November 21st - December 2 EDITION

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Grant's Black Student Union sponsors field trip to see Black Panther Wakanda Forever

A special thanks to The Bagdad Theater team for creating this opportunity for our students. The students reported back that the movie was awesome and everyone had a great time!
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Just a reminder that conferences will be Monday, November 21st and Tuesday, November 22nd. All conferences are virtual with the exception of the morning of 11/21, which will be in person. Regardless of whether you are attending conferences in person or virtually, we ask that you sign up for a time on our virtual platform called MyConferenceTime. You can sign up by clicking here. When you sign up you will get a confirmation email that contains the zoom/google meets link for the teacher's conference. If for some reason you cannot find the virtual link, refer to this spreadsheet that has each teacher's links listed. We are still actively updating the spreadsheet, but it will be fully updated by Monday morning.

In person conferences

For those attending in person conferences, here is a list of room assignments for teachers. This will also be posted on the walls. You will notice that some teachers will be in the upper commons, so use this map to help you find your child's teacher once in the upper commons. If you signed up for back to back conferences, you will notice that the transition time between conferences is limited. Keep this in mind when engaging in conferences as you may want to head out a minute or two early to make it to your next appointment on time.

Any questions, email your child's teacher or reach out to Vice Principal Steven Benson


The Student Store will be open during in-person conferences. You can stop by between 8:30am and 12:00pm on November 21st. Stop by for holiday shopping!

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"It's not rare, but it's lucky - to be a person, just a regular person."

Inspired by Thornton Wilder's Our Town, the classic theatrical meditation on the cosmic silence echoing underneath the chatter of small-town life. Eno's play emphasizes loneliness, connection, and the enduring optimism of the human spirit.

Purchase Tickets Here

Grant Student Leadership

is hosting a donation drive for the Raphael House. There will be boxes in the main hallway for your donations of the items listed in the graphic below (must be unexpired and unused). You can also scan the QR code or visit this link to donate money directly to this community organization that supports survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Help support this good cause!

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We still need a few more culinary MVPs for our SOUP-ER BOWL. Will you make a pot of soup for the teachers to eat on Monday, November 21 during parent conferences? The PTA will be supplying lots of coffee and “grab and go” snacks, but they would love a warm bowl of love from you. Details and sign up here:

We have 269 members! Even if we don’t reach the finish line, the ROAD TO 500™ has increased membership by more than 50% compared to last year! Thank you to our amazing community. Last call for a chance to win our raffle prize - join before we name the winner on November 28!

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Auditions for Grant Performing Arts' annual spring musical will be held the week after fall break, starting on 11/28 in the Choir Room. This year's show is The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a hilarious and heartfelt ensemble musical comedy. It will open February 24th and 25th, and will also run the following weekend, March 2nd-4th. Please contact Ms. Murray with any questions.

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The 2022 Fall Season ended last week with all of our programs qualifying for the playoffs and multiple athletes receiving all-league honors. This fall was an exceptional one all across the board. We hosted the first varsity football game in the Grant Bowl in 6 years, and we played our first night soccer games on campus on our Multi-Use Upper Field in the school's history. Below is a recap from all of our fall sports.


This season our varsity volleyball program finished their season with 16-6 overall record, 14-2 PIL record and a final OSAA Ranking of #20. In the first round of the OSAA Playoffs they traveled to #13 Lakeridge where the Generals knocked off the Pacers in a 5 set thriller to earn the first playoff victory in program history. In the second round they fell to Oregon City just missing out in a spot at the final site.

1st Team All League - Maggie McCarthy, Rachel Peterson

2nd Team All League - M’Ryah Kelley

Honorable Mention - Elise Coffey, Grace Kilgore

Boys Soccer

Our boys soccer program finished their season with a 10-5-1 record and a 5-1-1 PIL Record to earn the PIL league title. The finished 10th in the OSAA final rankings and hosted #23 Lake Oswego in the first round and was victorious in an intense game 3-2. They then traveled to #7 Westview and struck early on to take a 1-0 lead but ended up falling to the Wildcats (who are in the state championship game) 2-1.

1st Team All League - Romeo Raimondo, Mikey Sullivan, Ben McDonald

2nd Team All League - Ethan Thompson, Diego Zamudio

Honorable Mention - Luca Brennan

Co-Coach of the Year - Erik Miller

Girls Soccer

Our defending state champion girls soccer varsity team finished the season with a 9-5-2 record and a 5-1 PIL record to earn a share of the league title. They finished #7 in the OSAA rankings and hosted Newberg in the first round, advancing over the Tigers 5-0. In round two, they hosted Lincoln in a rematch of a game that took place a week prior, unfortunately the Cardinals won the rematch 3-2 ending their title defense.

