Kelly Elementary is located in working class community. The median household
income is $42,422, which is much lower then many Portland neighborhoods. The
median home value in Portland (zip 97266), OR, is $195,860; however renters
make up 40.63% of the population; which is also higher then average. Many
families live in or close to a neighborhood known as “felony flats”. It is known as
“felony flats” because it has a much higher crime rate then many neighborhoods in
Portland. Drug and crime rates are a serious problem in this area of town. The high
school graduation rate is only approximately 78% and only approximately 22%
have 2-year degree or above.
Kelly Elementary is an averaged sized elementary school. It is a single story
building and its hallways make somewhat of an “F” shape. There are roughly 20
classrooms, a few resource rooms and a staff room. There is also a computer lab
with about 30 computers, an averaged sized gymnasium, a small library, and a
music classroom that is in a separate smaller building. The playground is mostly
blacktop and an open grass field, but there is a small play structure and fairly large
undercover area. There is also a garden area, which is mostly maintained by upper
level students and by gardening clubs. The school itself is in a residential area and
is on the backside of a neighborhood park.
All of the teachers at Kelly Elementary are considered to be Highly Qualified
according to No Child Left Behind standards. Teachers, on average have about 13
years of teaching experience. There are roughly 20 classroom teachers, 1 title I
teacher, 2 learning center instructional assistants, 3 ESL aides, 1 gym teacher, 1
librarian, 1 half-time music teacher, 2 half-time counselors, 1 speech pathologist
nurse and school psychologist (not sure how often they are at the school), and a
SUN school coordinator.
Kelly Elementary has a SUN school program that includes an array of before and
afterschool clubs, including: Lego Robotics, I-Movie, Growing Gardens, Chess,
Various Sports, and a Homework club. Kelly is also a Community School Satellite
Site which means that transportation to Wattles Boys & Girls Club is provided.
Kelly has many community partnerships including: SMART, our school Advisory,
Imago Dei, GBD Architects, Social Venture Partners, Growing Gardens, Tri-Met
Light Rail Project, Burgerville and Chess for Success. The SMART program brings 15
volunteers into the school on a weekly basis. Kelly also has a school wide Title 1
program. Kelly also has a Russian Immersion Program. There is a Russian
Kindergarten, first and second grade immersion classroom. In addition the upper
grades at Kelly Elementary receive Russian language classes twice a week.
There are roughly 468 students that attend Kelly Elementary. About 45% of
students are White, 27% are Hispanic, 13% Asian, 6% African American, 6%
Multiple Ethnicities, 2% Native American, and 1% unspecified.
There are a few computers in each classroom (at least in first grade and above).
Each classroom, first grade and above, also has an ELMO. There is also a pretty
good sized computer lab that can comfortably provide space and a computer for
each student. Teachers can sign up for the class to use the space, but I don’t
believe that students can access the lab on their own. The library is fairly small, but
there is a pretty diverse array of books. Students are able to check out one-two
books at a time depending on their grade level. Each class goes to the library once
Mr. Watson has 24 students in his class. Six of his students are pulled out from his
classroom for ESL, four of them are of Hispanic dissent and two are of Asian
dissent. They spend 30 minutes each morning in an ESL classroom with special
instruction. Mr. Watson happens to speak Spanish so in some situations he
translates instructions into Spanish. Students are expected to succeed with English
written and oral instructions, but there are a few measures in place to help their
success. For one thing they are assigned books that meet their reading level needs,
so that they are able to make the gains they need to become more proficient
readers. There is also a lot of time discussing vocabulary, which also helps in math
because sometimes the language in math work is a problem. Mr. Watson generally
reads a lot of the instructions out loud to the class, or has a proficient reader do it,
because he wants to make sure that everyone understands the task at hand.
There are five students that spend 30 minutes in a special education classroom,
one of which is also in the ESL pull-out group; these students are extremely behind.
They read at much lower reading levels, some as low as first or second grade. Many
of the students in Mr. Watson’s class are below a fifth grade reading, writing and
math level. A lot of time is dedicated to working on foundational skills that much of
the class has not mastered yet. For my work sample I need to make sure that I
explain assignments very clearly and leave plenty of time to answer questions. I
think pictures and diagrams will also help English learners as well as visual
learners. I am also going to try to explain terminology as much as possible, so
students don’t get hung up on the language. I hope to also leave pockets of time
that I will be able to spend time with these students individually, so that I know
that they are keeping up.
Mr. Watson’s classroom has 15 male students and 9 female students. Most of his
students come from low-income families. A lot of families are not very involved in
their child’s education for various reasons. Drugs are a factor in some homes, but
for many it has more to do with the fact that parents spend a great deal of time at
work. Also many of the families do not have the same resources at their disposal;
not every family has a computer, books, or even basic supplies. Print isn’t always
valued in the home, so students come to class never being read to on a consistent
basis, so students reading skills aren’t as developed and they do not have an
appreciation for written word.
As mentioned earlier, there are 24 students in Mr. Watson’s class. It is a very
diverse classroom. About half of the class is Caucasian, about a quarter is Hispanic
and about a quarter is Asian. There is also one black student in the class. They are
all 10-11 years old. They sit in rows in the classroom and they each have their own
desk. They do have some freedom over where they sit, but Mr. Watson moves them
if they are too disruptive in class. They do most of their work individually. There
isn’t a lot of extra room in the classroom because of the amount of material Mr.
