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LEARNING TOGETHER: Distance Learning

 

We may currently be separated by space (#stayhomestaysafesavelives), but we are united in purpose, in spirit, and in faith.  Together we will meet this COVID-19 challenge. We will be stronger, smarter, better people when we once again meet together in the same space.

Portland Christian principals, teachers, and staff are ready and completely committed to supporting your family in this time of change and challenge.  They are working diligently to ensure that students continue to receive a high-quality education. Mechanisms for monitoring and adjusting distance learning are in place so that the experience is positive and productive.

 

How Portland Christian is meeting the challenge

Although Portland Christian students are not meeting together in a physical classroom, they are meeting in on-line spaces for teacher-led education. Students in kindergarten through grade 12 are continuing their educational progress in a Christian setting along with their classmates, led by engaged staff. Our goal is for students to return to the classroom when permitted, fully prepared to engage in learning at the next grade level.  Discussions are underway for how graduation will proceed, but our seniors will graduate this spring, fully prepared for college. 

Recognizing that multi-directional, open communication between students, teachers, parents, and the school administration is critical to the success of this venture, PCS invites you to contact us by phone, email, or through the means made available to you by your students’ teachers.  Use the "Contact Us" information on this page for easy email access.
 

Educating Elementary Students:  What distance learning looks like at the Elementary level

PC Elementary Website

Our Elementary school has developed a secure website dedicated to quality distance learning for PCS students. This tool helps students, teachers, and parents by...

    • Engaging students through daily online meetings with teachers and classmates
    • Delivering web tools that our teachers can use to assign and grade work
    • Connecting students and parents to teachers for continued communication
 
Each teacher has also developed an individual classroom webpage that serves as a springboard for teacher-led, grade-appropriate learning.  These webpages utilize a variety of educational platforms where teachers post assignments that continue to provide instruction for students at their level.  
 

To learn more about Portland Christian Elementary’s approach to distance learning, please contact the Principal, Mr. Robbie Bouslaugh

 

Educating Jr/Sr High School Students: What distance learning looks like at the Jr/Sr High School level  

Google classroom page
 

At the Jr/Sr High School the primary means our teachers use to lead students in distance learning is Google Classroom. Students participate through school-issued devices or their own personal devices. Students continue to earn the credits they will need to graduate in key content areas including Mathematics, Sciences, Humanities (English, Bible, and Social Studies), and Languages. All instruction incorporates Christian values, just as when students were in physical classrooms.

AP classes continue to prepare students for their upcoming exams and students who are on track to earn concurrent college credit will continue to earn that credit without interruption. 

To learn more about Portland Christian Jr/Sr High’s approach to distance learning, please contact the Principal, Mr. Troy Wagner.

 

Other questions you may have about Portland Christian

Can prospective students still visit Portland Christian? What does the admissions process look like now?

  • Admissions Offices are OPEN! Our admissions departments are still available by phone and/or email to answer your questions about Portland Christian and to help you walk through the next steps toward enrollment.
  • Contact us with questions or to request specific information about Portland Christian Schools.
  • Take a Virtual Tour of our campuses right on this page - at any time that works for you!
  • Schedule an Education Consultation with the principal by phone, to discuss how Portland Christian can help your student reach their educational goals.
  • Scholarships and Financial Aid are available. Scholarship application deadlines have been extended to May 1, 2020.  
  • For more information on admissions visit our Admissions page.

 

What about spring events? 
At this point all spring events, including sports, drama events, fundraisers, etc, have been suspended due to government mandate.

  • OSAA has canceled all remaining spring activities for this school year. 
  • The PCS Royal Auction and Gala will be rescheduled for a later date;  your prior ticket purchase will be honored.
  • Discussions are underway for how graduation will proceed; families of 2020 graduates will be notified when plans are confirmed.  

 

What about preschool?

In compliance with the Governor’s mandate, the PCS preschool program has been temporarily suspended. We are anxious to re-open the program when permitted. When operating, PCS offers preschool and childcare for children beginning at age 2½ and potty trained, as well as After-School and Summer programs.  Please visit our Preschool webpages for further information.

