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5800 SE Ash St | Portland, OR 97215
Phone: (503) 916-5646 | Fax: (503) 916-2659

Mt Tabor News and Information

March 18, 2014

Mt. Tabor News
OAKS testing – The Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) testing begins March 31st.  Sixth, seventh and eighth graders take one math and one reading test and eighth graders take a science test as well.  Students who meet benchmark the first time do not retake the test.  A student who does not meet benchmark has a second opportunity.  Tests usually take between one and two hours, depending on the student.  The math test is taken during the student’s math class and the reading test during language arts class, etc.

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  Help Us Raise Money for Our School!

What the Heck, Write a Check!

Please join the Mt. Tabor Middle School Foundation for a night of celebration and fun at our scaled-back auction/scaled-up party.  The party will be held at the historic Laurelhurst Club (just across SE Ankeny from Laurelhurst Park) from 6:30-10 pm May 9. Games, Raffle Prizes, Yummy Hor' Dourves, Drinks and more!

We hope you’ll be inspired by this year’s theme, "What the Heck, Write a Check!"

Tickets are available now - CLICK HERE to Buy a Ticket.

If you can help us out with a donation of an item for the silent auction, or have an idea for a Buy-In Party you would like to organize, please CLICK HERE to let us know.  
Auction Party Sponsor Thank Yous! A huge thank you to the following individuals and businesses who have already stepped forward to support the foundation’s fundraising efforts:

* The Caplener Group at Realty Trust $1,500.00
Living Room Realty $1500
May Chang, DDS $250
* Lisa Zuniga and Clifford Carlsen $250.00
* Deidra and John Krys-Rusoff $250.00
* Ellen Rubenstein and Josh Baudhuin $250.00
Cristi and Lance Dayton $250
* Jessica Holiday / Staccato Gelato $100.00

The Foundation supports a number of important programs at Mt. Tabor, including before-school supervision in the library and the gym, after-school homework help (both offered free to all students), technology support and more.
Thanks, and we'll see you at the party!

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.

 Mt. Tabor’s very own Battle of the Books has been scheduled for May 21st, 2014.  Battle of the Books is a fun program designed to get students reading a variety of books.  Each year a new set of books from fantasy to historical fiction and non-fiction are chosen.  Students who wish to participate in the activity are expected to read all of the books on the list, and then participate in our school battle.  During the battle, teams of students will answer a series of multiple choice questions based on the books.   This is always a very enjoyable and anticipated end of the year activity!

 The books chosen for the 2013-14 school year are as follows:
1.    Bigger Than a Breadbox by Laurel Snyder (Fantasy)
2.    Magyk by Angie Sage (Fantasy)
3.    Middle School: the Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson (Realistic)
4.    Million Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica (Realistic)
5.    Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg (Realistic)
6.    The Mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly Regan Barnhill (Fantasy)
7.    Night of the Howling Dogs by Graham Salisbury (Historical)
8.    The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve Sheinkin (Biography)
9.    Okay For Now by Gary Schmidt (Historical)
10.    Operation Redwood by S. Terrell French (Realistic)
11.    Second Fiddle by Roseanne Parry (Historical)
12.    Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (Realistic)
13.    Time Riders by Alex Scarrow (Science Fiction)
14.    The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi (Historical)
15.    Wildwood by Colin Meloy (Fantasy)
Please email scarver@pps.net, with any questions.
Susannah Carver
Library assistant

Homework Help –  We would love to have more volunteers in the library, 4-5 PM, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  If you’d like to help out please make sure to have a current background check completed and let us know which days work for you.



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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5800 SE Ash ST
Portland OR  97213
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PPS student leaders represent in D.C.

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While most students took some much needed time off during Spring Break, three student members of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council traveled to Washington, D.C. to lobby Portland’s Congressional delegation on some of the greatest issues facing students in education today.  


Thanks to you, art blossoming in schools

April 22, 2014

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