Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Robert Gray Middle School

Preparing students to meet the challenges of the 21st century

5505 SW 23rd Portland, OR 97239
Phone: (503) 916-5676 | Fax: (503) 916-2629

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School is Starting

Robert Gray Middle School, along with all other PPS schools, is closed until September 2 at 8:00 AM. Staff are not working and your emails may not be answered until that time, sorry.

September 2, Jump Start Day for Grade 6

  • Supervision starts at 8:30 AM daily. Students arriving before that time are asked to please wait inside the building for safety reasons.
  • Breakfast is served in the cafeteria starting at 8:50 AM for interested students.
  • Until 9:07 AM, students hang out and socialize. Later in September, we will have open gym and library study hall.
  • Halls open at 9:07 AM, students find lockers, put away stuff and go to period 1.
  • We will follow a normal bell schedule on September 2. It is attached.
  • If your student will eat in the cafeteria, please be sure they have money in their account before that time. Enter payment at mylunchmoney.com or pay in cash/check in the school kitchen, preferably before school in the morning.
  • Families qualifying for free/reduced lunch will need to turn in the forms or enter info on this website during the month of September to continue eligibility from last year.
  • The bus schedule is attached. Please be sure students know both the morning and afternoon bus number.
  • If you haven’t come in to do fall registration, please do that ASAP on September 2.
  • Students should bring their schedule and locker info, but we will provide these if they forget or you haven’t come in for fall registration yet.
  • Students will be directed on how to handle school supplies. Some go into a shared collection and others get carried daily to classes. Sixth graders need the Texas Instruments® TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator which can easily be purchased at Office Depot for $9.99 or less. The school supply lists can be downloaded here.
  • Please assure your children that we will take good care of them and not to worry about finding classrooms, opening lockers, etc.!
  • Students can carry cell phones and use them when not in classes. This can be a source of comfort when they know they can call you. Please remind them to not lose them or leave them in insecure places. Memory is often short in young adolescents.
  • Parents are welcome to hang out with students on Jump Start Day until they are settled into classes at 9:15.
  • We will have a parent Q&A in the cafeteria on Jump Start Day at 9:15 AM.

How to Get Help

Whom to Call: See this chart to know how to get help directly.

ACADEMICS: There are many ways to help your child keep up with school and homework.

  • Week at a Glance: Many teachers post their weekly or monthly calendars on the RGMS website.
  • ParentVue & Student Vue: Students' grades are posted on Synergy and can be seen by using ParentVue and StudentVue. Please keep in mind that when using an online grading system, it may take a while for you to see the grades.
  • Daily Planner: Each student has a daily planner which has calendar spaces for all assignments. In addition, the Bookmark pages are used to track daily reading at home.
  • Binder or Accordion File: Helping students sort and organize their binders or accordion file is invaluable. Please help them recycle papers not needed, locate homework, and organize work to be turned in (then check that it did get turned in.)
  • Locker: Feel free to check in at the main office and then go to your child's locker with him or her to look for missing work. If a locker change is needed, contact Mrs. Madison, principal. Changing locker location or partner can help.
  • Texting & Timers: Teach your student to set the timer on their phone to remind them to show up for things like test retakes at lunch. Texting them with reminders can help, too.
  • Online Textbooks: The science textbooks are online and easy to use at home. See the teachers' webpages for information.
  • Contact the Teacher: Emails addresses are located on the RGMS website. Phone contact is through the main office, 503-916-5676. Going directly to the source is often the best route.

SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL: We are here to help young people grow!

  • Talk to Your Child: Make time each day to talk to your child about things going well and problems they may experience.
  • Learn about Young Adolescence: This fascinating and perplexing stage of life has been researched and there are many excellent publications out there that can help you understand and accept your child's struggles.
  • Interact with Peers: Keeping your child busy can help them make friends and mature well. RGMS has an excellent SUN Community School with numerous extended-day activities.
  • Exercise: Vigorous physical activity and time spent outside are super helpful for teens.
  • Get Counseling: Our school guidance counselor, Ms. Hyde, and our assistant principal, Mr. Jeans, are excellent sources for seeking help at school.

School Choice

SCHOOL CHOICE: The transfer window has closed. Only hardship transfers can be considered now. Contact the PPS Enrollment and Transfer Office at 503-916-3205 for more information.

for generaly information, Check out our What Parents & Students Want to Know About RGMS flyer. It has lots of frequently asked questions and information for parents and students.

Our RGMS Course Information flyer has specific information about core and elective classes.

RGMS Sponsors

The Robert Gray Foundation would like to give huge thanks to our sponsors in the drive to raise funds for our programs.

Calendars

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Help students who've left reconnect to school

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Accelerating the increase in the graduation rate and getting all students to graduate prepared for college and career is a top priority for Superintendent Carole Smith. Now you can help. On Saturday Sept. 13 from 8:30 am to 1 pm, join PPS staff in visiting the homes of students who have left and help them Reconnect to Their Future. 
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PPS greets more than 500 new educators

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Portland Public Schools welcomed hundreds of new teachers Aug. 21 at New Teacher Orientation, where teachers met each other and district leaders and learned about everything from the Portland Association of Teachers to the student information system Synergy. 

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