Marysville Message

Monday 10/12/20

Distance Learning Update

Dear Marysville Families,

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us at the Virtual Marysville Back to School Night. We were grateful for the opportunity to connect even if it had to be through a screen and with out the ice cream social part. We are looking forward to the time when we can gather together again on our beautiful Marysville campus.


You may have already heard of the district's plan to extend Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) through the second quarter, which ends January 28. This decision is based on the latest public health data.


The district is monitoring the county and state COVID-19 metrics. To be able to start hybrid learning (part in-school/part CDL), the following metrics must be met:

  • 10 or fewer cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people in Multnomah County over 7 days for 3 weeks in a row
  • Test positivity of 5% or less in Multnomah County over 7 days for 3 weeks in a row
  • Test positivity of 5% or less statewide over 7 days for 3 weeks in a row
  • And, given that 10% or more of our staff live in Clackamas County and another 10% or more live in Washington County, we must also consider the metrics and their trends in those counties as well.


A decision about third quarter will be made by the district shortly after winter break.

Please visit pps.net/fall2020 for the latest news, information and student and family resources.


At Marysville we want to make this distance learning experience as strong as possible. We know that there are many challenges at this time for families and students.

We want to be there to help.

Students can visit the Marysville Help meetings (code marysvillehelp) Monday through Friday 9:45 - 11:00 am. Teachers have frequent office hours in their schedules to provide support and answer questions. Email or message staff through the Remind app to make an appointment.


We have heard that many families and students would like more ways to connect with each other. If you would like to be part of a Marysville student/parent directory, please complete the form below. This is a completely optional form of communication for families to connect with each other outside of school. Only families completing the form will have their information in the directory and only families with information in the directory will receive a copy of the directory.

Please contact me, cmurray2@pps.net, if you have any questions.


I look forward to seeing you at the Library book bag pickups and the Middle School Device pickup day.

Sincerely,

Cathy Murray

Optional Marysville Family Directory Form

SE Guiding Coalition

Portland Public Schools has launched a multi-year process to develop a plan to balance student enrollment and programs across our district, which serves nearly 50,000 students in 81 schools. Enrollment and Program Balancing uses both a data-driven analysis process and community input to address needs such as equity and inclusion, transportation, facilities constraints, and much more.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic and its impacts on PPS and district communities, the process in 2020 will focus on:

  • Enrolling Kellogg Middle School
  • Identification of a second comprehensive middle school in Southeast
  • Conversion of current K-8 schools to K-5

Work recently began with a committee called the Southeast Guiding Coalition for Enrollment and Program Balancing to guide the process this fall, with a recommendation to the board of education in early 2021. This committee consists of Southeast community members, school principals and district administrators. They held their third meeting last night.

At the meetings, the coalition has received an introduction to data used to evaluate enrollment and program balancing options and began to review a draft presentations of possibilities. This is a starting point of possible options for the Southeast Guiding Coalition to think about, and they will continue to work together in October to ask questions and develop additional versions of a possible plan.

As a community, you also have opportunities to give feedback and input. The Coalition is approaching this work through the lens of racial equity and social justice. Therefore, the target segments are grades 5-8, students of color, and students enrolled in dual language immersion.

Please take this survey online and share your thoughts. The enrollment balancing will directly effect Marysville students and families.

The SE Guiding Coalition will host Virtual Open Houses on October 22 and December 3, 2020 so you can see and respond to the proposals they have developed.


I will provide regular updates on the SE Guiding Coalition’s progress. You can also stay informed by reviewing materials posted on their website and livestreaming their meetings.

Please contact me if you would like more information or to discuss your thoughts.

Thank you for your feedback.

Cathy Murray

A video used in classes this week as part of our Indigenous Peoples Day lessons

Indigenous Peoples Day Song For Kids (ASL Sign Language Lesson Included)

Slow wifi trouble shooting tip

The district has had several reports from families that their students were experiencing extreme slowness on Century Link wifi with a specific model of modem. If you are experiencing this issue, following the directions in the link below to update the modem firmware should fix it.


Centurylink firmware update