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  • Thursday, December 8: All schools and offices closed due to weather

    All after-school and evening activities, including athletics, are also cancelled. 

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  • 7th Grade DLI - Teacher Search Information UPDATE

    Seventh Grade Immersion Families,

    I wanted to update you on the progress toward hiring a replacement teacher for the vacant Seventh Grade Immersion position.

    Since Ms. Macdonald left Ockley Green in October, I have interviewed five candidates for this teaching position. We thought we had a person to fill this role just two weeks after Ms. Macdonald´s departure, but this hire did not work out. Most recently, I interviewed two promising candidates, via Skype, from outside the country. One is a U.S. teacher who is currently in Spain; the other interview was from a candidate in Puerto Rico.

    I have made my recommendation to PPS Human Resources and the Dual Language Immersion  (DLI) Program for candidate who is the best fit for the open position at Ockley Green. We are now waiting for District-level staff to finalize the hiring for the job. We are excited to be able to hire a person who will be an excellent long-term addition to the Ockley Green School staff, as well as meet the current need.

    In the meantime, Ms. H. will continue to be the substitute in the Seventh Grade Immersion classes. She is still in contact with Ms. Macdonald for support with lesson planning. When the new teacher begins working at Ockley Green, Ms. H. will work alongside this person for one additional week to assist with the transition. Then the District Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) for DLI will support the new hire with determining current student levels of performance, instructional planning, and classroom management.

    Realistically, it may be after Winter Break before a permanent teacher is in place.

    Thank you for your patience with this lengthy process and a special thank you to Ms. Lanigan for your support.

    Please contact me if you have questions.


    René Canler
  • Ockley Green Newsletter 12.02.2016

    Check out the latest issue of our newsletter. Click the "Español" link for the translated version.
  • Ockley Green Winter Dance

    Please see exciting information about our Ockley Green Winter Dance here.
  • Café with René

          Please join our principal for coffee and conversation
    When: Thursday, December 15th, 2016         Cuando: Jueves, 15 de diciembre, 2016
    Where: Ockley Green's Auditorium           Donde: En el Auditorio de Ockley Green
    Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.                      Hora: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Volunteering

    Ockley Green Middle School is a school that thrives from parent and community engagement. Without you, many of our events, electives, committees, and gatherings would not be possible.Whether you have been part of the community for years, or you are being referred to our program today, your involvement and participation is valued. 

    The form (below) will assist your school in ensuring you are paired with an activity that accentuates your interests and talents. Please submit one form for each member of your household that is interested in volunteering.
    Thank you for your interest in sharing your talents with the vibrant OGMS community!
    Shannon C. McClure
    Assistant Principal
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  • Happy New Year!

    René Canler Our middle school renaissance has been in production for several months! I appreciate everyone’s patience throughout this transitional process. Our time has been spent listening and getting to know our community, as well as planning and preparing, based on those conversations. We look forward to our time together as we expect our relationships to flourish and your child(ren)’s education to blossom.

    Part of the aforementioned planning includes our first day activities. As you may already know, the first day for our students is as follows:

    • 5th and 6th graders begin Monday, August 29
    • 7th graders begin Tuesday, August 30
    • 8th graders begin Wednesday, August 31

    The staggered start allows for focused attention to our grade levels on their day 1. Please note, that after their first day, students will continue coming to school, on time, everyday!

    Our first day activities are planned as follows:

    • Our doors open at 9 a.m. Students will be offered breakfast for free. They have the option to eat or  not.
      • We will have our main entrance doors open as well as the cafeteria doors on Ainsworth open.
    • At 9:12 a.m., students will be invited to the auditorium. Here, students will be welcomed into their Ockley Green Middle School.  They will also:
      • Meet their teachers
      • Participate in a scavenger hunt to learn the school and meet their specials teachers
      • Receive their schedule and have a tour of the building
      • Ask questions
    • Eat lunch and get to know the available recess options
    • After lunch they will return to the auditorium and:
      • Learn about our expectations (and see their teachers perform)
      • Hear about the importance of attendance
    • They will go to their 7th period class and:
      • Find their locker and practice getting into it
      • Participate in a final check in, offer feedback
      • And, receive a surprise

    This process offers autonomy and support.  Students will participate through the process together, with each other, and with the support of their teachers. Please remember, students are expected to arrive the day after their first day, even if the next day is the first day for another grade level.

    Throughout the year, you and your child(ren) will hear the following, consistent messaging.

    • Guard Instruction Time. Uninterrupted instructional time is important and necessary for the learning process. The beginning of our practices and policies begin with physical and emotional safety, as well as with the intention to provide a well-planned, well-prepared, fun, uninterrupted day. As you may already know, our instructional day is from 9:15 a.m. until 3:45 p.m.
    • In School, On Time, Everyday. Our attendance initiative is research driven and sound. Students with 95% attendance (or higher) graduate from high school. Attendance is the only correlating link to high school graduation. We won’t push for perfect attendance because we know that we all get sick. We just ask you to reserve these absences for these occasions.
    • Reading is FUN! We will have our 25 Book Challenge Kick-Off Assembly on Thursday, September 8! More information to come!
    • We are Ockley Green. The building has been standing firm since the early 1900s, however we will stand in unity starting Monday, August 29. Together, we will succeed, we will learn and grow, and we will have each other’s backs.  This is our Ockley Green family.

    Change is not easy. But when change is known, the planning and practices that follow are the scaffolds that soften the potentially hard transition. I welcome you and your child(ren) to our Ockley Green Middle School.

    I look forward to seeing you soon.

    René Canler

    Link to PDF version of the above message.


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  • ODE school and district performance reports available

    The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) issues annual report cards for every school and school district. The report cards offer families and the community valuable information about student attendance and achievement and teacher experience, among other things.

  • Chapman Elementary to unveil restored mural

    The newly restored 1938 wood marquetry mural at Chapman Elementary School “Send Us Forth to be Buil
    On Thursday, Dec. 1 from 6-8 p.m. the Chapman PTA, Neighbors West-Northwest and Heritage Conservation Group will unveil its newly restored mural in the entrance foyer of Chapman Elementary.
  • PPS Board passes resolution affirming district’s protection of rights of undocumented students

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    Resolution also outlines plan for training staff for ICE activity at schools

    Citing its commitment to providing for the physical safety and emotional well-being of all children in Portland Public Schools, the Board of Education on Thursday, November 17 considered and unanimously passed a resolution that clarified the District’s procedures relating to Immigration Control Enforcement (ICE) activity in PPS schools.

  • PPS Pulse, November 2016

     Interim Superintendent Bob McKean and board member Pam Knowles visited a class at Jason Lee School
    Portland Public Schools invites you to read the latest edition of our newsletter Pulse. Included in November’s issue are updates on the 2012 School Building Improvement Bond, boundary review and invitations to participate in the superintendent search and Successful Schools Survey. Also a link to the newly adopted 2017-18 school year calendar.
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