The WCCUSD Board voted unanimously Wednesday night to rename Portola Middle School after Japanese American civil rights icon Fred T. Korematsu. The District has not yet clarified when the name change takes effect, but when we have that information, we will post it here.
During World War II, Japanese-American citizens were ordered to internment camps despite the lack of cause for the detentions. Korematsu was arrested and convicted for defying the internment order. On appeal, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld his conviction. In 1983, the case was overturned in U.S. District Court and President Bill Clinton later awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. After 9/11, Korematsu spoke out to protect the civil rights of Muslim inmates and U.S. citizens.
The committee tasked to evaluate the name change hosted four public hearings on the subject and the District received hundreds or written and verbal comments from community members before recommending the change to the Board.
The school is currently housed in portable buildings while its new campus is being built on Donal Avenue, four blocks away from its original location on Navellier Street between Moeser Lane and Portola Drive. The school is scheduled to open in its new location in January 2016.
This past Saturday Marcus Hibser of HY Architects and WCCUSD district officials provided a community update on the progress of the new campus build. The official “move in” date according to the district contract is March/April 2016, but so far the project is running ahead of schedule and the move in date could be as soon as Jan/Feb 2016. The timeline is depicted below. The presentation Marcus shared can be found here. Have a look — it will be a beautiful school. The second half of the presentation is an update and plans on the rebuilding of Fairmont Elementary School, which will commence as soon as Fairmont students are able to move in to the temporary campus currently occupied by our Portola students.
Registration and Orientation is scheduled for the mornings ofAugust 5, 6, 7. Details will be set home by mail. Can you help PTSA one of those mornings selling sprit wear, collecting memberships, giving directions? Necesitamos personas que hablan Espanol! Email email@example.com
Incoming 7th/ Returning 8thGrade Mixer
Saturday, August 9, 2-4 p.m. Come meet new friends and catch up with old. Open to all – Parents, incoming and returning students, siblings and family members. Castro Clubhouse,1420 Norvell Street, El Cerrito (@ Donal). We’ll have light refreshments and snacks. Want to Help?? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Clickhere for a printable version of the flyer above.
First Day of School Monday, August 18th
It is a Minimum Day….Dismissal is at1:25 p.m.
Back to School Picnic
Thursday, August 21st
5-7:30 p.m.Location TBD
Featuring Back to School Bingo!
Pizza, Salads, Dessert! $5.00 per person. Open to all…– Parents, incoming and returning students, siblings and family members. Want to Help?? Email email@example.com
And, finally, your 2014-15 Portola PTSA needs you! Don’t wait until the start of the school year to take a fun, rewarding job with the PTSA. More information about open positions at http://portolanews.com/2014/05/26/your-2014-15-ptsa-needs-you/. Don’t worry if you haven’t gotten the lay of the middle-school-land, yet. There will be plenty of parents to support you in whatever position looks interesting!
At a May 6th update to the El Cerrito City Council regarding the new Portola campus, school board member Charles Ramsey announced that there will be a New Portola Community Update on Sat., May 31, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Castro Clubhouse. The District will be doing outreach to neighbors, to be sure they know about the update. Please attend if you can.
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!
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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 inUncategorized
Our 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.