PHS Student Wins 2023 Step Up Award

Baleria Yugu is the 2023 recipient of the Portland High School Step Up Award. The Step Up Award at Portland High School provides funding for students in the Make It Happen! program who would otherwise have to forego school-year extracurricular opportunities in order to work after school and/or on weekends. Baleria, a rising junior at … Read more

Local Donor Gives A Quarter of a Million Dollars to Enrich Music and the Arts at PPS

The Foundation for Portland Public Schools (FPPS) is thrilled to announce a donation of $250,000 to enrich music, visual, and performing arts experiences for students in the Portland Public Schools (PPS). The anonymous donation came from a Portland Public Schools parent. The donor reached out to Andi Summers, the Executive Director of the Foundation for … Read more

NewSchools Venture Fund Reinvests to Diversify PPS Staff

We are thrilled to announce that NewSchools Venture Fund (NSVF) is reinvesting in the Elevating Educators Program for a second year. Elevating Educators, led by Julia Hazel, is designed to provide a range of supports and opportunities to increase the number of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and multilingual teaching staff in the district. … Read more

Apply for a PPS Food Fund Grant!

The Portland Public Schools Food Fund is Requesting Proposals. Hosted by the Foundation for Portland Public Schools and made possible with donations from the community, the fund builds food security for Portland Public Schools (PPS) students with investments determined by Food Fuels Learning (FFL). It is intended to support comprehensive food access for families most … Read more

PPS unveils mobile makerspace to help kids explore STEM

Portland Public Schools unveiled its new “mobile makerspace” Wednesday. The ribbon cutting ceremony took place outside Rowe Elementary School. WMTW Channel 13 covered the story. Watch the video here. According to the district, the mobile lab will travel between schools, allowing students to explore, create and solve problems in the STEM fields. Every elementary school … Read more

Generac Provides Support to Introduce Portland’s Youngest Students to Coding

The Foundation for Portland Public Schools (FPPS) has just received a contribution from Generac Power Systems to help expand STEM programming in the Portland Public Schools. The funding will be used to purchase sets of Bee-Bots for each of the 10 elementary schools in the district. Bee-Bots are an interactive learning tool to introduce PreK-2nd … Read more

Fall Equity and Innovation Teacher Grant Cycle opens August 31

We are happy to announce that on August 31, Fall Teacher Grant applications become available! The FPPS Fall Equity and Innovation Grants Program is designed to support teacher-led classroom innovations which enhance learning experiences for students in Portland Public Schools in response to the Portland Promise. Grants are available up to $1,000. The program recognizes, … Read more