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Cottonwood is Hiring!

We are looking for some part time support to finish out the school year:

Educational Assistant & Janitor/Maintenance


The Cottonwood School of Civics and Science

A Place-Based, Public Charter School in Portland, Oregon


To provide a creative learning environment where students develop a sense of place and become stewards of the natural world and active citizens within our community.

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Place-Based Education in Action

Before they began the trimester, we asked this 1st/2nd grade class simple questions about rivers…

Place-based education is a way of taking the walls down between school and the community.

7th graders identify a problem in the community and seek out policy-based solutions.

Community Partnerships

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Portland Parks and Rec
Mirabella Retirement
PSU Archaeology
Rice Museum
Friends of Tryon Creek

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Stories From the Field

Dissecting at Home

December, 2020 Fieldwork Update, Part 2


This fall the kindergarten class explored family diversity through close examination of people, place and time, the 6th graders were gifted a free ride to the University of Colombo Medical School and the 7/8 graders took an extensive look at the system of extraction and deposition we call “trash.”


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4/5 Fieldwork

December 2020 Fieldwork Coordinator Update

This fall our 4th and 5th grade students are learning all about how water moves, including the water cycle and how watersheds work.

As part of their geology investigation, 3rd graders picked up kits in October with several hands-on activities.


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1st/2nd Grade Plant Study

Nov 2020 Fieldwork Update


The days are getting shorter and colder, but the plant study for our 1st and 2nd grade students is still going strong! This fall they have been learning about all things plants: how they work, their parts, the gifts they give us, and all the ways we can help care for them. At home, students are sprouting herbs and watching roots, stem, and leaves slowly emerge from a bean seed that germinated in their window.


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