Nine of our schools earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR rating
At a ceremony on February 10 at Wilson High School in SW Portland, nine PPS schools were recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for achieving ENERGY STAR certification. To receive this certification, a building must perform in the top 25% of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency, and meet strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. ENERGY STAR schools use an average of 35% less energy, and also release 35% less carbon dioxide.
97th annual Benson Tech Show
Benson High School students displayed projects they’ve completed through the school’s renowned Career Technical Education (CTE) program. Benson is one of three PPS high schools that would be modernized under a $790 million capital construction Health, Safety and Modernization Bond proposed for the May 2017 ballot.
Black History Month
April Mears, counselor at Vernon K-8, is committed to ensuring that students of color see themselves in the books they read. As part of Black History Month, she hosted a “Read-In” to celebrate black authors. With assistance from the Vernon Librarian, Jayme Wilkens, and the Multnomah County Library, which supplements Vernon’s library, Mears had 7th graders partner with younger students to read and discuss stories of African Americans.