GOPHER Parent Newsletter

GRESHAM HIGH SCHOOL, 5/11/2020 Editiion


Gresham Parents,

Thanks to all for supporting the hard work our teachers are putting in by providing a virtual platform, for Distance Learning. We want to continue student engagement as we provide virtual instructional opportunities. Students need to continue logging into their virtual platforms and completing the online assignments. Below you will find information regarding:

  • Graduation

  • IB

  • Outreach

  • Synergy

  • College & Career

  • Forecasting

  • Wifi-Hotspots


Our school outreach teams are still working to connect with families of students who are not engaging in online learning. We are calling home, and our number may display as ‘Restricted’. During the next few weeks, please answer our calls if possible. Our goal is to offer support and resources, help solve technology problems and answer questions. Students must log in weekly and regularly submit work online to earn credit for this semester.


In following ODE (Oregon Department of Education) guidance for distance learning, students will be earning a Pass (P) or an Incomplete (I) in all classes this term. To earn credit, students must participate in online learning through June. To streamline communication with students and parents, teachers will be spending time this week updating completed work in Synergy so the assignments are visible in StudentVue and ParentVue. Grades may be temporarily displayed as Not Applicable (N/A) while teachers update gradebooks. All grades will be entered as a P or I, and you can now track the progress your students are making towards earning credit. Please reach out to teachers if your student needs help logging in or understanding how to complete and submit work.


If you are still in need of a chromebook, please call our main office at 503-674-5500 to schedule an appointment to checkout equipment. Parents should come to the appointment if possible but High School students can also come as long as they bring their current student ID.


If you are in need of an internet connection for the purposes of distance learning, please contact (503) 674 - 5500 and speak with a staff member who can assist you and your families needs.


All current Sophomores (Class of 2022) who are interested in pursuing a Full IB Diploma over the next 2 academic years, please email Mr Simpson at to get on the list and to get a list of the requirements and commitments.


As a result of Covid - 19 our forecasting process for classes next year was disrupted. We were able to complete a majority of our forecasting with our students however we missed the entire 9th to be 10th Grade class. Our Physical Science teachers are working with their classes to complete this work. If your student did not complete the forecasting process, please have them fill out the correct form for the 2020 / 2021 school year and snap a pic of it or scan it and send it to their counselor who will work to ensure their selections are recorded. Thank you!

Fillable Forecasting Forms:





Please know that Graduation ceremonies were planned following outreach and feedback from students, leadership clubs, graduation party committees, and families. While we realize this will look different from what we are all used to, it is important that we hold these important celebrations close to the original dates that our students and families had planned for over a year ago. This ensures that all students can participate in and experience this momentous occasion. Below you will find the date and location of the ceremony.

Date: June 5th

Location: GHS

Details: We are working to develop the final plan for the graduation celebration. Please note the date change and location change.

Graduation Regalia

We will distribute graduation regalia on May 28th from 4-6pm on Main street. Drive up on Main Street to get your regalia packets. We will email parents of students who have packets to collect. The packets will include honor cords, Stoles, IB Hoods, etc.

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In order to honor the seniors who have lost the last few months of their high school experience to school closures, Gresham High School will turn on the stadium lights each Friday through the end of the school year. The lights will go on at 8:20 (20:20 military time) and stay on for 20 minutes to honor the Class of 2020. The first illumination of the lights on Stapleton Field occured on Friday, April 10.

Please remember to follow social distancing and all state regulated guidelines. GBSD does not support students getting out of cars, grouping on football fields, or any other actions that aren't aligned with state guidelines.


We have four great virtual career talks planned for next week that we are excited to share with you. Please share this information with high school and middle school students you think would enjoy these STE(A)M-focused career-learning opportunities.

Monday, May 11 (1 pm): PWA Career Insights into Health Care: Professionals from Kaiser Permanente and Multnomah County talk about health care as a calling.

Tuesday, May 12 (1 pm): PWA Career Insights into Engineering with Nike: How Nike engineers use their skills to make protective gear (PPE) for health workers.

Wed, May 13 (1 pm): PWA Career Insights into Entrepreneurship for Social Good: Learn from an architect and mathematician about making social justice part of your life's work.

