Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

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K x 12 student-centered education

2033 NW Glisan St. | Portland, OR 97209
Phone: (503) 916-5737

Parent Survey

 MLC is undergoing our 5 year AdvancED Accreditation review.  AdvancED is an organization of education professionals that ‘lead and empower the education community to ensure that all learners realize their full potential.’  We are welcoming this opportunity once more with excitement to review our educational practices to further student learning.

A significant piece of our review is parent/guardian feedback about the current climate and environment of MLC.  This is a space for you to share about the work our teachers and students are doing on a daily basis.  The SURVEY will also be used by AdvancED as a gauge for the level of parent participation and engagement within the school.  Please take approximately 5-8 minutes of your time to complete the survey located within the link below. There will be several opportunities over the next two weeks to complete the October survey at school (Pizza Night and Conferences). The DEADLINE is October 31st, so take a moment now if you can!  

We thank you for your time and reflection on this survey as well as for your continued support of the outstanding work our teachers and students do every day.  We wouldn’t be the learning community that we are without the support of our parents.

Parent Survey: http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/8153419

MLC Black-top work

This summer, the PTSA Park Committee met to move forward plans for the Couch Park playground and also came up with solutions for the immediate play needs of the MLC and KCLC community.
To increase play opportunities, space, and child-safety:

1.  The North side of the blacktop has been reserved for children's play. Vehicles will still be permitted on the South half of the blacktop; however half of the blacktop would be unavailable for parking indefinitely.

2.  Portland Public Schools will paint basketball, hopscotch and 4-square courts on the blacktop. The proposed diagram is attached.

3.  Portland Public Schools and the Parks Committee are discussing the possibility of constructing a gaga pit. The Parks Committee supports this as an activity which was requested by students and is safe, active, and financially manageable.  Attached is our proposal and photos of the gaga pit at Creative Science School.

Please join the conversation! We'd love to hear from you about the blacktop on the MLC Community Voice and MLC Facebook pages. The Park Committee will also host a meeting to discuss these recommendations and get your input. The date and time will be announced soon.
MLC PTSA Park Committee
Lauren Nathe, PTSA President/Parent
Tanya March, Park Committee Co-chair/Parent
Deirdre Steinmetz, KCLC Director
Macarre Traynham, MLC Principal
Trent Thelen, MLC Parent
Carla Peters, MLC Parent
Ayana Horn, MLC Parent
Avril Munro, MLC Teacher

Black Top



Hello MLC Community,

As you may know, MLC students in 1st through 8th grade are provided enriching opportunities through the Electives Program. 1X8 electives classes vary in content and skill: from Jewelry to Frisbee, Spanish to Yoga! This program allows students to select classes based on their unique interests and fosters a desire to explore. The Elective Program for the first trimester will begin October 7th and end December 4th.

These enriching and dynamic opportunities depend on YOU: MLC parents, friends, community members. Sharing your time and talent is a very rewarding experience. Each trimester we offer between 50 and 60 classes on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons. We need many hands on deck and I invite you to get involved!  

Thank you for your continued commitment to all of our MLC students! As a bonus for this generous volunteer opportunity, children of electives teachers have preference in the selection of their classes. Please let me know if you have any questions about the electives program. I look forward to working with you all.

Follow this link (http://goo.gl/JDJKED) to Sign Up Today!

Upcoming Events

  OCTOBER 2014
PTSA presents Positive Discipine workshop for parents 6:30pm
MLCEF meeting 6:15pm @ Blue Moon
Beyond Diversity Part 3 for MLC parents 6-9pm room 311
Park Committee 3:30 library
9  kx3 to Fir Point Farms Pumpkin Patch
Beyond Diversity Part 4 for MLC parents 6-9pm room 311
State-wide Inservice Day - no school
4x5 at OMSI Camp Hancock
PSAT testing for 10th graders
7x8 to NWCT 9:15-11:30am
PTSA meeting 8:45am in Cafeteria
6th graders to MESD Outdoor School
School picture RETAKES
Tea w/ Traynham 8:30am MLC cafeteria
Family pizza and dance 6-8:30pm
Book Fair MLC library
9x12 regular classes
9x12 conferences 3:30-8:00pm
kx8 conferences 8:30-8:00pm
kx12 conferences 8:30-8:00pm
No School - Happy Halloween

 Community Meeting
 4  MLCEF Mtg 6:15pm at the Blue Moon
 5  Site Council Mtg 3:15pm
 7 Tea w/ Traynham 8:30am MLC cafeteria
 10  Teacher Planning- NO School
 Veteran's Day- NO School
 Park Committee mtg 3:30pm library
 12-13-14  Mid Summer Night's Dream  Shakespeare Club performance TBD
 19  Kx3 Tears of Joy 9:15am
 PTSA Mtg 6:30pm
 25  Visitors Day Program #1 9:30am
 End of 1Tri
 27-28  Thanksgiving Break
 Dec 1
 Teacher Planning- NO School

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Timber Joey surprises Peninsula students for SMART announcement

October 20, 2014
Timber Joey posed with students at Peninsula K-8 School during the special assembly. Timber Joey surprised Peninsula K-8 School's kindergarteners through second graders Monday, Oct. 10 as part of a special assembly to announce the Portland Timbers Community Fund's sponsorship of SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) at three Portland Public Schools. 


Achievement progress affirms PPS focus

October 17, 2014

Portland Public Schools exceeded attendance targets and nearly hit its graduation target, while falling short in third grade reading, ninth grade credits earned and the five-year high school completion rate, affirming the priorities Superintendent Carole Smith's set this fall.


School board declines to set achievement targets in areas measured by new state tests

October 15, 2014
The Portland School Board unanimously approved a PPS committee recommendation Oct. 14 that the district not set state Achievement Compact Targets for 2014-15 in areas that would be measured by the new Smarter Balanced tests until the reliability and validity of the new tests is established and districts have baseline data on this new assessment. [More]

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