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 Mt. Tabor Middle School Newsletter October 17, 2014  

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School Success Night – Oct. 21st, 6:00-8:00 pm

PTA general meeting and guest speakers.
The following five sessions will be 20 minutes long and presented three times.  There will be a Spanish interpreter in each session.

Middle School Math FAQ:  The Common Core standards have changed math at all grade levels.  What are these changes?  What is a CAR test and how is it used to determine math placement in 7th grade?  What courses do students take in high school?  Get these and other math questions answered.
Presenter:  Drew Robinson, PPS middle school math TOSA

What is proficiency grading?:
  What is the philosophy behind proficiency grading and how is it different than the traditional A-F grading system?  What do things like DEV and EXC mean on my child’s report card?  Is proficient the same as a B?
Presenters:  Katrina Arras and Roger Groom, Mt. Tabor MS science teachers

Smarter Balance vs. OAKS:  Have you heard about the new summative (end of year) exam students will be taking starting this spring?  It’s called Smarter Balance.  Is it smarter?  How is it different than the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) that students have been taking?  
Presenter:  Trish Werner, Mt. Tabor MS math teacher

Multnomah County Library Homework Support:  Is it a struggle to help your student tackle a math problem or edit an essay?  Mult. Co. Library offers impressive support.  Hear from a librarian in their School Corps.
Presenter:  Kate Huston

Parent Communication 101:  Do you need help signing –up and accessing ParentVue?  Are you receiving the Principal’s Newsletter?  Meet the principal, assistant principal, the school counselor and school office staff.

¡Noche de Éxito Escolar!- martes, 21 de octubre de 6:00-8:00 P.M.


Reunión general de la asociación de padres y maestros (PTA) y presentadores invitados

Las siguientes cinco sesiones serán presentadas tres veces y tardaran veinte minutos cada una. Podrán escoger tres de las sesiones disponibles. Cada sesión tendrá un intérprete que habla español.

Información de Matemáticas en la escuela intermedia: Los estándares estatales comunes de matemáticas han cambiado en todos los niveles para todos los grados. ¿Cuáles son estos cambios? ¿Qué es el examen CAR y como será usado para determinar el nivel de matemáticas en qué se encuentra el estudiante de séptimo grado? ¿Qué cursos tomaran los estudiantes en la secundaria? Reciba estas respuestas y más información sobre los cambios de las pruebas estandarizadas en matemáticas.
Presentador: Drew Robinson, TOSA de matemáticas en la escuela intermedia en PPS

¿Qué significa: “calificaciones de aptitud”?: ¿Cuál es la filosofía detrás de las calificaciones de aptitud y cuál es la diferencia entre las calificaciones tradicionales A-F y las calificaciones de aptitud? ¿Qué significa una DEV y un EXC en la calificación de mi estudiante? ¿Ser proficiente será lo mismo que una B?
Presentadores: Katrina Arras y Roger Groom, profesores de ciencia en Mt. Tabor MS

Smarter Balance vs. Oaks: ¿Ha escuchado de la nueva prueba cumulativa (final de año) que los estudiantes tomarán empezando esta primavera? Se llama Smarter Balance ¿Tendrá más sabiduría? ¿Cuál es la diferencia entre el examen Smarter Balance y la Evaluación de Conocimientos y Habilidades de Oregón (OAKS por sus iniciales en inglés) que han estado tomando los estudiantes?
Presentadora: Trish Werner, Profesora de matemáticas en Mt. Tabor MS

Apoyo de Tareas de la biblioteca del Condado Multnomah County: ¿Le cuesta trabajo ayudar a su estudiante con las matemáticas o a corregir su ensayo? Es impresionante el apoyo que provee la biblioteca del Condado de Multnomah. Esta presentación será dada por una bibliotecária de su organización escolar.                 
Presentadora: Kate Hudson

Comunicación con los Padres 101: ¿Necesita ayuda para registrarse y tener acceso a ParentVue? ¿Está recibiendo el noticiero de la directora (Principal’s Newsletter)? Conozca a la directora, a la sub-directora, al consejero de la escuela  y al personal de la oficina escolar.

Come cheer on many former Mt. Tabor Middle School students running for the Franklin High School Cross Country team as Franklin High School competes in the THE 6A-1 PIL DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS! October 22nd 3pm at Franklin. The top three teams go to state. Hope to see you there.

