• PPS Pulse, Oct. 17, 2017

    Read about how the Board is tackling middle school feeder patterns, how Cleveland won big in girls soccer and more.

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    The district has conducted multiple meetings to hear community feedback on the middle school feeder pattern proposal.

    Board tackles ACCESS, boundaries at middle school work session

    Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero pledged Monday to work in collaboration with ACCESS Academy leaders to find a solution that continues to provide educational services to the unique needs of students “that ACCESS excels at supporting.”

    “It’s important to recognize that there may be particular students who may not be served well” in their traditional neighborhood school, Guerrero said during a PPS Board work session on middle schools. “I get it.”

    He said the Board’s direction to open two new middle schools at Harriet Tubman and Roseway Heights has caused a dilemma for ACCESS. The plan calls for reconfiguring the current home of ACCESS – Rose City Park – to a neighborhood school. That means ACCESS would need to relocate.

    Guerrero is scheduled to meet with the ACCESS community this evening to hear its members’ concerns and ideas. “Then we’ll begin to brainstorm possibilities,” he said.

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    Julia Downing scores on a header off a corner kick for the deciding goal in Cleveland’s 2-1 win over Grant. Photograph by Beth Conyers.

    Sports updates: Cleveland beats Grant to gain inside track to PIL girls soccer championship

    Cleveland put itself in position to win the Portland Interscholastic League girls soccer championship with a 2-1 victory over Grant in a first-place showdown Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Cleveland High School.

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    Astor kindness awards

    “It was like finding Bigfoot,” was fourth grader Ollie’s reaction after learning he’d been awarded the school’s kindness award. He and others were recently recognized by their teachers and classmates for making a difference at Astor.

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    Students go through a team-building exercise during a meeting of PPS’s Migrant Education Program. Photograph by Elena Collazo-Santiago, PPS.

    Migrant Education Program continues to help students, families in PPS

    After a productive summer, PPS’s Migrant Education Program is continuing to help students from migrant families navigate the challenges of school.

    This fall, MEP is holding workshops to prepare students for upcoming parent-student conferences. Guided by parents’ goals for their children, the program helps students with identity, motivation and to remain pointed toward graduation, in keeping with the statewide emphasis on improving graduation rates.

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    From left: Kelda van Patten of da Vinci Arts Middle School, Liliana Greenberg of Marysville K-8 School and Sarah Brown of Ainsworth Elementary School

    Three PPS teachers honored by Oregon Art Education Association

    Portland Public Schools teachers took three of the nine annual awards from the Oregon Art Education Association.

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    Madison High School Principal Petra Callin (left) and visiting principal for a day Emi Donis listen as science teacher Monica Gray talks about her robotics program. Photograph by Mike Tokito.

    Principal for Almost a Day gives business, school leaders a chance to share ideas on helping students

    Petra Callin, Emi Donis and Nate Waas Shull had plenty of notes to compare.

    Callin, the principal of Madison High School, hosted Donis and Waas Shull on Thursday, Oct. 12, as part of the Principal for Almost a Day (PFAD) event. The program places business, government and civic leaders into public high schools in Multnomah County, including all 79 Portland Public Schools campuses.

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    Tuesday, October 17
    ACCESS meeting with superintendent Guerrero

    Wednesday, October 18
    Late opening for MOST K-8 schools

    Tuesday, October 24
    Board meeting

    Friday, November 3
    MOST schools: Teacher planning, no school for students

    November 8-9
    MOST schools: Parent/Teacher conferences, no school for students

    Friday, November 10
    Veteran's Day, all schools and offices closed

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    Horizontal line seperating storiesShelves with computers stacked on them.

    Free Geek, a Portland non-profit that recycles electronics, is offering free desktop computers to K-12 Portland students who complete 24 hours of service at a non-profit or community organization. Families can pool their volunteer hours to reach 24 and receive a computer, which will include the Linux Mint operating system.

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    Oregon’s state officials estimate that hundreds of thousands of visitors joined the 4 million people living in Oregon to experience the total solar eclipse that passed over the state Aug. 21. Looking directly at the sun can seriously damage human eyes--and that impact can be intensified during an eclipse.

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    MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED: Terry Baker, Jefferson, 1958

    Horizontal line seperating storiesTerry Baker. Photo courtesy of the Oregonian.

    Photograph courtesy of The Oregonian.

    Playing Terry Baker in any sport he decided to tackle turned out to be a pretty good idea!

    In 1962, Terry Baker was the first Oregon State player and the first player from the West Coast to win the Heisman Trophy. Baker is the only player in history to win the Heisman and appear in an NCAA Final Four in basketball. Baker attended Jefferson High School where he was a three-year letter winner in football, basketball and baseball.

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