Last spring, when Portland Public Schools moved to ensure that every middle school in the district had an active advisory program, the focus was on relationship building and giving students and teachers the tools needed to nurture a sense of belonging.
The goals for the advisory programs were clear. What the district had yet to arrive at was a curriculum that would help everyone achieve those goals.
Harrison Park, which transitioned from a K-8 to a middle school this fall, recently held a school-wide vote for a new mascot. According to Principal Leah Dickey, these first few months as a middle school have been pivotal for students as they navigate the new exciting normal and establish an identity as a school and community. Picking a mascot has been an important part of that journey.
Principal Phu Dao is many things to the students and staff of Roseway Heights Middle School: mentor, role model, champion, friend. Ask anyone who has learned from and worked with him and they will tell you that he has dedicated his entire career to advocating for students, families, and educators. And now he’s being honored for that dedication.
Courageous Conversation, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit that works with individuals and institutions to address racial disparities through sustained, fruitful dialogue, has named Principal Dao this year’s recipient of the Dr. Charles Hopson Racial Equity Principal Leadership Award.
Bird watching, Lego robotics, gardening, mindful art, coding, running and walking, the high-stakes world of self-governance. It’s all in a morning’s work for the students of Skyline K-8, where every Wednesday begins with participation in one of the school’s many C.A.S. clubs.
Dear Odyssey Families,
Welcome Back to School!! It is hard to believe summer is coming to an end and I hope you all were able to soak up the sun and enjoy your time together. We are getting so excited to welcome back our students and families next week and kick off another amazing year at Odyssey!
Upcoming Events - Please save the dates!
New Layout at Odyssey - This summer we had some big classroom moves. First grade has become the library and second grade has become the art room. Get ready to see the changes at Back to School Night!!
Supply Lists: are posted on our website.
School Lunch: Menus, meal payments, apply for free/reduced lunch.
Aftercare: New this year, PJA is providing after school care at Odyssey. They still have some slots open for Fridays; but are otherwise full with waitlists. Click HERE for more information.
After School Classes: The PTA will still offer some after school programs on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the fall.
Carpool: We are using a carpool website to help families find carpools in their area. Many families utilize carpools at Odyssey and we want to highly encourage all families to look into them. Instructions for how to utilize the program is at the bottom of this letter.. If you have signed up in the past, your registration is still there. If you want to make changes, please log in to update your information.
When coming into our parking lot, the right lane is for K-2nd grade students and will be dropped off at the double doors as you enter our lot. The left lane is for grades 3-8th and they are dropped off as you exit our lot, the north side of our school. Drop off starts at 7:53 - we cannot have kids left prior to that time as we do not have staff monitoring the outside areas. At 8:10, we close the doors and students must check in through the front office. At 8:10, they receive a tardy slip. Morning meeting starts at 8, so we highly encourage everyone to be in the building by 8:00!
Parent Pick Up Locations (2:15 for K-5, 2:30 for 6-8):
K-2: Car pick up: The back of the school (right lane).
3-5: Car pick up: Top of the driveway, north side of the school (right lane after passing K-2 pick-up line).
678: Students will exit from front door and meet their ride at their driver's predetermined location
*If you have both a K-2 and 3-8 student, go through the K-2 line and it will feed into the 3-8 line.
View our drop-off and pick-up maps on our website .
A few other reminders:
I look forward to seeing you all very soon. Please stop by and say hello and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Get excited and ready for our best school year yet!!
Instructions for SchoolPool:
In collaboration with the Oregon Department of Transportation, The Odyssey Program is using a new carpooling software called SchoolPool. This software is part of ODOT’s larger Get There program that allows Oregonians to compare commute options, find a carpool, track environmentally conscious stats, and more!
SchoolPool is housed within the Get There website. Families who opt into SchoolPool are asked to carefully read through instructions and use a computer (not smart phone/tablet). Because SchoolPool is part of the larger Get There program, it is easy to navigate outside of our Odyssey SchoolPool community. You are welcome to find carpools for your work commute, but you do NOT need to disclose any of that information to use your household in SchoolPool for Odyssey.
There are only 2 main tabs in the SchoolPool webpage. The first tab allows you to edit the household information shared with Odyssey families. The second tab allows you to see a live map of your neighborhood with icons that represent other current Odyssey families. Think of this as a snazzy, geographical school directory that makes connecting with current families incredibly easy! After creating your account, return to SchoolPool anytime by logging into the Get There website and clicking the orange school tab.
To create an account, go to:
Parent Join Link: https://getthere.rideamigos.com/s/schoolpool-odyssey-abh21
Get There: https://getthere.rideamigos.com/#/ (Login, click on “School”)
If you need support setting up your account, go to the support button on the bottom right of the Get There website.
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM School Board - Facilities and Operations Committee meeting
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM School Board- Regular Meeting