• PPS Pulse: May 21, 2019

    In this week's PPS Pulse: Two Franklin High teachers win significant awards; Lincoln opens 50-year-old time capsule

     

    PORTLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS | MAY 21, 2019
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    PPS Pulse, a newsletter from Portland Public Schools.

    Franklin teachers Mercedes Munoz, Anne McHugh win awards

    Two teachers at Franklin High School have won significant awards for their service to students. Mercedes Munoz won an Oregon Regional Teacher of the Year Award, and Anne McHugh won a Presidential Innovation Award for the Pacific Northwest from the Environmental Protection Agency.

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    Next week's Pulse comes out on Wednesday. Due to the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, next week’s Pulse will be published a day later than normal and will be sent out on Wednesday, May 29.
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    Lincoln opens time capsule from 1969 – what’s inside?

    A mystery of curiosity and cultural significance was dug up on the grounds of Lincoln High School. A time capsule, gifted from the class of 1969 to the class of 2019, was to be opened during the school’s sesquicentennial celebration. With a hammer and chisel the cylinder was pried open, and to find out what is inside, you’ll have to watch the video.

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    PPS improving student health, with help from partnerships and grants

    Over the last year there has been a groundswell of activity around improving student health and wellness in Portland Public Schools. Aided by partnerships that have resulted in PPS receiving three grants totaling about $3 million, the district’s Health Education and Student Support Services teams have been able to bring innovative programming and new staff to PPS’s health education efforts.

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    MLC students celebrate opening of new playground

    Students at Metropolitan Learning Center celebrated the opening of the new playground at Couch Park by holding an assembly, then heading outside to try out the new, inclusive structures. Couch Park, which is on the same PPS-owned property as MLC, has not had a full playground for five years after decades of wear forced Portland Parks & Recreation, which operates it, to shut it down. The city rebuilt it with funding from several sources, including the MLC PTSA's Friends of Couch Playground, the 2014 Parks Replacement Bond, Metro and Harper's Playground.

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    News & Notes: Roosevelt holds 2nd Unity Fest; Native American students recognized; ground broken at Madison High

    Roosevelt High School has one of the most diverse student bodies in Oregon, and the school celebrated Friday with its second annual Unity Fest. The event, which was designed and organized by students from the school’s seven Ethnic Studies classes, drew hundreds of students and community members to the North Portland campus.

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    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: Coordinator: Lindsay Trapp. Editor/writer: Mike Tokito. Designer: Louise Tollisen. Videos: Multimedia Services. Translations: Language Access Services.
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