• PPS Pulse: November 6, 2018

    In this week's PPS Pulse: REAHL initiative tackles addiction; free wi-fi for high school students

     

    PORTLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS | NOVEMBER 6, 2018
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    PPS Pulse, a newsletter from Portland Public Schools.

    PPS launches initiative to help students with addiction and mental health challenges

    Portland Public Schools launched an initiative aimed at providing a full spectrum of care for students who are experiencing addiction and mental health issues. The initiative, announced at a news conference at the district office Thursday, comes in response to the increasing numbers of our students and families affected by the national opioid crisis, as well as other drug and mental health crises.

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    PPS students learn story of Holocaust survivor through book and music

    Thousands of PPS middle and high school students have been studying the work of Mona Golabek, whose book, "The Children of Willesden Lane," tells the story of her mother's escape from the Holocaust during World War II. Many of the middle schoolers recently attended a musical presentation by Golabek at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall that further explored the themes and ideas raised in the book.

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    PPS high school students can gain free home access to internet

    For high school students, access to the internet can play a crucial role in a multitude of crucial tasks, including homework and researching and applying to colleges and careers. High school students in Portland Public Schools who need it can get free internet access at home, thanks to a program that started this year.

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    High school lottery opens on November 8

    The School Choice Lottery will be open from Nov. 8 to 30. Students interested in attending a school other than their neighborhood high school must apply to attend a focus option or alternative school. Those schools include Benson Polytechnic High School, Jefferson High School-Middle College for Advanced Studies, and the Metropolitan Learning Center.

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    Awards & Honors: ACCESS student earns scholarship

    ACCESS Academy eighth-grader Soren Cowell-Shah was awarded a prestigious, nationally competitive scholarship from the Institute of Educational Advancement. Soren was one of 30 students from around the country awarded a Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship, a merit-based award that covers the cost of attending four years of high school.

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    Next week’s Pulse comes out on Wednesday. Due to schools and offices being closed on Monday in observance of Veteran’s Day, next week’s Pulse will be published a day later than normal and will be sent out on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
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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: Translation and Interpretation Services.
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