1st Team All League - Olivia Lukrofka, Veronica Bianco, Katarina Roesinger, Michaela McCollum

2nd Team All League - Maggie McGair, Kate Ratanaproeksa, Megan McDevitt

Honorable Mention - Paige Nakada


Our varsity football team finished their season with a 6-4 record and a 6-1 PIL record leading to a share of the league title and the only PIL team to qualify for the newly adopted 16 team OSAA Championship Tournament. Entering the tournament as the #16 team, they traveled to West Linn to take on the #1 Lions. The Generals had some opportunities early in a rainy and windy game but were on the losing side of the contest.

1st Team All League (Offense) - Kellen Segel (QB), Jayden Moses (TE), Dylan Dinh (Center), Owen Wilson (Guard), Chuck Bohart (Tackle), Milan Clark (WR), Andrew Gray (K).

1st Team All League (Defense) - Milan Clark (DB), Marshune Waters (DB), Jayden Moses (LB), Benson Deible (DL), Kellen Segal (Punter).

2nd Team All League (Offense) - Jeremiah Fuller (RB), Dakota Hoffart (WR), Marshune Water (Utility)

2nd Team All League (Defense) - Thomas Browning (LB), Tyler Moore (Utility)

Honorable Mention (Offense) - Marcus Rouse (RB), Zamani Harris-Muldrew (Guard)

Honorable Mention (Defense) - Jeremiah Fuller (LB), Emile Cantrell-Moore (DL)

Coach of the Year - Alex Melson

Co Defensive Player of the Year - Jayden Moses

Cross Country

This fall, our boys cross country team placed 5th in the PIL, which is widely recognized as the best cross country conference in the state. One of the highlights of the year took place at the Hole in the Wall Invitational in Lakewood, Washington, where our Frosh/Soph entries took first place in their division.

The girls cross country team took fourth place in the PIL, which made them eligible for a wild card spot in the state tournament. This wild card process was something new this year for state qualifying and it benefited our league as being one of the toughest with our third and fourth place teams on the boys and girls side earning the wild card spot. Our girls team placed 11th at the State Meet at Lane Community College last weekend. Representing our girls team; Amelia Campbell, Eva Pitzer, Paige Suckling, Lillian Courtnage-Dyke, Ava Madalinski, Marina Streich, and Eleanor Lee. Amelia Campbell was our top finisher at 11th overall.

Water Polo

After the playoffs and first round of the state tournament, the Boys Water Polo team is still in contention for a spot in the top 6 in state for 6A. They finished 2nd in the Mt. Hood Conference this season at 7-2.

Grant plays South Eugene on Friday Nov. 11 at 9:50 a.m. (in Corvallis) and if all goes well, the team will play for 5th or 6th place in state on Saturday Nov. 12 at 8:45 a.m. (in Corvallis).

Additionally, the following Grant students were awarded conference honors :

(Jr.) Max Earhart - First Team All Conference

(Sr.) Sterling Yost - Second Team All Conference

(Jr. ) Atticus Wahab-Holles - Honorable Mention All Conference

(Jr.) Jude Cain - Honorable Mention All Conference

(Sr.) Rye Thelen - Honorable Mention All Conference

(Sr.) AJ Wright - Honorable Mention All Conference

The team's coach - Gary Muzzy - was awarded Coach of the Year in the conference.

The Girls Water Polo Team finished the season at 2-3 in the Mt. Hood Conference and is competing on Friday November 11th at 8:40am v Mountainside for a spot in the 5th place game. If they win, the 5th place game will take place on Saturday November 12th at 7:30am against the winner of Newberg and David Douglas.

Additionally, the following Grant students were awarded conference honors :

(So.) Karis Malinosky - Second Team All Conference

(Fr.) Sofia Korpi - Honorable Mention All Conference

Congratulations to all of our fall sport teams and athletes for their hard work and accomplishments this season and thank you for all of your support. On to Winter! Go Generals!

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Ford Scholars Money for College Info Session: November 30 at 6 pm

High School students from Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif., and their families are invited to attend a virtual live info session to learn about the Ford Scholars program. Hear from recent Ford Scholar graduates who will share about their pathways to college and how they overcame financial barriers. Get application tips directly from The Ford Family Scholarship Office which will also be available to answer questions.

Oregon Student Aid Webinars:

Finding Funds: Dec 1st from 6-7 pm

This presentation provides a general overview of the financial aid process including key terms and concepts, an overview of Oregon Grant programs, and the OSAC Scholarship Application. Facilitated by Kurt Reeser. Login

Options Beyond High School: December 14th from 6-7 pm

This presentation provides a general overview of common postsecondary pathways including college, apprenticeships, starting a career, and joining the military. Facilitated by Kurt Reeser. Login


Black United Fund of Oregon Scholarships:Deadline Vary

Driver Education Initiative Award – Annual Scholarship Opportunity: Deadline November 30, 2022

Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders: Deadline November 30, 2022

National Honor Society Scholarship: Deadline November 30, 2022

Dell Scholars Program: Deadline December 1, 2022

Niche $50,000 "No Essay" Scholarship: Deadline December 14, 2022

Dirk Derrick Car & Truck Accident Injury Scholarship: Deadline December 15th, 2022

The HOME DEPOT Foundation's Path to Pro Scholarship: Deadline December 31, 2021

GHS is seeking ASPIRE Mentors!

