In summer 2012, kindergarten teacher Heather Bailey was promoted to principal and put in charge of Northeast Portland's Russell Elementary.
Before the school year started, the newbie principal got a call: Her school ranked in the bottom 15 percent statewide and was placed on Oregon's official list of low-performing schools.
Portlandia visited Russell this year to film an sketch for their series. What a great opportunity to showcase Russell and Parkrose in this way. We were also used as a filming location for a commercial this year. We know that we have a beautiful building & grounds!
We spent a sunny day at the Portland Christian High School Track raising money for Russell students! All fundraising that we do goes directly to impact students by paying for field trips, assemblies, computer applications, student desks, etc. Thank you for all of your support!