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 info on FHS winners here .  Congratulations to Anna from Madison and Mekdes from Jefferson who came in 1st and 2nd. A few pictures HERE. More coming soon.

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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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Author Event: Race, Power, Voice


February 8th: Award winning poet Claudia Rankine will speak about race, power, voice, and change as she reads from and talks about her latest collection -Citizen: An American Lyric. PICTURES OF EVENT HERE

claudia rankineJoin us for 1) Q & A in FHS Library 2nd period and/or 2) the Author Lecture at The Schnitzer. 6:30-9:30pm.  DAY TIME PERMISSION SLIPS  & EVENING FT SLIPS MUST BE IN BY JAN 25 . Parents who would like to attend need to email me or call the library and we will put you on the list (we might not have many slots for parents).  Sponsored by Literary Arts. See additional resources by or about Rankine HERE.  Sponsored by Literary Arts.

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FAST Story Slam Winners!

IMG_0336.jpgCongratulations to our 1st place story slammer- Asha Fuson Grade 11; 2nd place Emily Rohman Grade 10, and 3rd place Seth Estrada Grade 12. See photos of the event and the workshopping HERE. Video of the event coming soon, thanks to funding by PTSA. Thanks to all the storytellers and especially to Josh Forsythe for co-hosting the event and co-workshopping with the students. Special thanks goes to our math guys Eli Hiton and Jackson Hartigan and our musician Jesse Fuller and our judges: Alina Aliyar, Kisha Jarrett, Brian Mckee, Mary Rechner, Domingo Urrutia. 

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Trouble Tales- Calling All Storytellers

img_5843What: FAST* Story Slam –A live true storytelling competition. Slammers have 5 minutes each to tell a real/true story based on our theme: TROUBLE. ( check out Storytelling Tab on FHS Toolbox  and The Moth  to listen or watch how this thing rolls).

Slammers must participate in workshops or be enrolled in Forsythe’s Int Acting to craft stories within 5 minute time limit.  Tellers perform their work and are given numerical scores (on a 1 to 10 scale) based on content & performance by a panel of judges.

When– Info Meeting/Quick Write Session: Fri, November 17 Lunch  Library
Workshop Day 1 Monday, December 4 3:30pm– 5pm BlackBox Theatre
Workshop Day 2 Wednesday, December 6 3:30pm – 5pm  BlackBox Theatre
Finalists Practice Thursday, December 7 2:30pm – 5pm BlackBox Theatre
Story Slam Thursday December 7th 7pm – 8:30pm BlackBox Theatre

How: 1)Students submit quick draft / registration form by Nov 28. 2) Up to 25 students will participate in workshops on Mon 12/5 & Wednesday 12/6 3) 8 students will be selected to compete 4) The 8 will practice on 12/7 2:30 and compete on 12/7 7pm   5)1 will be judged the story slam winner and represent FHS at the PPS StorySlam Truth Be Told

Also: Teachers may have all students submit stories to them earlier in the week and forward drafts of possible/interested candidates to Childs. For more resources see also Storytelling Links

For more info contact: Sunny Childs (library) or Josh Forsythe (Theatre)


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