Principal's Perspective

Vol. 9 Date: 1-5-16 Twitter:@SkylineIB

Happy New Year!

Snow and Ice Days

What an interesting way to start 2016! I'm sure you were as surprised as I was on Sunday to find that an inch of snow had fallen overnight. I am glad that the District leaned on the side of caution, as they monitored the ice situation for safety. When determining whether to call a delay or closure, they look at roads and sidewalks, and the potential for students to get to school and back home safely walking and riding. Since we are such a large and spread out district, it can be difficult to make the perfect call. Some areas could seem fine, while others too dangerous for students and their families. Today seems much better, the snow and ice are melting steadily, and roads are clearing up. I am looking forward to seeing students and staff tomorrow and getting back into learning!

Spanish Classes K-3

Starting January 13, Portland Early Learning Project will be offering after school Spanish classes for students in grades K-3 on Wednesdays. If you are interested in enrolling your child, please see the following link for details:


The DBRAC Process Continues

There are still opportunities for families to express feedback to the Board and to DBRAC before decisions about boundaries and configurations are made.

Upcoming meetings:

Jan. 9- work session, time/location TBA

Jan. 14- 5:45pm, 501 N. Dixon

Jan. 20- 5:45pm, 501 N. Dixon


Dress Code Reminders

Our Middle School Team met before the break to better clarify our school dress code. Our basic rule of thumb is that students should be comfortable and dressed to do their best learning. Clothes that are too tight, too loose, and too revealing can be distracting and uncomfortable for both the student wearing them, and for others. Please understand, as a staff we want students to feel free to express themselves. However, we feel that some apparel can detract from the IB academic focus of Skyline.

Here are some specifics:

  • Hats, bandanas, hoods, beanies, and other head coverings are not to be worn in the school building
  • Skin tight leggings alone are not considered pants. Leggings should be covered with dresses, skirts, or shorts.
  • Tank tops - no spaghetti straps are allowed (think lasagna straps instead), we should not see any undergarments.
  • Shirts/sweaters must cover stomachs at all times.
  • We should not be able to see down, up, or through clothing
  • Skirt lengths should be no higher than 4 inches above the knee. Wear tights or leggings underneath if the skirt is more than 4 inches above the knee.
  • Dress for the weather. Bring layers for fluctuating temperatures.
  • Wear sturdy shoes. We have recess every day, and PE twice a week. Flip flops cause injury and are not allowed at school

If you or your child have specific questions about our guidelines, please contact your child's teacher or the office. Thank you for helping us to provide both an academic and comfortable learning environment for our amazing student community.

Middle School Dance

We will be having a MS Dance during the day on Jan. 22 @ 1:45pm-3:00pm. We will need adult volunteers for help with snacks, chaperoning, set up, and clean up. Look for a Volunteer Spot link coming soon! :)

Welcome to 2016! I look forward to continuing an awesome year with you!

Thank you for sending such amazing students to school every day!

Sarah Zabel


Skyline IB

8th Grade High School Info Nights

8th Grade Information

  • Grant High School, Jan. 20, 8:30 am
  • Jefferson HS Middle College for Advanced Studies, Jan. 13, 6:30 pm
  • Madison High School, Jan. 12, 6:15 pm
  • Roosevelt High School, Jan. 12, 6:00 pm
  • Lincoln High School, Feb. 4, 6:00pm
  • Benson High School Applications Open, Feb. 3

School Choice info:

Skyline Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars!

Jan. 8-Principal's Coffee Chat @ 9:00am
Jan. 18-MLK/ Day of Service-No school
Jan. 20-Late Opening
Jan. 21-PTA/Foundation @ 6:00pm
Jan. 22- MS Winter Dance @ 1:45
Jan. 25-Planning Day- No school
Jan. 26-Site Council