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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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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November Library Events

Open Mic: November 6th 3:30 in Library: Everyone is invited! Students & Staff perform or share or read original work in a casual, welcome environment. Sign ups will start at 3:15 pm. Questions- or

Wordstock Nov 11: Day long festival of authors, including our own author Ilse SV (grade 11) reading her work at 2:15 at OHS.  This year includes a YA stage with a great line up. Teens get in free (bring ID). Reserve your festival pass HERE. $15 for in advance for adults.

Free Poetry Workshop at Wordstock Nov 11: Poetry for High School Students, taught by David Ciminello 3:30-4:45 p.m. in the Stevens Room, FREE| Register at  Brainstorm, write, collaborate, and share poetic prose and poetry. Participants will celebrate culture and community through poetic expression and innovation.

FAST StorySlam Info Meeting Nov 17 2:30   Find out about and submit an entry form for our Dec 7 StorySlam . In order to compete for money and a slot at PPS Story Slam #TruthbeTold you must submit registration and brief draft of story on theme Trouble, come to the workshops on Dec 4 and 6 (unless you have Forsythe for Int Act), then if selected for Slam come to practice on Dec 7 2:30 and Slam Dec 7 7pm.

Joe Biden Nov 30 evening FT: We have 30 tickets and a bus courtesy of Literary Arts. Permission slips will be available starting next week in the library and are due back Nov 14.


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