Thursday, May 14 (3 pm): PWA Career Talk with Wieden+Kennedy: Portland-based advertising giant talks about how they've helped big clients like Nike and Old Spice adapt to the COVID-19 era.

More about the May 11-13 sessions: These 30-minute sessions are part of MESA Week 2020, a virtual opportunity to explore college-and-career options in STEM-related fields. It's a partnership of Oregon MESA, PWA and OMSI. Students can register for a session at the above links, or the entire series here.

Stay tuned for information about more upcoming sessions, including an Eco-Career Day on May 21st in partnership with the City of Gresham and a session on Thriving in Any Job Market hosted by HR professionals. Your questions and suggestions are welcome, as always.

College Updates


  • Our Juniors can "attend" Spring College Night in their PJs!

    • Click here for a collection of expert videos that answer many college-related questions.


  • Still time to apply to PSU and be eligible for the Four Years Free program. The application deadline has moved to June 1st.

Gresham High School Distance Learning Guidelines & Behavioral Expectations

To ensure a safe and appropriate learning environment, we expect all students to utilize the following guidelines and abide by the behavioral expectations just as if students were attending class in person. All GHS behavioral expectations still apply to all virtual learning communities.

Guidelines and Behavioral Expectations ANONYMITY AND PRIVACY

Anonymity:The internet often gives us the impression that what we do online is anonymous, but everything we do online leaves a digital footprint.

Privacy: Everything you do online using your GBSD account and/or technology is a matter of public record. You should not assume anything you say, post, submit, etc. is private.


Teachers/Staff do have permission to record the Meetings/Sessions, in an effort to provide access to other students who might not be able to attend a synchronous session. Teachers/Staff will share their intent to record prior to the meeting/session. Recorded sessions can and will be used only for educational purposes. Students/Families who are uncomfortable being recorded are to notify the teacher and/or staff member prior to the session.


Communicating Online: When we are communicating online we don’t have the benefit of reading other people’s emotions so we need to be thoughtful about what we say to avoid any misunderstandings.


● Always re-read before sending

● Use proper punctuation, spelling, and grammar

● Be kind

● Be respectful

● No internet slang or abbreviations

● Be professional

● No shouting (using ALL CAPS)

● Keep conversations relevant and on topic

● No joking about sensitive topics


All school-related communication must be done with your GBSD account. Students will be communicating with teachers and classmates using tools including but not limited to Gmail, Google Meet, Google Voice, Google Classroom, and Remind.


All distance learning applications and experiences are for Gresham HS students only.

● Do not share passwords, course codes, meeting links, or any other information that gives non-Gresham students access to our online content.

● Do not attend any school-related Google Hangout/Meet or any videoconferencing to which you have not been invited.

● Students must use their real first and last names at all times, creating any fake or spoof accounts is prohibited.

● Students must not share information with anyone outside that same period.

● Students must not capture anything. Sessions are considered concealed recordings and all recordings must be done by first obtaining consent from the teacher and classmates.


● Dress as you would for school

● Be on time

● Turn the mic off and camera off before joining the meeting.

● Check your surroundings before joining the meeting, e.g., do not display inappropriate items/images in the foreground or background).

● Keep the microphone off if you are not talking

● Keep the camera off if there are distractions around (the camera can see everything)

● Avoid eating

● Avoid multitasking


We are now able to answer our school phone remotely. The office hours for this week will be from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. If you have questions please call our main number (503-674-5500). If you reach our message please understand that the person answer the switchboard is on another call and unable to answer. Please wait a few minutes and try back.


The district has posted educational resources online for students and families wishing to bring some structure to their day while on an “extended break”. These resources also provide students the opportunity to brush up on their academic skills over the next few weeks. The resources can be found at the following link:GBSD Resources


If you think you or a family member might have COVID-19:

Most cases of COVID-19 are mild and people are able to recover at home. If you need medical help, call your primary care provider. Most providers are holding all appointments over the phone (telemedicine). They will tell you if you need to be seen in person.

If you have any emergency warning signs for COVID-19 you need to get medical help right away. Call 9-1-1 and tell them you think you might have COVID-19. Emergency warning signs include:

  • trouble breathing,

  • pain or pressure in the chest,

  • new confusion or difficulty waking up,

  • running out of air from speaking or walking.

