• PPS PULSE: November 26, 2019

    In this week's PPS students receive "Beat the Odds" scholarships; meet PPS's new Programs Manager for Climate Change & Climate Justice

     

    PORTLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS | NOVEMBER 26, 2019
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    PPS Pulse, a newsletter from Portland Public Schools.

    Four PPS students who overcame hardships earn ‘Beat the Odds’ scholarships

    Four high school students from Portland Public Schools who have excelled academically despite hardships have been named Renaissance Scholars and recipients of $16,000 “Beat the Odds” college scholarships.

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    Choir returns to Roosevelt High School

    For the first time since 2015, choir is once again being offered at Roosevelt High School. With the addition of the “Roosevelt Singers,” PPS hopes to continue to expand its vision of creating clear pathways for students in education. The new choir will be performing Dec. 19 at the Roosevelt Winter Concert, along with the Roosevelt Concert Band, the award-winning RHS Jazz Band, and the BRAVO Youth Orchestra.

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    Nichole Berg starts climate justice work in PPS in first-of-its-kind position

    Earlier this year, Nichole Berg was scrolling through Facebook while visiting family when she came upon something that would change her life: a job description. The life-long Wisconsinite, then a vice principal at a Madison middle school, read about a position in Portland Public Schools she had never heard of before: Programs Manager for Climate Change and Climate Justice.

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    PPS continues work to upgrade school roofs

    Replacing leaking and deteriorated roofs in Portland Public Schools has been a priority for voters since the 2012 School Building Improvement Bond. Twenty-one new roof projects were completed through the 2012 Bond, and that effort continues thanks to the 2017 Health and Safety Bond.

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    Help us evaluate reading programs for PK-2 students

    An early start is a vital part of developing reading skills in students, and Portland Public Schools wants to hear your feedback on reading programs for our youngest readers. Please join us for the PK-2 Foundational Literacy Skills Community Night:

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    No PPS Pulse on December 3: Due to this week’s holiday, the PPS Pulse newsletter will not be published on Dec 3. Be sure to look for the Dec. 10 edition to stay informed. Enjoy the long weekend!
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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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