Sitton Elementary School

Sitton Students Soar

9930 N. Smith St.Portland, OR 97203Ph (503) 916-6277Fx (503) 916-2673

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Sitton News

Principal's Welcome

  • Welcome to Sitton!

    We are an amazing, diverse community serving 350 talented students! 

    We offer a well-rounded program grounded in the belief that when students and teachers are engaged in work that is challenging, adventurous, and meaningful, learning and achievement flourish.  A few important elements of our school’s model include:

    • our use of Wit & Wisdom and Benchmark Advanced / Adelante (DLI) in grades K-5 to provide an integrated Reading, Writing, Social Studies and Science approach.

    • our use of standards-based mathematics instruction, iReady Math.

    • our philosophy and support for inclusion of students with identified special needs.

    • our dual language immersion program in Spanish in grades K-5.

    • our partnerships with families and the community including SUN Community After School and IRCO and BPI. Every First Friday we hold a community celebration and farmer's market highlighting student performances, tables from a variety of Community & School Partners as well as our Food Bank and Clothing Closet Resources.

    • our commitment to engaging enrichment activities including Library, Physical Education, Visual Arts, and Music.

    We communicate with families through various means including our monthly  family newsletter in English and Spanish; our Facebook page (please click on the Facebook icon); through text messaging; and more.  Should you have any questions, worries, wonders, or ideas, please do not hesitate to connect via email or phone or joining our monthly Community Coffee at FirstDoor PDX. Our updated calendar can be found on the calendar tab of this website.

    Thank you for sharing your amazing students with us every day!

    Sincerely,

    Becky Berry, Principal

District News

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  • McDaniel Junior Takes Top Honors in State Solo Music Contest

    When Beckham Weatherby picks up his tuba, the rest of the world falls away. 

    “I don’t get that nervous and I don’t get stage fright at all,” he said. “I guess I got lucky with how my body reacts to performing in front of crowds.”

    Which is something the McDaniel High School junior has done quite a bit of lately. Not only is he a member of the prestigious Portland Youth Philharmonic (PYP) and the PYP conservatory orchestra, but he recently earned first prize in the tuba solo performance category at the Oregon State Solo Music Championships.

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  • Bon Voyage, Miss Ellie: Teacher Retires After 50 Years at PPS

    Miss Ellie helps students hold a chick.

    The first things you notice when you walk into Ellie Jensen’s classroom at Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary School are peace and warmth. Then you hear the laughter of children. Then you just might see two posters hanging on the walls that tell you a great deal about the kind of teacher she has been for the past 50 years. The posters simply say, “Leave a little sparkle wherever you go” and “Be a friend.”

    Jensen, known as “Miss Ellie” to the hundreds of students she has taught in her half a century as a Portland Public Schools educator, can’t help but light up a room. And she is a friend to all children. 

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  • Food Pantry Gets a Makeover, Courtesy of McDaniel’s CTE Art Students

    We dare you to drive by the Mainspring Food Pantry on the corner of 82nd Avenue and Fremont and not do a double take. Or a triple take. 

    Students from McDaniel High School’s art-focused Career Technical Education (CTE) class have spent the last four weeks turning the exterior walls of the pantry into one, huge, joyful mural as part of the course’s exploration of climate justice and community engagement.

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  • Earthstock Brings the Joy to the Crystal Ballroom

     Two students dance at Earthstock 2024.

    A little over 30 years ago, a Madison High School student named Joseph Janson had a simple wish. He wanted to go to a dance. But nothing was simple for Joseph, who was born with Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy and was confined to a wheelchair. 

    He confided his wish to Tony Nitz, who at that time was an educational assistant at Madison (now Leodis V. McDaniel High School). Tony had been working one-on-one with Joseph for months and he immediately went about making the young man’s dream come true.

    “The truth is, I would have done anything for Joseph,” Nitz said. “He was a unique person, and we had a very special bond.”

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