If you don’t have a primary care provider or don’t have medical insurance:

  • The School Based Health Center at Parkrose High School provides medical and mental health care for any student (age 5-18) in Multnomah County. Call 503-988-3392

  • Multnomah County Health Centers provides care to adults and children. Call 503-988-5558

  • For information about dental care and pharmacy services call 503-988-5558

Oregon Health Plan and COVID-19:

You will not lose your OHP benefits during the COVID-19 crisis, even if they are scheduled to end. If you receive an emergency payment from the Federal government, it will not count as income on your OHP eligibility.

Immigration Status and COVID-19:

United States Citizenship and Immigrant Services (USCIS) has said that all people who have symptoms of COVID-19 are encouraged to seek medical care. This medical care will not have a negative impact on any person during a future Public Charge analysis. Read the statement from USCIS here. If you have questions about immigration status and medical care, call the Legal Aid/Oregon Law Center Public Benefits Hotline: 1-800-520-5292

For current updates, click on these links:

For Multnomah County

For Clackamas County

For Washington County

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


As you know, the Gresham-Barlow School District is closed from Monday, March 16th until Tuesday, April 28th. If you are in need of food, utility or housing assistance, please consider contacting 2-1-1 by phone or at their website to find out the latest information about where you can get help. Additional resources can be found here: If you receive SNAP benefits, please contact your local self-sufficiency office to inquire about assistance.

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis or need someone to talk to you, please consider contacting the following crisis lines. Support is available to you 24 hours a day.

Lines for Life: 1-800-273-8255

Youthline: 1-877-968-8491 or text "teen2teen" to 839863

The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386

Multnomah County Crisis Line: 503-988-4888

If you need medical assistance, the Parkrose High School Health Center is open and can be reached at 503-988-3392. They serve all school-age youth, regardless of ability to pay and are open M-F 8:30-5:00. They are located at Parkrose High School at 12003 NE Shaver at the back side of the building next to the gym entrance.

Multnomah County Health Centers serve all ages regardless of ability to pay. Services include adult and child health care, women’s health and pregnancy care, and mental health care.

East County Clinic, 600 NE 8th Street, 3rd floor, Gresham.

Monday - Friday 8-7. Appointments:503-988-5558.

Mid County Clinic, 12710 SE Division.

Monday - Friday 8-7. Appointments: 988-5558.

NE County Clinic, 5329 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.

Monday - Friday 8-7. Appointments: 988-5558

County Health Telemedicine/phone consultations - 503-988-5558.

County Dental Clinic - 600 NE 8th Street, Gresham

Monday - Friday 7:30am - 6:30pm. Appointments: 503- 988-4900


The City of Portland is offering $250 CASH ASSISTANCE starting MONDAY APRIL 27th! Please follow the link below to apply:

Resources for Immigrant Families:

Resources for families in multiple languages:

Emergency Dental Resources:

If you have specific questions about community resources, please reach out to SUN Site Manager Laurel Hess at"

Below are resources in our community to access food pantry sites as well as comprehensive resource lists to support families in need.

FREE Food Pantry Resources:

Food Pantry Sites:

Cherry Park Elementary School

1930 SE 104th Ave. Portland 97216

Mondays 3:45pm- 5:30pm

Note: We will be handing out pre-packed bags at this site

Glenfair Elementary School

15300 SE Glisan St, Portland 97230

Tuesdays 4pm-5:30pm

Alder Elementary School

17200 SE Alder St, Portland 97233

Wednesdays 4pm-6pm

David Douglas High School

1400 SE 130th Ave, Portland 97233

Thursdays 5pm-6:30pm

Note: This location is different from the main campus on 135th Ave.

Parklane Elementary School

15811 SE Main St, Portland 97233

Fridays 12:30pm-2pm

Resource lists:

General Resources:

General Resources in multiple languages:

Resources for undocumented families:

Legal COVID-19 Resources:

MFS Resource List:

If you have any questions or would like more information about Food Pantry Sites or access to community resources, please email SUN Site Manager Laurel Hess or call 971-645-0138.

Please follow our Gresham High School Facebook page for updated resource information during the COVID-19 crisis.


To access our school calendar please click on the Gresham High School like below this article. This will take you to our home page on our website. Our calendar is located on the left hand side of the page.