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  • Free school meals: Get your application in by October 11

    All students who were receiving free or reduced-price meal benefits at the end of last year must complete a NEW meal application for the 2017-18 school year. Students who have not submitted a new application will be required to pay full price starting Thursday, October 12th.

    Applications are available at your school office, cafeteria and online at www.pps.net/nutrition.

    If your child attends a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school, you do NOT need to submit a free or reduced-price meal application. All students at CEP schools do not pay for school meals. The CEP schools are: Alliance @ Meek, Boise Eliot/Humboldt, Cesar Chavez, George MS, Harrison Park, King, Lent, Pioneer @ Youngson, Rigler, Rosa Parks, Scott, Sitton and Woodmere.

  • PPS Board names Guadalupe Guerrero as next superintendent

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    The Portland School Board on Friday unanimously voted to hire Guadalupe Guerrero to lead Portland Public Schools as its next superintendent.

    Guerrero, now a deputy superintendent in San Francisco Unified School District, has dedicated himself to ensuring that all students – especially those traditionally underserved – have access to a well-rounded education that sparks learning and success in school.

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  • PPS Pulse, August 15, 2017

    Welcome to our weekly newsletter PPS Pulse. The current issue has great information on how PPS is preparing for back to school, introductions to our new board members and exciting news about our next superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero.
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  • Meet your new PPS Board members

    Three new members joined the PPS Board after the May 16 election, bringing a wealth of experience, activism and passion to the job. Julia Brim-Edwards, Scott Bailey and Rita Moore were inaugurated last month and will serve the PPS community for at least the next four years. Brim-Edwards was elected chair. Moore was elected co-vice chair along with Julie Esparza Brown.

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  • 2017 Solar Eclipse: Are you prepared?

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     A solar ecilpse captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite, image care of NASA.

    Even though school is not in session, it’s still a good idea for you and your families to have a plan for Monday, Aug. 21 when Portland and the surrounding areas are expected to see a heavy influx of people into the area to view the much-anticipated full solar eclipse. Given the predicted heavy traffic and potential interruptions to cell phone service, you should check the PPS web site for any announcements about changes to district operations on that day.

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  • Preparing for the first day of school

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    With the start of school just around the corner, we took a look around the district at the often frenzied activity that goes into getting ready for the first day.

    Teachers, principals, custodians and other staff have been hard at work preparing curriculum, deep cleaning schools and putting last-minute touches on their buildings and campuses to welcome back their students. 

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  • SUN shines at Woodlawn

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    Dozens of recycled water bottle “flowers” hang from the ceiling. The sound of 20 bucket drums reverberate from the auditorium. Kids shriek with delight at the fountain that erupts from a Diet Coke science experiment.

    It’s rarely a dull moment at the SUN summer camp at Woodlawn school, where 40 second- and third-graders learn math, science and literacy—and make a little noise—in this special enrichment program. The students get lessons from nearly a dozen Woodlawn teachers who elected to skip their summer breaks to participate in the camp.

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  • Crews tackle lead, radon, other health and safety issues

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    Lead paint remediation work at Woodstock School.

    Bottled drinking water will remain the norm as schools open for the new school year, but work is underway to begin replacing drinking fountains and fixtures throughout PPS.

    Voters expressed their support in May for tackling health and safety issues in the district’s aging schools, approving $790 million for capital upgrades. Included in that number is $150 million to address lead, radon, asbestos, fire safety and other issues.

    That work began earlier this summer and is now ramping up. 

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  • Superintendent recruitment update: Candidates meet with community stakeholders; Semi-finalists identified

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    Dear PPS staff and families,

    As we enter the final weeks of summer, the School Board continues its work to recruit a Superintendent who will serve as a strong and effective education leader for our schools. We wanted to recap the process over the last month as well as provide an update on the process going forward.

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  • PPS heat advisory

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    Dear PPS Families,

    The National Weather Service has issued an “Excessive Heat Warning” in effect from Tuesday, August 1 noon until Friday, August 4 at 11 pm.

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