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  • Announcing the New Interim Senior Director of High School Core Academics, Dr. James Crawford

    Dear Colleagues, 

    I am pleased to announce that Dr. James Crawford will serve as the new Interim Senior Director of High School Core Academics. Dr. Crawford is replacing Aurora Hymel, who is transitioning to the newly designed role, Director of Career and Technical Education (CTE), Advanced Placement (AP), and International Baccalaureate (IB).

    Dr. Crawford comes to PPS from Federal Way Public Schools, where he served as the Chief Academic Officer and Assistant Superintendent. Under Dr. Crawford’s leadership Federal Way Public Schools developed an extensive list of new innovative programming, including K-12 Math and English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum guides, Bright Futures Early Learning Program, and a Pre-Apprentice Program.

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  • A Note from the Superintendent: In Gratitude

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    In Gratitude

    November 17, 2022

    Dear PPS families and students,

    Every week, I am filled with joy and gratitude when I visit our school communities. We have a community that continues to demonstrate a commitment to the success of our children and youth. We have adults who care deeply for our students, and who work hard to ensure each child thrives.

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  • Honoring Our Veterans

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    Dear PPS Community,

    I want to recognize, on this Veterans Day, all those individuals who have served our country, especially those members of our families and local community who have previously worn a uniform. I want to take this moment to also thank the many veterans who continue their public service by choosing to work in the Portland Public Schools.

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  • Keeping your Students Healthy During Winter

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    Dear PPS Families,

    There has been a surge in pediatric respiratory illnesses other than COVID-19 such as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), rhinovirus/enterovirus, and influenza around the country this fall. Health departments in other states have seen children presenting with multiple respiratory illnesses. According to the Oregon Health Authority, rates of respiratory disease are currently relatively low in our state, but that could change based on the arrival of winter weather, and any increase in rates has the potential to overwhelm our hospital system.

    PPS takes these steps to ensure healthy school environments so that in-person learning can continue. In accordance with CDC guidance, we are also urging families to take steps to protect themselves and minimize the spread of communicable diseases in our schools. 

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