May 2012 Schools Report

Hillsdale Neighborhood Assoc., Schools Report

May 2, 2012

PPS News

PPS faces a major budget shortfall of $27.5M for the next school year. Superintendent Carole Smith has proposed to bring spending in-line with the available resources by using reserves ($7.2 million), cutting central support departments ($9.5 million) and a $10 million reduction to schools.  The cuts to schools could be a much as 100 teaching positions, although she is negotiating with the Teacher’s Union to shorten the school year to lessen the number of teachers that are laid off.

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Rieke Elementary:

Rieke Parents close to fundraising Goal

Only $6,000 more needed to reach this year’s goal of $75,000 to backfill PPS staffing cuts.  (The parents actually had to raise significantly more, since 1/3 of funds raised go to the PPS Equity Fund)  If you are able to help, please make checks payable to Rieke PTA and note RUFR (Rise Up For Rieke) in the notes field.  Donations can be mailed to the school at

 1405 SW Vermont Ave, Portland, OR 97219.

Rieke Art Fair

The Rieke Art Fair returns May 6, 10 am to 4 pm, with dozens of local, professional artists offering paintings, photography, wearable art, jewelry and more at Rieke, 1405 SW Vermont Street. It's a great time to shop for Mother's Day and there will also be food, entertainment and art classes for students. The Art Fair coincides with the opening of the weekly Hillsdale Farmers Market and Hillsdale Mainstreet’s SpringFest so plan to make a day of it! For a list of our fabulous artists and information on art classes, please go to . If you have questions, please contact Erin Barnett, Rieke PTA member, at 503-320-6054 or

Rieke 1st Grader Wins 1st place in Writing Contest!

The Friends of Tryon Creek recently held their 17th Annual Tall Tale Writing Contest.  Over 400 Kindergarten through 6th grade students from around the Portland Metro Area participated. Nineteen winners were selected including one from Rieke!

Congratulations to 1st Grade student Torin Repasky for winning First Place for his essay on “How Crow Got to Be So Clever”!  

Recycling Success!

The Rieke community helped recycle 40 BIG bags of plastics last Tuesday!  That's 40 bags less to the landfill, 40 bags less to be a choking hazard for animals.  Special thanks to the Tryon Creek Rangers for transporting the plastics to Farwest Fibers and to all of the student and parent volunteers who help sort before and after school.  Go Rieke!

Robert Gray:

Willy Wonka at Gray in May

Enjoy the family favorite Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka with a cast of over 50 Robert Gray students singing and dancing their way through this magical tale.    

Friday, May 4 at 7pm, Gen Admission $7 adults, $5 youth

Saturday, May 5 at 7pm, Gen Admission $7 adults, $5 youth

Thursday, May 10 at 7pm, Gen Admission $7 adults, $5 youth

Friday, May 11 at 7pm, Gen Admission $7 adults, $5 youth

Saturday, May 12 at 2pm, Gen Admission $7 adults, $5 youth

Premium Tickets will be available for some performances for $10 each 

Performances are at Robert Gray Middle School. Box office opens 30 minutes prior to each show. Tickets available at the door and online here. Concessions will be available before the show and at intermission. All ticket and concession sales go directly to support this production

The Robert Gray Foundation has raised $26,400! And boy, we need those funds considering next year's funding cuts. Here's what we accomplished:


  • Computer labs, classroom equipment, and office and library equipment will be kept in service every day of the school year.
  • There will be enough elective classes to serve all students.
  • 35 more students can earn one year's credit for high school level foreign language. 

SUN School Potentially on the Chopping Block

The SUN Program at Jackson Middle School has been spared for another year.  However, the fate of the SUN School program at Robert Gray has not yet been determined.  Speak up now to tell the Mayor and city council why SUN Schools should not be cut! The SUN Facts & Action sheet gives information you need in order to act. Thanks for your support. We can’t lose SUN! There is still time to advocate for our SUN School to stay here next year.

Or you can give your input online at

Dr. Kathy Masarie Speaks at May PTA Meeting

Join us on Monday, May 7, from 7-8:30 pm for a wonderful evening with local speaker Dr. Kathy Masarie.  “Courage to Be the Change You Want to See” is the topic of this free presentation. Please mark your calendar!

Wilson High

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Principal Sue Brent to Retire

Wilson Principal Sue Brent has announced that she will retire at the end of June.  PPS is activity searching for a replacement and hope to hope this person in place before Ms. Brent leaves.

2012-13 Staffing cuts Announced

Here are the current reductions in FTE. (Full-Time Equivalents) Remember we spend in bits and pieces: 

·         Choir reduced from .80 to .50 (.30 cut)

·         Science:  In biology we will post a .75 position so it’s a .25 reduction in science

·         Social Studies:  2.1 positions

·         English:  1.5 positions

·         French:  .50 of a position

·         German:  .25 of a position VP Secretary: .40 (classified are half weighted, so .80), VPs will share one secretary; Abby Menashe who will move to Room 139 and both VPs will be housed in that office.

·         Bookkeeper:  .063 (a smidge) from 30 hours a week to 25 hours a week.  Expect a new reduced scheduled hours for that office.

·         Two teachers took a voluntary leave of absence part time to help with our reduction

               Spanish:  .25 (Joanna Coleman will be .75 next year)

               Media Specialist:  .25 (Linda Campillo will be .75 next year)


·        We will not run Environmental Studies, AP Calculus BC, or Advanced Physics next year. These are classes that forecasted below 25 students.  They will run on an every other year basis.  All other AP classes will remain next year.

The Wilson Foundation expects to be able to fund approximately 1 FTE next year.


Sasquatch Brewery, Wilson family-owned and new-kid-on-the-block; treat your taste buds and support the Wilson Foundation. Sasquatch will donate 15% of all sales that day from 5:00 till closing.

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