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Mt. Tabor Middle School News

May 19, 2015

Conferencias Guiadas Por El Estudiante

No habrá clases el miércoles 10 de Junio. Cada estudiante tendrá su tiempo programado,  para guiar su conferencia con sus miembros de familia. En su conferencia los estudiantes explicarán sus logros y sus metas para el próximo año. Esta es una tradición que Mt. Tabor ha tenido por años y los comentarios de los padres siempre han sido positivos. Los estudiantes del sexto y séptimo grado prepararán un portafolio para enseñar durante su conferencia. Los estudiantes del séptimo grado en adición harán una presentación breve sobre una pieza de trabajo que el estudiante ha elegido. Los estudiantes del octavo grado presentan su proyecto de fin de año llamado “Capstone”. Los horarios y detalles de las conferencias pronto llegarán a casa con su estudiante.

Student-led Conferences  

There is no regular school for students on Wednesday, June 10th.  Each student will have a scheduled time to lead a conference with adult family members to discuss their accomplishments for the year and set goals for next year.  This is a long tradition at Mt. Tabor MS and parent feedback has been positive.  Sixth and seventh grade students prepare for the conference with a portfolio to show.  Eighth grade students make a capstone project presentation.  Exact times and more details will be coming home with students soon.


MESA day was last Friday at Portland State University.  You may have seen some photos of students from Mt. Tabor on the Oregonian web site.  Overall Mt. Tabor MESA did awesome!  Here are the results:


For the Rubber Band Car competition:  Josue, Brandon and Octavio took 1st place.

 In the Human Centered Design competition:  Laura and Zoe took 2nd place.

 In the Prosthetic Arm competitions:

Anna, Kylie, and Amelia took 1st in the Distance/ Accuracy task and 2nd in Object Relocation.

Caroline, Yanci, and Julianna took 3rd in the Distance/ Accuracy task and 3rd in Object Relocation.

Zoe and Laura took 3rd in the Oral Presentation, and finished 2nd in the overall standings.


The big news was that Laura Skinner was recognized as Oregon's MESA student of the year.  It is a big honor for Laura and for Mt. Tabor.


MESA (Math Engineering Science Achievement) is paid for through an All Hands Raised Equity Grant awarded to Mt. Tabor MS.


Dates to Remember:

  • Late Opening: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
  • Holiday (Schools & Offices Closed): Monday, May 25, 2015
  • Student-Led Conferences: Wednesday, June 10, 2015
  • Last Day for Students: Thursday, June 11, 2015
  • 8th Grade Promotion: Thursday, June 11, 2015 at Franklin High School - Auditorium from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Safety Reminders:
We have a no glass policy in school. This means that students should not bring glass containers, glass bottles, etc. to school because broken glass is a safety issue.

Also, there is construction happening near the school and so please remind your student(s) to take safety precautions when crossing the streets. The construction vehicles interfere with visibility and so we need your help to slow down to keep our students safe.

The first bell rings at 9:05am and school begins at 9:15am. AM Supervision begins at 8:00am. If your student(s) is not in AM Supervision or eating breakfast at school, then students will need to wait outside until the first bell rings at 9:05am. Students should not be in the building before school unless they have an appointment with a teacher/staff.


May 19, 2015


Don’t forget to vote – you have until 8pm to drop off your ballot!


Last PTA Meeting of the Year – TODAY, May 19th

We will elect new officers to the MTMS PTA Board for the 2015-2016 school year at the last General PTA Meeting of the year, Tuesday, May 19th. Duties for new officers begin July 1, 2015. We have nominations for several of the positions (as identified below) and are seeking more interested candidates – all are welcome and encouraged to get involved! If you are interested in serving on the Board, please contact the current PTA President, Deidra Krys-Rusoff at krys-rusoff@fergwell.com and attend the General PTA Meeting. Tuesday, May 19th at 6:30pm in the library.


MTMS Board Positions:


·       President, Stephanie Roth (nominated)

·       Vice President, Julia Sherman (nominated)

·       Secretary, Tracey Massey (nominated)

·       Treasurer, Kevin McHargue (nominated)

·       Treasurer Elect, Open

·       Volunteer Coordinators (2), Nicole Deniston and Anne Kimberly (nominated)

·       Teacher Liaison, Open

·       Director of Membership, Mary Klinger (nominated)

·       JMP Parent Representative, Open

·       Spanish Immersion Parent Representative, Open

·       Communications Coordinator, Madeline Landis (nominated)


Spring Faire Fundraising Event a Great Success!

The MTMS Foundation Spring Faire fundraising event (aka What the Heck, Write a Check!) was a tremendous success Friday night! Thank you to all of the families, who volunteered, donated, sponsored and raised their paddles high.


Early results indicate that we raised $31,000 (net of our very low expenses.) More than $17,000 of this was raised through the direct appeal, which is simply incredible! (Most direct appeals make about $10,000.) To top it off, the event was a lot of fun. The positive vibe and enthusiasm for our great school could be felt Friday night.


Special thanks to Carol Criswell and Laura Smoyer for your leadership of this year’s MTMS Foundation fundraising efforts. We couldn’t have done this without you!





For information about PTA activities and events, visit http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/mttabor/635.htm (from the main school website, choose “Community” then “PTA”).


“Like” us on Facebook! Stay up to date with PTA news by liking our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/MTMSPTA).


Email the MTMS PTA:

·      General PTA questions or suggestion: mtmspta@gmail.com

·      PTA Volunteer Coordinators: taborpta@gmail.com


For information about MTMS Foundation, visit http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/mttabor/247.htm.


PLEASE NOTE: All dates are subject to change. We'll do our best to keep you informed of any changes in future newsletters. You can also check the PTA webpage for current information on PTA-sponsored events: pps.k12.or.us/schools/mttabor/635.htm.



