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 Wednesday November 26th NO HOMEWORK CLUB & NO MESA

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Mt. Tabor Middle School News

 November 21, 2014  

Mt. Tabor Middle School Named State Finalist in the $2 million Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest


Mt. Tabor will receive two Samsung Galaxy Tabs and the opportunity to win additional prizes!  Mt. Tabor learned today that it has become a state finalist in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest, a nationwide competition to increase interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by challenging teachers and students to take topics out of traditional classroom settings and into local communities.  In addition to the Galaxy Tabs, science teacher, Kirk Ordway received a professional development course from PBS Teacherline.

Mt. Tabor has moved into this round of competition based on Mr. Ordway’s science enrichment class using STEM to address the reduction of storm water in waterways.  Mt. Tabor is one of four schools in Oregon to become a finalist in the Solve for Tomorrow contest.
 
Families in Need Drive

Mt. Tabor has a long tradition of reaching out to families in our own community around the holidays.  Between Nov. 24th and Dec. 5th we will be accepting cash donations to provide support to families in need.  The Mt. Tabor PTA donates $500 towards this effort.  Each year we have succeeded in raising $2,000.  All donations should be turned in to the school office.  Please make all checks out to the Mt. Tabor PTA and write Families in Need on the comment line.

8th Grade Students and Families, Come Discover Franklin High School at the Marshall Campus


If your student is a current 8th grader and will attend Franklin High School starting September 2015, join us on Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Marshall Campus located at 3905 S.E. 91st Ave. Franklin students will attend the Marshall Campus while Franklin undergoes modernization starting next fall.

At this annual event, incoming Franklin freshmen and their families will learn about Franklin’s nationally-recognized Advanced Scholar Program, Advanced Placement options and our dual-credit program (where students earn college credit); talk with teachers from all disciplines; meet with current coaches and players from a variety of athletic teams; and see the wide array of clubs available to students.

THERE IS NO HOMEWORK HELP AFTER SCHOOL ON WEDNESDAY, NOV. 26TH


Builder’s Club

It is never too late to join Builder’s Club, our after school leadership and service club.  Did your student enjoy K Kids at the elementary?  Builder’s Club is the middle school extension of K Kids.  Franklin HS has an active Key Club – the high school version of K Kids.  Come join and make a difference in the school community.  Builder’s Club meets each Thursday after school in Ms. Renauer’s room from 3:55pm – 4:25pm.



Franklin Youth Wrestling

Drop by Franklin High School Mat Room and try it for FREE! For 3rd – 8th grade. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 6pm – 8pm


MTMS PTA NEWS

DATES TO REMEMBER!

November 24:        PTA Clothes Closet (see below)
December 2:        Deadline for Spirit Wear orders (see below)
January 13:        Next PTA General Meeting (details to come)

PTA News

There are a lot of great volunteer opportunities this month. Please email the PTA volunteer coordinators if you can help!
Email: taborpta@gmail.com

PTA Clothes Closet – Volunteers needed! The MTMS community needs to supply five or six volunteers to work at the PTA Clothes Closet twice each year, and our first date is November 24th. The shift begins at 9:00 a.m. and usually lasts four hours. Volunteers will help to organize and sort donated items, and assist families in need as they “shop” for clothes. Please let us know if you are interested in helping.

Spirit Wear Design Contest  – Congratulations to seventh grader Mito Smith, who was our MTMS Spirit Wear Design Contest winner! An order form for the newly designed spirit wear is available now (see attachment) and can also be found in the school office or on the PTA website. Orders are due on December 2nd and orders will be distributed to students before winter break. Thanks again to our art teacher, Molly Renauer, for her support, and to all of the Mt. Tabor students who submitted their original designs for the MTMS Spirit Wear Design Contest!

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.

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
•    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.



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
Site Manager
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

PPS News

Benson, Lincoln and Madison approved to proceed with master planning

November 25, 2014
The Portland School Board Nov. 25 approved Benson, Lincoln and Madison high schools for the next bond. The Portland School Board voted 6-0 Nov. 25 to complete master planning for the modernization of Benson, Lincoln and Madison high schools in the next two years and to place those schools on a bond that will go to voters in 2016 to finance those modernizations. 

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Franklin, Madison welcome 8th graders

November 25, 2014

Franklin and Madison high schools will hold information sessions in December for 8th graders to learn about their neighborhood high school.

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Superintendent recommends enrollment and transfer system changes

November 25, 2014
PPS SACET Committee Superintendent Carole Smith forwarded to the Portland School Board on Monday, Nov. 24, a plan for aligning the PPS enrollment and transfer system across all grades and school configurations with the PPS Racial Educational Equity Policy. 

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