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  • Principal's Newsletter 6.14.2024

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – June 14, 2024

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Schools out for summer!

    This morning, we had a lovely promotion ceremony for our fabulous 8th graders.  We congratulate the high school graduating class of 2028 and wish them the best in high school!

    Thank you for everyone in attendance, and all of the staff members and parent volunteers who helped make the ceremony special!

    The beautiful banner backdrop, the lovely music from the Sellwood Jazz Band, the brilliant student speakers, and even the special jet flyover we arranged, went off without a hitch.

    Returning rising 7th & 8th graders, we look forward to seeing you again in August!

    Enjoy the summer!

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

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  • Principal's Newsletter 6.7.2024

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – June 7, 2024

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    It was wonderful to see so many of you last night for Sellwood’s Annual Showcase Night.  Celebrating our students’ hard work is so important.  A big thank you to all of our teachers and students who worked hard on preparations.  Ms. Souther, the time, care, and effort you contribute to making Showcase happen are so appreciated.  Also, a shout out to our performers: Mr. Patterson and the jazz band, the Sellwood Stars, and the marimba band.  What a treat – I felt so proud of our accomplished students, whether they were performing, displaying their artwork, or their academic projects. 

    Next week is the last week of school, with our annual field trips to Oaks Park on Monday and Tuesday, and 8th grade promotion on Friday.

    Don’t forget, next Friday, the last day of school, is a half-day ending at 12:30 PM.

    Enjoy the weekend!

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

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  • Principal's Newsletter 5.31.2024

     

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – May 31, 2024

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    We are entering the last two weeks of the school year, and they are packed with events!

    We have Showcase Night on June 6th, from 5:30 to 7:30.  We have our end of year trip to Oaks Park, June 10th for 8th graders, and June 11th for 6th & 7th graders.  Finally, we have 8th-grade promotion on the last day of school, June 14th, from 10:30 to 11:30.

    Important note:  The last day of school, Friday, June 14th, is a half-day.  School will end at 12:30 PM.  Buses will run as normal.

    Also, please read the important information below about end-of-year Chromebook and charger collection.

    Enjoy the weekend!

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

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  • Principal's Newsletter 5/24/2024

    Sellwood Principal’s Newsletter – May 24, 2024

    Greetings Sellwood Community,

    Sellwood's 2023-24 yearbooks have arrived! They look beautiful, and I know every student will want one.  For the first time this year, we are committed to providing a yearbook to every single student regardless of ability to pay.

    We need your support in order to make this sustainable.  We are requesting a suggested $17-$20 donation to our Sellwood Yearbook Donation account in School Pay (the price for a yearbook was $25 last year).  You can donate more, especially if you have more than one child at Sellwood.  We hope that our “Yearbooks for All” plan will make for a more enjoyable and equitable end of the year experience for all.


    Here's the link to SchoolPay.  https://pps.schoolpay.com/  If you need assistance with SchoolPay, the SchoolPay parent help phone number is 833-731-2600.

    Thank you in advance for your generosity in bringing this end-of-year experience to all of our students. 

    Again: every student will receive a yearbook the last week of school, but we need your help!

    Sincerely,

    Jeandré Carbone

    Sellwood MS Principal

    jcarbone@pps.net

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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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