 

Will Portland Christian employees be working remotely?
Portland Christian has transitioned to remote operations with limited staff on campus. These staff include those required to perform basic functions that cannot be done remotely. All other employees are working remotely, and buildings that are not in use have been closed.  If you need to reach a PCS employee, please contact them via email.  You can find staff email addresses  in the PCS Staff Directory

 

What are the health and safety precautions Portland Christian is taking?
Precautions Portland Christian is taking include:

  • Extra cleaning of all high-touch surfaces in public areas (doorknobs, tabletops, countertops, etc.)
  • Focused efforts on cleaning all areas of our campuses, including those areas that have previously been cleaned less frequently
  • Posting COVID-19 Prevention posters in public areas across campuses
  • Appointment of a Social Distancing Officer to ensure compliance with social distancing mandates

  

How can I help right now?
The best thing you can do for yourself and others is to practice "social-distancing," in alignment with Governor Kate Brown's "Stay Home, Save Lives" policy, and following directives from the CDC. This might look like:

  • Working from home if your job allows it.
  • Avoiding crowded areas such as parks and beaches.
  • Staying indoors as much as possible.
  • Leaving your home only for essential reasons such as groceries or medical needs.
  • Continuing to practice basic hygiene such as washing your hands.

 

CONTACT US
 

Elementary Admissions

Jessica Engstrom

 

Jr/Sr High Admissions

Sheila Tretter

 

Preschool Admissions

Christy Seifert

 

Elementary Education

Robbie Bouslaugh

 

Jr/Sr High Education

Troy Wagner

 

International Student Program

Sheila Tretter

 

Athletic Events

Kyle Cowan

 

Employee Concerns

Linda Swenson

 

Facilities

Kyle Cowan

 

All PCS Staff

Staff Directory

 
The Parents' Perspective
 
We're so grateful for all of the work the principals and teachers have done! So impressed! We appreciate all of the academic content, but even more so the connection to people and to normalcy. One of my favorite things about PC is the way teachers love my kids and I have seen that this week. Our teachers have spent so much time with just my family; figuring out technical issues, checking in on us, making accommodations. Hearing teachers pray over kids on Zoom makes me tear-up every time. Thank you for your dedication! 
*****
Thank you for everything the staff have done to respond to this challenging situation. We are proud to be part of the PC family and grateful for your efforts to continue to provide excellent education for our girls. I'm sure these last few weeks have been challenging in many different ways. A sincere thank you!
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Thank you for your amazing work with our kids through these difficult times! I am blown away at how all of you have been able to transition to this distance learning so seamlessly and with such quality! We think it has been wonderful and are so thankful! Not only have our kids not lost in their education but they are progressing, when we see other schools that are stagnant around us! Also, to have teachers speaking Christ and his promises into them during this time means the world! What a blessing PC has been!
*****
Thank you so much!  I can't even imagine how hard the principals and PCS staff are working and have been working and will continue to work.  You are all amazing!
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We are so appreciative of all the efforts the teachers and administration have put into creating an entirely new way to engage students.  Thank you so much for finding new processes for students to effectively "distance learn."  The level of care, patience, and kindness the teachers are showing their students has never been higher which is remarkable and awe-inspiring to see in such an unprecedented environment using tools they've never had before.  We are so grateful this season isn't just "online learning" with a faceless teacher and computer-based training; PCS has created a safe space where the relationships, laughter, and caring remain just as much a part of learning as it was before. 
 
Thank you for working so hard around the clock to continue building such a strong sense of community in the midst of such uncertainty.  
 
Thank you too for your unending patience with all us parents slow to get the hang of Google Classroom.  We're all on a steep learning curve and we're so grateful that we're in it together with you leading the charge.  Keep up the outstanding work and as always please let us know how we can help and support you the best way possible.
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We have been so impressed and grateful for the awesome distance learning program our son's teacher has prepared. She has gone above and beyond communicating with us and with him, and we have felt so supported. The curriculum and work-load have been just the right level of challenging.