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Mt Tabor News and Information

Supporting families with information

June 10, 2014

Dear Families:
We wish to provide you with information and support in light of the shooting Tuesday morning at Reynolds High School in the city of Troutdale, outside Portland.
Our students remained safe and supported during this incident and will continue to be supported at school in the coming days. However, we know that such an incident raises concerns and questions.

Portland Public Schools has detailed emergency plans for all schools. Schools hold frequent drills so that students can practice what to do in case of a potential emergencies. Our Portland Police Bureau School Resource Officers provide enormous support with student safety, including forming relationships with students to prevent incidents from ever occurring.

In the case of an emergency at one or more of our schools, PPS communicates directions to families by phone in all supported languages. We also communicate via email, text and social media. We use the family contact information provided on students’ registration forms. Please keep this information up to date in your school office.

Your student may wish to talk about what happened at Reynolds or other similar situations. Let them process their feelings while also offering reassurance about the work their school is doing to support their safety. Remind students that they can also help by always letting an adult know if they see something that seems suspicious. Communities create safe places by working together.

Sometimes these incidents bring up memories of other difficult things a student has experienced. If your student needs counseling assistance, please talk to your principal to connect with resources. The Multnomah County Crisis Line can also help at 503-998-4888.

The PPS Language Line staff members are available to help families who speak limited English. Please use the following phone numbers:
中文 | Chinese
(503) 916-3585

Español | Spanish
(503) 916-3582

Soomaaliga | Somali
(503) 916-3586    Русский | Russian
(503) 916-3583

Tiếng Việt | Vietnamese
(503) 916-3584

Other (503) 916-3589
Thank you for your attention. We know that you will also support your student in continuing to feel positive about the end of their school year and their personal accomplishments.

Mt. Tabor News

June 10, 2014

Student-led conferences
This Thursday, June 12th, there is no school for students, except for their scheduled student-led conference.  This is not like the fall parent – teacher conference.  These spring conferences are a time for students and parents to sit down together and review the year.  This is a long tradition at Mt. Tabor that will be ending this year.  PPS will not approve waivers to the school calendar in the future in order to protect instructional hours.

8th graders and Promotion
Parents of 8th graders – all 8th graders are released from school at 3:00 on Friday, June 13th so they can get to Franklin HS by 4:45 for the promotion ceremony.  Promotion is at Franklin HS from 5 PM – 6 PM.

Any remaining cafeteria account balances (positive or negative) on students’ meal accounts at the end of the year will be automatically held for students at their current school or transferred to students’ new schools within the district. If your student is leaving the district, then you may call the Cafeteria Lead to arrange for a refund. Donations to the district’s Pay It Forward Fund to help families who are not eligible for free meals are also welcome. Contact Patti Shafer at 503.916.3398 to make donations.

From your school nurse
Medication left at school must be returned to the parent or be destroyed at the end of the school year per district policy. We are asking you to make arrangements to pick up your child’s unused medication by the last day of school, Friday 6/13. Any medication left after the 13th will be destroyed. Thank you. 


The Mt. Tabor Foundation Fundraising party, “What the Heck, Write a Check” turned out to be a great success. Thank you to Rashell Martin for organizing the party!  Together with our generous sponsors and direct donations before and after the event, we raised $22,000.

Parents and teachers gathered at the lovely Laurelhurst Club for our scaled back auction. The community enjoyed great food, libations, played fun games, bid on silent auction items and raised their paddles to support the Mt. Tabor Middle School we know and love.  Highlights included humorous but poignant speeches by three students and words from our devoted principal Robi Osborn, plus lots of time to chat and connect with friends, old and new.  It was a great first annual event and we encourage you to come next year!!!

Special thanks to our generous community sponsors Jan Caplener at Realty Trust, Cristen Lincoln at Living Room Realty, and the Portland Nursery, as well as all the parents, family, friends and community partners who through sponsorship, donations, and volunteer hours contributed to help us reach our financial goal and to have a great time in the process!

***There are still 15 spaces ($30 each) available at the Poker Party:  Hosted by Becky and Kevin Overby at Caldera Public House, this popular event will be held on Saturday, September 27.  To sign up, email Becky and Kevin at overbys@comcast.net.

Looking Ahead To Next Year:  Save the Date…

Mt. Tabor Foundation Spring Faire 2015

Annual Fundraising Party

Friday, May 15    6:30-10:00pm

Laurelhurst Club

Help is needed to organize this event.  Our motto is “Many hands make light work.”   See below for all the ways to get involved – most jobs can be completed in only a few hours.

Ø  There will be ONLY 3 MEETINGS: one in fall, one right after spring break, and one a week before the event.

Ø  Training and guidance will be provided to all along the way!

 If you are able to help, please email Carol Criswell   carol.l.criswell@gmail.com

There are two categories of jobs that need to be filled:


Procurement (4 people): collecting items from 70 established donors.  List will be provided.

üTicket Sales:  FILLED by Laura Smoyer

Wine & Beer Procurement (2 people):  Procuring donations for Wheel of Wine as well as beer and wine for serving at the event.

