Take the time to celebrate these real life superheroes during PTA Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6, 2016.
Find a special promotional toolkit for PTA Leaders and Parents here.
Find other ideas on thoughtful ways to express your gratitude here.
STEM Opportunity for all high school students:
Invention Bootcamp will give 25 motivated high school students throughout Portland training and access to rapid prototyping tools while developing their design process, creative and critical thinking skills and introducing them to entrepreneurship. Students from communities underrepresented in STEM fields are highly encouraged to participate. The camp is a four week, intensive education experience for high school students, led by PSU faculty and undergraduate engineering students. Students will learn basic skills to develop a prototype by completing class-wide projects. In parallel, students will apply these skills to creating their own invention. At the end of Invention Bootcamp, students will present their invention to the public. Invention Bootcamp is free for participants.
Find more information and apply here.
Offer feedback on how statewide testing impacts:
The Oregon Secretary of State Audits Division is conducting a performance audit of the use of statewide summative assessments, with a focus on the Smarter Balanced Assessment. They are conducting a survey of parents to find out whether Smarter Balanced testing impacts you and your family. Your responses will help them make recommendations on how to make improvements in the system.
Please help by filling out this survey. The survey should only take about 5-10 minutes to fill out. The majority of questions are multiple-choice but also provide an opportunity for your additional comments or input in associated comment boxes. For your survey responses to be included in the survey results and analysis in the public report, the survey must be completed by the end of the day on April 18, 2016. Your responses are anonymous.
Find more information here:
ESSA Essentials: What you need to know
Oregon Department of Education ESSA page
Oregon PTA has been involved with the work groups on ESSA implementation. These workgroups focused on Standards and Assessment, Accountability, School and District Improvement and Educator Effectiveness.
Find out more about the work groups here.
Natural Disaster Preparation:
How do you prepare for natural hazards? Help make Portland ready - take this ten-minute survey to tell the City of Portland how you prepare. The information you provide will help City of Portland government offices prioritize projects and better understand how to communicate with you about natural hazards.
Take the Portland Preparedness Survey.
Hand to Hand:
Donations are needed. Please collect items for this community donation event benefiting local agencies supporting those in need, for donation on April 17, 2016. The Portland Council PTA Clothing Center is honored to be a beneficiary of Hand to Hand.
Find out how you can help the organizations involved by visiting
Hand to Hand.
Safe Routes to School:
When it is safe, convenient, and fun to walk to neighborhood schools, our children are healthier, streets are safer for everyone, and communities thrive. When children are healthy, they are ready to learn The fact is that not every community has a safe route to school for all students.
Safe Routes to School programs can assist you in setting up a program in your community and promoting . Whether you are a PTA Leader or a Member, you can help with creating a community of students who are mobile citizens.
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Fire Up Your Feet to earn rewards for your school during the month of May. Register today!