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Tuesday
May292012

Hayhurst Elementary - profile

Hayhurst Elementary (K-5) is tucked away in SW Portland and feeds into nearby Robert Gray Middle School and Wilson HS. Because it is a PPS neighborhood school (which shares its campus with the K-8 Odyssey Program Focus Option), curriculum and methodology won’t vary much from any other neighborhood school - so to get the scoop we’ll look at what parents have told us about its community and other general observations:

The Scoop Half-Full:

Most families within the Hayhurst boundaries attend this elementary school (72% in fact) which sits on a sizeable patch of green in suburban SW Portland. When asked about the positive aspects of Hayhurst, parents called out principal Deanne Froelich, whom they feel is doing an exceptional job leading two programs under one roof. And while Hayhurst’s solid test scores offer evidence of successful leadership, parents note that Principal Froelich’s friendly, available, and “goal-oriented” approach are what make Hayhurst hum. Whether she's working to upgrade the computer lab, or making smart decisions in hiring staff, parents see day-to-day progress at the school, and in their children’s own educational progress.

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Tuesday
Jan312012

The Right Brain Initiative in Our Schools

Today's post is by Kristin Walrod, a writer and creative writing teacher through Columbia Gorge Arts in Education (CGAIE). She is also an Arts Integration Facilitator for The Right Brain Initiative. 

The right brain is the creative side, right? As parents and teachers we have seen creativity and the arts get pushed to the sidelines in our schools in favor of reading, writing, math, and packaged curriculum designed to improve test scores. Often, elementary school teachers have trouble finding time for art in their classrooms. In addition to lack of time, many new teachers grew up without art instruction themselves, making them less likely to feel confident incorporating the teaching, creating, or appreciation of art in their own classroom activities.

Sitton Elementary photo by Zac Goodwin, courtesy of Right Brain InitiativeLaunched in 2008, The Right Brain Initiative (managed by the Regional Arts & Culture Council) doesn’t believe that schools should be in an either/or situation with the arts. In fact they believe that in many cases the arts are uniquely helpful in teaching crucial skills our kids will need to face their future. These 21st century skills—critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication, and what Right Brain refers to as the “Fifth C” (a mesh of civic-mindedness, community and compassion)—are the focus of Right Brain residencies.

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Wednesday
Aug312011

The Odyssey Program at Hayhurst - profile

The Odyssey Program is a K-8 “Living History” PPS Focus Option program housed at Hayhurst Elementary in SW Portland. Since 1994 Odyssey has used mixed-aged classrooms, team teaching, as well as team learning to create an experiential and thematic learning environment.  Comprised of 3 grade-level clusters (K-1-2, 3-4-5, and 6-7-8), each with 3 teachers who work together, Odyssey students have a unique, integrated learning experience.  Here’s the scoop:

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Imagine a school where kids don’t know boredom; where they learn through the lens of different periods of history while taking on identities from that era; where they work freely in teams of their choosing, in a program designed to challenge them at their own ability levels.  Then also imagine that the curriculum is carefully culled from a variety of resources, designed by teachers dedicated to working in such a unique program.  Welcome to Odyssey, the PPS Focus Option at Hayhurst, where in any given season you might walk into Ancient Rome, Renaissance Europe, or the Oregon Trail.  And if you’re kid isn’t a history buff, don’t dismiss Odyssey just yet.

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