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  • 8th Grade Family Nights

    Tonight’s 8th Grade Family Night at Roosevelt has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled for Monday, February 13th at 5:30 PM. We apologize for any inconvenience this second cancellation may cause.

    MLC’s 8th Grade Family Night set for this evening at 6 PM is happening as scheduled. 
    Metropolitan Learning Center K-12
    2033 NW Glisan St.
    Students districtwide may apply to attend MLC.
    Open Houses for Franklin, Jefferson and Madison High Schools that were cancelled last week due to winter weather will be rescheduled.
  • 1.17.2017 Principal's Message

    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.

     Calendar Adjustment

    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

     SUN Before- and After-School Programming

    For information, please reach out to Joyce Olivo at 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.     

     Lunch Menu

    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.


    René Canler

    Principal Dragon

  • 1.4.2017 Principal's Message

    Happy 2017, Ockley Green Community! We welcome you and your children back to school in this blustery January.  Please check out the newsletter for upcoming dates and events; the newsletter comes out this Friday. Please continue to read this message for the upcoming re-rescheduled dance and other news.

    It's been cold outside. Please remember that our doors open at 9 a.m. and we do not have any supervision before this time. SUN is scheduling classes for the morning to help provide any needed support, which will begin on Monday, January 9.  Please connect with Ms. Joyce Olivo with any questions you may have regarding SUN.

     Student Dance - Friday, January 6

    This long, anticipated dance is on its third attempt!  We are rescheduling the dance for this Friday, January 6. I am hopeful the weather will NOT be a factor.  On this Friday, we will run a condensed schedule where each period will be shortened to make time for the dance at the end of the day.  The dance will begin approximately at 2 p.m. Volunteers are welcomed and encouraged to come!  We will need help with set-up, decorations, food distribution, and more!  Feel free to come by the office on this day or connect with Ms. Stone, Ms. Keela, and/or Mr. Brown.

     25 Books!  Challenge

    Our third progress check is coming up this January 10.  Please check the Newsletter for more details and dates, including our upcoming assembly (January 13) and incentive day (January 17).  Those students reaching the reading goal of 5 books will receive a congratulatory letter and will be invited to the special incentive assembly we have planned for them on January 17.

     December 2016 Attendance

    December brought snow and additional days off, but also brought us closer to our 95% goal of being in school, on time.  All students with 95% attendance (and higher) will receive a Blazers flyer that entitles them to a free ticket by the end of this week.  The instructions on the flyer will contain ordering information and will be the responsibility of the families. During the month of December, 437 students reached our 95% attendance goal! Congratulations to you and your child!


    Ockley Green December 2016 Attendance

    Students with 95%(+) Attendance

    5th Grade

    6th Grade

    7th Grade

    8th Grade

















     Little by little!  We will have a late opening this month (Wed., January 18) and a day of non-attendance (Friday, January 27).

     Happy January,

    Principal Dragon

  • PPS High Schools Welcome 8th Grade Students

    Click here for information regarding PPS High School Information Nights for 8th Graders:


  • Happy New Year!

    René Canler 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:

    • 5th and 6th graders begin Monday, August 29
    • 7th graders begin Tuesday, August 30
    • 8th graders begin Wednesday, August 31

    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:

    • Our doors open at 9 a.m. Students will be offered breakfast for free. They have the option to eat or  not.
      • We will have our main entrance doors open as well as the cafeteria doors on Ainsworth open.
    • At 9:12 a.m., students will be invited to the auditorium. Here, students will be welcomed into their Ockley Green Middle School.  They will also:
      • Meet their teachers
      • Participate in a scavenger hunt to learn the school and meet their specials teachers
      • Receive their schedule and have a tour of the building
      • Ask questions
    • Eat lunch and get to know the available recess options
    • After lunch they will return to the auditorium and:
      • Learn about our expectations (and see their teachers perform)
      • Hear about the importance of attendance
    • They will go to their 7th period class and:
      • Find their locker and practice getting into it
      • Participate in a final check in, offer feedback
      • And, receive a surprise

    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.

    • Guard Instruction Time. Uninterrupted instructional time is important and necessary for the learning process. The beginning of our practices and policies begin with physical and emotional safety, as well as with the intention to provide a well-planned, well-prepared, fun, uninterrupted day. As you may already know, our instructional day is from 9:15 a.m. until 3:45 p.m.
    • In School, On Time, Everyday. Our attendance initiative is research driven and sound. Students with 95% attendance (or higher) graduate from high school. Attendance is the only correlating link to high school graduation. We won’t push for perfect attendance because we know that we all get sick. We just ask you to reserve these absences for these occasions.
    • Reading is FUN! We will have our 25 Book Challenge Kick-Off Assembly on Thursday, September 8! More information to come!
    • We are Ockley Green. The building has been standing firm since the early 1900s, however we will stand in unity starting Monday, August 29. Together, we will succeed, we will learn and grow, and we will have each other’s backs.  This is our Ockley Green family.

    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.

    René Canler

    Link to PDF version of the above message.


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  • School menu for Friday, January 27

    PPS Nutrition Services: The lunch menu for this Friday, January 27, 2017 will be Chicken Filet Sandwiches and Hand-Rolled Burritos made from locally sourced foods. Students will also have the option to choose a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich or a Yogurt with Granola. A variety of fruits and vegetables will also be served in addition to milk. We hope that your child will join us for lunch and enjoy a delicious, nutrient-rich meal in the cafeteria.
  • Friday, January 20: Lincoln and MLC closing at 2PM

    Due to planned inaugural protests MLC and Lincoln will release students at 2PM. PPS bus schedules will be adjusted. All athletics and after-school activities are cancelled. Closed campus at LHS so pack sack lunch.
  • Roosevelt 8th Grade Family Night canceled, rescheduled for Monday, February 13 at 5:30PM

    Tonight’s 8th Grade Family Night at Roosevelt has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled for Monday, February 13th at 5:30 PM. We apologize for any inconvenience this second cancellation may cause. MLC’s 8th Grade Family Night set for this evening at 6pm is happening as scheduled.

  • Wednesday, January 18: Late start canceled, weather permitting school starts at regular time

    We continue to prepare for schools to reopen tomorrow, Wednesday, January 18, 2017.

    Please note that our plan is for schools to start at regular times tomorrow making this the first day of eliminating late starts for professional development as part of our plan to restore lost instructional hours due to weather-related closures this winter.

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