PTA News



PTA School Success Night: Please join us for a fun and informative evening on Tuesday, October 21st, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the MTMS cafeteria. Principal Robi Osborn will talk about helping your child succeed in middle school, then parents will be invited to choose three of five available breakout sessions to learn more about the important topics of: Middle School Math, Parent Communication, Proficiency Grading, Multnomah County Homework Help and Smarter Balance Testing vs. OAKS.

There will be a brief PTA meeting at the start of the evening, and the PTA will provide light snacks and sweets, as well as some planned activities for any middle school kids who need to come along with their parents (crafts, games and a quiet homework space.)

Burgerville Restaurant Fundraiser:  Stop by the Montavilla Burgerville from 5:00pm – 8:00pm on Tuesday, October 28th, to grab a bite and earn money for the PTA. Our very own Mt. Tabor students will be serving the food! You do not need to say you are dining for Mt. Tabor – Burgerville will generously donate 10 percent of all sales during that time. SE 82nd & Glisan.


School Dance Needs Chaperones:  We will need ten adult chaperones for the first school dance of the year on Tuesday, October 28th from 3:45pm – 5:00pm. The dances are a lot of fun and a unique opportunity to have a window into the middle school world! Contact our PTA Volunteer Coordinators if you are interested: mtmspta.vips@gmail.com

Spirit Wear Design Contest – Calling all Student Artists and Designers: The MTMS PTA invites all students to submit a design for our 2014-15 spirit wear! Each year, we hold an art contest to select a design for the current year's MTMS spirit wear. Students can use any medium to create an original, 8x10 work. The winning design will be scanned and printed in white onto navy blue t-shirts and hoodies. You can find the entry form on the MTMS PTA webpage (under the “newsletters and attachments” tab), or pick one up in the office. Deadline is November 3rd. Contact Nicole Cleary with questions (nicleary503@gmail.com).

Attention Shoppers – Earn Money for Mt. Tabor PTA While You Shop! Did you know that you can earn money for Mt. Tabor just by doing your usual shopping? Fred Meyer, Amazon, Safeway and other businesses offer generous programs to partner with shoppers to support their schools.
•    Link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Mt. Tabor PTA.
•    Use the Amazon.com link on our website to enter Amazon.com before you shop.
•    Register your Safeway Club Card and/or your debit and cred cards in the eScrip Rewards Program.
•    And don’t forget to buy QFC/Fred Meyer Scrip cards at the PTA General Meetings throughout the year - bring your checkbook!
•    For more information on the above programs, visit the MTMS PTA Website: www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/mttabor/635.htm.

PTA Volunteer Notices: If you are interested in helping out at PTA-sponsored activities and events this year, remember to fill out the Volunteer Interest Finder that was included in your first day packets – or pick up a new form in the office. Return completed forms to the office.


LEARN MORE/GET IN TOUCH

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).





Saturday Academy

Saturday Academy provides hands-on learning opportunities for students in the Portland, Beaverton and Hillsboro area.  Classes are for students in grades 2-12.  Financial aid is available.  www.saturdayacademy.org   503-200-5858

Multnomah County 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.  

MTMS FOUNDATION NEWS
OCTOBER 3, 2014


FOUNDATION TEAM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS!
Planning is under way for the Spring Faire fundraising event, which will take place on May 15th. There are a couple of important jobs that need to be started soon, but for which we still have no volunteers. Please consider if you can help!

•    Wine Procurement (Need 1 person): Help procure donated bottles and/or cases of wine for the Wheel of Wine as well as wine to serve during the event.
•    Procurement (Need 1 more person): Join the awesome procurement team already on the job to help procure the items to be auctioned off at the event.   

For each job, you will be provided with a list of past donors who are likely to donate again and a script to use to simplify the process. Please contact Carol Criswell (carol.l.criswell@gmail.com) if you are interested in helping or would like more information.

Next Foundation Meetings
: We will only have two more meetings as a group before the Spring Faire fundraising event. Mark your calendars and please come see how you can help! February 9th and April 16th – 6:00pm in the MTMS library!




MTMS PTA NEWS
October 3, 2014


DATES TO REMEMBER!

