Portola Night (Open House) Thursday, March 27th 6-8pm

The Portola Middle School students, teachers, and staff would like to invite you to the 1st annual “Portola Night”, which will be held on campus on Thursday, March 27th from 6 to 8pm. Instead of the usual Open House structure, the students and teachers have come together to organize a night of student projects and presentations, along with performances by the jazz band and drama class. Please join us in a fun-filled and informative evening to celebrate Portola Middle School!

1021 Navellier St., El Cerrito, CA 94530, (510) 524-0405

Celebrate Portola February 1st 5:30pm

Auction_Portolaposter1117JPG (2)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 Posted in Uncategorized

Seeking an After School Spanish Teacher

Spanish ConversationOur current (amazing) after school Spanish instructor cannot continue with the afternoon Spanish conversation class for the Spring Semester, so we are seeking a replacement. The course can be structured however the teacher wishes, and no teaching credential is required.  The previous instructor donated her time and expertise, as there is not currently funding for after school language programs.  She has offered to speak with any incoming instructor(s) to share ideas and tips.  The flyer from the previous semester’s class is here to give you an idea of what it entails.
If you or someone you know speaks Spanish fluently and likes working with middle school kids, please contact us at goportola@gmail.com.


Upcoming Portola Information Sessions

SAVE THE DATE!  Portola Information Night is Coming!  Thursday, November 14, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Meet in the Cafe, Room #35, Portola Middle School, 1021 Navellier St. El Cerrito.  Enter through Moeser Exit.  Park on Moeser, or in El Cerrito Community Center Parking Lot.  See the flyer here in English and in Spanish.
It is never too early to think about Middle School. Come join us to get a taste of Portola Life.  You’ll meet the Matthew Burnham, the Principal, the teachers, and the students. You’ll learn about Universal Design for Learning, Dual Immersion (English/Spanish instruction) and more. We’ll have tours of campus, and you can view the architectural plans of the new campus.  Additionally, you can learn about after school programs and ways you can volunteer.
Need info or want to help?  Email us:  portolaptsa@gmail.com

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.

Parent University at Portola Middle School

Portola PTSA Meeting Tuesday,  November 12, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
After routine PTSA business, PARC (Parent Academic Rigor Committee) is proud to present a night of Parent University:  “The Common Core and Middle School Math” featuring Drew Kravin and Phil Gonsalves of WCCUSD’s Math Department.  Drew and Phil will answer: What is The Common Core?  Why are we moving this way, and what parents need to know to help your kids. If you have never heard Phil and Drew speak, we encourage you to come on out.  They teach our teachers, and are quite engaging!  They will even make you want to do math!  We will have a Spanish translator on hand as well as handouts and numerous resources in English and Spanish.
More information can be found on the flyer here in English and in Spanish.