Ventura Park Elementary
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Our School

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Message from the Principal

I am proud and honored to serve as the Principal of Ventura Park Elementary School. Amazing students, families, and staff are what make serving at Ventura Park such a joy. At Ventura Park we work collectively every day to ensure that all students reach their fullest potential.

This year we are continuing to focus on implementing rigorous, standards-based instruction, personalizing instruction to meet every students’ needs, reflecting on our data-driven cycles for continuous improvement, and creating a joyful culture for learning.

We look forward to continuing to partner with families and the community to ensure academic success for all of our students. As I have heard, student success is all about teamwork. One third comes from staff, one third comes from students and one third comes from families. Together, we’ve got this!

Lydia P. Smith
Ventura Park Principal

Summer 2022 Office Hours

  • June 27 – July 10: Office is Closed
  • July 11 – August 4: Summer School (Office open during programming, from 8:45 – 12:45)
  • Aug 8 – Aug 19: Office is Closed
  • Aug 22 – Sept 1: Summer Office Hours 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Sept 6 – First day of school! (Regular Office hours are 7:30 – 4:00)

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School Contacts

145 SE 117th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97216
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Fax: 503-261-8439

Principal Lydia P. Smith
Assistant Principal Miki Johnson
Secretary Ruth Lofthus
Records Secretary Jazmin Caliman
Counselor Jennifer Colson
SUN Site Coordinator Anna Le
Head Custodian Lisa Hancock

School Calendar

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  • 06 Sep

    Back to School Night - Ventura Park

    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  • 07 Sep

    Gradual Entry for Cohort A (Student Last Names - A-G)

    9:00 am - 3:30 pm

  • 08 Sep

    Gradual Entry for Cohort B (Student Last Names - H-O)

    9:00 am - 3:30 pm

  • 09 Sep

    Gradual Entry for Cohort C (Student Last Names - P-Z)

    9:00 am - 3:30 pm

District Calendar

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  • 11 Aug

    School Board Meeting

    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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  • 06 Sep

    David Douglas High School: Freshmen only begin; Fir Ridge Campus: All Students begin

  • 07 Sep

    Elementary Schools: Grades K-5 gradual start

    Elementary students will attend their first day of school on one of three days (Sept 7, 8 or 9). Schools will be communicating assigned day information to families