Grant is relaunching our ASPIRE mentor program and is seeking volunteers to help local students explore career and post-high school education options through 1:1 mentoring, essay reviews, class presentations, and more! Volunteer time is flexible and volunteers will receive training and continual support from the ASPIRE Coordinator and site staff. If you are interested in becoming an ASPIRE mentor, you must complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the PPS Volunteer Application:

  2. Complete the ASPIRE Mentor Application:

  3. Contact the ASPIRE Coordinator, Mary Beth Snell, to set up a meeting time:


Let's keep developing those careers while it's still "National Career Development Month":

1. Career Days sponsored by the Portland Workforce Alliance:

Howard S. Wright Career Day (Dec. 8). Explore careers in construction management & the trades. Learn from industry pros about areas such as building information modeling, bidding & project management, and virtual reality, then do hands-on learning and tour a construction site (the nearby Ritz-Carlton hotel!) to see those plans come to life. IN PERSON.

The Oregonian/OregonLive Career Day (Dec. 14). Get a behind-the-scenes look at the largest media company in Oregon and meet journalism professionals. Explore how the pros use tools such as video, photography and social media to tell stories. Participate in hands-on learning, including a mock press conference. Learn about the skills and education needed for a career in journalism, communications, and media. IN PERSON.

2.2023 Fir Acres Writing Workshop at Lewis & Clark College - if you are a rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders you can further develop your writing skills in this "premier residential summer creative writing program up at Lewis and Clark College". Progam takes place from June 25 through July 8, 2023. Deadline to apply: January 1, 2023. For more information and access to the application, click on this link.

3. Paid Summer Internship at OHSU: Ted R. Lilley Cure Program:

OHSU is still recruiting now for the Ted R. Lilley Continuing Umbrella of Research Education (CURE) Program - a research internship program supported by the Knight Cancer Institute and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. It offers hands-on research experiences to Portland-area high school students who excel academically and come from socially or economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The goal of this program is to address the issue of health equity by increasing participation of underserved and underrepresented minorities in biomedical research and other health-related fields.

The eight-week CURE Research Program is scheduled for Tuesday, June 20, 2023 through Friday, August 11, 2023. CURE interns will be selected in January. Interns will work a maximum of 40 hours per work (including weekly seminars). The deadline to apply is Friday, December 9th. Find out more and how to apply here: OHSU Ted R. Lilley Cure Programt

4. Also at OHSU: Partnership for Scientific Inquiry Internship Program Application is Open

This program introduces high school students to the scientific process, encourages student's scientific passion and fosters a relationship between researchers and the local community. The program accepts 10th, 11th, 12th graders who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine or biomedical research through a 16-week course from February-June. The semester-long program typically ends with a summer internship. See the PSI website for more information:

Deadline for applications & teacher recommendation: December 16th

5. Last chance to apply - ACE Mentorship Program - deadline is November 22nd:

This amazing mentorship/internship is the best he best in the region for high school students! Can we get to 20? The 2023 Architecture, Construction, Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program of Oregon is still accepting applications. ACE is open to juniors and seniors (and sophomores as space is available) who are interested in architecture, construction, and engineering. This year, will be an in-person program. The free, after-school mentoring program will run from January 10 to May 18, 2023. This local program serves nearly 150 students per year and relies on 100 volunteer mentors, all professionals in their fields, to coach students in a hands-on, team-oriented project. The program has demonstrated success in helping Oregon students graduate from high school, earn scholarships to college or apprenticeship training, continue their education, and make informed career decisions. In additon, juniors can apply to be a part of the "ACE Summer Experience", a program that connects ACE students to paid summer opportunities with local A/C/E firms. Last summer, 10 students worked at eight different companies in the Portland area. Apply Now! Please complete the 2-part application. Applications are due Nov. 22, 2022 at 5:00 PM.

  1. Oregon Registration

  2. National registration

See the website for more information:, Please feel free to contact if you have any questions or concerns.

6. Plant some TREES with Friends of Trees:

- Tree-planting season is here! --

Friends of Trees hosts Saturday morning tree-planting events Nov '22 through May '23 -- and we always need planting help! All events 9am-1pm; gloves, breakfast snacks, and instruction provided. These events are a fun way to gain skills, provide service, and create group bonding, all in a few short hours.