Yearbooks will be available for purchase at the end of the year.

Smarter Balanced State Assessments:

The Smarter Balanced testing window began on March 10th. Through the spring, each student will be scheduled to take Math and English Language Arts assessments. Students in 8th grade will also take a Science assessment.  If you are interested in viewing a practice test, please visit: http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/



Mt. Tabor Middle School

Spring Faire!

What the Heck, Write a Check!


Buy Your Tickets Today!

The Mt. Tabor Spring Faire fundraising party

is NEXT FRIDAY, May 15th!


Purchase your tickets online

or donate using this link:
(If you prefer to complete a paper form

and return it to the office, click here.)


Come hear from our amazing community - Our master of ceremonies for the evening will be Scott Hohenshell, father of JMP 6th grader, Kyra Aramari. And don’t miss the musical entertainment and special video appeal from Mt. Tabor students, including:

* Arthur Feidelson, 7th grade, neighborhood student

* Paul Carlsen, 6th grade, neighborhood student

* Abby Carlson, 7th grade, neighborhood student

* Hixon Dorsett, 8th grade, JMP student


Enter to Win, Sign Up to Play!

Even if you can’t come to the event, there are still ways to support the school: Enter the Carriage House Getaway Raffle for $20 or sign up for the annual Poker Party for $30. Details are online at http://mtms.schoolauction.net/2015/

Sponsor the Event!

Join this prestigious list of sponsors to help make our school the very best it can be! To sponsor, visit: http://mtms.schoolauction.net/2015/

The Caplener Group at Realty Trust $1,000

The Portland Nursery $1,000

Cristen Lincoln at Living Room Realty $1,000

Flying Pie Pizzeria $250

May Chang, DDS $250

Lisa Zuniga and Clifford Carlsen $250

Laura Smoyer and Chris Myers $250

Carol and Scott Criswell $250

Nicole and Tim Cleary $250

Jill and Brandon Cornejo $250

Ellen Rubinstein and Josh Baudhuin $250

Amy Edwards and Geoff Stuckart $250

Dalena and Jason Bradley $250

Julie and Brian Gefroh $250

Madeline and Tim Landis $250

Anne Kimberly $100

Taylor and Huy Ho $250

John Rusoff and Deidra Krys-Rusoff $250

Murray Renick $100

Angela Cadena $100

Jennifer and Chris Povich $250

Amy Starr Thomas and Rand Thomas $250

Jolene McGee $250 

Your Name Here


How will the money be used?

The Mt. Tabor Foundation Spring Faire fundraising party will support the following goals, set by Principal Osborn:

* Help fund an additional math teacher to reduce class sizes.

* Pay for substitutes to cover classrooms while teachers are on field trips (often field trips with one class will overlap other class time.)

* Continue to provide morning supervision and after school homework help.


Event Information:

Mt. Tabor Spring Faire Fundraising Party

Friday, May 15th, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

Laurelhurst Club (3721 SE Ankeny)



Contact Laura Smoyer (smoyermyers@gmail.com) or Carol Criswell (carol.l.criswell@gmail.com).


For information about MTMS Foundation, visit http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/mttabor/247.htm.



Homework Help!

Don’t struggle alone with homework!  Call a librarian.  Multnomah County library has live homework help in English, Spanish and Vietnamese from 2-10 pm every day!  They will proof read a paper or help you tackle a tough math problem.  You can also live chat with a librarian 24/7 who will direct you to resources for research, etc. Go to https://multcolib.org/  and click on Homework-center.  
School Hours

School starts at 9:05AM and breakfast is served at 8:50 a.m. Please do not drop off your students earlier than 9:05a.m. unless your student is registered for Before School Supervision. School ends at 3:45 p.m. and students have to leave school grounds by 4:00 p.m. We do not have staff supervision before or after school hours for students. We are not responsible for your student(s) if he/she arrives outside of school hours. Please encourage your student not to walk to school too early.

We notice that there are many students wandering in front of the building, on the sidewalks or going to QFC. With the wet and cold weather coming, please make sure that you're students are picked up on time. We appreciate your cooperation.

What is the dress code?

Please keep our dress guidelines in mind as you shop for back to school apparel. “Appropriate dress contributes to a positive learning environment. If the dress or grooming of a student disrupts the educational climate or process…the school has a legitimate concern and may require the student to change his or her dress or grooming”. School is preparation for the work place. Clothing should reflect acceptable dress standards for work. Listed below are examples of but not limited to:

1.    Clothing/jewelry promoting smoking, drugs or alcohol, violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, insults, ridicules, or anything that is sexually suggestive is unacceptable.
2.    Any immodest clothing such as crop tops, tubes, visible midriff, bare backs, see through, lace and/or underwear showing, or cleavage showing, etc. is unacceptable.
3.    Sagging pants, hanging belts, or pajamas are unacceptable.
4.    Shorts, skirts, and dresses should not be shorter than three inches above the knee. (This includes the slit in the skirt). Very holey clothing is unacceptable.
5.    Backpacks and outdoor coats will be stored in lockers.
6.    Hats, hairnets, scarves, bandanas, or any other unacceptable headgear are not allowed. Hats shall remain in lockers during the school day. Students may use them when they go outside at lunch recess.
7.    Accessories such as sunglasses, head/arm/wrist bands, chains, choke collars/chains, spikes, pacifiers, etc. are not allowed.
8.    Gloves, single or pairs are not allowed.
9.    Makeup must be used in moderation.
10.    Gang writing on any surface is not allowed.
11.    Rolling shoes (with wheels), flip flops, slides, and bedroom slippers are not allowed.

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