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Mt Tabor Middle School

Strong Community,
Strong Results

5800 SE Ash StPortland, OR 97215Ph (503) 916-5646Fx (503) 916-2659

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    Volleyball Info Night is this Wednesday, August 31 at 6pm in the cafeteria. Learn about the different teams and meet the coaches. For questions, contact Miss Amy at 503-916-2915 or at 

    We are taking some extra time to ensure that students receive accurate schedules, therefore, we have decided to hand them out to students on their first day of school.


    The First Day of School for 6th graders is Monday, August 29 -- only 6th graders will attend on this day. The 6th grade WEB orientation and transition program is designed to both welcome and support sixth graders in their first year of middle school.  6th graders will be engaged in a variety of activities all morning, and so schedules will be distributed to 6th graders during lunch.

    First Day of school for 7th and 8th graders is Tuesday, August 30. Upon arrival, students may pick up Class Schedules:

    • 7th Graders will pick up schedules in the Cafeteria
    • 8th Graders will pick up schedules in the Big Gym

    First Period begins at 9:15am, but students are welcome in the building at 8:50am for breakfast. School dismisses at 3:45pm.

    School Supplies: The student Supply List had been linked on the
    Mt. Tabor MS website: 2016-2017 Supply List  All 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade students will bring supplies on Tuesday, August 30. 

    Bus Schedules:
    School Bus Routes for 2016-2017 are currently available on the
    Student Transportation website:  *Select Mt. Tabor from the drop down menu.

    Upcoming Events:
    • First Day of School for 6th Graders only - WEB Orientation Day: Monday, August 29

    • First Day of School for 7th & 8th Graders, 6th Graders also attend - All Students:  Tuesday, August 30

    • No School: Monday, September 5 in observance of Labor Day

    • Picture Day: Wednesday, September 7

    • PTA Meeting: The first PTA meeting of this school year is Tuesday, September 13 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm in the Library

    • Back to School Night: Monday, September 19 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

    • Late Opening: Wednesday, September 21 -- First Period begins at 11:15am

    Mt. Tabor News
    The Mt. Tabor Principal’s Newsletter is sent out using School Messenger. PPS has moved to a single communication tool called School Messenger, and will no longer use Celly, Flash Alerts, and Synrevoice. Now principals can send email, SMS text messages, and autodialers from School Messenger. You can get more information here: 


    The current Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook can be found at bottom of the following page:

    The District is collaborating with the Portland Association of Teachers to update this document to align with recent changes in State Law (SB 553). 

    All schools are concurrently engaged in a process of creating school specific School Climate Handbooks in collaboration with staff, students, families, and community partners to meet the unique needs of each school community.  

    Homework Help!

    Don’t struggle alone with homework!  Call a librarian.  Multnomah County library has live homework help in English, Spanish and Vietnamese from 2-10 pm every day!  They will proof read a paper or help you tackle a tough math problem.  You can also live chat with a librarian 24/7 who will direct you to resources for research, etc. Go to  and click on Homework-center.  

    School Hours

    School starts at 9:05 am and breakfast is served at 8:50 am.  Please do not drop off your students earlier than 9:05 am unless your student is registered for Before School Supervision. School ends at 3:45 pm and students have to leave school grounds by 4:00 pm. 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 your students are picked up on time. We appreciate your cooperation.

Principals Message

  • About the school

    Mount Tabor Middle School sets a high bar for its students. Faculty work hard to build relationships so that all students feel connected, recognized and supported.
    Our school houses the district’s Japanese Immersion Program for grades 6-8, a growing Spanish Immersion Program and a neighborhood middle school. Mt. Tabor provides extra services through a Support Education Program and Columbia Regional Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program.
    Mt. Tabor strives to balance rich, historic traditions while creating new customs that reflect Portland’s ever-changing neighborhoods. This is our motto: Strong Community, Strong Results.

    Personalized learning


    • Sixth-graders benefit from strong teacher-student relationships. The school counselor connects with students early to support the middle school transition.
    • In sixth grade, language arts (or language immersion) classes are paired with social studies classes. This keeps students together — creating small communities of learners that ease the move to middle school and foster innovative teaching.
    • Teachers work closely with staff and special needs students and families to support students through promotion to ninth grade.
    Engagement for learning

    Mt. Tabor responds to students’ academic needs with support and enrichment, including:

    • Battle of the Books, National Geographic Geography Bee, Scripps Spelling Bee,
    • Art, band, Spanish, health, physical education, yearbook and Project Green,
    • Advanced math placement and on-site high school-level geometry,
    • Year-end portfolio conference where students demonstrate academic growth.


    What is Mt. Tabor Middle School?
    A Tradition of Academic Excellence
    Goal Setting & Organizational Skills
    Outstanding Professional Staff
    Healthy Social/Emotional Growth
    Positive Character Development
    Experts in Adolescent Development



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  • Temporary ESL Welcome Centers Fall 2016

    HOURS: 8:30AM – 4PM
    OPEN: 8/22 – 8/31

    Three locations to serve your student:

    Franklin High School@Marshal
    3905 SE 91st Ave.

    Wilson High School
    1151 SW Vermont St.

    James John Elementary School
    7439 Charleston Ave.

  • Roosevelt opening delayed one day, classes start Tuesday, August 30

    Dear Roosevelt High School Families and Community,

    We have been hard at work all summer preparing for the new school year. The facilities look beautiful and are ready for our students. We want to provide our teachers with an additional day to make final touches to their classrooms. We are delaying the start of school by one day; students will start school Tuesday, August 30th.

  • Healthy Schools Update: Week of August 22

    Dear PPS Families and Staff:

    We hope that you have had a wonderful summer and that everyone is excited about starting the new school year next week.

    Saturday, August 27 from 9:00am-noon is Portland Public Schools’ Annual Project Community Care Day. Join PPS staff and community volunteers to help prepare schools to welcome students back to class next week. More information is available here.

  • 2014-15 Oregon English Language Learner Report Released

    The Oregon English Language Learner Report is an annual publication required by ORS 327.016, which reports on financial information for English language learner programs and the objectives and needs of students eligible for and enrolled in an English language learner program. The report provides information on the demographics of students in English language learner programs in each school district. In addition, this report provides a tool that makes data on English language learners accessible to researchers, media, students, and parents.

    Please contact Chelsea Clinton, ODE Office of Research and Analysis, with any questions regarding this report.
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