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!

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:

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.