PPS Pulse: February 25, 20202/25/2020
In this week's PPS Pulse: Benson students create art to beautify Lloyd District; young rappers spread message of kindness and empathy
PORTLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS | FEBRUARY 25, 2020 English| Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 | Русский | Soomaali
Benson students create artwork that will beautify Lloyd District
Benson Polytechnic High School is a long-standing neighbor of Portland’s Lloyd District. Like good neighbors, some of Benson’s students are pitching in to improve the livability of the area.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. students use rap to spread kindness and empathy
Meet Fresh Jaguar and The King Lion, two members of The Wildcats, a rap group from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School. The rappers have performed in assemblies, classrooms and hallways throughout their school, entertaining their peers and spreading a message of kindness and empathy.
First district-wide event to help students and families with substance use set for Thursday
Substance use and addiction can present serious challenges for students and their families, and Portland Public School is committed to providing the support, guidance and resources they need. On Thursday, we will host the first district-wide family informational night on substance use, titled “A Healthy Me is Substance Free.”
PPS brothers cover presidential election for Iowa newspaper
Two brothers from PPS were offered a great opportunity to work as “cub” journalists during the Iowa caucuses. Jack, an eighth-grader at Laurelhurst K-8, and his older brother Ben, a sophomore at Grant High School, spent the week of the caucuses meeting presidential candidates and gathering facts for their stories featured in the Waverly newspaper. Jack credits his new blue suit as the reason he scored an interview with Pete Buttigieg.
Grant’s Danny Fisher wins Truth Be Told Story Slam
At the start of his story, Danny Fisher is at a blood drive, donating “the elixir of life.” At the end, he is nursing an eye injury that makes him look “like a monster for a few days.” The tale of what happens between those points earned the Grant High School senior first place in the Truth Be Told Story Slam held Thursday at Grant.
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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