Portola Middle School of El Cerrito invites you to “Celebrate Portola”, a night of jazz, food and fun in support of our academic and music programs. The evening will feature the Portola Middle School Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble, and will include dinner plus an auction of fabulous items. Saturday, February 1, 2014, at the El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane. Doors open at 5:30pm. Tickets $25 for adults, $10 for youth. Order tickets at
Please consider attending the special session of the WCCUSD school board where the district Strategic Plan will be discussed and voted on. Wednesday, November 13th at 6:30pm at DeJean Middle School 3400 MacDonald Ave.Richmond, CA 94804.
The agenda can be found here.
The Strategic Plan can be found here in full.
In addition, some elementary schools in the Portola catchment hold Portola Panels, featuring Portola students answering questions from students and parents. Portola parents and Mr. Burnham are also on hand to field questions, but the real stars of these panels are the wonderful Portola students!
Madera Elementary School Wednesday, November 6th, 7:00pm. 8500 Madera Drive, El Cerrito, in the MPR.
Kensington Hilltop Elementary School Thursday, November 7th, 7:00pm. 90 Highland Blvd, Kensington.
Everyone welcome. The Portola Parent Academic Rigor Committee (PARC) will meet on Tuesday, Sept 10, at 7pm in Room 7, on the Portola Campus. Park on Portola Way (the one-way downhill street one block north of Moeser).
The new Scholar in Residence for our school district, AnnMarie Darrow Baines, Ph.D., will focus her work for the next year on improving academics at Portola Middle School. She is a professor at San Francisco State University and is an expert in Universal Design for Learning (UDL).
If you would like to learn more about UDL and how it is being deployed at Portola Middle School, you are welcome to attend the next Portola PTSA/PARC meeting.
Dr. Baines will also speak to the new Common Core, something all our students are experiencing this year. Any parents, teachers, or administrators who have not yet had the opportunity to meet Dr. Baines are also welcome to attend.
Update: You can view Dr. AnnMarie Baines’ presentation slides here for an overview of how the Scholar In Residence Program (SIR) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) are being leveraged in our schools.