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Mt. Tabor Middle School Newsletter December 19, 2014

Parent Equity Night January 15

Dr. Brian Renauer, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Portland State University, will be leading the Parent Equity Night in an exploration of “implicit bias.”  We often think of bias as being a conscious part of our thinking and decision-making. However, recent research (e.g. see Project Implicit out of Harvard) has shown that biases against certain persons or groups can come from unconscious sources. In other words, we may not even realize this type of bias. Implicit bias means we do not always have conscious, intentional control over the processes of social perception, impression formation, and judgment that motivate our actions. This becomes even more pronounced when making split second decisions that often occur in law enforcement settings.  

Dr. Renauer will engage the group in a general discussion of implicit bias focusing on The Implicit Bias Project out of Harvard and illustrate some findings from research conducted in criminal justice settings. If you’d like to learn about implicit bias before the meeting you can read about The Harvard Implicit Bias Project here (https://www.projectimplicit.net/index.html).  You can also take their implicit association test, which has been taken by over 2 million people, to explore your own potential implicit biases (https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/).
Please call the office for translation services and/or childcare.

Families In Need


Thank you to the Mt. Tabor community for your generosity.  Thanks to you and the Mt. Tabor PTA we were able to help fifteen Mt. Tabor families with cash assistance for the holidays!  

Cafecito January 16

We are rescheduling January’s Cafecito to January 16th so we can have a special guest, Raquel Laiz, College and Career coordinator and advisor the Latino Students’ Club at Franklin HS.  We look forward to seeing you January 16th, 9:15-10:00 am.
El Cafecito de enero será reprogramado para el 16 de enero así podremos tener una invitada especial, Raquel Laiz. Raquel es la coordinadora de colegios, carreras y tutora del club de estudiantes latinos en Franklin HS. Les esperamos ver el 16 de enero de 9:15-10:00 am.

Sumsung Solve for Tomorrow

Mr. Ordway’s journey continues!  His lesson plan, based on the work the science enrichment class is engaged in, won at the state level!  He was chosen as the Oregon state winner and will receive a camcorder and laptop to create a video showcasing the class’ environmental work.  Sate Winners will also receive a minimum of $20,000 in technology for our school!  Students are engaged in work around bioswales and will be working with food cart and homeowners to disconnect their downspouts and manage storm water with bioswales of the students’ design.

Mt Tabor Group Nights with the Portland Trailblazers!

The Portland Trailblazers are excited to team up with the Mt. Tabor Hot Shots and the Mt. Tabor Green Dragons for a night of high-flying fun!  On Feb. 5th see the Hot Shots 8th grade girls team take the court prior to the game.  On Feb. 25th see the Green Dragons 8th grade boys team take the court prior to the game.  For information about special ticket prices download the flier :

Mt  Tabor Hot Shots  

Mt  Tabor Green Dragons

PTA NEWS

DATES TO REMEMBER!
January 5:        First day of school after winter break
January 13:    Next PTA General Meeting (see below)
January 27:    Caldera Public House – Restaurant Fundraiser (see below)

Wishing everyone a joyful holiday with family and friends! See you all back at school on Monday, January 5th, 2015!

Make Your Holiday Shopping Count – Remember to use the Amazon.com link while doing your last-minute holiday shopping so the school can benefit from all of the shopping you are already doing. There is no additional cost to you! Also, consider sending the link to your family and friends – anyone can shop via the link and benefit our school. See below for more details on this and other programs. Or, click on the Mt. Tabor Amazon.com link and start shopping!
Spirit Wear Orders – If you placed an order for the new MTMS Spirit Wear, your order will be distributed to you via your advisory teacher after the winter break.

PTA Meeting January 13th (Topic: College) – It’s not too early to begin thinking about college! Please join us at our next PTA meeting on January 13th, where our guest speaker, Natalie Miller, will discuss important facts and myths regarding the college search and admissions process. Natalie is a former admissions officer for Scripps College, who has spoken to the PTA in past years and is back by popular demand (she is also a former MTMS student!) Natalie is an engaging speaker who can answer your questions and quell some fears. Parents are welcome to bring MTMS students and older siblings who would benefit from the tips and be interested in listening to the discussion. The meeting will be held in the MTMS library at 6:30pm.

Caldera Public House: Restaurant Fundraiser January 27th – Give yourself the night off and swing by Caldera for dinner on Tuesday, January 27th from 5pm – 11pm. Kevin and Becky Overby, Mt. Tabor parents and owners of Caldera Public House, have generously offered to donate 10 percent of all dinner proceeds to Mt. Tabor Middle School. Don’t miss this fabulous dining opportunity.  Caldera Public House - 6031 SE Stark.

Updated Email address for PTA Volunteers! We have recently discovered that an old email address has been included in some of our communication as a point of contact for volunteers. If you have recently emailed the PTA volunteer coordinators about volunteering, but didn’t receive a reply, this might be why. Please resend any emails to taborpta@gmail.com. We apologize for the inconvenience and would love to have your help!
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.

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.

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).
Email the MTMS PTA:
•    General PTA questions or suggestion: mtmspta@gmail.com
•    PTA Volunteer Coordinators: taborpta@gmail.com

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.




 PPS News 

Download Translations of this message here.

December 2014

Share your views on changes to the school transfer policy

Portland Public Schools is considering changes to the school transfer policy to make it more equitable and to help strengthen programs at all neighborhood schools.
How changes are being made:
•    A citizens’ committee spent many months studying the policy and interviewing stakeholders.
•    The committee recommended changes to Superintendent Carole Smith on Nov. 4.
•    The superintendent made recommendations to the school board Nov. 25.
•    The school board is scheduled to vote on changes Jan. 13.
Superintendent Smith’s recommendations include:
•    Ending the neighborhood-to-neighborhood lottery system and using only the petition system for students to transfer to a neighborhood school outside the neighborhood in which they live.
•    Strengthening the petition system in which families can explain why a child needs to transfer to a different neighborhood school.
•    Conducting a review of all focus option schools, including Dual Language Immersion programs, ACCESS Academy and Metropolitan Learning Center.
•    Changing the lottery for focus option schools to increase access for low-income families.  After low-income applicants have been approved, siblings of children already in that school would continue to receive preference.
•    Allowing students who must transfer to a school for special education services to stay at that school through the highest grade.

Share your views:
Take a brief survey: Click this link or go to www.pps.net and click on the link in the banner.
Testify at a meeting:
•    School Board Meetings, BESC, 501 N. Dixon St.:
o    Tuesday, Dec. 9, 6 to 6:30 pm. Open testimony on lottery changes. 6:30 pm: Public comment. (Interpretation in supported languages provided.)
o    Tuesday, Jan. 6, 6 to 6:30 pm. Public comment.
o    Tuesday, Jan. 13, 6 to 6:30 pm. Public comment.

Questions: Portland School Board Office 503-916-3741 or schoolboard@pps.net



TAG Information

Parents may nominate their child for TAG testing anytime before Nov. 3rd.  TAG nomination forms are available outside the main office in the TAG bulletin board or online at this address:
www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/tag/1392.htm
Look on the right hand side for Identification Process Forms.  They are available in multiple languages.  Return forms to the main office.

All current TAG students will receive a survey to complete with parent input.  Please bring the completed survey with you to parent /student/teacher conferences.



Click here to download the above flyer in English and Spanish.


PTA News


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!


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.


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)

 

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Karen Aker
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Mt. Tabor SUN Community School
Portland Parks & Recreation
5800 SE Ash ST
Portland OR  97213
503-916-2915  Office
503-916-2659  Fax

Karen.Aker@portlandoregon.gov

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