• Construction Update

    A message from Portland Public Schools

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    Dear MLK Jr. community members,

    We’d like to update you on our construction progress and provide some helpful testing data for hazardous materials at Martin Luther King Jr. School.
    The health and safety of students and staff is always our top priority and responsibility. We have taken great care to clean classrooms and surroundings so that our students and staff are comfortable and safe as we start the new school year. PPS requires construction contractors follow all standards and guidelines set forth in Hazard Emergency Response regulations for schools, and by EPA, HUD, OSHA and DEQ when performing post-construction clean-up work. PPS also contracts with third party testing firms, like Apex Environment Consulting, to provide final testing to make sure everything is safe before we open the site to students and staff.

    The MLK Jr. campus has received a seismically strengthened roof, new fire sprinklers and an upgraded fire alarm system along with ADA upgrades including an elevator to help ensure a safe and more accessible environment for the community. 

    Testing results are now available
    All testing for asbestos and lead have been completed, and we are pleased that all the tests were negative. For more details, you can view the official results from APEX Environmental on asbestos and on lead here.

    Continued construction at MLK Jr.
    PPS crews will remain on site a little while longer to continue construction of a new elevator for the school. The time needed to install a new elevator takes longer than the summer break construction window. The good news is that elevator construction is ahead of schedule and it is expected to be completed by spring of 2019. 

    The continuing construction should cause minimal disruption to the school. The elevator construction areas are not accessible by students and are completely enclosed behind sealed walls. Work that needs to take place in the school hallways will occur after school hours. 

    School grounds access and fencing 
    The remaining fenced in areas are located on the eastside of the school along 7th Ave. and in the south enclosed courtyard between the school and Annex.

  • Donors Choose for 5th Grade

    Business Savvy at BizTown

    My students need to attend Junior Achievement's BizTown simulation field trip.

    My Students

    I teach fifth grade at a culturally diverse PK-8 school in the center of Portland. Our school is built on a strong history of community. We are an international baccalaureate (IB) school with a Mandarin dual-language immersion program. We also have a unique partnership with local artists and Portland State University that houses a contemporary art museum within our school with an unusual pairing between early education and internationally renowned artists and their work.

    Fifth grade is such a pivotal year for students, and I am honored to be their teacher.

    We are establishing a solid, inclusive classroom community of learners. It is amazing to see my students' growth (as learners and people in general) as they navigate their last elementary school year.

    My Project

    Participating in Junior Achievement's BizTown is a life-changing, real world experience for students. Aligned to social studies standards, 5th graders will learn about financial literacy, economics and community, and work readiness skills. Students participate in in-class lessons, including applying to and interviewing for jobs and practicing writing checks and balancing a checkbook. Then students will spend an entire day in a simulation city where they are in charge of the daily operations of all of their businesses, including managing their time for cashing their paychecks, taking their breaks (including lunch), and making personal purchases.

    BizTown is a realistic, hands-on experience that is like no other.

    As amazing as it is, it also is pretty spendy for each individual student (AND TOTALLY WORTH IT). I would like to take that financial burden off of my students' families, so they can focus on learning these life skills and enjoying this opportunity.