First PTA Meeting and Potluck

On Wednesday, September 13th, the PTA will hold its first PTA Meeting and Potluck of the new school year. Every member of the Scott School Community is invited to attend.

Starting at 6pm, we will share a meal at tables under the Covered Pavilion in the back of the school while the PTA Board welcomes everyone to the new year and introduces themselves. Attendees are encouraged to bring a food dish to share.

We plan to share a lot of useful information including ways to get connected at Scott. We will also share the schedule for upcoming PTA meetings and other Scott School related activities. We hope you are able to join us! Oh…and the best part? Ice cream desert will be provided. 🙂

If you are a Facebook user, you can view and add the event to your Calendar using this link:

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Community Care Day and Picnic 2017

Please join us at Scott School from 9-1pm on Saturday, August 26th for Project Community Care Day and Picnic!

Come any time between 9-12 to help clean. Bring gloves, garden tools, blowers, weed-wackers, or other tools if you can. We have had some extra help this summer and the school yard is looking great, so lets get together and make sure it’s 100% ready for kids’ first day. We’ll also freshen up the painted playground games.

Stay for a picnic from 12pm-1pm. Hotdogs, chips, drinks and Otter Pops will be served! This is a great way to support the school and get to know our amazing Scott community. Our new Principal, Gina Roletto, will be in attendance for a meet-and-greet.

Meeting with Principal Truong

Notes from my bi-weekly meeting with Principal Truong, November 10, 2015:

Boundaries – The upcoming boundary meetings in N/NE Portland are:
Nov. 12 CIO, 700 N Killingsworth St (97217) 6-8 PM
Nov. 16 Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), 8114 SE Division St (97266) 10 AM – 12 noon
Nov. 17 Charles Jordan Community Center, 9009 N Foss Ave (97203) 6-8 PM
*Nov. 17 Latino Network at Madison High School (En espanol), 2735 NE 82nd Ave (97220) 6-8 PM
*Nov. 18 Roseway Heights, 7334 NE Siskiyou St (97213) 6-8 PM

Parents are welcome and encouraged to go to any meeting; it would be nice to get several parents to go to the meetings at Madison and Roseway heights (*).

It is important to be specific in what we like or dislike about each scenario. The board is likely to pick and choose pieces from each option rather than one scenario. It is also important to bring up any concerns with the scenarios.

In connection with the boundary review scenarios and meetings, there has been chatter about possibly merging Rigler and Scott (one immersion school, one “neighborhood” school). This is a discussion that needs to happen along with boundary review (whether there is a change or not) so that students are not re-shuffled multiple times if this change is made. I am inviting Michael Bacon, Assistant Director or Dual Language Immersion to our upcoming PTA meeting on November 19th (6:30-8:00 PM).

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Principal Truong has set up a new literacy program that targets the areas where students are struggling and practices those areas frequently. This new system is heavily reliant on volunteers. The volunteers she is looking for are people who can come in on a regular basis (such as 1-2 hours every Tuesday). There is no special training needed, volunteers will be given instructions for the individual students’ needs. Volunteers would work with individual students for 5-ish minutes each and then move on to another student. If you are interested, please contact Principal Truong.

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The middle school has undergone several changes recently. First off, there are several elective options available to students: drama, mariachi, choir, PE, art, technology… This is the most our students have been offered at Scott since the switch to a K-8. Additionally, the middle school schedule has been adjusted so that all of the electives are offered the last 2 periods of the day, which makes them more accessible to the students.

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New Staff at Scott! Principal Truong has hired a new half-time Reading Specialist. She is looking for 2 new Educational Assistants (EAs). Additionally, one of our current EAs is being trained as a Para-Educator, which will allow her to hire a new EA to fill the then vacant EA position.

Given the difficulties our school has had getting substitute teachers, Principal Truong has been given permission from the district to hire an in-building substitute. This person will report to Scott every day to fill any holes that come up (like illness).

Update on Maestra Perez’s first grade class – There is currently a long-term English-speaking substitute (who is staying until Maestra Perez returns). They are also getting a 2 day/week Spanish-speaking substitute to help with lessons in Spanish.