Site Council is a group of stakeholders representing the Ockley Green Middle School community. Members will include the Principal, teachers (3), students(2), parent/caregiver adults (3) and a community member (1). Responsibilities of the Site Council include conducting monthly meetings in order to:
* Focus on improving student achievement
* Contribute to the school improvement plan
* Foster family engagement and school-home communications
* Explore improvements to the school’s instructional program
* Support the professional growth of the school’s staff
* Support administering grants-in-aid for the professional development of staff
Using data-based research and collaboration, Site Council will meet to address issues, discuss suggestions, and research resolutions by consensus. The Ockley Green Middle School Site Council operates for the benefit of its educational community. Site Council parent/guardian members for Ockley Green will be elected to serve a two-year term so long as they have a child enrolled in the school for those years. The three parent and one community member positions will be voted on by the OGMS community. The parent positions will be one 5th grade parent, one 6th grade parent and one 7/8th grade parent. If you are interested or know someone interested in one of these positions, please provide a name and which grade/ community member position to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 15th.
Happy Thursday, Ockley Green Families and Community
Please read the following announcements:
Our month of February is filled with the following upcoming events:
DLI - 7th Grade Vacancy
This position remains vacant. The candidate recommended for the position has chosen to stay in Spain until the upcoming school year. I am continuing to work with our DLI and HR departments to find a highly qualified, Spanish-speaking teacher endorsed in Language Arts and the Social Sciences.
In the meantime, Ms. Halbig will continue to serve our students faithfully and with continuity. Please reach out to Ms. Halbig at email@example.com with any questions you may have.
For those who are able, please come to the Café with René with any questions.
Speaking of continuity and with the help of our Program Administrator, Ms. Lauren Page, we welcome our newly appointed resource teacher, Ms. Lauraine Allen, to our amazing Ockley Green Middle School. Ms. Allen is welcome to our school by Ms. Bradley, Ms. Sheridan, and Mr. Rintoul and Ms. James, joining a team dedicated to our students.
Ms. Allen is taking over Ms. Hollister's caseload. She will be reaching out to families directly, but if you have any questions, please email Ms. Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are limiting our stations to the library and outside, as we will be closing the gymnasium during recess/lunch time. All of our students’ favorite gym activities will continue outside where basketball, soccer, and dodge ball will have designated areas.
It is the Ockley Green mission to promote positive encouragement and self-regulation as evident in our PRIDE expectations. However, when students choose to not follow our PRIDE expectations, they will earn a detention as per the Student Responsibilities, Rights and Discipline Handbook and as determined by administration and/or our SCC. We will begin this process at the start of our 2nd semester. Please reach out to Ms. Briggs with any questions.
25 Books! Challenge
Please celebrate with our 70 students reaching our reading goal for the 3rd progress check. These students (reading 5 books or more) earned a Starbucks gift card for their tenacity and reading stamina.
Our next progress check is Tuesday, February 21, with a goal of 5 or more new books. Students can find the reading slips in the library with Ms. Graham or with their language arts teacher. And, don't forget, reading is FUNtastic!
Congratulations to our 8th grader Leo for winning the Blazers tickets in our attendance raffle! These two tickets were donated to our school by a very special staff member who wishes to remain anonymous. Thank you.
For the month of February, all students with 95% attendance (1 absence or less) will be entered in a raffle to win Winterhawks tickets.
Remember, In School, On-Time, Every day!
We look forward to seeing you around at our Ockley Green Middle School.
Greetings Ockley Green Families,
The weather has made life a little more difficult this past week. However, I think we will have the opportunity to see each other, once again, starting on Wednesday, January 18! Please note, the building opens at 9 a.m. and classes start at 9:15 a.m.
Please read the following announcements.
Assembly - Friday, January 20, 2017
We are moving our assembly to this Friday, January 20, 2017. We will host two assemblies; 7th and 8th graders will assemble together in the auditorium during 6th period and 5th and 6th graders will assemble during 7th period. Families are always welcome to join either assembly. Upon entering the building, please come into the office before going into the auditorium. Our theme for the assembly is integrity.
25 Books! Challenge
The third progress check was last Tuesday, January 10. We currently have 65 students reaching the reading goal of 5 books. However, I heard from a couple of staff that they know of more. We will soon find out how many more!
As a way of continuing the merited celebration and balancing the lost school days, we will include a part of the incentive in our upcoming Friday assembly. We have a Portland hip hop artist that was planning to meet with those students reaching the reading goal, but the artist will now meet with the entire school. In addition, those students reaching the reading goal will receive $5 gift cards.
The Portland Public Schools has cancelled all remaining late starts for the 2016-17 school year. School doors will continue to open at 9 a.m. and classes will begin at 9:15 a.m. throughout the remainder of the year.
January 27 is now a day of attendance for students. Friday, February 3, is a day of non-attendance for students, as it is saved for our teachers to finalize report cards.
Please make these adjustments to your calendar.
5th Grade Promotion & 8th Grade Graduation
Please be on the lookout for more messaging regarding the above during the first week in February. We will be hosting a series of parent meetings and will be calling out for help so as to plan and prepare the end of year activities for our 5th and 8th graders. Ms. Harold will be the point of contact for our 5th grade planning; Ms. McClure will be the point of contact for 8th grade.
6th Grade Outdoor School
To accommodate the size of our 6th grade, two weeks have been assigned to our Ockley Green Middle School. Each 6th grader will participate in a 6-day program during one of the following two weeks:
The week of April 16 (April 16-21)
The week of April 23 (April 23-28)
More information will be forthcoming, as it pertains to your child, including camp site, assigned week, traveling information and all other logistics.
Ockley Green Advocacy Group
As a result of the weather, we had to cancel our meeting on Tuesday, January 17. Bryn, thank you for the email. If you would like to be included in this email group and know more about the Advocacy Group, please email Bryn Dearborn at email@example.com
SUN Before- and After-School Programming
For information, please reach out to Joyce Olivo at firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be added programming in the morning, so be on the lookout. If you feel you may have missed any announcements, please reach out to Joyce for any potential opportunities.
Due to the school closures this past week, the breakfast and lunch menus for Wednesday through Friday, January 18-20, 2017, will need to be changed. We hope to serve the foods on the published menu beginning Monday January 23, 2017. Please check with our school office or cafeteria if you have questions. Thank you in advance for you flexibility and understanding.
We look forward to welcoming you and your child(ren) back! Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have.
Happy New Year!
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
Giancarlo Mozzanti, prominent Colombian architect will speak:
Friday February 24, 5:30PM
At the University of Oregon Portland Center
70 NW Couch Street
The proposal, which still requires the approval of the Board of Education, may be reviewed at, www.pps.net/dbrac.
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Volunteer Night
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Track & Field Info Night @ JHS
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Roosevelt Preview Day
5:30 PM Last day of SUN Winter Term
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Café with René
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Roosevelt Preview Day