• Message from Principal Skyles: Madison Family Update - March 25, 2020

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    Hello Senators, 

    We expect to have more detailed information regarding several of the topics going into the weekend. Today we wanted to provide what new information we do have as of today. Many of our staff have been meeting virtually to start collaborating on how we can support our students post Spring Break. 

    Our top priority is to support students and families in our community who need Food Support and Mental Health Support. If you have a concern or are hearing of concerns please send an email to askyles@pps.net

    If it is an emergency please contact 911. 

    PPS also has set up a Google Form in multiple languages where families and students can send in questions. The form can be found https://www.pps.net/Page/15080  on the right-hand side of the site under Questions & Concerns?

     Please note that the updated information below is in red.

    1. Seniors and Graduation: We are still waiting for an announcement from ODE regarding graduation.  The Oregon Department of Education will be making an announcement in the next several days that will provide clarity for families and schools. Once this announcement is made we will have a clearer picture of how PPS and Madison will proceed. Questions regarding credit recovery for current seniors and all students are being worked on, but nothing is finalized yet.  
    1. School After Spring BreakWe should have more info before we head into the weekend. I know this is a major question and concern for many. The district is still in the planning process. Questions around: access to the internet, access to technology, how students receiving Special Education and/or English Language Learner services will be supported, AP testing, Dual Credit students, will be addressed in the District-wide plan that is being developed.  
    1. Teacher Communications and Enrichment activities: Some communications from staff could be a check-in to just say hello, a reminder of assignments that have been given pre March 23, 2020, enrichment activities, and/or study reminders for the current curriculum that was being covered. Students can email their teachers directly. Please note that the assignments are not being graded at this point in time and there are no extra credit options. 
    1. Food ResourcesPlease Check: https://www.pps.net/Page/15080 for the most updated information regarding Food Resources. Madison (at the Marshall Campus) will continue to serve as a food hub. We will be closed for Spring Break but will reopen March 30th and stay open Monday-Friday from 11am - 1pm  until April 28th. More information can be found at pps.net regarding other Food Hubs in the district. Scott and Rigler are schools providing the same services in NE Portland. The Oregon Food Bank will also be using Madison (Marshall Campus) as a distribution site. We will send out future dates and times.   
    1. School year being extended: There is no concrete information regarding the school year being extended at this time. Once I receive information directly from the Oregon Department of Education and  PPS District Office I will pass that along.  
    1. PromWe have a new date reserved for Saturday, May 23rd. 
    1. School Events, Spring Sports and Activities: The OSAA is still in the planning process. All school events have been suspended until after April 28th. I do not have specifics regarding any event at this time. We will begin to work with staff in April to look at what events can be rescheduled and possible dates. We will also send out a list of events that unfortunately will not be rescheduled.  
    1. AP Exams: The College Board is finalizing the AP exam plan. Madison AP teachers have been tracking this and will be meeting as a team virtually to plan together how we will support our AP students. The details are still being worked out. Once there is a final decision Madison will work to ensure we are supporting our students. If you have a student who is in an AP class they should be using the online recourse to continue to prepare. If they have questions they should contact their teacher directly. Here is a link to The College Board websitehttps://apstudents.collegeboard.org/
    1. Mental Health Support: 

              Click Here

    1. Tips For Social Distancing, and talking to students about COVID-19: 

              Multiple Languages: Click Here

              Click Here

    1. If you need to borrow a computer or need assistance with internet access:Click Here
    1. Volunteer and Donation options: (we will add to this list as more options become available)

          The Fund for Portland Public Schools

          Oregon Food Bank

    1. Child Care Resources:

        Click Here

    Please take the time to look through the entire site created by PPS for more information on current supports and the most updated information on PPS’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.pps.net/coronavirus (Multiple Languages) 

    Google created a COVID-19 information site: https://www.google.com/covid19/


    If you have specific questions and or need support please let me know.  


    Adam Skyles


    Madison High School