Come to Verselandia!


Come to Verselandia on THURSDAY APRIL 26TH, 7:00 PM at the Schnitzer, to cheer on the winners of the Franklin poetry slam: Kalyn Street, Lucinda Drake, and alternate Lucy Walker. Tickets on sale HERE, starting at $10 for youth general admission.

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Viet Thanh Nguyen- Author Field Trip


May 8th: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen at the Schnitz.  Free Tickets and Transportation. Bus leaves FHS at 6:20pm. Read the New York Times Book Review of The Refugees.

Viet Thanh Nguyen tells stories about people poised between their devastated homeland and their affluent adopted country. He is the author of the short story collection The Refugees (2017) and the novel The Sympathizer (2015). He is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America (Oxford University Press, 2002).

PERMISSION SLIP MUST BE IN BY MAY 1ST. Parents who would like to attend need to email Sunny or call the library and we will put you on the list. Sponsored by Literary Arts. For more information watch his interview on LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS or see more resources HERE

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2018 FHS Poetry Slam Winners

IMG_1827.jpgWe are all the winners when talented students share their powerful words. Thanks to all the student poets! Blown away by their grace and craft.

2018 FHS Poetry Slam Results: More Pics HERE

  • 1st Place – Kalyn Street, 10th grade (right)
  • 2nd Place- Lucinda Drake, 11th grade (middle)
  • 3rd Place/Alternate-Lucy Walker 11th grade (left)


Red. Mr. Rogers. Love Poem to Self. The Gun Lobby. The Gun Deaths. Best Places to Cry. My First Pet. The Bus. My Mother’s Tongue. My Mother’s Fear. Long Distance Love. Hands. Becoming a “Grown Up,” Defiance  in the face of. . . (you name it). 21 funny (we did a lot of laughing), vulnerable, powerful poets. 200 fans cheering them on including special guest Elizabeth Avila. Stay tuned for the video and special clips. Pics are HERE , and will soon be on  the PTSA Facebook page and FHS Toolbox . Grateful to our wonderful MCs: Marceline Kilassa and Nathan Wilk whose smiles alone can turn the world around. Thanks to the other Slam Committee members –Pam Garrett, Dana Vinger, Amber McGill, Elizabeth Kirsch, Desmond Spann, Michael Corenthal, Bryan Dykman.   Additional thanks to Chris Hamilton, Vida Grider, John Slaughter, Lily Lamadrid, SUN School, Link Crew, Steve O’Neill and his Culinary Arts students, Josh Forsythe and his super crew,  musician Jesse Fuller , Math Guys–Trevor Butenhoff and Shauna Ewing, and our custodial staff, and especially the FHS PTSA funders. Our big big thanks go to judges Chris Frazier, Julie Palmer, Hanan Al, Jacque Dixon, Randy Brown, as well as all the teachers & parents that inspired, encouraged, and taught these students to use their words.

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Word 2018-slam registration on Feb 28

fhsslamFHS Poetry Slam is April 12 at 6pm in the FHS Library. Join our FACEBOOK EVENT! Buy Tickets to Verselandia

FHS SLAM: REGISTRATION  OPENS FEB 28! Win $100  and a slot at Verselandia! View reg form  HERE.  Download and submit or enroll online. Registration closes March 16. Slots  limited. See online calendar and Watch  FHS Slam 2017 or Verselandia 2017and get pumped to play with poetry!


  • Feb 28: Kick OffLunch In Library -only 25 slots
  • March 3: Verselandia Tix on Sale HERE (FHS will have 10-need perm slip)
  • March 5: Open Mic Practice Your Slam Library
  • March 14: Period 7 or Period 8- Spoken Word Workshop w/ Kathy Jetnil Kinjiner
  • March 22: Slam writing clinic (2:30-3:30) M238
  • April 2:  Humor Slam Clinic with Lily (3:15-4:30) Library
  • April 3: Two drafts due to Sunny Childs or Pam Garrett by 3:30
  • April 5: Slam Performance Clinic 2:30-3:30 Library with Lily & More
  • April 11: MANDATORY run through 3:15-4:30 Library
  • April 12: FHS SLAM 6:00 in Library – Poets arrive by 5:30
  • April 26: Verselandia 7:00 at Newmark Theater   (winners there by 5:30)
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Climate Poet-Activist Workshop

cropped-kathy-jetnil-kijiner-620pxMarch 14th: Climate Justice Spoken Word Poet Teaches Workshop at Franklin: Franklin’s library hosts Marshall Islands activist Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner on March 14th  periods 7 & 8​. Students not coming with their teacher must choose which period they wish to attend and turn in permission slip by March 2. Kathy is a renowned poet, and is currently the Pacific Studies advisor at the College of the Marshall Islands, as well as a celebrated professor. She was named the 2017 Impact Hero of the Year by Earth Company, and spreads her message of healing the earth through her poetry. Sponsored by PPS Climate Justice Committee and PAT Social Justice and Community Outreach and Rethinking Schools. 

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Truth Be Told Story Slam March 1 at FHS

Truth Be Told logo LARGETruth Be Told PPS Story Slam FREE. March 1st  7pm in the FHS  Library.  Funny and Sweet. Sad and Silly. We got it all. Join us as Asha F, FHS Junior competes against other student storytellers from Grant, Madison, Lincoln, Wilson, and Jefferson in Truth Be Told. If you missed Asha and the other FHS storytellers in our December slam–FAST Story Slam Video is up! Pictures HERE.  More HERE. More info on FHS winners here .  Congratulations to Anna from Madison and Mekdes from Jefferson who came in 1st and 2nd.

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Destiny Discover: What’s on my record?

destinydiscoverTo look for a book or ebook, find out what is on your library record, find out how much you owe, or renew books (if you have no charges and no overdues) use Destiny Discover 1)Download from Apple Store or Google Play Store. 2) Search Oregon and then Select  Franklin High, Portland 3) log in using your PPS StudentVue account. See Sunny for help.

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