MESD Celebrates Board Appreciation Month
The agency recognized and honored board members at the January regular meeting with certificates of appreciation, special catering by Helensview School's catering program and a reading of the Governor's Proclamation read by Superintendent Sam Breyer. Thank you board members for your service!
By Jaime Dunkle
The Bars to Bridges Project celebrated Bars to Bridges youth and their loved ones at King Pins for a fun night of bowling and pizza on Dec. 7. The Bars to Bridges Project supports the African American/Black Student Success Plan via the assistance of Transition Specialists. Our Transition Specialists work directly with African American, Black and Multi-race students who have been at the Donald E. Long Detention Home and are now transitioning into other placements or their neighborhood schools. Bars to Bridges, as an extension of House Bill 2016, also supports students at other facilities and in the community.
"My Transition Specialist is more relatable. He's from the South like me," said one student, who benefits from the Bars to Bridges project, at the holiday event.
Bars to Bridges staff did a wonderful job making sure students and their guests felt welcome with a steady flow of pizza pies and lane games. Everyone had a chance to bowl, even a couple of Donald E. Long teachers who came out to show support. The atmosphere was full of smiles, laughter and holiday cheer.
"It's no judgment. They don't look at you like you're a bad kid," the same student said.
Bars to Bridges youth were surprised with gift bags of backpacks, winter clothing, and shoes at our recent holiday event, thanks to REI, Columbia Sportswear and Dr. Martens. We appreciate the support!
Visit the Bars to Bridges Flickr page for more photo highlights of the holiday celebration. Find out more about Bars to Bridges and how it serves youth.
Two hundred and fifty students at Helensview School will have increased access and opportunities in Career Technical Education thanks to a $336,286 ODE CTE Revitalization grant. Using grant funds, the school will upgrade existing facilities to allow the school to support student participation in Phoenix Industries, its suite of career technical programs. The funding will allow the school to work towards establishing a pre-trade apprenticeship in carpentry offerings, establish a production kitchen to support the culinary business program, and provide additional dual credit opportunities through Mt. Hood Community College.
Students Angelica Perez-Garcia and Zoria Hudson welcomed the news with excitement. “Being at Helensview and involved in Phoenix Industries and the culinary program has allowed me to see myself and my future differently,” and, “I’m excited about all the new things this money will allow us to do in those programs,” said Perez-Garcia. “Participating in the CTE woodworking and manufacturing program has taught me math and confidence in speaking in front of a group, and the CTE funding to add an internship will help me learn about careers that I haven’t considered before,” echoed Hudson.
Principal Dawn Joella-Jackson added, “At Helensview we serve students who have been referred by their districts when they were not successful there. These students have so many skills and gifts. The growth of our CTE programs will allow them to find new ways to shine.”
CTE teachers Jermain Whitaker and Joe Williams explained about the impact the revitalization funds will have in their classrooms. “The math integration into the pretrade apprenticeship in carpentry allows students to visualize career and post-secondary opportunities after high-school,” explained teacher Jermaine Whitaker who leads the Woodworking and Manufacturing program. Teacher Joe Williams who leads the culinary business program added, “The program supports student learning in math, forecasting, marketing, and project planning. Students will receive dual-credit for their coursework through a partnership with Mt. Hood Community College.”
Phoenix Industries is a suite of hands-on career technical education programs. The programs include Phoenix Bike which uses bicycle repair and rejuvenation to support physics instruction and leads to internships with the community cycling center; Phoenix Ink a design and screen printing program, Phoenix Feast a culinary business program; Phoenix Beats, a composition, arrangement, and recording studio program; and Phoenix Build, a custom design and build construction and manufacturing program.
Helensview school is a middle and high school that offers multiples pathways to graduation for students grades 6-12. Its mission is to provide culturally competent educational and support services that empower students to engage in their own learning and encourage students to transition to post-secondary school, training or career opportunities. The school offers integrated community-based units built around common standards, actively incorporates student voice in themes and directions of the classes and offers hands-on programming through Phoenix Industries.
Applicants sought for vacancy on Multnomah
Education Service District Board of Directors
May 22, 2017
The Multnomah ESD Board of Directors is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy (At Large Position #6) on the Board. Applicants must be residents within the Multnomah ESD boundaries which are approximately those of Multnomah County. To confirm residency in the MESD boundary area, contact the Multnomah County Elections Office, (503) 988-3720. Multnomah ESD is a regional education agency providing special education, school health services, alternative and outdoor education, technology and other support services to the eight public school districts in Multnomah County.
Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on June 30, 2017. For more information contact the MESD Board Secretary, 503-257-1504; email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can download application materials here (Notice) and here (application). Interview will be conducted at a Special Session meeting of the Board on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
May 3, 2017
A public hearing on a proposed supplemental budget for the Multnomah Education Service District for the current fiscal year will be held at 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, OR 97220 in the Board Room on the 16th day of May, 2017 at 6:30pm. The purpose of the hearing is to discuss the supplemental budget with interested persons. A copy of the supplemental budget document may be inspected or obtained in the Business Office at 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, OR 97220 between the hours of 8:00am and 4:30pm.
You can view the Public Notice HERE.
April 20th, 2017
Join us for the 2017 Milestones Celebration on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 3:45pm in the MESD Auditorium! Click HERE for more information.
Event Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017 • 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Multnomah ESD • 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle • Portland, Oregon
In responding to questions on an online feedback form, participants had the following to say:
Thank you Representative Smith-Warner and Senator Frederick for speaking at the Multnomah ESD board meeting about building relationships with legislator.
Helensview Women's Group walked around and shared cookies with inspirational quotes with our neighbors!
Students from Helensview's health and PE class had a great Friday at the driving range.
The Helensview bike program has continued to grow and is now a part of our health and P.E. classes.
The culinary program makes Friday lunch at Helensview. Delicious!
Students in Helensview's health class learn about their brains.
Honoring all of the hard work from the summer including summer school,internships and STARS Mentoring.
Teams from Columbia River Pet Partners (CRPP) Pawsative Reading Pals visited the Migrant Education Summer Program at Hollydale Elementary in July. Participants were offered the chance to read with a supportive adult and a furry companion, and each student received a free book!
Top: David Ransier and Lady
Left: Barbara Harmon and Scamp, Right: Debby Lazarone and Chicory
Peter Christensen and canine companion Muka spoke to the older students about therapy dogs. Sherri Tallmon also brought along Ace, a registered therapy llama, to interact with some of the younger classes.
Thanks, Columbia River Pet Partners!
Burlingame Creek's Garden Harvest