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  • Refugee Adjustment Day

    Refugees can get advice on how to apply for a green card, Saturday Nov. 18, 9am-3pm, at Catholic Charities, 2740 SW Powell. Volunteers are also needed to help support this event in a variety of ways. Attorneys and interpreters will be needed, but all who wish to lend a helping hand are welcome.
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  • Invitation to help develop K-5 ELA standards resources

    Dear teachers,

    We are in the process of developing K-5 ELA standards resources. The next step in the process is aimed at ensuring a guaranteed and viable curriculum for all students by creating standards maps for the prioritized Reading: Informational, Reading: Literature, and Writing standards and completing a crosswalk of where the prioritized standards are emphasized within the current adopted curricular tools.

    Listed under "read more" is the work and dates to be completed. After reading through the opportunities for involvement, please complete the following survey to express what you are interested in participating in. If you need a substitute, one will be provided by ICA.

    Please complete ASAP, even if you can only attend 1 day. 

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  • New Chromebook Login Screen

    Reminder: On Tuesday, Nov. 28, the login screen for all Chromebooks across the district is changing. All student and staff login credentials will remain the same. Check out this poster to see the new look. Everyone can login by clicking on the left-side link, even though the login screen says “Sign in with a different account”. ONLY K-3 students using a Clever Badge can login by clicking “Next” on the right side. This change will allow K-3 students with Clever Badges to have an easier Chromebook login experience. More information about using Clever Badges will be coming soon to all K-3 staff. Questions? Read the New Chromebook Login & Clever FAQ at bit.do/ppsclever.  
  • PPS Board moves ahead with opening two middle schools

    Portland Public Schools will move forward with plans to open two middle schools in 2018-19.

    The PPS Board of Education on Tuesday passed Resolution 5534, by a 7-0 vote, directing Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero to establish Roseway Heights and Harriet Tubman as middle schools, with students in grades 6-8. The board also directed that eight schools be converted into elementary schools with students from kindergarten to fifth grade.

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  • School water quality timetable

     Water fountain with flowing stream of water.

    Work continues to turn water fountains back on in PPS. The first 15 schools slated for final lead tests are expected to be finished this month. Click the more link for our running total of schools where the drinking fountains are back on.

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  • PPS Pulse, Nov. 7, 2017

    In this week's Pulse: Instructional reorganization, Wilson runner wins big and a timetable for drinking fountain replacement.
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  • Sports update: Wilson’s Alex Slenning wins state in cross country; all-PIL awards announced

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    Wilson High School athlete Alex Slenning running ona track.

    Alex Slenning became the first runner from Wilson High School to win a state cross country title after he outran the 140-runner field in the Class 6A boys championship in Eugene on Saturday.

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  • Harriet Tubman Middle School environmental background (prepared for Faubion K-8 move-in)

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     Harriet Tubman Middle School exterior.
    The following information has been reviewed to date and provides insight into the due diligence and work that was performed at Harriet Tubman Middle School to prepare the building to receive Faubion K-8 students, as well as maintenance and safety testing work completed during the two years that Faubion was housed at the facility. We have also included information on safety assessments that will take place as part of the effort to prepare the building to open as Harriet Tubman Middle School.
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  • Superintendent Guerrero reorganizes staff for new focus on instruction

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    A call for a new focus on instruction and a related change in Portland Public Schools organizational structure highlighted a recent staff meeting with Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero.

    “The time to make an exponential difference in kids’ lives has never been better,” Guerrero said, addressing more than 100 District employees in the main foyer and board room in the administration building.

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  • Cleveland’s Brenda Gordon honored with Outstanding Biology Teacher award

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     Cleveland High School’s Brenda Gordon (left) accepts her award from Cheryl Hollinger.

    Cleveland High School’s Brenda Gordon was named this year’s recipient of the Oregon Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year Award. 

    The award is presented by the National Association of Biology Teachers, which since 1961 has honored the top teacher in each state.

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  • Contest: design a logo for PPS Story Slam

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    Current PPS students and community members are invited to enter a contest to create an innovative and professional logo for the PPS Interscholastic Story Slam. 

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  • Program lets PPS seventh-graders explore tech careers

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     Female student standing at a work table using a grinder on some sheet metal, sparks flying.

    About 15 students crouch over laptops, putting the final touches on video games they’d designed on paper two days earlier with Pixel Arts. Across town, sparks fly in a Daimler Trucks North America warehouse, where 48 Ockley Green students draped in heavy leather aprons, thick work gloves and weighty protective helmets weld and grind steel for lamps and art projects. 

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  • Demolition, construction continue at Grant High School

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    With its students on a two-year relocation, Grant High School is undergoing a major rebuild. Paid for by the 2012 School Building Improvement Bond, the work started this summer and will continue until fall 2019. That’s when Grant students will return from their stay at the Marshall High campus to a fully modernized Grant. How’s the work going? See photos shot last week by David Mayne, PPS’s manager of Bond Communications. 

  • PPS preparing for inclement weather

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     Students playing in the snow.

    If last year’s multi-pronged and repeated winter weather blasts were any harbinger of things to come, it’s a good idea to get prepared for the winter season now.

    PPS has been preparing for the season on several fronts, beginning with checking and double-checking building heating systems. “It’s no secret that most of our schools are in very old buildings with old boilers, vents and pipes. We are pre-checking as much equipment as possible to make sure they’re ready,” says Jere High, PPS Director of Maintenance and Operations.

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  • Focus on Diversity Film and Lecture Series

    You are invited to attend a viewing of "A Village called Versailles," Thursday, November 2, from 5-7pm in the BESC Board Room, 501 N. Dixon, 97227. The “Versailles Arms Apartment,” is a public housing project in New Orleans, where a tight-knit group of Vietnamese refugees first resettled in 1975. The refugees have fled their homes twice already in their life time—first from North to South Vietnam to escape communist persecution in 1957, and then to New Orleans from the war in 1975.
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