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Metropolitan Learning Center

K x 12 Student-Centered Education

2033 NW Glisan St.Portland, OR 97209Ph (503) 916-5737Fx (503) 916-2658

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  • MLC Auction

    We believe that our MLC community--our student body, teaching staff, and families—is truly one of a kind. And we want to make sure that our entire program is available to every student who attends

    We pride ourselves in being the only Kx12 learning program in Portland Oregon. As we near our 50th anniversary we have worked hard to preserve what makes our school community vibrant, dynamic, progressive, inspired and spirited.

    The heart of that spirit, at the center of what inspires us, is the ability of our teaching staff to make learning relevant to real life, to use the city as their classroom. Teachers make science, social studies, even math lessons more relevant by experiencing first hand all that they learn right in here in our urban backyard. Our students attend theater performances, kayak in the river, walk throughout the city, to museums, nearby neighborhoods, and wonderful parks. And of course our children are able to experience multiple overnight field trips throughout the state of Oregon.

    These all require hours of teacher planning and fundraising. Our plan is to have this one event, the MLC Auction, raise enough money to provide significant relief to all of our big and small efforts.

    IT IS GOING TO TAKE ALL OF US kindergarten parents all the way up to our high school parents, to pitch in and help. Sounds overwhelming? Let me try and assure you. If every family took on one small task, the amount of energy to make this ONE event successful would be minimal. Here are the ways you can help:

    • Buy tickets to the auction. Even if you can’t attend, buy a ticket for another family or teacher who may not be able to attend for financial reasons
    • Volunteer one two hours on the day of the event , or one day before the event click here. to go to our volunteer sign up form
    • Get one/or more items to sell at the auction. Procurement of donations is easier than it seems, trust me I dislike asking and I have done a fair amount of asking in the last several months. Email Jamie or I and we would be happy to help get you started, it can be as easy as buying a gift certificate, asking your work to donate or sponsor, etc. And here is the link for the form to fill out for that donation, click here.
    • Help your child’s teacher to put together a class project to sell at the auction. (These tend to bring in a LOT of money)


    If we raise enough money that means, as parents, we will be asked to write fewer checks. That means students who may not be able to afford all of these outings get to participate anyway. What is our goal this year? Our ambitious goal is to sell 300 auction tickets and sell all of our auction items to raise a total of $50,000. I know we can do it if we all pitch in...

    We really need you. Come see Angie or Jamie most mornings and afternoons. OR email us at .

  • MLC Pennies for Patients!

    Starting this Monday, MLC will be participating in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Pennies for Patients program, a service-learning program that gives students the unique experience of working together to help raise awareness and funds in honor of thousands of children and adults fighting against blood cancers.

    We are asking that everyone (students, faculty, parents, alumni, etc.) at MLC join in this effort of raising awareness and collecting funds to benefit the mission of LLS: to find cures for blood cancers and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

    The MLC PTSA and Foundation work to support our community. Enriching the lives of students. Our goal is to develop community and ensure equal access to all opportunities available through MLC. Here are a few ways you can help!


    We need your help! Every three minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer and every 9 minutes someone loses their battle. Thanks to the support of people like you, doctors are getting closer to finding a cure every day! In the 1960’s the 5-year survival rate for children under the age of 20 with ALL (the most common form of leukemia) went from a mere 3% to nearly 90% today! Your support is critical to help us find a cure and I hope you will join us in the fight against blood cancers!!!

    How to donate: Gather up your pennies and donate in our office or in your classroom, OR click here to donate online.

    Thank you so much for supporting LLS and Metropolitan Learning Center’s participation in the Pennies program! Together we can reach our goal of $400. For more information about Pennies for Patients or other LLS Student Series programs, please visit . If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out and contact me.

    Michelle McMillan & MLC Student Government


  • August 22, 2016


    Dear Families,


    I would like to officially welcome you to the 2016-17 school year. I hope your summer has gone well and you are excited for the beginning of the new school year. I anticipate a wonderful year, full of opportunity as we collectively foster a strong culture of learning at MLC.  We are proud to be a unique school that is rooted in collaboration and experiential learning and we will continue to provide experiences throughout the year that develop curious and empowered learners.  I am privileged to have the opportunity to begin my second year as your principal and feel honored to work with our dedicated staff, wonderful students, and supportive parents. This summer, many of our teachers have attended professional development trainings and are eager to implement new strategies that support and differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all of our students. They  have been working hard in preparing their instructional plans, lesson ideas, and assessment strategies with your students in mind.


    We have had the opportunity to add some new staff that will bring varied experiences and perspectives to our school.  At this time the new members of our team include the following:

    • Liz-Margarita Wilson-Assistant Principal
    • Kathleen Jahn-Compacted Math
    • Sarah Walden-1st/2nd Grade
    • Anthony Scribner-Additional Part-time Counselor
    • Michelle McMillan-Career Coordinator/Electives Coordinator
    • Stephanie Gabriel-Project Assistant/Electives Support
    • Gina Furth-Paraeducator

    Please welcome each of them to our MLC community.

    I truly believe that communication is a key element to a successful educational experience for your child.  Education is a partnership between the school, students, families, and community. To that end, I am committed to using a variety of ways to communicate with families including our school website, a brief weekly email blast from the office called “Short and Sweet” which provides meeting dates and reminders, monthly coffees, and School Messenger that gives us one tool with the ability to send out texts, emails, and phone auto-dialer messages containing important information, reminders, and emergency notifications.

    This year we have added the beginning of the year conferences to include grades 1-12.  The purpose of these early conferences is to deepen relationships and provide a clear and mindful path for each student to start the year in a positive direction.  Please plan to attend with your child.  Electronic sign up links are posted on our website.

    As you might know, research clearly supports that when parents/guardians participate and are involved in their child’s education, there is a greater likelihood of academic success for their child. With that in mind we invite you to become an active participant in our school community through volunteering, joining our PTSA and Foundation, and attending school events. In order to create a more inclusive PTSA that serves the needs of our families, we want your participation.  Meetings are the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 in the library. Please know that you are welcome in our building and consider joining us as a volunteer if you are able.  There is a sign-up form in your opening packet or contact the main office if you are interested.  

    The first notable PTSA sponsored event on the calendar, is the “Welcome Back to School” Potluck for families on Saturday, August 27th on the playground from Noon-2:00 which will also include an opportunity for high school families to get together at 1:30. The potluck will follow our Community Care Clean-Up, an opportunity in which we can all pitch in to spruce up the school inside and out before students return. Community Care is from 9:00-Noon and all are welcome.

    Our parent volunteers have worked diligently to prepare an opening day packet for our families. Please take a moment to review contents and complete the very important Student Verification Form.  It is also important to fill out the Free and Reduced paperwork if you think your family qualifies.  You can apply electronically at the following link,  Even if your child will not be eating the school lunch; the percentage of students qualifying represents important resources for the school.


    Make note of the events on our August-September calendar including conferences for grades 1-12, the first day of classes, staggered starts for kindergarteners, and curriculum nights.  For new parents, I will be hosting informal meet and greet opportunities on Friday, September 2nd at 8:45 and Wednesday, September 7th at 6:00.  For future events please regularly check our website for information and dates.


    I look forward to our work together as we support the Metropolitan Learning Center community.


    Warm Regards,

    Pam Joyner


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