Upcoming planting event details (many more options on our online calendar):

When: Sat, Dec 10th, 9am – 1pm

Where: Argay/Wilkes neighborhood planting (NE Portland, map)

When: Sat, Jan 21st, 9am – 1pm

Where: Sumner neighborhood planting (NE Portland, map)

  • RSVP: Tree planting groups and individuals needed! To save your place, click on the event of your choice on the online calendar, and fill out the quick registration form.
  • Event safety: Friends of Trees requires that volunteers cancel if they feel unwell or have been exposed to Covid-19 within 3 days of their volunteer shift. See FOT's safety recommendations and other common questions on the Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
  • Youth waiver: Volunteers under age 18 need to bring a youth waiver signed by their parent/guardian in order to participate.

If you have any questions or need further information, please don't hesitate to be in touch with me or our Volunteer & Outreach Program at

7. Another paid summer internship opportunity - Bank of America Student Leaders program:

As a Student Leader, you will participate in an eight-week paid internship at a local nonprofit organization where you will learn first-hand about the needs of your community and the critical role nonprofits play. In addition, you will learn valuable civic, social and business leadership skills. Each Student Leader will attend the Student Leaders Summit held in Washington, D.C. where you will learn how government, business and the nonprofit sector work together to address critical community needs. To become a Student Leader, you must:

  • Currently be a junior or senior in high school
  • Be able to participate in an 8‐week paid internship at a local nonprofit/charitable organization and work 35 hours a week
  • Be legally authorized to work in the US without sponsorship through the end of September 2023
  • Be able to participate in a week‐long Student Leadership Summit in Washington, DC (July 17-24, 2023) (All expenses paid as part of Student Leaders. This week will be part of your 8‐ week experience.)*
  • Be a student in good standing at your school
  • Please note: Bank of America employees or members of their immediate family (e.g., children, siblings, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc.) are NOT eligible to apply

For more information and to access the link to apply, go here.

8. GAP Year of Service with Americorps - presentation 12/1, lunch, South Forum:

A representative from AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) will be with us on Thurdsay, December 1st to share information about taking a GAP year with AmeriCorps NCCC which is a full-time, team-based, residential service program for young adults (18-25) who want to give back to communities in need at different locations across the country.

Teams support non-profits on a variety of different six to eight week-long projects related to:

-disaster relief

-urban and rural development

-infrastructure improvement (constructing and rehabilitating affordable, dignified housing)

-environmental stewardship and conservation (trail building and environmental restoration)

-energy conservation

Members are assigned to one of four campuses across the country. During their service, members are provided housing, food, uniforms, and the equipment that they will need to be successful in the field. They will receive a modest bi-weekly stipend for personal expenses and if they successfully complete the program, they are awarded a $6,495 Education Award. This award can be used for future tuition costs or to pay back student loans.

Please RSVP to Ms. Kokes,, if you are interested in attending.

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Wondering what to read next? Want some book suggestions for gift-giving? Sign up for a Parent/Teacher Conference with Teacher Librarian Paige Battle

SENIORS! 2020 Yearbook

If you ordered a yearbook in 9th grade and never received it, you can stop by the library to pick one up.


Poetry Out Loud is a recitation contest open to all Oregon high school students. It is a free and flexible program that encourages students to dive into American poetry through memorization and competitive performance. School competition winners advance to a regional and/or state competition, and ultimately to the national finals.

Each winner at the state level receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip (with an adult chaperone) to Washington, DC, to compete at the National Finals. At the national finals, a total of $50,000 in awards and school/organizational stipends are awarded annually including a $20,000 award for the National Champion, $10,000 for 2nd place, $5,000 for 3rd place, and $1,000 for 4th-12th places.

Poetry Out Loud is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation in partnership with the Oregon Arts Commission.

Interested in participating in this contest? Bring your lunch to the South Forum on Thursday, December 8th, to learn more! Can't make it on December 8th? Come talk to Ms. Battle in the Library.



Students can be referred for TAG Identification between October 17th - November 29th (when the forms are due). Part of the process includes families sharing information about their student and giving consent to any assessments needed to complete the process.

Forms can be accessed on the Grant HS TAG page.

TAG Office Hours: November 30th, 6:00-7:00 PM

Zoom link for Parent Office Hours with the PPS TAG Department. This month's theme is TAG Services in the classroom. A list of questions and answers from past meetings are in this FAQ document. We look forward to seeing you!

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The next Coffee Talk with Principal McGee will be December 14th from 8:45am to 9:30am. Join us for coffee and conversation, featuring a school update, and treats, provided by Chef Hale and our Culinary Arts students.


Nov. 21st-22nd - Parent/Teacher Conferences

Nov. 21st - 25th - NO SCHOOL

Dec. 19th - Jan. 2nd - Winter Break