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Aug 14th, 2014

Board of Directors Annual Meeting

Posted by kieran

The annual meeting for Trillium Board of Directors is Sunday, August 18th from 10 AM-4 PM.  It will be located at 1825 NE 43rd Ave. Portland OR 97213.  It is a public meeting, please email email hidden; JavaScript is required if you wish to attend.  The agenda for the meeting is posted at the school.

Jun 19th, 2014

2014-15 Spaces Available

Posted by debra

We have K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th and 8th grade spaces available for the 2014-15. Call 503-285-3833 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required for information.

Apr 28th, 2014

Jobs at Trillium

Posted by kieran

Hiring Season is upon us!  Make sure to check our “Jobs at Trillium” page under the “About” tab to stay abreast of any openings!

Apr 25th, 2014

Mediations at Trillium

Posted by kieran

In conversations I’ve had with families and students that have been at Trillium for a long time one of the things they cite as missing is the presence of mediations in the school.  I’ve heard countless stories of the power of seeing a student engage in mediation, or a student coming home proud that they are a certified mediator.  This is something we have believed and continue to believe in deeply at Trillium.  I’d like to take a moment today to talk to you about how mediation shows up currently at Trillium, some changes we’ve made this year, and changes we hope to make in the future.  When I began at Trillium, veteran teachers talked about the power of mediation, but new teachers, while supportive of the process, also weren’t sure how the process worked. This, unfortunately, has been part of the Trillium experience over the past few years.  Teachers who have been here for a while hold and carry important parts of the past, but there has not been intentional training in what a mediation is or how and when to utilize them over the past few years.  We are working on changing that.

For several years we have had a single “mediation mat” that has lived in the classroom of Lauren Kristensen.  The mat is a thing of beauty; clearly outlining the steps a student needs to walk through to engage in mediation.  However, we’ve only had one, not everyone knows where it lives and not everyone has known how and when to use it.  We spoke about mediations at the beginning of this school year, Sarah Cramer, our Assistant Director is a highly skilled and trained mediator and does the majority of our mediations with students.  We are working, however, on bringing them back into the class more fully.  A group of 4-5 students recently designed new mediation mats and purchased 5 new ones to live in K-1, 2-3 and 4-5 classrooms as well as in both the Director and Assistant Director’s offices.  Next year we will begin the year by training older lower school students in mediations and having them train younger ones.

Mediations at the upper grade levels look a bit different but are just as important.  For years the high school has had a mediation process though, like the lower school, it was held by veteran teachers and not made formal policy and a part of new teacher training.  This year we are changing that.  Recently we all began using the same mediation process and protocols with all upper school students whether facilitated by a staff member or by a fellow student.

The power of this process is truly astounding.  Seeing students walk through very difficult situations, listen to each and come to sustainable resolutions is one of the most amazing things that happen at our school, and it happens every day throughout the school.

Furthermore, it doesn’t stop with students.  We use the same mediation process with our staff that we use with our upper school students.  We believe in talking through our problems and coming to a mutual agreement.  I believe that our students pick up on staff dynamics quickly, regardless of their age, and are able to see how and when we are able to work through our problems or if we let them fester into something larger.  We believe in walking the talk and do our best to live that every day.

The process of building a sustainable mediation program mirrors the process of rebuilding Trillium that we are going through.  It involves a). Identifying powerful practices that have existed for years at the school b). Recognizing the nuances of those practices and taking measures to institutionalize them c). Training new community members (teachers, students and parents) about those practices and ensuring that they live on beyond specific individuals.  This is a time consuming process, but I believe it is the way to ensure we have a strong school not just now but for years to come.  It gets better every day.  Every day we get closer to restoring the ideals that Trillium was founded upon and marry them with sustainable systems to ensure they are there for a long time.

 

Nov 8th, 2013

TFT = Trillium PTA

Posted by HB

Did you know Trillium has a super happening, fun and exciting PTA? It does! Check out the super cool and colorful TFT website? Read about all the neato events coming up and our fantastical school. Oh TFT, you make me smile!

Apr 17th, 2013

Runaissance 2014

Posted by HB

Runaissance 2014 is coming, Friday, May 16th!

Still need to send in your last Runaissance pledges? If you already have a Sustaining Trillium account, you can make your donation here. Support the Preschoolers‘ run here, or the K-12 charter run here.

 

Dec 12th, 2012

Lunch and Recess Volunteers Needed

Posted by debra

We are in need of four volunteers per day for 20 weeks to commit to a Monday-Thursday two week block from 10:45 AM -11:45 AM and for two of those volunteers to commit to 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM. Volunteers will be responsible for monitoring the K/1/2 lunch and recess or the 3/4/5 lunch and recess or middle school recess.  Trillium administrative staff will help train volunteers with helpful tips and suggestions for what to keep an eye out for. If you cannot commit to two weeks find a buddy/partner to share with!

Lunch duty includes:

  • Supporting the students
  • Monitoring the space, noise volume, and body traffic
  • Ensuring students clean up after themselves and do their assigned jobs (ie: sweeping under the tables, wiping the tables clean
  • Making sure areas are prepared and ready for the following group of students

 

Recess duty includes:

  • Supervising and supporting the students
  • Monitoring the outdoor space for safety

 

This small commitment can represent a huge boon for our teachers and help them to better serve your children in the classroom.  Please come support your school!

 

Please contact Sarah Cramer if interested:

503.285.3833

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