Gilbert Heights Elementary
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Hello Gilbert Heights Families,

Thank you for sharing your voice through our YouthTruth surveys!

Last November and December, we launched our fourth annual YouthTruth survey in partnership with YouthTruth, a national nonprofit that helps districts improve their school climate and culture. 
We heard from you, our students and families, about how we’re doing and how we can improve. YouthTruth has completed the analysis of our survey results and we are reviewing the findings and beginning to plan our next steps. 
While we will explore the findings more over the next several months and strategically use the feedback to inform next year’s planning, I wanted to sincerely thank you for your participation and to let you know what we are currently doing and planning to do with your feedback.  We gathered anonymous feedback from several members of our community, including 27% of our families and 96% of our students.

From Students, We Learned:

In general, we learned from students that 91% of Gilbert Heights students believe the work they do in class really makes them think. This is great news.  But we also learned that there are significant improvements that we can make to better support and inspire you.  In particular, when asked “Can you be yourself around other students?” only 43% of our students agree.

From Families, We Learned:

Based on family members’ feedback, we learned that our staff does a great job of clearly communicating expectations for their child’s progress. According to many of our families, we have room for improvement in setting high expectations for all students at Gilbert Heights.

Your voice matters. Please continue to share your insight with us.  

Together, we are ensuring that all 445 students at Gilbert Heights are inspired and challenged to learn, grow and thrive to their fullest potential. I truly believe that our ability to be effective is only as great as our ability to give and receive feedback. Thank you for engaging in this feedback process with us. We will continue to listen and learn, and we look forward to doing this again next year.


Shannon Deems


Gilbert Heights Elementary School Mission Statement
Gilbert Heights will provide meaningful, equitable and highly effective instruction so that each student will grow and thrive socially, emotionally and academically.  We will ensure this occurs in a safe, respectful and culturally responsive environment where all students, families and staff feel welcomed and supported. 

Most district communication and updates for families will occur via email and online platforms, and all student education will occur in this format.  If you need assistance with this, please reach out via DDSD family support for technology: Phone number-503.261.8391, Email: The district is currently applying for grants to help provide Wifi to families in need.

Office Contacts

12839 SE Holgate Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97236

Fax: 503-261-8454

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Shannon Deems

Kim Anderson

Julie Keim

Records Secretary
Michelle Cook

Health Assistant
Eleasha Tryon


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