Capitol Hill Community News

June 2023

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Principal's Message

Capitol Hill Community,

I'm amazed at how fast the year has gone by. This has been a new and refreshing experience for me in my first year at Capitol Hill. I feel so very lucky to be a part of this community with you all.

I'm very excited to continue to deepen my understanding of the Capitol Hill Community. I'm looking forward to supporting the instructional practices of our veteran and experienced Capitol Hill Staff with the addition of our Instructional Coach and in-house professional development plan. I am committed to my Core Values and leading our school in a way that fosters feelings of value and commitment from all stakeholders.

This has been such a fun year and I'm so excited for the many more years to come. I hope you all enjoy your summer!

- Mike


Core Values

Student First Decision Making

Honesty and Transparency

Listen to Understand

Realize we are All Humans

Important Dates

6/6 - Portland Symphony Orchestra Visit

6/7 - OSMI in the Classroom - 2nd grade

6/7 - Connelly Lunch Bunch

6/9 - Family Spring Dance 6pm - 8pm @ Capitol Hill

6/12 - Chromebooks or Permission Slips due

6/13 - Kinder Celebration

6/14 - 5th Grade Celebration

Meet the Capitol Hill Staff (NEW!)

We have put together website that introduces our wonderful Capitol Hill Staff to our families and community. This will live on the Capitol Hill/PPS website and be updated as need. Check it out to get to know us a bit better :)

Meet our Capitol Hill Staff!

9:30 am @ Village Coffee

Friday, June 9th - Please join Principal Mike Sauers for "Chat with the Principal." This will be a casual, drop-in event where parents and community members have an opportunity to meet Mike and ask any questions they may have.

Welcome Kira Parker!

I would like to welcome Kira Parker to our Capitol Hill Family. Kira will be joining our 1st grade team next year and will be in classroom # 106. Kira is a current Kindergarten teacher at Lewis Elementary and will be entering her 9th year of teaching. She was born in Portland and has lived here most of her life. She met her husband at Wilson High School and has been raising 4 beautiful children, 2 who have now graduated college and the younger 2 who attend high school in Beaverton. When not teaching you can probably find Kira at a swim meet or at the baseball field with one of her boys.

Please join me in welcoming Kira to Capitol Hill and to our 1st grade team!


  • Capitol Hill 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students completed their OSAS state assessment and we are looking forward to seeing the growth and learning that we've accomplished this year.

  • Mike and Niki (Capitol Hill's new Instructional Coach), were able to attend a multi-day Forward Together professional development to prepare for the upcoming school year. Our focus will be interrupting historical trends in achievement of our historically underprivileged students. In doing this, we will be raising the bar for ALL students served at Capitol Hill.

  • We were able to celebrate Kindness during our last assembly of the school year. It was an energy filled community time and we are excited to continue our monthly assembly celebrations next year. It is important that we remember that the students at Capitol Hill are whole humans and a focus on developing character is important.

  • We are excited about our Spring Dance coming up this Friday @ 6 pm. CLICK HERE to fill out our RSVP form.

Reading Results

Reading Results is a structured reading program that some of our Capitol Hill students engage in throughout the school year. They are looking for tutors to hire!

RR is looking for any parents or school community members who might want to work part-time. We hire tutors from all over the region, but are most interested in hiring members of the school community - specifically tutors who reflect the student population.

Please email Mike Sauers if interested,

Field Day!

Field day at Capitol Hill is like no other. Students were able to pick and choose their activities, and enjoy a relaxed and fun atmosphere!

We had 47 volunteers and 73 parents come to watch. What a fantastic day. A special thanks to our PE specialist, Mr. Gustin, for organizing such a successful event.

Visit from Timber Joey!

Capitol Hill K-2 students enjoyed a special visit from the Portland Timber's Mascot "Timber Joey." Joey shared with our students about his journey as a young child who struggled with reading. It was inspirational and very cool to see a real life mascot!
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Oregon Symphony Visits Capitol Hill

On June 6th an octet of Oregon Symphony musicians brought the Symphony off the stage and into the CHES cafeteria! Students and staff will enjoy a one-of-a-kind musical experience where they will meet different instruments of the string, woodwind and percussion families, listen to music of all different styles— from Vivaldi to Star Wars, and enjoy a live symphony Story time with a special guest from the PPS staff.
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Summer Resources

As summer is fast approaching, We wanted to share with you some resources that are available for you and your family. Please feel free to reach out directly with any questions or help accessing these or other resources.

Jeremy Schlott - Social Worker - - 971-378-9594

Summer Camps

*If you need any financial assistance with these or other summer camps, there is a program called Camp For Kids, which offers scholarships to any camp your child would like to attend. See here for more information:

Food options

Free Air Conditioners

Free Tutoring