Hillsdale Neighborhood Assoc., Schools Report
February 6, 2013
Waiting to hear about State Funding The budget includes a proposed State School Fund of $6.4 billion that assumes savings from proposed reforms to public employee pensions. PPS anticipates that even at this amount, many school districts will continue to see cuts to programs, including Portland.
The Legislature is now in session. We are waiting to hear what action they will take regarding school funding
Graduation gains are a collective effort
January 31, 2013: (From Superintendent Carole Smith) Today the state released its annual graduation rate data. PPS showed a one-point gain to 63 percent, the third straight year of growth. We clearly have more work to do, but we are moving in the right direction. Many schools posted dramatic increases: Madison saw one of the largest gains statewide. Wilson and Franklin had increases that were nearly as large.
For more information visit www.pps.k12.or.use
|Rieke Benefit Auction|
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Buy Your Tickets TODAY!
With less than a week to go, time is of the essence! Remember, you name your price through a donation and will receive entry to the event, FREE beverages (beer/wine/soft drinks), and FREE appetizers! All food has been provided by generous donations or sponsorship from Boke Bowl, Cascade Custom Software, and Katie Sengstake/Realty Trust.
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Rieke Outdoor Classroom
Thanks to grants from SW Neighborhood Inc, West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, Wells Fargo, and the Rieke community, we now have a hanging garden installed in the future Rieke outdoor classroom. Each classroom will have three pockets to plant this spring! For more information about the outdoor classroom project and ways you can help, please click here.
School Composting Update
There has been a change in the school composting plan. As of right now, the ‘compostable’ trays can not be composted by the facility that Portland uses in North Plains. The facility uses a 60 day process and trays need a 90 day cycle to completely break down. This information was not clearly stated on the Metro site (their information still says you can compost pizza boxes in the green bins) and PPS only learned about this problem last week. The trays will have to be put in the trash.
In good news, we met with PPS last Thursday and they are arranging for a city compost dumpster to be placed at our school – possibly this week! This will allow us to compost food waste and napkins from lunch. Want to help? We will need some volunteers for the first few weeks to teach the students what can be composted so if you are available to stop by the school during lunch (11:30-12:30) please send a message to email@example.com to be contacted when we start the compost pick up.
Science Fair Volunteers Needed
Next Tuesday, Feb. 12, our 7th and 8th grade students will be presenting their Science Fair projects from 9:15-11:15am. In the past ten years, OHSU has volunteered to visit with students and discuss their projects giving the students an opportunity to speak with professionals in the science community. Unfortunately, OHSU has not been able to gather volunteers this year and we are desperately in need of adults willing to come to Robert Gray in the morning and interview students about their research. If you can help, please contact Katy Wagner-West at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Thank you!
The Science Fair will be open to parents and the community the evening of Feb. 12 from 6-8pm.
Hillsdale Chess Tournament
K-12 Chess Tournament for all skills levels at Robert Gray!
The Rieke Chess Club, along with Robert Gray SUN School and the Gray Chess Club, is hosting a K-12 chess tournament for all skill levels on Saturday, February 16th – we’re expecting over 100 players! The Presidents’ Weekend Tournament will feature several different sections of play (depending on age and experience) so everyone has an opportunity to win one of many generous trophies or (in the more advanced sections) cash prizes. Whether you play in chess club or not, you’re welcome to come play five rounds of chess against players from many other schools around the Portland area. Learn more and register at oscf.org/prezday, or contact Chess Club coach Jeff Dobbins (dad of Kira-4th) for more details. Early Bird Registration ends Feb. 12th. www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/gray
SCRIP SALES FUND PTA SMALL GRANTS
Did you know that every dollar earned through the Scrip program is used to benefit Wilson students? Income from scrip sales provided the funds for the PTA Small Grants last fall. The Peer Counseling Retreat received $500, the Wilson College Career Center received $1500, and the ceramics department will buy a new potter’s wheel with their $800 grant. In the past, the scrip program has helped fund the new reader board in front of the school. The PTA was only able to award these groups this money because of people, like you, who buy scrip through Wilson. Buying scrip is easy.
The order form and instructions can be found on the Wilson PTA page. You can also find a link on the Wilson home page. Remember, every dollar earned goes toward helping Wilson students. Have questions? Contact Gail Lembke at: email@example.com or 503-246-3411; or Martha Schulte:firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-244-50722. Thank you to all the Wilson families, alumni and community members who have purchased scrip, and to all those who will do so in the future. Scrip
Note: The next scrip order date is February 5.
START YOUR SPRING CLEANING!
Clean out that garage! Clean out those closets! and donate your stuff to the Wilson Rummage Sale. We will be hosting 2 drive by/drop off days before the sale. Mark your calendars. SaturdayFeb.16th and Saturday Feb. 23 from 10 am – 2 pm simply stop by the PODS storage container in the parking lot behind the stadium and we’ll be happy to accept your donations. You can also drop off smaller items in the “Rummage Sale” bin in the Wilson office. If neither of these work for you -contact Sally Valentine @ email@example.com and make other arrangements. (We can’t accept baby furniture, large appliances, or mattress/box springs) If you would like to volunteer to help in
any way please email me. Sale will be held Sat. March 2 at the Burlingame Church and benefits the Grad Night Party.
PRINCIPAL PUTS HEART AND FEET INTO FUNDRAISING FOR NEW FIELDS PROJECT
A recent article in The Oregonian spotlights Wilson Principal Brian Chatardʼs work to garner support behind a $1.2 million dollar fundraising effort for Wilson.
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