October 25, 2021

The Owl 10/5

International School of Portland named a Top Workplace for 2021

International School of Portland of Portland has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2021 honor by The Oregonian Media Group! The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage, LLC. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 culture drivers that are critical to the success of any organization: including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

Bodo Heiliger says:

“It is an honor to be named an Oregonian Top Workplace recipient, and it helps let the Portland area know that this is a great place to come to work. Among many incredible qualities that we share at the International School of Portland, one that stood out in the survey is that we are innovators. This award is because of all the hard work and dedication that our faculty and staff put in to make ISP a special place. I am proud of all that we are doing on a daily basis.”

Next Week: Middle School Info Night!

Middle School Information Night is back – virtually! Hear presentations about middle school options from:

Catlin Gabel
Gilkey Middle School (FAIS)
Northwest Academy
Oregon Episcopal School
Portland Jewish Academy
PPS Office of Dual Language Immersion

Middle School Info Night
Presented by the ISP Parent Network
Wednesday, October 13
**Please make sure that you have the most updated version of Zoom installed so that you can choose which breakout room you want to enter.**

Each school will present for twenty minutes on a rotational basis, followed by question and answer periods. This event will be held only once every two years, so all interested families from 3rd – 5th grade are encouraged to attend.

Students are welcome to attend. This is a virtual event.

New ISP Spirit Store! What do YOU want to see?

Speaking of clothing….New logos, new name, NEW STUFF! A new, improved ISP Spirit store is coming soon!

The ISP Parent Network wants to make sure that we offer what YOU want! What are you hoping to get from the spirit wear store? Drop us a line and let us know what you’d like to see for your kiddo – and for yourself!

Email info@intlschool.org and give us a simple item, paragraph, or entire vision! 😉

Caruthers Street Parking Reminders

Gentle reminder: Caruthers Street (the hill to the south of Learners’ Hall) is priority parking for Early Childhood families during arrival and dismissal. As children in the PreK and LowK age group cannot go through the car line, please let families park next to campus so that they can get their little ones to and from school as safely and as easily as possible!

Please do not park blocking the driveway entrance to Learners’ Hall on Caruthers.
Please do NOT park in the turnaround at the top of the hill. It makes it very challenging for other cars to navigate around the hill.
Thank you for your cooperation!

PSU Center for Japanese Studies

PSU Center for Japanese Studies presents

Digital Disruption, Political Pressure and New Opportunities: The Future of Mass Mediaand its Impact on Japan

October 7, 2021 at 12:00 noon via Zoom.

Speaker: Bill Emmott, author and editor in chief of The Economist, 1993-2006

For information and link to register:

There may never have been a better time to be in the media, whether as a journalist or a publisher. Barriers to entry into the industry have fallen, costs of distribution have plummeted, new markets and new audiences are reachable, and access to information is easier than ever before. Yet this state of affairs has come through a technological and business hurricane which has destroyed many old business models even while creating new ones, it has brought new competition for attention from social media which also challenge perceptions of fact and falsehood, and it has made the mass media a target for political pressure and even assault even as the digital revolution has made some traditional media businesses weaker. These trends are worldwide in nature, but are happening in different ways and different speeds in different markets. Some prominent Japanese media groups have exploited the new opportunities by expanding their international English-language versions at lower cost and, most notably in Nikkei’s case, by acquiring the global English language brand the Financial Times and developing joint products with it for the Asian market. Others, however, are feeling a long, slow squeeze from declining circulations and advertising revenues, while facing new competition from digital-only start-ups and struggling to convert their own output for the digital age. Into this mix has come politics, just like in Europe and America, with nationalist politicians and governments seeking to influence and manipulate media while it is in this weaker state. This lecture will explore what international experience tells us about how mass media has evolved amid this contest between opportunities and threats, how the Japanese media experience compares, and what this might mean for the future.