PPS Pulse: March 3, 20203/3/2020
In this week's PPS Pulse:Bus drivers don pink shirts to take stand against bullying; Cleveland swimmer wins state title
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Bus drivers don pink shirts to take a stand against bullying
Students who rode a school bus on Wednesday, Feb. 26, might have noticed their driver wearing a distinct piece of clothing: a bright pink shirt with the words “Kindness Starts Here.” The unique attire was part of PPS drivers’ commitment to combatting bullying.
Bridger students do their part to save the planet
At Bridger K-8, Ms. Shonkwiler’s fifth-grade class is passionate about saving the planet. Some of the 11-year-olds even call themselves climate activists. Their activism includes spearheading recycling efforts at their school, and making bees wax wraps. The wraps are a replacement for plastic that is polluting the oceans and killing animals. So far, the students have raised $4,500 for a field trip later this spring to the Oregon Coast. On the beach, they plan to continue their work by tracking and removing plastic for the Surfrider Foundation.
Community members invited to apply for committee that will recommend Southeast boundaries
With work about to start in Portland Public Schools’ effort to balance our boundaries and programs, we are seeking community members to serve on a committee to help guide the project in Southeast Portland – the first phase of the district-wide effort.
Sports update: Cleveland’s Cody Soo wins state swimming title; state basketball playoffs start
After the swimmers raced to the finish of the 100-yard freestyle final at the OSAA Class 6A state championships, the top two finishers were so close, all heads at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic whipped around to look at the electronic scoreboard, which revealed this: Cleveland senior Cody Soo had made history, winning the state championship.
School social workers help students navigate academic, social and emotional challenges
Kate Allen of Cleveland High School has worked as a school social worker in Oregon for almost 20 years and currently also serves as a Social Worker on Special Assignment for PPS. We asked her to share her thoughts on the role school social workers play in school communities.
Students gather for IYLC conference: The eighth annual International Youth Leadership Conference was held Friday at Portland State University. The IYLC gave students a chance to network with fellow students, educators and community leaders, and included keynote speakers, workshops, cultural performances, design and writing contests, and culminated with a multicultural dance party. See a full set of photos from the event. PPS Pulse is a weekly publication that is distributed via email to district families, staff and select others. It is produced by the PPS Communications department. An archive of previous issues is available. To submit story ideas and feedback, please contact: Managing Editor: Lindsay Trapp. Senior Writer: Mike Tokito. Lead Designer: Louise Tollisen. Videos: Multimedia Services. Translations: Language Access Services.
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