We moved back to OR in 2012 and only looked in the area where Roseway was the local school because we had so many friends whose kids loved it there. I have an 8th grader and a 3rd grader and I have been thrilled with this school. Not only are they challenged academically but the community at Roseway Heights is like nothing we have ever experienced! So supportive, nurturing, and committed to supporting our kids. I am sad that my 8th grader is leaving, but super excited that he will be entering Madison High School in the fall!
My son recently earned the chance to compete in the Portland public school district's middle school cross country championship. Only the top 5 runners from each school were eligible. It was a 3K race on a very challenging course that he had run several times before and gotten around 12 minute times.
He was nervous and complaining that his legs were sore prior to the race so we encouraged him to stretch gently and make sure he was breathing slowly and deeply to call him nerves. He began the race very strong and was in second place at the end of the first lap at a considerably faster pace than he had ever run before.
Shortly after he began the second lap we noticed he was in trouble. First, he slipped on the wet grass and kicked himself in the back of his other ankle causing him to stumble and limp for a while. A few minutes later we noticed he was beginning to run hunched over, and when he passed us later in the lap it was clear he was in agony. He was running significantly hunched over, and he was crying in pain.
We kept cheering for him and encouraging him to breathe slow deep breaths, but it was clear he was in an immense amount of pain. Even so, he ran on. By the beginning of the third lap I was worried he would pass out. My husband said he saw him stop at least 4 times on that lap, bending over clutching his stomach. Even so, he ran on. When he came around the bend for the final push to the finish he was sobbing, tears streaming down his face and gasping for breath but he increased his speed, crossed the finish line, and immediately collapsed. A race official had to help him up so other runners didn't fall over him.
Even in agony, and even having stopped at least 4 times during the race he finished in 9th place in the entire league and he dropped his time to 11:07; almost a full minute faster than he had ever completed that course before. I know that his experiences at Roseway Heights gave him the strength and perseverance to make it through that race. It was the most awful and amazing thing to watch, and his experiences at RWH and his supportive team and community helped him make it through this challenge.
Behaving as a community is a big part of this school. In order to operate as a community honesty, integrity and fairness is essential. The teachers and staff model these traits and there are even lessons on such things as empathy, conflict resolution, and community.
We love Roseway Heights! Wonderful teachers, helpful staff, caring principal, & a loving community. Parent involvement is huge too. It has provided our son with a safe & fun place to learn & grow. After transitioning from a school with a major bully problem, their zero tolerance for bullying has been impressive! In addition, he has had the opportunity to participate in a yearly school theater production. Happy boy, happy family!
Lots of exposure to different cultures, dedicated parent and community involvement and motivated teachers make this a great school. So far in the early grades my son has thrived and we're eager for our daughter to enroll this fall.
WOW! My daughter had a terrible time at school from grumpy teachers to severe bullying in the Gresham/Barlow school district. The principal at her previous school refused to address any issues. It got so bad that my daughter would refuse to eat, was vomiting at school, having anxiety, & absolutely hated school. She ended up at a stand still with her learning & was more miserable than I thought possible for a child of her age. Thankfully, we moved. Within THREE days at Roseway my sweet girl was so eager to learn, play, and go to school again! Her teachers are fantastic, and not only is she back on track with her learning, but she is SO excited to go to school every single day! She literally dreads the weekends. :) I swear that I owe my daughters future to Roseqay Heights! I have no doubt in my mind that she will thrive & succeed there and I cannot thank the entire staff (and the amazing students) enough for that! Everyone from the informative, candidly friendly secretary Jackie & the 100% involved and compassionate principal Sarah to the incredible teachers ; I feel so comfortable with my pride and joy under their supervision. We are so so so lucky to have found this school!