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  • PPS Pulse, Oct. 17, 2017

    Read about how the Board is tackling middle school feeder patterns, how Cleveland won big in girls soccer and more.
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  • Board tackles ACCESS, boundaries at middle school work session

     Photo-montage of community meetings.

    Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero pledged Monday to work in collaboration with ACCESS Academy leaders to find a solution that continues to provide educational services to the unique needs of students “that ACCESS excels at supporting.”

    “It’s important to recognize that there may be particular students who may not be served well” in their traditional neighborhood school, Guerrero said during a PPS Board work session on middle schools. “I get it.”

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  • Principal for Almost a Day gives business, school leaders a chance to share ideas on helping students

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     Madison High School Principal Petra Callin (left) and visiting principal for a day Emi Donis.

    Petra Callin, Emi Donis and Nate Waas Shull had plenty of notes to compare.

    Callin, the principal of Madison High School, hosted Donis and Waas Shull on Thursday, Oct. 12, as part of the Principal for Almost a Day (PFAD) event. The program places business, government and civic leaders into public high schools in Multnomah County, including all 79 Portland Public Schools campuses.

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  • Sports updates: Cleveland beats Grant to gain inside track to PIL girls soccer championship

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     Girls soccer.

    Cleveland put itself in position to win the Portland Interscholastic League girls soccer championship with a 2-1 victory over Grant in a first-place showdown Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Cleveland High School.

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  • Three PPS teachers honored by Oregon Art Education Association

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     Photo-Montage: From left: Kelda van Patten of da Vinci Arts Middle School,  Liliana Greenberg of Ma

    Portland Public Schools teachers took three of the nine annual awards from the Oregon Art Education Association.

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  • Migrant Education Program continues to help students, families in PPS

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     Students go through a team-building exercise during a meeting of PPS’s Migrant Education Program

    After a productive summer, PPS’s Migrant Education Program is continuing to help students from migrant families navigate the challenges of school.

    This fall, MEP is holding workshops to prepare students for upcoming parent-student conferences. Guided by parents’ goals for their children, the program helps students with identity, motivation and to remain pointed toward graduation, in keeping with the statewide emphasis on improving graduation rates.

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  • PPS Pulse, October 10, 2017

    This week we celebrate teaching the Native American experience, report on the feedback from the middle school planning process and much more.
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  • New public records policy: Opportunity for comment

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     Image of the a PPS Board Meeting, taking place at the BESC building in N Portland.

    The PPS school board and communications department have been working to update the district’s public records policy with an eye towards greater transparency and compliance with several new laws that were passed by the Oregon Legislature this year.

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  • Teaching the Native American experience

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     Native Maerican student holding up classwork, a drawing of a bee.

    Oregon schools, including PPS, will focus more on the role of Native Americans in Oregon history, thanks to a bill passed by the state Legislature.

    Senate Bill 13, which focuses on providing accurate, place-based tribal education across the state, was signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown over the summer. It directs the state Department of Education to develop curriculum and provide teacher training relating to Native American experience in Oregon.

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  • Comments pour in on middle school proposal

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     ACCESS students at the middle school planning listening session at Madison High School.

    Hundreds of Portland Public Schools parents and community members have participated in public sessions aimed at gathering comments on the proposal to open two new middle schools at Roseway Heights and Harriet Tubman.

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  • Rebuilt schools offer more solar energy, smaller carbon footprint

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     Solar panels on the newly opened Faubion School roof.

    PPS’s three rebuilt and modernized schools captured a lot of attention for their gleaming new theaters, makerspaces and other cutting edge features. But the new Franklin and Roosevelt high schools and Faubion PK-8 offer another benefit that hasn’t received as much attention – they are generating their own solar power.

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  • Harriet Tubman and Roseway Heights: Monday, October 9 and Tuesday, October 10

     Harriet Tubman and Roseway Heights school buidlings.

