Last year school year in October, Asst. Superintendent Melissa Goff requested, and the School Board approved spending $350K on books for our school libraries serving elementary grade level students.
Instruction, curriculum and assessment directed that the funds primarily support our Reading by the End of Third Grade initiative, and focus on books that reflect the diversity of our students.
Our district Library Services facilitated the project, including identifying possible titles, gathering collecting suggestions from our library staff as well as outside agencies including Multnomah County Library, Indian Education, NAYA and IRCO.
$350,000 was split between 60 school sites, with a formula based on K-3 student population, and considering the variables of language immersion and focus and priority factors.
Each school library team spent hours and hours reviewing and selecting between 300 and 500 titles to purchase for their school. Orders were placed and shipments began to arrive at our school in November 2015.
We took time with the 4th and 5th grade classes to analyze the pictures and text, create still motion tableaus based on a scene in the book and integrate our new iPads with the app Animoto.
The 4th and 5th graders will be sharing these book trailers and stories with younger grades at Buckman.
GREAT JOB STUDENTS! <3 Ms. Rudnick
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The Arts Tax Comes Full Circle
April 5, 2016
The Fields Ballroom and Miller Gallery were alive with imagination and youthful strokes of artistic brilliance last night at the 2nd annual HEART of Portland: A Portland Public Schools K-12 Arts Showcase reception. The evening featured music and dance performances by Portland Public School students and a visual arts exhibition. The exhibition is free to the public, and will remain on view through April 16.
The reception and exhibition were organized as a thanks to Portland voters for supporting the Arts Education and Access Fund. Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith, City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, and Museum Executive Director Brian Ferriso spoke about the importance of arts education funding, and commended the inspired work being done in the schools and across the city to bring the true spirit of the Arts Tax to life.
As a recipient of general operating funds from the Arts Tax, the Museum is able to strengthen and deepen our education and outreach programs, including expanded access for underrepresented communities through new programs that reach veterans, LGBTQ youth, Latino youth, people with dementia and their caregivers, and the blind and low vision community, among others.
The Museum is honored to display and celebrate the artwork made possible by Portland voters and the dedication of arts educators in the Portland Public School District.
Learn more about the arts tax has impacted school districts in Portland.
Watch KGW’s Cassidy Quinn reporting live from the HEART of Portland: A Portland Public Schools K-12 Arts Showcase reception.
To celebrate Beverly Cleary's 100th birthday, we have a large banner for students, staff and parents to come sign their name and color in. Make sure to check out some of her books along the way!
Ms. Berk's class has been busy putting together a class newspaper, and that's NO JOKE! While reading it I came across a book review to share!
Goodnight Mister Tom
Review by Molly
My name is Molly, I am nine years old and in Ms.Berks 4th grade class. I obviously go to Buckman and live in Portland Oregon and I decided to review a book called Goodnight Mr. Tom for you.
Goodnight Mister Tom is set in England during the Second World War in the 1940’s. Eight-year-old William Beech was evacuated from London during the Blitz (city bombing) and separated from his mother to live in a small village called Little Weirwold. With a secret history, a pale weak William comes to stay with Tom, an angry older man with a sad history of his own. During Willie’s stay they get more attached to each other and
Tom starts realizing Willie’s abusive past, while Willie begins to learn about Tom’s sad history. Along the way Willie meets his first ever friends. He becomes particularly close to Zach a warm-hearted, outgoing, adventurous boy (the opposite of Willie). This novel is heartbreaking but at the same time heartwarming. I hope you liked reading this book review and hopefully you'll read Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian someday!
Check out the rest of the Newspaper!
Library Media Specialist