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Rowe Grand Opening is Sept. 27!

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Rowe Grand Opening is Sept. 27!
Posted on 09/25/2018
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Families, students and the public are invited to a Grand Opening celebration and ribbon cutting for the new Amanda C. Rowe Elementary School on Thursday, Sept. 27. There will be a brief ceremony in the cafeteria with guest speakers at 6:30 p.m. Following the ceremony, the building will be open for tours until 7:30 p.m. Staff and students are excited to share more about why their school is named for Amanda C. Rowe and to honor their new community space.

The new school opened earlier this month. It replaces the former Fred P. Hall Elementary School, which has been torn down. The new building, located near the old school, is named after a beloved and dedicated longtime school nurse who died in 2013.

“As we have transitioned to our new school in keeping with the Portland Promise, we have continued with deep rigor in all aspects of academic instruction and assessment,” said Rowe Principal Dawn Kenniston. “In addition, we have a deep commitment to the social- emotional learning of all of our students. We have created The Rowe-d to Success, empowering our students to grow in four areas of social emotional development: ‘I choose kindness,’ ‘I am ready to learn,’ ‘I am a collaborative problem solver’, and ‘I keep trying.’”

Kenniston said each of the four guest speakers will discuss one of those four elements and also share their knowledge of Amanda Rowe, who exemplified these qualities. The guest speakers will be City Councilor Nick Mavadones, representing former and future parents of Hall and Rowe; Portland Board of Public Education District 3 member Laurie Davis, representing the new school’s Building Committee; Lindsay Rowe, Amanda Rowe’s daughter; and Portland Superintendent Xavier Botana.

Portland voters in 2016 approved a $29.7 million bond package for the new school. The state will reimburse the city for all but $1.4 million of that bonded amount. The new school is more than 30,000 square feet larger than Hall School and has the capacity to serve as many as 558 students. Features include a large gymnasium and cafeteria designed to both meet students’ needs and serve as a community resource when school is not in session.
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