    Families are invited to culturally specific meetings in Spanish, Vietnamese and Somali. English and Spanish are held October 9th. English, Somali, Vietnamese are held October 10th. |  Las familias están invitadas a una reunión comunitaria en español. 9 de octubre, 6:30-9PM |  Mời phụ huynh và gia đình đến tham dự buổi họp cộng đồng được tổ chức cho người Việt. Ngày 10 tháng Mười, từ 6 giờ 30 đến 9. |   Qoysaska waxaa lagu martiqaaday in ay ka soo qeybgalaan kulan bulsheed lagu qabanayo Af-Soomaali. Oktoobar 10, 6:30-9:00 habeenimo.

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  • Harriet Tubman and Roseway Heights: October 11, Martin Luther King Jr. School

    Join Martin Luther King Jr. School families for a question and answer session on the proposed middle school boundary changes.  |  Únanse por favor a las familias de la escuela Martin Luther King Jr. en una sesión de preguntas y respuestas sobre los propuestos cambios de las delimitaciones fronterizas de las escuelas en el noreste de Portland |  Tham gia với các gia đình Trường Martin Luther King Jr. trong buổi họp hỏi và đáp về các thay đổi ranh giới trường trung học cơ sở được đề xuất ở đông bắc Portland. | 请加入马丁·路德金学校的家庭,就波特兰东北部拟议中的中学边界变化问题进行讨论。 |  Присоединитесь к семьям школы Martin Luther King Jr/Мартин Лютер Кинг на вечере вопросов и ответов на предлагаемые изменения границ средних школ в северо-восточной части Портленда.  |  Ku soo biir qoysaska Martin Luther King Jr. kaasi oo la xiriira kulanka su’aalaha iyo jawaabaha ah ee ku saabsan isbedelada xuduuda dugsiyada dhexe ee la soo jeediyey ee waqooyi-bari Portland.

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  • “Hands Up” performance inspires student dialog

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    More than 100 PPS students held their hands above their shoulders, as if instructed to do so by a police officer, while watching a performance at the Winningstad Theater. The actor and playwright La’ Tevin Alexander was alone on the stage, holding his hands up along with the students, delivering a monologue about being a black man in America.

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  • Hang up and drive

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    If you are reading this on your mobile device while driving, please stop. The dangers of distracted driving are well-documented, and as of Oct. 1, there is a stricter ban on cellphone use while driving, as well as higher fines, which escalate for repeat offenders.

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  • PPS's amazing - and hidden - art collection

     Jonas Lie 1880-1940:   A gift from the Lincoln High School Alumni Association in 1918

    For years, the brilliantly colored oil painting, showing a spray of flowers in a vase, was benched in a high school storage closet. Now, the century old work by Jonas Lie is on full display in the Blanchard Building. Years of moving, bumps and sunlight have rendered it in need of serious restoration, but the colors remain lush, and it is getting the public attention it deserves.

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  • Watch Guadalupe Guerrero’s first address to the PPS Board

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    On his second day, our new Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero addressed the PPS Board on Tuesday, highlighting his core beliefs as an educational leader and how he intends to approach the job.
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  • It’s Digital Citizenship week and month

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    Two Faubion students using ipads.

    What does it mean to be an informed digital citizen? This is the week to find out.

    From now until Friday, Oct. 13, PPS is undertaking its first Digital Citizenship Week. October is Digital Citizenship and National Cybersecurity Awareness month, and this year the PPS IT Department has put together a weeklong informational campaign.

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  • PPS Pulse, October 3, 2017

    In this issue: New superintendent on equity; schedule of school rebuilds and much more.

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  • Film director Francis Ford Coppola talks filmmaking with students

     Francis Ford Coppola seated before a room full of students at Grant High School, October, 2017.

    Francis Ford Coppola, director of movies that include The Godfather series and The Outsiders, spent an hour Monday discussing cinema and literature with 100 students from Grant High.

    Coppola’s visit was arranged through a partnership with Literary Arts, who works with visiting artists and authors to visit Portland schools while they're in town for paid speaking gigs. 

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