Meet the new King principal!

Hello King Families,
Thank you for a great two years. I am so proud of King students and families. Please read this message from Senior Director Karl Logan.
Thank you,
Eryn Berg
Proud Former Principal of King School

Dear King Families:

I am happy to tell you that Jill Sage, currently principal at Skyline K-8 School, will become the new principal at King starting July 1.

Principal Sage’s staff and leadership experiences in the arts, language immersion, equity work and raising student achievement makes her a great fit for King. Please read more about Principal Sage in the attached announcement from Superintendent Carole Smith.

Principal Sage asked me to invite you to an open house at King School on Wednesday July 1 from 3:30 pm to 4:30. Please  stop by the school if you can to meet and talk with Principal Sage.

I hope your summer is off to a good start.

Karl Logan
Senior Director, Grant and Jefferson Cluster Schools


Estimadas familias de King,

Me alegra informarles a ustedes que la Señora, Jill Sage, directora actual de la escuela de Skyline, del kindergarten al octavo grado será la nueva directora de King, a partir del 1 de julio.

La experiencia de directora Sage con el personal y el liderazgo en campos como los artes, inmersión de idioma, su trabajo en la equidad y la elevación  del aprovechamiento de alumno le muestra ser muy adecuada para King. Favor de leer más sobre directora Sage en el anuncio adjunto de la superintendente,  Señora Carole Smith.

Directora Sage me pidió invitarles a ustedes a una casa abierta para todos en la escuela de King el miércoles, el 1 de julio desde las 3:30 p.m. hasta las 4:30 p.m.  Favor de pasar de visita por la escuela si podrá conocer y conversar con la directora Sage.

Espero que su verano haya tenido un buen comienzo.

Karl Logan
Director principal, las escuelas de agrupación de Grant y Jefferson


Before and after care for next year

For those of you who have not yet heard the news, Eryn has negotiated with Peninsula to return to King next year in a new space sharing agreement so we will continue to have before and after care at King. This was due to a productive meeting that she had with Peninsula yesterday as well as the clear and positive messages she received from several of you about the importance of this service.

Turnaround Arts & King School in DC

In case you just missed this a few minutes ago: Five King students performed with Sarah Jessica Parker at the White House for First Lady Michelle Obama in the first Turnaround Arts Talent Show! PPS is grateful for the Turnaround Arts grant that has funded the project and made a huge, positive impact at King.  As SJP just said about King, “The hallways are brimming with pride.” Congrats, young ladies for making PPS proud! Turnaround Arts & King School   Sarah Jessica Parker & Paula Boggs also tweeted about it here:
SJP and King School

Buy your King Dinner Theater tickets today!

large_69959a06-7c0a-4d60-b2c0-ebd2f2b30c6cOur first annual King Dinner Theater is just one of the many events at King that demonstrate the progress of our program and give parents and community an opportunity to support it at the same time. See the fruits of the students’ hard work in a relaxing atmosphere and keep a good thing going! Buy your tickets online: or in the school office–the sooner the better so we can anticipate the catering needs. We hope to see you all there!

Connect to Kindergarten at King

20121024_115416 (2)3King School is growing and you will want to grow with us!  Do have child who will be an incoming kindergartener (5 years in September) or an incoming Pre-kindergartener (4 in September)?  We will have our annual winter open house for incoming or prospective parents on Friday, March 1st at 10:00 am.  Learn about our integrated arts and International Baccalaureate programs.  King school has the best academic achievement in the area and more enrichments like Spanish, art, dance, drama.  We are currently negotiating partnerships with a Portland State University Fine Arts Program and a renown local jazz band instructor.  Get all the details and tour the school on March 1st or simply call and set up a time to visit when it fits your schedule.  We look forward to seeing you.

The King School office can be reached at: 503-916-6456 or


December King PTA News

141_4116_r1It has been another frenetic month as usual here at King. Here’s just a few of the details from this month’s meeting:

Enrollment Balancing
Last week, Principal Patterson and Io Eltagonde presented a plan by King School staff to Enrollment and Transfer Director, Judy Brennan to achieve a sustainable student population for King School. This plan proposes changing King’s boundary to include the entire King Neighborhood boundary (part of which now feeds to Sabin) and to gain part of the former Humboldt School area furthest from Boise-Eliot. An alternative plan is to close Sabin school and divide its enrollment area between the two other International Baccalaureate schools, King and Vernon, and to have Sabin be the permanent home for the ACCESS program for gifted students which currently shares space there. This was also discussed at Site Council last week.

Latino parents expressed their concerns that PPS has been separating Spanish-speaking and English-speaking parents in their outreach on this issue and that weakens the voices of parents by keeping them divided. The PTA overall expressed the sentiment that parent perspectives and concerns can only represent the individual parents that express them, and that the district is misguided in habitually looking at the public as monolithic socio-economic and racial groups. There was agreement that parents all have very similar needs educationally and that education should be delivered equitably without regard to race or income. Therefore, parents want the district to not reorganize schools along demographic lines.

Budget/Teacher Grants
The King PTA budget was amended to fix an accounting error and to move more money into the teacher grant account to fund more projects. As a result, the budget for grants to teachers and staff was increased by $1300 to $6300 for the year.
Following adoption of the amended budget, the PTA agreed to fund all five grant requests that have been received. They are:

  • $2000 for portable, durable video cameras for digital media production, social science and art projects.
  • $1382.90 for an online literacy program that rewards reading in and out of school and engages students and their parents in reading while allowing tracking of comprehension and progress toward reading goals.
  • $1085.96 for “wiggle seats” to provide all first and second graders with a means to move while keeping focused on learning in the classroom. Research has shown these to have a positive effect especially with students with attention deficits.
  • $100 for interactive classroom supplies in the ESL classroom.
  • $150 for food costs in the three kindergarten classes for cooking projects throughout the year.

ACCESS Academy
Anna Kulgren, parent and Kristen Sheeran, PTA President of the ACCESS Academy attended our PTA meeting. They were on hand to answer King parents’ questions about what ACCESS is and to get a sense of our community’s opinion of the school district’s proposals to co-locate ACCESS in the King building. They said that ACCESS is being explicitly made an option to all qualifying families and that since this change was implemented, the diversity of the program is increasing rapidly. They feel that ACCESS, if moved to King, would be a benefit for both programs. Discussion was cut short due to the performance of “Armannie” immediately following PTA.

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