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

High School: Fall Conferences

Dear Parents and Students

Congratulations on the end of the school year! Thinking ahead to next year our high school team wanted to let you know that we are opening the 2015-16 school year with parent/student/teacher conferences. On Thursday August 27th and Friday August 28th from 8:30am-3:45pm parents and students are invited to come to MLC to meet with their metro teacher. We plan to check in about the upcoming school year, the student’s transcript and schedule, address any questions you may have, and brainstorm future supports for your student.

In early August we will send out emails and post on the MLC website links to the conference time sign ups. Please sign up for one 15 minute time slot with your student’s metro teacher. After you have "filled in the bubble" for the time slot you prefer, click the "save" button in the bottom right hand corner.

Parents and students are also welcome to see the MLC’s College and Career Center (Room 205) and meet with Regina, Career Coordinator.  If you wish, please sign-up for an available 15 minute time slot to discuss Service Learning and/or other topics related to College and Career Readiness. 


The MLC high school team

 Marta Berg - Science and Health

Karen Khalsa - Art and Spanish

Steve Lambert - Avid Coordinator and French

Thomas Schnebeck - Mathematics

Chris Snyderbrown - Social Studies and Health

Regina Cheng Sun - Career Coordinator

Sandra Tetzloff - School Counselor

TBA- Language Arts (Please note that the new LA teacher will be taking over Steve Lambert’s Metro)

TBA- SPED Coordinator (Please note that the new SPED Coor. will be taking over William Olsen’s Metro)

MLC/KCLC Depave Event – July 11 th

MLC/KCLC Depave Event – July 11 th

Help transform our blacktop!

We’re making a huge improvement to the neighborhood this summer by depaving a portion of the KCLC/MLC blacktop, to create a beautiful outdoor space to enjoy!

We need your help to make this happen! Please join us to rip up the pavement and transform our blacktop into a multi-use play space.  It’s fun and easier than it looks

Date: Saturday, July 11th

Time: 10 am - 1 pm — arrive early to depave

Place: KCLC/MLC 2033 NW Glisan

Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Depave will provide all the necessary tools and safety gear. Snacks and lunch provided as well.

Due to the physical nature of asphalt removal, volunteers MUST wear long pants and closed-toed shoes to depave.

Funding for this project provided by the West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District and many wonderful donors!

For more info and to rsvp, visit Depave at www.depave.org - Email Depave: info@depave.org

MLC PROM 2015!

Photos available at http://orders.timothyhorn.com/Events/...
Photographer: Timothy Horn

Spring Electives!


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 will begin March 31st and end May 14th.  Please note: Volunteer commitment is only one hour a week as each class is only offered once a week within our projected schedule.

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.

We are still shy 9 classes: 2 in the 1x3, 4 in the 4x6 and 3 in the 7x8!

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

Measles Family Advisory

MLC Auction

MLC Staff wants to thank everyone that helped make this year's annual auction so successful!  Our program is richer because of you.

Blacktop Trial Run

 Dear MLC Community,

When our beloved play structure was deemed unsafe and removed by Portland Parks and Recreation, the MLC PTSA took action and created the Parks Committee. With parent, teacher, student, administration, and KCLC representatives, the committee met through the summer and every month since to increase play opportunities for our children.

One of the Park Committee’s recommendations is to reserve for children’s play the north half of the blacktop next to Couch Park. By not allowing vehicles in the children’s play space, we’ll reduce children’s exposure to toxins left on the blacktop by leaking vehicles. Those toxins can easily transfer from play equipment to hands to mouths. Children’s safety will be further assured in the mornings and afternoons when play and moving vehicles are not occurring in the same space.

A trial run of this recommendation will run Dec. 2 to 19. Traffic cones will be placed in the center of the blacktop every morning and allow vehicles access to the south half of the blacktop to drop off and pick up children. Parking on the blacktop will be limited. We will have volunteers who will help guide traffic and parking. Children can also be dropped off on Glisan and Hoyt streets. If you do not go into the building for drop-off or pick-up, please consider using Glisan or Hoyt Street designated zones. Neighborhood parking is also an option. See diagram attached for the plan for the play space, parking and traffic flow.

We’d love to know your thoughts. A survey for parents and guardians and staff can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6KCLXMS and will be available until 10 p.m. on December 1. Each adult in the household and all staff are welcome to complete the survey. The survey will be available again after the trial run.

A student survey is also being distributed.

The Park Committee’s other two recommendations are accepting PPS’s offer to paint play courts on our blacktop this spring; and building a gaga pit, about which negotiations continue. To learn more about gaga pits, please visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/19/us/gaga-playground-game-is-popular-at-camps.html?_r=0


MLC PTSA Parks Committee




 Greetings, MLC parents:

MLC has a dedicated phone line for you to use every time you report your student’s absence. That attendance line number is 503-916-3656. We ask that you always use that phone line for absence reporting. Please notify us of every day or partial day that your student is absent, and give the reason (the state of Oregon requires a reason in our absence reporting).

The PPS district also has a separate “Auto Dialer” phone system that will call you if your student is absent and we have not been able to report the absence before the district daily deadline. If you receive a call by the Auto Dialer, it is possible to leave a response. However, we ask you not to leave your response on that system. Instead, always call our MLC attendance line (503-916-3656) and leave your absence reporting with us. MLC is one of several PPS schools that use our own dedicated line for all attendance reporting. We monitor our line each morning for messages. Make your call by 9:30 a.m.; calls made later than 9:30 may still generate Auto Dialer calls to you, as the MLC registrar must record absences by an early deadline.

Thanks to all of you for your efforts in absence reporting! 

Want to go to Costa Rica?

7x8 Summer 2015 Costa Rica Trip
For information contact Gwenn Stover, MLC Parent, gwennstover@yahoo.com



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