üSponsorship:  FILLED by Jeanne Roberts


üData Entry:  FILLED by Nancy Crean

üFood/Venue/Set-up:  FILLED by Mark Eaton

Decorations (1 person):  Includes event decorations, silent auction boxes and placards.

Will Call (3 people):  Requires working Will Call night of event from about 7:45 through event conclusion.

Check-in/Check-out (4 people):  Requires arriving  at event early and staying until all guests have checked out.  No prior experience needed, you will be trained!

üAuction Coordinator:  FILLED by Carol Criswell

Thank-you Note Coordinator (1 person):  After the event, organizing a group to write thank you notes to donors and sponsors.

Slideshow/Video Coordinator  (1 person): Coordinate with students/staff at Mt. Tabor Middle School to put together a visual presentation to show at the event, depicting “Life at Mt. Tabor Middle School”.  Can ask for assistance from student groups, Builders Club, etc.  Start early and have the whole school year to put it together.  Show should be 10 minutes or less.

Direct Appeal Coordinator (1 person):  Coordinate student speakers, get parent volunteer to lead direct appeal night of event, coordinate night-of speaking logistics with principal.

Event Host (1 person):  Be in charge night of the event, making sure it’s all running smoothly!

Representation from all of Mt. Tabor Middle School is the goal, both in filling the jobs as well as in attendance and participation.  Thank you for considering how you can help continue the wonderful programs Mt. Tabor currently supports as well as bring in new ones!

Mt. Tabor News
May 30, 2014

Madison HS Summer Tennis Camp
For registration info. and questions please contact Coach J. R. Kent at 503-235-6406.  All 5th-8th graders and incoming 9th graders.  Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 17th – July 17th.  Beginners, 9:00 am – 10:30 and intermediate, 10:30- noon.

Builder’s Club
A congratulation to MTMS for donating 460 children’s books to our Kiwanis Builder's Club Children's Book Drive!  Children’s Book Bank will sort and distribute the books to families without books in their homes. Thank you!

Student-led Conferences
There is no regular school for students on Thursday, June 12th.  Each student has 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 our last year to do student led conferences.  PPS announced a request to do spring conferences next year would be denied in an effort to maintain student instructional hours.

Volunteer Brunch
Parents and community members volunteer in lots of ways.  Please join the staff at 10 am on Monday, June 16th for the Volunteer Brunch.  It’s a potluck in your honor to say thank you for all you do to support our school. 

Mt. Tabor MS News:  May 12, 2014

Congratulations to all the students in MESA - you represented our school well at MESA Day!  Several teams won awards.  Tyla, Conan, Keiji, and Kana took second place in the zip line contest.  Wendy, Emily, and Sophia took third in the shake tower event, while Simon, Richard and Kevin took second.  Using the prosthetic arms, Nathan, Travis, Rafel, and Cesar took 3rd in the ball toss and Simon, Richard and Kevin took 2nd.  Using the prosthetic arms to relocate items, Bridghid and Sage took 3rd while Samantha, Kayla, Vanessa, and Heidi earned 2nd.  Jaime, Maya, Eleanor, and Jessica earned second place with their paper, and second on their presentation, and took second overall in the prosthetic arm competition. Mr. Fields was named MESA advisor of the year!  Congratulations to all who participated!

We are happy to welcome three new staff members to our teaching team for the 2014-15 school year:
Jacob Soto will be our new band director.  He is currently teaching music at Woodstock Elementary and choir and band at DaVinci M.S.  Annie Licurse will be our librarian/ media specialist and Katrina Arras will join our science team.  

Changes to the end of the school year:
The Portland School Board decided to add two snow-day make-up days to the school year, making Friday, June 13 the last day of school for students. PPS builds in two days if needed for inclement weather. In response to this change, Mt. Tabor has shifted the dates of several critical end of the year activities: 

 06/12/14  Student-Led Conferences
No regular school for students
 06/13/14  8th Grade Promotion Practice
 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
 Big Gym
 06/13/14  8th Grade Students Released at 3:00pm
6th & 7th Grade Students Released at 3:45pm
 06/13/14  8th Grade Promotion
 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
 Franklin High
School, Auditorium
 06/13/14  End of Fourth Grading Period (quarter schools)
 06/13/14  Last Day of School for Students
 06/16/14  Parent Volunteer Brunch
 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


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.

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.

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PPS News

Portland School Board takes a stand on new test

July 23, 2014
The Portland School Board voted 7 to 0 July 22 on a resolution that calls upon state and federal education officials to delay the use of the new Smarter Balanced Assessment in teacher evaluation, provide the necessary funding to effectively implement the test and not use the test for punitive labeling of teachers, students or schools.

PPS leaders join 60 districts in pledging to improve achievement of young men of color

July 21, 2014

Sixty big-city public school districts from across the country,  including Portland Public Schools, released a pledge to improve the academic and social outcomes of boys and young men of color the Council of the Great City Schools announced today at a White House event with President Obama.


Additional leadership news announced

July 16, 2014

Superintendent Carole Smith announced to the PPS staff on July 7 additional pieces of the school district's education leadership reorganization to best serve students and schools. 


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