Community Meeting to Discuss Neighborhood Program

You are invited to attend a community meeting to discuss the proposed combined Rigler/Scott Neighborhood Program.

When: Thursday, January 11, 7 PM – 8 PM
Where: Rigler Elementary – 5401 NE Prescott St, Portland, Oregon 97218

Additional information about the meeting provided by the district:

Program change proposal for
Rigler and Scott Elementary Schools

Definition of Terms

Neighborhood-based English program: Classrooms where instruction occurs in English.

Neighborhood-based Spanish Dual Language program: Classrooms where instruction occurs in Spanish and English.

What it means for students

The proposal calls for changes in the Rigler and Scott neighborhood-based English programs starting in the 2018-2019 school year. The goal of the proposal is to improve services at both schools. Spanish Dual Language Immersion programs will continue at both schools as currently structured.

If approved, students in the Rigler neighborhood-based English program would attend the Scott neighborhood-based English program. Rigler would then offer a neighborhood-based Spanish DLI program only. Transportation to Scott will be provided for students living one mile or more from the school.

Staff is working with current 4th grade families in Rigler’s Neighborhood-Based English program to determine whether that grade level will remain at Rigler next year, or move to Scott, along with grades K-3.

What about middle school? Current 5th graders in the Rigler neighborhood-based English program will be allowed to enroll at Beaumont for 6th grade.

Students who complete 5th grade in the combined English program at Scott will attend Roseway Heights for middle school.

For detailed information about the proposal read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Next steps

We welcome your involvement in the continuing process. We will provide an update on the revised proposal and plan for final decision at a community meeting Thursday, January 11th at Rigler from 7-8PM.

Questions about the proposal? Contact Michael Bacon, Director, Department of Dual Language: 503-916- 5394, mbacon@pps.net

Opportunities for Middle School Planning

Este es un mensaje bilingüe. Español abajo.
This is a bilingual message. Spanish below.

This week there are two opportunities to get information and provide input on our new Middle School. Please attend one if you can! The middle school we have fought for for years is finally going to open, and we have the exciting opportunity to help shape its programs, offerings, and culture!

Community Meeting with Vestal, Scott, Lee, and Rose City Park schools.
Tuesday, December 12, 6 – 8 p.m. Roseway Heights, 7334 NE Siskiyou
Dinner, translation, and childcare are provided.

Scott School PTA Meeting
Wednesday, December 13, 6 – 8 p.m. Scott School Library
The new principal for Roseway Heights Middle School will provide a presentation on the new school and answer questions. Please join us for discussion and cookies!
Cookies and tea, Spanish translation, and childcare are provided.

There will be several more opportunities over the next months for parents and children to be involved in the planning process. More information is available at the PPS Middle School page.

Esta semana hay dos oportunidades para obtener información y proporcionar información sobre nuestra nueva escuela secundaria. Por favor asista a uno si puede! La escuela secundaria por la que hemos luchado durante años finalmente se va a abrir, ¡y tenemos la oportunidad emocionante de ayudar a dar opiniones a sus programas, ofertas y cultura!

Reunión comunitaria con las escuelas Vestal, Scott, Lee y Rose City Park. Martes, 12 de diciembre, 6 – 8 p.m. Roseway Heights, 7334 NE Siskiyou Se proporciona cena, traducción y cuidado de niños.

Reunión de Scott School PTA Miércoles, 13 de diciembre, de 6 a 8 p.m. Biblioteca Escuela Scott.

El nuevo director de Roseway Heights Middle School brindará una presentación sobre la nueva escuela y responderá preguntas. ¡Únete a nosotros para discusiones y galletas! Se proporcionan galletas, té, traducción al español y cuidado de niños.

Habrá varias oportunidades más en los próximos meses para que padres e hijos participen en el proceso de planificación. Más información está disponible en la página de la Escuela Secundaria PPS.

Roseway Heights Information Meeting

This joint community meeting of Roseway Heights feeder schools (Scott, Vestal, Lee and Rose City Park) will focus on discussions related to next year’s boundary updates and how they affect the new Roseway Heights Middle School and it’s feeders. Food and childcare are provided.

When: Tuesday December 12th, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Roseway Heights, 7334 NE Siskiyou

Scott K-5/Roseway Heights Listening Session

PPS is hosting a listening session on opening two new middle schools at Harriett Tubman and Roseway Heights.

When: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 12
Where: Madison High School Cafeteria, 2735 NE 82nd Ave., Portland, 97220

Members of the Scott School Community should attend to learn more about the plan, which converts Scott into a K-5 school and sends 6-8 grade students to Roseway Heights. Please wear red to show your support for Scott School.

Additional information on PPS’s plan for new middle schools is available here https://www.pps.net/Page/10776.

Summary of Plan posted by PPS: “Portland Public Schools is moving toward a middle school model for students in grades 6-8 as a way to provide expanded options and stronger programs to more students. In April, the PPS Board directed the district to open two middle schools by fall 2018 at Harriet Tubman and Roseway Heights. District planners have developed a detailed framework for the components of exemplary middle schools to be used as a guide.”

 

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!