole middle school in the auditorium every Monday and Friday.
    • 9:20-10:20 Specials or CORE (Specials are Media, Science Enrichment, PE, Art/Environmental Justice elective)
    • 10:25-11:25 Specials or CORE (Specials are Media, Science Enrichment, PE, Art/Environmental Justice elective)
    • 11:30-12:05 lunch and recess entire MS
    • 12:10-1:05 CORE
    • 1:10-3:15 6th Grade Math/School Skills and Community (6th grade only, 2 hour afternoon block)

    Other things to look forward to in 6th grade:

    • Gardening
    • K-5 Buddies
    • Service Learning
    • Outdoor School (dates TBD)
    • MS Dances
    • Overnight trip in the spring

    We are very excited for the upcoming school year. This yearʼs middle school includes a truly great mix of 6th, 7th and 8th graders.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

    Rebecca Johnson rjohnson10@pps.net
    SES middle school counselor 

  • Lunch Plan for Sunnyside

    Dear Sunnyside Community,

    As many of you know, we are heading into fall and to the rainy season. I have worked with the Sunnyside Safety Team to update our indoor lunch plan to adhere to the latest guidelines.

    I have made sure that we have six feet apart in the school cafeteria, in the hallway, and in the auditorium for students to eat inside if necessary. In addition, I have two air filters running in each of these spaces, fans, and windows/doors open. We will have lunch volunteers who will be helping to supervise these spaces and we can make available spaces outside for students to sit if you do not want your student eating inside. Please note, if you do not want your student inside, please let them know that they need to choose on their own to go outside and eat under the supervision of the volunteers. With the amount of supervision that is needed by school personnel, we cannot track individual requests and students will need to choose to go outside on their own. If you choose to pick your student up because it is raining, please do so by 11:00 AM so that school staff can all help supervise lunch and recess as needed.

    I will try to watch the rain and if we can go outside and eat without it pouring, we will do so. Please use your best judgement as a parent to decide whether or not to pick your child up. Please send your child in warm and rain appropriate gear.

    If you have further questions or questions about our COVID safety plan, please reference the COVID presentation and the Back to School Night Presentation. Both are attached below.

    I know that there are many concerns about COVID and safety in our schools. Please rest assured that I consider those concerns when making a plan and any instances or reports of COVID exposure will be investigated and reported to our team of nurses at the MESD and appropriate notifications will be made.

    In partnership,
    Dr. Eryn Berg
    Principal, Sunnyside Environmental School
    https://www.pps.net/sunnyside
    Sunnyside BTSN slides
    She/ Hers/ They (Why?)

     

    Every corner of my heart loves you

    In a field of fields you are the largest field
    In a field of moons you are the most moons

    ~ Anis Mojgani
      The Piano Farm

  • Back to School Night

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    Hello families!

    We look forward to seeing you all tonight at Back to School Night (virtually). Classroom teachers have emailed you their zoom or google meet links; here's a reminder of the schedule:

     

    Specialists:

     

    SPED staff: https://meet.google.com/dzb-bnjn-eoe
    6:30 - 7:45
    Adrianne / Eva / Ellen / Megan

     

    Counselors: https://meet.google.com/fjv-yecw-bci

    • Grades 3-5 6:20 - 6:45
    • Middle School 6:50 - 7:15
    • Grades 1-2 7:20 - 7:45

     

    Can't wait to see you soon!
    Alix and Eryn

District News

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  • The Arts Tax in Action: The HeART of Portland is Still Beating

    Students who took their first steps into PPS kindergarten classrooms in 2014 – the year Portland’s first-ever arts education tax went into effect – are now thriving sophomores.

    Evan Sampson is one of those sophomores, and he will have a chance to share his story at this year’s HeART of Portland, a showcase spotlighting the artistic accomplishments of some PPS’s most talented students.

    The two-week celebration of creativity will take place from April 16-28 at the Portland Art Museum. All exhibits and performances are free and open to the public.

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  • Lincoln & Grant Constitution Teams to Compete Nationally

    This weekend, the Lincoln and Grant high school constitution teams will compete in the annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals in Washington, D.C. 

    Now in its fifth decade, the event brings together students from all 50 states for a series of mock congressional hearings on everything from the Constitutional Convention of 1787 to the separation of powers and the future of democracy. 

    The Lincoln and Grant constitution teams, under the instruction of Patrick Magee-Jenks and Angela DiPasquale respectively, have long histories of taking home trophies on both the state and national level. 

    Good luck to all!

  • Important Calendar Updates

    First, the end of this school year will still be June 14 for K-11 students, and it will be May 31 for seniors.
    Second, next year’s bell schedules will change for many students.
    Beginning next school year, we added 15 instructional minutes for elementary and middle school students and provided all middle school students with a seven-period day. Accommodating these changes while supporting 410 minutes per week of teacher planning time and aligning our transportation systems requires us to adopt common start and stop times.
    Third, next year’s school calendars are available.

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  • A Recipe for Fun: Harvest of the Month at Hosford

    When students from Cleveland High School’s Advanced Commercial Foods and Baking class visited Hosford Middle School last month to try out a new recipe they called Baked Pears Goat Cheese Sunflower Seed Delight, the results of an informal sticker poll were very much on the positive side: 26 kids liked it and 30 loved it. Twenty-two were on the fence.

    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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