Winterhaven School

A Science, Technology and Math
focus option K-8 school

3830 SE 14th AvePortland, OR 97202Ph 503-916-6200Fx 503-916-2614

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Winterhaven News

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    The 2024-25 Elementary School (grades K-5) Focus Option Lottery window is now open!
    The Elementary School (grades K-5) Focus Option Lottery window opens on February 15, 2024 and closes on March 15, 2024. 
    The Middle School (grades 6-8) Focus Option Lottery window closed on December 22, 2023.  
    We will be holding an informational meeting for the Elementary School (grades K-5) Focus Option Lottery in March.
    Here is the date and time for the Elementary School (grades K-5) Focus Option Lottery informational meeting:
    Thursday, March 7 - 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
    While attendance is NOT required at the informational meeting to be eligible for the lottery, we STRONGLY encourage families to attend the Elementary School (grades K-5) Focus Option Lottery meeting to learn about our school and to be able to make the best decision about which school the family wants their student to attend for elementary school.
    If you are not able to attend one of the informational meetings, we ask you to please read our slide deck about our school.  The link to the slide deck is here - Grades K-5 Info Night Presentation
    To apply to Winterhaven, applicants need to complete the Enrollment and Transfer's Focus Option Lottery Application once the lottery window opens.  Information on how to complete the application is online and can be found here:
    The Enrollment and Transfer website contains great information for families interested in applying to a focus option school.  We encourage families to read through this information and if they have questions, please contact our main office - 503-916-6200.
  • Winterhaven News

    Monday, March 25-Friday, March 29 - No School - Spring Break

    Thursday, April 4 - MAC Fun Run

    Friday, April 5 - No School - Teacher Planning Day

    Friday, May 17 - PTSA Carnival - 5 pm to 8 pm

    Friday, May 24 - Field of Fun - 1:45 pm to 3 pm

    Monday, May 27 - No School - Memorial Day

    Friday, May 31 - Middle School Social - 3:15 pm to 5 pm

    Wednesday, June 5 - 8th grade production - 6 pm to 8 pm

    Thursday, June 6 - 8th grade production - 6 pm to 8 pm 

    Friday, June 7 - 8th grade production - 6 pm to 8 pm

    Thursday, June 13 - School Picnic

    Thursday, June 13 - 8th grade promotion - 6 pm to 7 pm

    Friday, June 14 - Last Day of School

District News

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  • Cleveland IB Students Shine in Annual Showcase

    Ever wondered if dogs might be able to sniff out cancer? Or how Magic the Gathering is connected to the Satanic Panic of the 1980s? Or if your running watch might be gaslighting you?

    Seniors in the Cleveland High School International Baccalaureate (IB) program answered these questions – and many more – at the 15th annual Extended Essay Senior Showcase on February 21. The showcase gives IB students the opportunity to present the results of two years’ worth of research into academic topics of their choosing. The topics begin as inquiry questions, which students then investigate and eventually answer in the form of a 4000-word essay.

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  • How Do You Measure a Year: The Annual District Calendar

    At first glance, the annual Portland Public Schools district calendar might seem to fulfill one crucial function: to alert students, staff, and families to the days when school is in session and when it is not. 

    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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  • Compacted Math Changes Coming in 2024-25

    Ethan Kramer, Beaumont Middle School’s assistant principal, sees middle school math as so much more than 2x + 3y = 5. 

    “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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  • To Close or Not to Close? The Many Factors that Go into an Inclement Weather Decision

    In meteorological terms, Portland’s first big weather event of 2024 has been the definition of a perfect storm. Frigid temperatures and high winds combined with snow and ice to bring down tree limbs, close roads, scramble traffic, freeze pipes, and knock out power for tens of thousands of residents.

    It’s been a metaphorical perfect storm for Portland Public Schools as well. Fallen trees cut power to multiple schools and others have suffered water damage from broken pipes. Lack of heat is also a problem, and impassable roads, paired with snowed-in and icy parking lots, have made it impossible for buses to run safely. Those same conditions have limited how the district’s facilities and operations teams can even assess the scope of the issues, let alone begin working on solutions. And icy sidewalks mean walkers have no safe route to school.

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  • Welcome to Winterhaven!  Winterhaven is a Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math (STEAM) focus option school.  We have a diverse learning environment in which its members are committed to meeting the educational, social, emotional and physical needs of all students in accordance with current practices, regardless of background or ability. This environment will stress academic excellence in a context of cultural enrichment and competency as well as community involvement. All stakeholders - students, staff and community - will feel valued and involved in the learning process.



    Mark Sandilands, Principal


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