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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's Raspberry Pi Weather Station.

    MLC's  Raspberry pi weather station installed on our roof and running! It is currently reporting data every 5 minutes. Go to mlcpdx.com/weather to view the current data!  

    Want to learn more about web development?  

    The weather station website needs some work! I want to invite MLC Students interested in learning about website development to help!  

    If interested in helping out, swing by the computer lab during lunch and we can discuss what you can do to help. No experience required! 

    Brian Pemberton 

    MLC - Site Technology Specialist. 

  • MLC-Day of Service

     I am happy to share with you that on the morning of January 13th our students and staff will be participating in a service project.  Giving back through service helps empower and strengthen our community. Our Day of Service is just before the MLK holiday and is intentionally focused on Martin Luther King Jr.'s quote, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?"  Teachers and students will soon brainstorm ideas for their projects.  If you have connections or ideas, please let us know as we are trying to compile a list of possibilities. 

  • Successful Schools Parent/Guardian Survey:

    Nov. 7-Jan. 17  All families will have a chance to give feedback and share their experience in our school by completing the survey which focuses on school climate--such as whether MLC feels welcoming and safe and in what ways learning is supported.  Surveys are filled out anonymously.  Overall survey results will be shared with the community and staff.  Principals and teachers use the results to develop an action plan for the continuous improvement of their school and services to our students and families.  The parent/guardians survey will be administered through pps.net/successfulschools. Hard copies are also available in the main office.  The survey will also be available to 5th, 7th and 10th-grade students and all PPS school staff during the winter.
  • Plan for Drinking Water for 2016-17

    All school buildings in PPS will be provided one dispenser for every hallway water fountain, one in the cafeteria, and nurse’s office, and one outside the gym. There will be cup dispensers and cone cups at each water dispenser.  Our students are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle labeled with their name to school if possible.  
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  • 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, https://district.ode.state.or.us/apps/frlapp/  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

    Principal

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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.

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  • 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.
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  • 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.

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  • 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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