Watson has around the classroom. Students really don’t have any space except for
at their desks.
There is at least one student that has an IEP in his classroom, however Mr. Watson
feels that there are a few students in his class that would benefit from IEP’s that do
not have them. There are also a few accelerated students that are part of the TAG
program. I still need to learn more about specific students to know how to adapt
unit and lesson planning to meet their needs.
I want to create material that is interesting and meaningful. I think many students
are uninspired because so much of their day is spent on foundational skills. I hope
to breathe a little life back into the curriculum. I of course cannot forget that
reading, writing, and math skills are the focus of the curriculum, but I hope to
make it more interdisciplinary so that they can approach these subjects in more
inspiring ways. There will still be some variation in the student’s performances, but
hopefully the material itself will be more engaging for everyone. I would like to
create curriculum that is more open-ended, so that different students can feel like
they have something to add. I would also like to see students work together in
groups to see what answers students can come up with themselves, to have
learning slightly more student-directed.
Before and after school programs
Community School Satellite Site, transportation provided to Wattles Boys & Girls Club,
before and after school enrichment classes, SUN (schools uniting neighborhoods) school,
Junior Coaches, Lego Robotics, I-Movie, Growing Gardens, Chess Club, soccer and
SMART, our school Advisory, Imago Dei, GBD Architects, Social Venture Partners,
Growing Gardens, Tri-Met Light Rail Project, Burgerville and Chess for Success.
Student learning environment
The natural world, especially Johnson Creek, is an extension of our classrooms.
The arts are central in the life of the school. We provide music and art for all students.
Families are seen as partners in children\'s learning. A strong emphasis is placed on
creating an environment that replicates a family.
Children develop disposition toward collaboration through peer and cross-age tutoring.
Diversity among our families contributes to the richness of our school.
Learning is the school\'s highest priority. Every effort is made to ensure that children
receive the support they need in order to be ready to learn.
Russian Immersion Program.
A growing TAG program. We have 19 new nominations for2007�2008.
PE and technology classes.
Spanish and English language classes for third grade.
A school garden maintained through SUN and Growing Gardens. Project GROW for fifth
graders, a collaboration of Providence, Growing Gardens and Community Cycling.
A school garden developed by SUN, Kelly School Community, Growing Gardens, and
Imago Dai Church. Students participate through in-school activities and after-school and
summer SUN garden clubs and the Kelly GROW Program (sponsored by Community
Health Partnerships, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Community Cycling Center and
Growing Gardens through a grant from Northwest Health Foundation.)
Kids Writing, Scott Foresmen Readers, Investigations Math, district-adopted science kits,
Step Up to Writing.
20 classroom teachers, Title I, ESL and special education teachers, librarian, 1 PE
teacher, 1 music teacher, 2.5 counselors, .5 art and tech, 10 instructional assistants and 2
Parent and family support
Kelly Family Room is a resource center for neighborhoodfamilies. Classes in computers,
nutrition, child wellnessand much more are offered regularly. Many services are
alsoavailable, including housing assistance, job referrals,problem-solving and
Our PTA is an active, growing organization. Parents, staffand community members are
Family Stories involves families in writing their own histories and in projects that support
their children\'s literacy. Family Stories meets Tuesday and Thursday mornings, as well
as one evening per week at Kelly.
The Kelly School Community, and SUN, is developing a garden program with the help of
Special programs and features
SMART brings 15 volunteers into the school on a weekly basis.
Schoolwide Title 1 program.
School-based service learning in which students apply for and receive jobs in the office,
library, lunchroom and elsewherethroughout the school.
Statistics and test scores
The unemployment rate in Portland (zip 97266), OR, is 10.40%, with job growth of -1.30%.
Future job growth over the next ten years is predicted to be 26.90%.
Portland (zip 97266), OR Taxes
Portland (zip 97266), OR,sales tax rate is 0.00%. Income tax is 9.00%.
Portland (zip 97266), OR Income and Salaries
The income per capita is $20,817, which includes all adults and children. The median household
income is $43,422.
The median home value in Portland (zip 97266), OR, is $195,860. Home appreciation is -5.90%
over the last year. The median age of Portland (zip 97266), OR, real estate is 29 years.
Portland (zip 97266), OR Apartments and Rentals
Renters make up 40.63% of the Portland (zip 97266), OR, population. 6.23% of houses and
apartments in Portland (zip 97266), OR, are unoccupied (vacancy rate).
Portland (zip 97266), OR, violent crime, on a scale from 1 (low crime) to 10, is 7. Violent crime
is composed of four offenses: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and
aggravated assault. The US average is 3.
Portland (zip 97266), OR, property crime, on a scale from 1 (low) to 10, is 7. Property crime
includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the
theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force
against the victims. The US average is 3.
Portland (zip 97266), OR, schools spend $6,522 per student. There are 20 pupils per teacher, 541
students per librarian, and 457 children per counselor in Portland (zip 97266), OR schools.