October 14
:  Pizzicato Restaurant Fundraiser (details below)
October 21:  Fall Fiesta / School Success Night (details below)
October 28:  Burgerville Restaurant Fundraiser (details below)
October 28:  First School Dance – Chaperones Needed (details below)

PLEASE NOTE: These 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.


PTA News


Pizzicato Restaurant Fundraiser:  Stop by the Mt. Tabor Pizzicato on Tuesday, October 14th to help raise money for our school. This is an ALL DAY fundraiser and includes the purchase of lunch, dinner or Pizzicato gift cards. SE 60th & Division.

PTA Fall Fiesta / School Success Night, October 21st: Mark your calendars for this fun evening of mingling with other parents and learning more about how you can help your child succeed in middle school. 6:30 – 7:45 in the school cafeteria and break-out rooms. More details to come.

Burgerville Restaurant Fundraiser:  Stop by the Montavilla Burgerville from 5:00pm – 8:00pm on Tuesday, October 28th, to grab a bite and earn money for the PTA. Our very own Mt. Tabor students will be serving the food! You do not need to say you are dining for Mt. Tabor – Burgerville will generously donate 10 percent of all sales during that time. SE 82nd & Glisan.

School Dance Needs Chaperones:  We will need ten adult chaperones for the first school dance of the year on Tuesday, October 28th from 3:45pm – 5:00pm. The dances are a lot of fun and a unique opportunity to have a window into your child’s world! Contact our PTA Volunteer Coordinators if you are interested: mtmspta.vips@gmail.com

Attention Shoppers – Earn Money for Mt. Tabor PTA While You Shop! Did you know that you can earn money for Mt. Tabor just by doing your usual shopping? Fred Meyer, Amazon, Safeway and other businesses offer generous programs to partner with shoppers to support their schools.
•    Link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Mt. Tabor PTA.
•    Use the Amazon.com link on our website to enter Amazon.com before you shop.
•    Register your Safeway Club Card and/or your debit and cred cards in the eScrip Rewards Program.
•    And don’t forget to buy QFC/Fred Meyer Scrip cards at the PTA General Meetings throughout the year - bring your checkbook!
•    For more information on the above programs, visit the MTMS PTA Website: www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/mttabor/635.htm.

PTA Volunteer Notices: If you are interested in helping out at PTA-sponsored activities and events this year, remember to fill out the Volunteer Interest Finder that was included in your first day packets – or pick up a new form in the office. Return completed forms to the office.


LEARN MORE/GET IN TOUCH

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).


 Mt. Tabor Middle School
School Supply List

(click here to download the list)

All Students
•    4 rolls transparent office tape with dispenser (all grades—Science)
•    3 ring binder                                                                   
•    Index dividers
•    Pens/pencils and pencil pouch
•    Colored pencils/markers/highlighter
•    Wide ruled notebook paper
•    Glue stick
•    Scissors
•    Ruler with standard and metric measure
•    Basic calculator
•    Thumb/flash drive
•    PE lock (Physical Education)
•    2 boxes of tissues (school supply)
•    1 box of band aides (school supply)
•    2 reams of copier paper (school supply)
•    $10.00 for student planners and other activities (optional) – to support other students who cannot afford supplies.

Do not purchase an assignment book or agenda. We provide one of these for all students. It is used as part of our study skills program and we want all students to have the same one.

6th Grade Students
•    Bound composition notebook (6th grade—JMP and Spanish Immersion Language Arts)
•    Bound composition notebook (all grades—JMP)
•    3 ring binder—1 inch (6th grade—JMP)
7th Grade Students
•    Bound composition notebook (all grades—JMP)
•    Single subject wide ruled spiral notebook (7th grade)
•    2D Batteries (8th grade—Science)
8th Grade Students
•    Bound composition notebook (8th grade—Mr. Dawson’s Social Studies
•    Bound composition notebook with grid paper (8th grade—Ms. Sullivan’s Math)
•    Bound composition notebook (all grades—JMP)
•    AAA Batteries [small pack] (8th grade—Math)


 MARK YOUR CALENDARS WITH THESE EARLY FALL DATES

9/22 Back- to- School Night  6:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. 


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.

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.

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

  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:

1)      JOBS THAT REQUIRE ASKING FOR SOMETHING:

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

2)      JOBS WITH NO ASKING INVOLVED:

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!


  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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