PTA Meeting Notes 10/11/2017

Notes from our 10/11/2017 PTA meeting include:

  • Update on Basketball at Scott School with Ken Lee
  • Visioning Session – What are our Community’s priorities for Scott? Small break-out groups.
  • Boundary discussion update
  • Volunteer update
  • Career Fair and Contracts update with Ben

Our next meeting is November 15th. 6pm-6:30pm Media Blast! Chromebooks will be set up for us to post reviews of Scott to Greatschools, Yelp, and other websites. 6:30-8pm Clothing Drive. Contact Kristen Fletcher Hoffman to volunteer at Scott!

click here to download 2017 10 11 PTA General Meeting Minutes.pdf

Current PPS Proposal – Reduced Scott Enrollment

PPS_LogoNicole Markwell and Nicole Iroz-Elardo from the Scott School PTA went to the DBRAC Community Forum at Madison High School on May 10th. The handout from the meeting is available here:

http://www.pps.net/cms/lib8/OR01913224/Centricity/Domain/182/Zone-C-Handout-English-Spanish-WEB.pdf

Under the current proposal, Scott will go from a K8 to a K5, and will *SHRINK* from 473 students to 393 students (basically 2 strands of immersion, 1 strand of neighborhood). Similar shrinkage is happening at Lee and Vernon. This is not a good thing for the future of Scott School. We will not be able to have a robust K5 at this size. We will continue to bleed FTE. We will have Art, PE, and Library because the state/district mandates them or there is a specific revenue stream, but there will be no extras. Please ask a PTA member if you want more details on how this proposal will be harmful to Scott School.

YOU MUST SPEAK UP.

We must let the district know that this is not OK. Tell them you want 2 class of immersion and 2 classes of neighborhood at each grade for a total of 550 students. Tell them that before the reopen neighborhood schools nearby (Rose City Park), they MUST make sure Title I schools are not under-enrolled.

HERE’S HOW TO DO IT.

Linked below is a letter in English (Spanish coming soon) that you can use to advocate for better boundaries. We will also be putting it into a petition form.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0-WmEGpYApnRURCaTh5Nk9IRVE/view

Please add the information below and email this letter to: ppsgrows@pps.net, superintendent@pps.net, jebrown@pps.net, pknowles@pps.net, akohnstamm@pps.net, tkoehler@pps.net, sbuel@pps.net, mrosen@pps.net, panthony@pps.net, kdavidson@pps.net

Priot to sending it, put a 1 paragraph personal note at the top that speaks to why you personally are troubled with this boundary situation. You could say something like this:

Dear PPS School Board and DBRAC,

I am a parent of a ___ grader at Scott School. I am writing to urge you to direct PPS staff to return to the drawing board in NE. This document reflects my concerns.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0-WmEGpYApnRURCaTh5Nk9IRVE/view

The current proposal is very inequitable, under-enrolling Scott and other Title I schools while opening an additional K5 in the neighborhood. This is disappointing to me because _________(Our school’s budget is already stretched thin, it is racially discriminatory, our neighborhood program is unstable). Please provide an equitable scenario so we can re-engage in larger conversations in implementation.

Respectfully,

YOUR NAME
Scott School Parent

The more we advocate for ourselves, the more difficult it will be for PPS to continue to ignore the needs of our school. Thank you for your support!

District Boundary Meeting – Roseway Heights Elementary – 11/18/2015

Redistrict ThumbA neighborhood meeting to discuss proposed Portland Public Schools (PPS) redistricting was held at Roseway Heights Elementary on 11/18/2015. The meeting was well attended, drawing over 400 people from the neighborhood and around the City.

Notes from the meeting, a copy of PTA President Nicole Marwell’s testimony, and a fully-length video of the meeting are available at the links below: