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K x 12 Student-Centered Education

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

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  • MLC Community Invitation

    Dear MLC Staff and Community,

    As you know, MLC will have a new principal next year, as Pam Joyner is retiring. We want to remind staff, parents, and students to attend the Community Meeting to understand the process for selection of next year's principal and to get your ideas and input; they are important!

    Community Meeting for Selection of Next Year's Principal

    Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Time: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Location: MLC

    Note: Child Care will be provided for free. Contact KCLC for more information about child care.

    The community meeting is one of the first steps taken in our principal hiring process. John Blanck, from Human Resources, and Meera Kreitzer, your Senior Director, will come to your school and meet with teachers and parents together. The purpose of the meeting is to hear what you think is special about your school. We want to know about your programs, demographics, parent involvement, special projects, etc., and about the type of person you would like to have as your permanent Principal. This information helps us select candidates that have qualifications that support those elements.

    At the meeting, we will also take some time to explain the full hiring process. We will explain two main possibilities: a) how the Community Meeting information may be used with the Senior Director to place a current Principal because of a great match between the school and that Principal, or b) if a match is not selected by the Senior Directors, applicants chosen will go through a rigorous process to be selected for interviews.

    If you cannot attend that evening, I will have other ways to provide information (on-line and paper surveys at http://www.pps.net/Page/2162 , emails, etc.) If you have questions, please feel free to contact me – Ann Marie Wentworth – awentworth@pps.net - 503-916-3818.

  • MLC Adding Back Instructional Hours

    We are happy to be back in the routine of school now that the snow is melting. Please note the following schedule changes in response to inclement weather.

     

    K x 8:
    On the following Fridays our Kx8 students will have school all day:

    • January 27
    • February 24
    • March 24
    • April 28
    • May 26

    9 x 12

    • Half days on the last Friday of each month are no longer scheduled high school students.  

     

    Thank you for your flexibility and let us know if you have any questions.

  • MLC - Winter Solstice - Videos

    Today our students performed and put on an amazing show!
    We are proud to present MLC's Winter Solstice performances.
     
    MLC Winter Solstice 2016-17

  • Visitor Program and Information Night!

    Interesting in learning more about MLC?  We would like to invite you our Information Night and Visitor Program! 
     
    MLC Information Night
    Learn about MLC from administrators, teachers and support staff.
    Wednesday, January 18  6:00-7:30 p.m.
     
    MLC Visitors Day Program 
    Learn about MLC from administrators, staff, parents, and students.

    Tour provided. - Wednesday, January 11   9:30-11:00 a.m

     
    Hope to see you there! 

Principals
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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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  • School Board approves boundary changes for Peninsula and Chief Joseph

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    The Portland Public Schools Board of Directors voted unanimously last night to approve boundary changes to Peninsula and Chief Joseph schools, both feeder schools for Ockley Green Middle School. The 7-0 vote endorses one of two proposals from the District-wide Boundary Review Advisory Committee (DBRAC), which was formed in 2014 to help with enrollment balancing across Portland Public Schools.
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  • Nine of our schools earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR rating

    At a ceremony on February 10 at Wilson High School in SW Portland, nine PPS schools were recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for achieving ENERGY STAR certification. To receive this certification, a building must perform in the top 25% of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency, and meet strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. ENERGY STAR schools use an average of 35% less energy, and also release 35% less carbon dioxide.

    Read the full press release here.

  • From the factory to the toy; Mechanisms for triggering new educational behaviors

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    Giancarlo Mozzanti, prominent Colombian architect will speak:

    Friday February 24, 5:30PM
    At the University of Oregon Portland Center
    70 NW Couch Street
    Admission Free

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  • Enrollment balancing for Peninsula, Chief Joseph and Ockley Green

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    The District-wide Boundary Review Advisory Committee (DBRAC) was formed in 2014 to help with enrollment balancing across Portland Public Schools. The committee’s most recent work led them to propose two options to help relieve crowding at Chief Joseph and to create more robust enrollment at Peninsula starting in the 2017-18 school year. On January 30, 2017, Interim Superintendent Bob McKean endorsed one of two DBRAC proposals.

    The proposal, which still requires the approval of the Board of Education, may be reviewed at, www.pps.net/dbrac.

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